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

Cecil Newton

December 1st, 2010
3:07 pm

Put a smile on my face NFL !!!

Praise the Lord !!!

Notty

December 1st, 2010
3:08 pm

Not sure why the Barners are excited about this news. They have been screaming all along that the entire Cam story was false. Well, the NCAA has found his father guilty, just not Cam, AT THE MOMENT. Nowhere in the NCAA statement yesterday did they suggest that the investigation was nearing an end, which it would have said had that been case.

Still looks like the bottom is eventually going to fall out on the Barners.

NCAA

December 1st, 2010
3:08 pm

DC,

We’re only interesting in establishing the facts of the case. We never investigated Tim Tebow. Whatever gave you such an idea?

DC

December 1st, 2010
3:10 pm

NCAA…I’m not talking to you…you’re the NCAA..I’m talking to these common folk…ps im glad the NCAA can be on this blog to keep us in the know..helps us out…*cough*

GT

December 1st, 2010
3:10 pm

Why does Gary Patterson not get offers to leave TCU? Why can’t TCU be just a football school like ND does in basketball?

Gordon Gee at least didn’t punch out a Clemson linebacker.

Spurrier will be the headline before it is over. He cannot come to Georgia without taking a shot at something, just not in him.

T3

December 1st, 2010
3:11 pm

Back in March 2010, I predicted that
Mike Leach would end up at either Maryland or Miami.

Why Maryland:
Mike Leach is very clsoe personal friends with Kevin Plank, Chairman of UnderArmour Corporation, a Maryland alumnus and former Maryland football player.

Miami:
When Leach left Lubbock, TX he immedaitely went to Key West where he has been for months. Leach is close friends with Donald Trump who strongly recommmend to Miami to hire Leach way back in 2006, instead of promoting Shannon.

Well, here we are, 4 years later, in the post-Shannon era.

Maryland has already agreed to give Ralph Friedgen
one more year at Maryland.

So, its now or never for Miami.

MARK IT DOWN;

Miami will hire Leach…very soon.

Trump is gonna make sure of it this time. Trump has even reportedly sent a written note to the Miami presdient to hire Leach immediately.

Miami Athletics DESPARATELY needs LOTS of money,
and Trump has plenty of it.

If Miami hires Leach, Trump will likely donate tens of millions
of BADLY needed dollars to the Miami Athletics program.

Jon Gruden cant do that for Miami.

So long Gruden. Hello Mike Leach.

NCAA

December 1st, 2010
3:13 pm

Some of you need help. You should do something about that cough. Quit hanging out with Pat Dye – that would be a good start.

;-)

DC

December 1st, 2010
3:14 pm

I don’t hang out with Dye..I fancy Barbara Dooley!

Mark Richt

December 1st, 2010
3:15 pm

T3,

Looks like you’re wrong again. I checked in with Miami. They’ve already tendered an offer to Gruden… Dammit!

Barbara Dooley

December 1st, 2010
3:17 pm

DC,

Honey, I need a ride to Knoxville. Vincent can’t get his stupid butt out of that dadgum garden. Could you come pick me up?

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
3:17 pm

Well, the blog has been taken over by the schoolchildren again.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
3:19 pm

BAMA dude,

The SEC absolutley requested that the NCAA have this issue resolved by the SEC Championship Game.The SEC didnt not want this story to take presidence over the game itself.The SEC is for sure a power in college athletics-no doubt.Im sure Mike Slive was on the phone getting this resolved.

Chillahill43

December 1st, 2010
3:19 pm

Oh and i know since they bringi em all in as freshmen that means what exactly..? They are all hired guns. Damn Bamadude get over yourself. They are all just hired help even Satin wasnt a TRUE Alabama boy!!!! Argue some stuff with validity. Geeze!

Barbara Dooley

December 1st, 2010
3:19 pm

It’s a FAMILY thing BAMA dude.

You wouldn’t understand…

DC

December 1st, 2010
3:20 pm

Barbara just use the church bus like you do going to the games! haha..you guys are nuts

Courtney's Red Panties

December 1st, 2010
3:20 pm

Hey you naughty Dawgs, I’ll see you all in Boise!

Nick Saban

December 1st, 2010
3:22 pm

Who the heck is Satin?

Is he on our team?

Oh, look hon… Vince and Barbara are at it again out in the garden.

Blog Security

December 1st, 2010
3:25 pm

Idiot Tech boy is back.He is already using 3 different posting names.He is real easy to pick up.BEWARE BLOGGERS-HE brings nothing to the conversation but insults.

DC
NCAA

Chillahill43

December 1st, 2010
3:26 pm

Satin. Satan. Saten. Sabin Saban. They all be the dame. Hahaha

Blog Security

December 1st, 2010
3:35 pm

Now Tech idiot boy is:

Chillahill43
Nick Saban
Barbara Dooley
and many more to come.

AND HE IS STILL 1-9 VS UGA-THAT WONT CHANGE LOL

Tech idiot boy

December 1st, 2010
3:40 pm

Ha!

I’m also JPTigers, DrivingMsDooley and TrishaDishaWarEagle.

Lousy security guy. You should go to work for the NCAA.

Cam

December 1st, 2010
3:47 pm

Does anyone know were the trunk button is on a The Mercedes-Benz SL ?

mike

December 1st, 2010
3:50 pm

If you want a good laugh, tune into 680 to listen to the faux “conservative” John Kincade back on his Jessie Jackson soapbox defending the thug Scam Newton. What a dou-che

Blog Security

December 1st, 2010
3:50 pm

Tech idiot boy,

YOU ARE ALSO 1-9 AGAINST UGA IN PAST 10 MEETINGS.CANT CHANGE THAT? UH?

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

Tech idiot boy

December 1st, 2010
3:56 pm

Alabama Polytechnic Institute ain’t. All tech boys don’t come from Atlanta.

Richard Nixon

December 1st, 2010
3:58 pm

It’s not illegal if you don’t get caught!

Oliver North

December 1st, 2010
3:59 pm

Dick,

If you have the right connections, it ain’t always illegal even if you do get caught!

Whiskeydawg

December 1st, 2010
4:00 pm

Gruden has already turned down several jobs at the college and pro level, so I don’t he’ll take the Miami job. I think he’s having too much fun needling Jaws “Lumpy Rutherford” Jaworski.

Jon Gruden

December 1st, 2010
4:03 pm

Hide and watch Whiskeydawg.

Mama likes Miami.

Dawg_Mike

December 1st, 2010
4:10 pm

Tony- I might have missed it if someone else brought it up- forgive me but too many posts to read, but Boise States strength of schedule is tougher than The Ohio States. not by much, but it is.

A damn old fart running his pie hole.

Tebo's cousin's (3rd removed) girlfriend's brother

December 1st, 2010
4:25 pm

Help me to understand Scam is ineligible for one day(a non game day at that) because his father damaged his amateur status but now it’s ok? what a pile of _ _ _ _

Pandora's Box

December 1st, 2010
4:28 pm

The NCAA has just legalized pay for play.

Let’s go along with the NCAA and assume Cam Newton truly had zero knowledge of his father’s actions hard to believe but I’ll play, and if that IS in fact the case what a turd for a father but that’s another story.

What the NCAA has basically done is tell schools, boosters, and player families that as long as the players themselves have no knowledge of their father, brother, coach or whoever recieving money or extra benefits then it’s ok. I have a feeling that we’re going to have more Cam Newton scenarios coming up in the future.

Dad: “Son, you REALLLY should go to ___________University. I think it would be in the family’s errr YOUR best interest” (insert wink & nod)

Fast forward to next fall–Son comes home for the weekend.
Dad:”Hey son, here’s a few hundred bucks for some walking around $$$”
Son: “Thanks Dad! Heeeyyy, where did you get this $$$ I thought times were tough”
Dad: “Oh uhhhh, well I won it playing cash 3 yeah that’s it, and it looks like I’ll be getting a bonus from work next month so if you need more just let me know.” (insert another wink & nod)

And if there weren’t already enough Cecil Newtons around already, the NCAA just created a heck of a lot more.

BAMA

December 1st, 2010
4:51 pm

Is everyone forgetting that Cecil is the one who picked Auburn for Cam. Why would a man who would shop his kid around for money suddenly turn it down to go to a different school for free ?

Mystified

December 1st, 2010
4:56 pm

Pandora,

You’re right. This eligibility ruling seems to fly in the face of both the NCAA and SEC bylaws regarding student-athlete amateur status. With that said, the press release makes it clear that the investigation is ongoing and that Cam’s eligibility could yet be revoked pending the final results of the inquiry.

I know that this case is special because of the SEC Championship and BCS Championship ramifications, but if this sort of player shopping is allowed to stand then the NCAA should just stop pretending that collegiate athletics are to be considered “amateur” any longer.

Mystified

December 1st, 2010
5:04 pm

I just heard that USC plans to leverage this eligibility ruling in their ongoing NCAA appeal regarding the Reggie Bush case. Turns out Reggie didn’t know about the money that his parents received.

Will Reggie get his Heisman Trophy back?

Mystified

December 1st, 2010
5:05 pm

I just heard that USC plans to leverage this eligibility ruling in their ongoing NCAA appeal regarding the Reggie Bush case. Turns out Reggie didn’t know about the money that his parents received.

Will Reggie get his Heisman Trophy back now?

Tide Roll

December 1st, 2010
5:26 pm

Cam got paid off, they hid the money, so the NCAA had to declare him eligible–otherwise, sharpton and jackson would have been protesting and suing for big money for their foundations.

Things That Make You Go Huh?

December 1st, 2010
5:32 pm

USC Freshman Dillion Baxter is declared inelegible and suspended for 1 game because he took a ride in a golf cart accross campus; Cam Newton is rulled ineligible for less than a day/no games for pay for play. Huh?

Albert Means

December 1st, 2010
5:48 pm

Hey!

I didn’t even know who Logan Young was when I signed with Alabama. I sure didn’t know about any money changing hands. I guess that means Bama will be getting some extra scholarships for the next few years to make up for the ones they lost for signing me?

Joker

December 1st, 2010
5:56 pm

the NCAA is a joke and if reporters don’t ask some hard questions they are all Jokers! Cam did not know – that is a joke; he is ineligible one day, and then cleared the next – Joke! Note to all student athletes – let your parents negotiate the deal! NCAA is the JOKE.

Atlanta Gator

December 1st, 2010
6:28 pm

Well, I’ll be dam*ed. The NCAA conducted an investigation and made a timely ruling. So, let’s some up the various verdicts:

1. Cecil Newton, man of God? He’s a greedy dirtball who can’t close a deal. Tried to get money for his son’s placement, but received no money, and still got banned from Auburn events. “Dad can still watch my games on TV, and when I get my first NFL contract, I’ll buy him a new church roof . . . or a new church.” Assuming anyone still wants to go to his church. God is not happy with you, sir. You better hope he’s the forgiving father of the New Testament, not the vengeful God of the Torah who turn people into pillars of salt.

2. Former Mississippi State Kenny Rogers? Dirtbag. You just got banned from you alma mater’s locker room and the cheap seats of Scott Stadium. BTW, the NFLPA just called. Apparently, your NFL agent status is about to be revoked. Whoops.

3. Cam Newton? The luckiest guy on the planet. Money makes people do stupid things, son, and your daddy is one of them. I hope former Gator Cam can keep his nose clean until he decides to declare for the NFL Draft. Please don’t disappointt the faith of the Auburn Tigers fabs; they’re still feeling burned from 2004.

4. Bobby Lowder? You’re still a dirtbag even if you weren’t involved in this particular scandal. As my Atlanta Auburn friends always wish: “Don’t go away mad, Bobby. Just go away.”

5. Gene Chizik? The second luckiest man on the planet. Chhizk’s star quarterback, who has a history of petty larceny and alleged academic indiscretions, just dodged the silver bullet that could have ended his college career in disgrace and converted Auburn’s magically unexpected 12-0 season into an 0-12 nightmare. For those of you who don’t know, Chizik was a walk-on for the Florida Gators in the early 1980s. Hopefully, former Gator Chizik learned something from the late unpleasantness involving Florida and the NCAA caused by his former Gators coach, Charley Pell.

6. Dan Mullen? Happy as a clam. His people did what they were supposed to do when Cecil and Kenny tried to sell Cam to Mississippi State: they listened, and then reported the miscreants to the SEC and NCAA. Coach Mullen, the former Gators offensive coordinator, has had something of an unexpectedly magical season, too. A dirtball former player on the margins of his program has just been banned at no real loss to the Bulldogs program.

7. Steve Spurrier? Lost in all this controversy, the Evil Genius has dethroned his beloved Gators, upset the reigning BCS champion Crimson Tide, thumped the Dawgs and Vols, derfeated his current in-state rival and taken his second set of perennial also-rans to the SEC Championship Game. Does anyone else foolishly believe the former King Gator can’t coach in the SEC? And don’t think for a moment that the Old Ball Coach doesn’t believe he can’t beat Auburn—-he’s Steve Spurrier, damn it.

8. Urban Meyer? Sure, you lost a potential Heisman candidate as your future quarterback, and your team is 7-5, but look at the bright side. At least, you won’t have to bench one of your star players for stealing a computer the week before the SEC championship. That should help keep you from an anxiety attack, right?

Is it just me, or do there seem to be an awful lot of former Gators with something to lose from this mess? Well, that’s how I see it anyhow. Either way, a former Gator is going to be the head coach of the 2010 SEC championship football team. We find our silver lining anywhere we can.

Atlanta Gator

December 1st, 2010
6:29 pm

Of course, that should read “let’s sum up.”

Where’s the edit button on this damn blog?

ronald

December 1st, 2010
6:34 pm

Miami would have never contended for a championship under Randy Shannon. But why should their fans expect that anyway? The stadium is always empty and the city of Miami doesn’t even support the school. Its time for Miami to just go away….the 80’s aren’t coming back.

Beast from the East

December 1st, 2010
6:44 pm

Atlanta Gator,
How do you think Spurrier felt knocking the Gators out of the SECCG? Think he had mixed emotions?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 1st, 2010
7:55 pm

Spurrier will toss 3 visors AND a clipboard, saturday!!

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AU 42- SC 28

“Bring only your strength, your honor and a check for $300″

Atlanta Gator

December 1st, 2010
8:29 pm

Trisha—-

Do you remember the last time a team coached by the Evil Genius played your Tigers in Atlanta? I do. Be very afraid, and tell Gene and Cam to bring their “A” Game.

TopShelfDore

December 1st, 2010
8:31 pm

Vanderbilt’s hire, when it comes about 10 days from now, will shock everyone. The most upset will be the coaches of the other 5 SECE teams. Realignment of the East is about to happen. Write it down.

Atlanta Gator

December 1st, 2010
8:39 pm

Beast—-

I’m sure that the Evil Genius still loves his Gators, but from his present vantage point, I’m sure he loves beating them more.

Atlanta Gator

December 1st, 2010
8:44 pm

TopShelfDore—-

Could happen, but unless Vanderbilt starts recruiting top-20 classes, a new Commodores coaching staff of Vince Lombardi, the Bear, Knute Rockne and Jesus couldn’t do better than an 8-win season. Well, unless that last guy calls in some serious favors from his Dad.

Priceless

December 1st, 2010
8:46 pm

“m,”
Seeing your sorry Jackets lose to UGA on Saturday in Athens was fun. Tech really showed up big with about 4,000 fans. What pathetic support, but your coach and team have learned to expect this type of pitiful showing. Watching the basketball Jackets get blown out by a bunch of really smart white boys from Northwestern was priceless. What’s the excuse this time: Northwestern has lower academic standards than Tech. I don’t think so. Tech just plain sucks in every sport!!

To borrow your phrase, “m,” glad it hurts so bad. Now, go back under the rock where you have been hiding.