Tag:SEC
Posted on: October 25, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Derek Dooley compares own team to WWII Germany

Posted by Adam Jacobi

If there's one maxim about making comparisons and analogies, it's this: Don't mention the Nazis. Unless the subject directly involves the deaths of tens of millions of people, just leave World War II out of this. And since this is a blog about college football, well, it's pretty safe to say any references would be wildly inappropriate.

With that, here's Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley comparing his team to Germany's army during D-Day or something:

Right now we're like the Germans in World War II. Here comes the boats, they're coming. You have the binoculars, and it's like, 'Oh, my God, the invasion is coming.' That's what they did, they were in the bunkers. It's coming, they call Rommel -- they can't find Rommel. (Pretending to speak into a radio.) 'What do we do? I'm not doing anything until I get orders.' (Pretends to look through binoculars.) 'Have you gotten Rommel yet?'"

"All right, and the Americans were the exact opposite. We hit the beach, and we were on the wrong spot. 'What do we do? I don't know, but these guys are firing and we better hide over there and blow some stuff up to get up there.' They weren't looking for (help). That's where we've got to make that transition."

Now, here's the thing: in a vacuum, there isn't anything immediately wrong with what Dooley said. Yes, his grasp of the historical details is dubious, but Dooley acknowledges that himself shortly thereafter. More to the point, it's not as if he was in any way endorsing any aspect of Nazism whatsoever, of course, nor even addressing the atrocities that preceded and necessitated that American invasion.

But we're not in a vacuum, and there are likely tens of millions of Americans who would prefer not to be reminded of World War II and everything about it when they're just trying to enjoy football. That goes for plenty of other wars, for that matter, and there isn't much need to rehash the awful casualties of those. World War II, however, just happens to be predicated upon one of the most profane displays of inhumanity in the history of the world. It's probably not asking a lot for football coaches to just avoid references to it from here on out.

Here's video of the comments, via Dr. Saturday:

Posted on: October 25, 2010 1:22 pm
 

Matt Simms doesn't enjoy sharing snaps

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In an effort to shake things up with his offense, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley decided to give freshman Tyler Bray some snaps during practice last week and during Tennessee's loss to Alabama on Saturday night.  Obviously, considering the Vols only managed to score 10 points and gain 315 yards of offense in their 31-10 loss, not much changed with the two-quarterback system.

In fact, Bray struggled quite a bit, completing only 5-of-14 passes for 39 yards and an interception.  The man he took snaps away from, Matt Simms, didn't fare that much better, completing only 12-of-22 passes for 117 yards and throwing an interception of his own.  Still, Simms' performance was better than Bray's, and the junior quarterback thinks things would have gone a bit better had he been left in the game.

"I knew the plan going into the game was to get [Bray] a few drives or whatever," Simms said. "By the way things were going in the game at that moment, I really didn't think that I was going to get taken out -- later on in the game maybe. They stayed true to their plan, and I respect that, and I thank them for being honest with me, but at the same time those drives right there, I feel like I need to be out there, because I feel like I'm missing out on plays that could have been made or penalties that could have been avoided."

Simms did go on to say that he appreciated the coaches honesty in the whole situation, but that when it comes to sharing time with Bray that the coaches "know how I feel about that." 

It's easy to understand where Simms is coming from, because no quarterback who has spent the entire year as the team's starter is going to enjoy suddenly sharing snaps.  Especially when the team is losing.  Still, it's because Tennessee is losing that Simms needs to get over it.

While he hasn't gotten much help from his offensive line at all this season, Simms hasn't been very good.  He's thrown nearly as many interceptions (5) as he has touchdowns (7) on the year.  Obviously, Matt Simms: Full-Time Quarterback hasn't been a winning formula for the Vols.  So mixing in Tyler Bray, whom the coaching staff hopes can be the quarterback of the future, can only help in the long run.

So while Simms may not like sharing snaps, he should probably get used to it.  Then, when he is on the field, play so well that the coaches can't take him off the field.
Posted on: October 24, 2010 1:01 am
 

What I learned from the SEC (Oct. 23)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. Cam Newton is the greatest thing to happen to college football since Denard Robinson.   So this isn't exactly breaking news, but OMG CAM NEWTON IS FREAKING AWESOME.  I knew going into Saturday's game that the only way LSU could beat Auburn would be if they stopped Cam Newton, but I also knew that stopping Cam Newton is like trying to stop the Earth from spinning.  Unless Les Miles had control over a meteor -- and he might -- it just wasn't going to happen.  We're only 8 weeks into the season and Newton has already set the single-season rushing mark for a quarterback in the SEC with 1,077 yards.  If he keeps playing like this he should be allowed to take any laptop he wants.  Hell, he can have mine.

2. Nick Fairley is pretty special too.
  I said it during the game on Saturday, and I'll say it again here.  Nick Fairley just isn't going to stop until he has the head of every quarterback in the SEC mounted on his wall.  As great as Newton played on Saturday, the reason Auburn won was because every time LSU dropped back to pass, Nick Fairley was in the back field flinging people around like bean bags.

3. LSU only has so much "luck."
  I knew it was going to be hard for LSU to survive the entire season without a loss with a passing attack that works more like a retreat, and it came to a head on Saturday in Auburn.  Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson were only able to complete 15-of-28 passes for 89 yards.  That's 3.2 yards per attempt.  Against an Auburn secondary that was absolutely torched by Kentucky and Arkansas over the last two weeks.

4. South Carolina really needs Marcus Lattimore. 
We saw South Carolina struggle without Marcus Lattimore last week, succumbing to Kentucky and blowing an 18-point lead in the second half, and the Gamecocks struggled again against Vanderbilt without Lattimore this week.  Yes, South Carolina won the game, but it had a lot harder time handling Vandy than it should have.  The Gamecocks were only able to manage 2.9 yards per carry, and had to rely on Stephen Garcia.   That may work against Vanderbilt, but trust me, having to rely on Stephen Garcia to win games is rarely a good idea.

5. Georgia may just win the SEC East.  It's hard to believe that the Bulldogs are still alive, but they are, and they're dangerous.  They hung 40 points on an SEC opponent for the third straight week and thanks to four Kentucky turnovers, only needed 290 yards of offense to do it.  Oh, and if Washaun Ealey scores five touchdowns in every game, Georgia is going to be tough to beat.
Posted on: October 23, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Auburn-LSU tied in slugfest; Lee out?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Through one half, the LSU defense has lived up to its reputation ... and unfortunately for the visiting Tigers, so has their offense. Gus Malzahn 's dynamic Auburn offense was held to just 10 points and 177 yards in the first half, well below their season averages. While Cam Newton ran for 78 yards and a touchdown, he also threw for only 32 total yards and looked uncomfortable in the pocket against LSU's (arguably) SEC-best secondary.

But those 10 points were good enough for a 10-3 lead until the final 15 seconds of the half, when Jordan Jefferson escaped a Daren Bates tackle at the 10 and sprinted in to tie the game. The play capped a huge 14-play, 78-yard, momentum-changing drive for LSU following a missed field goal by the usually-reliable Wes Byrum , the miss wasting Auburn's own 13-play march. Both teams will kick themselves for missed opportunities; LSU took the ball across midfield on their first three possessions and scored just one 48-yard Josh Jasper field goal.

So who's got the upper hand? LSU will take the second-half kickoff, a big deal in what's shaping up as an extremely low-possession game, but LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee suffered a wrist injury just before the half; Les Miles just said he would play in the second half, but if he can't, can Jefferson throw well enough to keep LSU moving? Can Auburn use their big home crowd to propel themselves into a big second half, as they did against Clemson and South Carolina ? But what if Nick Fairley really has a head injury and has to miss the second half himself?

The Lee injury might tilt the odds slightly in Auburn's favor, but after 30 minutes, things are way too close to call.

Don't forget to stop by Tom Fornelli's live Facebook chat during the second half and have your say.

Posted on: October 23, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Join us for a live chat during Auburn and LSU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Watching college football is fun.  I know, I do it every Saturday for about 13 hours.  This afternoon I'll be watching Auburn and LSU battle on CBS, listening in on the soothing, dulcet tones of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson.   You should watch too, because it should be a pretty good game.

Know what would make the game even better, though?  Chatting about it with me.  If only there was some kind of way to do that.....

Oh, wait, there is!  I'll be hosting a live chat over at our Facebook page in which I'll be talking about the game and answering your questions about what the hell Les Miles happens to be thinking.  So make sure you join me there at 3:30 Eastern.

I promise, it will change your life forever.
Posted on: October 23, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:13 pm
 

Game day weather updates, Week 8

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. You like storms? We got storms. There's a front moving through the nation's heartland, and there's copious amounts of rain all the way from Chicago to Texas. Will this affect Missouri-Oklahoma? All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

Purdue at No. 11 Ohio State, 12:00, Columbus, OH: Upper 50s, clear

Syracuse at No. 20 West Virginia, 12:00, Morgantown, WV: Mid 60s, mostly cloudy

No. 8 Michigan State at Northwestern, 12:00, Evanston, IL: Upper 50s, rain

Ole Miss at No. 21 Arkansas, 12:21, Fayetteville, AR: Upper 60s, cloudy (storms later)

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 12 Iowa, 3:30, Iowa City, IA: Upper 60s, chance of rain

No. 6 LSU at No. 5 Auburn, 3:30, Auburn, AL: Upper 70s, clear

No. 14 Nebraska at No. 17 Oklahoma State, 3:30, Stillwater, OK: Mid 70s, chance of storms

Evening kickoffs

No. 7 Alabama at Tennessee, 7:00, Knoxville, TN: Mid 60s, partly cloudy

No. 3 Oklahoma at No. 18 Missouri, 8:00, Columbia, MO: Mid 60s, scattered storms

Air Force at No. 4 TCU, 8:00, Fort Worth, TX: Upper 60s, scattered storms

Late night kickoffs

Washington at No. 15 Arizona, 10:15, Tucson, AZ: Upper 60s, partly cloudy


Posted on: October 22, 2010 4:08 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:17 pm
 

Patterson's Insane Predictions: Week 8

Posted by Chip Patterson

Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that South Carolina would fail to score a point in the second half against Kentucky a week after knocking off the Tide? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.

Highly Unlikely


Jordan Jefferson's utter distaste for the Auburn Tigers is fully revealed with a historic performance on Saturday.  Last season, Jefferson entered the contest with the Tigers having thrown interceptions in three out of the last four games.  He went on to stun the Auburn defense, throwing for 242 yards and two touchdowns.  Jefferson adds to his record against the Tigers by throwing (gasp) a perfect game as a quarterback.  Jefferson completes 30 of 30 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns with ZERO interceptions to lead LSU in the 35-31 victory in Auburn.  Cam Newton has a chance to win the game in the last minute but Les Miles' spies apprehend him with a planted laptop in his flack jacket.  TIGERGATE!

Severely Unlikely


Tennessee trots out the young Tyler Bray for some snaps against the Tide, and the freshman explodes for 297 yards and a pair of touchdowns in two quarters of action.  Trailing 28-27 with four seconds left on the clock, Volunteers kicker Michael Palardy lines up a 34-yard field goal searching for some sweet redemption for the Tennessee faithful.  A rocking Neyland Stadium drops to silence as Marcel Dareus charges up the A-gap and extends his arm to pull off his best Terrence Cody impression.  History repeats itself and Dareus deflects the kick, celebration ensues on the Crimson Tide sideline.  But there is a flag on the play.  Twelve men on the field is called because Greg McElroy is standing on field, trying to sign language his cell phone number to a Tennessee cheerleader.  Palardy drills the second attempt to seal the upset, and Nick Saban sets McElroy's 'Bama Bangs ablaze with his eyes. 


Completely Ludicrous


While sitting out in a duck blind, former Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster texts in every play call to his interim replacement/offensive coordinator Jeff Horton.  Interestingly enough, Brewster calling plays with no knowledge of down or distance is more effective than having him on the sideline.  The Golden Gophers succeed in knocking off Penn State 28-10, picking up their first conference win of the season.  Coach Joe Paterno tries to get some offensive spark by inserting freshman Kevin Newsome in a wildcat package.  Paterno paces his feeble fibulas up and down the Nittany Lions sideline but can't find Newsome anywhere.  He is back in University Park in Music Building 1, tickling the ivories.  




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Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Walker: Richt has "got to take control"

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the deepest ongoing mysteries in the SEC is why Mark Richt and Georgia simply cannot shake their team's penchant for (mostly) petty lawlessness. There are plenty of other coaches with a more laissez-faire approach to discipline than Richt, and plenty other programs with more character risks on the roster than the Bulldogs ... but almost none of them can match the amazing 11 arrests the Dawgs have racked up this calendar year, with several coming since the start of Georgia's roller coaster of a season.

Not surprisingly, this is a development of some concern for Georgia fans, and no Georgia fan's opinion carries as much weight as Dawg uberlegend Herschel Walker . So when Walker says of Richt ...

"The losses, that is going to concern me as well, but when you got kids that got off-field problems, we need to get into and see what’s going on. Because when you got off-the-field problems, there’s something going on with that program ...

“He’s got to fix it ... He’s the leader there on that team, so he’s got to take control."
... it's the clearest sign yet that if Richt wants to maintain the support of the Dawg fanbase -- particularly in the face of the miserable 1-4 start that put his head on the chopping block before routs of Tennessee and Vanderbilt righted the ship -- he'd best either find a way to keep his players in line, or desperately hope that whatever shoulder-devils have been luring them astray take the rest of the season off.

Walker did say that individual responsibility is "one of the problems I think athletes have today," but left the onus squarely on Richt to solve the Dawgs' problems. As for potential solutions, well, reading the notorious comments section of the Journal-Constitution website is wholeheartedly not recommended, but we can't help but make note of user "Chili"'s useful suggestion regarding Walker's budding mixed-martial arts career:

The next one arrested should have to get in the cage with Herschel.
Yes, please. And hey, at this point, what does Richt have to lose?

 
 
 
 
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