Sumlin's underwhelming hires go back much farther than Mazzone. If you subtract out his first two years (or JFF) and the hire of Chief, he has just not done much. Sumlin shows a tendency to not manage down very well, good recruiter, not great but solid. His staff cannot seem to prep students for games, and three straight epic end of season implosions indicates something is not quite right in his development of student leaders (which is, well coaching), etc. Personally, he seems to be a great guy who cares a lot about other important things in life. Graduation rates have steadily risen for football players, there is not a hint of impropriety in the program, he has a reputation as a very loyal employer, and so on. A man of high integrity (and that is important), but....... He came into the SEC believing defense was not really necessary, but was handed an excellent defense, and for two years that defense hid some of the problems in his coaching philosophy. I think he is adapting, but other coaches in the West are adapting faster. He does seem to always be one to two steps behind other SEC coaches in team development. He has an astounding budget to work with, and yet a good number of his staff hires are..... underwhelming. Unless he has changed into a fire breather this year (which he has not), another long season for the Ags at Kyle field this year.
As long as Sumlin gets them on the road....... might go 2-2. Man his record at Kyle just sucks.
Austin Allen deserved some kinda Hero award last year. Never saw a QB get hit that often, that hard and still stood in the pocket. Gotta be some kinda record. What a hellava player.
I like both lists. Think A&M might be a better fit at 8, the unknown is QB. The Other line may have grown up enough for a run at better than 4-4 in conference, but not holding my breath. Think this may be a good year for UK, so they may end up at 7. Think 6 would be a bit high, but the East is hard to nail down.
The MW is right. $1 mil per game is not enough to brutalize fans, students and players. TV networks (cable and broadcast) are ruining the game. 5 hours, FIVE) for one game at Kyle last year was it for me. With most SEC games running more than 4 hours, there has to be a recognition by the schools and networks this is hurting the sport.
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No libertarian I ever met would describe himself as more right wing than Rebublicans and then rant on about how pro he is on social issues. You sling a lot of platitudes, but not a lot of sense. And for a guy who is so compassionate, what's with the hate for Mayfield line all about?
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These are bad cops? Because they stopped a guy who who was yelling obscenities and interfering with them as they were dealing with an assault case? You need to get a grip on reality. Just a dumb, uninformed set of comments.
Your threshold for "dirtiest" is lower than mine. Most of Alabama's infractions were minor compared to the travesty that is North Carolina or Louisville or Baylor or Penn State. For DECADES North Carolina falsified grades (at a minimum), got caught years ago, is unrepentant and the NCAA has still done nothing to them. Nothing from the NCAA after many years of cheating. The other school's transgressions are much worse. So, my dirtiest would be 1) Penn State, 2) Baylor, 3) North Carolina and 4) Louisville. Lack of institutional control is no joke, but most of the time its about a player or two or a booster or two. The NCAA does not have a history of penalizing infractions, or even investigating infractions, consistently.
Exactly! Urban Myer may have done good things for UF in the beginning, and he may be doing good things for Ohio State now, but there was a three year period at UF he went off the rails (and so did some of the players). Myer hurt UF's program tremendously at the end, and hats of Muschamp for doing the right thing at UF during his tenure. He focused on what needed to be done to stop the bleeding at UF. May not be the best HC in the business, but Muschamp (from the outside looking in) is a damn fine coach and a very good man. (and I have a degree from UF and a brother who also graduated from there, so this is not UF bashing).
First, let me say I am enjoying this..... no, not the fact that a football recruit got arrested, and no not because the bad news just keeps hammering Ole Miss,...... because that ain't good for the SEC, but because most of the comments so far have been fun to read. Good job guys, clean, above the belt, hard hitting and tackling. I smell football in the air......
You might have a different set of experiences with how the criminal justice system actually works than the rest of this country, but the reason people hire attorneys in cases like this is to maneuver the opposition (public officials, aka the district attorney, or the NCAA, or the county zoning depart, or.....) into plea bargains or amending laws, rules, ordinances, etc, to benefit their client.
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Von graduated in 2010, A&M to the SEC in 2012. Long gone before the SEC deal.
JP, I am not sure Freeze will get the axe. The approach Ole Miss has taken so far shows they are intent on sticking with him. Personally have no idea what the heck actually happened, and hope Ole Miss guys realize I am not making light of this (it sucks for them and the rest of the SEC), just being sarcastic. The real bad news for them is Hail State is going to have loads of fun with this as it goes down.
Bama's last one was 2009, A&M's last one was 1994, so we've been "cleaner" what, 15 years longer than Bama? And, in 2010, the NCAA released a statement accusing Alabama of being a "serial repeat violator," with an "abysmal infractions track record" and an "extensive recent history of infractions cases unmatched by any other member institution in the NCAA.” Which is of course horse pucky. Alabama is a major sports institution that like the rest of the SEC has years when minor things happen that get blown out of proportion by some wonk at the NCAA. The NCAA has a history of inconsistencies, and there is no indication that the administration at Alabama does not take its mission of NCAA compliance seriously. A&M should not be proud of the fact it had the lapses it had in 1955, 1966, 1988 and 1984, but its recent history has been pretty good about NCAA compliance. Is there a problem lurking out there? Who knows, I am certainly not going to claim the school is perfect. No school is. But recent history shows the school either takes compliance more seriously, or we are much better at hiding stuff than Alabama is today. See, you can spin anything any way you want, but almost 30 years ain't bad to be "on the wagon". When Alabama gets to 30, let me know. And I sure hope Rudders was being sarcastic, because if he really thinks in a University of almost 60,000 students there aren't more than a couple losers hanging around, he needs to have his head examined.
So, Baylor's coach brings in players he knows to be violent, works with his BOR and local cops to quash the crimes they commit against women, so they can commit more crimes against women, then recruits more of these pr#cks and shields them, and then writes a book about how much smarter he is about developing social rejects than anyone else..... and not a peep from the NCAA. North Carolina falsifies academic records for more than a decade on hundreds of players...... and not a peep from the NCAA..... Louisville is Hooker U, and not a peep from the NCAA. The lesson here is Ole Mis was stupid about this. It is not that the school flagrantly violated NCAA rules (you know they did), but that they gave cash. Apparently, that is the one thing the NCAA really gets p.o.'d about any more. Next time, recruit criminals, falsify their records and give them wall to wall hookers and you are in like Flint with the NCAA.
UGA and Freeze. Bang on. This article looks like it was written by a guy who just started watching SEC football when the SECN went live......
Man I hate these cupcake games. My school does them like everybody else, but I do not watch them anymore. While most SEC teams have done a better job of scheduling in one OOC game per year that is of interest, there are still an average of two per team per year that are just bogus.
Side note: A&M left the Big 12 years ago and still Aggie fan sites have posted get well messages and lead articles wishing Coach Snyder a recovery. One site's article was a tribute to Snyder's ability to beat anybody at any time a offered that cancer did not have a chance against Snyder (Snyder's teams regularly beat up on A&M's squad). Went to several Big 12 fan sites..... and not one word. Beat the Hell outta Cancer Coach, but really glad A&M left the Big 12. Kansas State and you deserve better.
And once again SDS missed the entire picture. The $40 million figure is meaningless. Any one who runs a business (and this is a business) knows that it is expenses versus revenue. Lots of money in but lots of money out does not mean you can do anything you want. Its the PROFIT MARGIN from predictable market share that makes long term budgeting a reality. Texas A&M made more money than any school in the nation last year, but a huge percentage of that came from donations, not a predictable income source. Waiting for SDS to come up with something other than a junior high school analysis of how college sports programs are run.
Sumlin's contract was poorly thought out. The reason most schools spread buyout payments is there is almost always a rider (funny SDS can't figure out how to put the most important part of buyout clauses in a story this long.....) that protects the schools over the long run. Usually, any coach who gets another job has the buyout reduced based on earnings from his new job. So, a buy out spread over 5 years could get reduced by a huge amount (getting hired as an OC at say $1 mil per year would reduce the buyout by that much per year, $3 mil per year as a head coach, etc). A&M's AD at the time was in a rush to hire a new coach, handled the whole thing poorly (imho) and the contract almost looks like he was desperate (the AD knew he was on the hot seat too) and made two long term contract decisions just before being shown the door. Neither has been a spectacular success. Sumlin's contract is one of the worst college contracts I have ever heard off. Puts the school at a significant disadvantage for the term of the contract. Unfortunately, if and when Sumlin is shown the door (I had high hopes he would leave for the NFL voluntarily), the next hire will be demanding something similar, because the bar has been set.