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LSU suspends RB Hill

Jeremy Hill isn’t doing himself any favors if he wants to be the SEC’s best running back come the end of the 2013-4 season.

The running back was arrested for simple battery after allegedly hitting someone on the side of the head outside a Baton Rouge hostelry on Saturday night, numerous reports have said.

Hill was suspended indefinitely by coach Les Miles, the coach announced on Monday.

Miles said in a statement that he would “let this incident play out through the legal system before making any additional comments”, ESPN reported.

Hill finished with 755 yards and 12 TDs on 142 carries in an incredible rookie season for the Tigers – and looks like one of the most promising offensive stars to come out of Baton Rouge in years.

Now, he’s got to pray that he’ll SEE 2013, let alone play in it.

Athlon Sports: Saban the best in 2013 coaching class

Nick Saban got more recognition for his great coaching ability (although we doubt he’ll care!) from Athlon Sports, who said he was the best coach in the 2013 class of 125 college football coaches.

It espoused: “Saban is without question the best coach in college football. He started his career as a head coach in 1990 with Toledo, then spent the next four seasons as the defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns. In 1995, Saban was hired as Michigan State’s head coach and guided the Spartans to a 34-24-1 record under his watch. Saban left East Lansing for Baton Rouge and LSU in 2000 and led the Tigers to a 48-16 record in five years, including a national championship in 2003. Saban had a two-year stint with the Dolphins but jumped at the opportunity to lead Alabama in 2007. After a 7-6 record in his first season, Saban is 61-7 in his last five years with the Crimson Tide, which includes three national championships. At 61 years old, Saban is still at the top of his game and should have Alabama in the mix for a SEC and national title every year he is on the sidelines.”

Also on the list was:

Steve Spurrier (South Carolina) – 5th

Mark Richt (Georgia) – 11th

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) – 16th

James Franklin (Vanderbilt) – 17th

Dan Mullen (Mississippi State) – 23rd 

Les Miles (LSU ) – 24th

Bret Bielema (Wisconsin) – 25th

Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss) – 30th

Will Muschamp (Florida) – 36th

Butch Jones (Tennessee) – 41st

Gary Pinkel (Missouri) – 42nd

Gus Malzahn (Auburn) – 53rd

Mark Stoops (Kentucky) – 71st 

Chizik denies allegations

Gene Chizik, the former Auburn coach, has denied allegations from blogger Selena Roberts that he manipulated players grades, ignored drug tests and paid players.

He said in a statement: “During my tenure at Auburn, the NCAA conducted a multi-year investigation into the Auburn football program that they called “fair and thorough.” The NCAA focused intently on widespread accusations about Auburn players being paid and other alleged recruiting violations. The NCAA conducted 80 interviews. In October 2011, the NCAA rejected “rampant public speculation online and in the media.” Unfortunately, the recent story published by Selena Roberts is more of the same. It once again portrays Auburn University, current and former coaches, professors, fans, supporters and community officials in a false light.

Unfortunately, Ms. Roberts’ story is long on accusation and inference, but short on facts and logic. It is noteworthy that the story comes just days before a player mentioned most prominently in the article is set to go to trial for felony armed robbery. The statements are very generalized accusations devoid of substance. During my time as Auburn’s head coach, I never authorized, instructed or directed anyone to change any player’s grade or provide any type of illegal payment to any student-athlete. Likewise, I am not aware of any alleged grade change or illegal payment by any member of my coaching staff, support staff or anyone else.

As for logic, the notion that the conduct inferred by Ms. Roberts was occurring under the NCAA’s nose, at the very same time the NCAA is conducting its thorough investigation, lacks merit. Further, the notion that there was ever an attempt to sabotage any Auburn student-athlete’s attempt to play professional football is outrageous. Auburn’s success in transitioning student-athletes to the NFL benefits both the student-athlete and the Auburn program.

I remain part of the Auburn family and take these attacks on myself, the University and community seriously. During my time at Auburn, the administrators, professors and academic staff were of the highest integrity. Additionally, the inference that there was academic support staff that worked together with professors to change grades is absurd. As an Auburn resident, I take great pride in the quality and integrity of our police department. They enforce the law equally and fairly and my dealings with police Chief Tommy Dawson and his staff have been nothing short of excellent. He has handled many high profile cases with the upmost integrity and professionalism. To imply anything otherwise is simply wrong.

If there is a sad truth here, it is that there are no repercussions for bloggers who blast out widespread, venomous allegations and inferences in such an irresponsible manner. To make bold and outrageous conclusions on such thin support is a travesty.

During my tenure as Auburn’s head coach, we kept the well-being of our student- athletes at the forefront of every decision. We ran our program with the highest level of integrity and accountability. Period. I make absolutely no apologies for that. I stand firm in my statements, my support of Auburn University, its student- athletes (present and former), faculty, staff and community officials. As I stated during the NCAA investigation, I am comforted knowing that the truth always prevails.


Report: Auburn paid players, changed grades under Chizik rule

If you’re an Auburn fan and think that things couldn’t get worse than they were after a winless SEC season and the firing of your head coach – plus a sea of off-season troubles, then think again.

Selena Roberts, a reporter who has written for Sports Illustrated, brought out a report today that stunned not only this writer, will stun a lot of SEC fans.

In the report – which is essentially an interview with former safety Mike McNeil – Auburn changed grades, paid players to host recruits, saw more than 40 players test positive for “recreational drugs” after their National Championship win in 2011, and offered money to players to keep playing at the school.

Here are some stunning revelations from the report, and we’ll let them speak for themselves:

1) Player payments: “Receiver Darvin Adams, a star player with NFL dreams and a family to support, wrestled with whether to turn pro after the championship season. He discussed his plans with teammates and told them how much pressure he was under by Auburn coaches to stay. McNeil and Blanc say Auburn coaches offered Adams several thousand dollars to stay for his senior year. “It was sugar-coated in a way,” says Adams, who confirmed he was offered financial incentives, but declined to detail the exact amount. “It was like, we’ll do this and that for you. But I’d rather do things the right way. I am happy I didn’t say yes to that stuff. That’s what I’d tell kids.” Adams turned pro but went undrafted, a result, one NFL scout says, was due to negative reports on him from Auburn coaches. Adams plays for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and refuses to be bitter. “I play the cards I’m dealt,” he says. Other players tell stories of in-season cash payments to players. “Coaches would say, ‘Don’t tell anyone where you got it from,’’’ says Blanc. McNeil recalls having a difficult day at practice in 2007 and then-defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp, calling him into his office. “I had no clue what it was about because I’d never directly asked him for anything,” says McNeil. “He slid about $400 over to me. He went into a drawer and gave me money and said, ‘Is this enough? Is this good?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m good.’” Muschamp, now the head football coach at the University of Florida, denied the payment through a spokesperson.

McNeil says he was also paid $500 to be Dre’ Kirkpatrick’s tour guide. It didn’t work so well – Kirkpatrick went to play – and star – for hated rival Alabama.

2) Drug use: A trailer home on Wire Road was a hotspot for drug activity, players say. “From everything I know, drugs flowed freely from there, says [former Auburn player Mike] Blanc. “It wasn’t a secret that, if someone wanted something, they could get it there.”  The report added: “As players recall, more than 40 players tested positive for recreational drugs after the national championship.

3) Grade tampering: Players’ grades were changed to ensure players did not miss games – especially the National Championship Game against Oregon – which would turn out to be one of the best games of the season. Here’s what the report says: “Three players say that before the BCS Championship game the team was told that as many as nine of their teammates would not be able to play in the title game because they were academically ineligible……Before the season, McNeil says he was given an F for attendance in a computer science class. “I had B work but I missed too many classes; and I went to the instructor and said, ‘I really need this grade,’” says McNeil. “He said that he was sorry but he wouldn’t change it. I went to the person over him. She was in a position of power and backed up the instructor. I then told my counselor with the athletic department.” Within days, McNeil says, the grade was changed from an F to a C and he did not miss a game.

What worries this blog is that this sort of thing doesn’t just happen at the University of Auburn. We’ve heard stories from contacts all over the SEC of players getting beneficial treatment (such is the nature of being gods of campus). Our question: What is the NCAA – and in particular the Mike Slive and SEC – going to do about this sort of issue? It’s not good for Auburn, it’s not good for the NCAA, and it’s certainly not good for the reputation of the Southeastern Conference.

Blanc was quick to deny the story. He told Mike Svzetitz, sports editor of the Opelika-Auburn News: “None of that stuff that she said I said is true. None of it is true.”

Bates also denied the story to Weigh In Sports’ Brian Tarvin.

Auburn has not commented on the story.

You can read the whole of Roberts’ report here.




Clowney has $5m insurance policy

South Carolina defensive end and All-American Jadeveon Clowney has a $5 million insurance policy should he get injured in the 2013 season, it has been reported.

The policy – which will be paid out via the NCAA should anything go awry next season – will be paid for by family members, and protect against future . The cost is $30,000.

Reply to Charleston Post-Courier writer Daryl Slater’s report, Paul Myerberg of USA Today noted that the policy was the largest available to players.

The insurance company offering the policy is HCC, based in Cincinnati.

On South Carolina’s website, they said: “Student athletes can receive up to $5m in coverage, up from $4.4m in basketball and $3m in football.”

The NCAA says on its site: “This program will provide the student-athlete with the opportunity to protect against future loss of earnings as a professional athlete, due to a disabling injury or sickness that may occur during the collegiate career.”

It adds: “The condition of disability can be determined when the following criteria have been met: * The student-athlete’s disability results from an injury or sickness, * The student-athlete’s injury or sickness occurs while the policy is in force, * The student-athlete is under the regular care of a qualified physician, * The student-athlete is unable to engage in sporting activity at the professional level, * The applicable elimination period has elapsed, and * The student-athlete’s total disability prevents him or her from signing any employment contract with any professional team as a professional athlete in his or her sporting activity.”

However, the NCAA’s catastrophic injury program (one can only assume that a ‘catastrophic injury’ is one where a player doesn’t walk again)- as set out by the NCAA on its website – has said that the maximum benefit amount per covered accident for all benefits combined is $20m.

Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M has taken out a similar policy.

Clowney created waves earlier this off-season when there was talk of him perhaps sitting out the 2013 season because of the fact that a potential injury could derail his Top 10 draft pick hopes (and let’s face it, he’s the best pass-rusher in college football right now).


ESPN announces August-October SEC TV dates

ESPN has announced its August – October TV dates for SEC schools – starting with South Carolina’s hosting of North Carolina on Thursday, August 29th at 8pm.

Here is the line-up:

Thu, Aug 29 6 p.m. North Carolina at South Carolina * ESPN
  9:15 p.m. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt ESPN
Sat, Aug 31 5:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (Atlanta) ESPN
  8 p.m. Georgia at Clemson ABC
  9 p.m. Cowboys Classic: TCU vs. LSU ESPN
Thu, Oct 24 7:30 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi State ESPN

We’re already extremely excited!

In order of games that the neutral should be excited about, here we go:

1) Georgia at Clemson – Two likely highly-ranked teams in one of the best atmospheres in college football. At night. College Gameday, anyone?

2) Virginia Tech vs Alabama – Welcome back, National Champions

3) Ole Miss vs Vanderbilt – The two pretenders to the big boys’ throne. Is Ole Miss for real? And will we really find this out about Hugh Freeze’s guys one game in?

4) TCU vs LSU– First chance for TCU to exploit what’s been a difficult off-season for LSU thus far with half the squad seemingly gone to the NFL.

5) North Carolina at South Carolina – The battle of the Carolinas. There won’t be too problem with Williams-Brice being loud, folks.

6) Kentucky at Mississippi State – Both programs still rebuilding. Could be interesting for purveyors of the Dan Mullen Hot Seat.

SEC Spring Game: Full Diary

The SEC has released all the dates of Spring Games – and when practice begins. Here’s to the athletes getting prepped for it already.

All SEC schools and Pro Days start practice between March 2nd and March 27th.

Here are the Spring Games in April:

April 6th: Florida, Georgia

April 13th: Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt

April 20th: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee

Most intriguing SEC players at the NFL Combine

To any outsider, you now understand why most good high school players want a chance to prove themselves at the SEC.

If you’re good – and good enough to go pro – then you might get invited to the NFL Combine. 74 SEC players were asked to come.

Thanks to Gamedayr for the list, without which this article wouldn’t have made it up here.

Alabama (10)

  • Quinton Dial, DE
  • DJ Fluker, OT
  • Nico Johnson, ILB
  • Barrett Jones, OL
  • Eddie Lacy, RB
  • Robert Lester, FS
  • Dee Milliner, CB
  • Damion Square, DE
  • Chance Warmack, OG
  • Jesse Williams, DT
MOST INTRIGUING: Eddie Lacy could be seen as the next Trent Richardson – particularly if he performs as well as he did in the SEC Championship Game, where he took the ball over. We’re also going to be intrigued by Barrett Jones (who could well be one of the steals of the draft at center when he gets picked), as well wondering whether the injuries that Jesse Williams was carrying at the end of the year will raise questions amongst NFL GMs.

Arkansas (6)

  • Alvin Bailey, OG
  • Dylan Breeding, P
  • Knile Davis, RB
  • Chris Gragg, TE
  • Cobi Hamilton, WR
  • Tyler Wilson, QB
MOST INTRIGUING: Knile Davis has a lot to make up for after a poor 2012 (actually, that goes for a lot of the Arkansas players, if we’re honest), and Tyler Wilson’s going to have a lot asked about his leadership skills – particularly as he didn’t excite anybody at the Senior Bowl.

Auburn (3)

  • Corey Lemonier, DE
  • Phillip Lutzenkirchen, TE
  • Onterio McCalebb, RB
MOST INTRIGUING: McCalebb’s been a real playmaker throughout his years at Auburn. Can he show it off at Combine level? Lutzenkirchen can expect a lot of injury questions.

Florida (10)

  • Jon Bostic, ILB
  • Matt Elam, FS
  • Josh Evans, FS
  • Sharrif Floyd, DT
  • Mike Gillislee, RB
  • Jelani Jenkins, LB
  • Lerentee McCray, OLB
  • Xavier Nixon, OT
  • Jordan Reed, TE
  • Caleb Sturgis, K
MOST INTRIGUING: How many can we pick? Most of the players are extremely athletic, but expect Matt Elam to rocket up in people’s estimation if he has an incredible Combine. He’s the best safety in the draft, after all. 

Georgia (11)

  • Marlon Brown, WR
  • Sanders Commings, CB
  • Kwame Geathers, NT
  • John Jenkins, DT
  • Abry Jones, DE
  • Jarvis Jones, OLB
  • Tavarres King, WR
  • Alec Ogletree, ILB
  • Bacarri Rambo, SS
  • Cornelius Washington, OLB
  • Shawn Williams, SS
MOST INTRIGUING: Jarvis Jones might need an exceptional combine to stop his slide down the pecking order after questions are starting to get asked about his ability to block the run. There will be also questions from GMs about his spine – although after a relatively injury-free SEC season, should there be any questions? Also, expect Rambo and Ogletree to raise some eyebrows about their characters.

Kentucky (1)

  • Larry Warford, OG
MOST INTRIGUING: Speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Warford isn’t considered to be a first round pick, so a good Combine could at least get him on the radar – unlikely though it is.

LSU (13)

  • Lavar Edwards, DE
  • Chris Faulk, OT
  • Michael Ford, RB
  • Bennie Logan, DT
  • PJ Lonergan, C
  • Tyrann Mathieu, DB
  • Barkevious Mingo, DE
  • Kevin Minter, ILB
  • Sam Montgomery, DE
  • Eric Reid, FS
  • Tharold Simon, CB
  • Spencer Ware, RB
  • Brad Wing, P
MOST INTRIGUING: Easy. Mathieu. Yes, we know that he’s been out of the game for a year. But the kid was a gamechanger in 2011, and don’t think the GMs have forgotten. And staying with Patrick Peterson’s family in Florida might just have saved his professional life. We can’t wait to see what the scouts say about him in Indianapolis.

Mississippi State (3)

  • Johnthan Banks, CB
  • Josh Boyd, DT
  • Darius Slay, CB
MOST INTRIGUING: Banks. He was a shutdown corner for MSU this season, and it wasn’t his fault that their season collapsed. He’s a projected first rounder, and we can’t wait for him to move up the pecking order after a good Combine.
  • Zaviar Gooden, OLB
  • TJ Moe, WR
  • Sheldon Richardson, DT
MOST INTRIGUING: TJ Moe. If his SEC Media Day was anything to go by, anyway.

South Carolina (7)

  • Justice Cunningham, TE
  • DeVonte Holloman, OLB
  • TJ Johnson, C
  • Marcus Lattimore, RB
  • Ace Sanders, WR
  • DJ Swearinger, SS
  • Devin Taylor, DE
MOST INTRIGUING: Marcus Lattimore because of his knee, Ace Sanders because of his pure speed. Everyone in the college football world will be praying Lattimore gets through Indianapolis unscathed. Every little victory, and all that.

Tennessee (5)

  • Tyler Bray, QB
  • Justin Hunter, WR
  • Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
  • Mychal Rivera, TE
  • Dallas Thomas, OT
MOST INTRIGUING: Everyone’s talking about Patterson being the No.1 receiver in the draft, and after his 2012, this is no surprise. We hope that he’ll prove himself at the Combine.

Texas A&M (6)

  • Luke Joeckel, OT
  • Christine Michael, RB
  • Damontre Moore, DE
  • Sean Porter, OLB
  • Jonathan Stewart, ILB
  • Ryan Swope, WR
MOST INTRIGUING: Swope because he might be a bit slow and people will make some dumb comments (when those who have actually watched Texas A&M this season will know that Swope was one of the most sure-handed receivers in college football). Oh, and Demontre Moore because some people are talking about him being a potential No.1 pick. Him and Joeckel, anyway.

Vanderbilt (1)

  • Zac Stacy, RB
MOST INTRIGUING: Obviously – with only one player – Stacy. But guys, don’t look down on Stacy. Stacy broke records at Vanderbilt, and he was definitely dangerous against SEC opposition, too. What could a good combine do?


National Signing Day Round-Up (SEC West): Ole Miss rules, but Alabama’s excellence shines

This year was yet another banner year for SEC recruiting, with every side

A year ago, you would say that there was no way on God’s green earth that Ole Miss would have had a recruiting day like this one. But Hugh Freeze took over, took the team to an excellent year which included breaking a SEC losing streak, beating your biggest rival, taking LSU, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M to the last second, and thundering through a bowl game – as favorites.


Well, there seems to be some belief about the Ole Miss program, because No.1 player in the nation – defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, plus highly-touted offensive tackle Laremie Tunsil, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and Antonio Conner, all decided that they would like to play for the Rebels.

Why? We ask. The Twittersvere has sniped about Ole Miss putting dollars in players pockets, but we think it’s a factor of four things: Firstly, Freeze is a great recruiter and a great coach – see Ole Miss’ 2012 season. Secondly, Nkemdiche’s decision to go to Ole Miss – and the fact that the top players all visited Oxford on the same weekend – meant that they would “all play together”. They probably had a lot of “imagine what we could do for this school” conversations. Thirdly, there’s the Alabama factor: They probably wouldn’t have gotten the playing time as freshmen at Alabama, and there would be far more competition for a starting job. You can guarantee that all these players – bar injury, arrest or disastrous spring practices – will start for Ole Miss’ 2013 team. And fourthly, this is the SEC . They didn’t want to go anywhere else, and making a difference to a program like Ole Miss (which let’s fact, has been long-suffering) is bigger news that making a difference to team like Alabama or LSU, who have won National Championships recently.


As predicted, one of the best recruiters in the country, Nick Saban, put together probably the best recruiting group of the year…again. The draw of National Championships, the fact that Saban’s players win Championships and – particularly on the defensive side- go on to riches in the NFL, and the fact that Saban’s one of the best coaches in the country simply can’t be argued with. The ‘why would you want to go somewhere else?” argument crops up, and recruits simply nod their head and say: “You’re right”.

What’s interesting about these recruits is that while only one them (running back Derrick Henry) are five-star athletes, the rest of them are solid four-star players, and we like Dee Liner (great name!), Tim Williams and Jonathan Allen. They also stole DT A’Shawn Robinson from Texas, too, who was a long-time Longhorns recruit. Add in wide receiver Robert Foster, and another stablemate for T.J. Yeldon in Alvin Kamara, Tyren Jones and Altee Halfpenny and here’s the news: The Crimson Tide are absolutely loaded. It’s frightening.


The off-season wasn’t kind for Les Miles’ team. If you were a junior, you had a chance at going pro and you played in purple and gold, it seemed as though you’d walk. It’s weird, because a bunch of the players of this year’s Tigers team would probably have benefitted from another year in college, but that’s just our opinion.

Anyway, LSU picked up defensive athlete Kendall Beckwith, two quarterbacks in Hayden Rettig and Anthony Jennings (which provides cover and competition for Zach Mettenberg), and four-star cornerback Jeryl Brazil, who – if he’s good enough – could start immediately after Eric Reid walked. The offensive line, which is going to need a little beefing up after a pretty poor 2012, will be helped by Ethan Pocic, who was offered by almost of LSU’s SEC rivals.


If Ole Miss’ 2012 was great, Texas A&M’s 2012 was out of this world. Finished by drubbing Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, the Aggies also beat Alabama and should have beaten both LSU and Florida. Johnny Manziel won a nickname and a Heisman, and suddenly College Station was the place in Texas players wanted to be – not Austin.

Anyway, after the departure of sure-handed wide receiver Ryan Swope to the NFL draft (personally, he was the SEC’s best out-going WR last year, and should go and play with Ryan Tannehill at Miami if the ‘Fins have any sense (they won’t, and will instead go for Justin Hunter!), the signing of Ricky Seals-Jones and Sebastian LaRue is definitely going to help. Let’s hope they’re as good as their rankings promise, eh? Oh, and to back up Manziel, I really, really like the signing of Kenny Hill, a QB out of Southlake, TX. We were privileged to go and see him on the first game of the Texas high school football season, and all we could think was: “This kid’s got an arm and legs, folks”. He is the next Johnny Football, if given the chance. Check out what A&M fans think of him. There’s also a lot of love for Kohl Stewart, a QB who was also signed, but will he simply go and play baseball (Hill’s also like that, but if Kohl goes, he could decide to stay and start after Manziel graduates/leaves early for the NFL).

Sumlin sure signed a lot of players in this round of recruiting – 34.


The Lord did not listen to Gene Chizik or Mrs Chizik about Auburn’s 2012, and Mr Chizik was booted, and replaced by offensive co-ordinator supremo Gus Malzahn.

Under a lot of people’s noses, he stacked up the defense, picking up DEs Carl Lawson and Elijah Daniel, DTs Montravious Adams, and Ben Bradley (JC), and linebacker Cameron Toney, who was also offered by Alabama and LSU.

Offensively, the Tigers were also goddawful, but the signing of QBs Jeremy Johnson- who could well start with the lack of a good QB in Auburn’s system at the moment (Clay Travis in his pre-season QB rankings for last season said that ‘air’ was better than Kiehl Frazier – and he proved to be right). Auburn fans are also hoping that the character resurrection Malzahn helped with Cam Newton will also help for  former Georgia QB Nick Marshall, who was booted out of Athens after a ‘violation of team rules’ (see: stealing money ). If this works, Marshall could be an incredible asset. If not, he could be an incredible pain and the next Michael Dyer for Tigers fans. Wide receivers wise, we like the picks of Tony Stevens and Dominic Walker, which will give some kind of receiving talent to Auburn. Oh, and Peyton Barber, who also visited Tennessee and Ole Miss, opted to play in Auburn.


It’s funny, Mississippi State stole the headlines the day before Signing Day, and their hated rival stole the headlines ON Signing Day. WR Chad Bumphis stunned/told everyone what they already knew when he told recruits on Twitter on February 5th: “With NSD near, recruits listen. DON’T go with the money! After its gone ur stuck at a place you probably don’t even like for 3-5 years!” We all started wondering who he was talking about….

Anyway, Mississippi State still managed to get a class of 24 together, including a stablemate for Bumphis in Chad Ross and Jeremey Chappelle from juco. Defensively, they improved immediately (if this works out!) with defensive end Chris Jones and athlete Ashton Shumpert. Our big question with Ashton: Will he be able to dunk as will as Iman in Madison Square Garden?

The problem for Dan Mullen on National Signing Day is that automatically he’s going to get it in the ear from the Cowbellers. They’re furious that Ole Miss has put together an immense class (on paper), and they’re still furious about losing to Ole Miss – and Northwestern. If you don’t believe us, we think Mullen’s on the hot seat already. Sorry, Dan.


The term ‘Hog Wild’ is a great term, but after hearing Arkansas’ recruiting story today, we’ll just go with “Wild”. The nuttiest story was around recruit Alex Collins, who saw his own mother confiscate her son’s recruiting papers on accounts that she’d rather he stayed in native Florida (ie Miami) rather than go to Arkansas. True, it’s a hell of a trip to Fayetteville. Is it up there with Petrino’s motorcycle exploits, or John L. Smith’s press conferences? No, but it’s still pretty wild. Bret Bielma will be praying that the issue with the big-time running back will be sorted soon.

Anyway, after a slow recruiting season (funny what happens when your team has an interim head coach and your team is a major disappointment), Bielma showed that he can recruit – and recruit fast. Local boys Hunter Henry (TE), QB Austin Allen, LBs Brooks Ellis and Martrell Spaight all opted to stay in-state, and he beat ‘The U’ to offensive tackle Devon Kirkland , too.

Look, it’s not a fantastic class, but it’s one that Bielma can grow – especially with Allen, who may well start if Brandon Mitchell proves to be a poor replacement for the much-missed Tyler Wilson.





SEC players, coaches and fans’ tweet lives in 5 Words

There’s something amusing going around Twitter which is #MyLifeIn5Words, so we thought we’d think up a few for SEC players. Please add in your thoughts, too!!

Jadeveon Clowney: Must eat the opposing quarterback #MyLifeIn5Words

Nick Saban: Johnny Football. Revenge. September 14. #MyLifeIn5Words

Johnny Manziel: All the fuss about Alabama? Puhleeze. #MyLifeIn5Words

Les Miles: Am I really that mad? #MyLifeIn5Words

Tyrann Mathieu: From hero to zero. Sorry. #MyLifeIn5Words

Aaron Murray: God bless you, beautiful Athens. #MyLifeIn5Words

Mark Richt (to UGA faithful): Love me or hate me today? #MyLifeIn5Words

Hugh Freeze: The Blind Side and Jesus. #MyLifeIn5Words

SEC fans: Fall Saturdays are for drinking.

LSU Juniors: Let’s all go be pros! #MyLifeIn5Words

Steve Spurrier: Must enrage my biggest rivals #MyLifeIn5Words

Texas A&M fans: Johnny Football is our God.  #MyLifeIn5Words

Missouri fans: We still really hate Kansas  #MyLifeIn5Words

Said to any recruit to the SEC: This is the NFL fast-track. #MyLifeIn5Words

Vanderbilt fans: Nashville is an awesome party #MyLifeIn5Words

Ole Miss: Hugh Freeze is Oxford Jesus. #MyLifeIn5Words

Mississippi State: Ole Miss. Damn. Damn. Damn #MyLifeIn5Words

Robert Nkemdiche: Can’t make up my mind #MyLifeIn5Words

James Franklin: Motivate. Motivate. Motivate. Motivate. Motivate. #MyLifeIn5Words

Kevin Sumlin: Thank God for Johnny Football. #MyLifeIn5Words

Auburn (1): Thank God Gene Chizik’s out. #MyLifeIn5Words

Auburn (2): We hate Alabama and Georgia. #MyLifeIn5Words

Georgia: So close yet so far. #MyLifeIn5Words

Florida: Chomp. Chomp. Chomp. Chomp. Jorts. #MyLifeIn5Words

Alabama: Houndstooth. Shakers. Championships. Bryant. Check. #MyLifeIn5Words

South Carolina: Stephen Garcia= Awesome adult entertainment. #MyLifeIn5Words

Tennessee: Peyton Manning. Peyton Manning (repeat). #MyLifeIn5Words

SEC: We really love winning games. #MyLifeIn5Words.

Tiger Stadium: Bourbon. Noise. Night. Loud. Cajuns #MyLifeIn5Words

Arkansas: Bobby Petrino really screwed up. #MyLifeIn5Words

Kentucky: Honestly, we prefer our basketball. #MyLifeIn5Words

SEC Football Blog: SEC! SEC! SEC! SEC! SEC! #MyLifeIn5Words






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