Tag:SEC Football
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: December 28, 2011 10:34 am

2012 SEC football schedule released

Posted by Chip Patterson

The most desired Christmas present was delivered a few days late for many die-hard SEC football fans.  On Wednesday, the league finally released the conference schedule for 2012.  This is the first official look at how a 14-team SEC with Missouri (SEC East) and Texas A&M (SEC West) shakes out for each school. 

One early takeaway from the schedule on first glance is how it favors the reigning SEC East champion Georgia Bulldogs. Mark Richt's squad was able to bounce back from their 0-2 start and roll off 10 straight victories to earn a bid to the SEC title game. In that run through the conference schedule, the Bulldogs avoided a matchup with LSU, Alabama, or Arkansas. In 2012 Georgia will once again dodge all three opponents, drawing Ole Miss and Auburn as their cross-division foes.

Check out each team's slate below, and drop us your comments on what stands out heading into the 2012 SEC season on Facebook, Twitter (@EyeOnCFB), or in the comments section below.

Sept. 15: at Arkansas
Sept. 29: OLE MISS
Oct. 13: at Missouri
Oct. 20: at Tennessee
Nov. 3: at LSU
Nov. 10: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 24: AUBURN

Sept. 15: ALABAMA
Sept. 29: vs. Texas A&M
Oct. 6: at Auburn
Oct. 27: OLE MISS
Nov. 10: at South Carolina
Nov. 17: at Mississippi State
Nov. 24: LSU

Sept. 8: at Mississippi State
Sept. 22: LSU
Oct. 13: at Ole Miss
Oct. 20: at Vanderbilt
Oct. 27: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 10: GEORGIA
Nov. 24: at Alabama

Sept. 8: at Texas A&M
Sept. 15: at Tennessee
Sept. 22: KENTUCKY
Oct. 6: LSU
Oct. 13: at Vanderbilt
Oct. 27: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)

Sept. 8: at Missouri
Oct. 6: at South Carolina
Oct. 20: at Kentucky
Oct. 27: vs. Florida (Jacksonville)
Nov. 3: OLE MISS
Nov. 10: at Auburn

Sept. 22: at Florida
Oct. 13: at Arkansas
Oct. 20: GEORGIA
Oct. 27: at Missouri
Nov. 24: at Tennessee

Sept. 22: at Auburn
Oct. 6: at Florida
Oct. 20: at Texas A&M
Nov. 17: OLE MISS
Nov. 24: at Arkansas

Sept. 29: at Alabama
Oct. 6: TEXAS A&M
Oct. 13: AUBURN
Oct. 27: at Arkansas
Nov. 3: at Georgia
Nov. 17: at LSU

Sept. 8: AUBURN
Oct. 6: at Kentucky
Oct. 27: at Alabama
Nov. 3: TEXAS A&M
Nov. 10: at LSU
Nov. 24: at Ole Miss

Sept. 8: GEORGIA
Sept. 22: at South Carolina
Oct. 13: ALABAMA
Nov. 3: at Florida
Nov. 10: at Tennessee
Nov. 24: at Texas A&M

Aug. 30: at Vanderbilt
Sept. 22: MISSOURI
Sept. 29: at Kentucky
Oct. 13: at LSU
Oct. 20: at Florida

Sept. 15: FLORIDA
Sept. 29: at Georgia
Oct. 13: at Mississippi State
Oct. 20: ALABAMA
Oct. 27: at South Carolina
Nov. 17: at Vanderbilt

Sept. 8: FLORIDA
Sept. 29: vs. Arkansas
Oct. 6: at Ole Miss
Oct. 20: LSU
Oct. 27: at Auburn
Nov. 3: at Mississippi State
Nov. 10: at Alabama

Sept. 22: at Georgia
Oct. 6: at Missouri
Oct. 13: FLORIDA
Oct. 20: AUBURN
Nov. 3: at Kentucky
Nov. 10: at Ole Miss

Any games you are already looking forward to? What team has an early advantage thanks to the 2012 schedule? Let us know your thoughts over at the Eye On College Football Facebook page.

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 8:54 am
Edited on: May 2, 2011 8:57 am

Fan reacts to bin Laden's death: 'Roll Tide'

Posted by Chip Patterson

On Sunday night the news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed during a specialized mission carried out by elite American forces.  The news of bin Laden's death led to celebration across the country that was so devastated by his orchestrated attacks nearly a decade ago.  There was celebration outside the White House, at Ground Zero in Manhattan, and people gathered together to cheer all across the United States.  Yahoo!'s Doc Saturday complled a fairly extensive collection of campus celebration videos which included this little gem for all the Alabama fans.

Considering all that the the Alabama community has been through since tornados tore through the state, fans of the Crimson Tide have been looking desperately for something to cheer about.  So when Fox News trots in with a camera to get reactions, an Alabama fan will describe their elation the only way they know how.

"Roll Tide, y'all"

(H/T: Doc Sat)

Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:05 pm

Report: Patrick Peterson shopped by Willie Lyles

Posted by Chip Patterson

While the college football world hung onto every word of the Wednesday night's episode of Real Sports on HBO, there was another recruiting bomb dropped on the SEC. A report on ESPN.com indicates that a former Texas A&M football coach was told that the Aggies would need to "beat" $80,000 to sign former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Von Malone, the former defensive backs coach at Texas A&M and now recruiting coordinator for Tulsa, told ESPN.com that Willie Lyles contacted him in 2007 to let the Aggies know that in order to sign Peterson they would likely have to pay for his services.

"A few days after the kid's visit, Will calls and says, 'If you want this kid, there are other schools that want this kids as well. They're willing to pay a certain amount of money, around the $80,000 mark,'" Malone said. "He said that was something we were going to have to beat as a university to be able to obtain the services of this kid."

Lyles runs a Texas-based recruiting service that is currently the center of an NCAA investigation regarding their relationship with Oregon and running back Lache Seastrunk. Oregon has confirmed that they paid $25,000 to Lyles' company for the recruiting services, not for Seastrunk - who ended up committing to the Ducks.

LSU officials have not made a comment, the SEC was too busy handling the HBO special to make a comment. However, Peterson's father Patrick, Sr. did make a comment to the WWL.

"This is my first time hearing this. This is a shocker," Peterson Sr. told ESPN. "It could have happened. It could have come out of [Lyles'] mouth, that's what happens. These guys try to make money on their own, they are kind of like escort services. That's what I call them, escort services."

This can't be good for Les Miles and LSU, who are picked by many to be favorites to reclaim the SEC West in 2011. The school has confirmed earlier they paid $6,000 for a scouting DVD from Complete Scouting Services, a company that employs Lyles.

At this point, any association to Lyles is going to come under the microscope. This report from Malone only starts another small fire in his network. The last 12 months in college football have been filled with cases regarding improper associations. This latest development suggests we are nowhere close to the end.

Keep it here with CBSSports.com for more news and analysis as this story develops.
Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 5:36 pm

Georgia Dome secures SEC title game until 2017

Posted by Chip Patterson

Since 1994, the SEC Championshp Game has been held in Atlanta and played in the Georgia Dome. It has become both an on-field and off-field spectacle for SEC fans, with all supporters of all schools gathering in the Peach City for one of the biggest games of the year.  On Friday, SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced that the conference would keep the championship game in the Georgia Dome until 2017, extending the current deal by two years.   

“The SEC Football Championship Game continues to be one of the premiere college sports events,” Commissioner Slive said in the official release. “The Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center has shown year-in and year-out that it is an outstanding host for our event. Their operations staff and leadership have been tremendous to work with and we look forward to continuing the relationship.”

In the 16 years since the game moved from Birmingham to Atlanta, the game has taken on a new life as an unofficial "celebration of Southern football."  The SEC claims to be the best conference in all of college football, and this is the Super Bowl for that league.  Their claims have been justified nationally in recent years.  In fact, the last five SEC Championshp Game winners have gone on to win the BCS National Championship - a fact that any SEC fan will quickly recall when challenged.

I have not been to the SEC Championship Game myself, but I did attend this season's Chick Fil-A Kickoff Game.  The entire Atlanta area was transformed into a college football celebration, and the atmosphere inside the Georgia Dome was one of the more electric neutral-field games I've ever experienced.  Well the SEC Championship is that opening weekend upgraded to the nth power.  You have national title implications, Heisman hopefuls, and it is the final game between league opponents.  The question isn't "Why are they keeping it in Atlanta?" But instead, "Why have it anywhere else?"
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:31 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:35 am

Georgia donations consistent despite 2010 season

Posted by Chip Patterson

The 2010 season was not kind to the Georgia Bulldogs.  In the most winnable SEC East in recent memory, the Bulldogs finished their season with an embarrasing 10-6 Libery Bowl loss to Central Florida and a 6-7 record.  It was the program's first losing season in 14 years, and the worst season in Mark Richt's head coaching career.  Luckily, the slide has had little effect on the fundraising efforts for the athletic program.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported that as of midday Tuesday the Hartman Fund (the fundraising initiative tied to season ticket priority) had raised $22.4 million, just slightly less than $22.7 million from last season.  The deadline for donations was Febrauary 15.  While the total may be less, the number of donors actually increased from 13,705 to 14,002.  Athletic director Greg McGarrity called the numbers "encouraging."

“There was not an outcry of our supporters that were jumping ship,” McGarity said. “You’re certainly going to have a small percentage that say that we just don’t care to follow the team any further, we’re frustrated, blah, blah, blah. You’re going to have that with our economy as it is."

But there are plenty of reasons for Georgia fans to have faith in the Bulldogs turning 2010 around.  First would be the way they finished the regular season in 2010.  If you toss out the bowl game Georgia won 5 of their last 7 contests, and averaged 41.0 points per game in that stretch.  Aaron Murray grew comfortable with the starting position once the season got underway, though admittedly a lot of that could have had to do with A.J. Green being back in the lineup.  

Another reason that Georgia fans are not concerned with the state of the program is Richt's success on the recruiting trail.  Once again, Georgia's recruiting class ranks among the best in the nation, finishing at #6 nationally according to MaxPreps.com.  Richt battled for key recruits all the way to national signing day, and when touted running back Isiah Crowell had to make a decision: he reached out for the Bulldog(s).  Literally.

Georiga will also still be Georgia.  Despite the frustrating season, it is difficult to imagine a diehard fanbase like that jumping ship so quickly.  As long as the Dawgs are suiting up on Saturdays, there will be fans between the hedges to yell "Sic Em." 

Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2011 6:04 pm

Billy Donovan would let Jacoby Brissett play

Posted by Chip Patterson

Jacoby Brissett's recruitment lasted five days past signing day, trying to decide between Miami and Florida.  The talented in-state quarterback could have been distracted from his decision because of his focus on the Palm Beach Garden Dwyer basketball team.  In addition to being one of the top-rated dual-threat quarterbacks in college football, Brissett is also a standout on the hardwood.  Since his commitment to the Gators, people have speculated as to whether Brissett would join the Florida basketball team at the conclusion of football season.  Head coach Billy Donovan recently weighed in on the issue for the Orlando Sentinel.
Donovan said Brissett can help the Gators, but the length of the seasons makes it difficult. Basketball starts workouts in September and practice in October, while the football team is still playing its schedule. Assuming the Gators make a January bowl game, Brissett couldn’t join the basketball team until some time during SEC play.
Donovan went on to describe the difficulties of jumping right in with no knowledge of details such as inbounds plays and elaborate pressure schemes.  However, a player of Brissett's talent is usually worth giving it a run -- at least for the extra body come tournament time.

Below is the video of Donovan answering the Brissett question, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.


Posted on: January 27, 2011 12:35 pm

New UGA strength coach promises improvement

Posted by Chip Patterson

Joe Tereshinksi, the new strength and conditioning coach at Georgia, has a difficult task ahead of him in 2011. He must beef up a Georgia team that got shoved around in the trenches in 2010.

"The film doesn’t lie,” Tereshinski recently said in an interview for Macon.com. “I’m the video coordinator, I see every play. Yeah, we were not winning the line of scrimmage. And our goal now is we’re going to see how far we can develop these kids from their hips to their glutes to their quadriceps.”

The interview was conducted by Seth Emerson, who also runs Bulldogs Blog - a popular Georgia football website. Emerson took some pieces from the interview that he did not include in the story, and posted them on his website. One of those pieces included some statements about Georgia's strength set up. He did not necessarily blame the Bulldogs' poor conditions for their struggles, but he refused to ignore the connection.

Tereshinski says one factor that hasn’t gotten much notice is that because of construction, the team has been moved to a different weight room, and for the previous 18 months had been largely operating out of trailers. They didn’t have much room for equipment: No dip bars, no incline presses, and some other machines.

“Last year’s team was very limited, really because of the facility, of what they could get done," he said. "So we were very weak in our triceps. We were very weak in our upper chests. So what happens is now that we have our full weight room capacities we’re really going to be able to develop our bodies fully.

“That did affect this team. Because Georgia did not have anything that it was used to having. Now we have an unbelievable weight room, and we have everything we need.”

If Bulldogs fans are willing to accept less than standard facilities as an argument for their poor start, then they will have high expectations for a change at the start of 2011. But even with the construction, it is amazing to think that a program with the prestige of Georgia would ever be put in a position to have training facilities that are less advanced than a local YMCA. Surely someone in the athletic department could arrange some kind of deal with a local gym or high school to ensure that the Bulldogs are able to get the same strength training they would normally receive in their own facilities.
Posted on: January 24, 2011 3:10 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 3:11 pm

Janoris Jenkins arrested for marijuana possession

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins made headlines earlier this month his announcement to skip the NFL Draft and return to Gainesville for another season.  For new head coach Will Muschamp, it was a great display of leadership from one of the most talented upperclassmen on next year's roster.  Unfortunately that positive act was quickly offset with Jenkins' citation over the weekend for possession of marijuana.

The Gainesville Police Department informed the Associated Press that Jenkins was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession early Saturday.  He was in the bathroom at a nightclub and caught with a "clear baggie" of marijuana.  The misdemeanor charge is for an amount of marijuana less than 20 grams, and his court date has been set for February 17.

Of course this is a notable arrest for Muschamp's campaign to win Florida their first Fulmer Cup, "awarded" to the program with the worst collective criminal record.  Urban Meyer often was criticized for the off-field issues under his watch in Gainesville, and this arrest does suggest that little has changed.

The timing was also not ideal for Jenkins' arrest.  Being the midst of changing coaching staffs, and just two weeks after his big return announcement, it will not be easy to quietly sweep this story under the rug.  Jenkins would like to keep his name in the headlines for next year's NFL Draft, but he would prefer the story to be on the football field.  

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