January 12th, 2012 12:33 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: John Cooper, NCAA, SEC, Southeastern Conference
Former Ohio State head football coach John Cooper — a college football Hall of Famer who went just 2-14 against the SEC during his career — took a couple of shots at the Southeastern Conference on a Cleveland radio station this week.
“I see some of these teams, the Auburns. I’m told, I don’t know and I haven’t coached in that league, but I’m told that down south the Alabama’s and LSUs and some of these teams that have these great players, that maybe the NCAA needs to look into their situation. Those teams have been on probation. As you know, Alabama’s certainly one of the most penalized teams in college football, as is the Southeastern Conference. We say the SEC’ the best and they are the best, but they’ve also had more NCAA violations than probably all the other leagues put together the last 10 years.”
You can bet Cooper won’t be getting a Christmas card from Mike Slive. And it’s likely Nick Saban won’t appreciate comments tying his current program to the cheating ways of Bama’s past.
As Cooper points out, several schools in the SEC have been and are on NCAA probation. By definition, that means the NCAA has already looked “into their situation.” They just didn’t find anything as scandalous as the decade-long cheatapalooza that they discovered at Ohio State.
Second, Cooper dissed the league’s quarterbacks:
“They don’t have many skilled quarterbacks. I thought Alabama’s quarterback last night was OK. I thought LSU’s was awful and I don’t know if there’s another good quarterback, maybe the young kid at Georgia. But I don’t know if there’s another good quarterback in the whole league.”
Of the top 25 passers in the nation according to passer rating, the SEC had three: Tyler Wilson (22), Connor Shaw (23), and AJ McCarron (25). Georgia’s Aaron Murray finished #26.
The Big Ten — by comparison — had two of the Top 26: Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson (a one-year transfer from NC State) who was ranked #1 and Dan Persa (13) of Northwestern.
Cooper then finished the interview, went outside, and told a group of kids to stay off his lawn.
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