As closing the barn door after the horse is seen in the next county-type decisions go, this one’s first-rate:
Facing intense scrutiny from his faculty, University of Alabama at Birmingham president Ray Watts announced Friday an independent reexamination of financial figures from a study used to justify the elimination of the football, bowling and rifling programs.
CBSSports.com found several discrepancies in the full report produced by consultant Bill Carr. Watts, who would not discuss specifics about the report, said at a news conference he still believes the initial study’s data is as accurate as when he eliminated football last month.
So he’s going to study a study that he still thinks is right. And in the end, what difference will it make if the same people on UAB’s Board of Trustees still have to be mollified?
Bill Clark was selected as UAB’s coach and led the Blazers to bowl eligibility for the first time in 10 years. Mackin said on the recordings that he initially favored hiring South Alabama coach Joey Jones, a former Crimson Tide player, in part because of his relationship with Bryant.
“So Paul Jr. is probably a fan of his,” Mackin said on the recording. “But Paul Jr. does nothing for me. We’ve just got to tolerate him. No coach is going to make him change his position on UAB football.”
He’s UAB’s Mr. Potter. And Bryant’s not the only one.
After a local business owner pledged money last spring to pay for the installation of artificial turf on one of UAB’s football practice fields, UA System trustee Finis St. John shot down the plan, according to two UAB boosters.
The money was part of a $1 million pledge.
I’d call it a mess, except guys like Bryant and St. John are getting exactly what they want. That sounds more like a plan to me. Tough luck for UAB supporters. Maybe they’ll be interested in buying Alabama season tickets now.
Outside, it’s cold. Inside, the buffet is warm.
Dude, don’t take this the wrong way, but if you don’t like New Orleans because “It doesn’t smell good”, you ain’t doing New Orleans right.
The Idaho Famous Potato Bowl mascot is here to welcome you to today’s buffet.
- Bowl season kicks off with five games tomorrow.
- “Pay that man his money.” Somebody will.
- Wins cost more in the SEC.
- Georgia still has about 2,600 tickets remaining from its allotment of 8,500 that it received from the Belk Bowl. Feel the excitement!
- Tennessee discipline, same as it ever was (and ever different from Georgia’s).
- Hal Mumme reflects on another branch of his coaching tree being named the new OC at Kentucky… which somehow leads to a Beavis and Butthead reference. And why not?
- Andy Staples speaks the troof about those abominable weekly CFP selection committee shows: “Since ESPN pays about half a billion dollars a year to televise all aspects of the playoff, it expects a return on its enormous investment. The weekly rankings offer a better return, which is why they likely will stay unless the group of commissioners has significant objections.” No objection is significant enough to outweigh those checks being cashed.
- ‘Bama fan base, don’t ever change.
- Non-football, but if you haven’t seen The Colbert Report finale, do yourself a favor and do so right now.
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And, no, this isn’t about Mark Richt versus Nick Saban.
But for something like this to happen to, say, Georgia Southern, GSU’s board of trustees would have to be populated by the likes of one of Vince Dooley’s sons and Don Leeburn. And that’s not something you’re likely to see anywhere else.
That should tell you how much things are politically rigged in favor of ‘Bama and its football program.
As I noted last night, that was one weird Iron Bowl. Auburn was en fuego in the second quarter and to start the third and looked like it might run Alabama out of its own stadium. Things seemed to be at their worst for the Tide faithful when Sims threw his third interception of the night.
Except for this guy, who was caught on national TV in a zen-like state of bliss over his food.
No worries, mon. Them belly full.
Turned out Nacho Man was right to keep his cool. Alabama righted the ship and took control of the game shortly afterwards.
The post game eats were probably delicious, too.