Spurrier could make history (again) at the Georgia Dome

Nobody asked me but:

1. Steve Spurrier has a chance to make history (again) at the Georgia Dome: The No. 1 story line heading into Saturday’s SEC championship game is whether or not No. 1 Auburn can stay undefeated and give the conference a shot at its fifth straight BCS title.

The No. 2 story line is whether or not Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton, with everything swirling around him, can lead his team to a victory and, in the process, lock up the Heisman Trophy.

Almost lost in this game is that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has a chance to win his seventh SEC championship, exactly 10 years after he won his sixth and final one as the head coach at Florida. Spurrier’s seven SEC titles would move him past Vince Dooley and John Vaught on the all-time list. Spurrier would be second only to Bear Bryant who won 14 SEC championships (13 at Alabama, 1 at Kentucky).

For the first time at the SEC championship game, Spurrier is here but is not the headliner. I’ll bet he likes that.

2. TCU is making a good move to the Big East: It’s really a no-brainer. From the start of the 2012 season Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs will know they are good enough to win the Big East and go to a BCS bowl game. No debate. No having to ask for respect. Win your league and you go. Now TCU has to get serious about men’s basketball and the Big East has to figure out how to stage a conference basketball tournament with 17 teams. Understand that the Big 12 (now at 10 teams) was never going to invite TCU to be a part of the club. The Horned Frogs had to step out and do the best thing for their school.

 3. I’m sorry that Boise State lost. I was hoping that  Boise would go to the Rose Bowl and somehow wind up playing Ohio State in what would be known as “The Little Sisters of the Poor Bowl.” Last week Ohio State president Gordon Gee (the former president at Vanderbilt) said the teams in the Big Ten and SEC deserved a shot at the BCS championship over Boise because “We don’t play the Little Sisters of the Poor.” For about 48 hours the media went just a little batty and then Boise State lost to Nevada Friday night. It was on the same day that Auburn came back from a 24-0 deficit to beat Alabama and Oregon beat Arizona with a strong second half.

So at the end of the day was Gee right? Probably, but I am reminded of something said by the late, great Lewis Grizzard: “Damn, brother, I don’t believe I would have told that.” You may think it. It might even be true. But you don’t say it.

4. Jon Gruden to Miami? Jon Gruden? Did I miss something? What is the facsination with Jon Gruden? Won a Super Bowl. Dynamic personality.  Loved it when he sat down with the quarterbacks (Tebow, McCoy, etc.) in the summer of 2009 and gave them the unvarnished truth. It was compelling television and I watched every minute of it. But somebody has to tell me how Gruden’s skill set translates to college football, which is a completely different game. There is no doubt that Miami will make a big splash and win the press conference if it happens. But I’ve seen too many guys come from pro football (Charlie Weis comes to mind) who believe they are so much smarter than everybody and will be able to just out-scheme people to wins. They believe they can flash a Super Bowl ring and the  recruits come running. It doesn’t work like that.

And let’s get this on the record. Miami  hired Randy Shannonto clean up the program and he did.  While other schools were living on the police blotter, Shannon instilled discipline. Miami’s graduation rate under Shannon was second only to Duke in the ACC. He didn’t win enough games, I get that. But if you’re a Miami fan you need to thank that man for what he did for your school as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.

5. Vanderbilt needs to get serious about football: First of all, Bobby Johnson did a helluva job at Vanderbilt with the resources he had. Yeah, he went 2-10 his last season but under Johnson Vanderbilt was consistently competitive and a tough out. As the years pass Vanderbilt fans will realize how good Johnson really was.  Now Robbie Caldwell, who replaced Johnson last summer, is gone. Vanderbilt has some decisions to make. First of all, spend the money to get a top flight coach and give him the money to hire a top of line staff. In other words, spend the money necessary to give Vanderbilt a reasonable shot. Do that for five years and if it doesn’t work out, you can scale back on the next coaching hire. It’s like Vanderbilt wants to commit to football but doesn’t want to commit at too high a level because it would be, well, unseemly. 

But in order to compete in the SEC, you gotta be all in. Vanderbilt ain’t close to being all in when it comes to football.

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Spurrier

December 1st, 2010
10:52 am

Cam is a phenomenal athlete, but the horseshoe up his ass will come out in this game. In the first match-up, neither team knew what kind of player Newton really was, and it was a night game at Williams Brice West. Ellis will have the boys ready to play, with a whole new way of defending the hired gun. Last time we worried too much about the pass, that will not be the case on saturday. Sorry barners, cheaters never win in the end. Chizik will get my nuts on his tonsils, and my skeet in his eye.

The Ol' Ball Coach

December 1st, 2010
10:53 am

Well, we got a chance. We’ll try to throw it around a little and run it a little. We’ll just have to see what happens, but we got a chance.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
10:54 am

rockinsockin,

Alot of the SEC teams will lose just as much as Carolina. I predict Carolina and UT will be the teams to beat in the SEC east for the next 2-3 years.As far as re-load at Carolina-Dont be so sure of that.Spurrier is starting to recruit pretty well

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
10:54 am

rockinsockin, it appears that Jadeveon Clowney will end up at USCe (unfortunately). Everyone I’ve read raves about this kid as if he’s the next Javon Kearse in the SEC. He should be an instant impact player for them if they do land him over Bama.

Scott

December 1st, 2010
10:55 am

Well in that case, Miss. State has traditionally been your Vandy. We’ll see how long Mullen can keep it going or if he even stays there.

and BTW, not every FBS school plays an FCS in it’s first year of existence. Come on now…..

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
10:57 am

I agree Scott, except Missy State has been quite a bit better than Vandy over the years. And GSU was obviously a walkover but any FCS school would be (we aren’t Ole Miss, after all.) I was glad they did that because some kids played in the 4th quarter that normally would never see a minute’s field time in four years.

NCAA Vultures

December 1st, 2010
10:58 am

Miami had to fire Shannon, not because of failure to sell tickets, the NATIONWIDE BANDWAGON that is Miami (you know, USC fans when they’re on probation, Miami fans when USC is on probation) could not go out in public wearing their starter jerseys, bling, thug look, and with closets full of that gear collecting mothballs and dust, the axles coming off the bandwagon, Miami couldn’t risk their fan base transfering and climbing on, gulp, say it ain’t so, that garnet and gold bandwagon in Trailerhassee, let alone flailing their arm back and forth like they’re directing traffic while chanting like a prostitute giving, well, you know, right?

rockinsockin

December 1st, 2010
10:58 am

I don’t even consider possible impact recruits until they sign that dotted line. UT will be a player for the next 2-3 years? They are young but they lost most of their real talent during the chaos of the past 2 seasons. Dooley has his hands full and it’s going to take that long just to get the proper recruits that he needs. Next year will be between UF and UGA.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
11:00 am

If anyone’s interested, here is Clowney’s highlight video. He looks pretty awesome.

The Ol' Ball Coach

December 1st, 2010
11:00 am

I don’t know what happens to all those blue chip recruits once they sign with Georgia.

ARdawg

December 1st, 2010
11:01 am

Bama dude

Okay, lets try the “apples and oranges” business approach. If Vandy were kicked from the SEC and say, Miami were added. Say Miami has a stadium capacity of 120K (I would use GT as an example but nobody can give out 120K free hotdogs and cokes).

Miami comes into the conference with 120K rabid fans. 3-4 years down the road Miami can’t compete well in the SEC and has a losing record for 4 straight years. How many rabid fans does Miami have in year 5? Maybe 60K?

The point here is, the pie is only so big. There is only so much of it to go around and that is the business aspect of it. You don’t create more pie by changing up the conference for the sake of change or adding a team with (currently) good cash flow. Someone will still have a losing record or, they didn’t play a conference schedule

RedandBlack

December 1st, 2010
11:01 am

Fine, trade Vanderbilt for Clemson. That may be best for everyone. Go Dogs!!

Paul in RDU

December 1st, 2010
11:03 am

The concept of throwing Vanderbilt out of the SEC because they are uncompetitive in football and that the SEC is all about football just cracks me up.
The people making the decisions in the SEC are the school Presidents and they are trying to make the conference much more of a force academically. They have set up an academic consortium similar to that of the Big 10 (see link below). There is much more money in research grants for the school than from athletics. Kicking out 1 of the only 2 AAU members (along with UF) from the SEC and the school with the 2nd largest research budget (again after UF) is not something that fits with the direction the Presidents are trying to take the conference.

http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/SECSPORTS/THESEC/AcademicConsortium.aspx

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
11:04 am

ARDawg, Miami wouldn’t be my first choice, but they have a much greater national following than Vandy. Not close, really.

PTC DAWG

December 1st, 2010
11:04 am

Vandy’s spot in the SEC is safe. Thank goodness some folks use their brain.

ARdawg

December 1st, 2010
11:05 am

Paul in RDU

damm, there you go injecting pertinent facts into a perfectly good lie

ARdawg

December 1st, 2010
11:07 am

Bama dude

Miami was only used as an example. Stick Arkansas State in there with the same numbers. The pie is still the same

Scott

December 1st, 2010
11:09 am

Obviously Vandy is the redheaded stepchild of the conference in football, but they are actually in the upper tier in baseball and basketball most years. So Vandy carries more weight for the conference overall than Miss St.. Going back to 2000, Miss St.’s total wins and losses are at 40-80. While Vandy’s has been 36-83. Basically apples to apples.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
11:10 am

ARdawg,

Funny you mention Ark St. Have you seen them play this year? Got a young Q.B that will be a stud next year.Was pretty darn good this year. Ryan Aplin

NCAA Vultures

December 1st, 2010
11:12 am

Miami and FSU were invited once before and choe the ALL COAST CLEAR Conf, they didn’t need the SEC then, the SEC doesn’t need them now.
the SEC is not a bandwagon nation, like Miami and FSU….

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
11:14 am

ALL COAST CLEAR CONFERENCE-LMAO

I thought it was the Almost Collegiate Conference?

Paul in RDU

December 1st, 2010
11:15 am

Anybody wanting to compare the various Div 1 schools in spending on football, research, endowments, etc. should check out the excellent artcle on the Mr. SEC site.
http://www.mrsec.com/MrSEC%20Expounding%20On%20Expansion%20Series.pdf

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
11:16 am

Hey, I never said Vandy would get kicked out. In fact, I said it wouldn’t- I’m just arguing for the reasons it could. Here’s another good article on why it won’t and yes, academics play a role as well as politics.

Scott

December 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Correction: *50-80 for Miss State thanks to this year. Still, apples to apples

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Alabama: The only school to “add” 5 NC’s to their resume. The real NC # is 8 not 13. They have also been put on probation twice in the past decade alone. Also forced to vacate 21 wins from ‘05 to ‘07 and forfeit 9 victories from ‘93. One of the stars from their “92 NC team was Antnio Langham who was later found to be “on the take” & signed with a sports agent. They are currently on probation til 2012 check the facts. AND WE ARE THE CHEATERS????? Yes AU has also ran afoul of the NCAA in the PAST but have no violations IN ALMOST TWENTY YEARS!! We cleaned up our program b/c we simply cannot afford any more trouble! Can’t say the same for the mullets. CHEATERS?? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!

API_Fan

December 1st, 2010
11:19 am

@JPTigers

Please shut up. These blogs don’t go away. I don’t really want to hear quotes of your goofy bragging when we’re having to face Bama under a five year NCAA suspension. I’m old enough to remember Bama putting up a 10 win streak over us. Just tell them “good game” and enjoy the ride to Glendale.

War Eagle!!!

uglla

December 1st, 2010
11:21 am

@JPTigers,

That may be the case, but Georgia Yech claims 2 that they didn’t earn as well.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
11:21 am

MNC’s are always debatable in ANY year. Twenty-two SEC titles are not. ‘Nuff said on that issue.

uglla

December 1st, 2010
11:22 am

Sadly it is just a matter of time before Auburn gets the death penalty. Too much out there proving daddy Cam is a shakedown artist. It’s quite obvious the SEC has done all that they can to sweep whatever evidence they could under the rug all in hopes of keeping the consecutive national championship streak alive.

uglla

December 1st, 2010
11:25 am

I mean seriously, it’s obvious daddy Cam had numerous conversations with Miss St. about money, so I am supposed to believe that he didn’t approach Auburn with the same circumstances? The same Auburn that has one of the shadiest boosters in the nation in Mr. Lowder? Give me a break!!!!

Jan Kemp

December 1st, 2010
11:25 am

Can’t we all just get along?

Dr. Dawg

December 1st, 2010
11:26 am

I don’t have a Dawg in this fight, but I don’t think Carolina wins against Auburn. Auburn beat them once and knows the drill. Cam has been unstoppable. Auburn by a touchdown.

If TCU wanted to make a REAL statement, why not join the Big 12. Why did Boise not join the Big 12 rather than to jump to another “little” league? These guys will not get respect until they play a “big boys” schedule. BCS? Forget it – they don’t deserve it. Try shovelling some of this crap in the SEC each week- week after week, or the Big 10, Big 12 or PAC 10? Being the bully on the block with all the little boys doesn’t cut it with me. Play someone your own size – or the size you want to be …

I applaud Vandy for maintaining their high academic standards – they just need to be in another league.

Gruden to Miami? Who cares. As long as Richt stays in Athens.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
11:30 am

“Gruden to Miami? Who cares. As long as Richt stays in Athens.”

Hallelujah Brother !!!

rlinaug

December 1st, 2010
11:33 am

Who better to recognize a team that doesn’t deserve to be in a BCS game than Ohio State president Gordon Gee?

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
11:33 am

uglla

December 1st, 2010
11:22 am
Sadly it is just a matter of time before Auburn gets the death penalty.

Not possible under NCAA rules.

uglla

December 1st, 2010
11:35 am

The rules? You mean there is no longer a death penalty?

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
11:37 am

uglla

December 1st, 2010
11:35 am
The rules? You mean there is no longer a death penalty?

Not unless you have two majors within a five year window. Auburn is outside that window in this case.

uglla

December 1st, 2010
11:39 am

Agreed. For anybody associated with any Little 11 team, especially the Suckeyes, to lecture another program about “deserving to be in the BCS” is laughable. If not for the 90% of ESPN’s college football staff being Big 10 homers, we never would have had to have been subjected to their pathetic performances in any BCS games.

And the bias continues. The Little 11 had their first respectable bowl season showing last year and look what that got them? nearly their entire conference was shoved in the preseason polls this season. It’s unbelievable.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
11:40 am

Gator_Fan,

You keeping Adazzio RIGHT?

Vince Dooley

December 1st, 2010
11:41 am

Did I ever tell you fellas about our 1980 season?

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
11:41 am

WHY should I sit here & let others tarnish the school I love with wild speculation & false allegations! BTW I am enjoying the ride but I WILL NOT GO SILENT WHILE MY SCHOOL IS BEING DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD!! SIMPLE AS THAT!! WAR EAGLE API brother but u gotta fight!!

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
11:42 am

@MURPHY

I hear we’ve got feelers out for Malzahn.

API_Fan

December 1st, 2010
11:44 am

@JPTigers

Better to do the fighting on the field. I never cared much for the taste of Crow.

Barbara Dooley

December 1st, 2010
11:47 am

Vincent,

Would you shut the hell up and finish planting those flowers? I’ve got a speech in Knoxville tonight and we’re already running late!

Vince Dooley

December 1st, 2010
11:49 am

You know, Herschel woke up late the day of our championship game. He and Barbar had a big night out before. I was worried that he couldn’t get up a second time, but he played very well. 1980, ahhhh, those were the days.

Barbara Dooley

December 1st, 2010
11:50 am

Vincent!

Does this dress make my butt look big?

Vince Dooley

December 1st, 2010
11:50 am

I sure miss those days. Now, I’m just a flower junkie with an old worn out hag of a wife.

Vince Dooley

December 1st, 2010
11:50 am

Yeah, Barb, honey, I got your Petunia right here!

Barbara Dooley

December 1st, 2010
11:51 am

I heard that!!!

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
11:51 am

Gator_Fan,

We will give you Bobo real cheap! LOL Malzahn to UF-Doesnt make sense to me for him to make that move,but stranger things have happened.