It’s Memorial Day Weekend, y’all! Fire up those grills, get those backyards ready, grab plenty of beer and kick off the summer right!

I hope it’s nice weather for everyone and you’re able to get outside a little bit to enjoy the long weekend. Stay safe, y’all!

Now let’s dive into this week’s Mailbag questions before we get the 3-day weekend started:


If the ACC ended up imploding, but the SEC could only add 1 school from the conference, which would it want most?

There are a number of attractive options out there, obviously, from North Carolina to Virginia Tech to Clemson, Florida State and Miami.

But, to me, the clear No. 1 option is Florida State. Proud football tradition, a men’s basketball team that usually is pretty good, etc. The Seminoles have a built-in rival in Florida, also. In terms of generating revenue, I think that FSU is a pretty good bet.

Other schools may offer the opportunity to move into new TV markets, but the SEC is already a popular product from coast to coast, so there’s no real benefit in adding a Virginia, for example, over Florida State for TV purposes.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the ACC over the next few years. At this point, it seems more likely than not that the league will implode before 2036. We’ll see what the future holds, though.


What song gets played too much at football games?

This past year, it was definitely “Narco” by Blasterjaxx and Timmy Trumpet. Yes, it’s a cool song and yes, it’s really cool when New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz uses it as his warmup song.

But I like when schools have their own signature songs. “Sandstorm” is forever associated with South Carolina. “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty is the coolest new tradition at Florida. “Rocky Top” is synonymous with Tennessee. “Neck” (RIP) was LSU’s thing. Outside of the SEC, “Jump Around” is a big deal at Wisconsin.

I know there are more out there, so don’t get mad at me in the comments section.

I like when a school can make a song its own. Heck, even Mizzou has “Welcome to the Jungle” pretty much to itself when the Tigers run out before games. I want more of that and less generic hits being played just because.

Make me the college football commissioner and I’ll assign one pump-up song to each FBS school that no other schools can use.


What’s a realistic record to expect from Auburn in Year 1 under Hugh Freeze?

Well the good news for the Tigers is they have a pretty easy nonconference schedule this fall. Yes, they have to take a trip out to Berkeley to face Cal, but other than that (and frankly, even with that), things are pretty manageable.

I see them going 4-0 against Cal, UMass, Samford and New Mexico State. So now we just need 2 more wins to become bowl eligible.

They play at Vanderbilt on Nov. 4. Even on the road, that should be a win for Freeze and company. I also think they can beat fellow first-year head coach Zach Arnett and Mississippi State on Oct. 28 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

So there’s 6 wins. That’s a bowl game. I think that’s a realistic goal for Freeze in Year 1. It’s going to take 2-3 years to return Auburn to the 8-9 wins per year or more level. The SEC West is brutal, as always, so going 6-6 or 7-5 should be satisfying for Auburn fans this season.


If the College World Series couldn’t be held in Omaha for some reason, where would you like to see it held instead?

This is a great question, but let me start by saying I think the College World Series is perfect in Omaha. It’s a great ballpark and Omaha goes all-out for the event.

I wouldn’t want it to be held in an MLB ballpark. This is an event that deserves its own space and its own prestige.

That significantly narrows down our options, but I still have 3 places that could work. First, and the one I think I like best, is the new Field of Dreams park in Iowa. I’m not sure if the area has enough going on to host all those ravenous college baseball fans, but if they could find a way to make it work, that is a really nice park and it’d be really fun to see the CWS there.

My other two options are Hoover, which hosts the SEC Tournament and does a great job of it, and the Little League World Series stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The problem with Hoover is that teams from every other conference would cry SEC bias, and in this case, they might actually have a point. Williamsport is actually a solid option, especially since there is a ballpark there with MLB dimensions.

But, once again, Omaha is great. Let’s leave the College World Series alone for now!

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