Somehow, this surprises me not in the least:
… The first source said Tennessee expects to receive a letter of inquiry from the NCAA in the near future. As part of a broadened inquiry, the NCAA is expected to interview other former Vols coaches, including Kiffin, about recruiting methods at Tennessee, including the timing of coaching staff contacts with high school players, a source said.
Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton declined to comment on the nature of any ongoing investigation but said Friday: “It’s been publicly acknowledged that the NCAA has followed up on allegations related to our football program last fall. We have not received a letter of inquiry and can’t comment any further at this time.”
Tennessee acknowledged it committed at least six secondary violations during Kiffin’s tenure. The NCAA said the large number of secondary recruiting violations could warrant classification as a major violation.
One source said “a ton of people” have been interviewed regarding Tennessee’s recruiting methods, including recruits who signed with Tennessee to play for Kiffin.
Vol fans, just remember to tell yourselves it’s all part of the plan.
I thought you guys might get a kick out of Andrea Adelson’s ESPN.com post about the coaches poll top 25, or at least this excerpt:
Overrated: Florida, Texas, Virginia Tech. We listed reasons for the over-ranking of Florida and Texas. Now to the Hokies, who are at No. 6. It seems expectations are too high for the Hokies every season. Yes, they return a very talented RB duo and Tyrod Taylor at QB, but the defense only returns four starters and the schedule is brutal. This seems a bit high for a team that has averaged three losses over the past six seasons.
Overrated, Part II: Penn St. at No. 14 and LSU at No. 16. Penn St. lost lots of defense and has uncertainty at QB; LSU has a great defense, but everybody is waiting on Jordan Jefferson to step up. This was also a team picked to finish fourth in the SEC West in the preseason media poll.
Notice a name missing there? You would think a school which she ranked #64 on her own preseason list would be a no-brainer overrated at the coaches’ #21.
Maybe she’s really impressed with the news that came out of the first four days of fall camp.
Phil Steele notes that Georgia has the second-best road record in all of college football over the past decade.
In reflecting on Chris Rainey’s good-riddance-to-last-year’s-bad-attitude-Gators comment, Chris Low writes this:
… OK, maybe it is a cliché. But in the Gators’ case, they genuinely believe it.
They also believe that last year’s team, as good as it was and as talented as it was, might have had a God complex about it.
God complex, hunh… wonder where he might have gotten that impression from.
No doubt you’ve heard about certain enterprising Georgia fans getting caught bypassing the normal process for obtaining tickets to the October 2nd game against Colorado.
Note that I typed “enterprising”, not “bright”. (h/t The Wiz of Odds)
Dave Plati, spokesman for the athletic department, said it was obvious that Georgia fans were the culprits in the ticket scam. The first giveaway: Some e-mail addresses used to buy tickets included terms like “UGA” or “Dogs.”
Varied, if not necessarily nutritious.
CFN has the betting lines for the first week of the season. Here are a few numbers of interest:
- Georgia is a 25.5 point favorite over ULaLa (by the way, when did they start referring to themselves simply as “Louisiana”?).
- Vegas thinks it’ll be a fun week for the SEC, as every team in the conference but one is favored in its opener, from ‘Bama getting 39 against San Jose State to LSU’s -1.5 against North Carolina. Vandy is the only underdog, against Northwestern.
- Favored in a runaway to win the Big East, Pitt is a three-point underdog at Utah. Hmmm…
- Rice is only getting 28 points against Texas? Unless the Owls’ defense is much, much better, they could be down by 28 at halftime.
- I’m not sure I want to touch Oregon State getting thirteen at TCU.
- Or Boise State giving three against Virginia Tech.
It’s the usual grab bag that comes from lazy thinking and no real world results to base an analysis on:
- Post-Tebow Florida at number three jumps out a bit. So do three Big 12 teams in the top nine, particularly offensively challenged Nebraska at nine.
- Boise State-Virginia Tech game is definitely the first week heavyweight matchup.
- Why is FSU at number 20? I guess for the same reason Arkansas is at number 19. (And wouldn’t those two have made for an entertaining early season pairing.)
- I am shocked, shocked at the absence of Notre Dame. Charlie Weis, you really damaged the brand.
All in all, count it as an endorsement for the Mumme Poll’s insistence on withholding a vote until after Week Six is in the books.
UPDATE: For what it’s worth, USA Today provides thumbnail sketches for each of the top 25 teams here.