Alabama vs. Auburn, don’t ever change.
The linked piece is a fun read, even if I shook my head after this part:
Alabama is considered the stodgier, more football-centric school. Auburn, which is a national powerhouse on the football field as well, fancies itself a little more bookish and likes to tout its engineering program.
Okay, that was a fun read, too. As in side-splitting…
The idea of Alabama settling for the genius after it whiffed on RichRod (and Saban, the first go) is so delicious, that it almost makes Jeff Schultz’ spectacularly bad take on Saban’s eventual hiring seem like an afterthought.
The NCAA hits former Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis with a two-year show cause order for this:
According to the NCAA, Davis knowingly committed a recruiting violation when he took part in an impermissible meeting with four prospective recruits that was pre-arranged by a booster.
Davis then provided false or misleading information about the meeting and the booster’s involvement when questioned by Alabama and the NCAA, according to the NCAA.
His former employer? Well, there’s a slight inconvenience, self-imposed.
Alabama had already self-imposed three penalties, a $5,000 fine, disassociation from the booster and restricting Davis and his replacement, Karl Dunbar, from off-campus recruiting or telephone contact with recruits from April 22, 2016 through May 31, 2016.
Oof. That’s rough. For the booster, I mean.
Alabama commit explains Alabama commitment.
“Alabama is very straight with you,” Davis said. “It’s straight football. I mean, I don’t want to go nowhere else where the basketball team is good, too. I want to go somewhere where it’s straight football, strictly football. And when you get down there, it’s straight business. Even the fans, you go to the restroom and the fans are talking about how the football team is. I really like the business part of it.”
See? There’s your problem in a nutshell, Dawg fans. ‘Bama folks talk about the football team in the bathroom. We’re too wrapped up in the crappy state of our crappers to focus on the football team when we hit the head. Selfish bastids…
I love the way the court system keeps pretending Harvey Updyke gives a shit about repaying his almost $800,000 in restitution fees. It’s so cute!
According to Dennis Dodd, Tommy Tuberville is thinking about running for governor of Alabama.
Maybe he could urge passage of a law requiring the state to recognize Auburn’s 2004 national championship.
If you were serious about that, random Alabama legislator, you’d be aiming your bill at state universities, too. Those markets ain’t gonna un-free themselves, you know.
Perhaps sensing that he’s going to have more time on his hands in his new Alabama AD job (since management of the football program boils down to “anything else you need, Nick?”), Greg Byrne has big plans elsewhere.
“I have always paid attention to things Coach Saban has said from afar because they are always well thought out,” Byrne said. “Before I knew this opportunity was going to come along, I would always listen to what he had to say. I think he cares very much about the University of Alabama, but he also cares very much about the game of football. So, as an athletic director in an evolving time, I think the platform you have here that you can have a voice in how college athletics is shaped for the future.”
Byrne seems eager to use his. In the SEC, he has established relationships with several athletic directors, including Mitch Barnhart at Kentucky, Florida’s Scott Stricklin, Mississippi State’s John Cohen and Jeff Long at Arkansas. He’s also close to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. With a background in fundraising, Byrne knows how to lobby — a skill that could come in handy if he, Saban and the university attempt to advance a particular cause.
“The stage here at Alabama allows you that,” Byrne said.
Greg McGarity smiles and nods knowingly. Those Open Records laws don’t re-write themselves, you know.