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Spurrier Goes To Slive Over Perceived ESPN-Bama Love Affair

Steve Spurrier is jealous.  Jealous of the way he believes ESPN has been fawning all over Alabama’s Crimson Tide.

Appearing on Dan Patrick’s radio show, South Carolina’s coach said that he went to SEC commissioner Mike Slive to complain about ESPN’s kind treatment of Bama.

Last year, ESPN did an all-access program behind the scenes of Nick Saban’s football program.  Think that kind of thing doesn’t help with recruiting?  The network also ran an ad last December that featured Alabama fans saying “Roll Tide” repeatedly.

To be fair, ESPN has run a number of ads involving “crazy” fans of various schools and teams.  And the network is producing an all-access series at Oklahoma this year.

But that didn’t stop the Ol’ Ball Coach from turning to Slive:

“I said, ‘How much did Alabama pay those guys to do that?’  He said, ‘Oh, they didn’t have to pay them anything.’  I said, ‘Well, what happened to Go Gators or Rocky Top or Go Gamecocks?’  I didn’t think that was all that fair.”

Is it fair?  Probably not.  But networks can’t be expected to provide 100% equal coverage of all 120 FBS schools.  That’s just not going to happen.

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Tebow Says Meyer Will Coach Again

You can add a person to the long list of folks who believe Urban Meyer will coach again — Tim Tebow.  The former Florida Heisman-winner was asked on today’s Dan Patrick radio show if he thought his old coach would step on the field again someday.  According to, Tebow said that he does.

“But he’s proud that he stepped down, and said it took a lot of ‘courage’ and ‘backbone’ to make that decision,” the site reports.

The return of Meyer should be expected at this point.  The coach himself has said don’t call his walk away from the game a retirement.  That said, everyone expected ex-NFL coach Jon Gruden to jump back into coaching after a year away from the pro game, too.  But he’s still sitting happily in the broadcast booth.

Meyer might just find that life is easier when he’s home more often and when the pressure of college coaching rests on some other guy’s head.  And who knows what his family might push him to do behind the scenes?

For now, we agree with Tebow that Meyer will be back.  But we don’t think that’s a dead-solid lock.  Let’s see how his year in the media goes.

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Newton Is A Controversy Magnet

The website has to be the least popular site on the internet for Auburn fans.  Day after day, week after week, if there’s been a controversy or rumor surrounding the AU football team, SportsByBrooks has discussed it. 

Now they’re following up on a Twitter story — ugh — that spread like wildfire last night.  The details:

* Several Auburn and Oregon football players were at the Lakers-Suns NBA game in Phoenix last night.  Cam Newton’s seat was in the lower bowl, while most other players sat in the upper deck.

* Jim Dunaway — a Birmingham television and radio personality — was in attendance and tweeted during the game:

 “Hanging at Lakers-Suns… Pugh and most Auburn players in upper deck… Cam in lower bowl.  Thanks Barkley for the tix.”

* You can guess what happened next.  All the people who live on Twitter — because who doesn’t want to know what Jim Dunaway is doing at all hours of the day? — jumped on the tweet and figured he was thanking Barkley for getting Newton his lower bowl ticket.  And that would be an NCAA violation, right?  Right?

* When asked about the Twitterversy by Dan Patrick today, Barkley said, “Tell those people who are writing this to kiss my ass.  I did not get him those tickets.  But if he wanted tickets I would’ve gotten them for him.”

* Dunaway has since tweeted the following explanation:

“Not that anyone asked, but I was thanking Barkley for getting me and my friends into the game, not Cam.”

Lessons to be learned from all of this:

1.  The sooner Newton is out of the Southeastern Conference the better.  Auburn fans don’t want to hear it — but much of the controversy surrounding this young man comes from his and his father’s own actions over the years.  And Auburn haters don’t want to hear it, but some of the controversy surrounding this young man is utter hogwash and lies.  Everyone — including Tiger fans — should pray that Newton is in the NFL next season.  If not, God only knows what messes we’ll all be forced to deal with in 2011.

2.  Only an idiot — and I’m real sorry to the millions of idiots out there — tweet whether or not they just brushed their teeth or had the best Mr. Pibb of their life or had an irregular bowel movement.  How vain must someone to be to want to share all elements of their life… 140 characters at a time? 

3.  Only a real idiot’s idiot would actually spend more than 30 seconds a day reading Twitter.  Do you really care what Jim Dunaway is doing or where he’s doing it?  Does your life really depend on knowing who’s attending a Lakers-Suns game on a Wednesday night?  Yeesh.  And I thought I led a pointless existence.

4.  Oh, yeah.  You can follow at Twitter by clicking right here.  I mean, hey, if you’re going to waste your time on Twitter…

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