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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Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

I’ve been bad under the weather since early Monday so my thinking’s not as clear as it probably should be. My opinion is that if Newton and Fairley go, so goes AU. They will be average to good in the SEC but won’t approach Bama. Will be interesting to see how UF rebounds, and how LSU and Arky fare also. USC has another good looking QB coming along. I like what Spurrier has put together over there as well as fear it. College football is beginning to resemble basketball in that there are just to many good atheletes out there for anyone to corner the market. The traditionally lower tier schools can put some good programs on the field and be competitive.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

Gator Fan, they had a top five class last year but not the year before, and last year’s ranking was largely carried by Cam and Dyer- they were both number one at their positions. They are not looking good in the trenches for next year at all, and the LBs and secondary weren’t very good this year. I can only imagine what next year looks like.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

My opinion is that if Newton and Fairley go, so goes AU. They will be average to good in the SEC but won’t approach Bama.

If that happens (and it will) see: UGA 2010.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:54 pm

BAMA dude,

Ouch. Also see UGA 2011

Cecil Newton

December 1st, 2010
12:56 pm

NCAA has ruled my boy eligible to play. I told yall that nobody caught us !! Why do I have limited access to athletic events at Auburn ? Sounds like the SEC is all about money too baby !! See yall in church NCAA

Vince Dooley

December 1st, 2010
12:56 pm

Barb, honey, is Herschel driving Miss Barbara again?

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:57 pm

Nah, Murph, UGA will be better next year. Not 10 win better I don’t think, but better. I honestly think Aubie will struggle to get more than one out of those road games next year.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:58 pm

Vince Dooley,

Either get in the conversation or spare us the crap blogs.Its getting old fast

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:59 pm

BAMA dude,

I hope so.It sure couldnt be any worse than this year.Or maybe it can.Dang-I just have no confidence in our program at this point.

BAMA

December 1st, 2010
1:00 pm

Newton was ruled ineligible monday by auburn and reinstated today by the NCAA. Apparently his father and Miss St booster are the only ones punished. It’s all about the cash folks.

Joey

December 1st, 2010
1:02 pm

Good to see the OLE OLE Ball Coach, doing something at SC other than winning 6 or 7 games a season.

Got lucky this year when Georgia, and Florida were both down. Don’t worry, Spurrier will return to form, a leapord don’t change spots.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
1:03 pm

I see an 0-2 start a “very” good possibility for the Dawgs next year. I agree Murphy, McGarity does have a plan. I think CMR is rolling the dice this year if what he’s said holds true. Rather than taking the “gentlemans” way out, he going to force the boot. And, I believe his stock goes down also. You just can’t change the spots on a dawg.

My best case prediction would be 7-5, worst could be 4-8….No amount of kool aid should be able to hide those numbers hopefully.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
1:04 pm

Joey,

Id rather be lucky than good anytime. You are wrong in your assesment of Spurrier and Carolina.I think Spurrier has returned to his form.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
1:07 pm

Mobile,

I see it a little different.I see Richt accepting the challenge.I dont see him being successful in his attempt but you got to give him a little credit for not giving up.Ill give it that much. I dont see us any better next year.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
1:08 pm

Murph, have you always been a USC closet fan? Why pull for them when they could bring another MNC to the SEC? Is it just a one year thing because of all that’s happened. Just wondering, AU’s always been a good little brother of ours in the past, a lot of mingling between the pedigrees of the schools also. Just wondering, curious.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
1:09 pm

Yep, Cam has officially been ruled eligible by the SEC. In their official statement, the NCAA acknowledged that Cecil and Kenny partnered to get money in a PFP scheme but they buy that Cecil’s son didn’t know. Unreal.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
1:09 pm

*NCAA not SEC

BAMA

December 1st, 2010
1:10 pm

NCAA = JOKE , so much for the bylaws. Apparently boosters cannot buy kids but parents can sell them.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
1:12 pm

Mobile,

Closet USC fan.lol

I have friend that played ball at Carolina.Spurrier is my favorite coach of all time(I know that’s strange with me being a lifelong Dawg). I like his attitude and swagger from the old days.This guy is a brillant coach in my eyes and I would love to see him win a SEC Championship in Carolina. I like Auburn but in this case Im pulling for Carolina.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
1:15 pm

I don’t know Murph, everytime I listen to Richt talk he convinces me he doesn’t really have a clue. He never hits specifics, as to what his needs are, where his weaknesses are. It’s always generalities, i.e. dream team. What we need is “beef”, and talent, on both lines.

I mention Joey Jones quite often because I get to see the body of his work and hear his programs on the radio. He was asked a question by a caller about the offensive line, i.e. possibly being a weakness. His answer was “we need a minimum of 16 to 17 players” on the roster every year to be competive, and cover for injuries. No smoke and mirror bs answers. JJ may not be our guy, but I don’t think Richt is either. Point is, have you ever heard CMR address a problem, and give a solid answer on how he’s going to correct it?

DC

December 1st, 2010
1:18 pm

Who is ready to eat crow? There is PLENTY to go around since the NCAA came out 15 minutes ago…who is first?

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
1:21 pm

From the NCAA, “we do not have sufficient information that Cam Newton or anyone at Auburn was aware of this activity.”

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
1:21 pm

Mobile,

You are right with Richt giving Vanilla answers. What coach these day’s will give the honest answer?

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
1:21 pm

Bama dude, I suppose one could say that that ruling would be “good news” for the conference for a number of reasons, unless one had a “personal” motive that would like to see Auburn take the hit. Don’t know anyone over here in the great state of Alabama that would fall into that category, do you? My perspective is “good news”, and “glad it’s finally over”. If it is in fact….

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
1:22 pm

So know that Cam Newton has been declared eligible at Auburn University and not deemed to have broken any rules commence to wiping the egg off your face ESPN, FOX Sports and all others who have attempted to tarnish the image of our QB! Let’s get em this weekend Killa Cam couldn’t have heard better news!! WDE!!

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
1:22 pm

BAMA dude,

Remember me telling yall that the SEC wanted this thing cleared up before the SEC Championship Game? Dont anyone ever tell me the SEC isnt powerfull !

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
1:23 pm

There’s no crow to be had DC. The NCAA admits that Cecil and Kenny Rogers tried to shop Cam. They simply don’t have evidence that Cam knew. Yeah, right. Cam left the decision up to his pops but didn’t know pops was trying to get paid? Black eye averted, and that’s obviously all they cared about. Guarantee you he’ll be “encouraged” to go pro.

David Granger

December 1st, 2010
1:29 pm

1, Spurrier is the best coach ever in getting his team ready to play against a team that he really wants to beat. He doesn’t get as focused on that as much he used to, and spends more time on the golf course than a head coach can afford to do. But Garcia is a fine QB, and Alshon Jefferies is an outstanding receiver (underrated a bit from playing in the same conference with Julio Jones and A.J. Green)…plus they have an outstanding running back. I think Auburn will win, because they have a better defense…but I expect it to be a good game.

2. Nobody can blame TCU for moving to a larger conference, especially one with an automatic BCS slot. But I hate to see these huge jerrymandered conferences growing up, and also hate to see good smaller conferences falling apart the way they are.

3. I, too, was hoping for a Boise State – Ohio State matchup.

4. I don’t understand the fascination with Gruden either, but he might be the best option available. Miami can talk all they want about cleaning up the program, but to me they will always be (along with FSU) one of those scum teams.

5. Vanderbilt is about as serious as they’re ever going to get about football, I’m afraid. I think it’s one of those strange “point of pride” things for them, that they’re such a strong academic school they can’t really be competitive in the SEC. Apropos of nothing in particular, I think Mark Richt would be a fine fit there. He’s a clean-cut, nice-looking guy…says the right things, and represents the university real well. Also, he’s a good recruiter, so he’d probably get a few kids there that Vandy might not get otherwise. Don’t think he’d get $3 million a year there, but it’s something to think about. (Hint, Hint!)

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
1:30 pm

How’s that crow taste BAMA Dude and countless others who have attempted to destroy the character of a young man who loves the game & loves Auburn! I’ll say it again like I’ve been saying Auburn has done nothing wrong in this case! Maybe Cecil Newton discussed $$ with MSU maybe he didn’t. That had nothing to do with AU’s recruitment of him. It’s a crying shame that his Daddy may have tried to sell him w/o his knowledge, if that even happened (still not proven). Auburn did the right thing, co-operated with the NCAA, decalared him ineligible for 1 day, then got him re-instated. Can’t wipe the smile off my face must say, let this be a lesson to the charcter assassinators of the world LOL

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 1st, 2010
1:30 pm

Yeah!!! no cloud over us now…WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!!!

To the dome…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DC

December 1st, 2010
1:33 pm

Side story..I do feel bad for Cam (not his father)…remember people..Cam looks/ed up to his father so highly…i remember him saying if i can be half the man my father is I will be alright…I have a feeling he is going to retract that statement..sucks..time to “move forward”..

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
1:34 pm

Oh, there is still a cloud over Lee County. It’s that wafting cowchit cloud that will never go away.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
1:34 pm

TDWEagle,

My apologies for requesting you would eat crow.I told you I would man up if the decision came down that AU and Cam did nothing wrong. Congrads and good luck on Sat.

AUGUYinATL

December 1st, 2010
1:35 pm

JPTigers – - – - Well said. All is GREAT!!! Hopefully Cam plays inspired football Saturday. I too have a huuuuuge smile on my face. NOW…..where do I tailgate for Saturday???? LOL!!

WAR CAM EAGLE

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
1:36 pm

Love that Schad comes on ESPN trying to downplay this. Of course they are folks they pushed it 24/7 like u wouldn’t believe. Remember the Brett Favre “retirement texts” they have no credibility whatsoever. The powers that be said AU has done nothing wrong, who cares what his Dad did?? It would only matter if Cam WENT TO MSU! NOT AUBURN!! They have limited his dad’s access just in case now LET’S PLAY FOOTBALL!! WDE!!

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
1:37 pm

Congrads on Auburn being spared by the NCAA.Dont see Spurrier as being so nice of Sat.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
1:38 pm

DC, you and I both know that Cam had an idea of what was going on. This isn’t some absentee father situation. Cam said those things because they are a close family. No way Cecil was doing this without Cam knowing about it. All the NCAA said was that they had no evidence that Cam knew.

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
1:38 pm

War Eagle to you too AUGUY!! Wish this game was tomorrow now!! This A GREAT DAY TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER!!

DC

December 1st, 2010
1:44 pm

Bama dude, maybe/maybe not..honestly we will never know…what I do know..Cecil better step down from his church. As a christian I would be outraged nonetheless if I went to that church and he preached there…

And honestly, I’m glad for AU..I’m glad they were cleared and it wont hinder the university for years to come…this will help with recruiting for next year as well..(we need the help)..i think we are #25 or something…your stupid ugly lame bammers are #2 haha

meh

December 1st, 2010
1:47 pm

oh snap Vandy! Tony Barnhart just called y’all out.

AUGUYinATL

December 1st, 2010
1:49 pm

BAMA DUDE – - – man, green is not your color. Run on down and get yourself a new bammer shirt, they are selling them 28-27% off

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 1st, 2010
1:50 pm

@Murphy

Thanks thats nice of you. If we don’t win saturday I have my own crow pie to eat(financially..these damn tickets cost a fortune for the SEC championship game)..but I think AU, especially now that there is no overhanging baggage over the season,…will win..

I predict AT LEAST 3 visor tosses…
Spurrier is dangerous, a football magician..
BUT again, take away those white tigers, and sigreid and roy are just two gay guys…Spurrier doesn’t have UF type speed on defense at SC…

I think they will socre 4 TD’s on us…
I think we will score 6 TDs on them…

WAR EAGLE !!!!!!

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
1:50 pm

I don’t think Auburn was ever in any trouble unless a booster paid for him. Vacated wins, sure, but not probation. I still say Auburn should be most concerned right now about Bobby Lowder getting investigated by the FBI. That has much greater implications for Aubie than Cam ever could.

Cecil Newton

December 1st, 2010
1:51 pm

DC…. wink wink, I gotcha brother, see you at church on Sunday.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
1:53 pm

AUGUYinATL

December 1st, 2010
1:49 pm
BAMA DUDE – – – man, green is not your color. Run on down and get yourself a new bammer shirt, they are selling them 28-27% off

I will never be jealous of anything in Lee County. Have your fun for a year, I will be hoping USCe tars and feathers you and Oregon as well if you get that far. Next season you’ll be lucky to be bowl eligible while, as usual, Bama continues to build. See, that’s how you get 22 SEC titles. Consistent building; not grabbing a couple of hired guns for a year at a time.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
1:54 pm

TDWEagle,

Dang right those tickets are expensive,but its priceless to see your team play in this game. I think this will be a negative affect on your team.No chip on the shoulder now. OK i have recorded your prediction for next Moday’s discussion.Make sure you man up(sorry-women up LOL) next Monday on the blogs.I will be here either as a Hero or the Zero.

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
1:55 pm

So Bama Dude you’re a mind-reader now! What other talents do u have other than character assassination and slander? FACE FACTS!! The powers that be have said he’s done nothing wrong! DROP IT!! Let’s talk Football now u mullets amaze me…..

Old School

December 1st, 2010
1:59 pm

BAMA dude

Do you ever shut up?

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
2:00 pm

JPTigers,

BAMA dude aint giving in to you or any other Auburn fan. I can respect that,Just like we Dawgs would never do to a Techie . Just let it go and look foward to Sat.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:00 pm

Old School

December 1st, 2010
1:59 pm
BAMA dude

Do you ever shut up?

Do you ever say anything intelligent?