AUBOSS

AU ALUMNUS Bachelor of Science Chemistry, Doctorate Pharmacy Married: wife is Nationalized American becoming an American Citizen in 2013. A Medical Doctor from the TRUE OPPRESSIVE, GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED COUNTRY of Belarus a former Soviet Republic aka Russian. 4 children with my 1st wife who all graduated from AU attended and/or are attending. Was extremely active within AU athletics by request enjoying nearly every major event and or having had a say, provided input, created models, or assisted. I have been blessed to have had opportunities to build relationships and trust with administration, support staff, coaches, families, players both past and present. I have been entrusted at times with information not accessible or known by the general public or by the more influential "boosters". A strong advocate for college students and for the highest integrity to be maintained above all else even winning. An avid supporter of the SEC but not blinded by regional bias or prejudice. Despise hypocrisy and those who use assumptions and perceptions as their justification to form definitive conclusions vs relying on verifiable factual information. Do not tolerate arrogance especially when is surpassed with ignorance. False narratives and manipulation are not honorable IMO. In closing, I do not agree with entities and or those who have social platforms to use their positions, especially within sports as conduits to force false narratives to be blindly accepted as fact especially when doing such is contrary to my convictions, which are God, Country, Family & the defenseless & innocent.

Recent Comments
At least LSU, UGA, and others actually will have a roster...The way things are going at my Alma Mater, AU, it's beginning to appear the only one we have back with any experience is AUBIE...
I great hard-nosed SEC game...please tell me Cincinnati or UCF or most other programs (looking at you Clemson) could face this level of competition week in and week out and still be "in the hunt"... The SEC cannibalizes one another...is it top-heavy??? I don't think so...AU should have beaten Bama but didn't...AU's game with UGA could of and should have been a lot different but dropping 74 passes in one game and having absolute sure-fire TD's missed by over or under throwing receivers didn't help...UGA would still have won don't get me wrong... but to make the argument based on bowl outcomes in this day of opt-outs or if have a Coach like former AU Coach Gus who used bowl practice more like spring practice to evaluate players for the next season is not a measuring stick (although SEC usually does fine with exception of this season)... Did I like the Texas A&M promo...NO...but the 4 letters create and dictate the narrative in college football and that is also only going to become more apparent... that network can make or break a program unless that program is Bama...As an AU man, even when I was in school pre-smartphones and computers and a #2 pencil meant something... many AU people (students) use to say a monkey could coach at Alabama and if they are there for 3-5 years will win at least 10 games more than once and will win an SEC Title at least once...mainly bc they are the bluest blood of college football and they earned it long before the media controlled narratives...what I hope I live long enough to witness and seems like we are getting closer is the SEC also becoming the preeminent basketball conference as well....This year is by far the SEC's most talented set of programs from top to bottom... With that said, what I know about certain teams wanting more...more specifically, in AU's case, is for the SEC schedules to me be more equitable...AU catches hell for being a 4-5 loss team more often than not...but also consider AU plays LSU, Texas A&M, UGA and Bama every year...and use to face FSU during their heyday and Tennessee every year plus the MS schools that are no longer an automatic win...the problem is how can that occur when don't know when a team is gonna be above their historic talent level or not especially now with NIL and everything else... What I do know is Bama is not going anywhere even if Saban retires in the next 1-2 years...UGA isn't going anywhere and the real cash cow, A&M certainly isn't going anywhere...So yeah, I guess it does just mean more...Congrats Dawgs...maybe the fans can return to being more like they use to be...vs what they have become as a whole... Not all...but as a whole...then again, better than hearing about Penn St, Ohio State, or some other wanna-be 24/7...of course, I could be wrong
I don't mind when SEC "School's radio guys" are homers...Their audience is for the most part or in fact, is exclusively for the fan base of THEIR SCHOOL... In fact, I've never had issues with school announcers showing their unadulterated loyalty, enthusiasm, sincere care about THEIR SCHOOL...I'm old enough to remember some of the legends from the 70s-80s as well. I guess my point is, I don't mind the "we" and "our" comments or even the occasional whining or over the top "homerism" (new word) that does occur with many.... because, if think about it, these guys are with the coaches, the administrators, the players almost as much as anyone...they are provided insight concerning game-plan & intel that many coaches, players, etc wouldn't share with anyone else... they are part of these teams & aren't paid to entertain or be appealing to opposing or neutral fans... Currently, IMO, there are only a few (if that many) truly, good broadcast teams, for SEC schools these days. As an example, due to being more familiar with AU's than any other programs I must admit that I am not a fan (or enthusiastic fan) of AU's play-by-play guy, Andy Burcham... Andy seems to lack that "fire", confidence... seems too deliberate, careful, unsure..there isn't any spontaneity... maybe it's as simple as being too bland & not letting it flow... he's not bad but also not someone who I am going to make an extra effort to listen to as I did with others. I hate to mention but IMO, the horrific circumstances that resulted in that position being available...his tenured position within the broadcasting team...I think Rod Bramblett's friendship and their years of working together on baseball led to nepotism playing a huge part... again, not bad but nothing special IMO...RIP Rod & Paula...(by the way, whoever the man behind the screen was who had the presence of mind to fade Stan White's mic volume down from normal to MUTE during the Kick-6 call... absolute professional... It would be nice if he would perform that task more often during football broadcasts...would enhance the listening pleasure for many... I do want to mention a couple of other things...FOR ALL SEC FANS, whether love, hate or are indifferent towards AU I urge everyone, especially any who have never listened to one of the last true SEC hardwood legends, Coach Sonny Smith who provides color commentary for AU basketball mainly for at-home games & road games that aren't too far from his residence....his knowledge mixed with his unique humor, wit & unmistakable southern draw with a dose of homerism & objectivity...if haven't listened to him call a game at least 1/2 half I urge you to do so because he is at least 80yrs old I am assuming...so not sure how much longer he will be doing this...and he truly is an SEC legend... In closing, IMO, the best in the business currently and has been for a long while is Eli Gold at Bama...When Rod Bramblett was still with us they were tied for the top spot... but Eli is truly the gold standard and has been. A native New Yorker who wasn't well-received when he first arrived...or through his first few years...but then it clicked... I really respect him not only as an announcer but also as a man. There are so many stories or acts that are done by high-profile people that are rarely reported or made known to the masses. Two situations stand out in my mind. After AU had won its National Championship in January 2011 3 months later literal Hell would strike all over the Southeast with none being hit harder than Tuscaloosa... Without calling the media, without putting out a press release, Gene Chizik gathered the AU Team and told them he was chartering some buses to go to Tuscaloosa to help with the recovery and clean-up...this was the following day when things were still dangerous...this was when that lunatic Updyke poisoned & destroyed 100+ yr old iconic landmarks in AU... regardless, all the AU players who could go went with Coach Chizik and met up with officials in Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama's athletic department to help...they helped for more than a few hours...they did that a couple days in a row When a young man decided he could drive after drinking and smoking pot after a day at the lake was driving back into AU...Rod and Paula Bramlett were at an unassuming, wide open, large intersection with left turn signal flashing waiting for the light to turn green so they could proceed to dinner...as Rod & Paula stopped at that redlight...the thought of their lives ending within the time it take for that light to turn green was not within any universe of thought...but this drunk, stoned, dehydrated punk arse kid literally 2-3 seconds prior head nodded, basically falling asleep with his foot pushing the accelerator to the floor...the light changed to a green arrow for Rod to turn left but before he even began to accelerate this kid had his Grand Cherokee traveling over 100mph, swerved slightly ...and within an instant Rod's car was struck by that drunk, stoned, doped out, groggy young man absolutely obliterating both vehicles...killing Paula Bramblett instantly basically... Rod was nearly certainly not going to make it but Helicopter flew him to UAB in hopes of some miracle... there were no AU officials in Birmingham...there were influential AU people but due to the gravity of the situation only a few people were notified...one of those people notified was Eli Gold... Auburn's so-called most "bitter-rival" was contacted by a very influential person for both AU and Bama...He informed Eli of the seriousness and told him there was no one at the hospital in Birmingham...Eli I'm sure was in shock and debated for a couple of seconds but also without fanfare or contacting the press, etc...Eli and his wife hastily gathered their things and drove from their residence to downtown Birmingham...Knowing that Rod would be arriving while Eli was en route himself... When he arrived, people recognized him and knew why he was there...he was escorted to a special waiting area...it was just a couple of AU people by that time & Eli and his wife... he didn't have to wait too long as the Doctor walked out from where they tried to save Rod but it was in vain...Eli was one of the few people present and that group was the first to learn that Rod had died... I mention this because it shows the character of that man...and to me, it also shows the character of Rod Bramblett as well...it demonstrated the character of both Universities as well in my mind... I knew about this long before it was featured in the SEC Series, "Saturdays in the South" episode about the "Voices of the South"... I had learned about this within a few days after Rod's passing...never said anything to anyone...Eli never volunteered any information about that...he made sure to be as elusive as he could when enough "official" AU people had arrived at the hospital...Eli knew the media were gathered and if he walked out they would press him for information, etc and he felt best that an AU face be the one to first speak to the media...he was hurt....but gracious...so gracious from what I heard...exchanged hugs, and he and his wife helped console the people frantically arriving... He and his wife left the hospital out a back exit so he wouldn't be swamped by media... once he left, the media was none the wiser...and he said nothing about that day until an AU official informed the creators of that series for ESPN what Eli had done...not only class personified but also extremely sincere, compassionate, caring and humble... I pray he remains behind the mic for many many years to come...although I'm an AU man...ELI is hands down the best in the business IMO... Apologize for getting into that depressing yet enlightening story...wanted to share with those who may not be familiar...
Wow, I thought my posts were long until I read this article. As an AU man (an old one at that) I DO NOT UNDERSTAND FOCUSING ON WHAT AILS FLORIDA...The majority of this article was focused on what has been "reported", commented on, stated & at times debated concerning what WAS at UF...but isn't all of that old news or just regurgitating info? UF's Admin fired Mullen who IMO is one of if not the most overrated, narcissistic, arrogant BUT not ignorant coach since a coach named Urban paced the UF sidelines. My point is, I am confused why to dedicate so much "real estate" within this article to discuss issues that Florida also recognized & finally took the step to give Mullen and his wife a well-deserved pink slip. I don't have a dog in the fight so to speak as an AU guy but it irks me in general when I read info that seems to be beating a dead horse. Of course, just my opinion, and I could be wrong. Happy New Year to everyone
Florida Man is everything Jocko and Chuck Norris isn't!!!
In my time reading articles, and mainly posts many proclaim a common theme exists that I don't know is true or not...that Connor is a Bama Homer...and others are UF homers...With that said, even if true, the reality is, IMO Regardless, a majority of the BAFFLING occurrences throughout the 2021 season involved a majority of AU games...If Connor would have placed AU in 70% of these would not validate Connor being a homer as much as it would validate AU's mythical JABA being a real "thing". Below are a few I would have included: 1- AU needs another JHS miracle to pull out a miracle win... after pulling a whining Bo Nix for TJ Finley, resulting in a 4th down, semi-hail mary for the victory vs GA State. I get it, GA State is a decent team...but not an SEC Team. Baffling! 2) AU blows out Miss State...in the 1st half...Only to emerge from the halftime festivities to be blown out even worse by State in the SECOND HALF...INSIDE JHS...resulting in catastrophic L!!! Totally unacceptable (Coaches primary culprits with this one)...Baffling 3) AU didn't lose to Texas A&M as much as AU quit during that game...Sure, AU would have lost regardless but this is my first time witnessing an AU team quitting... Baffling *** Bonus Baffling: although the game is mentioned above. HOWEVER, WHAT WAS NOT AND HAS NOT BEEN MENTIONED from what I've read, heard, and witnessed in AU's loss to Bama in the final minute is the reason for the loss. Not to diminish or take away what Bama and Young accomplished in that 97yd drive but ask yourself if that drive was truly a Heisman moment for Bryce Young? NO! He had already secured his place in history at that point.. the final drive occurred/transpired more so from a handful of BAFFLING DECISIONS by AU than anything Bama did.. AU RB doesn't run out of bounds...Again, coaching, or was it? Did Bobo or Harsin not emphasize to Tank to stay in-bounds prior to the final drive? As I alluded to prior, NO ONE has written about or acknowledged how Derik Mason, AU's DC, decided to revert back to the Defensive scheme that allowed MSU to torch AU in the 2nd half of that game...Totally abandoning a defensive scheme that had held Bama's explosive Offense, including QB and receivers in check the entire game...Yet, Mason decides to play soft zone, deep cushions...and as little pressure as possible...allowing Bryce Young to do what Bryce Young does...He was probably thinking, "...finally... JABA is real, it is not a myth!!!... Yes, Bama won by executing the plays they ran, and all that started with the OL, receivers, Backs, and of course Bryce Young, OL..but 60-70% maybe more of that victory or for AU the defeat placed at the feet of AU's DC. ***HONORABLE MENTION FOR BAFFLING*** SEC REFS...ALL-SEASON... NO ONE TEAM BENEFITED PER SAY BC IT OCCURRED TO EVERYONE...these are just my opinions and I definitely could be wrong.
After I read your comment I couldn't help but wonder....were you referring to the LSU Tigers or to the AU Tigers??? Both seem to be limping around in a similar cage these days...as many 2nd graders would say,"... AU's in a worser spot than those Bayou Tigers is..." ain't they diddy...
Perfect timing for this article...I just reminisced by watching Santa Clause in Coming to Town...Never knew that Mother Nature's boys were committed to LSU... De'COLDEST & De'HOTTEST...aka The Snow & Heat Meisers... Daaayyy Toooo Much....Badomp baa Domp...baaaaaa....Domp...Badomp baa Domp... Everyone, join along Sorry, got carried away...but I'm guessing his DOB is in January or February
Appreciate the clarification... I definitely misunderstood the rule and am glad I did. I'm an old guy now, over the years, due to accident/wounded has led me to have h3 neck surgeries...although life in pain & with symptoms from all the damage I feel blessed that I can walk... I've always gasped whenever I see any player lowering their head, whether an RB, LB doesn't matter...if sitting out a half is the worst that comes from jamming your neck into your torso then they should say thank you to the big man upstairs... When I was @ AU in the 80's I still remember the Chucky Mullins play... I was in the stands @ JHS when UGA's AJ Greene (think that's who it was) went down...thankfully he was ok but at the time, inside the stadium...the entire stadium went completely silent...it was...everyone could literally feel "the air", a presence, spirit or whatever call it immediately left the stadium...it impacted both teams, coaches, fans, media, vendors...everyone...people were praying everywhere I looked including myself...both gathered together near mid-field, & all were still quiet but players grabbed a hand or an arm regardless what jersey they were wearing and both teams kneeled together...similar scene occurred with Zac Ethridge as well years later... those moments are really amazing yet also horrific ...IMO, the AU-UGA series has never been the same after that (civility wise)... Although I wish life could be like it was in the 80s... w respect to football, how we practiced in youth, high school ball, and how the college guys practiced and played always involving lowering your head...that is one thing I'm glad has changed... Although, the SEC refs really need to have a better grasp on the rule than I do bc they are so inconsistent...regardless, glad Williams is ok because it's pure fate, luck, or whatever that dictated whether that split second decision would lead to just a 1/2 suspension or a lifetime in a wheelchair or worse......Neck injuries are not good... Sorry to give my fatherly rant...looking forward to watching the game!!!
I'm curious about the Targeting Rule. I thought I knew the rule. My understanding is a player who is penalized for targeting will result in the team being assessed a 15 yd penalty and the player DQ'ed for the remainder of that specific game (regardless of when the penalty occurred, what half, how much time remained in half) and the 1st half (or a half) of their next game. Does the targeting rule not flow over into "the next game" when the next game is a CG or Bowl Game? I thought it did. I am asking because I haven't read anything about Williams having to sit out the 1st half of the SECCG. I have not looked up the actual wording of the rule or "discipline" levied against a player for targeting. However, the more I thought about this rule I realized something is not making sense. (Honestly never thought about it too much & probably shouldn't have). Consider these 2 specific scenarios based on my understanding of the rule: 1) Player 1 is called for targeting on the Opening kick-off of a game (1st play of the 1st half)... Player 1 would be ejected for the remainder of that game (remainder of 1st half and all of the 2nd half) PLUS the 1st half of the next game. 2) Player 2 is called for targeting on the second to last play of the game (Next to the last play of the 2nd half)...Player 2 is ejected for the remainder of that game (1 play) plus the entirety of the 1st half of the following game... -Player 1 misses 6 quarters minus 1 play for targeting on the Opening Kickoff of game -Player 2 misses 2 quarters plus 1 play for targeting on the next to last play of the game The point being, depending on the time of the game and or which half, time of the quarter will result in a disproportionate amount of time a player is restricted from playing varies greatly... OR is the discipline simply the remainder of the game that the targeting occurs and must include at least 2 full quarters (1 full half)...my understanding was it always involved sitting out 1st half of the next game. Maybe I'm wrong???
Agreed...see Chizik @ AU...AU didn't land the media's latest tagged upper echelon coach in Bryan Harsin...even so, Harsin and AU still have a way to fall before they start the long climb from the bottom...He will need at least 5 years to see his true impact...Just not sure he or AU power brokers will give him the time. SO, UF, do some research on AU as a life lesson of what not to do...but then again, isn't AU's former AD an administrator in UF athletic department?
Journalists, college football reporters & specifically SEC fans continue another great SEC tradition of labeling specific coaches as being a "GREAT RECRUITER" or "GREAT COACH" who can save their sinking ship & transform it into a Miami Vice Cigarette boat based on flawed reasoning. In fact, these labels/tags are applied to specific coaches almost as quickly as the FBI labels/ tags soccer moms attending school board meetings...of course, the mom's label is not made public. In the specific scenario, I am referring to being labeled as the BEST RECRUITER or a top 5 recruiter may be premature or as I claimed based on flawed reasoning. It is akin to forming a definitive conclusion about an SEC team as the best team in the country based solely on scoring once with 4 downs from inside the 1-yard line of an FCS opponent like the Samford Bulldogs. I doubt anyone would reach that conclusion about a team yet it has & continues to occur to specific coaches. This is nothing new...it's been occurring for the past 50yrs+ I've been following SEC football (yep, I'm old...so respect your elders)... if anyone would prefer not to go back that far simply consider the past 10 years or so and the labels/tags placed on coaches who were on Saban's staff at Alabama at some point... and it's not unique to Saban either which may shock people... People I grew up with, both Bama & AU guys all agreed that any coach who coached at Bama for 3-5 yrs is guaranteed to win 10 games (win schedule had fewer games) & likely be ranked in the top 5 if not an NC if stayed around at least 5yrs...and would be instantaneously regarded as one of the best recruiters/coaches regardless if they were nowhere near the top echelon ... for the most part, this has played out over the past 50 yrs. The only way not to be labeled as elite, upper echelon is to get plastered...I'm talking about lamp-shade wearing, Animal House level hammered...if really determined to sabotage your life make sure to do these things in public... and whatever you do, do NOT listen to, follow the advice of other university personnel--refuse their buzz-kill attitude even if that meant you had to stagger into the closest strip club...boldly flaunt your position & of course buy everyone drinks and lap dances...keep tossing the couple thousand in cash you have...hec, you are building bridges, connecting with the common folks..recruiting starts with parents right??? Might as well spend a few more hundred on lap dances for yourself and keep the party going until you run out of cash...shockingly you are not too drunk to remember you have your official University issued Credit Card...that will work... that would be the last thing you remember...obviously passed-out but you have no clue ...until you regain consciousness & try to bring things into focus...possible missing persons report been filed but not sure....you want to leave but notice your only wearing your brown dress socks, loafers & your tighty-whiteys (aka underwear)... you have no clue where your clothes are, where you are...but I guess be thankful a few of the girls decided to be your personal designated drivers..in fact, only things recognizable...are their boobs bouncing around the spinning room you woke into... I digress, apologies...got carried away...BUT can any of you imagine someone doing something remotely resembling that...absolutely unimaginable...again, my apologies... My entire point is coaches at Alabama have an automatic recruiting machine in place and have even before Saban...much as I hate to admit, but just like in basketball there are true bluebloods and Bama is the SECs even before Saban... so basically any coach can recruit and be successful there unless they do something so outrageous as above or the last name is Shula... even Curry and Dubois won 10 games...think about it...
After witnessing history being made on Saturday not once but twice is in itself historic....starting with bo... not BO...but bo...who begin these historic events by providing the nation, the AU Family, the AU DEFENSE who did everything they could...but bo..not BO...bu bo provided a historical display of ineptitude on a football field will not be repeated perhaps ever...Honestly, I'm old & I usually don't let games make me or break me but my GAWD that was the worst QB performance in AU's long-storied history (perhaps the SECs)...if anything positive at all came from this tragedy is the fact that bo..not BO...but bo... may finally begin to comprehend what the term "KARMA" refers to... After witnessing such a putrid display I began to feel this weight on my chest again...a pain that I barely survived from a yr ago when I was blindsided by a "Widow-Maker" heart attack (less than 6% of ppl survive having that type)...and I literally thought please not today...not because of this.. Then a miracle...I heard a muffled voice of a halftime show...I felt the weight lightening & pain diminishing as I Redd Foxx'ed my old arse to the TV...and on the screen was the one who lifted me from the abyss...closer the camera shot zoomed in I saw the most disgusting, narcissistic, arrogant, pompous, hunched-back, pathetic excuse of a coach... in full 4K glory...COUSIN EDDIE WAS FRONT & CENTER...he had lifted me & other AU fans out of the gutter of our historic despair... All I could say was, "God Bless you Cousin Eddie and your skaaa-ahhh ... your wife,...the Plast*c Madam Cousin Eddie... I gained more strength & pain was almost removed when I learned he didn't wait until the 4th quarter to surpass the historic gridiron ineptitude from moments earlier by the young AU bo...not that AU BO...but that bo...don't think he's old enough to buy a beer and his best throws are still the "fits" he throws in the grocery store aisles when his mommy doesn't get the cereal he wants... BUT Cousin Eddie...WOW he delivered...he would not be outdone especially by an AU QB... regardless if Cousin Eddie was paid ~$600K-$700K for the few hours he was on the sidelines today... he displayed a level of gridiron ineptitude that NO MAN is BEING PAID MULTIPLE MILLIONS annually or minimum wage should ever demonstrate... I just wanted to say thank you, Cousin Eddie... ps. How can the Florida administration allow this farce of a coach to remain...and all the gator fans ...DON'T BE DECEIVED or allow anyone to deflect the blame to anyone else other than the man driving the Winnebago deeper into the swamp
Dammit...I just realized this is a 3-day old article...and I thought my Danny Kannel reference was original...late again...
If Beavis and Butthead could reply to this post it would probably be something like: Beavis: (Says NOTHING)...is drinking a soda reads the post of the "g" man causing an immediate eruption. spewing of the soda from his mouth & out other orifices like the La Palma Volcano) Butthead: AAAAhhhhh Beavis, that was cool...AAAaaaaahhhhhhahahahaha....this post...not so much you butt-muncher ...ahahahaahhahahhaa
Serious question. Who is Joe Klatt? I'm old, (55) and prior to ~ 3-5 yrs ago I had never heard of this guy before just a few years ago or so. Even so, why should I give a rat's arse about what he says whether I agree or disagree is moot? My intent is not to be sarcastic or belittle the guy just curious why someone would basically regurgitate what this guy has already stated without critiquing or offering a strong rebuttal against his argument. aka calling him out...(kinda seems like lazy writing...not sure if journalism qualifies anymore...but then again...I am old...So I'm sure there is a good explanation.
I absolutely love reading the comments sections..usually do not read the articles but assume talk of Cousin Eddie will probably need to ask Chiz if there are any slots left after Coach O has secured his already...Of course, Cousin Eddie will need to rent 2 parking slots for his Winnebago right next to Coach O's VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!!!
Curious why Neal Brown isn't considered for seemingly ANY position within the SEC...I know nothing about the guy since he has been @ WVU...With that said, Bama's coaching staff is usually picked apart each year...Are there any "potentials" riding with the Tide at the moment... PS. Kiffen to LSU would not only be the most shocking hire potentially in SEC history (besides Chizik)...but it would be either dynasty or bust for Kiffin himself...I realize he already has a boatload of money but as I've heard said before...How much is too much??? LSU is Ole Miss' true bitter rival, sorta like AU & GA vs AU & Bama...Considering Kiffen has only been in Oxford far as fans are concerned is for 1 year...I don't think anyone placed any weight on empty stadiums, BS lock-downs, Opt-outs in 2020 with the exception of AU and LSU...So in reality, this is kinda like Kiffen's first real season, or am missing a season? Considering how Kiffen left UT a dumpster fire which is only now reached the smoldering stage....if he bailed on Ole Miss after such a short period of time he would be truly hated by the majority of the SEC...No disrespect to LSU but Oxford seems to be a great place to live...sorta like AU with the entire community being about the University...sure there are other schools like that but StarkVegas is nowhere close to the same ambiance, neither is Vandy, USC or even Tuscaloosa has long since outgrown the University...Athens is on the verge of outgrowing the University...Have no idea about Fayetville beyond knowing "can't get there from anywhere"...Gainesville never impressed me...(not referring to the school)...if my intent is being realized... LSU would be closer to home for Gustavon...and with his kids on their own now it just seems Orlando isn't where Gustavon will coach for too long before jumping back to a Power 5 job...Harsin will learn about JABA if he hasn't already learned... Besides Napier, wasn't there another coach from LA that was getting attention a few years ago...Hec, maybe Uncle Si or Phil would peruse the sidelines in Death Valley...
I was shocked to read your post...Yet, I was more shocked when I noticed someone took offense to your comment (which I laughed at)... Seems, Cousin Eddie's kinfolks monitor these forums & one of them threw some hate back your way...(By the way, did you notice your comment was not denounced or rebutted in any manner)... Oh well, at least the reply makes some sense to me now because I'm guessing from the screen name Cousin Eddie's kinfolk maybe/been a member of the UF swim team & is from New Zealand...(Am I close mate???) If so, that would explain an incident that allegedly took place soon after Cousin Eddie arrived in Gainesville...upon arriving in Gainesville, driving his land yacht from celebration to celebration after a few hours Cousin Eddie was really enjoying the celebratory libations... when all the brown-nosing was over, they piled-stumbled into the Winnebego & began to drive around before they parked somewhere for the night...Cousin Eddie wasn't ready to turn the engine off quite yet....he remembered he had ordered 2 cases of FlexTape before leaving StarkVegas... He decided to surprise Ms Eddie as he drives to every Wal-Mart, Dollar-Tree, etc & bought nearly every styrofoam cooler each place had in stock...He had a thought...about KIWI...and proclaimed they had time to sail to NZ to visit Kiwi...& to get there he would simply use the FlexTape to tape & secure all the styrofoam coolers to the outside of his land yacht...figuring they would work like pontoons I guess...He even doubled-taped the coolers in place by going around the thing 2-3 times...Soon as they reached the last roll of Flextape they headed straight toward the water...It was about 3-4 am....needless to say, the land yacht didn't float...Even if it would have, the sheriff deputy had to inform Cousin Eddie of the water around Gainesville...the water his home was stuck in & was covered with styrofoam, and countless cans of Old Milwaukee bobbing along the surface...all of that wasn't the Ocean...or even the Gulf...it was a lake...at a golf course... Thankfully for them, it was so late, end of shift type of thing lu being new HC of the GAtors and with a little influence from Ms. Eddie...Officers never made an official filing of the incident...and by the way, I think Cousin Eddie may have had a chance to reach the other side if didn't fill the coolers up with ice and beer...Because that definitely negated his land yacht's buoyancy... anyway... got carried away again... apologies, I digressed... The point I was making is the "alleged" excitable, enthusiastic Ms. Eddie has a reputation of being rather demanding of Cousin Eddie (she wears the pants so to speak...or at times does) & discussions about her unique "involvement" with recruiting efforts are nothing new...In fact, these special efforts have been discussed behind closed doors across the SEC from Cousin Eddie's earliest days at MSU...& why I was shocked is because this topic was "RAISED" again...allegedly, there was an unprofessional comment going around to recruits to be in shape...don't come in being flabby, out of shape....bc being "placid about those who are flaccid" obviously still exists...
Amen!!! By the way, I watched the ESPN special about the great voices of the SEC... I NEVER KNEW what Eli did when Rod and Paula Bramlett's accident occurred and Rod was flown to UAB...Eli learned about the accident and he and his wife drove to Bham to "just be there" with whoever was there with them...What an amazing display of class...Wow... I felt so much emotion when I saw him on the screen telling his part of that tragic story...I have wanted to send him a handwritten letter expressing how much that meant to me and that he is admired, respected by all...mostly, wanted thank him for demonstrating human decency... He too is and will forevermore be connected with the greatest college football dynasty in history...I pray Eli doesn't hang up his golden mic anytime soon but when that day comes....he will be the last of the greats...I can't think of a single voice that is instantly recognizable and or when heard someone automatically associates the voice with a school...Eli is the last one...
As a long-time AU man, one who was very involved with the athletic department knew the coaches on a personal level...Harsin at this point seems to be the first AU coach who is a true throwback to the legendary coaches like Dye, Dooley, Bear-Stallings era... I've read & heard for years about Coach Saban being laser-focused & demanding that from every single person affiliated with the football program...mostly the coaches and players...he focuses on each and every small detail... Harsin seems to be similar in that regard...Harsin is instilling a culture, not unlike that which Coach Saban has...commonly referred to as The Process... Harsin not only talks the talk but he walks the walk...Soon as he arrived and had the first team meeting, he let the players know from day one that no one's position or "status" is guaranteed...and will not be...EVER...He made sure to emphasize that the players who play on Saturdays will be the players who demonstrate they have earned that right during practice every day... every week... I'm sure a handful of players tested him or didn't think he would dare not play them... but if noticed throughout the season there were players who were not on the field and a couple not on the sidelines...perhaps injury, perhaps something else but maybe they tested Coach and is setting the tone...Harsin has said it publicly that no matter the position... there will be competition for how the depth chart is filled in each week...I know Gustavon never did that. I have no doubt Coach Saban instilled that within his 1st couple of years... and there were a few bumps in the road out of the gate but that is expected...but look now... now it doesn't have to be said I bet...bc he has set the standard and it is simply expected... I've been impressed with Harsin and most of the coaches...but I must admit I do not like our DC at all...Harsin could become an AU legend if he chooses...I'm just not sure SE Alabama is where he wants to spend the majority of his life...the wild card in whether he succeeds or not will be in how he recruits...Without the portal and transfer rules what they are now...Gus left AU in a rather bad place...this should be AU's strongest, the best team for the next 2-3 years...So in fairness, Harsin will need a minimum of 5 years to truly gain traction...Winning breeds winning...if not one of the few "chosen" schools he must win above all else...with winning will come exposure...with exposure will come more elite players...My concern is him exiting stage left for a PAC10 job if they dangle enough money or an NFL job... but that is down the road...for now, he has his hands full with AU pulling out more than 2 more wins the rest of the way... Ole Miss is not an easy W, Miss State is not an easy W (especially not with Mason's 10-yard cushions on 3&4s), A&M -especially if H King is back & at their place is gonna be very difficult; Bama even @ JHS will take a monumental effort from every single player, have every call go our way and every bounce go our way just to have a chance...Yes, I believe AU will show improvement but I also think the simple fact is 3 of those teams have the same or a lot more talent than AU does...Anything above 7-8 wins would be COY category IMO ...
I loved watching Ronnie Williams run over Bill Bates into the endzone...and My Gawd he wasn't even a freshman...but did y'all see what he did....he stomped the UT player like a nail shoed chair dawg or something...Oops.... never mind, that was Herschel and Munson... Anyway, back to Ronnie Williams...he was AUsome, and that Cadillac Brown guy was pretty good...just imagine, they didn't get pelted with mustard and golf balls after flattening UT back in the day... PS. I'm an older guy (mid-50s) now... I started college right after high school in 1984...I didn't realize at the time that those in my generation, my age were the last kids who actually were able to experience actually being a kid...and one of those things was if not at a game, was to listen to the games on radio...especially the school's announcers... I didn't realize at the time that I was living in an era of historical greats... true legends... Munson, Fyffe, Forney, etc...I yearn for those days...
back in the day when I played HS ball the only thing that was assaulted was me...Not by a coach or at least not directly...Towards the end of practice, Coaches would tell us to form this big ring on the field...I was ~6"0' tall & weighed maybe 115-120lbs @ the most...Although was in the 9th grade was with the varsity ... I prayed the Coach wouldn't yell my name or get behind me and basically toss me into the middle of the ring....The ol' "Bull in the Ring" part of practice... I was like Oh Sheeeeet....head on a swivel, shuffling my feet & seemed like every time the coaches would slap the biggest player who was at my back...never picking a guy with a jersey # of 18 or below but seemed like chose guys with jerseys that had their IQ listed on them...#77, 68, 72 and never failed I could hear everyone let out this roar as I felt the ground shaking as I quickly as possible turned just in time to see the massive belly flapping as it was rushing straight towards me all 6'3'~290lbs of this sweaty, nasty, Lard who had been driving to school since the 7th grade, had been in the 9th grade for at least 3 years by that point...was sporting a full mustache, beard and I had no hope to hold my ground as the Lard absolutely trucked me...I must admit though, I was never embarrassed bc I was usually either knocked out or the fat-arse had engulfed me...often would result in me dreaming until the coaches broke a small ammonia stick and were waving that thing under my nose...Don't worry about oxygen or skull fractures...shove ammonia salt up the skinny guy's nose to wake him up so he could get blasted again...seemed as soon as I opened my eyes, coughing from the toxic ammonia gas the Coach would be yelling at me to get up...questioning my man-hood...demanding I get tough although I could barely see anyone bc I was looking out of my helmet's earhole...I would barely be able to stagger to my feet before the Coach would have grabbed me by the shoulder pads or lifted me up and thrown me back into the middle of the ring again...after enduring no telling how much neurological damage the one thing I never expected or even considered was to hear the Coaches apologize for nearly putting me in a coma...it was part of the gig... I never understood why they didn't make those battles more even than they did but it was part of it... Back then, Coaches always were putting their hands on us in not such encouraging ways...and not in any Sandusky type way either... Should that have been done...probably not...would I be ok if I saw any Coach do that to my sons...NO... but back then, heck, during 2-3 days in preseason camp we weren't provided an abundance of hydration, in fact, remarkably we were given freakin' "SALT" tablets...surprised some of us didn't die of heat strokes... I'll be honest, I really miss those days...
His statement is also a reflection of how strong he feels the SEC is...By stating AU could be a Final 4 team while only being middle of the pack in the SEC tells me he feels confident other schools also are Final 4 material as well...
Is there a way to edit a post...geez, I didn't think I wrote a novel and would edit but doesn't seem I can. My apologies.
I'm old so I go back to the old days...I enjoyed reading Lewis Grizzard's syndicated column, listen to one of the few AM stations that had football with Leonard's Losers being picked each week & would start every Saturday morning with the non-HD broadcast of Jefferson Pilot with Dave Neil (I think?) which was the dreaded SEC early game @ 11:30 am CST...ABC usually had the 2:30 pm game with at times CBS overlapping with a game until they took it over for good...ESPN had the Prime Time Games beginning in the late 80s with the rare occasion of ABC having a primetime game...The Iron Bowl for example was always covered by ABC w Keith Jackson and Frank Broyles until the late 80s...If saw the Blimp you knew the game was big this was before ABC/Disney owned ESPN... My favorite crew was back in the day...I did like the JP crew but the ESPN games were covered by Coach Mike Gottfried (sp?) color, Ron Franklin -play by play & I think Holly Rowe was the sideline reporter... I mention it because I hope ESPN doesn't do what they have done the past few years and did way back then...specifically the last 1-2 seasons with Gottfried as a color commentator...I can't remember if had a stroke or something but it was apparent he had difficulty trying to simply enunciate his words and/or struggled with what seemed his mind was sharp, was firing off thoughts much faster than synopsis firing which controls muscles to his mouth...it seemed he had difficulty spitting out the words which resulted in an unnatural flow...it was obvious that his speech had been impacted, it slowed down to the point where he couldn't finish his thought before the next play & that was before hurry-up offenses...I thought it was a bad decision to have him in the color commentary position & it seemed that he was just as aware or more so than any of us...For me personally, made me feel uncomfortable to witness or hear him struggle. I mention this because it seems the 4 Letter is presented to the audience is doing the same with Corso. I realize Corso is iconic, a legend, and is synonymous with College GameDay. But unlike Coach Gottfried, whose degradation in his broadcasting abilities seemed to be directly related to the results of a stroke or some type of muscular, neurological event which impacted his speech the obvious decline with Coach Corso, became apparent several years ago. I have no idea if there is an underlying reason other than Father-Time doesn't stop for anyone...but it does seem, IMO Corso's issues are not neurological as it relates to muscle control but seems to be more cognitively related...some may call it senility, old age...but the few times I've actually taken a few minutes to watch College Gameday over the past few years his on abilities have been degenerating...He may have had a stroke or a "mini-stroke" but there is more than that going on. In fact, he reminds me of Joe Biden currently far as stumbling over his words, backtracking at least 2-3 times with each moment he is cued up to talk...losing focus, or "drawing a blank" which Herbie or Desmond jump in almost immediately to cover but it's noticeable for the small sample I witnessed. Grant it, I stopped supporting ie watching ESPN, listening when they became a platform for the WOKE Leftwing political agenda a few years ago...but when I did watch, I was shocked to see Corso's on-air abilities had diminished to the extent they have. Obviously, this is just my opinion and I could be wrong but IMO, Corso, should not be part of the regular multi-hour cast of College GameDay...I understand the desire and the demand to have him on set but seems would be better for him and for the program to have him appear briefly...specifically, bring him out for the iconic headgear segment...the on-site crowds would cheer waiting for that moment and the on-air set would flow better. I'm bothered by him remaining as part of the regular "cast" due to his struggles- stammering even stumbling over his words, losing his train of thought mid sentence, etc...just doesn't seem to be protecting his legacy by subjecting him to the multitude of on-air issues he has now...I do not say any of this to be disrespectful... Yet, the reality is people remember what they see, hear last... I remember Coach Gottfried struggling his last couple of seasons and just don't want that for Coach Corso any more than what we have already seen. There are ways to celebrate him on set without exposing him to the potential humiliation that I'm certain he recognizes himself as do others. I'm old and yes getting old sucks. Am I wrong? Are my perceptions tainted by the small sample size witnessed? Were these issues an exception vs the rule or way it is? I'm curious about that...also wish him good health and happiness either way. Looking forward to the season.
Ahhhhh... I honestly tried to read...By the 2nd sentence I had fallen asleep...until my big head lost its center of gravity, began swaying back and forth until...WHAM!!! Freaking fell forward in my office chair at my desk striking my head on my desk...and half of my keyboard...the keyboard is indented across my forehead now... Hopefully, no one saw or extortion, blackmail will occur...so thanks!!! PS. I was confused by the Ole Miss vs Louisville game being listed as being held on Monday, but the date listed is Saturday, Sept 4, 2021, I'm rather certain it is Monday, Sept 6, 2021