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So The SEC Might Have To Play By Everyone Else’s Rules? Boo-Hoo

It’s only Tuesday and we’ve already had our fill of oversigning talk.  Imagine how much chatter we’re going to hear on that topic by Friday?

With the SEC meetings kicking off today, stories like this one and like this one attempt to frame and explain the battle lines that are being drawn with regards to “roster management.”

Commissioner Mike Slive has hinted at making gradual changes to the current system rather than wholesale changes.  Mississippi AD Pete Boone has said the league won’t be adopting a Big Ten-style rule this week in Destin.

But what if the league did go cold turkey on oversigning altogether?  What if the SEC was forced to play by — you know — the same rules that most other schools choose to play by?

If that happened — and we don’t expect that it will — we here at MrSEC.com, would turn a deaf ear to the whining and whimpering that multi-millionaire coaches would no doubt make over the fact that they would now have to face the same roster-building limitations that other coaches in other leagues face.

Does that make us anti-SEC?  Nope.  It actually means we have more faith in the coaches, the money and facilities they have to work with, and the ridiculous depth of talent that’s produced in the nine SEC states than the coaches themselves seem to have.

The SEC has enough history, tradition, and talent to dominate the national landscape without having a built-in advantage when it comes to roster-building.  So here’s hoping the SEC’s presidents don’t put too much stock in the boogeyman stories their coaches have been telling them about life with an — egads — level playing field.

For that matter, perhaps some of the league presidents might want to ask their coaches why they demand such exorbitant salaries if, in fact, they’re simply benefiting from a big, built-in advantage they have over coaches in other leagues.

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Former VU Coach Joins Clemson Staff

Former Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell — the man who got all of one year to prove himself in Nashville — has landed himself a job on Dabo Swinney’s staff at Clemson.  Caldwell will coach the offensive line for the Tigers next year.

Ironically, Caldwell will replace another former SEC head coach on Clemson’s staff.  Former South Carolina head man Brad Scott is leaving the O-line position to take a job in Clemson’s athletic department.

Caldwell coached at Vandy from 2002 through this past season when he was thrust into the head coach’s role mid-summer.  The Commodores finished with a 2-10 record, identical to the final mark of Bobby Johnson who abruptly retired last July (ruining one day of my own Las Vegas vacation, I might add).

Like most media members who follow the SEC, we at MrSEC wish Caldwell nothing but success.  His entertaining persona will be missed at Media Days in a few months.  I’m pretty sure no one expects James Franklin to tell any stories of turkey insemination.

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NCAA Rules Kanter Permanently Ineligible

Kentucky basketball signee Enes Kanter has been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.

Kanter was first ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Nov. 11 when it was determined that Kanter received benefits “above his actual and necessary expenses” while he played for a professional team in Turkey from 2008-09. Kanter received $33,033 more than the permitted expenses, according to the NCAA.

The ruling from the NCAA that Kanter is ineligible should not be a surprise, writes John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader:

“There was no dispute that Kanter received money. UK’s wanted the NCAA to look at the intent, where the money was concerned. The NCAA only saw money. And that made Kanter a professional.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the following in a released statement:

“The silver lining is that Enes will always be part of this team. My job will be to prepare him for his entry into the NBA draft, which this decision by the (NCAA) will likely necessitate. Enes will always be a part of our family and I plan to be by his side in the green room whenever he is drafted.”

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Thanksgiving Basketball Game Night Open Comment Thread

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Wait . . . what? It’s Thanksgiving, and we’re flipping away from NFL football and the Texas-Texas A&M game to watch Georgia basketball?

Well, as a matter of fact, yes, we are, because Mark Fox’s Bulldogs are 3-0 with a pair of two-point victories, and the Red and Black are in Orlando to take on Notre Dame in the Old Spice Classic, so put away some turkey and dressing, unbuckle your belt, relax in the recliner, slap on some of your grandfather’s aftershave, and watch some SEC basketball!

Your observations go in the comments below.

Go ‘Dawgs!


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Happy Thanksgiving From MrSEC.com

Before sitting down in front of the Patriots-Lions game today, we wanted to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.

We here at MrSEC are thankful for all of you who visit us on a daily basis.  We take your time seriously.  We’ll try not to waste it.  Even on a holiday — as proven by our numerous links and stories today.

We’re also thankful for all the radio shows, producers and hosts out there who’ve been kind enough to ask us to join ‘em this season.  And a major thanks goes out to the folks at CSS who’ve been way too kind to us this football season.

Now go enjoy some football and/or turkey… and we’ll see you bright and early right back here tomorrow morning.

Blessings to you all of you…

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Thank You

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It’s Thanksgiving, and we Tiger fans have much to be thankful for.  Before we indulge in the annual ritual in which we ingest our own body weight in food, and then pass in front of the TV watching truly terrible football games, I wanted to take this moment to say thank you to some people. 

Thank you to Les Miles.  OK, I don’t think Les reads ATVS, but if someone who does knows him, please pass along the message.  Les’ teams win, they play hard, they play with emotion, they represent the school in the best possible way, and most of all, they are entertaining.  Les Miles’ tenure has brought the most exciting football seasons of my lifetime.  Every game is adventure and football is, well, fun.  The way it’s supposed to be.

Thanks to all of the seniors.  This class has been through a lot, and they’ve been the first group to survive four to five yer of the Les Miles era.  You are stronger people for it, especially your hearts.  I can’t imagine a Tiger senior ever feeling pressure in the “real world”.  Thanks to the Cookie Monster, we’ll leave you a plate of cookies.  Thanks to Absolute Zero, you’ve been a tremendous leader.  Thanks to Jasper, even though we never got around to giving you a nickname, you are still the greatest kicker in LSU history. 

Thanks to every opposing punter who ever kicked to Patrick Peterson.  It gave us all the chance to kneel before Zod.  Peterson is likely off to the NFL, where he’ll make millions upon millions of dollars, and we would never begrudge a player that chance.  He’ll wear another uniform, but he will always be a Tiger.  Thank you for three spectacular years. 

Thanks to the trainers, team managers, and all of the support personnel involved with the team.  These are the people who work long, thankless hours to keep LSU football going.  And not just the on-field personnel, but the less glamorous jobs like cleaning Tiger Stadium after the fans trash it every week, selling tickets, and everyone in the administrative buildings.  They’ll never have a moment in the spotlight, but we do appreciate all that you do for LSU.  You are true Tigers.

Thank you to James Stampley.  No, he’s not our best player, not by a wide margin.  But he’s an inspiration to me.  Stampley was a walk-on two years ago with little chance of ever seeing a scholarship or making it to the field.  When the need for a fullback arose, he stepped up and filled it.  He doesn’t just have a scholarship, he’s a starter.  This was simply unimaginable when he first stepped foot on campus, and it is a testament to his hard work and commitment.  I have nothing but the utmost respect for that.

Thank you to both quarterbacks.  Speaking of guys who have demonstrated hard work and commitment.  Jefferwswag and Lee have both been hailed as saviors and denounced as worthless.  Several times.  They have both endured criticism that would make most of us pack up and quit.  Both of them have kept working and while the road has been rocky, both of them have contributed to a team that has won at least 10 games this year. 

Hell, thanks to every player.  LSU football is a religion, so enjoy your four to five years as the high priests.

Thank you to the assorted media, who has spent all year telling us how LSU isn’t that good or how our wins don’t count.  This year wouldn’t be as special without your constant negativity.  Regardless of how these last two games go, the 2010 team will be one of my absolute favorite LSU teams.  This team was picked fourth in the SEC West, and now they are on the verge of a BCS Bowl and still are in the national title conversation (it’s not likely, but neither was 2007).  Every week LSU wins, and every week we endure an avalanche of article on why that win wasn’t impressive enough.  Nothing rallies a team or a fanbase like a siege mentality.  Without the skeptics, this team would have had no one to prove wrong. 

But most of all, thank you.  Yeah, you.  I’m humbled and a little amazed that we have so many loyal readers, and that the size of the ATVS community keeps growing.  Thank you for constantly keeping me honest and calling BS when I go too far.  Thank you for the debates we constantly have in the comments.  Thank you for the running jokes, and laughing at mine.  We have a smart and sharp-witted community here, and I’m constantly checking the comments to see what y’all will say next.  The articles are my chance to stand on a soapbox, but the fun of this site is when my ranting ends and our dialogue begins.  We simply have the best commenters on the web.  Thanks to Richard for initially giving me the chance to write here, and to PodKatt for keeping me on.  But mostly, thanks to you for reading.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it.

Now, let’s go eat some turkey.  


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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Like most of you, I have plans for the day that involve family, food, and football, so I intend to be away from the weblog for the better part of the next several hours, but, before diving into the turkey and dressing, I wanted to take a moment to honor the seasonal sentiment of the holiday by expressing my gratitude for the many blessings God has heaped upon me, not the least of which is the opportunity to interact here with all of you who frequent the site and make the time dedicated to it worthwhile. Much obliged.

Since Mark Fox’s Hoop Dogs will be in action this evening, I have a basketball open comment thread set to appear around the time you’ll be sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, so please drop in and take part in the conversation if you can. Wherever you are and whatever your obligations are on this day, though, I send my best wishes to each of you for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving.

Go ‘Dawgs!


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