Ranking the top 5 SEC football-basketball coaching duos who I’d want to hire as an athletic director
Congrats man, I'm glad SC was finally able to beat UK football when UK was starting PFF's 130th best starting QB (who was injured at the time). Five in a row is rough. I'm obviously used to the Cal talk. I remember Louisville fans making fun of our inevitable NCAA trouble (LOL). As a Memphisonian/SC guy, it's a little comical that you'd try to emphasize another's nonexistent NCAA violations. You all keep saying that the hammer will fall, yet it's fallen virtually everywhere else. Additionally, if you have an iota of common sense and any level of familiarity with the UMASS allegations then you'd know there's no way Cal was involved: Camby getting an agent wouldn't benefit him in any way and could only hurt him. Why would he do it? (Beyond that, what he accomplished prior to Camby with a team of lowly recruited runts is always overlooked). At Memphis, I don't know what happened beyond the fact that he didn't have pick of the litter like he does at UK. He's turned away from tricky situations at UK and I don't know if had that luxury in Memphis. Maybe it's structural, it's not like Pastner and Hardaway have avoided controversy.
Mark Stoops reveals that his brother Mike chose to stay on at Alabama in an analyst role instead of taking position role with Kentucky
Mike hasn't had the most sparkling resume, it's probably a good thing that he's not coming. He may at fault for some of the relative struggles for Bob at the end of his career and you know Mark wouldn't want to admonish his big brother. This is for the best.
SDS Mailbag: Ideal Final Four locations, creating the perfect SEC team and how the Playoff has hurt the Pac-12
Indy isn't bad (STL is, there's nothing there and what little is there is spread out). Indy has centrality but the obvious answer is NOLA. Perfect venue and a ton to do. San Antonio isn't bad either and Vegas will be a great option once the dome opens. As someone who attended the Tourney there a few years ago, St. Louis should probably be below every other city with a decent dome. They should at least be below (roughly in order): NOLA, LV, SA, LA (soon), Indy, ATL, Det (actually pretty nice now), Minneapolis, DAL, HOU. I might be forgetting some city with a dome, but I've been to all of those minus DAL and they are all much better places to host to a big event.
Andrew Luck was saying the same things in Feb. 2012. He can't appear too arrogant and say that he'd love to play in Cincy when the team hasn't made that decision yet (though his family has said that he will). I get football writers need stories, but directly before his "leverage" quote going around he was talking about how cool it would be to come home. He liked a tweet from Ochocinco that said 85 was going to take Burrow to dinner when Burrow got here to tell Burrow how awesome this city is. It's an awkward situation, just like every other player who's yet to be drafted.
We'll round it out with Bob next year after Gran takes some Sun Belt job. It'll be Stoopendous. I'm sorry... I'll see myself out
Ok, just for fun I looked up an interview with Andrew Luck that took place in February 2012. He was the last guy that was basically confirmed to be the number one pick this far out. Here are some of his quotes: On going to Indy: "I don't know if I have a top choice, I guess. That's down the road," and "I don't know if I'm walking into it quite yet. That's far down the road." On Colts fans wearing Luck jerseys already: "I guess to each his own." Doesn't sound drastically different from what Burrow is saying. If his family stops saying he'll play for the Bengals if picked by them (which both of parents have reiterated several times regardless of what PFT tries to write) then I'll be worried. We aren't there yet.
Former No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick thinks Joe Burrow should ‘pull an Eli Manning’ if Bengals pick him
I don't really get it. Out of teams picking in the top ten, only the Panthers (by one game) and the Falcons had a better record than the Bengals last decade. Overall, the Bengals had the 17th best record which is not great but also not horrendous. It's not like they were wasting a Mahomesian or Rodgeresqe QB either, I love Andy but he is the definition of average. The Bengals were an average team with an average QB, even last year they went 0-8 in close games (and the media narrative until fairly late in the season was that the team had been unlucky rather than really bad). Why do people think the Dolphins have their act together over the Bengals? The owners are quirky and relatively cheap (not with player salaries but with facilities and such) but this isn't a dysfunctional organization like many of the other ones picking in the top 10.
NFL Network draft analyst lists Tua Tagovailoa ahead of Joe Burrow on his 2020 NFL Draft QB rankings
As a Bengals fan, I'd want them to take Burrow over a healthy Tua. Both had excellent receivers and a ton of help, but Borrow's line wasn't great (I know they won the Moore Award, but PFF had them at 40th which seems more accurate) and he regularly dealt with pressure while keeping his eyes down field. That, more than anything else, is what the new Bengals QB will need after years of a guy who could never master it. I don't think Tua's bad, but it might be a case of a guy being on an almost perfect team /situation a la Matt Leinert or Marcus Mariota.
Colorado mascot Chip mocks Mel Tucker’s statement expressing the coach’s commitment to the Buffaloes
At the time, I think he honestly believed it. Then MSU got desperate and doubled his salary and that of his assistants. I can't really blame him, what was he supposed to do.
I live about three miles from Paul Brown Stadium... I promise you that at least one person would riot.
I don't know that a lower-end P5 would love to have him considering he ain't doing great at middle-ish one, but he'll be a defensive coordinator at one of the major powers.
:'( I'm just glad Franks can't get benched in the second half again.
Agreed, might as well wait another year when he'd likely have enough credit to graduate and he could transfer without sitting out. Good luck to him either way.
Boise State considering move from the Mountain West? School issues statement stating program ‘weighing our options’
I like the last paragraph explaining that it's unclear why Boise State is threatening to leave the conference after that paragraph had a long block quote explaining exactly why Boise was looking to potentially leave the conference.
Because the last two QBs drafted to start turned out so poorly? Or the fact that they made five straight playoffs a few years ago with the most average of QBs? I'm not even pretending that the Bengals are remotely anywhere near the top of NFL organizations, but I don't know where this crap is coming from. They've lately had a penchant for having a few miscalculations near the top of the draft (helped by back-to-back years of teams trading directly in front of them to take their initial target) but every team has a few busts. There's a reason Bengals fans hate the Browns/Blackburns, but the team doesn't kill young careers. If anything, it doesn't always pay to keep those guys around or bring in vet help in free agency but young players (and particularly QBs) have developed here just fine.
They literally benched him this year. Also, they've averaged a top-10 highest payroll over the last five seasons. They are cheap and in the bottom tier of oweners, but it's because they refuse to build an indoor practice facility and have a full scouting department. They pay their players, they struggle with free agency but a lot of that is due to the stigma they've earned. They're cheap but not dysfunctional, this is a franchise that made five straight playoffs last decade with a very average QB. The last two QBs drafted to start wound up living up to their potential until injuries caught to Palmer and long term mediocrity caught up to Andy. We aren't the Browns.
What Satterfield did this year was amazing but that team still isn't good and just doesn't have the talent at the lines. Granted, I guess you could say the same thing about the whole ACC minus Clemson.
Much like losing Damien Harris to get Benny Snell, it seems that things turned out alright losing Jarren Williams and getting Terry Wilson worked out for the best.
Mikel Horton and Boom Williams both left a year early so who knows with these running backs
Outside of a 5 game stretch where we later learned he was injured, Terry Wilson has done very well as UK's QB. To say he's not established or credible just isn't true. That being said, UK returns nearly everyone from a top 12 defense nationally, while adding a couple of key guys. They will return four starters on an o-line that was legitimately one of the best in the country. They have two discernable weaknesses: receiver and kicker. We know they will be very good elsewhere. Next year's team will be better than the team was in 2018, but you're right when you note the schedule is tougher. They've played Florida tough lately, the hope is that they can kinda catch Florida off guard at the beginning of the season when Kentucky will likely enter the game unheralded. At Auburn and Georgia will obviously be tough. UK should be better than UT once again, but who knows if that means a win. The rest of the schedule is pretty easier. I think 9 is the floor next year, every game but possibly the Georgia game is winnable. MSU returning to earth, Mizzou in limbo, and SC keeping Muschamp help a ton. Doubt all you want, but this team isn't going to be a joke next year. It might be the year where everything comes together.
Things can change. There was once a school that generally got dominated by its rival. They went 21-44-2 against that rival until 1990, the natural order was that they were a middling team in their conference. But the natural order can change with the right coach: that school hired Steve Spurrier and has been pretty good going for 30 years now.
Stoops needs scholarships, so he's probably a bit happy about this.
Lineman are drastically underranked. Adams is the 16th-best guard in America, yet he's a 3*. While I know that the best lineman typically play tackle, but there are 70 4* WRs. The stars don't translate to the big guys. For what it's worth, a couple publications do have Adams at 4*.
I think that history is wildly overrated when fans analyze recruiting. These kids were maybe 12 when Kentucky was winning two games. They see a program that won 10 last year and 7 this year under dire circumstances. Look at it this way. If you're an elite recruit and you're down to Kentucky and say Nebraska, I highly doubt they sit there and think "well, Nebraska dominated the 90s." Kentucky has been a better program in their experience, if they like and feel comfortable with the coaches then why not? Considering the circumstances, that 2014 class was impressive, though the big names were in-state or Ohio guys disregarded by OSU. It wasn't as far reaching as this class.
Foreshadowing? Former Cincinnati Bengals QB Boomer Esiason gives Joe Burrow a gift on CBS pregame show
As a Bengals fan, I get all of the "poor guy" comments. They are deserved. But the last two QBs the Bengals drafted to start turned out good: Carson Palmer played well until injuries caught up with him his last couple of years in Cincy (he eventually got right in Zona after a year and a half interlude in Oakland) and Andy has been all you can ask out of a second-round pick. Besides, it's not like the Colts were the picture of stability when Peyton was drafted or the Falcons when Matt Ryan was drafted. That being said, it would be very Bengalian to win these last two and drop to the 4th pick. I would die.
As much as I enjoy Louisville fans getting tortured, those cowbells should be banned off of the face of the earth
I think it is a Texas thing... both of them suck though that mystery "gift suite" might have something awesome in it.
Monken runs a triple-option because he is at Army, he didn't run it before that. Drinkwitz is an exciting hire, but Monken is a really good coach who is made Army respectable after years of bad football.
I hate to slap a set total needed when schedules weigh so heavily in what a team can achieve, but I think it's telling when you have a year where a ton goes wrong and you still hit 7 wins. I don't think Kentucky will ever be in a position to hit 9-10 wins every year, but it seems like that should be the case every couple of years or so. I'd say 35 wins every 4 years is a reasonable goal. There will be better years than others, but a solid-steady program under Stoops.
I'm a Bengals fan. I'm going to be pissed if we somehow mess this up and he's not on my favorite team next year.