Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:34 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 1:35 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
LSU fans have long wondered why Les Miles has been so loyal to his quarterback Jordan Jefferson even though Jefferson has struggled so much on the field. Many theories have evolved over time, though none of them get to the truth. That truth being that Les Miles is the craziest genius to ever walk the sidelines of a college football field.
Or it could just be the naked photos Jefferson has of Miles. But no need to worry about those any more, coach. According to one LSU fan who called into a local radio show with the LSU coach, those photos have been confiscated.
Yes, that is Les Miles laughing at the joke. Even if the host, LSU play-by-play man Jim Hawthorne, doesn't find it all that funny, Miles knows a good joke when he hears it. Even if he doesn't have a chance to hear the whole thing.
Had the caller had a chance to explain how he came upon the photos, he'd likely have explained that Jefferson was trying to pass them on to a teammate when he intercepted them.
Hat tip: Deadspin
Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:40 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier announced today that he's starting Kenny Miles at tailback for his Gamecocks' game this weekend against Vanderbilt. Miles is quite conspicuously not Marcus Lattimore, who sprained an ankle in last week's contest with Kentucky.
Gamecocks fans have every reason to be nervous about this development; Miles led South Carolina in rushing last season with 626 yards, so he's not untested. At the same time, though, the Gamecocks' rushing offense was 91st in the nation last season; with Lattimore in the fold, they've been up at 69th and rushing for 25 more yards per game. More importantly, before the Kentucky game, South Carolina was 4-1 and on pace to significantly better its 2009 record of 7-6.
But Lattimore's absence is even more immediately problematic for the Gamecocks. When he hurt his ankle last weekend, South Carolina was leading 28-10. When Miles replaced Lattimore, South Carolina was outscored 21-0 and lost by three points. That's not to put the loss all on Miles -- he wasn't exactly tasked with guarding Randall Cobb, after all -- but Lattimore's effect on a game can't be underestimated. Until the freshman's ankle heals, South Carolina's offense will more closely resemble its 2009 iteration, and that's not a good thing.
Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:24 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The Florida Gators are on a bye this week, but when they do return to action next week against Georgia, the Gators may have an old weapon back. During his weekly appearance at the SEC teleconference on Wednesday, head coach Urban Meyer said that Chris Rainey is once again eligible to play for the Gators. Rainey returned to practice last week, but has had to sit out for the last five weeks following his arrest for aggravated stalking.
Still, just because Rainey is eligible to play, Meyer didn't want anyone to make the mistake that all this means he will play.
“Chris Rainey is eligible to participate in the Georgia game, but I’m not saying he will,” Meyer said. “That hasn’t been determined.”
No, it hasn't been determined, but trust me, Rainey will be playing against Georgia. You don't let him start practicing again and then restore his eligibility for him to sit on the sideline while your struggling football team battles for its life. The fact is that while Rainey may not be the answer for what ails Florida, his return certainly wouldn't hurt the team's chances.
So unless Rainey manages to get himself arrested during Florida's off week, he's going to be on the field against Georgia.
Posted on: October 19, 2010 3:44 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Following an upset win over South Carolina on Saturday, Kentucky wideout Randall Cobb went to his Twitter account and went off on Kentucky fans for what he deemed a lack of support. Cobb said that he enjoyed hearing the crowd tell the Wildcats they sucked and that they couldn't even fill the stands with a top-ten team in town, before letting them know that basketball season was just around the corner.
Except he said it with worse grammar.
Well, now that he's had a few days to think about it -- also known as getting yelled at by his coach and talked to by the school's pr department -- Randall has seen the error of his ways and issued an apology on Tuesday afternoon.
“First off," Cobb told reporters . "I just want to start off by saying I made a mistake. I did. I messed up. I take blame for everything I said. I know I was wrong. I was wrong for the fact that I took a small percentage of our fan base and lumped them all as one and made it all whole. That’s not how our fans are. 99 percent of our fans are great fans. And they know that. They’ve been there supporting us throughout the years. I took a small chunk and made it something big, and I can’t do that. I made a mistake, I’m a man, I admit my mistake and I just want to let everybody know that I’m sorry and I hope they can forgive me.”
While saying he's sorry is a great first step, I think if Cobb really wants to win the fans back he should take them out to Red Lobster for some cheesy biscuits.
As for whether or not Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips plans on instituting a no-Twitter policy, the coach said he has no plans to do so. According to Phillips, it's fine if the players tweet, but that they have to "be smart about it."
Hat tip: CFT
Posted on: October 19, 2010 1:28 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
I turned 30 recently, and it's somewhat of an odd age. On one hand, I realize that I'm not a kid anymore, but at the same time, I sure as hell don't feel like a full-fledged adult yet. Still, the signs are starting to creep in, and they're scary. Just the other day the words "kids these days" came out of my mouth, and they came out in a direct, non-sarcastic tone.
I don't want to turn into that person that compares the world of today with the world of my youth, or how things were when I was younger. I'm afraid that when it happens I'll officially be old.
This is not a fear that Nick Saban has. He's in full-blown "back in my day" mode at the moment, particularly when it comes to questioning the toughness of today's football player. Following his team's win against Ole Miss on Saturday, the Alabama taskmaster went on a bit of a rant about it.
"That's what I tell the players all the time, and they hate to hear it, but now I'm going to say it publicly so they can really get upset about it," said Saban.
"You're telling the other guy you're beating me up, I'm hurt and I'm going to stay down here. It's just like a boxer. If you go down, get up. If you've got to come out for a play, come out for a play. But that's just me. I'm old-fashioned. I know they don't make 'em like they used to. ...
"But a guy lays on the ground and eight trainers go out there and everybody thinks he's hurt and he gets up and runs off the field. When I played, my coach, you wouldn't want to meet him on the sideline. So if you stayed down, you'd better really be hurt."
While Saban brings up some good points -- I'm tired of guys rolling around on the ground like they've been shot because they have a cramp -- he also misses one giant one completely. He also has horrible timing considering Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand being paralyzed over the weekend.
Still, the one point Saban truly misses on is one he kind of makes. It's true, they don't make players like they used to anymore. The players of today are bigger, stronger and faster than the ones of the past. Which means that collisions are more violent, and will lead to more injuries. Bones are still bones, after all, and those things can break.
Saban could just ask his own wide receiver Julio Jones, who finished the South Carolina game with a broken hand. Is that tough enough for Saban?
Some other things Saban thinks they just don't make like they used to? First, hair gel. "They're all scented now and make me smell girly." Then there are scholarship limits. "Why the hell can't I sign every player in the country!? If they want to come here, why can't I have them?"*
*Those last two quotes may not actually be true.
Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:40 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:44 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
Ask any Arkansas fan, Ryan Mallett was sorely missed on the field in the second half of the Razorbacks 65-43 loss to Auburn on Saturday. When Mallett went down after a blow to the head in the second quarter, backup quarterback Tyler Wilson did his best impression of the Razorbacks starter for as long as he could. Wilson threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns in just over two quarters of work, but two interceptions in the fourth quarter helped the Tigers pull away late. The good news for Razorbacks fans is head coach Bobby Petrino seems to think Mallett will be back this week, perhaps as soon as Tuesday.
“Yesterday he was asymptomatic,” Petrino said Monday at his weekly press conference. “He’ll go through series of tests today, this afternoon. Best-case scenario, he comes out and practices tomorrow, but I don’t know that yet. He has no headaches and he has no symptoms from the concussion. So that’s very, very positive.”
Petrino will prepare Wilson for Saturday's match up with Ole Miss, but all signs seem to point to Mallett taking the field.
Posted on: October 18, 2010 7:20 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Now that we've reached the halfway point of the season, we have a lot better idea of which teams to take seriously, and which ones we can forget about. Of course, there's still a lot of football to be played this season, so in the Midseason Report we'll be taking a look at what each team has remaining in front of them, and what they'll have to do to call themselves conference champions. In this post, we'll take a look at the SEC.
1. South Carolina (4-2, 2-2) - The Gamecocks may only be 2-2 in conference play this season, but in the 2010 version of the SEC East, that's all it takes to be on top. The question is whether or not Steve Spurrier and South Carolina can stay there. A question that is hard to answer when your quarterback is the completely unreliable and unpredictable Stephen Garcia. As we saw against Kentucky, the Gamecocks need Marcus Lattimore to stay healthy down the stretch if they're going to hold on and reach the SEC title game. The good news is that they have two very winnable games up next on the schedule in Vanderbilt and Tennessee. After that, however, they get Arkansas and Florida in The Swamp. All four are winnable games, but if the SEC has taught us anything this season, it's that every game is losable as well.
2. Florida (4-3, 2-3) - Oh the SEC East, the one place in the country where losing three straight conference games still leaves you in control of your own destiny. Sure, the Gators are 2-3 in the SEC, but all three of those losses came against SEC West teams. Which means that if Florida wins out it'll be going to Atlanta. The Gators play Georgia, Vanderbilt and South Carolina to finish out their SEC slate over the next three weeks, and both of the tough games (Sorry, Vandy) either come at home or at a "neutral" site. What will determine whether Florida can get it done is which offense shows up. Will it be the unit that managed to put up 29 points against a tough LSU defense, or the one that couldn't break double-digits against Alabama and Mississippi State ? I wish I could say I knew, but getting Chris Rainey back can't hurt.
3. Georgia (3-4, 2-3) - Yes, that's right, Georgia is still alive in the SEC East. Forget about those four straight losses that left us all wondering if Mark Richt would survive the season, the Bulldogs have exploded the last two weeks and are right in the thick of things. The problem for Georgia is they have no room for error, and have already lost to South Carolina this season. So even if they do survive a trip to Lexington this weekend -- something Auburn barely did, and South Carolina couldn't -- they still have to play Florida in Jacksonville and travel to Auburn. Yes, seeing the Bulldogs outscore Tennessee and Vanderbilt 84-14 over the last two weeks was encouraging, but let's not forget that Tennessee and Vanderbilt are horrible.
4. Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-2) - Listen, I'm not going to pretend that Vanderbilt has any chance of winning the SEC East. It's just I have to include them because the way the dominoes have fallen thus far in the season, they're not out of contention yet. So, yes, Vandy has a chance to win the SEC East. I also have a chance at convincing Megan Fox to drop the dude from 90210 and marry me instead. Let's see which one happens first.
5. Kentucky (4-3, 1-3) - Kentucky is in the same boat as Vanderbilt in that it's alive, but barely. Though to Kentucky's credit, they've been a lot more impressive than Vanderbilt. The Wildcats nearly knocked off Auburn and did take down South Carolina, and the tough part of the schedule is done. The problem is that not only would Kentucky need to win out, but they'd also need quite a bit of help from everybody else.
1. Auburn (7-0, 4-0) - Cam Newton is the new Tim Tebow, but this kid isn't nearly as interested in quoting the Bible as he is in running over defenses. I have no doubt that Newton is good enough to lead this Auburn team to the SEC title game, but the Auburn defense leaves me incredibly concerned, as does its remaining schedule. The Tigers get LSU at home this week, and then have three winnable games before finishing the season in Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl. If Auburn can overcome its defense and win out then I don't think there's any question that this team will be playing in Arizona come January with a crystal football on the line.
2. LSU (7-0, 4-0) - Can you comfortably say that you can predict what Les Miles is going to do next? No, of course not. The man is insane, and his team seems to have taken on the identity of its bi-polar head coach. The most worrisome aspect of the Tigers is obviously the offense, and you have to figure that at some point Jordan Jefferson or Jarrett Lee are going to throw that back-breaking interception to end this team's hopes. Considering that the Tigers still have Auburn and Alabama back-to-back over the next few weeks before finishing the season in Fayetteville, there will be plenty of chances for them to do just that.
3. Alabama (6-1, 3-1) - You didn't make the mistake of thinking this team was dead, did you? Is this Alabama team as good as last year's national champion? No, there's no way the 2009 Alabama defense lets Stephen Garcia tear it apart. Still, even if this defense isn't as strong as last season's unit, it's pretty darn good. The Tide have an easy game with Tennessee this week before having to travel to Baton Rouge, but then they have their last three games at home with Georgia State sandwiched by Mississippi State and Auburn. If Alabama wins out, it's going to Atlanta, and barring some catastrophic injury, I can see it happening.
Prediction: Trying to predict what's going to happen in the SEC is a fruitless exercise in that come Sunday morning, the entire conference could be turned upside down. Still, a prediction is what is asked of me, and a prediction is what ye shall receive.
Two teams will travel to Atlanta to play for the SEC title, and I believe those two teams will be Alabama and Florida. Yep, again. As far as Alabama is concerned, I just think they'll win out, with the SEC West being decided on the final Saturday when they end Auburn's bid at an undefeated season and a national title.
Florida? Well, I don't have that much faith in the Gators at this point, but that's still more faith than I'll ever be willing to put in Stephen Garcia. So they'll be the lucky recipient of a second beating by the Tide in December.
Posted on: October 17, 2010 6:05 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
So far a number of schools have decided to keep players off of Twitter. Places like Boise State, Miami and North Carolina have all banned the social media site, and if you were wondering which school might be next, I have a pretty good idea.
Randall Cobb played a pretty big role in Kentucky 's win over South Carolina on Saturday night, and while he no doubt enjoyed every minute of the Wildcats' victory, he also noticed what was going on in the stands in Lexington. He then took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to air out his frustrations with Kentucky fans.
Cobb sent out one long message to Kentucky football fans in three tweets. I'll just get one large (SIC) out of the way now.
"To all the fans: Loved seein Yall come late, love hearin Yall tell us we suck during the game, love that we have to play against our own fans too! Love that we can't pack the house against the #10 team in the nation. It means that much more to me. I love my team! Brotherhood they got my back n I got they back. The rest of Yall can get ready for bball season!"
To which Kentucky fans probably replied, "We have a football team?
The three seperate tweets have since been removed, though there are screenshots of each over at College Football Talk . Oh, and Kentucky basketball season starts on November 1 against Pikeville. It's only an exhibition game, but I'll bet Rupp Arena is packed.