Today’s life lesson: If you’re in a bar in Nashville called “Losers Most Wanted” and somebody yells “Roll Tide!” at you, you might want to duck.
Category Archives: Whoa, oh, Alabama
I can’t help it. The first thing that came to mind when I read this comment…
He credited inside linebackers coach Kevin Steele and former Alabama defensive coordinator Joe Kines as two mentors who have relayed to him the dangers of taking the wrong job. Kines went 3-6-1 as the interim head coach at Arkansas in 1992…
… was this.
Say anything forcefully enough and it’ll stick.
Talk about your Freudian slip:
Skeptical, the lawyer for the plaintiffs read Pilson a quote from the writings of the late Paul “Bear” Bryant, in which the legendary University of Alabama coach observed in retirement, “I used to go along with the idea that football players on scholarship were student athletes, which is what the NCAA calls them, meaning student first and athlete second. We were kidding ourselves, trying to make it more palatable to the academicians. We don’t have to say that, and we shouldn’t. At the level we play, the boy is really an athlete first and a student second.”
That was a win for the plaintiffs, just getting that in the court record. But then it got better.
The lawyer, Bill Isaacson, asked Pilson if he thought such an opinion has an impact on the affection that Crimson Tide fans have for their team, and more broadly, television ratings for games.
Pilson bristled, responding, “We’re talking about the strongest possible school in terms of pro football. I read what Bear says, but I — I think, frankly, the University of Alabama football advocates follow their team win or lose, paying them or not.”
You read that right. The court transcript did not get it wrong. Pilson called Bama a pro team.
Besides the pro team comment, read that last sentence of Pilson’s carefully. He took the position that paying student-athletes would make college football less attractive to its fans, yet there clearly says that Tide fans couldn’t care less about payment. (Hell, let’s face it – a major chunk of that fan base would support payment if it got Nick Saban even one more five-star, right?)
Then, again, maybe it wasn’t a slip after all.
Most interesting about Pilson’s oral gaffe on the stand was that no one — not the judge or even the NCAA’s lawyers — tried to correct his testimony.
The buffet line never ends.
- Russ Mitchell has always been a huge fan of Mark Richt. Here’s his latest verse from the same song.
- Coming soon to a cut-out bin near you…
- Phil Steele’s top two running back groups for 2014 are Alabama and Georgia.
- Meet Judge Claudia Wilken.
- Here’s Paul Myerberg’s preview of Georgia’s September 20th opponent, #77 Troy.
- There are at least eleven receivers coaches making more than $300,000 per year. How many of ‘em are better than Tony Ball?
- Athlon convenes a panel to vote on the fourteen SEC venues. Sanford Stadium checks in at number three: “It may not be the SEC’s biggest or loudest stadium, but it is the most beautiful.”
- Bookkeeping magic: Nike pays Urban Meyer $1.4 million a year, but Ohio State says he doesn’t have a contract with Nike.
- Greg McGarity expects the NCAA to cap the size of schools’ athletic support staffs soon.
- Supposedly, Alabama and Cincinnati are discussing a series. I guess Tubs wants another crack at the Tide.
Bill Battle is having a devil of a time finding a twelfth opponent for Alabama’s 2015 football schedule.
Can somebody help Battle out and play Alabama? Sounds like the Tide would even take a home-and-home at this point, but Battle said he’s not sure that’s feasible because “everybody’s scheduled for ’15.”
Alabama has Wisconsin and Louisiana-Monroe on the non-conference schedule, and though Battle doesn’t remember the third game offhand, Alabama is expected to play an FCS opponent in mid-November, according to a source.
That means Battle probably can’t schedule another FCS for strength-of-schedule purposes, though he sounds desperate enough to do just that.
[Insert snarky comment about nine-game conference schedule here.]
You should eat.
- And then there were 85.
- Derek Mason says Vanderbilt’s working on scheduling a game with Stanford. Good.
- New college football win totals posted at 5Dimes. Georgia’s listed at 9.5.
- “The Pro Football Hall of Fame elected Thomas as a member in 2009, yet college football had not honored him. The reason is simple: Alabama didn’t nominate him for membership until 2011.” What?
- No surprise here: “An SEC source said about four or five teams from each league [SEC and ACC] are discussing potential home-and-home matchups for some time in the next 6-7 years.”
- Georgia’s 2015 athletic budget checks in at $99,850,500. Think keeping it under a nice round $100 mill was an accident, or planned?
- Letitia Romero doesn’t need a union. And anyway, it’s all the NCAA’s fault.
- Which college football teams have championship-grade recruiting? Georgia just makes the list.
- Finebaum may suck, but at least the SEC Network will have one great thing going for it.
‘Cause nothing says romance, Alabama-style like proposing at an A-Day game with some dude in an elephant suit looking on.