“I think some of these schools have forgotten where they came from.”

Okay, I know it’s a target rich environment, but put Mike Bianchi and George O’Leary together on the subject of autonomy and what do you get?  Gold, Jerry.  Gold.

George O’Leary is starting to wonder if the Southeastern Conference is being governed by league commissioner Mike Slive or Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

O’Leary, the blunt, straightforward coach of the UCF Knights, compares the SEC’s recent threat to break away from the rest of major college football and start its own division, to the Confederacy’s decision to break away from the United States and risk the sovereign unity of college football.

“They sound like the South during the Civil War,” O’Leary said of the SEC and the other saber-rattlers in the so-called Power 5 conferences. “If they don’t get their way, they’re going to secede and start their own country. . . . I think college football is in real trouble.”

Does that make Mark Emmert college football’s Abraham Lincoln?


Filed under General Idiocy, Media Punditry/Foibles

19 responses to ““I think some of these schools have forgotten where they came from.”

  1. LRGK9

    Consider the source.

    In the beginning:
    Work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work, play.

    Upon discovering how to spiritually do more, be more, and have more:
    Work, play, work, work, play, work, play, work, work, play.

    Upon discovering you don’t have to do more, be more, and have more:
    Play, play, nap, play, play, play, play, nap, play

    • Consider the source? I thought I did.

      • Irwin R Fletcher

        Before agreeing to that interview, Coach O’Leary added a History PHD to his resume for effect.

        Funny…as long as we are talking Civil War history, I seem to remember a George given the lead of the most prestigious army in the US only to have to give it back in disgrace….

  2. John Denver is full of shit...

    This is coming from the “fake” degree on the wall guy, yes?

  3. Bob

    Well, Even though Lincoln and the guy in front of Pee Wee Herman were the last two guys to be shot in the head at a theater, the risk is still low, but Emmert might want to avoid any theaters for a while.

  4. 81Dog

    Didn’t George major in statesmanship when he was earning a Rhodes Scholarship as a football star at New Hampshire?

    Maybe Obama should consider making George his Secretary of State. Dude seems to have all the qualifications they could want.

  5. Dog in Fla

    When asked for comment on the Summer of George provocation Harris Pastides, the President of South Carolina, reloaded and shot off his usual double-negative:

    “I don’t get a sense that this current move toward reform and policy change is not a direct


  6. Normaltown Mike

    Let’s run this string on the SEC = Confederacy.

    Spurrier, the resourceful elder statesman, his forays into the North were a failure (Redskins) = Lee
    Richt, pious and reliable, sadly brought down by the errors of his squad = Stonewall Jackson
    Saban, strategically decades ahead of others = Longstreet
    Miles, flamboyant & talented though dependability is questionable = JEB Stuart

  7. Dog in Fla

    “There are some historians who truly believe SEC football dominance emanates from the South’s loss to the North in the Civil War.”

    Dr. Seuss thought it started in 1970 when Sam the Bam invaded Birmingham: “Jerry Claiborne, a former Bryant assistant, said, “Sam Cunningham did more to integrate Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King did in 20 years.” (wiki is anyone right)

  8. 81Dog

    is there a lazier reach for an analogy in the world today than the one Bianchi and the Skipper seem to be making here? Let’s see, the SEC is, well, run by mostly Southern white guys, and thus ignorant rednecks, and we’re smart, hip, sophisticates from up North, therefore automatically superior in all ways, soooooooooo….let’s just call them the Confederacy.

    Genius. And I don’t care where Bianchi was actually born. If he’s from Orlando, he’s from up North. Remember, in Florida, the further south you go, the further north you are.

    • Debby Balcer


    • Dog in Fla

      “is there a lazier reach for an analogy in the world today than the one Bianchi and the Skipper seem to be making here?”

      Sure. We’ve been infiltrated by Midwesterners – Slive, Saban, L’il Stoopsie, das Hat, the actor f/k/a Irwin, Bert, Butch and Mr. Pinkel just to name a few

  9. Mayor

    “Does that make Mark Emmert college football’s Abraham Lincoln? No, it makes Mark Emmert college football’s James Buchanan.

  10. Go Dawgs!

    College football IS in real trouble. But enough about coaches who practice their players to death, George.