Christopher Smith

An itinerant journalist, Christopher has moved between states 11 times in seven years. Formally an injury-prone Division I 800-meter specialist, he now wanders the Rockies in search of high peaks.

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Although I disagree with the 50/50 percentage, I did make a mistake by leaving out Ole Miss. I've fixed it now.
There were two, but one of them was a quarterback.
1) Both valuable as returners 2) Both excellent receivers out of the backfield 3) Both labeled as "third-down backs" but surprisingly effective running between the tackles 4) Darren Sproles was a fourth-round pick. Very similar draft stock out of college.
ESPN has their own formula, but that's a separate stat called "Total QBR."
http://www.cfbstats.com/2015/leader/national/player/split01/category02/sort02.html
Except coaches aren't going 3-9 and getting fired. They're going 10-3 and getting fired (Mark Richt) or winning 10 games a year and narrowly escaping (Les Miles). Without getting compared to Nick Saban -- and constantly losing to him -- I doubt that happens. Even Saban has talked about it himself and called it "unfair." It's at least fair to ask the question. It isn't some made-up premise.
From the SEC's own record book: http://assets.espn.go.com/SEC/football/2015/Record%20Book.pdf
I so want to like you because your name is Larry Munson, greatest of all time. But you're making it difficult, Mr. Munson. Yes, I did write that. On purpose. Alabama usually convinces those players to stay. It's like the Peyton Manning argument. If Peyton wasn't too good of a QB to need a fourth year in college, how is any other quarterback? If Alabama can get the Denver Kirklands to stay, Arkansas needs to do the same.
Commenters like you on our site are well-informed, even if I don't always agree. :) We don't have any plans for crazy changes to the commenting format, but in the future I hope we're able to take a serious look at ways that we can enhance the user experience and add to it. We must improve our coverage and knowledge of all 14 teams. Putting out the amount of content that we do is a challenge, but I am personally working hard to set a high standard among every aspect of our organization. We will also add more and more reporting as our business resources allow, and my hope is that within the next 2-3 years we are competing with all of the big beat writers for every fan base.
Thank you for reading and taking the time to give us feedback. As for the site, change was needed to make it easier to find our best content (instead of an endless scroll). It's still new, so we'll smooth over the rough edges. But expect the homepage to remain more or less like it is now for some time to come. We have spent a lot of time strategizing about how to make our coverage better for all 14 teams. It is going to take some time -- unfortunately there's no real-life "rosebud" cheat code if you've ever played The Sims -- but by this football season I can promise you'll notice significant improvement.
I agree with this. We have hired some good editors and will be striving to put more and more resources toward the editorial process. It's going to take time to get to where we should be (which is no mistakes, ever) but I assure you we are working long hours to improve specifically in this area.
You are right. That is something that is being discussed very often internally, and that we have been working to change. I'm hopeful you will notice nice improvement sometime this month.
With the old technology, the original times announced were hand-timed. In other words, they hand-timed all the 40s just so they had a time to announce, but when they went back and watched the video to know when the electronically-recorded finish actually happened, most of the official times were slower. So they amount of time added to each player varied based on the amount of human error during that particular 40. Sometimes the hand-held stopwatch guy reacted quicker than others.
Now 40 times at the Combine are instantaneous. The technology in 2006 was hand-start and electronic finish. It took time to make the times official. Norwood's 4.32 was the initial announcement but later it was amended to 4.40. http://www.seahawks.com/news/2006/02/26/2006-nfl-combine-report-day-4-2262006 http://www.nfl.com/combine/top-performers#year=2006&workout=FORTY_YARD_DASH&position=RB
You are absolutely correct. Thank you.
The premise of this article is about gauging the value of these bets in Vegas or offshore, not determining who most deserves to win the Heisman. And if you're going to wager your money, finding a quarterback you project to lead a College Football Playoff team in 2016 is by far the most likely scenario in determining a Heisman Trophy winner.
Look, every fan is excited about every season. The point is, it's all relative. If you're a fan of one team, of course you're going to say "Hey! Idiot! We're just as excited!" But take a big-picture point of view. Alabama fans were much hungrier in 2008. That's just the reality. Tennessee fans have a different type of excitement entering 2016 than Tide fans. That doesn't mean they're better. That doesn't mean Bama fans are apathetic. But it's just the reality. Read both team's message boards. Go to events for both teams. Engage in conversations with both team's fans. I have. Alabama's 2016 season should be great. But so is every season in Tuscaloosa. Therefore, relative to normal, there's nothing distinctly different about it. That's not the case in Knoxville. It has nothing to do with how good the teams are. I guess it's my mistake if I get as riled up as the fans -- it's hard to argue against the emotion and passion of a fan of one team with cold logic.
Thank you, zoucat. I have a lot of respect for the passion and loyalty of our strong Mizzou readership. I am glad to hold my current position of Editor-in-Chief but I miss my days as the Tigers beat writer.
Thank you all for being among our 10s of millions of readers in 2015. We are working hard to make sure that 2016 is even better as we continue to serve the SEC fan base 24 hours a day, every single day of the year.
I would argue that the Mizzou football team's protest was one of the brighter moments of 2015. Yes, you could make an argument that some of the protests at the university were misguided or not well executed. But I respect their right to participate in social reform. It's not my place to tell them whether or not they're being treated fairly. And I thought what they did -- whether or not I agreed with the reason -- was brave and bold. Certainly not a "failure."
We posted more than 100 articles on Alabama's College Football Playoff game vs. Michigan State this week, including close to 20 in the last 24 hours. It also was New Year's Eve, a perfect time to look back at 2015. Thanks for reading.
I would agree on Barrett, and I can buy the argument that Tunsil should win the matchup. But Ogbah is a better pass rusher than Lawson, Allen and Barnett. Outside of Garrett, Ogbah will be the best pass rusher that Tunsil has faced in the last two years.
You have to remember that McElwain also cost a huge buyout -- Florida owes Colorado State $500,000 per year for several years, and has to pay CSU $2 million to come pay a game in Gainesville. Plus, they're still paying Muschamp. So McElwain's salary has a lot of hidden costs.
C'mon, I was expecting more arguments and yelling. Someone please disagree with me.
"The Tigers, which are now 4-0, have yet to trail an opponent in a game this season." Where in this sentence does it necessitate that LSU start the game with points?
Barber's per-carry average is higher, but this is not a mindless statistical list. And being ranked as the SEC's sixth-ranked running back, by most anyone's standards, means you're a fine player. However, Barber plays behind a better offensive line than Hurd, in a system that's been more conducive to production in the running game historically.
Ball was my final cut. I excluded him because -- other than that ridiculous touchdown total -- he played at Wisconsin. So I felt that Hart's rushing total in the same conference behind a lesser offensive line was more impressive.
Production doesn't necessarily equate to talent. Auburn's running game will produce yards in bunches again in 2015. But I don't see a running back on the roster who is in the same class as Nick Chubb, Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette.