About Tony Barnhart

Tony Barnhart is a proud native of Union Point, Ga., located about an hour east of Atlanta. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Tony spent seven years at the Greensboro (NC) News & Record before coming to the AJC in 1984. Today he is a free lance sports writer and broadcaster for ajc.com, CBS, CSS, and 790 The Zone. Tony and his wife, Maria, live in Dunwoody. Their daughter, Sara Barnhart Fletcher, is an attorney with the Atlanta firm of Wargo & French. Sara has her mother’s looks and her mother’s brains.

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Lou D'Ermilio

March 19th, 2009
12:28 pm

Hi Tony. Rumors that Fox may sell or sub-license the rights to its final BCS season are eroneous. Most of our BCS advertising, including the title sponsorships, was sold in four-year packages.

Thanks,
Lou
SVP, Communications
FOX Sports

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Al

April 21st, 2009
4:00 pm

Tony,
I noticed you appear on 104 The Zone on Wednesdays. What is your weekly radio schedule (day, time and station) so avid college football fans can tune in over the internet. Thanks.

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Scott W

April 21st, 2009
4:16 pm

Tony, There was a post on the DawgVent that indicated Lee Corso and Chris Fowler were “out” of the ESPN College Gameday lineup this coming season. The rumor was that Lou Holtz was going to replace Corso and that possibly Karl Ravege was going to replace Fowler.

Is there any truth to this?

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Tony Barnhart

April 22nd, 2009
8:45 am

Al,
I’m on 1045 the zone in Nashville at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and about 10:10 a.m. on Saturday’s. Both show go about an hour. Having a lot of fun working with Doug Mathews. Thanks for asking

Scott W..I read that report as well but I have head nothing like that from a credible source. I will check it out.

tb

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obomaisaclown

April 24th, 2009
10:40 pm

Tony why are we not hearing more about Alabama lost of scholarships and second letter . Coming from bama I am hearing all my friends saying they we will have 5 or more scholarships taken in the next month. They are also talking about a second letter that could have Saban moving on. They know some high school coach in has been talked to regarding paying players. what’s up?

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Nat Man

April 27th, 2009
11:22 am

To be fair, you should have went with “picks per team” evaluation in which the Big East had the most

Conference – Picks – Teams – Picks/Team
BE – 27 – 8 – 3.38
P10 – 32 – 10 – 3.20
SEC – 37 – 12 – 3.08
ACC – 33 – 12 – 2.75
B10 – 28 – 11 – 2.55
B12 – 28 – 12 – 2.33

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Al

April 27th, 2009
7:42 pm

Tony,
Any comment or reasons/issues on the following players NOT getting drafted.
Darryl Beckwith LB LSU
Danell Ellerbee LB UGA
John Parker Wilson QB Bama
Arian Foster RB Tenn
Greg Carr WR FSU
Ashlee Palmer LB Miss

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RH

April 29th, 2009
10:49 am

There was a great story on this years draft that no one at the AJC picked up. Two brothers are going to the NFL this year – one drafted and one as a free agent. Everyone knows that Jared Cook was drafted but his brother – Jason Cook – also signed a free agent contract with Baltimore. Both of the Cooks went to North Gwinnett High School.

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Hal Vernon

May 7th, 2009
9:36 pm

Tony, would you please spend just a little time on the ACC, Big 12, etc. Every column is SEC this and SEC that. The world does not revolve around the SEC. Spread the love for gosh sakes.

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Chris Hughes

May 8th, 2009
2:40 pm

Any news about the Georgia Florida game contract?

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Tony Barnhart

May 8th, 2009
2:50 pm

Chris,

No word yet on the UGA-FLA contract.

TB

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Chris Hughes

May 8th, 2009
6:57 pm

In your opinion do you think the game will stay in Jacksonville or go home and home?

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mightyKC

May 18th, 2009
9:45 am

Tony, can this quote really be true? I’m sorry but this is the most absurd comment EVER. complaining about the TEMPERATURE DIFFERENCE between jax and gville, and jax and athens? REALLY?!! is that a sick joke?

“When people ask me the question, ‘Do you really think [Jacksonville] is a neutral site?’, I say, ‘No, it’s not neutral,’ ” Richt said. “When you play in the state of Florida every year — we fly, they drive; it’s hotter for us, it’s cooler for them.”

(Richt was referring to the temperature relative to what the teams practice in before the game.)

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Thomas Sherrouse

May 18th, 2009
12:09 pm

Tony – Great article about Erk. Who do we need to get in touch with or start bothering to get the Divisional Honors Review Committees to evaluate and make an exception for Erk being inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame?

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Jay Ward

May 18th, 2009
3:30 pm

In reference to whether or not Pope Urban should apologize to Auburn. Your answer of “no” didn’t really surprise me, although I was surprised at how you tried to gloss it over into an almost blameless incident. First, regarding Meyer, I must say I am dissappointed that you seem to have joined the ranks of every other media guy who gives him and Saban a “pass” on the tough stuff. It’s like you media guys are working for the old Soviet “newspaper” Pravda and he/Saban are Josef Stalin. Say the wrong thing/offend the wrong person and it’s banishment for life and you’ll be sent into exile, destined forever to cover only Big 10 games. I always thought that you “had a pair”. Well..Do you?

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lcgator

May 19th, 2009
4:05 pm

Having been subjected to many butt whuppings in Jax since 1963 I can sympathize with the beat down dawg fans. But, I can assure you the location of the game has had very little if any impact on the outcome of the game. Appleby/Washington and “run Lindsey run” had no clue where the game was being played in their collective monments of greatness. I would be willing to bet my tickets to any of the games if it were played in the Georgia Dome aka Swamp Dome the outcome over the last 19 years would have been no different. BTW UF is 6-1 in SEC Champ.games in the dome. As pointed out by Mr.Barnhart with the exception of the 2002 & 2005 games the Gators have clearly had the better team and the better coaching. If it’s ever moved I hope it would go to the campuses.I enjoyed to my trip to Athens in 1995 and it seems like I have been going to Atlanta almost every December.

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Pat Donahue

May 21st, 2009
8:38 am

Tony,

Do you have an email address you are comfortable with giving out? There are some Georgia Southern folks who want to talk with you about Operation Do Right, the push to get a rule change to get Erk considered by the College Football Hall of Fame

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David Shellhorse

May 21st, 2009
8:40 am

It’s funny how the previous generation of UGA alumni think that location has nothing to do with the current epidemic of Georgia losses in Jax. Conversely, as a more recent UGA alum, I don’t know a single Dawg fan my age (age 29) or younger who thinks that the Gators DON’T have an advantage. They do. College football was different a generation ago as were the two respective states. Georgia now travels to a state year-in and year-out that is double its size in population. For those of us not resorting/playing golf with our country club frat brothers in St. Simon’s Island, we travel to and spend the night in a city that is absolutely painted UF Orange from the floor to the ceiling. We take a healthy dose of their taunting every year for the whole weekend. Last point, Mr. Barnhart: there is no way in the world I’m going to accept your opinion over Mark Richt’s on whether or not the Jax location is a competitive advantage for the Gators. I think I’ll trust his resume more than any writer’s or any old school Georgia fan who is stuck in the past.

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Jim Garrison

May 21st, 2009
9:23 am

Hello Tony, don’t know if you remember me or not. We worked together at the N&R…I was in advertising and you, Larry Keech and Meyer Anthony and myself often got in great spirited discussions about college football. I think I was the only Alabama fan at the paper, I’ll never forget Larry bringing over the AP wire service bulletin when Bear Bryant died. Keep up the good work I’m proud of what you have accomplished since we worked together. Jim

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David Holloway

May 25th, 2009
11:33 am

Tony,

Great article on the SEC 5-1-2 format from earlier this month. Currently the format is scheduled up to 2011. I don’t expect (and I hope is does not happen) to see the SEC break up the Ala/Tenn or Aub/UGA rivaliries anytime soon.
However, do you see the SEC switching around MSU/UK, UM/Vandy and/or Ark/SC, and possibly LSU/Fla, starting in 2012?

Thanks,
David
North Atlanta, GA

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Jim R.

May 28th, 2009
7:34 pm

http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-golf/spec-rel/052109aaa.html

Hey Tony—How about a little space for our National Champions right here in Atlanta? Ogelthorpe Stormy Petrals number one in Div-III golf. Might not be as newsworthy as UGA getting a flea bath but certainly deserves SOME mention in the AJC!

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Joel Green

May 29th, 2009
8:22 am

Tony, how many of Dooley’s victories over Florida were when the
Gators played Georgia the week after they had to play the Auburn Tigers. Those were Auburn teams that could amazingly could take 220 lb guys and make them 280lb in just one year. (Ben Temberello?).

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Tom

June 20th, 2009
11:30 am

Tony, I enjoy you columns very much.
One think I would like to know is what schools like Kentucky, Vandy and South Carolina actually get for participating in the minor bowls following the expenses.
I wonder if it makes ‘buying’ non conference games profitable in the long run. I know the arguement it helps recruiting, etc. But how does it effect the over all pocket book?
Thanks.
Tom Atkinson
Lakeland, Florida

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Parrish Walton

July 14th, 2009
9:11 am

Mr. Barnhart,

I write for a sports site (www.spartyandfriends.com) and was attempting to get your email address because our site wanted to interview you for our college football preview that is coming up. I live in ATL and have been following you since I moved here in 1996, and it would be awesome to interview Mr. CFB for a college football preview. Our site has interview other reporters such as Brad Edwards and Ralph Vacchiano in the past, but when we discussed an interview subject for college football, you were the obvious choice. Let me know if we can work something out.

Thanks.

Parrish Walton

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Herschworld

July 17th, 2009
2:10 pm

Mr. Barnhart,
1st off thank you for your excellent work covering the great game of college football, you are truely the best in the business. I’m writing you as a lifelong Georgia Southern fan and have recently read your coverage of this years HOF selection. The question is how do we get Erk into the hall of fame. Is there any grass roots campaign involved, if so where do I sign, if not will you help me start one. This would mean a lot to the game.

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Allen Waters

July 19th, 2009
4:30 am

Coach Erk Russell gets my vote for his accomplishments at GEORGIA and Georgia Southern!

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"The Real Tiger wears Blue and Gold! 24 miles North of Union Point. Hint Hwy 4 North!"

July 19th, 2009
12:17 pm

Congrats on your recent accomplishment! We are proud of you.

So, you from Union Point. Do you prefer Fried Chicken, biscuits and taters from the “Old Corner Pantry or Golden Pantry?” I’m not going to mention Neal’s bbq, burger ranch, etc.

Keep up the good work.
“Not Disappointed!”
Go Jackets!

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"The Real Tiger wears Blue and Gold! 24 miles North of Union Point. Hint Hwy 4 North!"

July 19th, 2009
12:53 pm

Sorry about the typo Hwy 44 North.

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Mike the SEC west fan

July 24th, 2009
2:28 pm

After watching Media Days you guys obviously have a bad case of Tebowitis. He doesn’t walk on water…… or a swamp for that matter. Florida will lose to at least one SEC west team this year. Why? The SEC west is as good as it’s ever been. You know that, and your colleagues do, too.

Back to the SEC west. You’ve got it backwards for the most part…. Miss State will be in the basement. Since the teams are close to being evenly matached, I’ll go with the following groups:

1.+ 2. ….. LSU and Arkansas (possibly decided in the Battle for the Boot).

3.+ 4. ….. Ole Miss and Alabama (each team overrated)

5.+ 6. ….. Auburn and Miss State (Auburn might pull off an upset)

Mike the SEC west fan

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Paul Lee

July 29th, 2009
3:51 pm

Tony, congrats on the TV show. Will you still be doing the radio show with Wes on Thursdays? Thanks. Paul Lee

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Mark Johnson

July 31st, 2009
2:23 pm

With your new CBS show on Tuesday, will you still be on Comcast?…….Thanks…

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Rick "DAWG" Lynn

August 14th, 2009
10:03 am

Tony – how about a review on the UGA quarterback situation. Specifically, who is the #2 guy and how are our two highly recruited Freshmen doing?

Love your work. DAWG

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Teacher, Too

August 27th, 2009
11:34 am

Good morning, Mr. Barnhart,

First, I want to tell you how much I enjoy listening to you on 790 the Zone. I try to never miss your segment. Also, as an avid Florida fan, I appreciate your thoughtful analysis of SEC football. (And, I do read your blog on a regular basis, mostly as a lurker. It’s a tough audience!)

Last night at dinner, some friends were thinking about how some football conferences should be realigned. For instance, one of our firends was saying that Arkansas really needs to be in a western conference instead of the SEC. In its place, we should invite Ga Tech or UCF. If you could redesign/ realign the conferences, how would you do it? I thought this might be an interesting blog topic as some point (probably should have thought about it earlier in the summer when the blog was “summer lite”.

Thank you for your time,
An Avid Florida Fan

Thank you,

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chuck allison

September 7th, 2009
5:32 pm

Tony Barnhart, please check the GT roster. We don’t have a Jerrard Talent on the team. His name is Tarrant.

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Lisa

September 16th, 2009
5:02 pm

Tony, I am trying to track you down for a phone interview for a research project we are doing about Southern culture and one area we really need to uncover is football passion in the South. I thought you were our man. Please let me know. Thanks!
Lisa

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Charlie

September 17th, 2009
6:27 pm

Tony, please help me…(I’m an old GCHS Tiger, too). What is the Dawg’s identity on offense. I,ve watched both games but I have no clue. Does Bobo stray from the game plan too early like Coach Donnan or is it lack of execution? And what about the lack of a pass rush? Is it the scheme or lack of talent that requires the linebackers to make every tackle? Proud of you, man!

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GolfinTiger

September 30th, 2009
6:55 am

Tony, I really enjoy your journalism and think you are one of the best in the business. Although, last night on your CBSCS show, you said there were 3 undefeated teams in the SEC right now (UF,LSU,Bama). Has everyone forgotten that Auburn is of to a 4-0 start as well? Is last year’s dissapointing season the reason for no early respect this year?

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auballard

September 30th, 2009
8:47 am

Tony – on the Tony Barnhart show you mentioned that there were 3 undefeated SEC teams. Florida, LSU, and Alabama. Aren’t you forgetting someone? Jesh

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common sense

October 2nd, 2009
2:58 pm

Tony,

Excellent, reasoned article on Boise St. and the BCS.

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dh

October 4th, 2009
7:51 pm

Enter your comments here
I like the fact as a pundit, you will try to predict a trend or a situation bu the problem I have with you is that sometimes you let ancient history color your judgment and then you get stuck in some really bad statements that have little basis in fact. Case in point. Auburn’s hiring of Gene Chizik. It would have been okay to say that Aiburn really steped out on a limb hiring a head coach with a very poor record as a head coach but they must have seen something they liked when he was at Auburn. But to say that it was a wrong headed hire and a VERY BAD FIT just did not resonate with me and you said it in several articles. I would stay away from absolutes if I were you.

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David R

October 5th, 2009
2:25 pm

Enter your comments here
Tony,
I agree with you; It seems the SEC is determined to prevent any type of celebration, PERIOD.
It is ironic in Georgia’s case, however, as Vince Dooley, I believe, sat on the rules committee that made that decision!

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Voice of Reason

October 6th, 2009
11:55 am

Tony:
I’d like to see you comment on a larger story than an FSU meltdown that has been going on for most of the past decade. In particular, the slow but inevitable death of scheduling marquee out of conference games seems pertinent this season–you could title it “Tough Out of Conference Games–Where’s the Love?”
Exhibit 1: Current media darling teams like Auburn (see Mark Schlabach’s articles this week on ESPN) and Iowa (see any national media story extolling the genius of Kirk Ferentz) look great on the surface, but their schedules tell a less compelling story. Both teams are 5-0 with a win over a decent out of conference opponents (W.Va. and Ariz.)–but Auburn (ranked #17/19) picks up Furman later in the season after it looked lackluster in wins over La. Tech (almost tied at the half) and winless Ball State (trailing in first half), while Iowa (ranked #12/14) counts wins over hapless Iowa State, squeakers over Arkansas State and Northern Iowa and a “marquee” win over Penn State that vaulted the Hawkeyes into the top 13. That Penn State team (ranked #14/12) saddles up against an always tough Eastern Illinois school, after facing perennial juggernauts like Temple, Akron, Syracuse. Prior to the debacle against Iowa, Penn State was actually in the top 5. Most other programs would be ashamed of a schedule like that, but not Joe Pa. His reward? Rankings, rankings, rankings, just like Iowa and Auburn. Padding four early season wins is a good start towards a New Year’s Day ticket.
Exhibit 2: Kansas, with blowout wins against Northern Colorado, UTEP and Duke, sits just outside the Top 15. Do you think Mark Mangino wished he had BYU or Miami early on the schedule? Me neither. Again, cranking in a few easy wins while avoiding overusing or injuring starters looks pretty smart, especially if you ask Mangino’s former boss over in Norman, OK.
All of which brings me to the other side of the coin, so for Exhibits 3-5 consider some of the teams that bought into the tough inter-regional contest hoopla. USC, after facing a pretty good Ohio State team in the Horseshoe in an uber-hyped primetime matchup, dropped a letdown stinker in its next game against Washington (who gets worse every week) and now sits in the outside track to the BCS title game. Likewise, Ohio State, who eliminated annual tilts against Youngstown State and Ohio, dumped its marquee matchup against USC and likewise sits with several quality teams between it and a BCS title game. Neither team is out of the hunt, but it is nigh impossible to imagine them being out of the top 5 (or even behind Boise State) if their “marquee” matchup had instead been a yawner against a directional school.
Exhibit 3: Oklahoma, who boldly scheduled both BYU and Miami, lost all shot at a national title and possibly even a BCS bowl by losing its Heisman QB in the first game of the year. I suspect a warm-up against Oklahoma Polytech or might have been a better move.
Exhibit 4: UGA, who went all in with games against Okla. State and Arizona State instead of marshmellow games against Ga. Southern or one of the Louisiana schools not named LSU, sits at 3-2 and unranked. While UGA is certainly not a Top 10 team, it is hard to imagine them outside the Top 25 if they had faced and won their opener against a Div. I-A team and sat at 4-1 with a loss to #4 LSU (which coincidentally has La-Lafayette, Tulane and La. Tech games conveniently sprinkled across its schedule). Heck, even the Mighty Gators got reps against Charleston Southern and Troy before facing a serious foe in UT—and they have a FIU team looming later in the year to get well the week before FSU.
For a rebuttal consider Exhibit 5: Only Va. Tech this season seems to be able buck the trend—its early season loss to Bama may actually help it later on. But we’ll see. If the Hokies lose an ACC game, don’t think the bowls will readily take a 2 or 3 loss Va. Tech team when they can take someone (Boise? TCU?) with a better record. And who knows what the BCS computer nerds will say? I suspect Beamer will look back ruefully at his school’s decision to pursue TV revenue and score media points.
The moral of the story? Major conference teams should avoid those scintillating matchups that benefit TV but may trash your school’s season. There’s no real voter reward for “good showings” against ranked non-conference teams and “big “ wins pose a real risk of subsequent letdowns against lesser teams. Moreover, the chance of losing a Sam Bradford, Trinton Sturdivant or other superstar is arguably greater when you prepare for and face top-flight teams early on in the season than when you are able to pull starters, get reps and build depth in preparation for the long haul. In the era of conference championships, there’s plenty of opportunity to face good teams—and if you don’t have a conference championship game, there’s plenty of opportunity to sneak a couple of teams into top tier games while other leagues undergo intra-conference cannibalism.

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Porty

October 8th, 2009
4:41 pm

Tony, you exposed yourself as a UGa homer this morning, claiming the flag on AJ Green was the worst call you’d ever seen in college football. That call doesn’t even make the top 20. How about the horrid PI call vs Miami in the Nat’l Title game? The phantom clip vs ND in the 1991 Orange Bowl? The Oklahoma/Oregon onsides kick call? That call didn’t cost Georgia jack. The fact that they can’t cover a kick nor tackle is what lost them the game. You took a huge step back today.

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L. David Holmes IV

October 12th, 2009
6:05 pm

Hello Mr. Barnhart, I too have enjoyed Mr. Bisher’s columns over the year along with yours. Do you have a link to Mr. Bisher’s column abou the passing of his mother that you referred to?

thanks,

Dave Holmes

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Da truth

October 14th, 2009
2:46 pm

Tony, Thanks for your thoughts on the SEC. Question for you….other than offensive favoritism, why no talk of Ro McClain hor Heisman. He is getting plenty of ink…but the greatest prize should be his b/c to date, he is the best college football player.

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Nathan Wilson

October 20th, 2009
9:39 pm

Tony, I just wanted to add one thing about Iowa. Iowa has won 3 bowl games againstan SEC foe this decade. Iowa has beaten South Carolina, Florida, and LSU from the mighty SEC.

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Doug Barger

October 21st, 2009
10:48 pm

To get the BCS one step closer to a fair playing field, I like to see the BCS promote 12 + team conferences. If your conf does not have 12 teams and a champ game, you would play either a highly ranked non BCS team or aonther BCS conf member as a “play in” to the BCS bowls… Ie… Big 12, SEC, ACC winners would all be in, While the Big East, Pac 10 and Big 10 Winners would play highest ranked teams of non BCS conferences, who have a shot at the BCS… As of now, it would be Iowa vs TCU, Cincy vs. LSU and USC vs Boise St. These winners would also be automatic…Then, the final 2, after these games are played, would be the highest ranked BCS teams, who were not champions or ND. This would encourage the P10 to add 2, the Big East to add 4 and the Big 10 one. Teams such as Boise St, TCU, BYU, ECU, UCF, might find BCS conf homes.

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Ross Montelbano

October 22nd, 2009
3:07 pm

Tony,

I caught your interview with Timmy B and his views on the BCS. Timmy is a great guy and a wonderful representative of my home town, Shreveport. However, he is dead wrong on this. The BCS draws more attention to college football than any single element, including Tim Tebow. We all love to argue about who should be where, which conference is the best, etc. It has brought in millions and whoever heard of Utah, Boise St and Cincinnati before the BCS? This is not baseball or basketball, it is college football and bowls are part of it. After the season, every bowl winner is happy. A playoff system will destroy the bowls, the anticipated bowl trip for loyal fans and in the end there will be one happy team. Another issue is how to tell the number 5 team or number 9 team that they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Right now teams 3 – 10 are pretty happy with the BSC system, well except maybe number 3. I don’t remember a Hawaii getting to play in a big time bowl game before the BSC came along. There is a reason that the presidents keep voting this down. It makes money for everyone and it provides a conduit for keeping fans engaged in the product all season long. A playoff, changes the uniqueness of college football. Hey Timmy, “leave them kids alone. All in all …………”

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doug barger

October 22nd, 2009
4:09 pm

Ross,
You make some great points about the BCS… I only feel that it needs to be an equal playing field representing 6 conferences with 12 teams each… This would be supported by 6 conference championship games, which would define the first 6 of 8 slots for the BCS. The other 2 could come from the rankings and would probably include the SEC and one other depending on the yr… hypathetically,this would send BYU and UTah to the pac 10, ND/Rut or Pitt to the B10 and ECU/UCF/Memphis/TCU/Houston and Tulsa to the Big East… Or, something of that magnitude…They could also have the East div ot 7 teams and a Western Div of 7 teams making up a collection of those conf who aren’t BCS… I agree the BCS is great, just needs to refine itself…

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Gator in Vegas

November 3rd, 2009
9:50 pm

Tony you are a southern redneck fu— racist cracker from Georgia who hates the Gators have some objectivity and not always inviting your gator hater redneck racists like you on your show. Shame on you

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Gator in Vegas

November 3rd, 2009
9:52 pm

Tony is a Gator hater go make love to the Bowdens I think your fantisy is to ahve a three some with Bobby and Tim Brando.

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john harrington

November 3rd, 2009
9:59 pm

Tony, I have always had respect for you, until now. Did I hear you right? Did your guest James just say that its OK to try to put out the eyes of a player, and this is just part part of the game?
With this one incident there are now thousands of high school players hoe think it is OK, (esp if you don’t get caught). You have just helped to erase the the local efforts at trying to teach good sportsmanship! You say football is a way of life? You have sold out!

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Al

November 3rd, 2009
10:33 pm

Tony, your guest tonight defending Brandon Spikes. Is he out of his mind. Even if he believes what he said, I am amazed he would repeat it. He must have had one too many fingers stuck up his nose.

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Heath

November 4th, 2009
8:04 pm

Tony,

Would you please ask the SEC if Urban Meyer will be punished severly for questioning officials a week after Slive came out saying that would not be tolerated anymore. I would appreciate it, I am sure he will just get a fine because he is Urban but it would be nice if the conference started having one set of rules for everyone and also grew a backbone! Thanks I enjoy your commentary.

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Gregg

November 9th, 2009
10:26 am

Just two comments. First of all, the score was 21-15 when the interception happened. Not 24-15. Big difference. Plenty of time to run anything in the play book and only needing one score. Secondly, there was absolutely never any doubt that it was a clean interception with not one but two feet in. There were a multitude of angles available to view and within 30 seconds CBS showed several that answereed any question you might have. The replay official presumedly has all of that fancy equipment at his disposal and it should have been a snap for him to figure out. He either blew it or did not want to see it. Either way last Saturday should have been his last game to officiate in the SEC. No suspension. The only statement that Mr. Slive can make that will get through to these homer replay officials is a firing.

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Stuart

November 10th, 2009
12:53 pm

Tony,
Thanks for the blog. I have to ask/beg can you create a media story (again) about how the Heisman voting needs to go back to best player. It is a shame that CJ Spiller is not getting much if any media attention.

Any help and little old Clemson fans would be appreciative. I know Clemson is a dirty word in GA as rarely do the Tigers merit much press in AJC though they are only 2 hours from the Fulton County Line. Plus, long time ago when Clemson could step up more, there was a rivalry between UGA and Clemson. So I get all that.

But this is about justice and honor and not about hyped darlings and E$PcurreNcy. Clausen for Heisman? Tebow? Ingram? Compare the numbers…. check out the Clemson-homer’s blog….http://tigernet.com/blogs/plyler/entry/heisman_candidates_and_balloting

Thanks. I know you offered your take – which we all apprecate – that CJ Spillder deserves to be in the mix at least.

Stuart

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Newnan Jacket

November 13th, 2009
12:47 am

Please help me understand why there is a very quiet shift in GT’s bowl projections among the national sports writers (Sporting News, ESPN, et al…). Last week, Tech was slated in the Orange Bowl, this week its the Champs Sports Bowl. No reasons given – although I would think that the possibility of a #7 team losing to either an unranked Duke or Clemson would generate some discussion. This is odd and verging on Area 51 and Grassy Knoll territory, know what I mean?

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Jerry Brown

November 13th, 2009
7:22 am

Tony: you had plenty to say about Florida & Urban Meyer after the Spikes incident two weeks ago. By sharp contrast, you have said nothing about the Clemson player who committed the same act against an FSU lineman last Saturday. You are not alone – the media at large has ignored this as well. So, why is this, Tony? Selective indignation? Bias? Hypocrisy? Apparently Clemson and the ACC will do nothing to the player involved. Does this bother you? Or is this type of act only bad when committed by a Gator? Interested in your response.

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Jeremy B

November 17th, 2009
2:37 pm

Why Cj Spiller is a Heisman fraud
Call CJ Spiller the ultimate example of the media hype for Heisman. Unfortunately for college football, we have to deal with him as a Heisman candidate due to hype.

Spiller is 4th in the nation in all purpose yards, has 3 kick returns for TD, and has set records in all purpose yards at Clemson and in the NCAA. I guess those are his Heisman credentials. He is fast and exciting. However, for him to be considered on these credentials alone is the biggest fraud in Heisman history outside of Charles Woodson.

So let’s cut through the hype. What has Spiller actually accomplished? The answer – not much.

Spiller is 46th in the nation in rushing. Some might argue that there were games he didn’t carry the ball that much and was held out. However, look at his numbers for the number of touches he gets. Spiller averages 5.46 yards per carry, 45th in the nation among all RBs. 50 out of his 153 carries, or nearly 1 out of every 3, have been for 1 yard or less. Taking into account all his offensive production (running, receiving), he ranks 20th in the nation with 1218 yards. 15 RBs are above CJ in terms of their offensive production.

Spiller’s two biggest games (and wins) were against Miami and FSU. Miami has shown themselves to be a bit overrated. Spiller’s rushing yards were against FSU were against the 105th ranked rushing defense in the country. And his only other 100 yard game was against TCU in which he required a career high in carries to just get over the 100 yard mark. Not to mention, Clemson’s biggest win came against a team that is no longer ranked in the top 25 (contrast that with a guy like Gerhart’s or Ingram’s performances against top teams). Spiller’s rushing stats are grossly overinflated by 1 or 2 long runs a game. The rest of the time, Spiller is actually a below average back. Check out the numbers through the FSU game:

Middle Tenn – 4 carries, 12 yards 3 ypc
GT – 1 carry for 20 yards and another for 25 yards, other 18 carries for 42 yards 2.33 ypc
BC – long of 13 yards, other 16 carries for 64 yards. decent at 4 ypc
TCU – long of 34 yards, other 24 carries for 78 yards. 3.25 ypc
MD – long of 12 yards, other 17 carries for 60 yards. 3.52 ypc
WF – long of 66 yards, other 8 carries for 40 yards. decent 5 ypc
Miami – long of 48, other 13 carries for 33 yards 2.54 ypc
FSU – long of 45, 21, and 36. Other 19 carries were for 63 yards. 3.32 ypc

Most will argue that CJ is such an exciting player because it is special teams as well. While he has 3 TDs, he is not even the best kick returner in the nation. While he is 4th in all purpose yards, let’s break that down. CJ averages 9.81 yards per play (including rushing, receiving, and returns). That average actually puts him at 50th in the nation. What this tells us is that his total yards are grossly overinflated based on kick and punt returns. And he isn’t even the best in the nation at either of those.

Spiller is hyped as an exciting player who is a threat every time he touches the ball. Yet Clemson is ranked 63rd in the nation in offense. And of there 40 TDs, Spiller has scored 11 of them. Only 7 of those have actually come on offense (rushing or receiving). He might be a threat but his play doesn’t turn into many TDs or much offense for Clemson. Contrast this with a player like Gerhart whose team is 14th in the nation in offense. He has accounted for 19 of Stanford’s 47 TDs and has truly carried this team. The same could be said of Mark Ingram as well. Neither player is flashy like Spiller but these two players, in just runing the ball only, have been more valuable and more productive playing in better conferences against better teams than Spiller. And Spiller’s stats are grossly overinflated and overvalued by one of the easiest yardage stats in football – returns.

I am not a fan of Tebow, Ingram, McCoy, Gerhart, or any of their teams. I just think including Spiller as a candidate is based more on hype rather than substance. This is one of the worst years for Heisman candidates. In any other year, Spiller is not even considered. The push for Spiller is based on hype alone. He is a great kick returner and has speed. However, he is an average RB, doesn’t score much for a mediocre offense, and isn’t even in the top 100 in the nation in receiving yards or receptions. Why is he being included? Gerhart, Ingram, and a host of others are more productive and just as much of a focus of their opponents as Spiller. Vote for those that really do deserve this, not just hype.

Jeremy B
Folsom, CA

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Jonathan

November 21st, 2009
11:19 pm

Tony,
Do you have any comments on Sam Baker the terribel AD for Georgia Southern. He also out right said Paul Johnson’s offense would not work in major college football. Now he is violating students freedom speech. Why does this guy still have a job?!?

Where the line is crossed.
On November 14, 2009, during the fourth quarter of the above-mentioned homecoming game verses Furman University, a couple of GSU students brought out two decent-sized posters, one stating “Fire Sam Baker” and the other stating “Bring back the Triple Option”. After holding the signs for several minutes, Baker himself approached the students – saying a few words and walking away. A couple of minutes after that two University Police officers informed the students they had to take their signs away from them.

http://firesambaker.com/

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HWP

November 23rd, 2009
7:48 pm

Tony,

There has been a lot of discussion and controversy over the BCS process. I’m no expert on this, but what if the NCAA was prohibited (via legislative or executive action) from naming a “National Champion” via the BCS process. They could continue the BCS process but no national champion could be crowned. The NCAA could keep the current bowl system and forget about a national champion or they could come up with a legitimate way to crown a national champion, like they do for all other sports (and football in Division 2 and 3).

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Ed Davis

November 28th, 2009
1:25 pm

“Alambama will beat Auburn by double digits.” When I was in school in Alabama 5 was a single digit number. Maybe it is different in Georgia. I noticed that you were carefule not to mention this at the end of the game.

Ed Davis

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don smith

November 29th, 2009
12:25 am

Hi Tony. Opps. HA HA HA!!!!!

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Dawg1

November 30th, 2009
1:40 pm

Well now, Mr. College Football – maybe I missed it, but where are your thoughts on the Georgia/Georgia Tech Game.

Aren’t you the same guy who picked Tech to Roll over Georgia?

And aren’t your the same guy who said that Paul Johnson would run the score up if given the chance to help recruiting.

Since these comments Georgia obviously won and there have been two aritcles in the sports section of AJC.Com that contradict winning a rivalry game verses recruiting.

And yes, I can read a bio, I know where you went to school.

You appear to be becoming more and more like Schultz and Bradley sir and that’s not a compliment!

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Conor Knowles

December 1st, 2009
1:45 am

Dear Mr. Barnhart,
I am writing to you to inform you of why I, along with many others, believe that Toby Gerhart from Stanford University is the best running back, and in this case, the best player in College Football.

-2nd and 20 or 3rd and 10 is a passing down for most teams but not Stanford.
-26 Rushing Touchdowns (Leads Nation)
-1,736 Rushing Yards (Leads Nation)
-Toby ran for 223, 178 and 136 yards against three ranked teams.
-if Toby touches the ball on 3rd or 4th down, 83% of the time it’s a conversion, which is remarkable considering that Stanford will run Toby on 3rd and 10, like they did against both Oregon and USC, and converted. Perhaps that’s why they had Toby, not Luck, throw for the TD on 4th and 4 against ND.

All this, on top of a 21 credit course load at Stanford University, including Integral Calculus. Oh, and he’s a star on the baseball team.

If you have not seen, please watch this youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPAB4A4UqgY

Thank you for your time.

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Steven R Daugherty

December 2nd, 2009
6:43 am

Tony – my wife & I enjoy your Tues pm show. One comment though – you often allude to things w/o saying plainly what has happened. E.g., Carlos Dunlap. Last night yall kept alluding to Dunlap misswing the Ala game, but not saying why. This morning all was made clear on the ajc. We’ve noticed this before – I’m just saying don’t assume all your viewers keep up with all the blogs etc. Otherwise, great show.

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John D

December 3rd, 2009
1:11 pm

Tony….hear you do radio appearances all the time, great stuff. How can we get you to do a local appearance on our station here in the heart of UVA and Va Tech country?

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Rick Peurifoy

December 4th, 2009
12:13 pm

Saw your immortalization of Tebo yesterday, you know.. the documentary about how he’s the greatest anything since sliced bread. Where’s Colt McCoy’s documentary, and stats, and record, and accomplishments? Tryin’ to influence another Heisman race? or just masquerading as an SEC replay official?

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Bob Galasso, Rockmart Ga

December 6th, 2009
8:21 pm

I watch the show every week and enjoy the format even though I am a transplanted yankee. Have you ever entertained the idea of having a ‘man off the street’ guest who is not a celebrity. I wondered about how that would play. There are many of us out there that really know more than you think about the college game. As a former pro athlete ( of no importance ) I run into people all the time who surprise me with their savvy. It may be a better idea than you think, I’d be interested if you could stomach a Notre Dame fan ( not fanatic ). It would be interesting to hear what the ‘real world’ thinks rather than someone with an agenda. Just a thought keep up the qaulity work.

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Larry Grissim

December 8th, 2009
4:52 pm

Tony, I heard you on Doug Matthews show this week talk about Leonard Postero, I liked those shows so much I attempt to write some. I wrote one for each Tennessee game this year and posted them on Volquest,( I was right 7 times!). You probably know Leonard passed a few years back and that he was a Georgia boy. You can search him on the web. I would be glad to write one of my spills for you entitled (Larry’s Loser), but I am leary of copying Leonard too much.I have a little fun with it! Thanks and thanks for the best coverage of SEC football in our lifetime!

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dean

December 9th, 2009
4:13 pm

Arrrgggghh! Tell me it ain’t so. Dadgum DC politcos. It’s not like they don’t have PRESSING issues that they have to get involved in CFB.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/71475-college-football-playoffs-bill-passes-subcommittee

PS. Alabama-31, TX-10 (I am a Dawg fan.)

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Snellville GT

December 11th, 2009
4:18 pm

Good going, Tony. Don’t be too abject about missing the Tech-Georgia result this year. We messed up our game-winning drive ourselves, right at the end.

As for C.J. Spiller, they can denigrate him, on the basis of his stats, but he’s a guy who, unless you watch him, and bottle him up, will beat you in a flash. I think our bottling him up twice this year, was based more on the rest of Clemson’s team being under par, than on any lack in Spiller.

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Jeff Ballard

December 16th, 2009
6:04 pm

I always look forward to Tony’s Bowl game picks. When will they be published.

Thx,

Jeff

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Dawg since 1965

December 17th, 2009
2:09 am

Bob Harding

January 13th, 2010
7:26 pm

I watched the last show of The Tony Barnhart Show for the season. It was a re-cap of some good and bad moments in the 2009 football season. One of the bad moments brought up was the ‘celebration’ call on AJ Green in the LSU game. That occurred if I remember correctly with about 1 minute and 15 seconds left in the game putting the Georgia kick off from their 15 yard line and ultimately setting up LSU’s go ahead score. What nevers gets mentioned is LSU scored with 49 seconds left, using only 26 seconds of game clock and Scott was also called for a ‘celebration’ penalty. So here is Georgia receiving a kick off from LSU where LSU must kick from their 15 and Georgia has almost twice as many seconds to score as it took LSU. So how do the two ‘celebration’ calls differ? Shouldn’t Georgia’s special teams run the kick off back to the LSU side of the field? Shouldn’t they have scored three plays later? Yes if they had the team to do it. It wasn’t the call that beat Georgia it was what the Georgia offense and special teams did NOT do that beat Geogia.

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Justin Kanew

January 13th, 2010
7:33 pm

Hi Tony…
I’m producing a documentary about the BCS. We’re a group of filmmakers from various parts of the country who all went to different Division 1 schools (I went to Northwestern, my partners Nebraska and UCONN), and we got together on this because of our shared interest in the issue (my day job is running production & development for National Lampoon, for what it’s worth). We’ve been traveling the country all this past season talking to fans, officials, university presidents, etc… and obviously because of your intimate knowledge of the system we feel you’d be a great resource.
We were at the Fiesta Bowl and the National Championship. We’ve spoken to many people – including Dr. Kustra (Boise State’s President), WAC commish Karl Benson, Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel, CNBC’s Darren Rovell, we’ll be speaking with Fox’s Chris Meyers, and many more… and we’ll continue to talk to anyone who’ll speak to us about the issue. Everyone has an opinion.
We’re in Los Angeles, but we’re traveling a great deal for this so if you can let me know where you’re located hopefully we could make it work out.
I’m very much hoping you’ll talk to us.
Thanks in advance Tony,

Justin Kanew
(805)-453-5417

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Rebel Ace

January 14th, 2010
8:01 am

Hey, Tone, when I saw Ole Miss whip Tenn the way they did, it was the final answer as to whether the fool was in over his head, which he kept shaking everytime DM touched the football. Have a good trip.

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ChrisMack

January 14th, 2010
12:37 pm

Tony, What are your thoughts about adding Ruffin McNeill to the DC candidate list at UGA?

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Chuck Clausen

January 17th, 2010
8:38 am

I regret that I am unable to respond personally if you are not a Utah resident. Again, thank you for sharing your
views.
Sincerely,
Orrin G. Hatch
United States Senator
Your email sent is shown below
Title: Mr
First Name: Chuck
Last Name: Clausen
Email Address: chuck@coachchuck.net
Phone:

As a conservative and a republican you & I agree 95% of the time, plus you are a very
articulate spokesman for the things I believe in. However, the one thing in my life where I
have a better understanding of a issue is the quality of the athletes playing college football.
I coached football for 28 season, 17 in the National Football league. The teams that
Alabama and Texas play during the season our on average are bigger, stronger and faster
than the Athletes that Boise State play both with and against.
You might well ask please explain Utah over Alabama and Boise State over Oklahoma. The
players from the two losing schools had played all year from day 1 for the National
Championship, they didn’t want to be playing what they considered a lesser school in a non-
National Championship game. Utah and Boise’s Athletes coaches and players knew that they
had something to prove on a National Stage. In life we both know the best team does not
always win, it’s the team which plays the best.
I played football and received my degree at the University of New Mexico and than coached 5
seasons on Woody Haye’s staff at Ohio State before coaching in the NFL.
I promise you I know “Bigger, Stronger and Faster” when I see it. As well coached as Boise
State is ( and they in my opinion be the best in the country) they would struggle in the SEC
to finish in the top 1/2. As long a force continues to be equal to mass time velocity squared -
the BCS when they have a chance they will pair up two teams with undefeated records which
has clearly played against the most talented football players in the country.
Below is a list of the colleges and the number of players they had on NFL active rosters as of
December 28, 2009.
By the way if my job was determined by a vote of the people of Utah, I would probably be on
your side on this issue. It you ever get to North Georgia (Atlanta) I would love to have the
opportunity in person to meet you.
______________________________________________________
Rank School Conference NFL Players/Active Rosters
1 Georgia SEC 37
2 Tennessee SEC 36
3 Texas Big 12 34
4 LSU SEC 33
5 Florida SEC 31
6 Auburn SEC 30
7 Nebraska Big 12 27
8 Alabama SEC 23
9 Oklahoma Big 12 22
10 Texas A & M Big 12 21
11 Colorado Big 12 19
12 South Carolina SEC 19
13 Kansas St. Big 12 18
14 Old Miss SEC 17
15 Miss. State SEC 17
16 Arkansas SEC 16
17 Fresno St WAC 16
18 Utah MWC 16
19 San Diego St MWC 15
20 Hawaii WAC 14
21 TCU MWC 14
22 BYU MWC 14
23 Vanderbilt SEC 12
24 Oklahoma St. Big 12 9
25 Texas Tech Big 12 9
26 Boise State WAC 9
27 Colorado St MWC 9
28 Baylor Big 12 7
29 Iowa State Big 12 7
30 Missouri Big 12 7
31 Kentucky SEC 7
32 Louisiana Tech WAC 7
33 San Jose State WAC 7
34 New Mexico MWC 7
35 Utah State WAC 6
36 Kansas Big 12 5
37 Idaho WAC 4
38 Wyoming MWC 4
39 Nevada WAC 3
40 UNLV MWC 3
41 New Mexico St WAC 2
42 Air Force MWC 0

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Jim Dolvin

January 21st, 2010
11:56 am

Hello. Proud to see a Greene Countian do so well for himself. Congratulations and best of luck!!

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david White

January 22nd, 2010
7:49 pm

Tony can I talk with you about football some time. e-mail me if that’ll work. I promise you I’ll ask good questions and won’t waste your time. Thanks.

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Jon

February 7th, 2010
10:03 am

Tony, a thought for a great column and conversation. The over signing of recruits in college football.

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Tom Sobotta

February 7th, 2010
8:14 pm

A Heisman campaign question for you…

I am trying to compile a group of some great Heisman campaigns over the years from around the country that really stood out and made an impact, even if the player didn’t end up winning the award or received an invite to the ceremony.

What creative and unique Heisman marketing ideas come to mind? If you have any links to articles or visuals that would be great, but just your recollections would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, keep up your great work and Go Ducks!
Tom

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bill weldon

April 20th, 2010
8:58 am

Why was Mettenberger not dismissed before spring practice. If he had come out of spring the number 1 quarterback, would he have received a 1 or 2 game suspension? It does not pass the smell test.

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Tommy Stacy

May 12th, 2010
1:15 pm

Re:Ernie Harwell
I understand that he did the tv broadcast of Bobby Thompson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round The World” home run. I have lunch with Bobby nearly every Wednesday at The Exchange here in Savannah. He can still give a good interview. We’d love to have you down here and do one with him.
Kindest Regards

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Scott

May 18th, 2010
10:57 am

Tony,

I’ve been reading your conference re-alignment articles with interest, and residing in Texas, they offer a nice perspective. For a variety of reason, I have doubts that Texas would join the SEC, but I was wondering if the SEC would be interested in expanding into the state by taking the second-best football team in Texas, TCU. Would the SEC be interested in establishing a footprint in the Dallas/Fort Worth market by bringing in this top-ten team?

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glenn

May 19th, 2010
5:19 pm

tony, you are a breath of fresh air.

regarding cheapening the regular season like basketball, as long as we don’t play a hundred regular season games, i don’t think anything would do that. there is so much riding on games that aren’t cupcake contests that there is going to be huge interest, pretty much regardless of how the postseason is handled.

even when playoffs come about, i think regular season games which set the seeding and locations of games for the playoffs will be just as compelling. i can see huge interest in a particular game from fans halfway across the country because they know the outcome will impact their postseason. we see how fans squint over little numbers because of sos. i think people are going to be astonished how playoffs are going to invigorate the whole season. those presently against playoffs will want to claim it was their idea.

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Todd Freeman

May 19th, 2010
7:36 pm

Mr. Barnhart,
Your article regarding GT’s potential move to the SEC was puzzling. First off…If the SEC is making $4 million more per team than the ACC’s new deal…and they add 4 teams wouldn’t that gap disappear? Secondly, you projected GT in the same SEC divison with FSU and Miami. While I’d believe F$U’s potential leave from the ACC…UM’s AD has said as recently as last week that UM is perfect in the ACC and wouldn’t leave. (that’s a period). I realize GT has a lot of SEC history, but since there’s no real financial incentive, and certainly there’d be an “exit” and “entrance” fee why leave? I realize your article was conjecture, so I know there’s probably no real basis other than 2 fans opinions. Best wishes.

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W. P. Beckham

May 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

ACC expansion
Tony, Float this for expansion hulabaloo. The ACC expands by taking in Conn.[1/2 fans Yankees, 1/2 Red Sox], Syracuse [with Conn. think basketball] Rutgers or West Va- one for tv sets, the other for filling up stadiums and S. or Central Fl.[3 of 4 big schools in Fl. and Tebow gone]. Please remember when Spurrier was winning SEC at Fl, he was regularly spanked by FSU, who was losing to Miami who Spurrier promptly dropped when he became Gator coach. Now look at potential tv sets and less cost for olympic sports, plus the double benefit of basketball. And by the way, last year was one of the few years that CBS topped ABC. Big key for all is if Mo. leaves Big 12 and takes St. Louis and Kansas City tv market to Big Ten. If ACC strikes first then SEC could be land locked if Big 12 and PAC 10 combine as there has been chatter.

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Greg

May 25th, 2010
1:51 pm

Hey Tony, I have a great story I thought you would be interested in even though it doesn’t deal with college football. Our PDL soccer team here in Atlanta is having a home game June 10th against The New Oreleans Jester. We are having a charity fundraiser for Louisiana at our game, our owners said they would give 2 dollars for each ticket bought. Thought it could be a great community story that puts you in the mood for the world cup. Just a thought!

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Yeppie

June 10th, 2010
9:49 am

INTERESTING SCENARIO
Is Lane Kiffin reaping what he sows???
1. NCAA sanctions?
2. If Texas would join the Pac 10.. Kiffin may have to take a back seat to Texas/Mack Brown-Will Muschamp or better yet… may take a back seat to Oklahoma too.

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Tom King

June 11th, 2010
12:13 pm

See http://www.teamreport.com on why Texas A&M should go to the SEC, UT to the PAC16, and we should maintain the Lone Star Showdown rivalry with UT in all sports (just like Florida v. FSU, Georgia v. GT, South Carolina v. Clemson, Colorado in the PAC16 v. Nebraska in the new NEC, etc.). Gig ‘em Aggies in the SEC!

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Tom King

June 11th, 2010
12:14 pm

See http://www.teamreport.com on why Texas A&M should go to the SEC, UT to the PAC16, and we should maintain the Lone Star Showdown rivalry with UT in all sports (just like Florida v. FSU, Georgia v. GT, South Carolina v. Clemson, Colorado in the PAC16 v. Nebraska in the new NEC, etc.).

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ALAN G.

July 23rd, 2010
12:35 pm

Tony, paul finebaum did one of the most classless interviews I’ve ever heard talking with Robbie Caldwell, of Vanderbilt. told him he didn’t think he would last over 1 year, and then when he departed calling him a Rube. I would love you to have heard this one, and responded on “Talkin Football”. I thought it was cruel and unjustfied

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Tim

July 24th, 2010
8:06 pm

Tony,
Love watching you all on Talkin Football. Being I am from the Tampa Bay area, you really remind me of Hubert Mizell. Not sure if you know who he is, but its a compliment.

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Sven Ottke

July 24th, 2010
8:56 pm

Tony, just once I’d like to see you go at the ACC Media event with the same vigor you do the SEC. I mean, your paper does somewhat cover Tech. You know, the school about 5 miles from your office.

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I am not going to be the head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

August 2nd, 2010
5:10 pm

Tony
Talkin Football is a blast. Your comments are usually dead on, with class and integrity.

Alan G.—-What did you expect when you turned into the Finebum? I lived in Bham for years, and tried to listen to him b/c he has some top flight guests. But, he is a code one jerk. Doesn’t report the news and generate discussion. He stirs the pot and that’s it. I listened to whoever was on other than him.

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Allen

August 11th, 2010
3:06 pm

Tony
Love your articles and would like to see some news on Ga. State’s football program. An Atlanta school should get some attention in their hometown don’t you think?
Thanks
Allen

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T-Bone

August 20th, 2010
10:04 am

Tony,

I love college football and really appreciate your work. Can you write something on the recent conference wranglings between the WAC and the MWC and BYU?

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Tony Geinzer

August 23rd, 2010
8:27 pm

Hello, Tony

I would like to see a College Football Poll mainly led by College Students and I would like to see ESPN do a College Version of College Gameday led by College Kids. Also, is there any bowls endanger of losing accrediation after this season?

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Jeremy

September 4th, 2010
9:33 am

Dillion Baxter is being called the next Reggie Bush, but the last time Usc did that Joe Mcknight didn’t

live up tp the expectations. What type of player do you see Baxter becoming at Southern Cal?

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Jarod

September 9th, 2010
12:22 am

Tony, on this last show you talked about Boise State and the SOS and how it would eventually keep them from playing for the National Championship, I think my question to you is how could that happen??? I remember reading a story last year about Boise State sending out a letter offering to play anyone, anywhere? None of those traditional powers would take them on! Look, I am a homer of the 10,000th degree for my Longhorns, but if they run the table I say let them PLAY!! They will either shock the world or be exposed as a fraud! Either way, if you put yourself out there, challenge the Big Boys and no one calls your bluff……. I just think the powers that be need to take that into consideration.

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Tim McLean

September 15th, 2010
12:40 pm

Tony…is it possible that Rainey meant ” time to die” as in he was going to kill himself? Probably not, but it deserves some consideration. Either way, it may be used as way to deflect the blame.

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