Born and raised in Memphis and a an avid Memphis fan, but graduated from Alabama and love the Crimson Tide too.
First, great season by Alabama. I hate to see it end like so many have in the past, in the Sweet 16. There's an issue that few are addressing and I think for future tournaments would be a good issue to address. UCLA was not an 11 seed. They have proven that. Loyola was not an eight seed. The committee chooses to punish certain teams and give them bad seeds but the teams they are punishing are the teams they have to face like Illinois. I'm not going to really make any an excuse for Alabama because this was the sweet 16 at the first or second round. You're going to play tough teams at this point of the season so hats off to UCLA. Just looking at the seating of this year's tournament makes me shake my head as to how bad they got it wrong on some of these teams. There's always going to be an upset or one or two teams who are outliers but I think the committee should start looking at how good a team actually is versus resume for getting into the tournament and for how they seed it. Kind of reminds me of the football argument and Notre Dame getting in. We all knew Notre Dame would get blown away but because they had the resume they got in. In basketball you can be a little more lenient with 68 teams getting in. Memphis just won the NIT to destroyed the competition the last two days and many would say they were better than many of the teams that got in the tournament did they just didn't have a great resume. There are some schools that have shown their seating was low based on talent. I get the argument that you have to prove it during the year and if you don't play a lot of good teams it's hard to tell sometimes. If this was just about rankings it wouldn't matter, but some good teams have been punished by having to play a much more talented team and then they should be at that round. Illinois comes to mind as a team that suffered bc of this. I hate the Big ten so don't get me wrong, I wasn't sad they lost but UCLA obviously wasn't a bubble team based on talent. I just think there needs to be a balance between resume and how good a team is. Memphis would have made the tournament had Houston not made a half court shot against them they say. If they were good enough to be in that position at Houston, why does making a half court shot suddenly make them not worthy? It's like in college football, if a lower ranked team loses to a highly ranked team in overtime they shouldn't drop 15 spots in the poll. heck they should probably move up because they proved they were better, but yet we drop teams for things like that. It's stupid. I think sometimes we put too much on wins and losses and not how well a team actually plays. Anyway, great season again for Alabama and hopefully this isn't a one-year Wonder for them
The media like SDS says it's horrible to hire people based on looks, then will have a story saying coaches should be hired bc they are black..kind of a double standard it seems
Deion Sanders says belongings stolen from locker room during first Jackson State game, school says otherwise
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You can't go off power rankings based on recruiting. While it's a factor to consider, UCF, Cincy and Memphis all highly outperform those rankings. All three teams (these are the last G5 schools making the NY6 Bowls) would have done ok, maybe not great in P5 Conference. Memphis and UCF have both beaten SEC teams in the last 3 years. They have both lost to one. Depth and Defense is the primary issue with them. Two years ago, Memphis scored more points against Penn St than anyone did all year. They can score, but their D was erratic. When you look back in a couple of years, there will be multiple Memphis players in the NFL from that team, but not as much depth. A season has a way of wearing the depth down, hence where your rankings come into play. So I am not saying they don't matter, just they don't usually correspond accurately with good G5 teams. I will say, hearing the "we didn't care about the Bowl game argument" is a cop out when a team loses. I hear it from almost every SEC fan when their team loses.
You don't think in an article about teams that outperformed their recruiting that Cincinnati doesn't deserve mentioning but are ok with Rutgers being in there? Typically the AAC champ will have played more ranked teams than the ACC champ and will have a better conference standing than the PAC 12 or even two years ago the ACC. Two years ago the AAC had 5 teams ranked at one point. Cincinnati definitely deserves to be in that article.
That last tweet was awesome. I forgot about that Heisman race. You hate to think that had something to do with it, but we are all human. Wonder if they still have any tension over that close race? If you could vote now the number three or number four players would clearly have won. Drew Brees outlasted LD so I am sure he would win it in a revote. I'm not a big fan of looking back and having an NFL career influence it though. But I do think the schools they played for had more to do with it than anything.
Most of these were from the early days. He does not get alot these days, as most are 4 and 5 stars. I think it's hard to call him the best at getting the best 3 star recruit, when he doesn't have to do it a lot. The ones who are really good at this are the group of 5 schools. Most of their classes are 3 stars, with maybe one or two 4 stars in there. Its like saying an executive chef makes the best grilled cheese sandwich bc they made a few good ones, and is better than the guys making grilled cheese sandwiches every day at a smaller restaurant. He could be the best for real at it, idk, but he doesn't have to deal with it nearly as much as most coaches, so it's harder to tell who is the best.
Does Josh Heupel’s arrival mean Harrison Bailey (or another Tennessee QB) will take off? A breakdown
The question is similar to the new england patriots question. Coach or QB? Did this guy develop these guys or did he just get lucky and look good bc he has worked with some excellent QBs? I don't know and maybe it's a mix. Those quarterbacks in the past would make anyone look good, but he also don't mess with them and regress them. I wonder what UCF fans think about him leaving. I know some were not impressed with the direction the program was going, but they didn't like their coach being plucked away either. I will give him the benefit of the doubt, but if he was really great, he would be the head coach of Oklahoma right now. I didn't think they were impressed with him as a coach, but could be wrong on what happened there that led to his being let go. Only time will tell I guess.
It would be interesting to see stats about former P5 coordinators, since the article thinks it's a safer hire. I think the AAC has had some good coaches come through, but their job their is different than at an SEC school. Developing 3 stars into great players is different than managing a team of all 4 stars and 5 stars. Expectations are different and there is less pressure in the AAC. Since Justin Fuente left Memphis for Va Tech, Memphis has been the better program and been ranked higher for most of the time. Does that mean he forgot how to coach? He was the one who turned that program from the worst program in Division 1 to what it is now. The challenges are just different, and just bc you may be good at turning one around at that level, doesn't mean you can maintain one. But on paper he looked like a great hire. He hasn't done as bad as others, but the expectations are much higher at Va Tech. At least they were. Now they are probably about equal. It's like drafting a QB. No one has figured out the "it" factor that makes someone succeed. Sometimes coaches jump at the chance and go to bad fit. Norvell waited and we shall see. His Memphis team had more talent than his Florida State team last year, so I think he has a could years before the pitchforks and torches come out. I know the AAC is tired of losing their coaches, so they would be very happy if P5 schools quit stealing them lol
The only people who don't want expansion are the ones currently controlling it and dominating it now. It is the only way to fairly achieve parity. The other ways involve punishing schools like Alabama for being great, or over rewarding teams for not being great. It won't be a quick fix either, but will happen. Some of my fellow Alabama fans can't see it's not healthy to have the current system. Bc we are almost always in it, they are short sighted and can't see this is good long term for college football. If we expanded this year,the 8th team was way better than the 4th team. It would not have been as bad a game. We need more teams on this, even if they take some lumps early on. The viewing ratings clearly show this. People outside of Alabama and Clemson and Ohio State are losing interest, but they literally will kick and scream and drag down the whole thing over playing one more game. A game they say they will blow another team out and won't be close. If all it takes to help save college football is to play one more "cupcake" game, you would think they would not care. Truth is, they know it will help and they know there is a chance they may lose that game, and don't want anyone else at the table. They like things as they are. Well Saban isn't gonna be around forever, and when that happens, if we fall off just a little bit, we may be the ones calling for expansion, if we turn into a Georgia. Just a thought
Remember the two Tennessee assistants who didn't take a pay cut and SDS said it made them look bad? Yeah, I think those two are probably the smartest two assistant coaches on the former staff. No one is saying it was a good idea now.
Are they still paying for Butch or is he off the books? I used to like the idea of getting Hugh Freeze for them, but since Vol Twitter likes him, maybe it means it's not the best choice
While I don't like Ohio St, they did beat Clemson, and beat them good.
Valid points..it may all be moot till Saban retires. After that they may want to expand it if they aren't dominating still lol.
Yes, many, especially down here are sick of ESPN. If it wasn't for live games, I would be done with them
If we had expanded we would have Oklahoma or Florida or Cincinnati vs Alabama. That actually would have been a much better match up than what we got. There are years I will grant you, this year and last year most noteable, that it probably didn't matter, bc one team was so much better than the rest. But we would have gotten some more games similar to Georgia vs Cincinnati outside of the Alabama beat downs. Imagine Cincinnati or Florida being able to use "we made the playoffs" as a recruiting pitch. It wouldn't happen over night, if would take time for it to really help. And one year, a number 8 or 7 may win. There isn't a huge difference between 4-8 in a lot of years. Outside of Alabama games this year, I bet we would have exciting games. It could only help those teams
I hate to say it, but people are growing tired of the same 4-6 teams. There are only 6 active coaches with a playoff win. It's great for those teams at the top, but with a system that helps keep the same teams at the top, it's not healthy for college football long term. You can't punish Alabama for being great, though. I think you expand to get more teams in. Eventually you will see other schools slowly close the gap in recruiting and eventually there will be some upsets. I known it's not a popular idea here, but for the good of the game, I think it's the way to go. The #4 team is usually not the 4th best team, like this year. There were easily three or four teams better than other name and we all know that, yet most deserving trumps the better team. Oklahoma or Florida would have boat raced ND. Just an idea.
I joked with people, that by resume, ND probably deserved it but if you wanted the best games, forget A& M, they should have put Ole Miss at full strength or Florida (2020 version) in as #4. Apparently, those are the only two teams capable of hanging with Alabama. We can always wonder what Clemson would have done against Alabama, but will never know if they would have played a better game. You can't help but think they would. Ohio St made it close for a little bit, but I feel like Clemson would have been a closer match up. But I still think Alabama vs Ole Miss would have been the most exciting game
I like that someone has a sense of humor on here
Don’t expect it, but Trevor Lawrence winning the Heisman over DeVonta Smith would be lazy 20th century logic
I think it will be awesome if Smith goes third in the draft and reunites with Tua. You rarely see that
Bryan Harsin makes first big decision since landing Auburn job, reportedly decides on Kevin Steele’s status
Wonder if a HC has ever gone back to a school that fired him as an assistant?
I'm sure he has a hot wife to go along with everything. Amazing that hit girls have a certain type...rich guys. They fall for them all the time
Thought Barry Odom was their top target. Either of these guys would be good. Or Kevin Steele
Cincinnati had a pretty good defense. When you look at their games, you will see most QBs had their worst game of the year against them. I think that bc they are G5, no one wanted to give their D any credit, but Cincy was different than most G5 teams in that they had a good D and their O was just good. Usually, like Memphis last year, it's a dynamic offense with zero D. Memphis scored more on Penn State than anyone all year, including ohio St. They just can't stop anyone. Cincy reversed the formula. I think Daniels is gonna be very good. If he could have played earlier in the year, who knows what would have happened.
It's amazing what Northwestern has done. With the talent of a G5, essentially, they develop their players into a top 15 program. Surprised his name isn't coming up more, but why leave a job where they love you and can handle a 4 loss year and act like it's fine? I wonder if being able to develop 3 stars into stars is a different talent than taking 4 and 5 stars and handling them..and that's why some top G5 coaches struggle when they move up. It's a different talent set, maybe. Or maybe they are not used to recruiting the cream of the crop, idk. If pressed, I think Scott Frost would tell you his UCF teams had more talent than his current Nebraska team. After 4 years at Nebraska, not sure how that happens when he has every advantage there outside of Lincoln being in the middle of nowhere. Justin Fuente left Memphis for Virginia Tech and for most of his time there Memphis has been ranked ahead of Va Tech and had much more success, even a Cotton Bowl. But he was the one who turned that dumpster fire program into what it is today. Not sure what makes a G5 coach have success in the P5, bc you see some of the best ones struggle and others take off. Maybe the AU coach is what they need, a breath of fresh air, bc it had gotten stale and not very exciting at Auburn.
Hard to turn down your school when they need you. Jerry had to make some big promises. He would have been perfect. Once they get the new AD and coach, rumor is they are joining the AAC in football. Will make it a pretty good Conference. It already is the best G5.
Agree 100%. The me first mentality has invaded the team sport of football, based on so few cases I can count them on my hand. It hurts the game when these players quit. You abandon the people who put you in the position you are now by quitting. Football is the ultimate team game, so the culture switch of me first doesn't go well with it. Most players are not there for the NFL, so they get punished for it. Hell, Trask may lose money bc of it. Notice the QB almost never opts out.
Yes, not even a Georgia fan and he could have used so many other examples that were way more fitting. Not sure why he said Smart there. In fact, it's extremely rare for an assistant to stay like Smart did, so even weirder he called out Kirby.
Yes, why even play the regular season if you are a top 10 pick. Pull a Bosa and just leave the team. You can use the "we are here for the NFL" argument to an extreme level, which has already started happening. The players that are not there for the NFL? Who cares about them. Me first. If you are injured it's one thing, but a healthy scratch to me is letting the team and teammates down. You didn't get to this point alone, it takes many others to help develop you and look good. Who cares if the Florida WRs made Trask look horrible and he moved down a couple of spots in the draft. Gotta take care of me. This mentality is going to end up hurting the game itself. Btw, I agree with you, just went on a rant there.
For all the opt outs, you have to hand it to Trask for staying. He knew it may make him look bad but he didn't leave his team. Personally, I wish others had that mindset. You almost never see the QB opt out. They have a different mentality.