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Posted on: December 5, 2008 6:21 pm

ATLANTA -- Florida receiver Percy Harvin remains questionable for Saturday's SEC championship game.

While Florida coach Urban Meyer said the Gators' biggest home-run threat would be evaluated after a Friday afternoon practice.
"We're going to hold him until everyone leaves (practice) then we're going to make an evaluation after that," Meyer said.

Harvin suffered a high ankle sprain last week against Florida State.  Harvin's health is the No. 1 subject around the SEC championship game which will determine one of the participants in the BCS title game. The often-injured star averages only 8.7 touches per game but leads the Gators in receiving and is second in rushing.

He was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-American team this week.

 Sometimes you have to find out what you don't want to do.

That's what happened to Steve Sarkisian who will be named the new Washington coach some time after Saturday's season ender at UCLA. It was just a short time ago when USC's offensive coordinator was Al Davis' No. 1 choice to become the Raiders coach.

I was sitting in his office shortly after his marathon interview. The crotchety Davis is thorough, if you consider thorough what the team is going to eat for lunch. That was one of the questions thrown at Sarkisian. It was at that point that he knew the NFL -- at least the Raiders -- was not for him.

His friend and fellow USC coach Lane Kiffin eventually got interested in the job. We know what happened from there.

Sarkisian's departure makes it four assistants that have left Pete Carroll's side in recent years.

Norm Chow -- left for the Titans in 2005 and was fired after last season. He will go against Carroll for the first time on Saturday.

Nick Holt -- left Louisville to join Carroll's original USC staff in 2001. Holt then left to become the Idaho head coach in 2004 and 2005 before returning as defensive coordinator in 2006.

Kiffin -- The son of Monte Kiffin left the staff in 2007 to take the Raiders' job. That unfortunate dalliance that ended earlier this season probably helped him get the Tennessee job last month.

By the way, the Sarkisian deal is done. Both Washington and Sark didn't want it to get out until after Saturday's game but, hey, we have to do our jobs.

Current receivers coach John Morton is reportedly a candidate to replace Sark. Great piece here by theL.A. Times Bill Plaschke regarding the situation.

 For the second consecutive year the nation's No. 1 team is an underdog going into a conference championship. Last year it was No. 1 Missouri losing to Oklahoma. This year it's Alabama giving up 9 1/2-10 points to Florida.

 Hoping for upset in the Big 12, Texas? Congrats, you're actually a part of the four biggest upsets in the Big 12 title game history:

1996 --Texas 37, Nebraska 27. James Brown (the one without the cape) hit Derek Lewis with a 61-yard pass on fourth-and-1 to help clinch it. The game allowed Florida to slip into the Sugar Bowl for a rematch with Florida State. Steve Spurrier won his, and the school's first national championship.

1998 --Texas A&M 36, Kansas State 33 (2OT). Purple people were on pay phones (10 years ago was before cellies) calling for tickets to the Fiesta Bowl at halftime. It looked even better when K-State was up by 15 with 12 minutes left. Sirr Parker's game-winning touchdown catch that his life story was made into a movie. 

2003 -- Kansas State 35, Oklahoma 7. Who needs a Big 12 championship when you're this solid in the BCS? In one of the great BCS fumbles of all time, the Sooners still played in the national championship game despite losing  by four touchdowns. USC got justice later with a split title.

2007 -- Oklahoma 38, Missouri 17 -- This one barely qualifies as an upset. Oklahoma was a three-point favorite but Missouri was No. 1 going in. The Tigers were coming off perhaps the biggest game in their history, beating rival Kansas. They had risen to the top spot but were underdogs  in a game in which Oklahoma rolled.  OU's was the first defense all season to hold Missouri to less than 31 points.

 How does this happen?  Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was named Associated Press' Big 12 player of the year. He was AP's second-team quarterback. Complicating matters further Heisman-wise: Sam Bradford was the first-team AP quarterback. Texas Tech's Graham Harrell was the AFCA first-team quarterback.


 The favorite at Auburn now seems to be Florida State's Jimbo Fisher.  If the school can come up with the money to fund Fisher's multi-million dollar buyout it might work. Fisher has a background at Auburn as quarterbacks coach from 1993-98.



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2008 3:18 pm

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 No one respected Tubbs cause he was such an a$$, but there is already respect for Fisher around the league, he will be good, just not as good as Saban.


Actually I've heard Coach Tubbs has a lot of class and he's big on being a family man... I think the main reason most people didn't like Coach Tubs wish is the same reason I didn't like him.. was that smirk on his face.. I didn't like that grin.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2008 1:34 pm

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Does anyone know what Muschamp's buyout is at Texas. Now that he is "coach in waiting" I imagine they inserted some sort of buyout. I think Muschamp is the perfect fit. Leach will struggle to recruit the South. Yes he has a great scheme but he is looking at 8th or 9th best recruiting classes in SEC and thus maybe 8-4 seasons. Isnt that essentially what got Tuberville the ax? Didn't he average 8-4?

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2008 11:54 am

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Dodd in 1988 Timm Rosenbach of Washington State was named Pac 10 player of the year and first team all Pac 10 over Rodney Peete and Troy Aikman who finished second and third respectively i the Heisman vote. Go figure sportswriters.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2008 11:17 am

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Thanks for the info.  Here's to a GREAT game! 


Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2008 11:05 am

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Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2008 10:46 am

Does anyone know who is home or away?

I feel like Alabama probably should be home, because of the better conference record.  But I'm not sure how it's decided.  I just want to know if Florida will be wearing Blue or White, so I know which jersey to wear today.

Thanks in advance, and GO GATORS!!!

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2008 8:59 am

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As a lifelong FSU fan I say let Auburn have him. I think Bobby made a mistake in giving Dumbo control of the offense (including who plays and who doesn't). Drew Weatherford may not be heisman material but at least he had better stats than almost all the ACC quarterbacks lasty year. He was even on some preseason watch lists, till Dumbo decide he wanted to accelerate Bobby's retirement and put a freshman in (redshirt or not).  Yes the rushing stats have improved, but it looks more like the Oline or Oline caosching that has helped not the offensive package. I for one would not shed a tear  if he took the Auburn job.

Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2008 8:34 am

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Hey Jason,

That could be exactly what this game needs again.  Mentor and Protege.  Can you imagine Nick calling Jimbo early one morning and the secretary answering, and Nick saying, "is Jimbo in?", Sec: "He should be in by 8", Nick: "Yall dont take your football to seriously over there do ya!"

The admiration the Bear and Dye had for each other was great.  No one respected Tubbs cause he was such an a$$, but there is already respect for Fisher around the league, he will be good, just not as good as Saban.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2008 7:08 am

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I'm glad Auburn is not getting Houston Nutt. I hate Houston Nutt but he's a dang good football and I would definally be scared if Auburn hired him. I'm not worried about Jimbo Fisher. He's the coordinator that coached under Saban at one time... just like Pat Dye coached under Bear Bryant.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2008 3:21 am

Fisher is Bobby's Boy

Up to now the sports writers have reported that Fisher was to succeed Bowden when he retired.  Everyone was calling him "the coach in waiting" for FSU.  What has changed that he would now be interested in Auburn.

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