Jay- Two observations.
1) AU should make a move now. In the present.Malzahn has performed a miracle at Auburn.Last year's Tiger squad was a dumpster fire.The turnaround is amazing and,(I believe)real. Gene Chizik caught lightning in a bottle and (to his credit) rode it as far as he could go,given his limitations as a coach. Malzahn has been a winner and has proven that he can sustain success. I would not let any "feelers" from Texas or anybody else get to CGM and possibly let him take a walk. Just my opinion.
2) A shout out to one of CFB's genuine good guys-David Cutcliffe.He skippered the best campaign that the Dukies still alive have ever seen. He's my national COY (the plaque is being sent FedEx).I'm no Duke fan,but I couldn't be happier for the guy.
The power structure at Marion County needs to take some weed killer to their program-now. I absolutely hate the idea of punishing the kids (by all accounts, they had nothing to do with this), but coaches that should be leaders and models of fair play are another matter altogether. I don't have a dog in the fight (I live in Georgia), but it seems that the "death penalty" will punish a lot of innocent bystanders. And not just Johnny Tailback,either. Band members work hard and sell everything from candles to car washes to participate. Cheerleaders ,managers,trainers...The boneheads that did this need to feel the pain,but I would hate to see a proud program laid low by a few rogues that can't keep school sports in perspective.
There's an elephant in the room here that needs discussion: Does anybody else believe that an agent has gotten to Jadaveon Clowney and whispered in his ear to take it easy and not end up like Marcus Lattimore? Clowney seems to have gone into the tank and is killing time until draft day.If he plays against Kentucky,the 'Cats might have scored 10 points.As it was,Big Blue made a game of it.I've got a real bad feeling about this one.
Look, everybody agrees that Kiffin is a weasel. No quibble there. He's all hat and no cattle with the x's and o's. Guy can reel 'em in but he can't coach 'em up. But he only had ,like, 56 scholarship players on the two deep against Sparky in Tempe. (That's less than an FCS roster) Nobody would have been able to keep the Trojan horse in the race with so few warm bodies.Kiffy will land on his feet,but USC's next coach will inherit the same problems.USC got the "coma penalty" for Pete Carrolls shenanigans,it will be another half decade before they are playing with a full deck.That might make some of these big names being bandied about look twice at the job.
This cartoon is amazingly accurate. I have a home in Florida (right there in that top center Sanford near the Georgia line), and we do protect ourselves from people that would do us bodily harm. We will defend ourselves if needed,so I guess it would be best to just keep your hands to yourself.The next little punk that wants to break bad with a homeowner may want to think twice...
UTC needs to decamp to the OVC,PDQ. VMI, ETSU and Mercer S-U-C-K as opponents. ET is years, no, LIGHT years away from being competitive,VMI got out of the SoCon once before for being uncompetitive and Mercer will make the jump from Div III with just one season's seasoning. The SoCon is now as watered down as a Long Island Tea at The Pink Pony. (Not that I would know,mind you)
I'm glad that another coach is talking seriously about a 9th game in SEC league play. The SEC is the brand and the brand is everything. You must defend the brand at all costs. Playing Charleston Southern makes for bad TV and (eventually) worse revenues. With the cost of tickets going up,up,up, fans deserve to see good football on autumn afternoons,not hopeless mismatches that are over by halftime.
I'd love to see more quality football,not less,so...Dump the SEC-FCS mismatches and go to a 9 game sked. It's is theft to charge season ticket holders to see games like UGA-New Mexico State a couple of years ago and Alabama-Georgia State and such. Even the coaches know that they don't get much out of these cupcake games.They pad the W-L record but that's about it. With the disparity between the elite programs and even the junior FBS programs (SunBelt,MAC),the product is changing and not for the better. While they are at it, abolish the third and fourth tier "bowl" games that litter the holiday season. These exhibitions have become an embarassment.
I've got a few months to kill waiting for the cartoon that will appear when you proggies realize that Mr. Kenya has sold you out on SS for some short term bump in the polls.Clay, do you think you could whip up a doodle of Mr. O'Bam reaching over and grabbing the third rail? How about him putting a couple of old folks in chains (with Joe Biden in the picture of course) to show how "chained CPI" will have them in the street living on cat food?
Come on,Clay. Get cracking !
I'm not going to cut and paste anybody else's words to sing the praises of Lady Thatcher. The fact that there still is a Great Britain and no Soviet Union to discuss says more than I ever could.
A couple of points:
1) Spring youth baseball is what makes life worthwhile. The times I spent playing and later coaching (and having cookouts and birthday parties under the covered sheds at the park after the games) are some of the best memories of my life. Thanks for that picture.
2) SportTalk has flavor. SportTalk has texture. SportTalk has color. It's become an icon. 24 Years in one spot in media is an eternity, given our unquenchable thirst for new and fresh.I travel a lot,so I get to listen to a lot of sportsgab. Ours is unique (and I mean that in a good way). Tip 'o the cap,gentlemen.
2A)Our family grieves for the family of Wally W. Chattanooga has lost a good friend and we hurt for his loss. Godspeed, WWW...