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Trolling a troll

Bill Connelly provides a little context for the performance of the man Michael Cunningham is extremely impressed with.

S&P+ is typically quite volatile at this time of year (my own ratings are why Ole Miss is so damn high, too) and one team benefiting from that is Louisville, which has had, from a raw data standpoint, one of the most successful defenses in the country so far. The Cardinals rank fourth in Defensive S&P+, and while that wouldn’t be the biggest reach in the world — they ranked 10th in Defensive F/+ last year, after all, and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham did have some success at Georgia before a 2013 fade — they have gotten what are probably a couple of artificial boosts.

First, Louisville has played Wake Forest. As long as raw data plays any role, even a minor one, in the ratings, playing Wake Forest is going to be good for you. The Ville held the Deacs to 100 total yards (1.8 per play) last Saturday, and while that’s certainly not bad … well, UL-Monroe held Wake to 94 yards (1.9 per play) in the season opener.

Maybe that just means Richt should have hired UL-Monroe’s defensive coordinator instead of Pruitt.

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Um… maybe this Pruitt guy’s not so bad, after all.

David Hale has a few interesting stats about FSU’s defense worth sharing with you.

Now, the ‘Noles lost a goodly chunk of talent to the NFL, so that’s a factor.  But they also lost a certain defensive coordinator.  I gotta think that’s a factor, too.

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#sirwalterscottandtangledwebs

I’m a lawyer.  I take a lot of crap from folks about my profession, but the reality is that most of the time I’m proud of the way attorneys conduct themselves according to professional standards.

This, however, isn’t one of those times.  Sheesh.

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Jimbo Fisher is a funny guy.

Oh, wait… you were serious about that?

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Still enabling

It was a night game.  Fisher comes out of the Nick Saban school of micromanagement.  And we’re supposed to believe that FSU’s staff had all day to get their act together and didn’t.

Yeah, I’d say Winston was tremendously effected by that, my man.  Tree-men-dous-ly.

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There is no team in me.

Jameis Winston really doesn’t get it.

The thing is, the school looks even dumber covering for him.

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Jameis Winston’s bridge too far

Now comes word that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is suspended for the entirety of the Clemson game.

Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner for the top-ranked Seminoles, originally had been suspended for just the first half against the visiting Tigers after a profane and sexually explicit outburst in the student union on campus earlier this week.

But Florida State decided to extend his suspension to the entire game because Winston was not entirely truthful or forthcoming regarding Tuesday’s incident, a source told ESPN.

“Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night,” interim Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a joint statement Friday night.

There’s no question that Winston’s got some serious maturity issues, but, honestly, after the school has repeatedly enabled his earlier bad behavior, why should there be any shock on officials’ behalf that he wasn’t entirely forthcoming about what he did?  It’s worked before.

Note also the absence of Jimbo Fisher’s name from the joint statement.  That’s probably not a good thing for the football program.  Add in the inevitable rumor mongering, and it’s hard to think Gus Malzahn isn’t already making preparations.

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