Easily my favorite part of this Jeff Schultz cri de coeur — and, man, does he sound bitterly disappointed — over Georgia’s decision not to suspend Natrez Patrick and Roquan Smith for, um… not violating Georgia’s drug policy is this one-liner:
Neither failed a drug test (according to Georgia).
Jeez, talk about disillusionment. If you can’t trust Greg McGarity any more, whom can you trust?
Amazing leap of logic to reconcile “Welcome to the new world” with Jonathan Ledbetter’s six-game suspension. I know, I know, forget it, he’s on a roll.
Can’t argue with this insight.
The timing would be nice, I gotta admit.
Damn, Kirby. I expect better from an alumnus.
Okay, so when’s the coronation?
- Alabama. In the midst of playing in the SEC West, the SECCG and the CFB playoffs, the Tide has won 20 games in a row. That is ridiculous.
- LSU. On a roll with Coach O… and, oh, yeah, that Fournette guy.
- Auburn. The SEC’s most improved team over the course of the season.
- Texas A&M. Even when the Aggies led on Saturday, there was little doubt they were the inferior bunch.
- Ole Miss. THEY’RE THE BEST 3-4 TEAM IN AMERICA PAWWWLLL.
- Florida. If the Gators aren’t rested up to play Georgia, they’ll never be.
- Tennessee. And if there’s ever a team that needed a week off to heal, it’s the Vols. The good news is that November is coming.
- Arkansas. Sorry, but you can’t play Ole Miss every week, Bert.
- Georgia. The sad thing to consider is that there’s a decent likelihood after this week that when Georgia plays Kentucky, it’ll be the latter team that can clinch a bowl appearance with a win.
- Kentucky. The ‘Cats are 3-2 in the conference despite being outscored by fifty points in those games.
- Mississippi State. Geography be damned, MSU is the SEC West’s most Eastern team.
- Vanderbilt. At 4-4, they’re clinging to bowl eligibility hopes with a final run of Auburn, Missouri, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Yeah, sure.
- Missouri. It’s easy to overlook the fact that this is the only SEC team without a conference win.
- South Carolina. A six-point win over UMass — I guess they needed that bye week, after all.
If you’re wanting a little taste of what Greg McGarity might sound like should the day come when Kirby Smart gets things rolling a little, Auburn’s athletic director is here to smugly tell one and all he knew things were good all along.
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs told USA TODAY Sports the 1-2 start “was an odd time,” while noting both Clemson and Texas A&M were highly ranked. Jacobs said he heard the noise from frustrated fans — but doesn’t hear much anymore.
“It’s gotten deathly quiet,” Jacobs said Sunday afternoon. “In my role and in Gus’ role, you don’t listen to that. You take care of what’s inside the house. And inside the house, everybody’s been marching to the beat of the same drummer. I’m just glad to know that Gus and these coaches have helped these players find their identity.
“It took us two or three games to find out exactly what it was. Now we know it’s downhill, old-fashioned, run-the-ball and playing Southeastern Conference, Auburn defense…”
Well, and maybe one other little thing.
UPDATE: Big Jay may not have been listening to criticism, but it’s hard to believe he was ignoring that Auburn sold out a home game for just the second time this season.
And anyone involved in this travesty should be shunned by polite society.