Mailbag: Wilder conspiracies, LeMay plots and nerds

mailbag(1)OK, that’s the last time I ever solicit submissions for The Mailbag.

I’d been a little disappointed in the quantity and quality of Mailbag questions I’d been getting lately. So I wrote up a quick shout-out earlier this week and — WHAM! – I was buried under your queries.

So, first of all, thanks for your responsiveness. And thanks also for all the remarks and well wishes as me and my family as we inch our way back into a routine.

I got so many responses that I broke them down into categories since many of the questions were essentially the same. But I tried to select one questioner who boiled down the subject matter best. So let’s get to it.

WILDER

James Wilder, aka 'The Source.'

James Wilder, aka 'The Source.'

RxDawg asks: So I have a question, has it yet been discovered just who was the “source” that prompted the “news” spreading that James Wilder Jr. would commit to UGA?  Or in other words, has it been explained how this false story got out in the first place?

Chip: Virtually all of us in this business have been burned at least once getting bad information from what’s thought to be a good source. That’s why you have to be careful about using them. But Brett McMurphy is a 22-year veteran sportswriter from Tampa, so you’d think he knows what he was doing. And maybe he did. Maybe he was just trying to drive web traffic to his FanHouse.com website. And maybe Wilder was his co-conspirator. Did you see him wearing that red sweater vest over a black polo? Hmmmm. Makes one wonder.

RAWdawg: Do you think Wilder NOT choosing Georgia helps the Bulldogs with Carver-Columbus star Isaiah Crowell?

Chip: Well, it can’t hurt. Actually I think Georgia was in pretty good shape with Crowell regardless of the Wilder outcome. There were reports that the two talked about the possibility of playing together not just at Georgia (and, who knows, maybe also Alabama). But I think Wilder being out the mix sharpens the Bulldogs’ focus on Crowell and solidifies him as their No. 1 target, as he has always been.

LEMAY

JayDawg asks: Did Mr. LeMay let some inside information slip with his Chris Conley and Ray Drew comment the other day?

Chip: In this particular case I think LeMay’s reference to those to guys had more to do with religion than anything. Pastor Stacy LeMay referred to Conley and Drew merely as “recruits,” which they are. Now if he had said “future members of Georgia’s 2011 class,” then that would have meant something. The LeMays are outspoken Christians. So are Conley and Drew (who is actually a licensed minister). I think that reference was more about thanking them for their support in prayer. Meanwhile, Christian LeMay has said ever since he named Georgia “his leader” on April 30 that he intended to recruit hard for the Bulldogs. Clearly he has been doing that. These troubles aside, LeMay and his father have been back to Athens every time the gates have opened.

Anonymous asks: I have been hearing rumors LeMay might be rethinking his commitment to UGA and leaning toward Clemson. Have you heard anything?

Chip: I heard LeMay hasn’t had much time for rethinking.

OPTIONS

PointBlank asks: Does the triple option offense run by coach Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech have a negative effect on recruiting players who want to one day play in the NFL?

Chip: I’m going to say not much beyond the quarterback position. But that’s not my opinion. That’s the opinion of Coach Johnson,  who actually answered that very question in a recent interview with our Georgia Tech beat writer Doug Roberson. Said Johnson: “That’s a myth everyone wants to perpetuate. . . . If you’ll look, we’ve had people drafted and play in the NFL at every position, except for quarterback. And through the years we’ve had guys [like Tracy Ham]. . . . We’ve not had a NFL quarterback, but other than that there’s not a position we haven’t had in the NFL.” CLICK HERE to read more of Johnson’s thoughts on recruiting.

NERDS

Glory, Glorys asks:  Do you think this is one of the ‘nerdiest’ videos you have ever seen?

Chip: Yes, I do, Glory, Glory, just inching past THIS ONE recently uploaded to the YouTube universe by UGA’s orientation leaders.

But I also know that nerds eventually get rich and run the world. So I’m first compelled to make friends with them.

OLD GUYS

BuzzKill asks: Can you offer feedback as how to there are athletes almost 20 years old when they come to Georgia like Washaun Ealey and A.J. Green?

Chip: First of all, Buzz, I’m impressed you know the birth dates of Georgia football players. That’s studying up on the enemy! But as I’m sure you also know there is no age limit in college, as long as one’s eligibility is intact. Meanwhile, high school rules stipulate how old students can be to play. In Georgia I think a player can’t turn 19 past a certain date or he’s ineligible. And while I agree that it probably makes a difference on that level — your best players are often your most physically mature — I don’t think it does in college. How many times have you seen failed baseball draftees and retired servicemen try to come back to college to compete. Not many all-stars out of that bunch. Their ages is not what makes Ealey and Green good.

PICTUREGATE

Urban Meyer showing off his recruiting skills to prospect Curt Maggitt and the media at "Friday Night Lights" last month. (Photo by Aaron Daye/Gainesville Sun)

Urban Meyer showing off his recruiting skills to prospect Curt Maggitt and the media at "Friday Night Lights" last month. (Photo by Aaron Daye/Gainesville Sun)

Jeff asks: As I am sure you aware by now, Florida had media present at their “Friday Night Lights” event. If UGA is going to make headlines out of this common practice, then I would expect similar stories run on the Gators.  If anything, their “offense” would seem to be even more egregious coming on the heels of the publicity garnered by UGA within the last week over this violation.

Chip: Apparently these things are only violations when I’m the photographer, Jeff. If you wanted Florida to get in trouble you needed to send me down there. . . . Based on the interpretation Georgia was given by the SEC office, I think the format and/or access for all these “camps” is going to change. Mike Slive just hasn’t gotten around to sending out the memo yet.

Chris Hine asks: Have you checked with the AJC’s attorneys about this? I’m a UGA law grad but I practice in California. I don’t believe that a public school can regulate the press at an event where members of the general public are invited.  Neither the recruits or their parents are students, they are members of the public.  Absent some compelling government interest I don’t think that they can stop you from taking pictures.  The NCAA is bound by the same rules as its institutions (see Hill v. NCAA, a California Supreme Court decision). This is not only a dumb rule, it is probably illegal.

Chip: Yes, we did look into that but found out that the NCAA is actually above the U.S. Supreme Court in rank and power. But seriously, I think there are a lot of Constitutionality issues that are routinely ignored by college football programs for the sake of controlling information and access.

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227 comments Add your comment

Freddy

August 20th, 2010
6:18 am

1st Peteetong

dawgerbrown

August 20th, 2010
6:23 am

Really not too concerned about Wilder not coming to UGA. Not sure RB is his best position, 1100 yards and 15 td’s aren’t that impressive for an elite high school back. No doubt he’s a great athlete, but probably better at another position. Think Crowell is more of a natural RB. Hope he becomes a DAWG. Let’s get Jay Rome, the kids from Central of T-Ville and Colquitt Co., and we’ll be golden.

Steiny3

August 20th, 2010
6:23 am

Been a while since UGA had any + recruiting news. What in tarnation is going on with the dawgs and Coach Ricnht?

chazzo

August 20th, 2010
6:53 am

dawgertown,

I agree with you 100%. He will be good, no doubt, because of his athleticism. The big runs I saw may have been attributed to size rather than speed, though. In college, he won’t get the extra yards just because he is bigger than everyone else. He will get the yards, though. Another thing is that I think he has stars in his eyes. C’mon a television show dedicated to a recruit who hasn’t even played his senior season yet. The whole bogus switcheroo. He seems like a good kid, but he has one foot in the NFL and a year left of high school.

Destin Dawg

August 20th, 2010
6:53 am

Crowell has been our 1st choice… he would be well served as the stud RB that UGA is famous for….Jay Rome plus Nick Oleary from West Palm.. they both don’t need to compete at TE…either be could WR’s.. OLB’s .. etc.. glad we got both Ogletrees… Go Dawgs !!!

ssi loves manboobs

August 20th, 2010
7:00 am

Ga tech runs this state in football. We are more talented and Georgia is not man enough to stop the jackets….Write it down..

JB

August 20th, 2010
7:05 am

To say that OL at tech, who rarely get to pass block, are looked upon as well as other OL that do, is silly. You also can’t possibly think that WR’s will do as well, Thomas aside, as they don’t get near the chances to show their wares. RB, yes, most other O positions, no. The more opp’s yyou get to show what you can do on the next level the better. Tha’s mnath that even the maggots should understand.

Facts is facts no matter what PJ says.

HBTD!!!

Tide Roll

August 20th, 2010
7:12 am

Chip, One reason Uga has only one national title. HOMER JORDAN, Athens GA.. QB (Led CLEMSON to National Title), SEAN JONES, Thomasville, GA. QB (led GA. TECH to a national Titlle), CHARLIE WARD, Thomasville, GA.. QB (led FSU to National Title,and won the Heisman), and now possibly the best QB in America (he was the best Juco QB in America) – CAMERON NEWTON from ATLANTA. UGA has got to be the only school in America that fails to attract this type of home grown talent thus enabling their competition to gain a QB who leads them to national titles. I believe Richt and Bobo should be judged not only on wins and losses, but their incredilble failure to objectively evaluate Cam Newton and bring him to UGA. They not only lose the talent but effectively empower one of their major rivals. If Auburn gets rid of Ted Roof and gets someone in there to coach their defense, I think that this year or next, they’ll make a serious run at the Title. It ’s strange how things never change at UGA, from Homer Jordan (1981) to now. Incredible. If it was Bobo and Richt who evaluated and passed on Newton, UGA needs to seriously look at replacing them both.

Hmmmm...

August 20th, 2010
7:15 am

Concentrate on the home grown talent. There is lots of it.

Scott "Phillip" Wallace

August 20th, 2010
7:17 am

Can’t blame the kid for not wanting to go to UGA. They haven’t been relevant in years and accept mediocrity as the norm.

JB

August 20th, 2010
7:19 am

Uh OK. First off, more than 2 NC’s.

Two, we will NEVER get all of the studs in Ga. Won’t ever happen. There’s too many of them. Teams also don’t soley win or lose on QB play. That’s just silly and you oughta know that.

To that end, look at someo f the guys you owon with, of late. None of those guys have done squat, in the pro’s. Where as we had the number one pick and still didn’t win.

Again, it;s a team game.

HBTD!!!

JB

August 20th, 2010
7:21 am

#2 in the country, as recently as ‘07, isn’t relevant?

(th most wins in the last 10 years isn’t relevant?

Run along now.

HBTD!!!

SatchelBuzz

August 20th, 2010
7:21 am

Hey Chip,…I saw Chris last night at the Pickens/West Hall scrimmage, but didn’t get to talk to him,…..is he still in the Gainesville/Hall County area?

shawn

August 20th, 2010
7:24 am

Im going to send a couple pizza’s to Carver High today for Mr. Crowell and Mr. Wright. I hope they like Pepperoni and Black olives and I hope they get the hint! Go Dawgs!!!!!!

Frank

August 20th, 2010
7:29 am

Good stuff Chip, as for the naysayers, bama has no where to go but down and gtu is still #2 in the state. I love the fact that UGA has so many rivals that they feel they must inject their negativity into any post on these blogs.

THWGT

Dawg stuck in Bham

August 20th, 2010
7:29 am

Yea, mediocre…
2 SEC championships in 8 years
3 championship games
As many wins as anyone in the last 10 years
More top ten finishes

Give me a break…yea, there’s been no NC. Who says a NC is the requirement to be relevant? Some days, I hate you bunch of dweebs that get on here. Stinking clueless….

I just woke up

August 20th, 2010
7:31 am

ssi…I just woke up from a coma. I’m so glad to hear Tech has finally stepped up and won the state from those dastardly dawgs out there in Athens. I’m giddy with glee! Tell me, how badly did we beat those Dawgs again last year?

South Ga Dawg

August 20th, 2010
7:37 am

See ya wilder, hello crowell!!!!!!!!

SKB

August 20th, 2010
7:40 am

Recruiting depends on how good UGA did last season, which they haven’t done well 9-4 was it? So it’s going to be hard for Uga to recruit by it looking like a 3rd rate program… Welcome to reallity.

poopdawg

August 20th, 2010
7:44 am

Tide Roll , what was Saban thinking letting Auburn get Newton? Too much complacency , still wet from the lake? You sir are a racist loser.

JB

August 20th, 2010
7:44 am

Yeah, so hard that espn currently has us ranked 7th. Run along before you embarass your self, further.

HBTD!!!

Sherry May

August 20th, 2010
7:47 am

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 10-2 or even 11-1 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

JB

August 20th, 2010
7:49 am

Again, #9 in wins over the last 10 years. Are you really that big of a buffoon?

I realize that you may think saying such stuff might be funny but you are being laughed AT and not with. Sorry…

HBTD!!!

Icenupe

August 20th, 2010
7:50 am

Tide Roll, have a clue about what you are talking about before you come on this blog. That post is one of the dumbest I have ever read. If you are seeking a reaction, you will get one, but allow me to comment on your ignorance. Homer Jordan was Clemson’s QB in 1981 the year AFTER UGA won the National Title. In case you didn’t know, a guy named Herschel Walker never lost a game in the SEC in 3 years and UGA lost to Pittsburgh in the 1981 Sugar Bowl that year. Both Charlie Ward and Shawn Jones were good and great QB’s but Georgia wound up with Eric Zeier who became the school’s all time passing leader. Cam Newton went to Florida. We had a guy who became the 1st overall pick in the NFL Draft named Matthew Stafford. Neither Richt nor Bobo had anything to do with Jordan, Ward, or Jones. Stafford over Newton anyday. Aaron Murray was ranked as high as #2 in the country out of high school. Now what?!!

Honest and Frank Discussion

August 20th, 2010
8:08 am

That video is made by a uga student.

Pretty funny though. But not real unlike uga’s orientation video.

Crowell > Wilder

August 20th, 2010
8:20 am

Crowell’s the real deal–much better than wilder. UGA’s loaded at the RB position–no worries.

Tide Roll

August 20th, 2010
8:20 am

Icenupe, You’re not comparing Murray to Newton are you?! I hate these Tech nerds that post on here but they’re right; Dawg fans lack objectivity. Newton is a 6′5″ 250 lb. freak of nature. Your guy murray is a 5′10′ kid who has trouble seeing over the line of scrimmage. The only thing that can stop Newton is that “hotdog” Malzahn ” over coaching ” him. Again, your Coach Bobo evaluated the kid, incredibly chose not to offer, and effectively handed the stud to Auburn! Again, any “objective ” fan base would look at this and seriously consider replacing Bobo. Only at Uga is the offensive co-ordinator selected not based on experience or ability but on the fact that he’s married to Vince Dooley’s neice. Ya’ll shouldn’t put up with it,but you do, therefore things never change up there. All I’m saying is that whover evaluated Newton and chose not to offer was driven by a motive other than ability, and that has no place in college football today.

Mick

August 20th, 2010
8:27 am

You might as well rename this blog “UGA Recruiting”. Call it what it is.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

August 20th, 2010
8:29 am

Good stories Chip – 15 days ’til kickoff! Go Dawgs!

dawgster

August 20th, 2010
8:29 am

Guys, you are waisting your time talking to the idiot “Tide Roll”, his game his is to illicit conversation by bashing the dawgs coaching staff..He his always off on his facts and for whatever reason seems to want to make it a race issue(vey sad individual here)..”Icenup, i believe you said it pretty good…Again, “Tide Roll” is irrelevent and has never walked on a football field in his life, that i can asure you..Its sad that people like him have the mentality that they do…I think true Bama fans try and distance themselves from him as he has become an embarrassment to the classy Bama fans on here…

Danny da Dawg

August 20th, 2010
8:32 am

It’s time for Georgia and Coach Richt to take the next step. We have been rebuilding and it’s time to stop losing to KY and getting shelled by UT and Florida all the time! Seems to me things were fine 3/4 years ago and now we have kind of been forgotten. Now were losing bigtime recruits and making excuses why we did not want them. Stop it and wake up people.

DawginLex

August 20th, 2010
8:35 am

Still amazed at tide roll. A few weeks ago, he was blasting UGA for moving anderson from OL to DL saying he would be wasted.

Now Grantham says he is the starting nose tackle at 325 pounds. Sounds kinda like T cody huh TR?

Now auburn is gonna win the national title with a sorry defense just because they have Newton playing QB.

Rival blog posts....

August 20th, 2010
8:37 am

make me laugh! The more you post the better we look!! GO DAWGS!!!

JB

August 20th, 2010
8:39 am

We lose to KY, “all the time”? When do the idiots stop posting?

HBTD!!!

66DAWGnNC

August 20th, 2010
8:42 am

Icenupe, I agree with you 99.9%. I do believe Richt was QB coach at FSU and coached Ward. If so, then he most likely had something to do with recruiting CW as well. This, therefore, presents further evidence of the flawed a priori argument of Tide Roll.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 20th, 2010
8:44 am

Tide Roll:

Recuiting has never been an issue at UGA, they seem to get a top 3 QB in the nation every 2 years. When Newton signed with Florida, UGA Got Stafford who was a big time ranked QB. Then Cox, Murry, Mecklenburg (sp?), etc….. Green did not win National Title but at the time he was the all time win leader as QB.

Any issues are due to something else, not recuiting.

I can wait to see Newton play full time, Dude is huge now, hear he can still run good.

82Dawg

August 20th, 2010
8:56 am

Tide Roll ….why do you care who Ga. recruits or where they play them? If your such a Bama fan I am sure there are better plays for you other than a blog about UGA. Sounds like sour grapes to me, did someone at Ga hurt your feelings or something?

Dawgtime

August 20th, 2010
8:59 am

Yes, I have dramatically reduced my responses on these blogs. I have some people pondering why. To be honest, it gets old reading irrelevant, inappropriate, and childish responses. I have been a college football fan for many years, and I appreciate true football discussions and debates even the ones based on other teams. Unfortunately, I see a lot of emotionally immature fickleness being expressed on these blogs. I enjoy debating true football issues, but some of the responses or frankly irrational and baseless. I know it is easy to develop computer courage and to criticize people that play a sport that some people never did, but I promise you that real athletes realize that playing football is a difficult task. I had a “friend” that admitted that he frequently logs in under several names including many UGA titles to provoke strong responses. He is a GT fan. I do not under that need for drama and negative attention. The reality is that all that matters is what is on the scoreboard. Talking trash does not change results. In terms of recruiting, I wish the Wilder young man a great career at FSU. Yes, UGA wanted him badly. Yes, he is an outstanding young man and athlete. Please don’t minimize the young man or insult his decision. In terms of the age of certain kids as they enter college, let me remind you that it is very common for the parents of athletes to grade retain them or to allow them to start school late so that they will have a physical maturity advantage over their peers at the recreational levels. Also, some children have difficult school years, hence they have to repeat a grade. That difficulty could be related to academic development but also could be the result of immaturity, lack of home support, traumatic developments, illness, or apathy. Every school has kids that enter college that are older than 18. To be honest, that is a pathetic excuse for your team losing. It does indicate the obsession and inferiority complex that some GT fans have with UGA. If you research the ages of UGA players in hopes of finding a perceived flaw or justification, then you really need to get a life. That does not change the scoreboard or improve GT. If age provides a huge advantage, the best football team in our country would be residing in a nursing home. If I listed all the famous people that repeated a grade in school, I would need a book to document all the names. A.J.’s age was not an issue in high school when GT begged him to come to their school. Everyone knows that A.J. was diagnosed with a learning disability. That disability is not an intellectual limitation, rather it’s a processing limitation. His ability to excel with his disability indicates that he has a very high I.Q. To insult him, is akin to assuming that someone in a wheelchair is illiterate. Yes, some of responses on these blogs are just that ignorant and stupid. Go DAWGS!

HamDawg11

August 20th, 2010
9:01 am

I’ve gotta say I was disappointed to not get Wilder. Regardless of where he plays on the field, he’s the type of guy you want on your team. He has few peers physically, he’s a good student, and according to those who know him well, he’s got strong character. He definitely would have been a good fit for UGA.

We can only hope Richt and co. can get Crowell and the Carver guys to come to Athens.

Danny da Dawg

August 20th, 2010
9:03 am

No we should never, ever get beat by Kentucky. I still have nightmares about that one. No doubt Florida and Tennessee have embarrassed us enough lately. Nice name calling too JB. Are you 5?

Uncle Rico

August 20th, 2010
9:03 am

TurdRoll — We all know what you are implying here. Since Homer Jordan, UGA has has James Jackson, Wayne Johnson, Joe DuPree, Quincy Carter, DJ Shockley and now they have Christian LeMay. So, pull your race baiting head out and focus on Tide recruiting. However, I have serious doubts you care about the Tide at all and are likely just a poser using that screen name. You have NEVER once discussed Tide football. It is always the same ignorant crap with you.

Chad

August 20th, 2010
9:08 am

Should just call this uga football mail bag. Guess I shouldn’t expect any different since everyone knows you and timmy bleed red and black.

Fast Eddie

August 20th, 2010
9:08 am

Tide Roll, you are right about both your posts. Bobo is a certified idiot as an offensive coordinator but he calls the same plays Richt was calling with UGA so Richt likes him. I watched Newton in mop-up roles a couple of times at UF and he is a beast as a runner but he wasn’t much of a passer then. I went to the AU Day spring game and his passing doesn’t appear to have improved much but he will run over those linebackers and defensive backs.

JB

August 20th, 2010
9:09 am

Ahhh no but if the shoe fits. Getting your facts straight also helps.

HBTD!!!

Nate

August 20th, 2010
9:11 am

dawgtime
you want to talk about insecurity, go look at your bulldawg posts on tech blogs. this is a college football blog with a huge slant to uga. on gt blogs, you will see dozens of posts mocking gt and it’s team whenever one is put up. it pales in comparison to what you see on uga blogs. which begs the question. why are some uga fans so insecure of gt fans and coaches?

Ouch

August 20th, 2010
9:12 am

A rich nerd is still a nerd. All the money in the world will never change that.

Overheard at SEC media days

August 20th, 2010
9:12 am

For the first time, AJC readers will hear conversations from some SEC coaches

Nick Saban: Fans, you gotta love’em. There is this guy goes by Tide Roll. Constantly sending the football office messages. Move so and so from defensive line to offensive line. Why did you not sign just about every offensive linemen in the state of Alabama? Think he must be reliving the days when the Bear had 150 players on the team. Lately he has been on our case for not landing Cam Newton. Thinks he would be an upgrade over McElroy.

Nick Saban: You know, Mark really has upgraded his defensive staff. Todd Grantham is highly respected by me and others. When the Dogs came after Kirby, I had to give him that raise because the kid can definitely recruit, but anyone who has an IQ above room temperature knows the Bama defense is my baby.

Gene Chizik: Well, we have some fans kind of like that also. We were hurting for a QB, so decided to take a chance on Newton. Was never worried about the homestate team going after him. You think Richt would recruit a player dismissed from another school? Ain’t going to happen. Besides, the Dogs are loaded at the position with Aaron Murray, and then bringing in Christian LeMay.

Nick Saban: Well, I will give Tide Roll some props, evidently the guy is on the net researching who signed with who, and how many got away from the home state team. Surely he knows there are such things as ship limits, plus not even Urban or myself can completely close the borders.

Bobby Petrino: I had a short, rather unpleasant stint in the state of Georgia. Let me tell you, Mark has got it made, Top 20 Public University, elite college town, super high school football, the list goes on and on. Now that it appears he has his defensive coaching staff straigthened out, the road to the Georgia Dome definitely goes through Athens, G-A.

Joker Phillips: Want to give Urban a jolt? Walk up behind him and say “Dream Team.” Only Urban does not think it is funny. He has had the Dogs out-manned every year, and definitely had a better staff. Now that the coaching staffs have evened out, and the Dream Team becoming a reality, his talent edge is disappearing.

Steve Spurrier: Yep, it looks like the Dogs and Gators will be taking turns going to the Dome. Florida is too good to not get there occasionally. You know, my dislike for the Dogs goes back to my Heisman Trophy year, when Bill Stanfill had me running all over the Gator Bowl, throwing picks galore. I kind of evened the score in the 90s, but Mark has pretty much had my number lately, even though UGA is our biggest target of the season, while we are only 5th or 6th on their list.

Nick Saban: I told Mark he is making us look bad when he makes a player sit out a game for underage possession. That is unheard of. Should have handled it “inhouse” like Brian did at Notre Dame.

Nick Saban: Well, when this is over, and I get back to Tuscaloosa, feel sure Tide Roll will have a stack of emails waiting for me. The guy is full of advice. Hard to dislike someone so passionate, but if coaches take his advice, they deserve to get fired.

Ouch

August 20th, 2010
9:14 am

Tide Roll, we should have just recruited him for sh*ts and giggles and then sent him packing once he signed just like you do.

Ron Mexico

August 20th, 2010
9:17 am

Hey Tide Roll, you haven’t even seen Murray play, so how bout let the kid play a few games before you write him off as worthless ok moron. And as far as Newton goes, you guys didn’t get him either, must mean the trailer park over there is on the skids. Better put some rocks under the wheels.

Jim in ga

August 20th, 2010
9:20 am

Tide Roll, he was comparing Stafford to Newton. A #1 draft pick vs a kid who was arrested at his previous school. Surely you are to much of a window licker to understand which one to chose.