This, that and the other:
No fireworks. Just football.
- Honestly, I’m surprised Nick Saban has time for this shit.
- As Georgia Southern looks to move to D-1, it faces money concerns.
- Brady Hoke says coaches are talking about an early signing date for recruiting.
- Jeff Long on fans hoping that Arkansas might bring back Bobby Petrino: “It amazes me that that’s still out there.”
- Can somebody explain to me why this was considered to be a good idea?
- The NCAA pulls a last-minute move to put Leonard Floyd’s admission to Georgia on hold. Is there some reason that couldn’t have been researched months ago?
- Kevin Scarbinsky thinks the new playoff is going to make the regular season more attractive.
- Mark Bradley wants to know “why is it always Georgia?”. Maybe it’s because you don’t pay attention to stuff like this, Mark.
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Last night, Rick Perry touched the hem of the GPOOE™’s garment and we’re all the richer for it.
You know at least half the folks sharing the stage with him were mentally kicking themselves for not having gone there first.
I only hope that if Perry somehow finds himself anointed, er… selected as the GOP candidate to run next year for President – proof that we indeed live in an age of miracles, friends – he goes all in at the first debate with Obama, comes out sporting a #15 jersey and eye black with Bible verses and then starts Tebowing every time he manages to get through a debate exchange without stumbling.
With that, Corch will have no choice but to declare Rick Perry the Greatest Politician Of Our Era.
It’s not as good as a breakfast at T-Rays, but it’ll have to do.
- If Paul Johnson is the genius Mark Bradley insists he is, then this should be no problem.
- Jarvis Jones is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award. Good to see that somebody’s paying attention.
- Mark Emmert suggests a $2000 increase in student-athlete scholarship amounts, but Boise State’s Bob Kustra isn’t impressed: ” … Go back and examine the life of a student athlete in intercollegiate sports in America today, and see how privileged they are to be where they are and the opportunities they have.” Lazy bums!
- Meanwhile, there’s a bunch of college administrators who don’t think Emmert’s gone far enough with his proposals.
- Spurrier’s ban on Ron Morris-attended pressers? His-tor-ee.
- This may be the consummate Pat Dooley header.
- Georgia 26, Florida 20. (I would take that in a heartbeat.)
- “Defense,” coach Turner Gill acknowledged, “is the area we haven’t made the best improvement.” No shit.
- If you’ve been looking for Mudcat’s car, it seems to have turned up in Eugene, Oregon.
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I think you know where this is going:
“In 2009, the news media disparaged University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow for crying on the sidelines after losing a big game, even labeling him Tim ‘Tearbow,'” said psychologist Y. Joel Wong, PhD, the study’s lead author. “However, the college football players in our study who believed … crying was appropriate had higher self-esteem. In contrast, players who believed … crying was inappropriate yet felt they would likely cry in [that] situation had lower self-esteem.”
And, no, that’s not a link to The Onion. Sadly.
Drive safely this morning, and dig in.
- Six of the nine most watched college football games this season on television were SEC contests. Money well spent, CBS.
- On the other hand, viewership of the Heisman Trophy ceremony dropped to its lowest level since 2006. You only get one guess as to why.
- You’ve got to love a post which contains the line “when it comes to meaningless Congressional measures, no single vote means more than that of Corrine Brown.”
- Florida is dead to Heisman Pundit now.
- Congratulations, Aron White. Just don’t borrow Mudcat’s car to drive to the ceremony, okay?
- I thought something similar to this the other day, but I think it carries more weight coming from a Florida guy: “… that Brantley, a lifelong Gator and a legacy player, is considering a transfer despite the fact that UF hired a Gainesville guy who’s promising a pro-style offense speaks volumes.”
- I’m surprised it took somebody this long to blame Camgate on the BCS.
- Mark Cuban will fix that, though.
- Muschamp won’t put a staff together until after Florida’s bowl game, so is he handling recruiting all by his lonesome right now?
Is the GPOOE™’s high school coach still gainfully employed?
Cam Newton may have matched Tim Tebow’s on-the-field season record of 20 passing and 20 rushing touchdowns, but he hasn’t matched the star power of the GPOOE™, at least as far as SEC fans go.
… And Auburn blowing out South Carolina drew a 6.3 overnight rating, translating to 6.3% of the 56 urban markets measured for overnights. That’s down 47% from Florida-Alabama in last year’s SEC title game and down 39% from those teams playing in the 2008 title game.
By the way, don’t miss Jimmy Johnson’s quote about Cam in the linked article.
Starting off what should be a fun week with a few things to nibble on:
- Dan Mullen rubs salt in the wound: “The game shouldn’t have been as close as it was. We had some opportunities to put that game away early, and we had some opportunities to put that game away late.”
- My first thought on reading this was “why wasn’t that the rule in the first place?”. My second thought was “I wonder what the SEC rule is?”.
- Mike Hamilton is a funny guy: “But this is far, far, far from a program that doesn’t have institutional control or is not trying to live by the letter of the law.”
- Eloquence like this deserves to be noted.
- Measuring the Tebow effect: “CBS’ SEC ratings had been on a roll. But Saturday’s Arkansas-Auburn game drew a 2.7 overnight, translating into 2.7% of the 56 urban markets measured for overnights — down 44% from comparable coverage of an Arkansas-Florida game last year.”
- Les Miles has a better winning percentage at LSU than Nick Saban did.
- There’s only one freshman quarterback in the top 35 nationally in passer rating – Aaron Murray at #19.
- Tim Brewster is the first coaching casualty of the season, and Minnesota’s AD has words of encouragement for whoever turns out to be his successor: “You’re not following Vince Lombardi here.”
UPDATE: Speaking of SEC officiating gaffes, the Wiz catches a good one from the UF-MSU game (watch the ref on the left).
What’s the over/under on the number of times Uncle Verne mentions The Departed One on during today’s broadcast?