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Wow Evening Headlines 11/29/2012

A high school student from Kerrville, Texas was sent home from school for his haircut depicting Texas A&M freshman phenom Johnny Manziel
Louisville coach Charlie Strong has denied reports that he’s interviewed for the Auburn coaching job
Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is being connected to the Auburn job
CBS analyst Gary Danielson on critics of the SEC: “Until somebody beats them, everybody should shut up.”
Fans are growing impatient as Auburn’s coaching search is on Day 5 and Tennessee’s is on Day 12… it took Kentucky 23 days to hire Mark Stoops
This is first year since 2004 that the SEC will have four coaching changes
Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is expected to enter the NFL draft in April
Alabama fan who sexually assaulted an LSU fan after January’s BCS title game has been sentenced to 2 years in prison
Kentucky hoops coach John Calipari says he expects to be at Kentucky another 6 or 7 years
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Facing A&M’s No-Huddle, Bama’s Saban Backs Off Comments About That Style Of Offense

Back in early October, Nick Saban made news when he talked about the dangers of football’s newest offensive sensation — the up-tempo, no-huddle offense.  Here’s what he said at the time:

 

“I think that the way people are going no-huddle right now, that at some point in time, we should look at how fast we allow the game to go in terms of player safety.  The team gets in the same formation group, you can’t substitute defensive players, you go on a 14-, 16-, 18-play drive and they’re snapping the ball as fast as they can go and you look out there and all your players are walking around and can’t even get lined up. That’s when guys have a much greater chance of getting hurt when they’re not ready to play.

I think that’s something that can be looked at. It’s obviously created a tremendous advantage for the offense when teams are scoring 70 points and we’re averaging 49.5 points a game. With people that do those kinds of things. More and more people are going to do it.

I just think there’s got to be some sense of fairness in terms of asking is this what we want football to be?”

 

So last month, Saban suggested that the NCAA might want to look at no-huddle offenses because those types of offenses can lead to greater player injuries.  He also uttered the words “sense of fairness” — which implies those offenses running no-huddle schemes have an unfair advantage over defenses — in asking “is this what we want football to be?”  (A week later, CBS analyst Gary Danielson backed Saban and said that he believes defenses should be given more time to substitute when offenses are playing “trick ‘em football” against them.)

This week, Saban’s defense will face a pretty good test from Kevin Sumlin’s up-tempo Texas A&M offense.  The storyline of the week: Saban versus the no-huddle.   Well, now Alabama’s coach is trying to back away a bit from his previous comments.

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CBS’ Danielson Says He Might Put A 1-Loss Bama Team In Title Game Over Undefeated Teams

They call it towing the company line.  That’s what Gary Danielson appeared to be doing when asked about the BCS championship race.

USA Today reported last night that CBS’ color analyst for SEC games — and he’s as good as anybody in the business — had this to say about what should happen in Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon all finish undefeated:

 

“My personal tiebreaker is that a conference championship game has to stand for something.  I would penalize Notre Dame for not playing in a conference championship.  So after Alabama, my first nod would be to Oregon, since its conference has earned respect, then Kansas State and only then Notre Dame…

You’d have to put (a once-beaten Alabama team) in the discussion, because they’ve earned it given what the conference has accomplished.”

 

That will no doubt send the rest of the sporting world into a tizzy, but we see his point.  Teams playing an extra game are facing one extra chance to lose.  So losing a conference championship game shouldn’t necessarily deep-six a team that’s been as dominant as Alabama has been this season.

But we’re still talking about a lot of hypotheticals here.  There’s a month of football to play before these arguments really need to be kickstarted.

Danielson will be in Baton Rouge Saturday night for Alabama’s game with LSU.

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Wow Evening Headlines 10/10/2012

The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 met Wednesday in Nashville  to work out the details of their joint bowl game, including a host city.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, recovering from hip surgery, will issue directives via headset to coaches from the press box Saturday against Mississippi State
CBS analyst Gary Danielson says the NCAA should consider rules giving defenses more time to substitute when facing no-huddle offenses
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says crowd noise at LSU will prevent his team from making audibles on Saturday
Alabama coach Nick Saban says Missouri’s offense is “one of the most challenging offenses philosophically” to prepare for…
Missouri – which hosts #1 Alabama Saturday — hasn’t scored more than 20 points in any of its three SEC games
Auburn coach Gene Chizik will make a decision about his starting quarterback against Ole Miss later in the week
Country singer Sara Evans – wife of former Alabama QB Jay Barker – will sing the national anthem at this weekend’s Tide/Tigers game
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WOW Headlines – 10/10/12

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will coach Saturday from the press box after having hip surgery on Tuesday…
The Vols will face Mississippi State in Starkville on Saturday night
CBS analyst Gary Danielson says the NCAA should consider rules giving defenses more time to substitute when facing no-huddle offenses
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says crowd noise at LSU will prevent his team from making audibles on Saturday
Alabama coach Nick Saban says Missouri’s offense is “one of the most challenging offenses philosophically” to prepare for…
Missouri – which hosts #1 Alabama Saturday — hasn’t scored more than 20 points through three SEC games
The sister of Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is expected to make a full recovery after breaking her neck in a car accident
Auburn coach Gene Chizik will make a decision about his starting quarterback against Ole Miss later in the week
Country singer Sara Evans – wife of former Alabama QB Jay Barker – will sing the national anthem at this weekend’s Tide/Tigers game
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UT’s Dooley Downplays CBS’ Danielson’s Play-Call Pick-Up

During Saturday’s game against Georgia, CBS analyst Gary Danielson — who is as good as film-breaker-downer as anybody in college football — announced during the second half of Tennessee’s game that whenever the Vols align in the shotgun format with an off-set tailback a yard behind the quarterback… they run the ball “99.9% of the time.”  Sure enough, every time Danielson pointed it out, Tennessee did seem to run the football.

But even with Georgia keying on that “tell,” UT still rushed for 197 yards against the Bulldogs.  When asked by a fan yesterday about Danielson’s comment, Dooley reminded a booster club of those numbers:

 

“It was a 200-yard rushing game against one of the top fronts in the nation.  For next week, I’m probably going to send Dan (Mullen) our entire run-game package.”

 

Good line.

Tennessee faces Mississippi State in Starkville on Saturday in what could be the make-or-break game of Derek Dooley’s tenure.

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Tweeting The SEC 9/25/2012

A roundup of some of our favorite SEC-related Tweets today…

Suspension Avoided

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Clash in Carolina

Auburn Replies

Gary Danielson on LSU

Did The Tigers Give Up?

Mississippi State Unis

 

Switching Positions

 

Richt on Bray

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Weis Disappointed In UF’s Offense; Danielson Says Muschamp’s Got Little Talent To Work With

Mired in a four-game losing streak — the program’s longest since 1988 — folks in Florida are wondering who to blame.  On Halloween, Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel — a provocateur on par with Woody Woodpecker — asked Gator fans to blame Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp or Charlie Weis for UF’s many offensive woes.  (The fans who voted saddled the ex-Gator head coach with the blame.)

In Weis’ case, the offensive coordinator was realistic about his team’s chances against Alabama and LSU… it’s the last two games against Auburn and Georgia that have bothered him most:


“I thought the rest of that Alabama game (without an injured John Brantley in the second half) was going to be a bit of a struggle.  And going into LSU I thought that would be a bit of a struggle, especially when young Jacoby (Brissett) was dialed up after he hadn’t had a snap, I thought that would have been a bit of a struggle. … I’m probably most disappointed that in the last two weeks, we didn’t make enough plays on offense to win the last two games.

I think that’s probably my biggest disappointment.  They were two games that you can’t say were mismatched opponents.  That’s the thing I’m discouraged about the most.”


Should he be disappointed?  It doesn’t sound like Gary Danielson believes so.  The CBS analyst just doesn’t think the Florida’s staff or its head coach has a whole heckuva lot of talent at their disposal:


“I believe Will Muschamp is doing about as good as he can.  To me, I really think Will Muschamp has a butter knife, basically a dull butter knife of talent in a league that everybody else has steak and you need a steak knife to win in this league.  He has no chance.  He does not have a team put together to compete at the highest level at this league, especially with an injured quarterback.”


Somewhere, Meyer is muttering, “But they’re loaded, I tells ya.” 

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SEC Championship Game Post-Game: Auburn Dominates Carolina

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier looks on the sidelines during fourth quarter of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 in Atlanta. Auburn  won 56-17. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier looks on the sidelines during fourth quarter of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 in Atlanta. Auburn won 56-17. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Well, I was wrong: South Carolina did not beat Auburn. In fact, we didn’t even come close, as Auburn dominated Carolina to the tune of a 56-17 final score. My hat goes off to the Tigers, who proved that they’re clearly worthy of a bid to play against Oregon for the national title. They came ready to play in this game, they came with a good game plan, and they executed more or less flawlessly other than for brief moments late in the second half. Cameron Newton put the finishing touches on an already sterling Heisman campaign. The Auburn defense did its part with a dominant performance.

Carolina cannot say these things for itself. I don’t think that our showing was quite as bad as the final score indicated. This was one of those games that proves that a few slightly off plays here and there can make a huge difference in a game’s outcome. For the first two-and-a-half quarters, Carolina hung somewhat tough with Auburn. However, we generally failed to seal the deal when we had chances to make key plays. The Carolina offense frequently moved the ball into Auburn territory only to see drives bog down. Stephen Garcia was off on a pass to Marcus Lattimore that would have resulted in a TD. On another play, Garcia made a decent third-down pass to Lattimore, Lattimore made a leaping grab, but an Auburn defender pushed Lattimore out of bounds before Lattimore could get a foot down. That play would usually be a good one, but it didn’t work out that time. Spencer Lanning closely missed two key FGs. It was one of those games where the offense seemed to be just a little off its game. The Carolina defense was similarly close-yet-oh-so-far. Carolina got pressure on Newton at times but could never seem to take him down, and in what was really one of the keys of the game, Auburn got a freak TD on a tipped ball in the end zone on a late-first-half Hail Mary.

Against a team like Auburn, you can’t afford to be anything but perfect. As the game went on, Carolina continued to fail to take advantage of its opportunities, and Auburn’s lead began to grow. Eventually, Carolina lost its handle on the game, and the flood

gates opened and Auburn rolled to a lopsided victory. Sometimes it’s only a few plays that make the difference between a close game and a blowout. That’s the difference between good and great teams, however, and after this game, it’s clear that while Carolina had a good team this year, it didn’t have an elite team. We’re not ready to consistently play with the best teams in the country yet.

A few other thoughts on the game:

  • I thought that our schematic game plan on offense was fairly well conceived. We came in knowing we’d have trouble running between the tackles and that we’d have to neutralize Auburn’s defensive line, and I liked the early attempts to run Lattimore outside the tackles, and I thought we did some interesting things in the short passing game. Our undoing was our inability to deal with the blitz.
  • One element of Auburn’s success was the great coverage packages Ted Roof and his staff had drawn up to deal with Alshon Jeffery. At the same time, though,  you have to wonder if we should have tried to figure out more ways to Jeffery the ball.
  • Garcia–whew, man. Pick yourself up after that one.
  • Our secondary has apparently not gotten as much better since the Arkansas game as I thought. A lot of the old problems manifested themselves yet again. Stephon Gilmore–get it together, man. I never expected to see you get manhandled like that.
  • I take back every nice thing I’ve ever said about Gary Danielson after this game. I knew what to expect from Verne before the game, and we got the usual senility. (The best example was when Verne called a five yard gain on a 3rd-and-15 a first down.) But Danielson I usually like for his play-by-play insights. Tonight, though, he was more interested in defending the NCAA’s decision on the Newton pay-for-play situation. Listen, Gary: we know that you’re interested in promoting the SEC / CBS brand, and your discussion of the Newton scandal came off for what it was, an attempt to whitewash the SEC’s image. I don’t know what happened with the Newton case, and I’ve accordingly expressed my unwillingness to pass judgment on the situation until damning evidence comes out. What I do know is that Gary Danielson doesn’t know enough about the situation to say anything substantial one way or the other, and his attempt to do so was shameful. Gary’s claim that we were faking injuries to slow down Auburn’s hurry-up offense was also pretty ridiculous.
  • The CBS crew might have outdid itself, though, when Tracy Wolfson gave herself a (money?) shot of Cammy-Cam Juice. Good God was that surreal. And WTF was up with Newton getting carried onto the field by his “supporting cast”? Ugh. I never thought I’d say this, but I think I might miss Tim Tebow after that one.

That’s a wrap on this one, folks.


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Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina success more impressive than Florida?

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Former Gator Steve Spurrier coached South Carolina to its first SEC Championship Game berth by beating Florida in The Swamp last month. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

When Steve Spurrier took the job at South Carolina six years ago, many questioned what effect it would have on the legacy of the former Gator great. His success at Florida was followed by two miserable years with the Washington Redskins. What could, or did, Spurrier need to prove by taking a job with few resources, little history and little hope of success?

A challenge, it turns out.

It took him six years, but Spurrier has helped create history where there was none. The Gamecocks play in their first ever SEC Championship Game on Saturday, giving them a chance to compete for only the second conference title for the school.

The last was in 1969, an ACC title that came only three years after Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy at Florida.

This game is familiar to Spurrier, who has coached in it more than any other SEC coach. He won it five times and has another SEC title, from 1991, that predates the game.

That level of success is expected at Florida. At South Carolina, getting here is remarkable.

“He’s got a few things working in his favor this year, I will say that. I’m not taking anything away from what Steve’s done. It’s a tough job. They don’t have the kind of history that some of these other teams do. Florida’s down. Georgia had the unfortunate thing with their best player being suspended. Tennessee is down, but you still gotta take advantage of it, and he did,” said CBS analyst Gary Danielson, who will call the game. “

“There were a lot of people telling him not to take that job and he would only embarrass himself again. I give a guy like that credit. He could have rode off into the sunset and play golf the rest of his life.”

Instead, he slowly built the Gamecocks up. This year was the culmination of his work. With improved facilities, he was able to recruit some of the best in-state talent. He made his players believe.

This year, they beat top-ranked Alabama. They won at Florida. They made it to Atlanta.

Chicken curse?

If the Gamecocks can win Saturday, South Carolina fans can forget it and their history.

“Yes, it’s a challenge to try to do some things that have never done before. I do like that,” said Spurrier on Friday. “When I was coming back from that two-year NFL stint, I really want to go somewhere that maybe had not won very much and had a chance to.

“It’s just to try to do some things that have never been done before. So got an opportunity again tomorrow. See if we can make something happen.”

Which is more impressive – Steve Spurrier’s success at Florida or the Old Ball Coach getting South Carolina to the SEC Championship Game?online survey


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