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djm 11-24-2010 06:26 PM

Changing the subject, who do you think would make a good new coach for Minnesota. Doesn't look like there will be too many openings this year, so they might be able to land a good one.

mriff 11-25-2010 08:17 AM

They need to grab a good coordinator. Like a Gus Malzahn from AU.

mriff 11-25-2010 09:08 AM

Pretty good reading.

Bo Pelini's temper, Heisman Trophy talk, SEC's strength - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

Otto 11-25-2010 07:46 PM

Gus won't leave for the Minnesota job. The Big Ten will have some openings, but I think Gus holds out for something in the SEC. I can see job openings at LSU (Michigan or fired), Alabama (to Dallas), Georgia (fired), etc. in the next couple years. There's simply too many riches to worry about leaving for a team like that (no offense, of course, djm).

djm 11-26-2010 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14114)
Gus won't leave for the Minnesota job. The Big Ten will have some openings, but I think Gus holds out for something in the SEC. I can see job openings at LSU (Michigan or fired), Alabama (to Dallas), Georgia (fired), etc. in the next couple years. There's simply too many riches to worry about leaving for a team like that (no offense, of course, djm).

No offense taken. The rumors up here are the SDSU coach, which I'm not sure represents that much of an improvement.

mriff 11-27-2010 02:12 PM

So Otto, when you come down out of the clouds, tell us how you celebrated the big win. I suspect that the celebration continues today and on in to the next several days.

Otto 11-27-2010 10:28 PM

LOL! We actually were just outside of Auburn at our friends' home. Our dog nanny was out of town, so we had to take the boys with us and we had to come home rather quickly. Needless to say, my "celebrating" was on Facebook, sadly enough :(

But next week should present a great tailgating opportunity... might start at 5pm next Friday when I walk out of the office straight to my tailgate spot... LOL!

Otto 11-27-2010 10:29 PM

By the way, it is going to be interesting to see how the human votes pan out... as of last week, if all of our 3rd and 4th place votes were 2nd place votes (approx. 30 votes total), we would have been #1 in the BCS. With Boise losing, I think Auburn makes up the spread and perhaps ends up a bit higher. A win on the road over Alabama obviously seems better than a win at home over Arizona. We'll see.

Otto 11-28-2010 04:41 PM

Auburn projected to be #1 in the BCS tonight by two ten-thousandths of a point!


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DallasFlier 11-30-2010 12:09 PM

Sometimes, you just can't make this stuff up, its so funny! So, I'm wondering - is this a brand new position they just decided they might need, or did the last jobholder skedaddle recently with all the alarm bells going off? :D

Auburn University is currently accepting applications for the following position(s):

Position Title: Associate Athletic Director, Compliance

DallasFlier 11-30-2010 07:45 PM

Quote:

The scandal-scarred quarterback looked as if he had something to say after throwing three touchdown passes and running for a touchdown to lead his second-ranked team's stunning comeback...

But ... he disappeared into his teamís locker room chased by several Auburn police officers...

And with that, the smiling, fun-loving junior was gone for good and again silent, just like heís been since Nov. 9, the last time he spoke publicly after the latest twist in what has become the biggest story of this college football season.

That was a day after it was revealed that he cheated academically three times while he attended Florida and faced potential expulsion from the university. It was less than a week after news surfaced that the NCAA is investigating allegations that a man sought $180,000 for Newton to attend Mississippi State.

Auburn is so confident in its star quarterback that it continues to play him in what could be a BCS title run, despite the risk that his father might have violated NCAA rules if he indeed solicited money for his son.

Not that the Tigers havenít taken chances before.

Remember, this is Auburn, which played loosely with the rules in the past, as evidenced by its seven major violations. So if everything is fine, why arenít the Tigers making Newton available to the media?
Why won't Auburn let Newton talk?

Auburn could be fined if Newton off-limits

Otto 12-01-2010 02:47 AM

Thayer Evans is a joke. You realize that he actually emailed most of the Auburn faculty asking if they had information about Cam?! Simply put, Cam CANNOT comment on the current investigation. Early in the process, he would put up 5 TDs, throwing for 200 yards, rush for 200 yards, and be voted the national player of the week and the only thing reports wanted to ask was, "Cam, about the investigation..." Why even bother with getting in front of the media if that's all they're going to ask? Why even both with taking a chance that you lose your composure, make a statement that addresses the question, and then be suspended by the SEC for commenting about an investigation? There's really no point in doing so. I'm sure Cam will be in front of the media at the SECCG, but I can guarantee you that the "One bad apple..." policy will apply to questions directed at him by the media. If one even mentions anything not related to the game he played, then no one else will have the opportunity to ask a question.

A person in his position simply cannot make a comment... since the media reporters OBVIOUSLY don't want to talk about Auburn playing for an SEC title or possibly a BCS title or Cam being the frontrunner for the Heisman or anything related to the game, then there's little to no reason for him to be up there.

DallasFlier 12-01-2010 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14125)
Thayer Evans is a joke.

I'm sorry, I forgot. Of course he's a joke, he's saying potentially bad things about Auburn, which makes him a joke by definition. Despite the fact that he's the Senior College Football Writer for FOXSports.com and has previously written for The New York Times and Houston Chronicle, and also has written for various other publications, including The Economist, USA Today and The Washington Post.

What does Jimmy Chen at Bleacher Reports say, I guess he's your definitive source, right?

DallasFlier 12-01-2010 02:21 PM

I've posted negative things, so to be fair, am posting this breaking news too.

NCAA: Newton declared eligible despite violations of amateurism rules

Otto 12-01-2010 05:05 PM

Nice edit on the title there, DF. I guess you can't be happy for the kid, eh? As the article says, Cam didn't break any rules. It appears his father did. It appears Kenny Rogers did. Cam is not in violation of any rules. Auburn is not in violation of any rules.

NCAA rules Auburn's Cam Newton is eligible to compete (updated) | al.com

DallasFlier 12-01-2010 06:13 PM

That's the title, cut and pasted, that was there when I linked the article. And, I agree totally with this writer, I'm afraid.

Quote:

“The student-athlete’s father (Cecil Newton) and an owner of a scouting service (Kenny Rogers) worked together to actively market the student-athlete as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton’s commitment to attend college and play football. NCAA rules (Bylaw 12.3.3) do not allow individuals or entities to represent a prospective student-athlete for compensation to a school for an athletic scholarship.”

The NCAA determined Monday that a violation of Newton’s amateur status had occurred. Auburn ruled the quarterback ineligible Tuesday and requested he be reinstated. By Wednesday, the NCAA restored his eligibility because it “does not have sufficient evidence” to prove that Cam Newton knew his father was trying to sell him.

So, it’s no big deal. Bylaw 12.3.3 is nothing.

Wait … what?

Cecil Newton tried to get $180,000 to $200,000 for his son to play football and the NCAA said, hey, no problem?

Now that is one heck of a precedent to set. Hey Pandora’s Box, see you on signing day.

“That’s the most amazing thing I’ve heard in over four decades of being around college and high school sports,” said Sonny Vaccaro, the retired sneaker czar, hoops middle man and player confidant who admits he’s been around hundreds of major recruiting battles through the years. He’s a longstanding advocate of player rights and was, on some level, overjoyed that the NCAA was shooting itself in the foot.

“The NCAA just gave cover to every middle man in the country,” Vaccaro said. “The kids never know. In all my years, I’ve never heard of a kid being involved in the negotiation. You think they ask? Of course not. Their mom asks. Their coach asks. Their cousin asks. This is crazy.”

Step back from the specifics of how this case involves the best player on the best team heading into the SEC championship game and likely the BCS title game (which Auburn may reach even with a loss Saturday). If you look at it globally, it’s a head scratcher.

The NCAA just ruled that as long as the player denies he knew anything about being shopped around – even by someone as close as his own father – then there is no penalty. And let’s not give any credit to the NCAA banning Cecil Newton from associating with Mississippi State (why would he anyway?) and allowing just “limited” association with Auburn, a school they’ll leave in the tail lights one minute after his son’s final game. That’s the biggest non-penalty penalty of all time.

At this point, why wouldn’t the parent of every recruit in America ask about getting paid? What’s the harm, right? Just do it behind your son’s back – or at least pretend. You might as well see what’s out there, even if it’s just for the fun of it.

The NCAA has taken one of its better deterrents – a rule that clearly stated no one representing an athlete can even solicit extra benefits – and all but reversed it. They’ve essentially said that you’d be a fool for not soliciting.

“That’s the most messed up ruling I’ve ever heard,” one major college assistant coach said Wednesday. “They can ask every school for money and then someone will bite on it. And then if they get caught for asking they can just say the kid didn’t know.”
NCAA decision on Newton opens Pandora’s box

And frankly, for anyone believes that all this was going on by Cecil and Cam had NO IDEA about any of it occuring - well, I've got a bridge for sale in San Francisco that I'd like to talk to you about. :rolleyes:

DallasFlier 12-01-2010 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14129)
Nice edit on the title there, DF. I guess you can't be happy for the kid, eh? As the article says, Cam didn't break any rules. It appears his father did. It appears Kenny Rogers did. Cam is not in violation of any rules. Auburn is not in violation of any rules.

NCAA rules Auburn's Cam Newton is eligible to compete (updated) | al.com

By the way, if you're going to call me out for "title editing", then lets not let you get away with claiming the article says "Cam didn't break any rules" either. Specifically and exactly, here's what it (and the NCAA) said - at this point.

Quote:

Based on the information available to the reinstatement staff at this time, we do not have sufficient evidence that Cam Newton or anyone from Auburn was aware of this activity
"at this time... we do not have sufficient evidence" is a LONG ways from they saying "Cam didn't break any rules", especially because the investigation is still open. I note that the NCAA has specifically said that:

Quote:

The NCAA won’t say its case is closed on Newton. However, its statement notes that reinstatement likely occurs “prior to the close of an investigation.”

Otto 12-02-2010 02:29 PM

"at this time... we do not have sufficient evidence" that Taylor Martinez or Nebraska did not break any NCAA rules. You can insert ANY eligible player or ANY institution of higher learning governed by the NCAA in that statement. That is the assumption of any eligible football player - "at this time, no sufficient evidence proves they did anything wrong to jeopardize their eligibility." Sure, in four months or some other unknown point in time in the future, evidence could come out that would otherwise indicate that a violation was committed - for Cam, for Taylor, for anyone else under the NCAA umbrella - that would rule them ineligible. At this time, though, no evidence is available to prove this about Cam. This is no different than Cam Newton at Westlake High School, Cam Newton at Florida, Cam Newton last October, Cam Newton this September, or Cam Newton today... Cam Newton, aside from the procedural ineligibility ruling on Tuesday night, has been eligible to play college football under the NCAA bylaws. In the future, as with any other player currently eligible to play football under the NCAA bylaws, something may be introduced.

Is this reason to be scared that something may come out? Are you concerned with something coming out about Taylor Martinez or any other player on Nebraska's roster? Probably not. Am I concerned about something that may come out about Cam Newton in the future? I'm no more concerned now than I was last NYE at the Seminole Casino in Tampa, Florida when I heard that the 5-star JUCO College Player of the Year Cam Newton had committed to Auburn University.

Otto 12-02-2010 11:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DallasFlier (Post 14010)
I'm not gonna condemn the kid until the investigation is complete, but this is sure not the kind of headline news on ESPN that either he or Auburn needed!

Guess someone made a statement long before they intended to stay true to that, eh?

DallasFlier 12-03-2010 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14134)
"at this time... we do not have sufficient evidence" that Taylor Martinez or Nebraska did not break any NCAA rules. You can insert ANY eligible player or ANY institution of higher learning governed by the NCAA in that statement. That is the assumption of any eligible football player - "at this time, no sufficient evidence proves they did anything wrong to jeopardize their eligibility." Sure, in four months or some other unknown point in time in the future, evidence could come out that would otherwise indicate that a violation was committed - for Cam, for Taylor, for anyone else under the NCAA umbrella - that would rule them ineligible. At this time, though, no evidence is available to prove this about Cam. This is no different than Cam Newton at Westlake High School, Cam Newton at Florida, Cam Newton last October, Cam Newton this September, or Cam Newton today... Cam Newton, aside from the procedural ineligibility ruling on Tuesday night, has been eligible to play college football under the NCAA bylaws. In the future, as with any other player currently eligible to play football under the NCAA bylaws, something may be introduced.

Is this reason to be scared that something may come out? Are you concerned with something coming out about Taylor Martinez or any other player on Nebraska's roster? Probably not. Am I concerned about something that may come out about Cam Newton in the future? I'm no more concerned now than I was last NYE at the Seminole Casino in Tampa, Florida when I heard that the 5-star JUCO College Player of the Year Cam Newton had committed to Auburn University.

C'mon, Otto, really????? I know how hard Auburn WANTS it to be true that Cam is squeaky clean and won't be ruled ineligible after a more thorough investigation, but your "comparisons" are laughably absurd. There's no NCAA investigation whatsoever underway of Taylor Martinez, while the NCAA is publicly stating that the investigation of Cam Newton is still underway and NOT closed. If you really don't see a difference there, well, then its not worth discussing any further. The "at this time... we don't have sufficient evidence" statement is just that - they can't rule him ineligible AT THIS TIME because they don't (yet) have enough evidence to legally stand on, BUT the investigation is ongoing. If they thought (as you're trying to claim) that "Cam didn't break any rules" then please explain for everyone why the investigation is still open and ongoing? If they're sure he didn't break any rules, then just close the investigation and move on - but they're specifically not doing that. At this point in the timeline in the USC/Reggie Bush investigation they also didn't have enough evidence to do anything, but the investigation continued, and you can see the results at this point. Sorry, jibi, but to say that Cecil was busy marketing his son to football programs for six figures over a period of time, but poor Cam had NO IDEA WHATSOEVER that any of that was going on - is just a bit too outlandish to buy. Now, the fact that they don't (yet) have enough legally valid evidence on what Cam knew and when - that's easy to believe. But they're continuing to investigate and look for that evidence - just like they did in the Reggie Bush case - that much we DO know.

Otto 12-03-2010 01:56 PM

You are incorrect, DF. The investigation of Cam Newton is NOT ongoing. The investigation of the institution (Mississippi State not Auburn) is ongoing. The case is NOT closed and I will agree with you there. However, read the the NCAA release.

"Reinstatement decisions are independent of the NCAA enforcement process and typically are made once the facts of the student-athlete's involvement are determined."

That would seem to indicate that this portion of the case, as it involves Cam Newton, is closed. Of course, this is barring any sort of new evidence (err, actual evidence, as none has been provided thus far regarding Cam). Therein lies my comparison of Cam Newton's current status to ANY other eligible college football student-athlete.

At this time, the NCAA investigation is focused at the institutional level. Since Auburn was cleared, then it is pretty reasonable to look at MSU and their now-severed relationship with an MSU booster.

As for the Reggie Bush investigation, once again, READ the NCAA's release:

"The NCAA looks at each student-athlete eligibility decision based on its merits, because no two are identical. In the Cam Newton reinstatement case, there was not sufficient evidence available to establish he had any knowledge of his father’s actions and there was no indication he actually received any impermissible benefit. If a student-athlete does not receive tangible benefits, that is a different situation from a student-athlete or family member who receives cash, housing or other benefits or knowingly competes and is compensated as a professional athlete."

Taking into account the comparisons by the media to the Reggie Bush case, the president of the NCAA acknowledged that there is a HUGE difference between solicitation of improper benefits (Cecil Newton) and actually receiving these tangible improprieties (Reggie Bush and family).

As for the concept that Cam had no idea whatsoever, as much as you'd like to suggest it being far-fetched, I have one response - "WHERE'S THE BEEF?!" No evidence and no facts means that he did NOT know. We are a country based on a judicial ideology that people are innocent until proven guilty, correct? As you said, you won't condemn the kid until the investigation is complete. As of now, as far as Cam is concerned, the investigation about his eligibilty and him as a student-athlete is complete. No evidence came out to suggest he was part of the conversations. No evidence came out to suggest he even knew about it. So why are you condemning the kid, even though you said you would not do so? I'm not being an idiot taking the stance that he is innocent until proven guilty and that he did not know about what his father was doing. I'm being smart on taking that stance, as this stance is about as factual as you will get without trying to lay on what ifs and innuendos to a situation that has ZERO supporting evidence.

Otto 12-05-2010 05:50 AM

Man, that was a brutal game tonight... if you were a Gamecocks fan, that is. WOW! Going to Glendale! :)

mriff 12-05-2010 09:35 AM

War Eagle! Let's make it FIVE in a row. :D

djm 12-06-2010 04:38 PM

Are you going to attend the game Otto?

Otto 12-07-2010 12:57 AM

Already booked my flight and hotel. Unfortunately, my ticket connection (my father's friend) fell through and they decided to go (or make a lot of money off the tickets). We are only getting two tickets to the BCSNCG game, despite the fact that we now have 16 season tickets in our group (TUF-10 and TUF-6). Since the plan was to have dad use our two tickets for him and my stepmom and Brandee and I to use the other two tickets, that was all gravy... booked everything non-refundable without a concern.

Oh well. We'll get there one way or the other. I looked on eBay tonight and saw that upper deck tickets are running $700-plus at this point. I'm going to give it a few days and see if any of my connections pan out or if the aftermarket tickets lighten up (especially after the 17,000 AU tickets hit the market). If not, I will spend a bit extra and get lower level seats for around $900 each (if I'm paying that kind of money for tickets, might as well not be in the upper deck, right).

I seriously thought my dad might back down and give me his tickets, but... LOL!

Otto 12-07-2010 01:03 AM

By the way, we really know how to roll a tree... :) Timelapse video from Toomer's Corner after we won the SECCG. If you aren't familiar with the tradition, after each victory (any in football and big wins in most other sports) we "roll" (toilet paper) the Live Oak trees on Toomer's Corner, a busy intersection at the corner of the campus on College and Magnolia. This is a video from a camera at Toomer's Drugs.

YouTube - Toomer's Corner after SEC Championship Game Time Lapse

mriff 12-09-2010 01:29 PM

Pelini's name is being tossed around for the Miami job.

Who will take Meyer's job? Mullen?

mriff 12-09-2010 08:01 PM

I think Foley needs to go talk to Jim Harbaugh.

Otto 12-10-2010 12:00 AM

I'm not sure Harbaugh is going to pass up the Michigan job. I think Mullen is the top candidate for the Florida job, though Petrino's name is being tossed around, as well. The rumor about Pelini is that he's not happy going to the Big Ten and is looking for an out. Malzahn's name is being thrown out too much for my nerves at this point. I'm really surprised not to hear Chizik's name attached to the Florida job considering his connection (as a former Gator).

mriff 12-10-2010 08:28 AM

Harbaugh needs to think about Meyer's situation when choosing between ND and UF years ago. That is, if he is considered. We all know how that worked out for Meyer. UF is loaded with talent right now. And they currently have a great class committed. They need to hire a big name soon and get on with it. But Foley knows that for sure.

DallasFlier 12-10-2010 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14167)
I'm not sure Harbaugh is going to pass up the Michigan job. I think Mullen is the top candidate for the Florida job, though Petrino's name is being tossed around, as well. The rumor about Pelini is that he's not happy going to the Big Ten and is looking for an out. Malzahn's name is being thrown out too much for my nerves at this point. I'm really surprised not to hear Chizik's name attached to the Florida job considering his connection (as a former Gator).

I haven't heard that "rumor" about Pelini anywhere except in your post. On the contrary, Pelini is very excited to be going to the Big Ten, where Nebraska will be playing the teams he grew up following - including his alma mater. He has lots of family and friends in Ohio and around Big Ten country. Oh - and has put out an official denial of interest in, or plans to interview for; the Miami position.

Malzahn has officially been offered the Vandy job, although there are no reports yet regarding him accepting.

mriff 12-10-2010 09:13 PM

The reports I saw today are that Pelini has already spoken to Miami. Not sure if or why he would want that job.

Otto 12-12-2010 01:24 AM

Heisman trophy winner, Cam Newton. That has a great ring to it, right? :)

P.S. - I bought tickets to the championship game. Here's the view:

http://www.twoeighteighty.com/bcsseats.png

mriff 12-12-2010 08:28 AM

Enjoy Otto. Should be a great game. I hope AU dismantles the ducks.

And congrats to Cam. He's a hell of a talented football player. Pretty damn goofy to leave him off the All America team for the QB from Boise. I don't get that.

mriff 12-12-2010 08:35 AM

Well I guess I'm neutral on the Muschamp hire. What do you guys think?

Otto 12-12-2010 01:53 PM

I think he's a great coordinator. He's very enthusiastic and players and recruits love him. He's a great motivator and gets the most out of his players. We were sad to see him go. Of course, he has a "bend don't break" philosophy, so that may not mesh with your fanbase. With that said, I'm still not sure about the hire - definitely the direct opposite of the offensive-minded Meyer era. Let's wait and see the coaches he surrounds himself with. People questioned Chizik's leadership ability and head coaching record, but Iowa State was the wrong place. Now we're undefeated in only his second season. Florida seems to have the young talent necessary to be very, very successful in a year or two. If the incoming freshman pan out, look for Driskel to lead the Gators to another national championship. Hopefully for you, the Muschamp hire will be good enough to keep the previous freshman class and the upcoming recruiting class together. If so, the sky is the limit.

Otto 12-12-2010 02:27 PM

DF, here's your new rankings (projected through the bowls with my predictions for winners):

<TABLE style="WIDTH: 145pt; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse" border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=193><COLGROUP><COL style="WIDTH: 84pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 4096" width=112><COL style="WIDTH: 61pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 2962" width=81><TBODY><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl64 height=20 width=112>Team</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl64 width=81>Percentage</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" height=20>Nebraska</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7862</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Ohio State</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7664</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Penn State</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7403</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Oklahoma</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7399</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Texas</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7331</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Alabama</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7289</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Michigan</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7238</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Southern Cal</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7234</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Florida</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6922</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Tennessee</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6869</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" height=20>Florida State</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6862</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Georgia</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6828</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Notre Dame</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6806</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Auburn</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6773</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Miami-Florida</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6641</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Louisiana State</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6613</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Arkansas</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6507</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Brigham Young</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6477</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Arizona State</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6406</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Virginia Tech</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6241</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

mriff 12-12-2010 05:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14178)
I think he's a great coordinator. He's very enthusiastic and players and recruits love him. He's a great motivator and gets the most out of his players. We were sad to see him go. Of course, he has a "bend don't break" philosophy, so that may not mesh with your fanbase. With that said, I'm still not sure about the hire - definitely the direct opposite of the offensive-minded Meyer era. Let's wait and see the coaches he surrounds himself with. People questioned Chizik's leadership ability and head coaching record, but Iowa State was the wrong place. Now we're undefeated in only his second season. Florida seems to have the young talent necessary to be very, very successful in a year or two. If the incoming freshman pan out, look for Driskel to lead the Gators to another national championship. Hopefully for you, the Muschamp hire will be good enough to keep the previous freshman class and the upcoming recruiting class together. If so, the sky is the limit.

Ok, good insight. I agree that success will ultimately depend on who he surrounds himself with. He should send Addazio packing on the first bus out. Other than that, I'll look forward to see who he hires. The key here short term, is to maintain and wrap up his first class at UF. I also agree that UF is currently loaded with young talent. I'm glad they got the hire over with this quickly. We'll see.

Otto 12-12-2010 10:43 PM

Now let's hope that Malzahn to Vandy is not true... he has a bright future, but it is not in Nashville. His wife, Kristi, is an absolute blessing that relates to the players. The Malzahns love it in Auburn, so let's hope they stay for one more year. Expect Gus to be the highest paid coordinator in the country if he stays.

iam4uf 12-13-2010 11:35 AM

Wow, been a long time since I posted. I came here to get your insight on the UF hire. Looks like he is bringing Texas staff with him too.. I am just glad Addazio IS GONE.

Otto 12-14-2010 01:19 AM

I'm curious who he brings on as OC. It appears Applewhite is out of the running. I read earlier today that Kirby Smart was the leading candidate as the DC. That would be one hell of a hire! I think the Oklahoma State OC would be a smart hire, if he is available.

We nearly lost Malzahn to Vandy. OUCH! I'm glad better minds prevailed and he's remaining on the Plains for at least another season. WHEW!

mriff 12-14-2010 08:17 AM

Kirby Smart has been offered the job. He and Muschamp are buddies from previous jobs. And hell yeah, grab the guy at Ok State. He's been lighting up offenses everywhere he goes.

DallasFlier 12-15-2010 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14179)
DF, here's your new rankings (projected through the bowls with my predictions for winners):

<TABLE style="WIDTH: 145pt; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse" border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=193><COLGROUP><COL style="WIDTH: 84pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 4096" width=112><COL style="WIDTH: 61pt; mso-width-source: userset; mso-width-alt: 2962" width=81><TBODY><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl64 height=20 width=112>Team</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl64 width=81>Percentage</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" height=20>Nebraska</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7862</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Ohio State</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7664</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Penn State</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7403</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Oklahoma</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7399</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Texas</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7331</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Alabama</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7289</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Michigan</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7238</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Southern Cal</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.7234</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Florida</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6922</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Tennessee</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6869</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" height=20>Florida State</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6862</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Georgia</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6828</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 84pt; HEIGHT: 15pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl66 height=20 width=112>Notre Dame</TD><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; BORDER-LEFT: #f0f0f0; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; WIDTH: 61pt; BORDER-TOP: #f0f0f0; BORDER-RIGHT: #f0f0f0" class=xl65 width=81>0.6806</TD></TR><TR style="HEIGHT: 15pt" height=20><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: #f0f0f0; 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Thanks! Yep, the newly-constituted Big Ten starting next year looks pretty darn strong with the top 3 and 4 of the top 7, and its also quite obvious that what's left of the old Big XII consists of Texas/Oklahoma and the Little Sisters of the Poor - with Texas currently in danger of slipping into the latter category, if they don't turn it around quick.

Otto 12-16-2010 12:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DallasFlier (Post 14190)
Thanks! Yep, the newly-constituted Big Ten starting next year looks pretty darn strong with the top 3 and 4 of the top 7, and its also quite obvious that what's left of the old Big XII consists of Texas/Oklahoma and the Little Sisters of the Poor - with Texas currently in danger of slipping into the latter category, if they don't turn it around quick.

For the past decade, only Ohio State from the new Big "Ten" ranks in the top 15. The SEC leads this category with four teams. :)

Otto 12-19-2010 03:11 PM

Big recruiting weekend for AU is coming to a close today. On campus were:

Savon Huggins, RB (5th/Scout, 7th/Rivals)
Christian Westerman, OG (1st/Scout, 3rd/Rivals)
Erique Florence, S (5th/Scout, 3rd/Rivals)
Jeremy Hill, RB (10th/Scout, 21st/Rivals)
Quan Bray, RB/ATH (19th/Scout, 16th/Rivals)

Huggins gave his visit a 10/10. Westerman says he loved his visit and his grandparents live only a few miles away on Lake Martin. Florence put Auburn in the lead over Alabama and USC and he is from my HS alma mater less than 15 minutes from AU. Hill said he enjoyed his visit and will likely be back in January with La'El Collins (OT - 2nd/Scout, 1st/Rivals).

Good news on all sides. This would be a coup if we pulled Hill and Collins from LSU and Westerman from Texas. All were early commits, but the shake-ups and rumblings in Austin and Baton Rouge, in addition to Auburn obvious success this season, are definitely helping us late in the process.

Otto 12-19-2010 03:14 PM

P.S. - Remember this post?

http://www.port3101.org/12229-post20.html

I'm not saying Westerman will leave Texas. A lot needs to happen in Austin for this to take place. However, the door has re-opened for us. Moral of the story: never underestimate the great taste of orange-and-blue Kool-aid. :cool: I find it quite humorous when things like this happen, though... :-P

Otto 12-20-2010 11:46 PM

2011 College Football Top 25 Preview

Top 5:
Big 12: 1
Big Ten: 0
SEC: 3
Pac-10: 1

Top 10:
Big 12: 3
Big Ten: 1
SEC: 4
Pac-10: 2

Top 15:
Big 12: 4
Big Ten: 4
SEC: 4
Pac-10: 2

Top 25:
Big 12: 4
Big Ten: 5
SEC: 7
Pac-10: 2
ACC: 2

Otto 12-20-2010 11:58 PM

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._3173841_n.jpg

:)

mriff 12-25-2010 12:13 PM

Hey guys, Merry Christmas. And may your football teams kick some ass in their respective bowl games.

Otto 12-27-2010 06:54 PM

Merry Christmas to you, as well! I really cannot wait until some of the more interesting bowl games start... these other games, well... let's just say that I'm going to watch the Falcons-Saints tonight (and I don't watch pro football).

By the way, here's a photo of Auburn's trio of Heisman winners...

http://www.twoeighteighty.com/AUHeismans.jpg

DallasFlier 12-29-2010 07:55 PM

Hope everyone had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to a Happy New Year.

Didn't know we were posting pictures of Heisman trios - but I can comply. Sorry my picture is 9 years old, some of our teams just get to the various achievement points earlier than others, I guess. (y)

http://image.cdnl3.xosnetwork.com/pi...1029154815.jpg

Otto 12-31-2010 12:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DallasFlier (Post 14137)
There's no NCAA investigation whatsoever underway of Taylor

So much for that. While it was an open and closed case about Taylor's father's company, Corn Fed, there was an open investigation about the connection.

Otto 12-31-2010 11:28 AM

What happened to Nebraska last night? They have become a completely different team on both sides of the ball. I know it was the Holiday Bowl against one of the worst bowl participants this bowl season, but the Huskers were simply embarrassing in their performance (or lack thereof).

mriff 12-31-2010 04:47 PM

Can't find one with all three posing together, but here's our three.

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news...or_statues.jpg

mriff 12-31-2010 04:57 PM

Been a while. Jen Stark, Florida coed.

http://d.imagehost.org/0163/gatorhottieJenStark3.png

Otto 12-31-2010 06:51 PM

http://www.thewareaglereader.com/wp-...drey-Moore.png

http://buzzinu.com/wp-content/upload...drey-moore.jpg

Audrey Moore - Miss Alabama, Miss USA contestant

mriff 12-31-2010 09:48 PM

Whoa.

Hey, what you guys think about the rumor on Charlie Weis and the OC job at Florida? I think that would be a hell of a hire.

Otto 01-01-2011 11:59 AM

I think he has proven that he is a bad head coach but a mastermind when given a single focus. I think it is a great hire, if it happens, but one that will be temporary at best.

mriff 01-01-2011 06:41 PM

The SEC owned the Big Whatever They Are today. Three and OH. (y)

mriff 01-01-2011 10:03 PM

Gotta admit, TCU looked pretty good tonight. And oh yeah, the Big 10 is 0 for 4 today. Not too impressive.

Otto 01-04-2011 11:25 AM

Stanford looked pretty impressive against VT in the second half. That was just an absolute beatdown.

mriff 01-04-2011 03:22 PM

SEC. SEC. SEC!

SEC is king in college football, but Big Ten will be back - Michael Rosenberg - SI.com

mriff 01-04-2011 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14234)
Stanford looked pretty impressive against VT in the second half. That was just an absolute beatdown.

It was amazing. Too bad they won't have their QB and Coach back next season. Back to mediocrity.

mriff 01-06-2011 01:53 PM

http://badgoneblog.com/wp-content/up...lington-12.jpg

DallasFlier 01-06-2011 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mriff (Post 14237)

Nice article, thanks.

Absolutely no way to spin it, the Huskers totally sucked in the Holiday Bowl. Some of it was surely the same "didn't want to be here" syndrome that sunk Alabama against Utah a couple years ago, along with other teams. But not sure that explains it all, we really did look bad.

And no doubt either, the Big Ten bowl record this season, at 3-5, isn't good either - with OSU's win over Arkansas about the only bright spot.

I have to say though (and I most certainly know this won't be popular here) that I'm not so sure I'd want to be in the SEC. I fully expect that in a few years we'll be looking back on Auburn's season this year just like USC's of a few years ago. And I honestly don't understand the support from the rest of the conference fans, no matter how "dirty" the program may be. I frequent an Ohio State board now, with us joining the Big Ten and my wife being a Buckeye. The prevailing opinion there is that the Buck's players really should have been suspended for the Sugar Bowl, not wait until next season. And the infractions there are pretty minor, in comparison.

Here's yet another recent article about that wonderful Auburn athletic department:

Auburn Is First in One Ranking, 85th in Another

mriff 01-06-2011 04:14 PM

What do you think DF. I think Pelini could have handled this a wee bit better than he did.

Pelini owes sailor more than an apology | Comcast.net

DallasFlier 01-06-2011 06:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mriff (Post 14260)
What do you think DF. I think Pelini could have handled this a wee bit better than he did.

Pelini owes sailor more than an apology | Comcast.net

No doubt he could have handled it better. Pelini's not and unfortunately likely never will be a golden-tongued press-charmer. And to make it worse, sometimes his temper gets the best of him - although that was NOT the case this time.

Having said this, that article was a hack job by a 2-bit reporter with a chip on her shoulder. I've watched the video replay of the postgame press conference. Contrary to her claim, Bo didn't look or act "sour" during his postgame press conference, and he certainly didn't "bark" at the woman. That's absolute BS. This was actually one of his better press conferences - although we'd just gotten thoroughly embarrassed he was calm and professional.

Just like her claim that "It was a gut-wrenching moment to witness" when talking to the sailor. She's forced to admit that the kid "displayed no anger", he "emphasized he's a Cornhuskers fan, and he stands behind his team. No matter what", he "would love another opportunity to attend a Nebraska football game with a field pass, preferably in Lincoln." But she keeps prying, asking him basically the same question over and over, trying her best to get him to say something bad about Pelini - but he doesn't - so she does it herself in the article - and claims her repeated attempts to get the kid to say more negative things was a "gut wrenching moment." Only gut-wrenching because it failed, repeatedly.

Here's a subsequent interview with the sailor, after her article was published:

Quote:

"I was never upset," Ryan said by phone from California, where he's stationed as an electronics technician aboard the aircraft carrier at Coronado's North Island. "I think he's a good coach, and I still love Nebraska football.

"It was enough to have me on the sideline."

The Foxsports.com column, written by Lisa Horne, described Pelini's actions as "disturbing" and "disingenuous." Horne depicted a disappointed Ryan and characterized his reaction to the revelation that Pelini was joking as "gut wrenching."

"It didn't affect me one way negatively," Ryan told The World-Herald.

Through an NU spokesman, Pelini reiterated on Wednesday his appreciation for the U.S. military. Athletic Director Tom Osborne, in response to e-mails, said he felt Pelini properly handled the situation.

Nebraska donated 500 tickets to the U.S. Marines for the Holiday Bowl. Nebraska fans purchased 1,685 tickets to the game for Navy and Marine personnel stationed in San Diego through the "Huskers for Heroes" program organized by Nebraska.

Additionally, Pelini and NU players have visited a Navy SEAL training complex while in San Diego the past two years.
No play-calling? NU fan in Navy took no offense

mriff 01-06-2011 10:46 PM

Yeah, I agree. a quarter of the way through the article, I was thinking 'Pelini is a dick'. By the end of the article I was thinking the the writer is an asshole with an axe to grind.

DallasFlier 01-07-2011 06:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mriff (Post 14262)
Yeah, I agree. a quarter of the way through the article, I was thinking 'Pelini is a dick'. By the end of the article I was thinking the the writer is an asshole with an axe to grind.

So - Muschamp as the new Gator HC, and now Weis as the OC. Definitely some headlines there! I know you already asked for opinions on the Weis hire - to be honest, I'm not sure what I think about that. Obviously, Weis was an outstanding OC at the NFL level, and just as obviously, he was a bad HC at the college level. OC at the college level - I just really am not sure what to think. What's your thoughts?

mriff 01-08-2011 12:14 AM

I want to think it's a great hire. He is a very good offensive mind. Look at KC last year compared to this year. I know it's pro vs. college, but he's been successful as an offensive coordinator. And I think he'll stick around for four years at least because his son is just now going to UF as a student. There are those who are worried about how his health could cause problems. It's a high profile hire. I think it'll be good for recruiting as well. It's a splashy headline. Remains to be seen how it will work out.

Otto 01-08-2011 08:58 PM

Now check this out... David Pollack was one of two non-AU people on this flight. The Boddagetta chant by AU fans! AWESOME!

YouTube - Jimmy Leath Bodda Getta on Plane to BCSNCG

Otto 01-08-2011 09:15 PM

By the way, we're flying out in the morning at 8:55am. I'll be away for a bit, but I'll try and check in. I'm going to upload some photos to Facebook over the next few days, at the very least (DF, you can see them... others, feel free to add me on there).

In recruiting news, we have received 4 commitments since Wednesday at the two All-American football games.

Robenson Therezie: 4-star (#18 S on Rivals, #24 CB on Scout)
Quan Bray: 4-star (#16 ATH on Rivals, #19 RB on Scout)
Brent Calloway: 5-star (#2 OLB on Rivals, #7 OLB on Scout)
Kris Frost: 4-star (#4 ATH on Rivals, #18 OLB on Scout)

WOOT!

Otto 01-08-2011 09:18 PM

Also, this game has become the most expensive game in college football history, according to many ticket brokers. It is the most expensive ticket ever for StubHub (sports, concerts, etc). They are saying it is one of the top 5 most expensive sporting events in the last 20 years. A few nights ago, tickets were selling for around $5-7K/each! So glad I bought mine when I did, even if I thought $1,125/each was expensive at the time! :)

mriff 01-09-2011 01:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14268)
By the way, we're flying out in the morning at 8:55am. I'll be away for a bit, but I'll try and check in. I'm going to upload some photos to Facebook over the next few days, at the very least (DF, you can see them... others, feel free to add me on there).

In recruiting news, we have received 4 commitments since Wednesday at the two All-American football games.

Robenson Therezie: 4-star (#18 S on Rivals, #24 CB on Scout)
Quan Bray: 4-star (#16 ATH on Rivals, #19 RB on Scout)
Brent Calloway: 5-star (#2 OLB on Rivals, #7 OLB on Scout)
Kris Frost: 4-star (#4 ATH on Rivals, #18 OLB on Scout)

WOOT!

Good thing you're flying out of ATL today and not trying to make it tomorrow. I'm flying through ATL this morning after changing my flights from Monday morning. And by the way, this flight is at least 25% AU fans. All flying through DEN to get to the game.

mriff 01-09-2011 01:24 PM

AU is up to number 10 on Rivals. The Gators are a big WTF in recruiting so far. Man, we need to make a run.

iam4uf 01-10-2011 01:22 PM

War eagle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mriff 01-11-2011 02:01 AM

Congrats Otto. Isn't it great? I watched the game here in Jackson Hole at the Wort Hotel. There were two people in about 50 who were hollering for AU. Me being one of them. Enjoy it. WAR EAGLE!

iam4uf 01-11-2011 01:29 PM

Sec - sec - sec!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Otto 01-13-2011 01:53 AM

So the real question... can I safely drink the orange and blue koolaid without being ridiculed for being a homer? :) I'll post some pictures in a little bit... we had GREAT seats (worth the $1125/ea)! :)

Otto 01-16-2011 12:17 PM

Coach Jeff Grines, our O-Line coach, has turned down Texas and will remain at Auburn. Look for this to land us Christian Weserman, in all likelihood. A non-Auburn recruiting analyst predicted that Auburn would finish stronger than any other program on NSD... This should be similar to last season, if not moreso...

mriff 01-16-2011 03:03 PM

Got your T-Shirts yet?

Still waiting for UF to make a move on the recruiting front. We are worse shape at this stage in the game than I can remember.

Otto 01-16-2011 09:02 PM

I bought a track jacket... not too big on "time pieces" ... however, I am having our tickets framed, but I need to figure out how I want to do it (some fans have great ideas, so I'm going to "steal" one of them... hehe).

Otto 01-16-2011 09:54 PM

If we end up signing a class like it appears we will, we may very well finish near the top of the Rivals team rankings. Our projected class remaining looks like this:

...near guarantees:
Erique Florence
Marcus Roberson
Brandon Fulse
Gabe Wright

...gaining strong momentum:
Christian Westerman
Isaiah Crowell
Savon Huggins
Ray Drew
Anthony Chickillo

This would give us a rating of 2,437 on Rivals team rankings, which would be the current high rating. I say we finish Top 5 in recruiting once again.

DallasFlier 01-19-2011 05:20 PM

Updated my signature, to include the 2010 season. Nebraska went up the most and extended its lead, Texas fell behind Oklahoma, Alabama dropped the most (which seemed strange.)

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7889/pollm.jpg

Otto 01-20-2011 09:07 PM

Westerman to announce tomorrow... suspected decommitment from Texas and commitment to Auburn. Looks like we're now in the hunt for Cyrus Kouandjio, as well. That is Scout's top-rated OG and OT. Ouch...

Otto 01-21-2011 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DallasFlier (Post 12286)
Hmm, ok, whatever. I still say that you're counting your chickens not only before the eggs hatch, but before the eggs have even been laid, since the kid has SIXTEEN colleges listed with EQUAL preference. Let me know when he moves Auburn above the pack of the other 15 on his preference list. ;)

I won't try to claim that we've got kids like that "almost committed" or anything of the like - way too early. I will say though, that Nebraska is on 15 of the 150 kids lists, vs. 8 who have Auburn on their lists. ;) Oh, and of those 15 - 2 actually HAVE already committed to the Huskers. :)

He moved Auburn ahead of those other 15 schools... :-P

Christian Westerman commits to Auburn Tigers - ESPN

mriff 01-21-2011 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 14316)
He moved Auburn ahead of those other 15 schools... :-P

Christian Westerman commits to Auburn Tigers - ESPN

Damn. AU's gonna have a great class if they can keep them all and get a couple more on the list. UF is still not doing much to move up. Still waiting.

Otto 01-22-2011 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mriff (Post 14320)
Damn. AU's gonna have a great class if they can keep them all and get a couple more on the list. UF is still not doing much to move up. Still waiting.

If we pull Drew and Crowell, it will be one hell of a coup. Throw in Kouandjio or Collins and that will be absolutely ridiculous. Look at it this way, we're losing four of our five starters on the O-Line. Now look at the O-Line recruits we've had last year and potentially this year...

Shon Coleman - #3 OT 2010 (6'7 295 - has cancer and will not play until 2011)
Eric Mack - #6 OG 2010 (6'3 361)
Reese Dismukes - #1 OC 2011 (6'4 287)
Greg Robinson - #2 OG 2011 (6'5 296)
Christian Westerman - #3 OT 2011 (6'5 288)

Possible...

Cyrus Kouandjio - #1 OT 2011 (6'7 322)
La'El Collins - #2 OT 2011 (6'5 285)

Losing the experience, leadership, and total dominance of our O-Line is going to hurt us, but imagine this group in one year.

Now throw in Brandon Mosley, a JUCO transfer (19th overall prospect in JUCO last season) who is 6'6 299 and played RT this past season. Our line should average 6'5-6'6 300 before this season... and these boys are fast enough to be able to block and run in the spread, as well. WOW!

mriff 01-22-2011 02:46 PM

Damn, keep waiting to get excited about the UF class! We've been spoiled over the last five to six years with top five, if not top one or two recruiting classes. Now we're just over a week away from signing and we have what, a class ranked 18th? Come on!

Otto 01-22-2011 06:11 PM

30 Seconds to Mars (Jared Leto is the lead singer) at the College Football's Biggest Party event.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._5926584_n.jpg

They released a bald eagle (Challenger) to circle the field during the national anthem. With this being a tradition at Jordan-Hare, Auburn fans were obviously torn between singing the Star Spangled Banner or cheering "WAAAAAR EAGLE!" ... I believe most opted for the latter at some point.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._7151784_n.jpg

This is the first time I've ever been able to capture our band's interlocking AU without it being distorted... :)

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._2500110_n.jpg

LaMichael James being destroyed

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._6702188_n.jpg

Wes Byrum kicks the winning FG... NATIONAL CHAMPS!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._7627380_n.jpg

Cam rushes for 6 yards

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1792844_n.jpg

NATIONAL CHAMPS!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...5_419515_n.jpg

Scoreboard

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._4671545_n.jpg

mriff 01-22-2011 07:20 PM

Nice. Must have been a blast. Chance of a lifetime Otto.

mriff 01-22-2011 07:23 PM

Were you there?

Auburn football's national- title celebration draws nearly 80,000 - NCAA Football - SI.com

Otto 01-22-2011 08:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mriff (Post 14325)

We decided to stay home today. Unfortunately, we made the decision to stay home. This was really our first weekend that we could be at home with nothing to do and nowhere to go in about 5 months. We'll be out of town for the next 3 weekends straight, so we simply needed a break... I watched it online and I definitely regret our decision to not be there! :)

mriff 01-22-2011 08:18 PM

Looked like quite a party. But I don't blame you for needing some down time. You made the most important party anyway.

Otto 01-23-2011 12:56 PM

Check this out... LMAO! An Oregon sports photographer took over 200 photos of the stadium over a long period of the game and stitched them together to make a giant zoomable panoramic photo from the game. AMAZING! Now check out what Brandee and me are doing... LMAO!

http://www.twoeighteighty.com/smh.jpg

Bruce Ely Sports Photography | 503-381-2530

mriff 01-23-2011 04:17 PM

What were you doing? Sending email? Browsing?

Otto 01-23-2011 08:32 PM

From all the empty seats, I'm assuming the picture of us was taken just prior to the game. I was likely adjusting my camera for the indoor setting and taking some test shots and looking at them. Brandee was definitely on her BB, though. LOL!


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