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Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 12:18 pm
 

Steve Spurrier takes a shot at Les Miles

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As I've said here in the past, I love Steve Spurrier because the man is the only coach in the business who doesn't seem to have a filter between his mind and his mouth at times.  While other coaches may think thinks they won't say in public, Spurrier just doesn't care.  He'll take shots at other coaches, other teams, or even his own players if he feels the need to.

He's the only college football coach whom I wish had a blog.

If he did he could then go into further detail about his feelings for LSU head coach Les Miles.   For now we're just going to have to settle for the subtle digs he takes at Miles while talking about the Gamecocks next game against Nick Saban and Alabama.

"Those were two of the good offenses we had at Florida," Spurrier said. "We looked like we were a lot smarter than [Saban] was those two games. Recently he's a lot smarter than I was last year, let's put it that way. Who knows who'll be the smartest this year? ... Of course, sometimes you can win and still be a dummy. We've learned that recently."

When asked for a response, Miles said "I like turtles."

It seems Les Miles is the constant in this country.  No matter who you are, what you do, where you come from or what you believe in, we can all agree on one thing: Les Miles is the luckiest moron to ever grace the sidelines of a football game.

Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:15 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 10:40 am
 

Ole Miss releases mascot designs for vote

Posted by Chip Patterson

Sadly, the movement for Admiral Ackbar as Ole Miss' new sideline prowler was shut down after a powerful student movement, and now we must look at other options that will not be trademarked by Lucasfilm.  It's true that the leader of the Calamari star fleet would have served as an intimidating figure for the Rebels, lurking on the sideline carefully watching the game through his oversized squid-eyes.  Just imagine how useful he could be for fake punts and other trick plays, with the ability to inform head coach Houston Nutt that "It's A Trap!"

But the voting opens today for the Ole Miss community to voice their preferences on the new mascot.  The vote will not ultimately determine the selection, though this is the most democratic step in the decision process.  The student-run mascot selection committee has narrowed it down to these three candidates.

(Images via: Clarion-Ledger)  







What are your thoughts on the new mascot choices in Oxford?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 9:41 am
 

UGA's Green on NFL: 'I don't know'

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia's A.J. Green didn't need the first four games of the season to quickly remind everyone of his rank among wide receivers in college football.  The seven catch, 119 yard, two touchdown performance (particularly this catch) in the Bulldogs losing effort against Colorado is just another set of highlights to add to Green's expanding NFL reel.  While it has not been set in stone that Green would enter the NFL Draft as soon as he is eligible, it has been widely assumed to be the case.

But Green claims that decision has not been made.  Yesterday during Georgia's media availability Green touched on the issue of leaving early and answered questions as to whether or not the suspension has had any effect on that decision
“I don’t know yet. But I do feel like I owe some of the fans some more stuff, just missing those four games. So I don’t know,” Green said. “Like I said, I’m gonna sit down with my family whenever the time comes and make the best decision for me.”
That's all nice and everything A.J., but you are not really fooling anyone.  For someone who has already shown an interest in capitalizing financially on his all-star status, there will be no surprises when Green declares for the NFL Draft following the season.  Green is considered by most to be the top wide receiver in a draft class that is significantly thin at the position.  For NF teams needing a playmaker that can have an immediate impact, Green will be their prize.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:15 am
 

Don't ask Nick Saban about John Blake

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Alabama coach Nick Saban has made his feelings towards agents pretty well known in the past.  I believe Saban compared agents to "pimps" back in July when discussing the ongoing problem between agents and college athletes.  So, as you can figure out, he's not really a big fan.

He's also not a big fan of answering questions about any other college coaches who may be friendly with those pimps.  Coaches like former North Carolina assistant John Blake.   Something which will be pretty hard for Saban to avoid considering the reported interaction between Blake and Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus.  

Which is probably why he took such a dismissive tone when asked about that relationship on Monday.

"First of all, I don't know anything about this," Saban said Monday of a story that Yahoo! Sports reported late Sunday night.

"Secondly, to me, it's water that's been under the bridge for several months now. It's somewhere down in the Gulf of Mexico now. I really don't have much care about talking about that.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for the honesty, integrity and professionalism of what we do as coaches, and if somebody does something to violate that, everybody can make their judgment as to what that is."

Saban then went on to say that he wasn't going to comment on other coaches or what they've been accused of doing, and that he wanted to talk about South Carolina -- Alabama's opponent this week.  Well, you can probably guess what the next question was about.  Yes, that's right, John Blake.  A question that then set Saban off.

"Is that South Carolina?" Saban said. "I guess I must stutter. Did I stutter? I'm not very clear on how I articulate. Maybe I need to go back to West Virginia and get some more hillbilly slang and maybe everybody can understand me a little better."

Nick Saban: he may not be a pimp, but he keeps that pimp hand strong.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:37 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 3:39 pm
 

Uga VIII set to debut against Vanderbilt

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Good news, Georgia fans!  The solution to what has ailed your team all season long is finally here.  No, it's not the return of A.J. Green, it is the return of Uga.  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the newest in the long line of Georgia mascots, Uga VIII, will be making his debut at Sanford Stadium on October 16 against Vanderbilt.

The news comes from Sonny Seiler, the man who has provided Georgia with Ugas since 1956.


Seiler said the plan is to hold a “collaring” ceremony for Uga VIII before kickoff of the Vanderbilt game. He said UGA President Michael Adams, athletic director Greg McGarity, Seiler family members and interim mascot “Russ” will participate in the ceremony.

Seiler said he could not provide details about Uga VIII until next week, when he said a news release will be issued and a photograph provided. The photo will be shot in Savannah later this week, he said.

Seiler did give one hint, saying that Uga VIII is a "big" dog.  So maybe he can double as a defensive tackle or something.

The Bulldogs have been Uga-less since Uga VII died from heart-related causes in November of 2009.  Which may have been a blessing because had he lived to see this season he'd have probably been wishing for death.  Russ, Uga VII's half-brother (dog infidelity!), has been serving as the interim mascot since.

So should the Bulldogs start winning once they have their new mascot, Russ can serve as a handy "fall dog" for Mark Richt.   "Don't blame me, blame Russ!"



Posted on: October 5, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Is John Brantley hurt? Vegas seems to think so

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday rumors started to surface that Florida quarterback John Brantley was hurt and could possibly miss this Saturday's game against LSU in The Swamp.  The rumors were shot down by offensive coordinator Steve Addazio who said there's no truth to any of the rumors and that Brantley is fine.  Brantley himself said "I'm a bit sore.  It's nothing major."

Still, the assurances from Addazio and Brantley didn't seem to have much of an affect on those who stand to make or lose a lot of money on this week's game: Las Vegas.  Several casinos in this country's capital of vice and decadence have completely removed the Florida/LSU line from their sportsbooks, as they're not so sure these are just rumors.

"We're hearing that (Brantley) is questionable," said Jay Kornegay, Sportsbook Director at the Las Vegas Hilton. "Whenever we get confirmation, either way, what his status is, if he's playing or not, that'll make it a betting game again."

Now, obviously, just because Vegas has pulled the game doesn't mean for certain that Brantley isn't going to play this week.  Judging by what Brantley himself said, I'd be surprised if he wasn't trying to flag down errant snaps from Mike Pouncey this Saturday.  Still, there are a couple reasons to be wary of what Brantley's real status is.
  1. Football coaches aren't in the business of giving free information about their team or players to the opposition.
  2. Casinos aren't in the business of losing money.
For those two reasons alone it's not wise to make an assumption either way.  Let's not forget that Brantley did have to leave the Alabama game for a spell after getting hurt during the fourth quarter.  He did return, but it's possible that whatever was nagging him then hasn't subsided just yet.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Vince Dooley won't be attending Georgia/Tennessee

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Vince Dooley spent 25 seasons roaming the sidelines at Georgia before becoming the school's athletic director, and has seen many games played at Sanford Stadium.  He will not be spending his Saturday in Athens this week, however, when his son Derek Dooley brings the Volunteer's to town.  The elder Dooley has gone to three of his son's first five games with Tennessee -- though he didn't attend the latest Les Miles magic trick -- but this one just doesn't feel right.

While his wife, Barbara, will likely be attending the game Vince is content to sit at home on the couch and watch it on television.

"They've got those high-tech TV cameras, and they can find you, but I'm going to be at home. I'm going to pull for my son, but I'm not going to pull for him at Sanford Stadium," Dooley said Monday. "I spent 40 years at the school, so that's the last thing I'm going to do."

The conflict of interest is obvious, so it's hard to blame Dooley for not wanting to attend the game in person.  Plus, by staying home and watching on television he's afforded the opportunity to change the channel.  Who wants to watch a four-hour funeral?
Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:56 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 9:02 am
 

UF RB Demps: Foot injury affecting game

Posted by Chip Patterson

Even though he spent most of the preparation week in a protective boot, Florida running back Jeff Demps was still on the field and active in the Gators' 31-6 loss at Alabama on Saturday.  But his presence on the field against the top-ranked team in the land does not signify a complete recovery for the speedy junior.  He led the Gators in rushing, with 11 carries for 47 yards, but on Monday admitted that his foot was "not 100 percent" against the Crimson Tide.
"It bothers me when I'm running and also it bothers me when I try to cut, plant or come back,'' Demps said. "I'm trying to tough it out, but at the same time, I think it's affecting me."

Demps is the primary threat out of the backfield for the Gators, with 414 yards rushing and 61 yards receiving on the season, and having him healthy is essential for the Gators offense.  He said he was not informed until right before the game that he would take the field, though it looks as though he should be ready to play on Saturday against No. 12 LSU.  The defensive unit has been one of LSU's strong points this season, and regardless of any ongoing offensive woes, the Gators cannot expect to win the game without more production on offense.  

In order to get that they will likely need Jeff Demps, because outside of a one game explosion from Trey Burton, they don't seem to be getting it anywhere else.

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