Category Archives: 100 Days of SEC Dominance
Quick: Name another conference in which an athletic director has had to issue a formal condom apology? You can’t do it. SEC for the win!
Per Chip Towers of the Athens Banner-Herald, Georgia AD Greg McGarity offered this in response to Ludacris’s Magnum Condom request:
I do want to take this opportunity to apologize to our board for mistakes we made with certain aspects of the details of an entertainment agreement. Few things in my professional life have bothered me more than this situation. There are no reruns in life so we need to turn the page, learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to make sure errors of this nature do not reoccur.
There you have it. Few things in Greg McGarity’s professional life have bothered him more than this situation.
That’s all I got/
Look, people should get paid for what they do. You probably get paid for your job. Sometimes I get paid for mine. College athletes should get paid for theirs. So shout to Ole Miss for handling things the honorable way by allowing/encouraging things the NCAA doesn’t like and then saying, “No way. Not my staff. That was the old Ole Miss guys.”
Nothing too major here unless you’re into rules or whatnot, but a few high points:
- 13 of 20 (65%) of the allegations against the athletic department were against the football team. So with 16 scholarship sports listed on the website, 6.25% of teams did 65% of the cheating (allegedly). That’s SEC concentration right there.
- Nine of the 13 football-related allegations occurred under current head coach Hugh Freeze who somehow quite conveniently saw this story spun quite differently right before National Signing Day. SEC Spin Zone. AKA Shaggy “It Wasn’t Me” Zone.
- Ole Miss let concerned citizen Laremy Tunsil borrow $3k to buy a car from someone he wasn’t supposed to and some folks got to cruise around in loaner cars for a long-ass time. Can’t spell “Free Cars” without S-E-C.
- Some athlete got $2,253 worth of free lodging from June 7, 2013 to May 27, 2014. Let’s hope that wasn’t one continuous stay at one place. Because I don’t know that I’d classify a place valued at $6.36 per day as a true “benefit.” Can’t knock that SEC hustle.
- Two recruits received some stuff. So SEC.
- Other things happened. SEC! SEC! SEC!
You do you, Ole Miss. Sounds like everything is and was above-board here.
That’s all I got/
Editor’s note: There were a total of 28 coaching hires this year.
There was major coaching turnover in the SEC East this year, as Georgia, Missouri, and South Carolina brought in new head men. Athlon Sports ranked the hires 1-28, and all three new hires ranked in the top 25 among the 28 total hires made.
8. Barry Odom, Mizzou: Continuity for the Tigers, as they promoted their AWESOME defensive coordinator. What that means for an offense that scored 8 touchdowns after a week 1 win over Southeast Missouri State? No clue.
10. Kirby Smart, Georgia: Even taking off the red and black glasses, this seems like a low ranking. Assuming ‘relative to program standing’ is a blind variable here, as Smart ranks behind Willie Fritz (2), his predecessor (3), and Mormon West Coaster Bronco Mendenhall at Virginia (9). Whatever.
24. Will Muschamp, South Carolina: BUT THEY RANKED IN THE TOP 25!!! I can’t adequately put into words how stupid this hire was. South Carolina maintained its trend of ‘upward mobility through retreads’, or at least ‘retreads’. Coach Boom is getting the last year at Florida band back together, and I can’t be happier about the hire.
A sampling of schools who made better hires, according to Athlon: Illinois, Central Florida, Toledo, North Texas, ULM, Hawai’i, RUTGERS, Texas State, ECU (who inexplicably ran good guy Ruffin McNeill out of town).
This is more of the wash, rinse, repeat variety, because duh. Since its Saturday, we present…A LIST!
There’s no secret that the SEC dominates recruiting rankings. Fanboys will say its because of things like #SECSpeed, cynics will say because of absurd recruiting budgets and pandering by the recruiting services to the schools with the largest followings. The truth is somewhere in the middle.
This, however, is absurd:
|3||Greg Little||OT||Ole Miss|
|4||Shea Patterson||QB||Ole Miss|
|19||Jeffery Simmons||DL||Mississippi State|
|24||Benito Jones||DT||Ole Miss|
|38||A.J. Brown||WR||Ole Miss|
Yep, 23 of the top 50 consensus recruits in the nation are going to make their debuts in the SEC this year. Eight SEC schools (over half the league, for those keeping score at home) nabbed at least one, making a list (Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky, Texas A&M) of teams that didn’t land a top-50 recruit less keystrokes than those who did.
19 of the next 50 also inked with SEC schools, but maybe we’ll get into that when we run out of ideas in like, 3 weeks.
This game is so much fun to me.
There was nothing memorable about the 2012 Music City Bowl, which pitted Vanderbilt in a relative home game against N.C. State. Well, except Vanderbilt won a bowl game and finished the season in the top 25.
Some more fun:
- N.C. State’s QB? Mike Glennon, who was the beneficiary of Tom O’Brien forcing Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson out of Raleigh.
- O’Brien was fired prior to this game, based predominately on the fact above.
- The winning QB is none other than Bachelor heartthrob Jordan Rodgers, brother of Aaron.
- James Franklin left for Penn State after this game, and Vanderbilt went back to being Vanderbilt. Franklin’s sparring partner, Todd Grantham, was never the same and left Georgia for Louisville a year later.
Even the bottom (population: 1) of the SEC can beat a slightly-below-average team from another league, and do so fairly handily. On day 2 of the 100 day countdown, we make sure even the serfs get their love.