SDS Mailbag: DeVonta Smith NFL comp, top returning SEC football players and early SEC hoops surprises
Kentucky isn't really losing a lot of talent so I don't get that explanation for why the record wouldn't get better. Terry Wilson was losing his job anyway, the OL didn't lose as much as we thought it might, and the defense has plenty coming back. Duffy is going to be replaced by another Aussie, we'll see how that goes. The big thing is that they replace three teams they lost to (Auburn, Ole Miss, and Alabama) with Chattanooga, UL Monroe, NMSU, UL, and LSU. I certainly don't think theu regress, the offense literally can't get worse and the D just keeps producing no matter how much they lose (and this year it isn't that much). I think an 9-3 season is a reasonable goal, with 8-4 as a reasonable expectation.
I'm obviously biased, but I'd generally rather watch an SEC team with a losing record knock off a ranked ACC team over MSU sputter against an AAC team.
I thought this was going the Tennessee route, but Harsin is a good hire. He might not pan out, but he's got as good of a chance as anyone realistic.
Walker Parks is going to be Clemson's LT next year, he's alright. I don't blame Robinson for going to Nebraska and Scott Frost, but I do admittedly enjoy watching them struggle. That whole episode really showed me how annoying Nebraska fans are, they have to be right up with Tennessee's finest.
Sounds like Ton Herman was trying to pull a Tubby. I don't blame him, though the guy is terribly annoying.
Lol, Goeff Collins getting that mad about a non-PI call with 7 seconds left in a two-TD game.
Not that it's relevant to the job, but his son is Pelicans 2019 first-round pick Jackson Hayes.
I don't agree, while small, the distinction should've let you know right away they didn't mean UF. It's a legitimate story, not clickbait
Unless UK had a future first round pick at QB, I really don't think it matters much. The receivers right now just aren't very good and Eddie Gran's playcalling isn't helping. There's been a noticable dearth of good recruits who catch the ball and they just aren't getting open downfield. Gran complicates matters by basically calling screens and deep shots, none of the short passes that Mizzou killed UK with on Saturday. I don't think Terry is a bad QB nor do I think Gran is overall a bad OC, but Gran does struggle to adjust in game. I think Gran will get this fixed starting this week with UGA. Obviously UK won't be scoring a ton of points, but the offense will start to look better. I also am pretty certain that Gatewood will be the QB this week, largely because the ball will stay on the ground and Terry can't take the beating that Joey likely can.
You couldn't make the Bama-UT line high enough. Bama is getting at least 45, how much can UT score? UK is going to win comfortablely. Mizzou is maybe better at only QB (well, at least when Bazelak is playing LSU). Bolton is a heck of a player, but there's just not enough talent in that program right now. It reminds me of Kentucky's matchup with a certain former App State coach last year. I have no idea about Auburn-Ole Miss. Something tells me that Ole Miss gets back on track, I could see Lane starting to really put heat on Gus as well. Eventually, Gus's many lives will run out right? LSU can't be this bad, right? Auburn low-key gashed SC last week, Bo Nix's mistakes gave a ton of points to the Gamecocks. Give me LSU.
Eli Drinkwitz outlines the challenge with the Kentucky secondary, dealing with multiple schedule changes
Do I think Kentucky will win? Absolutely. Is it a trap game sandwiched between Tennessee and Georgia against a team you beat five times in a row? Yes it is. I think there's a big enough talent discrepancy that Kentucky wins but they've got to come out and smash them.
That kid is going to fondly remember that the rest of his life and get to tell grandkids he played QB on a No. 1 ranked Clemson team. Sounds like little brother is salty that he can't come within 5 scores of big brother...
I don't think Tom Hart should any trouble sleeping at night after telling a joke about a historical event from 155 years ago.
As someone whose team's games are never called by Danielson, I just don't think he's that bad. He's not Romo or Herbie, but he's not bad (and like almost all announcers, he's not biased because he said one bad thing about your team).
What? There's a school called UT and that school is not "back?" I, for one, am stunned.
I really felt like the passing game from MSU through the first half didn't take advantage of the short middle of the field. It seemed like it was either run or bomb. Slants and drags are almost always going to be there. Good to see Gran finally adjust.
I've actually thought Stoops is perfect in the sense that he'll lose a game or two a year doing something real stupid, but he's obviously made us a much better program. Between the dumb loss and the unsexy style, I really don't think we'll lose him. If you think about it, there just aren't many programs I could see him leaving. He's an Iowa alum, but he's from Ohio so would he really go replace Ferentz. I do think Michigan is a possibility if Harbaugh, but I can't imagine Michiganders would be too thrilled with that. I don't see one of the big SEC teams lining up to hire him. While UK traditionally sucks, he's raised the recent performance enough that recruits don't care. KY is producing more talent and Stoops obviously figured out that OH produces a ton of talent as well. When he inherited the job, it was one of the worst P5 jobs around. I think he's made it mid-pack, which makes most other jobs a lateral move at best.
It's not bad if your coach has earned the contract... Which Stoops absolutely has.
After reading the comments, I thought I had missed something that Leach said, but that certainly wasn't the case. I don't really understand how people could have a problem with what he said.
Kentucky bet that your QBs wouldn't take the 4-5 yard play that was open every time. They were right. So to answer your question, it was both.
I know many Kentucky fans are enamored with the shiny new toy and want to move on from Terry, but as someone who was at the game and saw the routes develop, the struggles today were on Eddie Gran, not Terry. He didn't play well, but outside of a couple missed short passes it was not his fault most of the time. Kentucky looks running the veer mesh, but MSU sold out to stop it. That didn't stop Eddie from repeatedly calling it and it going nowhere. The passing game consisted of screens and bombs, very few intermediate pass plays were called. Those intermediate pass plays were there the whole game and he did well the few times they were called (see the three PA passes to each of the TEs that resulted in a TD, a first down, and a drop). But Eddie kept calling the veer mesh, it would get blown up, and then UK would have to throw deep. There's no other way to say, but you're pretty naive if you think Gatewood will come in and be a better passer. Defensively, UK gave MSU 4-5 yard completions every play and bet that Costello wouldn't be disciplined enough to take them. Had he, UK would've eventually had to cover it (4-5 every play equals first downs) and then he could've thrown downfield (see Kyle Trask in the Florida game last year). Great game, but Leach needs a more disciplined QB for his system to work in the SEC
Former Georgia baseball player suing UGA over dismissal for racial epithet incident cited in Justin Fields’ transfer case
While you're right that Sasser is covered by the First Amendment, you all don't understand the scope of the FA. The FA protects one against the federal government, the government isn't allowed to restrict your speech by law or threat of imprisonment. What it doesn't do is protect Sasser from all repercussions. While a public school, one is not entitled to attend there, that's why the acceptance rate is not 100%. They are absolutely allowed to expel you for something that you say and it's not always protected by the FA (it could be, but using a racial slur against another student isn't going to be protected speech.) It sucks for Sasser, a normal student would likely have gotten dismissed but remained anonymous. As an athlete, he was outed. I'd have to imagine that UGA never officially outed him, just referring to him in general terms. Someone may have leaked his name (in that case he could prevail) but I'd have to imagine that someone unaffiliated with the school reported it. I'd imagine he settles for a small amount, he doesn't have much of a case.
It will and should be Wilson. Considering he hadn't played an SEC game in two years, he really wasn't too bad at Auburn against a really good defense. The real interesting QB battle will be next year between Gatewood and Beau Allen (who the coaches have absolutely loved thus far).
Terry hurt his knee before that A&M game and gutted it out. The choice isn't between Gatewood and the Wilson from that game, it's between Gatewood and the Wilson now.
But there's not enough crossover to always definitely say that. I certainly don't believe UCF was better than Bama a few years, but I can't say they weren't. I don't like any system where you can go undefeated and not compete for a championship. At 8, everyone gets a shot. Sure, the playoffs won't consist of the actual best 8 teams, but it means that the teams that won't make it blew their opportunity.
How many teams have a margin of error against more talented teams? I don't really think any less talented teams do. But UK went to Auburn and it took a crazy missed TD (with a bizarre sequence of subsequent events), an untouched fumble near the opponent's red zone, and a dumb fake punt also near the other teams red zone for the game to not be all that close. Yeah, UK won't be able to do dumb things like that if it wants to win at Auburn but, short of maybe Bama and UGA, who could? I thought the teams were pretty even on a play-to-play basis (and most analysts who I trust say the same thing) but Auburn didn't have a QB playing his first SEC in two years and didn't make mistakes. Good teams limit those mistakes and UK under Stoops has generally done that. I'll bet they get those tidied up.
Kentucky beat Mizzou by like 25 last year. Two years ago your defender chucked our receiver and made no effort to get the ball while the ball was in the air, but it sometimes gets lost in the other five consecutive wins UK has over Mizzou.
Boss Man Phat talked a lot of trash to just get beat like that on the biggest play of the game to that point
You have to be a bad team to lose to Arkansas and when was the last time Stoops lost to a bad team?
I can't guarantee UK will beat MSU, but I can guarantee that they'd beat MSU (at home) if MSU loses to Arkansas the week before.