The notebook: Poll puts Dogs No. 2 in East … SEC happy in ATL … Etc.

Cleaning out the notebook after an interesting week at the SEC meetings:

  • In the Birminghan News’ 64th annual Spring SEC Football Preview, Alabama and Florida again are picked to win their divisions, with Georgia predicted to finish second in the East. The News surveyed the SEC  schools’ football information directors, asking them to predict the order of finish in their division (without including their own team). Florida and Alabama got the maximum available five first-place votes in the East and West, respectively.  Georgia got the other first-place vote in the East (Florida’s), three second-place votes and one third-place.  This is how the poll turned out:

West: 1. Alabama. 2 (tie). LSU and Arkansas. 4. Auburn. 5. Ole Miss. 6. Mississippi State.

East: 1. Florida. 2. Georgia. 3. South Carolina. 4. Tennessee. 5. Kentucky. 6. Vanderbilt.

Separately, the SEC football info directors were asked to rank the league’s teams without regard to division (and again without voting for your own team). Alabama got the maximum 11 first-place votes in this exercise, and three of the top four teams were from the West.  This is how the overall poll turned out: 1. Alabama. 2. Florida. 3. LSU. 4. Arkansas. 5. Georgia. 6. Auburn. 7. South Carolina. 8 (tie). Tennessee and Ole Miss. 10. Mississippi State. 11. Kentucky. 12. Vanderbilt.

  • While the Atlanta Falcons want a new open-air stadium, the SEC remains very happy with the Georgia Dome, where the league plays its football championship game each year. Asked if the SEC has any thoughts of having to move the game out of Atlanta given the uncertain future of the Dome, commissioner Mike Slive said: “Hypothetically there’s always a chance of something, but the game has been extraordinarily successful for us in Atlanta. At this point we have absolutely no intention of moving it out of Atlanta.”
  • The SEC will decide late this year whether to keep its baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala., after 2011, the final year remaining on the current contract. The league also will consider pitches from Gwinnett County’s Coolray Field and Memphis’ AutoZone Park. But it sounds as if prying the event out of Hoover will be difficult. Slive noted that Hoover has become part of lexicon of SEC baseball. “The kids talk about . . . ‘we have to get to Hoover,’” Slive said. “In football, our [teams'] goal is to get to Atlanta. In some sports, [a particular postseason destination] becomes part of the fabric of the sport.”
  • Georgia’s $17.4 million share of the SEC revenue pie represents about 20 percent of the UGA Athletic Association’s $84.75 million budget.
  • Vince Dooley has said he won’t be in Sanford Stadium for the Georgia-Tennessee game on Oct. 9, opting instead to watch on television at home and privately root for his son Derek, the new Vols coach, who by the way agrees with his dad’s decision. “I think his point really is, it’s not about him and it’s not about me,” Derek Dooley said. “He doesn’t want it to become a spectacle. How many times have you had to look at the quarterback’s dad on TV before you go, ‘Please…’ You see it all the time. So every time I go out there and make a dumb call, it’d be,  ‘Let’s see what Dad thinks.’ Great theater, you know.”
  • Georgia associate athletics director Carla Williams was elected to the seven-person SEC Executive Committee for 2010-11.
  • Former Georgia gymnastics star Courtney Kupets was nominated by the SEC for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

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187 comments Add your comment

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 7th, 2010
12:17 pm

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 7th, 2010
12:17 pm

O yeah! O yeah! Good grief that is the dumbest thing to see on the blogs until you have the chance to do it!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 7th, 2010
12:19 pm

My apology’s I could not resist the temptation fellow bloggers.

1eyedJack

June 7th, 2010
12:35 pm

Be careful Lowcountry, it’s like crack.

1eyedJack

June 7th, 2010
12:37 pm

I can agree with those rankings. Until we do it on the field we shouldn’t be given any more respect than that. If you want to be the best you got to beat the best.

RxDawg

June 7th, 2010
12:41 pm

Lowcountry you are now the king. All hail the king baby!

Athenian

June 7th, 2010
12:42 pm

UGA will as usual be a huge disappointment this year. Second place would be seriously overreaching for a team plagued by penalties, the usual inexplicable breakdowns, and arrests of key players. I’ll put them in third place behind Florida and South Carolina. That’s at best – they could conceivably finish fourth, in which case it would be bye bye to Mark Richt.

My prediction:

Florida 38
Georgia. 13

McDawg

June 7th, 2010
12:43 pm

So you announce that you will privately root for your son–I am not sympatehtic to the Dooley’s

ShutTheFrontDoor

June 7th, 2010
12:43 pm

3rd or 4th for UGA. Not a chance to finish 2nd. Richt should start packing his bags.

david

June 7th, 2010
12:43 pm

Best of Atlanta

June 7th, 2010
12:43 pm

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…..NESBITT for HEISMAN…..

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McDawg

June 7th, 2010
12:45 pm

as usual the dawgs will win 80% of their games -big disappointment

david

June 7th, 2010
12:46 pm

we will see you gators in jax–another streak is coming! softball was just the beginning

HugoStiglitz

June 7th, 2010
12:53 pm

With their schedule, yeah I could see it happening. They play by far the easiest schedule of any of the SEC teams this season. Although I still dont see Aaron Murray or the defense catching on fast enough for them to beat South Carolina or Arkansas.

how2fish

June 7th, 2010
12:57 pm

Athenian your wrong and events will prove it we will end up better than 4th and I’ll take UGA and the 25 vs the Gators. We could be very good this year but unless we we have another 17 or so season ending injuries we will be better than 4th…please get help to remove your head from your rear end. Even with a new D and QB we will be better.

indianman

June 7th, 2010
12:58 pm

georgia 42 fla 14

Urban Meyer

June 7th, 2010
12:58 pm

We will win the SEC because I am the best college coach and my fans love me!

Topp Dogg

June 7th, 2010
1:01 pm

Time will tell, that is why they play the game.

Herschel Talker

June 7th, 2010
1:01 pm

Vince is overrated. Without Herschel, no one even talks about Vince. Good for him for cheering for his son’s success; we’d all do the same. But let’s not write about this nonsense anymore.

One, two, free, fo, fi, them der Gator don't take no jive!

June 7th, 2010
1:04 pm

Don’t understand the Dooley hate from some. I mean it’s his SON! You should all know that Dooley dearly loves UGA. But certainly not more than his own fleah and blood. For those of you that feel he should act differently, I say get a life! You must be great family men.

makes sense to me......

June 7th, 2010
1:04 pm

which would you choose…..your former job, or your son?

makes sense, right?

Dream Team

June 7th, 2010
1:04 pm

bad news dawg fans – heard the cochran kid is also being recruited by UT!! There’s a dooley connection…

The Most Interesting Man Alive

June 7th, 2010
1:04 pm

The puppies will go 6-6, Richt will be fired and UGA will go after Chris Peterson from Boise St. Richts problem is he became complacent, fired Willie too late, hasn’t fired Bobo yet and UGA will loose 15 seniors and it will continue to get worse.

One, two, free, fo, fi, them der Gator don't take no jive!

June 7th, 2010
1:05 pm

Typo…should be flesh, not fleah!

this is captain over,over

June 7th, 2010
1:05 pm

Herschel T don’t forget ’bout Erk

SICKnTired

June 7th, 2010
1:07 pm

Low country it’s dumb even if you do get the chance. What’s the point? Is there a prize?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 7th, 2010
1:09 pm

It was difficult not to be the first 10. Lets just hope the boys go through the Summer and Camp 100% healthy so we can see the team at it peak performance.

JB

June 7th, 2010
1:09 pm

So, “Athenian”, what “key” players were arrested???

I think 2nd is to be expected and wouldn’t be shocked if we got 1st. The crocs have a TON of unanswered questions.

HBTD!!!

82Dawg

June 7th, 2010
1:10 pm

To all of you who think CMR is getting fired this year, you are so off base it is funny. UGA would have to have a loosing record for him to even feel any pressure. My word the man has won an average of 10 games a season since he has been here. No way he is gone.

Spokesman for the East

June 7th, 2010
1:12 pm

The rest of the East hopes you are correct 82Dawg!!

One, two, free, fo, fi, them der Gator don't take no jive!

June 7th, 2010
1:17 pm

JB,
But UGA coming off of an 8-5 campaign with turnovers and penalties galore, a new DC implementing a new scheme, and a QB that that has never played a down of college ball have no questions to be answered, right? Hilarious!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

June 7th, 2010
1:18 pm

Not without a mascot, they’re not number two in the east. Georgia needs to step up now and name Russ, the Temporary Mascot as UGA whatever number. Being temporary is getting old and having my a$$ painted is never again going to happen. A mascot with an attitude . . . perfect!

JB

June 7th, 2010
1:19 pm

And when did I say we didn’t have questions? That said, not near as many as the croc’s. We also trimmed the TO and penalty isue, over the back half of the season, dramatically. Of course leave it to a croc fan to only pay attention to his squad and no little else about the SEC.

HBTD!!!

GatorMater

June 7th, 2010
1:19 pm

I have to say that Meyer’s offense will suffer vs the new UGA defense. My wife is going to kill me for saying this, but…

UGA 31
UF 21

Spike

June 7th, 2010
1:20 pm

We don’t deserve to be ranked ahead of the Gators until we star beating them. Period.

Spike

June 7th, 2010
1:21 pm

Woops. “start” not “star”. Sorry spelling police.

secsecsec

June 7th, 2010
1:23 pm

Spike you are right! To me a ranking ahead of Florida before Georgia plays them is a huge jinx. Let Georgia earn that top spot.

One, two, free, fo, fi, them der Gator don't take no jive!

June 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

We’ll see who has the most unanswered questions come October 30th in Jax. I think we all know the answer to THAT unanswered question!

New Gator Fan

June 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

Gatormater, Florida will win by at least 3 touchdowns and you know it.

AMSTERDAM SAM

June 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

Thanks for the updates all of you AJC guys give (like yours best since I’m a UGA grad. For those of us living overseas (Amsterdam for me) each word is inhaled like sweet incense. Whan this dawg junky needs a fix – I know where to go. GATA from Europe!

Herschel Talker

June 7th, 2010
1:28 pm

Yes, I forgot Erk. Good call. Without Herschel and Erk, Vince would have been a footnote.

Spokesman for the East

June 7th, 2010
1:28 pm

JB, since we live in the ATL we follow not only the crocs but the rest of the SEC including the underperforming Richt team. UGA challenging in the east: now thats a croc!!!

JB

June 7th, 2010
1:28 pm

One, two… – In other words, you just got slapped down and that was the best, albeit weak, come back you had. Funny!!!

HBTD!!!

JB

June 7th, 2010
1:29 pm

Spokesman for one- You might but it was readily apparent that one, two… doesn’t follow things, no matter where he lives.

HBTD!!!

Vince Dooleys Son

June 7th, 2010
1:30 pm

UGA losses:
Arkansas, South Carolina, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Miss St.; Say goodbye suntan preacher boy.

T3

June 7th, 2010
1:30 pm

somebody posted this recent articel about conference expansion.

a good summary.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news;_ylt=ArbeEPlHL107.546C5o3E4k5nYcB?slug=dw-expansion060610

Spokesman for the SEC East

June 7th, 2010
1:31 pm

JB that I would agree with you: one, two…….. is a jive idiot.

One, two, free, fo, fi, them der Gator don't take no jive!

June 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

Yean, I got slapped down. Yeah, that’s what happened. Just like a typical delusional mutt.
Yeah, keep on slappin’ it! LOL!!!!

JB

June 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

UGA loses to TN? Wow! Another clueless wonder! This is one FUNNY thread!!!

HBTD!!!

Spokesman for the SEC East

June 7th, 2010
1:34 pm

JB, they have lost 3 out of 4 unless my memory is gone.