Mr. College Football has moved

Get ready for the 2014 college football season, and update your bookmarks.

The new Mr. College Football blog with Tony Barnhart is ready for college football fans at mrcollegefootball.blog.ajc.com.

Here are some of the first links from the new blog:

Spurrier: The numbers tell the real story

  • 4:37 pm Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Tony Barnhart

Hoover, Ala. — The grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel is Ground Zero at SEC Media Days. While the TV folks get the most attention, this room is reserved for the hard-core newspaper and internet writing force that sets the tone for this event. Coaches who come here for the first time find it a bit unnerving. This is a hard-to-impress bunch. This much you can count on.

When Steve Spurrier addresses “The Media Boys,” as he loves to call them, this room is full. This was Spurrier’s 22nd Media Days as a head coach in the SEC (10 at [More]

SEC’s Slive: Big Five conferences could seek new ‘venue’

  • 6:03 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Tony Barnhart
Mike Slive, Southeastern Conference, SEC, SEC Media Days

Hoover, Ala. — The passage from SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was only about 40 words. But it sent a very powerful message to open the conference’s annual Football Media Days:

“If we do not achieve a positive outcome under the existing big tent of Division I, we will consider the establishment of a venue with similar conferences and institutions where we can enact the desired changes in the best interests of our student-athletes.”

Slive, a former judge who still calls himself “a recovering lawyer,” chose his words carefully but the meaning was clear: For years, the five largest conferences in college athletics [More]

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