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SEC Football Coaches “Structure” An Attack On Proposed Slowdown Rule

gfx-they-said-it4If you’ve noticed many of the up-tempo-inclined football coaches of the SEC saying many of the same things regarding a proposed rule change to slow down the game… there’s a reason.  Several of the league’s coaches have been working the media and members of the Football Rules Committee with a similar script.

On Tuesday, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze had this to say regarding a proposal to allow 10 seconds for defensive substitutions between plays:


“We’ve kind of structured a nationwide attack of how we’ll go about (getting our) voices heard before this is final.  From our conference, Coach (Kevin) Sumlin, Gus (Malzahn), myself and Coach (Butch) Jones ahve led the way the most and Coach (Steve) Spurrier.  We divided up names that we were going to call that we felt like had an interest in this.”


The battle over the rule — a battle that will be won by the no-huddle, up-tempo coaches, by the way — is being fought squarely in the Southeastern Conference.  While the aforementioned coaches are against the rule, Nick Saban and Bret Bielema have made it clear they’re in favor of it.  Saban because of injury risk and officials not being in the proper position to view hurry-up plays; Beilema for every reason under the sun, including “death.”  Literally.

Freeze added: “There’s a very important conference call tomorrow that the rules committee is maybe being instructed to reconvene and be sure their thoughts are all the same after the feedback has been received.  We’ll see if they continue after their meeting or whatever it is tomorrow; if they get together and decide this is going to move forward then we hope and pray that the prop committee see that there’s not adequate evidence under the umbrella of player safety to push that rule through in a non-rule change year.”

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun — the head of the committee — has already said publicly that he does not believe the proposed rule will be approved without “pretty resounding (evidence)” that “it is a safety concern.”  To date, no such evidence has been put forward.  Which is why we don’t think this thing should be of very much concern for fans of no-huddle, up-tempo teams.

Though fighting against a windmill at this point, Saban has finally began pushing the rather obvious point that we have shared in recent weekslogic dictates that playing more plays increases the risk of injury.

“The fastball guys (up-tempo coaches) say there’s no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic,” Alabama’s coach told ESPN.  ”What’s the logic?  If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20?  I guess there’s not study that specifically says that.  But logically, we would say, ‘Yeah, there probably is.’”

But without evidence, there will be no rule change this year.

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Sumlin Says Manziel’s Draft Decision Coming Soon

johnny-manziel-holds-ball-smilesTexas A&M fans apparently won’t have to wait long to find out if Johnny Manziel is coming back for his junior season. Coach Kevin Sumlin says he expects the decision to come soon. Here’s what he said on ESPN Radio Friday.


“My job is to get him all the facts that we can get him. We’ll have that discussion after the Missouri game, certainly during the bowl preparation. I’m sure the announcement will be made at that time.”


The Missouri game is a week from today. The earliest SEC bowl game is December 30th.  Several mock drafts have Manziel going in the first round.

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SEC Headlines 7/18/2013

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1. Official launch date announced for new SEC network - August 21, 2014.

2. Gator Bowl finalizing agreement with SEC as “anchor team.” Bowl has finalized deals with ACC and Big Ten to serve as opponents.  Same setup at Music City Bowl

3. LSU plays Florida and Georgia from the East.  Alabama plays Tennessee and Kentucky.  ”That’s the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.”

4. Did Kentucky coach Mark Stoops diss the Georgia Bulldogs? “On our side of the division, certainly you have to look at Florida and South Carolina.”

5. What’s the status of three A&M players arrested this offseason?  Coach Kevin Sumlin says decision will be made at  ”an appropriate time.”

6. Johnny Manziel may be ready to leave College Station.  Not so lineman Jake Matthews. “ I just love the atmosphere and the feeling of College Station..”

7. Manziel wins an ESPY award as the best male college athlete. What would life be like at the Johnny Manziel football camp?

8. Jadeveon Clowney wins an ESPY for his hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl.

9. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray doesn’t fear Clowney – but he does respect him.

10. When asked about defensive ends, two Tennessee linemen both mention Florida’s Ronald Powell.

11. In defense of Missouri quarterback James Franklin: “He shouldn’t be a divisive figure or a target but a rallying point…”

12. Bernie Miklasz on Dorial Green-Beckham and Missouri’s depth chart:  ”I’m more concerned about the real games, not the depth-chart games.”

13. It’s no secret that Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wants players out of Texas.  ”There are a lot of good players in Texas, and if certain schools in the state aren’t doing that great, it opens up an avenue for us to get into.”

14. Bielema on the team’s new football center: “I’m not saying we’re going to be the top in the country, but we’re definitely in the upper division now…”

15. JUCO-transfer defensive tackle Lavon Hooks looks to make an immediate impact at Ole Miss.

16. What’s it like to work at the Alabama student paper? “Football is everything…Teachers, students, administrators, everybody is tuned into the football team.”  Want proof?

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17. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin getting a $50,000 raise.

18. Former Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow granted immediate eligibility at Georgia State

19. With the departures of  Trevor Lacey and Devonta Pollard, Alabama down to nine scholarship players.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 4/10/2013


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1. A former Auburn commit now says wants to play at Alabama. Jovon Robinson originally signed with Auburn. The running back  left the school after an NCAA investigation into his high school transcripts and is now at Georgia Military College where’s he working to regain eligibility.  Regardless of where goes, he’s not eligible to play Division I football until December 2014.

2. Alabama is also after a 2014 Auburn commit.  Lineman Josh Casher committed to Auburn back on March 31, calling it “the perfect fit.” After earning offensive line MVP honors at the Rivals camp over the weekend, Nick Saban called today. Here’s what his high school coach told ”I figured after this weekend, they probably would. They had been recruiting him. They never had backed off him, actually — just as far as an actual offer, they hadn’t yet.”

3. Miami, Florida running back Dalvin Cook flipped from Clemson to Florida over the weekend.  This is a win for the Gators in the Miami area.  If the commitment sticks, Cook will be the first commitment from Miami since  Jabari Gorman in 2011.

4. Hebron, Texas defensive back Jamal Adams has over 20 offers.  Florida is one of the schools he plans to visit over the summer but next week, he’s headed to Texas A&M.  ”I’m excited about heading down to Texas A&M. They are definitely on the rise. Coach (Kevin) Sumlin is getting them right down there. Johnny Manziel doing a great job of leading the team too,” he said. “I’ve been to pretty much all of the Big 12 so I want to see something different. I want to see what the SEC is all about.”

5. Kyler Murray is one of the top prospects in the class of 2015 and a Texas A&M legacy.  Kyler’s father, Kevin Murray, played for the Aggies back in the 1980′s. While the Aggies have not officially offered Murray, he is reportedly high on their radar.

6. Here’s a look at Georgia’s 2014 commitments

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7. Madisonville, Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins is headed to Lexington this fall. He announced his commitment to play for John Calipari this morning.  Calipari had offered Hawkins a scholarship back on March 12, but he kept it a secret.  He told just two people -his mom and his girlfriend – that he had received the offer.  ”That’s it,” he said. “I could trust them, so that’s the only two I told.”  Hawkins will be the 17th Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky to play for the Wildcats.  Here’s a Q and A he did with the media after today’s announcement.

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Gameday Links: Texas A&M At Louisiana Tech

1. Coach Kevin Sumlin seems to be making the right progress in his first year at Texas A&M.

2. The quarterback battle will be worth watching betweens the Aggies and Bulldogs.

3. Here are some matchups to watch in tonight’s game.

4. Tonight presents a great opportunity for 5-0 Louisiana Tech.

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