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Petrino’s Son Arrested In Indiana On Eve Of SEC Media Days

On the eve of SEC Media Days, Bobby Petrino’s 23-year-old son, Dominic, has been arrested in Indiana.  The younger Petrino was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of paraphernalia.

The coach issued a statement yesterday afternoon:

“Nick is our son, he is not a member of the Arkansas football team.  As such, this is not a University of Arkansas issue.  Instead, it is a family matter and a legal matter.  My family will trust and respect the legal system and will not comment outside that process.  Becky and I ask that you appreciate and respect the private nature of this issue and understand our lack of further comment.”

Two questions immediately come to mind:

1.  Will this be a distraction for Petrino heading into football season? 

How could it not be?  That said, it’s doubtful that the distraction will be so bad that it impacts Petrino’s ability to prepare his team.  It will likely be on his mind, but it likely won’t have an effect on the Razorbacks’ record.

2.  Will the reporters at SEC Media Days bring this up or give Petrino a pass?  (Petrino will be among the first people to speak tomorrow in Hoover.)

The timing simply could not have been much worse for Petrino.  Not only will he face the press in Hoover, Alabama, but some of that “press” is now made up of web writers who a) have allegiances to teams and b) have no problem wearing those allegiances on their sleeves.  In other words, Petrino not only has to worry that a reporter might ask about the situation — and someone probably will — but he also must be concerned that an LSU or Alabama fan taking part in the proceedings could keep asking about the situation.

Having been to SEC Media Days on multiple occasions, there’s usually a spirit of goodwill in those halls.  With the exception of Clay Travis’ “virgin” question for Tim Tebow a couple of years back, it’s typically not a gotcha!-type setting.  For that reason, we don’t think — think, mind you — that the story of Petrino’s son will be too hot a topic in Hoover.

(Before someone comments that we are parading as real journalists, notice that we made no such comment.  This is a website.  We bring you information and opinion.  Though the people involved in this site have all worked in the mainstream media and most have been schooled in journalism ethics, we know that as a website some of you just aren’t going to trust us.  And that’s fine.  Those who read this site regularly will.  Our regular readers know that we started this site with the goal of covering all 12 SEC schools with complete impartiality — which is probably why we’ve been called a lover/hater of every school in the league at this point.  Those people who know us personally also know that we don’t pull for any one SEC school.  And we sure wouldn’t show up at SEC Media Days in team-specific gear as some of the writers we mentioned above will.  It would have been easy for us to ignore this topic and avoid any comment/email-generated controversy.  But if Petrino is peppered with questions about his son, we believe it’s important you keep in mind that there will be some seasoned journalists in Hoover… as well as a few flat-out fans.  It will be interesting to see who asks what of Arkansas’ coach.  Here’s hoping he’s asked about his football team and not about his son.)

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Malzahn’s System A Good One, But The QB Still Matters

Not knowing exactly who Auburn’s starting quarterback will be this fall — Clint Moseley, Barrett Trotter or true freshman Kiehl Frazier — a lot of Auburn supporters are saying that Gus Malzahn’s system is more important than the team’s choice of signal-caller.  And Malzahn’s scheme certainly thrived last year as the Tigers’ captured the national crown with a 14-0 record.

Here’s what Moseley says of his offensive coach’s system:

“What makes his offense different are the options he gives us as quarterbacks.  If you’re going to stop us on any play, it’s going to have to be a blown assignment on our part.  It’s going to take almost perfect defense.  Some of these plays, he’s got an answer for anything.  He gives us a great opportunity to be successful.”

No doubt.  But if one of the “options” presented is a quarterback draw in which the QB has to bull his way over and through linebackers… will Moseley, Trotter or Frazier be able to duplicate Cam Newton’s amazing ability?

Malzahn has had great success over the years including what would be a career-capping season for most coordinators in 2010.  But once inside the SEC, Urban Meyer’s system looked better with Tim Tebow on the roster than it did before or after him.  The same could be true of Malzahn sans Newton.

Last season, Auburn scored 24 or fewer points in just two of nine SEC contests.  The Tigers averaged a hard-to-fathom 40.2 points per game against SEC defenses.  Final league mark: 9-0.

But in 2009 with Chris Todd in the quarterback role, Auburn scored 24 or fewer points in five of eight SEC games.  They averaged just 25.0 points per game and finished with a conference record of just 3-5.

So were those extra 162 points versus SEC foes in 2010 more a product of “an extra year of study in Malzahn’s offense” or of “the Cam Newton effect?”  I think most would agree Newton was the bigger difference.

That’s not to say Auburn can’t succeed offensively in 2011.  But the wise fan remembers that transcendent athletes are hard to replace.  Georgia wasn’t the same after Herschel.  The 1980s Auburn Tigers weren’t the same after Bo.  And Florida wasn’t the same after Superman. 

Malzahn’s system or not, it’s hard to picture the Tigers being as prolific on offense post-Newton.

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SEC Headlines 7/6/2011

1. Can the 2011 Alabama defense be as good as the 1992 version?

2. Is a two-QB system good for the Crimson Tide?

3. Keep your eye on Auburn freshman QB Kiehl Frazier.

4. Tobias Singleton has qualified at Ole Miss.

5. 100 ways to improve the fan experience at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

6. The assistant recruiting coordinator for Georgia football resigns.

7. Former Tennessee associate head basketball coach Tony Jones is now head coach – at a high school.

8. Georgia – “should be taken seriously.” Auburn – “due for a sizeable tumble.” LSU - “remains the ultimate wild card.”

9. Heavy ticket demand for Auburn-Clemson in September.

10. Jadeveon Clowney – officially enrolled.

11. No suspension for Mississippi State linebacker Deontae Skinner.

12,  Top 25 countdowns: The player - Fletcher Cox. The game - Florida State vs. Florida.

13. The all-time Florida Gators NFL team.

14.Former UK and NFL player James Withrow died over the weekend.

15, Andy Staples lessons for cheating coaches - always pay cash.

16. Comparing football attendance across the South.

17. Chicken or egg? Urban Meyer or Tim Tebow?

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SEC Headlines – 5/25/2011 Afternoon Edition

1. Is Auburn a possibility for Tate Forcier?

2. Running back Mike Blakely signed with Florida – he’s transferring to Auburn.

3. Earnest Ross and Ty Armstrong are leaving the Auburn basketball program.

4. If you want to end up in the BCS title game, don’t start the year as the preseason #1.

5. Tim Tebow talks about his new book.

6. Will Muschamp is pleased with Florida’s academic progress and thinks the media misinterpreted his decision to boot Janoris Jenkins from the team.

7. Mark Bradley: Georgia “is clearly doing something right.”

8. Trey Thompkins body fat may hurt his draft stock.

9. A $100,000 tornado relief donation from Florida Citrus Sports.

10. Jon Soloman on the specifics of the oversigning proposal.


11. CNBC anchor Mark Haines – R.I.P.

12.  Former Kansas City Royals great Paul Splittorff - R.I.P.

13. Guess which team the gamblers love for the Super Bowl?

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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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Muschamp: Brantley Didn’t Have Much Of A Chance In Spring Game

Will Muschamp doesn’t want folks paying too much attention to quarterback John Brantley’s disappointing (4 of 14 for 45 yards) spring game.  Last year’s starter took a beating as he and Urban Meyer’s offense never jelled in 2010.  With Charlie Weis on the scene, it was expected that Brantley would turn things around, but that wasn’t the case in UF’s final scrimmage.


“I don’t think in the spring game, John had much of a chance,” Muschamp said this week.  “We played well up front defensively and had a lot of moving parts up front offensively.  So John didn’t have a whole lot of chance.  Heck, I was standing behind him and saw it coming pretty fast.”

As we wrote earlier this week, Brantley has been through a season in the SEC.  That experience gives him an advantage over the newcomers on the Gators’ QB depth chart. 

We also believe Florida still needs to develop some top flight weaponry to put around their signal-caller.  Last year’s lack of playmakers at running back and receiver was not a first-time thing.  Tim Tebow basically acted as a one-man offense during his senior season in Gainesville the year before.

Until UF develops some consistent contributors at the skill positions, Brantley will — at most — be part of the Gators’ offensive problems rather than the biggest issue.

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SEC Headlines – 4/6/11 Part Two

1.  T-Bob Hebert would rather be a starter at center than a backup all across LSU’s line.

2.  Projected starting tailback Spencer Ware is splitting time between football and baseball in Baton Rouge.

3.  Mississippi State is unveiling plans for a new football complex today.

4.  MSU’s defense had a better day of practice yesterday.

5.  Dan Mullen wants “some high-level performance” as spring practice winds down in Starkville.

6.  A pair of redshirt freshmen are vying for starting slots on Ole Miss’ defensive line.

7.  The Rebels worked on their two-minute offense yesterday.

8.  Which freshman will contribute at Florida this fall?

9.  Statues of Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow will be unveiled at halftime of Saturday’s spring game.

10.  Here are the rules for UF’s glorified scrimmage.

11.  Georgia’s Trey Thompkins says he’s definitely gone, but Travis Leslie might decide to return.

12.  UGA will have more “interchangeable parts” on defense this season.

13.  Senior center Ben Jones isn’t above an occasional tirade if it helps the Dawgs get “back on the right foot.”

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SEC Headlines – 3/7/11 Part One

1.  Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer played touch football this weekend at Disney World.  Gator Nation swooned.

2.  Mark Fox tweeted his team’s NCAA tournament resume yesterday.  (But does the selection committee follow Twitter?)

3.  Georgia will face an improving Auburn team in the first round of the SEC tourney.

4.  We don’t usually cover college baseball around here, but our best wishes go out to Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor who will have spinal surgery today after an in-game collision yesterday.

5.  Brandon Knight’s final bucket of the first half helped turn yesterday’s game at Tennessee into a 64-58 Kentucky win.

6.  As UK recorded a breakthrough road victory, John Calipari’s team showed that it could put up a fight.

7.  DeAndre Liggins was a tone-setter for the Cats.

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SEC Headlines 2/12/2011

SEC Basketball

1. Vandy coach Kevin Stallings doesn’t like these Thursday/Saturday turnarounds.

2. That scheduling combination hits Vandy twice this season while Kentucky avoids it altogether.  The Cats are looking for just their second road win in conference play.

3. Stallings: “Liggins may be the best defender in this league.”

4. A capsule look at the other games today in the SEC.

5. The short turnaround has Alabama worried as the Tide face Ole Miss today.  SEC teams are 2-5 on Saturday when playing Thursday night.

6. Alabama coach Anthony Grant has an “extended conversation” with the coordinator of officials.

7. Jon Solomon: “Steam-blowing time is over.”

8. The Ole Miss Rebels are playing well on the road.

9. LSU has gone from Ole Miss on Wednesday night to Arkansas today without ever making it home.

10. South Carolina has lost five straight games against Eastern Division opponents.

11. The Gamecocks face Georgia today.  Bulldogs guard Gerald Robinson has been struggling.

12. Tennessee is 8-9 in its last 17 games.  The Vols play at Florida  on the brink of league title elimination.

13. What kind of impact can Bruce Pearl have?

14. Florida’s Chandler Parsons is living in the moment.

15. Other than Gators fans, everyone else in the SEC East will be rooting for Tennessee today.

16. The Mississipi State Bulldogs have discovered toughness and togetherness.

17. Evan Woodbury on Rick Stansbury: “Will the 13-year coaching veteran’s first trip to Auburn Arena be his last?”

18. Chris Denson has given Auburn a spark off the bench.

SEC Football

19. Will Jadeveon Clowney qualify?

20. Will Muschamp: “We’re working through the nights.”

20. Mike Bianchi: “Muschamp is going to come down from the papal tower inhabited by Pope Urban, get out among the masses and actually attend booster club functions this spring.”

21. You’ll have to wait to May to get your hands on the Tim Tebow autobiography.

22. How Arkansas’s recruiting class stacks up against the rest of the SEC.

23. Alabama releases its spring schedule and a new director of football operations.

24. Former Kentucky punter Tim Masthay is enjoying his Super Bowl ring.


25. Twitter-gate controversy in Texas. Longhorns guard blames his cousin.

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SEC Headlines – 12/8/10 Part Two

1.  Here’s a statistical comparison of Mississippi State to Michigan ’cause, you know, they play in the Gator Bowl.

2.  Might supply and demand drive Dan Mullen’s salary up? 

3.  Ole Miss’ Dundrecous Nelson sounds likes he’s got a little Allen Iverson in him.  “Practice?”

4.  Andy Kennedy’s team has been having a tough time on the glass.

5.  ESPN’s Lee Corso says Cam Newton just “had the greatest year in the history of college football.”  But how do Newton’s numbers stack up against Tim Tebow’s record-setting 2007 season?  (Pretty darn well.)

6.  This writer says “Cam Newton doesn’t deserve to play for the national title because of quality of character.”  That’s a dangerous road to walk down.  Better not have any skeletons in your own closet, Mike Bianchi.

7.  Mark Fox’s Georgia team knocked off Georgia Tech 73-72 with the help of seven three-pointers from Dustin Ware.

8.  It was the Dawgs’ first win at Tech in 10 years.

9.  Several coaches with ties to Joker Phillips have been mentioned in connection with Kentucky’s new secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator.

10.  John Calipari wants his players to trust their teammates more when they face Notre Dame in Louisville tonight.

11.  UK, Duke, Michigan State and Kansas will play in a new basketball event next November.

12.  Tennessee needs to improve its free-throw shooting.

13.  The Vols are about to welcome Marquette transfer Jeronne Maymon.

14.  Vandy will face a rough road test at Missouri tonight.

15. says the Commodores might pick a new football coach by this weekend.  (Rivals site, FYI.)

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