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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456 comments Add your comment

DC

December 1st, 2010
2:00 pm

get the heck out of here cecil..we live in the same city but i dont want nothing to do with you!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 1st, 2010
2:01 pm

@Murphy..

Of course, I will be here monday to crow or cry, (but never whine!!! shut up already, anti fairley folks) see ya there!!! Estrogen UP!!!

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
2:01 pm

Bama dude, to an impartial observer it sounds like you might need a little salt and pepper with that crow. It’s not going down to well from the outside looking in. Just a non bias’d observer….”AU” just handed “Bama” their head on a platter. Please do your talking on the field, give them their due, no more excuses until next year.

Not So Fast

December 1st, 2010
2:02 pm

Hey Tony:

Wrong. The number 1 story anywhere not in the SE is how long before the NCAA finds Newton was not eligible and vacates Auburns wins. Not only has AU gone all-in on this, so has the SEC.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:04 pm

How so Mobile Dawg? All of the allegations are true. Cecil shopped his son around with the hopes of getting paid. At this point there is simply no evidence that Cam knew or that money changed hands, either of which would make Cam ineligible. And as far as the Barn handing us our heads, I think we cut off our own head, put it on the platter, and gave it to ourselves.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
2:04 pm

Old School,

BAMA dude is a respected blogger here and he brings good facts and opinions to the conversations.Do you ever shut up? Come on man-Address the situation and person in a different manner. We all know he is die hard Bama and you are not gonna change that.

AUGUYinATL

December 1st, 2010
2:05 pm

I do not some help from my Auburn peeps!! Where is the best place to tailgate near the dome where I can set up tent, generator, dish, etc and have my friends meet me there??

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
2:05 pm

WDWEagle,

Your estrogen level is thru the ROOF!!!!!

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:07 pm

AUGUYinATL

December 1st, 2010
2:05 pm
I do not some help from my Auburn peeps!! Where is the best place to tailgate near the dome where I can set up tent, generator, dish, etc and have my friends meet me there??

Not sure why you’d be asking Auburn folks if you live in Atlanta, seems you’d want folks who know Atlanta. Park on Marietta Street across from the GWCC. Lots of open space there.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
2:09 pm

AUGUYinATL,

If you want the good Tailgate spots near the Dome-Find an AU alum and see if you can but a parking pass.All these lots are permit parking only.Their is pay parking lots but you might not have anything left when you return from the game.Be carefull in selecting your spot.The City of Atlanta might have passes for sale-Try contacting them.

Old School

December 1st, 2010
2:10 pm

Murphy

Apologies but I just counted 26 posts from BAMA dude… and that’s just since page 5. And about what? The same thing over and over. Please, give it a rest!

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
2:11 pm

AUGUYinATL,

BAMA dude has a good suggestion.World Congress Center is a good place.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:12 pm

Old School

December 1st, 2010
2:10 pm
Murphy

Apologies but I just counted 26 posts from BAMA dude… and that’s just since page 5. And about what? The same thing over and over. Please, give it a rest!

What have your two posts accomplished? I come on this blog almost daily. You are simply today’s troll. Any other questions? No? Good, because I will not be acknowledging you further.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:13 pm

Yeah, Murph, it’s the best spot for tailgating. Dad has had Falcons tickets for about 20 years now. That’s our lot.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
2:15 pm

I give credit where it’s due Bama dude, your 2:00 gave me a belly laugh. Again, as an impartial observer, I give the credit to AU’s defense for shutting the Bammer down, causing two “game changing” fumbles, then doing what it took to seal the “W”. But we had this conversation Monday I believe.

Living in Mobile, I have to listen to both sides spew their hatred for each other. I know what your feeling, my wife wasn’t going to work on Monday when it was 24 – 0. Then, we had to stop in Tiger Rags and wait an hour and a half while they were screen printing the “28-27″ logo T shirts. Her Father was a walk on for the Bear. Roots run deep. Just be glad you’re in Cleveland. Well, maybe not !

For what it’s worth, all the investigating was done, there was a dead end, the conference and NCAA did the right thing. I would hope the same thing would be done for Bama, or any other school in our conference for that matter.

Old School

December 1st, 2010
2:15 pm

BAMA dude

“almost daily”? LOL, you’re here at least 50 times EVERY day. You are obviously a man who accomplishes a lot in life.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:19 pm

Mobile Dawg, that’s one of the things Bama fans say. We print T-shirts for Conference and National Championships, Aubie prints them for beating us.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
2:22 pm

That I didn’t know Bamadude, is that true Aubies? About the shirts….

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
2:22 pm

The big question now is who at UF leaked Cam’s academic records. That was a very serious offense and u know the NCAA will want to chase down the leak. If I’m not mistaken they actually violated state law that ensures a students privacy. Could it have been Urban himself that authorized the leak? We know he’s good friends with Thayer, the hack at FOX Sports that run the story. Mighty interesting……

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
2:25 pm

They also print T-Shirts and hang banners for retroactive NC’s as well. 5 of em I believe….not even counting the tainted ones lol

jw

December 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

Remember – Carolina has 1 season with 10 wins – only 2 with 9 wins. One side says – hope they win and throw a big loop into the BCS, but the other side says they need to lose to get the 2 best teams playing for the Championship.

Next, the Vandy thing – Vandy and Tech ought to trade places – the ACC is more suited to Vandy’s athletic department set up, is primarily a basketball conference and one that Vandy could compete. They aren’t far from the heart of the ACC – so travel would be good for them and they would have a realistic chance to have a winning record in football and all other sports.

Don’t want to start a fuss, but it is logical

AUGUYinATL

December 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

MOBILE – - we print shirts before every game of the reg season, for beating BAMA, and for going to conference championships. We haven’t had a chance to print NC shirts……but that will change Saturday! WDE

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

I also think Jay Jacobs should be commended for the way he handled the whole situation. Proud that my school did the right thing despite all the haters. It was hard to just “go silent” and say “no comment” but it turned out to be the right strategy. Compliance dept. also did their job Bravo!

GT makes rings for beating UGA

December 1st, 2010
2:29 pm

Printing t-shirts for beating a team??? BAWHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Lame!!!!

bells

December 1st, 2010
2:30 pm

JPTigers,

How do you feel though that your two best players are going to be one and doners? I mean, excuse the pun, but aren’t they the definition of “hired guns?”

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
2:31 pm

JPTigers, with all the circumstancial stuff that was piling up and circulating that’s about all you could do. It looked really “dark” for Auburn for a long time. I’m glad it’s over, and all’s well.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:31 pm

Charles Robinson just tweeted that Cam would have faced a lengthy suspension if he had gone to Missy State. This doesn’t seem to jive with SEC bylaws. He also says that the NCAA will likely change rules over this. Interesting.

NCAA

December 1st, 2010
2:31 pm

Let me clarify. Cam Newton has been reinstated since Auburn University declared him ineligible yesterday. This does not mean that the investigation is closed. The NCAA has found evidence of violations on the part of Cecil Newton and Kenny Rogers regarding amateurism issues. There is currently no evidence to indicate that Cam Newton is ineligible. That does not mean that such evidence will not be discovered as this investigation continues. This investigation does continue. Stay tuned for further updates, but don’t start holding your breath before the Bowl Season ends.

DC

December 1st, 2010
2:34 pm

people sure do have an axe to grind with Cam…and AU..everything is laid to rest…we can stop making mountains out of molehills…

NCAA

December 1st, 2010
2:36 pm

DC,

I would suggest that you read the press releases… carefully.

Everything is NOT “laid to rest”. This investigation continues.

API_Fan

December 1st, 2010
2:38 pm

Here’s what I don’t understand. Why did Auburn declare Cam ineligible yesterday?

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
2:44 pm

Because they had to in order to have him re-instated according to the NCAA by-laws

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:45 pm

API_Fan

December 1st, 2010
2:38 pm
Here’s what I don’t understand. Why did Auburn declare Cam ineligible yesterday?

That’s a good question. Curious timing… why yeaterday?

NCAA

December 1st, 2010
2:46 pm

They did so because we presented evidence to Auburn University which proves that Cecil Newton sought illegal benefits in exchange for his son’s participation in NCAA athletics.

Cam Newton has been reinstated while the investigation continues. This case is not closed.

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
2:48 pm

‘This investigation continues”?? You are right but if you read the rest of the statement it says this step usually happens “right before the close of an investigation”. My guess is right now they are chasing who leaked the acadenmic records at UF as well. U never know I’m hearing that Mal Moore may have been behind some of this as well. But the statement makes clear AU has done nothing wrong, and that’s the MOST important “statemant” to make! War Cam Eagle!!

Chillahill43

December 1st, 2010
2:48 pm

Ncas is an idioy. Details to follow. Everytime they post….

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:49 pm

Actually, I bet Murphy’s right on the SEC deal. Mike Slive probably applied some pressure to Aubie to go ahead and rule him ineligible, knowing the NCAA would act quickly under the circumstances. That would make sense re: timing.

NCAA

December 1st, 2010
2:51 pm

Reinstatements are handled separately from the investigation. They have no bearing on the final outcome of the investigation. The only SEC institutions under investigation in this case are Mississippi State and Auburn.

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
2:53 pm

Not so fast my friend Bells! I think Fairley may be gone but now that the false cloud has lifted I’m betting Cam comes back next year. There are actually 4 or 5 QB’s that would be drafted ahead of him possibly. It will all depend on how the rest of this season plays out but today was a game changer. Although I’m sure the hacks at ESPN will continue to push this non-story.

Chillahill43

December 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

Bama dude – hate to tell ya be these guys will not stay for 4 years so are they hired guns.
Julio, richardson, ingram etal!!!!!

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

Wrong again”NCAA” or whatever your name is. Auburn is NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION OF ANY KIND! U have no clue what u are talking about….

JPTigers

December 1st, 2010
2:55 pm

To be under “investigation” u must first receive an official letter of inquiry which has not & will not be served in this case.

De Nile

December 1st, 2010
2:55 pm

Oh man… I thought I was rid of all of those Aubies.

Now they’re right back in me again. Sheesh, will these guys ever learn?

Chillahill43

December 1st, 2010
2:57 pm

Marcell Darius. He Be gone too! Sso your reasoning is AGAIN flawed!

POST OF THE DAY!!!

December 1st, 2010
2:58 pm

“My guess is right now they are chasing who leaked the acadenmic records at UF as well. U never know I’m hearing that Mal Moore may have been behind some of this as well.”

It was the Bammers, I knew it!

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
2:58 pm

Chillahill43

December 1st, 2010
2:54 pm
Bama dude – hate to tell ya be these guys will not stay for 4 years so are they hired guns.
Julio, richardson, ingram etal!!!!!

No, they came in as freshmen, went through the S & C program, earned their playing time (5-star BJ Scott and 4-star Star Jackson didn’t make it, among others), and played for three years. Cam and Fairley had to go the juco route due to academic cheating scandals and stopped by Lee County for a minute on the way to the NFL. Big difference.

NCAA

December 1st, 2010
3:00 pm

Sure JPT. We’re not investigating. Auburn simply declared Cam ineligible on a whim.

Listen up! We have not declared Auburn innocent of anything. What we have declared is that Cam Newton is currently eligible to play football at Auburn and that the investigation is ongoing.

Read into that what you will.

bells

December 1st, 2010
3:02 pm

“false cloud has lifted?” Ha!!! Keep dreaming. That will be all the evidence you, or anybody else, would need to know that he is guilty. You are correct, he wouldn’t be in the top QB’s picked, which would further illustrate that there is another reason that he is getting the heck out of Dodge before the sh*t hits the fan.

He will enter the draft and leave Auburn in shambles.

Cecil Newton

December 1st, 2010
3:05 pm

I’ve done made it clear that my boy won’t be no rented mule for a team that ain’t got no offensive line. Auburn ain’t gonna have no offensive line next year. My boy’s going Pro!

Again!!!

DC

December 1st, 2010
3:06 pm

I knew this was going to happen when the truth came out…people can’t accept anything…they are just out for blood and want to see a kid fail…happened with tebow..its happening with Cam…and it will happen with (insert next great college football star that no one can touch)..