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Auburn Fans Making Fools Of Themselves Over Recruit As Iron Bowl Rivalry Proves To Be The Worst In America, Again

gfx - honest opinionOpinion:  If an adult attempts to hurt a young man or his family because of his choice — his choice — of colleges, that adult is a lowlife and a fool.

Fact:  Many — not all, but many — Auburn fans are trying to hurt Rashaan Evans and his family via the internet because of his choice to attend Alabama.

Over the years we’ve done this site, we’ve seen fans from various schools rip players for signing with a rival school, for backing out of a commitment, for missing a kick in a big game, etc.  When that happens, I give you my take which is typically: “Those fans are fools.”

Inevitably the response is, “You hate fans!”  So just to be clear right up front… no, this writer doesn’t hate fans.  I hate the stupid fans.  Hate.  Can’t stand.  Despise.  Look down upon.  Mock.

Well, today it’s Auburn’s stupid fans who need a trip to the woodshed.  Since Evans — who attended Auburn High School — signed with Alabama last week, he and his family have been absolutely destroyed on Twitter.  (Shocking, I know, considering the fact that Twitter is the best avenue running for anonymous jackasses to spew hate from the safety of their own mother’s basement.)  Worse, the addresses of the family’s home and business have been posted online.

According to Evans himself:

 

“It’s getting worse.  Someone actually put out an article about my family’s business telling all Auburn fans not to go there.  We are going to eventually start losing money.  People are telling restaurants in the town not to serve us…

Social media has definitely been the worst.  People on Instagram are telling me how they hope I tear my ACL in Game One.  They will laugh when I do.  They are saying my family is horrible and how they didn’t raise me right.  It’s just crazy.”

 

Now, I could spin this off into my usual views on Twitter — a tool which simultaneously ramps up rage, lowers our national IQ, and disseminates false information — and how it will eventually be the downfall of our already running-on-borrowed-time Republic, but we’ll save that for another day.

So let’s just back to the stupidity of the Auburn fanbase.  Evans’ father attended Auburn.  He was the top running back in the state of Alabama in 1982 and he chose to play for the Tigers over the Tide.  Now, thirty years on, the AU fanbase is trying to destroy that same man’s business.

Guess there’s a 30-year statute of limitations on loyalty down on the Plains.

The good news in all of this is that Auburn fans — appropriately enough — are drawing attention from all over the nation because of their irrational response to this particular teenager choosing his college.  Act like fools, expect America to cover your foolishness.  You asked for it.

But before any Tiger fan can post an insult, mention Harvey Updyke or type the letters “WDE!,” let me make one other thing clear — it’s not just Auburn fans who make asses of themselves in the Yellowhammer State.  Alabama fans have also been ugly when in-state players have chosen to play for the Tigers over the Tide.

From threatening teenagers to poisoning trees — Good Lord, what a fool Updyke was — the Iron Bowl rivalry is the worst in the United States.  You read that right.  Not the best, the worst.

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Vandy’s Bowl Challenge Just Got A Little Bit Tougher With Injury To QB Carta-Samuels

austyn-carta-samuels-throwsVanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels has had surgery on his left knee to repair a torn ACL, ending the senior’s career and making James Franklin’s job a bit tougher heading into bowl season.  Carta-Samuels played three games with the ACL tear  and deserves massive praise for being so selfless.  According to Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean, the coach was “emotional” and “teary-eyed” while addressing his quarterback’s status.

“Really proud of that kid,” Franklin said.  ”He rehabbed and was able to come back and was able to get a brace that he was able to practice and play in.  He put the team above himself, and then he had surgery right when the season ended, and he’s going to try to get ready for his Pro Day.”

One must assume that Franklin and team physicians determined that Carta-Samuels was not in danger of doing any further damage to his knee by playing on it.

With Carta-Samuels out, the Commodores will turn to backup Patton Robinette.  The redshirt freshman is more of a runner than a passer, which will likely impact Vandy’s gameplan against Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

For the season, Carta-Samuels was 193-0f-281 (68.7%) for 2,268 yards, 11 TDs and nine interceptions.  Robinette was 40-of-69 (58.0%) for 488 yards, two scores and three picks.  He did run for six additional touchdowns.  Vanderbilt defeated Georgia and Florida with Robinette at quarterback, but they also lost at Texas A&M.  When Carta-Samuels returned against Kentucky, Tennessee and Wake Forest — all wins — Robinette continued to be used as an occasional change-of-pace quarterback.

Still, going from a two-quarterback attack with an established passer to a one-QB attack with a so-so passer won’t be easy against quality competition.  If the Commodores defeat 8-4 Houston it will be just the team’s third win over a winning team in the past two years.  Also, Franklin will have to make sure his team is up for Birmingham’s BBVA Compass Bowl.  Since Vandy’s holiday destination was announced, VU fans have complained loudly and consistently about their team’s trip.  They now need to hope that their moaning hasn’t impacted their team’s view of the game.

We would expect Franklin to actually use the gripes as a motivation for his team.  ”We deserved better, now let’s go out and prove it.”  They’ll just have to do so with one half of the quarterback tandem that led them to their last three victories.

 

 

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SEC Headlines 12/6/2013

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1. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs again presses the case for a one-loss SEC team in BCS title game: “I just think whoever wins the game Saturday belongs in Pasadena. If Missouri knocks off No. 3 and they’re No. 5, look at their strength of schedule.”

2. This is Auburn’s second trip to SEC Championship Game in four years.  ”That’s one more than Alabama and one more than LSU…”

3. In the year of the quarterback in the SEC, an unlikely pair makes it to Atlanta.Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall completed 63.2% of his passes in the month of November.

4. If you want to make Gus Malzhan bristle, call his offense “The Spread.”

5. Malzahn on Missouri’s receivers: “They’re playmakers. They definitely present challenges.”

6. Bryan Burwell on the changes at Missouri:  ”If they remained in the Big 12, Mizzou’s offense would still be heavy on finesse and light on muscle.”

7. If you’re looking for a player that symbolizes Mizzou’s comeback this year, hard to find a better representative that running back Henry Josey.

8. Former Missouri player Lorenzo Williams on the difference between this year’s team and the one that won the Big 12 North in 2007.  ”They’re a much better team than we were.”

9. Missouri will make its 2013 CBS debut Saturday.  First time in 13 seasons that network didn’t televise a team that made it to championship game.

10. You know it when you hear it.  The CBS theme song for college football (never named) has opened every college football broadcast on the network since 1987.

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11. Would Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator Jake Spavital be the answer for Florida’s offensive woes?

12. LSU Freshman tailback/defensive back Jeryl Brazil has been kicked out of the LSU football program.

13. Cotton or Outback Bowl likely for LSU but Gator Bowl also a possibility.

14. Does Georgia’s Aaron Murray deserve Heisman consideration? (One site now projects Florida State QB Jameis Winston in a landslide).

15. Out with an ACL injury and his college career over, Murray will travel to Georgia’s bowl game – but on his own accord.

16. Former Georgia running back Tim Worley on Todd Gurley: “I put him right there with Herschel. Not quite as fast, but I put him right there with Herschel Walker.”

17. Here are 15 projected first-round NFL draft picks from the SEC.  

18. Happy 21st birthday, Johnny Manziel.

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19. Confirmed - Vanderbilt’s Josh Henderson has torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. Our roundup of Thursday night SEC Hoops.

20. With Kentucky playing Baylor tonight at AT&T Stadium tonight, Julius Randle gets to play in front of family and friends.

21. Freshman Bobby Portis has emerged as a key weapon for Arkansas.

22. Florida plays Kansas Tuesday – neither Scottie Wilbekin nor Kasey Hill have been ruled out.

23. Tennessee averaging just 9.9 turnovers a game this year.

24. West Virginia was a good test for Missouri – UCLA on Saturday will be a better one.

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Florida DT Easley Done With ACL Injury?

mrsec-breaking-newsIt was reported this morning that Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley has suffered a torn ACL which would, in effect, end the senior’s UF playing career.  While Will Muschamp has said that Easley “tweaked” his knee during practice yesterday, he would not confirm reports of an ACL tear.  “We will see how it goes,” the coach said.

But a tweet from Easley suggests that he did indeed suffer a serious injury:

 

“Gatornation thank you for all 4 yrs of sticking with me but god has something else planned and have no worries.”

 

The Gators lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel to a broken leg during Saturday’s win over Tennessee.  To then also lose their brightest defensive star just four days later would be particularly cruel twist of fate.

Stay tuned.

Update: Florida confirms Easley is out for the season - tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee.

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Ole Miss Injuries; Torn ACL For Lineman Morris, Torn Meniscus For Linebacker Nkemdiche

Ole Miss has reportedly lost starting offensive guard Aaron Morris for the season with a torn ACL and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche for the next four to six weeks with a torn meniscus.

That four-to-six timeframe means Nkemdiche will definitely some key games for the Rebels and potentially sit out some other ones.  Ole Miss travels to Texas two weeks from today.  After an off-week, the Rebels have a brutal stretch of four straight SEC contests; road games against Alabama and Auburn and then home to face Texas A&M and LSU.

Bruce Feldman talked to Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and says Freeze is optimistic Nkemdiche can return after the Auburn game.

 

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 5/2/2013

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1. The NCAA has suspended new rules that would have allowed unlimited electronic communication between college coaches and recruits.

2.Is Alabama vs. Georgia the top recruiting rivalry in the country?

3. Alabama has offered 2014 linebacking prospect Nyles Morgan.  The 6-2, 220 pound prospect has 31 other offers.

4. Lousiana running back Leonard Fournette is considered by many to be the top prospect in the country but right now he’s focused on track. “I’m leaving the recruiting stuff up to my parents right now. And I won’t focus on football until track season’s over.”

5. Kyle Allen is rated as the No. 5 quarterback prospect in the country in the class of 2014.  Texas A&M is after the Scottsdale, Arizona product.  ”Right now, the schools recruiting me the hardest that I’m feeling the most are probably UCLA, ASU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.”

6. The Aggies have offered a trio of prospects from New Orleans -  linebacker Arthur McGinnis, wide receiver Tyron Billy-Johnson and athlete Deshawn Capers-Smith. The teammates are 2015 prospects.

7. Offensive lineman Bill Weber is getting attention from several schools including Arkansas and Missouri.  The Coppell, Texas lineman attended the Razorbacks spring game with teammate and defensive end Solomon Thomas.  He came away impressed with the knowledge exhibited by Arkansas fans.  ”The fans know their stuff.”

8. Nashville wide receiver Thomas Richard became Missouri’s sixth commitment over the weekend. Heres how his high school coach described him. “As far as ball skills go, Missouri’s getting as good as they can get in the 2014 class. I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of really good receivers, and he’s going to be up there with the top of them when his time’s up at Missouri.”

9. ESPN’s Chris Low: “Over the last three years (2010-12), nobody in the SEC has signed more ESPN 150 prospects offensively than Auburn.”

10. Alabama signee Reuben Foster on what opposing fanbases were telling him - “They told me, ‘I hope you tear your ACL,’ “

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11. LSU’s incoming class rated the 9th best by ESPN, 10th best by Rivals. Here is ESPN’s final 2013 ranking of recruits.

12. Kentucky is one of four schools still chasing top prospect Andrew Wiggins.  Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News says he’s worth the wait. “On the day Wiggins steps on an NBA court, and that’ll happen sooner rather than later, he’ll become one of the greatest athletes ever to play in the league.”

13. 2014 basketball prospect Emmanuel Mudiay on an in-home visit by Kentucky coach John Calipari:  ”He does a good job with his point guards, and that’s a big part that I really look into.”

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Knee Surgery For Georgia Receiver Mitchell, Expected Back In August

malcolm-mitchell-247-ugaGeorgia’s top returning receiver will miss the rest of spring practice. Malcolm Mitchell was scheduled to have knee surgery this morning.  He suffered an injury during last Saturday’s scrimmage and will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He’s expected to ready in August for preseason camp.

Despite playing cornerback early in the season last year, Mitchell had 40 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns.  He missed the 2012 opener with a foot injury and three games in 2011 with a hamstring injury. He’s the second Georgia receiver to miss time this spring.  Michael Bennett is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season.  He’s been running on the side in spring practice.

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WOW Headlines – 4/3/13

Georgia has unveiled re-branded Nike uniforms for all of its athletic teams, but the colors and main “G” logo will remain
Georgia OT John Theus is moving from left tackle to right tackle this spring
Auburn OT Avery Young is hoping to receive a medical redshirt after missing last season
Tennessee S Brian Randolph says his is about 80% recovered from an ACL injury suffered last season
Florida DE Dominique Easley is moving to DT this spring
Ole Miss DE Kaleb Eulls is moving to DT this spring
Steve Spurrier says South Carolina QB Connor Shaw should be 100% by June following foot surgery
BBVA Compass will cease sponsoring a Birmingham-based, SEC-affiliated bowl after this season
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WOW Headlines – 3/27/13

Alabama fell 58-57 to Maryland last night in the NIT third round
Of the six SEC teams invited to take part in postseason basketball, only Florida remains alive
Florida will play Florida Gulf Coast Friday in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament
Ole Miss F Murphy Holloway has been named MrSEC.com’s “Most Productive Player of the Year” in the SEC
Arkansas F Marshawn Powell has announced that he will turn pro rather than return for his senior season
Kentucky C Nerlens Noel missed the last part of the season with an ACL injury but he’s still #1 on several NBA mock draft boards
Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is expected to pursue a contract extension and renegotation this offseason
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has decided to ban himself from Twitter because it had become a “distraction”
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UK Release: Torn ACL For Noel

mrsec-breaking-newsDamn.

According to a University of Kentucky press release, freshman center Nerlens Noel has been diagnosed with a torn ACL after an ugly knee twist suffered during the Wildcats’ loss at Florida last night.  Rehab will likely be in the six- to eight-month range.  What this injury means for Noel’s NBA draft prospects is anyone’s guess.

Like South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore this past football season, we hate to see any great player — or any player, really — go down to injury.  Best wishes to Noel on his recovery.

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