Side question for you Moc-nuts out there:
Will Wade is joining us on Press Row today at 3:40. What would you ask the young and energetic UTC hoops coach?
You're right, the SEC won't get two in this year, but it's not TV money this year — it's Auburn falling flat last week against Texas A&M.
In fact, there's more likely a chance that the SEC gets none than two. But that has nothing to do with TV markets. Who would the committee rather have:
Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State
TCU, Mississippi State or Oregon?
And which of those are more likely to get in?
So, under your description of the 'true' tournament in the FCS , the team that had a bye is not guaranteed. So it's about money? What?
Oh dear, does that mean every level of college sports are all swayed by the all-mighty greenback?
Say it ain't so, Jomo. Say it ain't so.
Nice start to the list.
About every other one of your posts is anti-SEC/anti-UT rant, and that's fine. We expect it and would be shocked if it wasn't.
And there is some merit in theory to your notion, but your facts are skewed. Yes, there are small markets in the South, but the most-watched TV games every year involve the SEC — like eight of the top 10 the last few years — and Notre Dame.
Those are the teams that move the needle, especially Alabama, and last year Auburn.
Agree that UTC will almost assuredly host a playoff game. Not sure how UTC — without a lot of upsets down the stretch — could get two, though.
Maybe so, but watching a bunch of SoCon games as well as a lot of Sun Belt games — hey those Fab 4 picks don't pick themselves, you know, those numbers seem skewed.
Georgia Southern's two losses are by a combined five points to Ga. Tech and NC State.
La Monroe played Texas A&M to a one-score game.
La-Lafayette, MTSU, and a host of the other schools listed would be the favorites in the SoCon, now the scholarship numbers play into that difference of course, too.
UTC is very good — and you can make a hard argument that this is the pinnacle of the rebuilding process because of the losses on a defensive line that gives the Mocs a shot against any FCS school and almost all the ones listed above — and has the horses to make a run in the FCS.
So it goes.
OK. Think that is apples and oranges considering the differences in schedules, but OK.
Yes, the baseball (and all sports blending for that matter) terms are stale. Stepping up to the plate in hoops seems silly. Unless there's a buffet involved.
Yes, Mercer beat Duke in the tournament.
Didn't Davidson make run a few years ago?
Apparently our sports collective memory only goes back the last three years in dealing with the Southern Conference. So by that logic, Wofford is the class of SoCon hoops history, huh?
You guys spend way more time analyzing the league than I do, so you probably know more about it, but we see no way to value the league as highly in football or in men's hoops after the wave of realignments.
We can agree to disagree because that's what makes the 5-at-10 the 5-at-10.
Enjoy the weekend and some great high school football playoff action and some awesome big-time college football games (after you go to Finley of course).
Not so sure if the Mocs lose to Wofford and then win out they get in. They might, but not so sure.
Never said they were not motivated, said they were looking toward this season more than a swan-song exit with no chance at postseason.
Were those wins big? Sure. But to say UTC is on equal footing in football with App and GSU is putting a lot of stock in 2013.
Deeper maybe but certainly, not better.
The SoCon lost the top two programs (other than UTC) in Davidson and College of Charleston.
And Mercer last year was the cosmic tumblers clicking together with seven seniors in the magic moment. They have exactly zero players on the roster that started a game last year.
And we get your football dig, but football in the overall arc of college sports is the only sport that really matter in expansion (and basketball in a minor few examples). No one was looking to add a school or move up to get another solid wrestling program or to enhance the conference's volleyball program.
And we are the first to admit that UTC football has come miles under Russ in the last six years, but to say the program was on even footing with App State and GSU because of last year's results (when each was making a slew of unknown decisions — redshirting, positions switches, etc. — because they were moving up) is like saying Vandy is on equal footing in the SEC because they beat UGa, Florida and UT in 2013.
Double G — You rock. So in.
Knew you'd be on that tidbit.
Great stuff gang.
That's a great one. Dude was a monster.
Soriano has better numbers across the board than Murphy.
Yes, Murph won two MVPs to Soriano's none. but c'mon man, Murph hit .260.
Yes, expect a ton of hand-wringing moving forward, and Rice will get re-instated because he got like six extra weeks with no new evidence.
That said, we are in support of the growing trend of suspending players until the legal system/verdicts are determined.
For us younger folks, Dickie Thon was the Tony C. of our generation, and another name from our baseball youth was J.R. Richard.