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Here are what I believe are the best and worst fits for the seven SEC prospects slated to be selected on Thursday night. (Note: This post is looking at teams who may realistically draft these players, otherwise everyone’s best fit would be with great franchises like the Spurs or Warriors).
1. Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
Best Fit: Dallas Mavericks at Pick No. 5
Worst Fit: Cleveland Cavaliers at Pick No. 8
Porter Jr. is possibly the most interesting prospect in this draft. He barely played at Missouri last season due to a terrible back injury which will scare off some teams, but he has incredible talent.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 14, 2018
Unless teams are secretly terrified of his injury past, there is no way Porter Jr. falls out of the top 10 picks. Ideally, he should be hoping that he gets selected by the Mavericks.
Dallas still has a solid infrastructure with Rick Carlisle as the head coach, an NBA legend in Dirk to help bring along Porter Jr., and a budding young star in Dennis Smith Jr.
Cleveland would be the worst spot as Porter Jr. would be asked way too soon after returning from such a serious injury to try and replace LeBron James (yes, he is going to leave). That won’t be an easy task alongside such a bad roster.
2. Kevin Knox, Kentucky
Best Fit: Charlotte Hornets at Pick No. 11
Worst Fit: Orlando Magic at Pick No. 6
Charlotte seems like a great fit for Knox’s talent. The Hornets have a nice inside-outside game with Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard, and they are just missing an offensive threat from the forward position.
Nicholas Batum and Marvin Williams took huge steps back last season, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist just isn’t good offensively. Slide Knox into the rotation and the Hornets will be in business.
The Magic are one of the worst franchises in the entire league. Combine that with the fact that their roster is full of athletic forwards fighting for playing time, and I’m afraid Knox will get lost in the stupid chaos. In a weird way, I hope he does not get drafted this high.
3. Collin Sexton, Alabama
Best Fit: New York Knicks at Pick No. 9
Worst Fit: Philadelphia 76ers at Pick No. 10
Yes, I know saying that the Knicks are an ideal destination for someone sounds stupid, but hear me out on this one. I’m still high on Sexton’s talent. His flashy style of play will work perfectly with the Knicks who are badly missing an exciting point guard.
Pick and rolls with him and Porzingis would be deadly. Guard Frank Ntilikina is going to be a great defensive guard. Pairing him with Sexton will prevent the Alabama star from spending a lot of energy on defense.
The 76ers drafting Sexton makes literally no sense at all, which is why it won’t happen. They have ball dominant players already in Simmons and potentially Fultz. Landing in Philly means Sexton will struggle to fully translate his talent onto the court.
4. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
Best Fit: L.A. Clippers at Pick No. 12 or No. 13
Worst Fit: Milwaukee Bucks at Pick No. 17
“It is what it is, trust me you get what you give” ? pic.twitter.com/xmxudccCW5
— Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (@shaiglalex) June 16, 2018
Personally, I think the Clippers taking Shai would be one of the best fits in the entire draft. They are incredibly weak at the point guard position considering that Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic couldn’t guard a trash can.
He would give them an immediate upgrade defensively from those players and become an active player in their rotation. At the end of a lottery, a player like that isn’t always a guarantee.
I don’t think Shai will fall all the way down to 17, but if he did I have a feeling the Bucks would take him to backup Eric Bledsoe. That franchise has a thing for players with huge wingspans, but I feel like he could get lost in this rotation alongside Bledsoe, Brandon Jennings, and Matthew Dellavedova.
5. Robert Williams, Texas A&M
Best Fit: L.A. Clippers at Pick No. 12 or No. 13
Worst Fit: Washington Wizards at Pick No. 15
I really think it would be in the Clippers best interest to pick Shai and Williams back-to-back on Thursday night. Both players would provide immediate defensive help while also providing potential sparks on offense.
I know that the Clippers still have DeAndre Jordan, but he only has one year left on his contract, and I’m willing to bet he will be getting out of town. Who better to mentor Williams his first year in the league than a fellow Aggie who has a very similar playing style?
The Wizards could potentially select him as they need some rim protection as well. However, they seem like a team with too much drama. Williams doesn’t always play his hardest on the floor, and he certainly doesn’t need to go to a team that will not push him to always play hard.
6. Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky
Best Fit: Atlanta Hawks at Pick No. 30
Worst Fit: Orlando Magic at Pick No. 35
Sneaking into the first round would be huge for Diallo. This draft is supposedly weak at this point which could cause a team like Atlanta to prevent a talented prospect like Diallo from being a second-round pick.
The Hawks are such a young and bad team, and they could really use an athletic defender like Diallo at the two-guard spot. Their current shooting guards are Tyler Dorsey and Antonius Cleveland. Diallo should be an upgrade from those guys.
Can you tell I don’t like the Magic? Similar with Knox above, the Magic are pretty set at Diallo’s position and he could get lost in their terrible infrastructure. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if they selected him because they need the defensive help.
7. Jarred Vanderbilt, Kentucky
Best Fit: L.A. Lakers at Pick No. 47
Worst Fit: Houston Rockets at Pick No. 46
In case you haven’t heard, the Lakers are about to completely change up their entire roster. They are a prime team in the LeBron sweepstakes, plus Kawhi Leonard supposedly wants to play there as well.
If they do transform into a super team, Vanderbilt would be a great selection near the end of the draft. A high-energy rebounder that also provides toughness is an ideal skill set for a bench player trying to earn playing time. Plus, he could be learning from Leonard and James which is perfect.
The Rockets were the best team in the regular season last year, but wow does Vanderbilt not need to go there. All they do is shoot three-pointers, and he pretty much has no outside jump shot right now. It wouldn’t make sense for Houston to draft him, but good teams like selecting good defensive players.
By Nick Roush on ©June 16th, 2018 @ 3:45pm
One of the new kids on the block in the SEC has plenty of nice things to say about Kentucky’s John Calipari.
After finishing his first season as LSU’s head basketball coach, Will Wade recruited the nation’s third-ranked class to Baton Rouge. Along with the highly-touted prospects, LSU returns Tremont Waters and a handful of other experienced veterans. Poised for a breakout year in the SEC, to become the best, Wade said the Tigers must first compete with the “gold standard” of the SEC, Kentucky.
“That’s what you’re aiming for, is to try to be on a level where you’re competing with them year in and year out,” Wade said on the latest edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast.
After Wade looked back on his first season as head coach and previewed the Tigers’ 2018-19 season, LSU’s coach praised Calipari for being two steps ahead of the competition.
“He’s phenomenal. The number one thing that I would say about him that I really respect, that I love about him, is that he doesn’t accept what the norms are. He’s always thinking outside the box. He’s always looking ahead. It always seems like he’s two or three steps ahead of every other program if it’s in terms of branding, or marketing or how you treat you players. Whatever it may be, he’s always at the forefront of it.
“He’s never ever playing catch-up. That’s how his mind works and that’s how his mind thinks. Sometimes he throws something out there and you think, ‘Man, that’s an odd idea.’ Then you process it, think about it and you think, ‘That’s a really good idea. That’s going to work.'”
Wade didn’t just praise his innovative thought process, he commended him for being an excellent in-game head coach, a point Calipari’s critics are quick to condemn.
“I don’t think there’s many, if any, that do it any better than he does. He’s a phenomenal coach. He’s a phenomenal gameday coach. He’s a phenomenal defensive coach. He does a great job of putting those guys in position and giving them space.”
Listen to everything Wade had to say in Episode 53 of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast.
SEC Media Day’s evolution from press conferences to a full-blown circus is now complete. The league just announced they are adding a fan day to this year’s festivities, which will take place in Atlanta.
The event, “SEC Football Kickoff Summerfest,” will be held Sunday, July 15 from 1-8 p.m. ET at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park and will include a live broadcast of SEC Nation, music, food trucks, interactive games, and much, much more. Think of it as a giant tailgate party. In Atlanta. In the middle of July. Even though it will be hot as Hades, you know this guy will be there:
The main event takes place Monday, July 16 through Thursday, July 19 at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Mark Stoops and Kentucky will help get things rolling on day one, along with Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher (that still feels weird to type) and LSU’s Ed Orgeron.
MONDAY, July 16
Texas A&M – Jimbo Fisher
Kentucky – Mark Stoops
LSU – Ed Orgeron
TUESDAY, July 17
Arkansas – Chad Morris
Florida – Dan Mullen
Georgia – Kirby Smart
Ole Miss – Matt Luke
WEDNESDAY, July 18
Alabama – Nick Saban
Mississippi State – Joe Moorhead
Missouri – Barry Odom
Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt
THURSDAY, July 19
Auburn – Gus Malzahn
South Carolina – Will Muschamp
Vanderbilt – Derek Mason
Nick Roush will be in the middle of it all, bless him.
By KSR on ©June 14th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
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We are only 84 days away from the start of the Kentucky football season.
Between now and September 1, there will be previews of players, position groups and plenty of preseason rankings. In mid-July the talking heads will assemble in
Hoover Atlanta for SEC Football Media Days. The prognosticators will condemn the Cats, pump up Will Muschamp’s South Carolina Gamecocks and proclaim Kirby Smart as the heir apparent to Nick Saban.
Kentucky’s opponents will receive plenty of praise. As people predict records, they probably won’t take into account match-ups, timing, etc. Allow me to handle that responsibility by ranking UK’s opponents, from least to most difficult.
12. Murray State
Kentucky hasn’t easily handled FCS opponents under Mark Stoops, but Murray State is still an FCS opponent. The early noon kickoff means Kentucky will start slow, but ultimately leave Kroger Field with a decisive victory in the third week of the season.
11. Middle Tennessee State
There are a couple reasons why this game is potentially scary. The Blue Raiders have a fifth-year senior quarterback who is the coach’s son. Brent Stockstill has a big arm and he’s big enough to take some licks and keep running. Their offense is led by Tony Franklin, Hal Mumme’s former UK assistant, who let’s the ball fly early and often.
MTSU has a lot of potential to score a ton of points, but last year their offense actually struggled. The Blue Raiders’ scoring offense was ranked 87th, scoring just 26.5 points per game. The game also falls on Senior Day. The most-impressive senior class of the Stoops era will refuse to lose their final game at Kroger Field.
10. Central Michigan
The Chippewas ain’t no joke. They won eight games last year and have been to four straight bowl games. Kentucky should be able to take care of business in the season-opener, but Southern Miss taught us in 2016 that you can’t take the season-opening mid-major opponent for granted.
Kyle Shurmur was actually second in the SEC in passing yards per game (235.3) in 2017. That’s really the only good thing Vandy has going for them. Despite their many losses on defense, Vandy’s biggest problem is that Alabama destroyed their soul. A year isn’t long enough to recover from that L.
8. South Carolina
I will never understand the media’s fascination with Will Muschamp. The bowl victory over a bad Michigan team should not validate their confidence in the Cocks, but it will. I’ll commend South Carolina for still winning eight regular season games without Pharoh Cooper. Jake Bentley is the SEC’s darling, and could have his best year yet, but I’ll believe South Carolina can beat Kentucky when I see it.
7. at UofL
It’s easy to be skeptical about this year’s Louisville team. They lost their best player ever, who is being replaced by a guy whose first start will be against Alabama’s vicious defense. If Jawon Pass’ will is not destroyed by the Crimson Tide, the Cards will probably have another high-scoring offense. But their defense…
Louisville’s defense could only do anything right when Jaire Alexander was in the lineup. Now he’s gone, and so is Petrino’s fall guy, Peter Sirmon. His replacement, Brian VanGorder, has a long track record of being very average and that’s exactly what Louisville will be this year. When the two teams meet in the final week of the season, it would not shock me if Louisville was playing for bowl eligibility (but in reality both teams will probably be 6-5 entering Thanksgiving weekend).
6. at Tennessee
The only reason this game is ranked so high is because Kentucky has not won at Neyland Stadium since 1984. Jarrett Guarantano is the Vols’ only redeeming quality. Jeremy Pruitt should bring the trash can back to the sideline to remind his players what they are.
5. Mississippi State
Dan Mullen’s departure should make the annual game against Mississippi State more winnable, but that change will not happen immediately, thanks to Nick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is Kentucky’s most frightening opponent this season. He’s “Tim Tebow Light.” One can only hope the massive dual-threat quarterback takes a step back while learning Joe Moorhead’s offense.
4. at Missouri
Mizzou is by no means a scary place to play. The last time Kentucky traveled to Columbia, there were about as many animals in the petting zoo as there were fans in the stands. However, a lot has changed since the Cats beat the brakes off the Tigers in 2016.
Drew Lock will probably throw for 4,000 yards in 2018. It took the Tigers’ offense some time to click in 2017. They figured it out in the halftime locker room at Kroger Field. After the Cats escaped with a victory, Mizzou lost to Georgia, then rattled off six straight wins by scoring an average of FIFTY ONE POINTS.
The No. 14 scoring offense in America in 2017, they’ll be in the top five in 2018. Kentucky’s defense should be its best since Mark Stoops got to UK, but you can’t expect them to stop the Missouri offense, just slow it down a little. If UK can play ball control with Benny Snell, the Cats can escape with a victory, but they’ll need at least 35 points to do so.
3. at Texas A&M
The most mysterious team on the schedule, who knows what Jimbo Fisher will throw on the field when the season starts in September. Unfortunately, this game is six weeks into the season. Whatever kinks Jimbo has to work through (like finding a quarterback) should be fixed by the time UK travels to Kyle Field, the second-most difficult venue on the schedule.
2. at Florida
The Swamp. That place will be rocking for the 7:30 kickoff on September 8. Dan Mullen’s second game as the Gators’ head coach, the former Florida offensive coordinator has a knack for making the most out of his quarterbacks. Felipe Franks has the most experience, but incoming All-American Emory Jones is the one that should make you worry. Recruited to play in Mullen’s system, the dual-threat quarterback is the ideal candidate to come off the bench and have a breakthrough performance, a la Lamar Jackson in 2015.
There is some hope. Three of the last four against the Gators have been decided by a combined 12 points. Maybe vengeance from last year’s loss is enough to motivate them to surprise Mullen’s team. Or maybe Mullen will continue to have the Cats’ number. It took a 51-yarder as time expired to handle Mullen his only loss to UK in nine years as Miss. State’s head coach.
Is there a scenario where Kentucky beats the defending SEC Champs? If Kentucky could beat a No. 1 team that eventually won the National Championship in 2007, it is possible (but highly, HIGHLY unlikely).
We found out Kentucky’s conference opponents for the 2018-19 season yesterday, and although we don’t know the dates of each game yet, we’re gonna do what we do and rank them from hardest to easiest.
After examining the list, let me tell you, it is one tough slate.
1. at Tennessee
Not only has Kentucky lost their last four games at Thompson-Boling Arena, the Vols are ranked as high as third in some preseason lists. With their top six scorers back, including Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield, Rick Barnes’ squad will once again be a formidable foe.
2. at Auburn
Similarly, Kentucky’s lost at Auburn the last two seasons. Mustapha Heron may be transferring but Bryce Brown and Jared Harper will be back, along with Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, who had to sit out last season due to the FBI investigation.
The Vols’ win in Rupp Arena last season proved they are no longer scared of the Cats; however, I am scared of them.
4. at Mississippi State
This is not your typical Mississippi State team. Ben Howland has his top six scorers back, including the Weatherspoon brothers, and a Top 25 recruiting class coming in. The Bulldogs are a preseason top 15 team according to CBS Sports and NBC Sports, and the Hump will be rocking.
Bruce Pearl is desperate to win in Rupp Arena. The Tigers didn’t come to Lexington last season, so this could be his best shot.
6. at Florida
Chorizo Chiozza is gone, but Jalen Hudson and Kevaughn Allen aren’t, and the O’Dome is a notoriously tough place to play; in fact, Kentucky’s lost there the last two years.
7. at Vanderbilt
Five-star freshmen Simi Shittu and Darius Garland won’t make Vanderbilt a title contender, but they could help them knock off Kentucky in that bizarre ass gym.
Kentucky was lucky to leave Baton Rouge with a win last year; this year’s game may be in Rupp, but a sophomore Tremont Waters is scary and he’ll be joined by five-stars Naz Reid and Emmitt Williams, along with Oregon transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams. If this game was at LSU, Kentucky would lose.
9. Mississippi State
I think Kentucky splits the series with Mississippi State. Obviously, this is the easier one to win.
10. at Alabama
Collin Sexton is off to the NBA, but Alabama has everyone else back and adds Tevin Mack, a transfer from Texas. Avery Johnson will do everything in his power to make sure Coleman Coliseum is packed and loud when the Cats come to town.
Florida was one of two SEC teams to beat Kentucky in Rupp last year and they did it while shooting an uncharacteristic 20% from three. Who knows what the Gators will be like without Chiozza, but they won’t be scared of the bright lights at Rupp.
12. at Missouri
Kentucky lost at Missouri last year by nine points; the Tigers lost a lot of players and only have two point guards — one a true freshman — but they do have Jontay Porter, the SEC’s co-Sixth Man of the Year, back from the NBA Draft.
13. at Georgia
Tom Crean has a heck of a rebuilding project ahead of him, but what better way to make a splash in your first year than beating Kentucky? With former Georgia commit Ashton Hagans and fellow in-state star EJ Montgomery coming to town wearing Kentucky blue, the crowd at Stegeman Coliseum could get nasty.
Both Darius Garland and Simi Shittu were recruited by Kentucky; they will be eager to prove themselves at Rupp.
I don’t think there’s anything Mike Anderson wants more in this world than to beat John Calipari…except maybe another pocket square.
16. at Ole Miss
Kermit Davis takes over for Andy Kennedy — let me pour one out for my homie — and has his work cut out for him, but at least the Rebel Black Bear Land Sharks got Terence Davis back from the draft.
17. South Carolina
Why did we lose at South Carolina last year again? Oh yeah, because Chris Silva scored a career-high 27 points. He’s back, but this game’s at Rupp, so I’m not concerned.
18. Texas A&M
Robert Williams, Tyler Davis, and DJ Hogg are all off to the NBA, making the Aggies a shell of their former selves. Admon Gilder’s still there, but not even Billy Kennedy can coach a team that returns two of its top eight scorers to a win at Rupp.
Let’s hear your predictions for Kentucky’s conference record next season.
What if I told you a program in the midst of a scandal just rewarded their coach with a contract extension? Auburn borrowed a page from Louisville’s playbook and extended Bruce Pearl’s contract through the 2022-23 season despite the FBI’s investigation into the Tigers’ basketball program.
Pearl led Auburn to a 26-8 record and SEC regular season title last season amid the investigation, which prevented two of its biggest stars, Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, from playing and led to the firing of associate head coach Chuck Person.
“It was a historic season for Auburn basketball and one that was matched by excellence in the classroom as well,” Auburn athletic director Allen Greene said in a release. “Coach Pearl shares my commitment to ensuring the holistic development of our student-athletes and adhering to the mission of Auburn University as an institution of higher learning.”
“Our coaches and student-athletes believe in Auburn and we love it,” Pearl said. “We came here to work hard, make a positive difference on the campus and in the community and bring credibility and championships back to Auburn basketball. I’m grateful to President Dr. Steven Leath and Director of Athletics Allen Greene for their commitment and support. My family is blessed to be a part of the Auburn Family.”
Back when the FBI’s report came out last fall, many believed Pearl wouldn’t even make it through the season, especially when he refused to cooperate with Auburn’s internal investigation. Pearl turned in an incredible coaching job and continues to kill it on the recruiting trail, so he deserves to keep his job, but doubling down and offering him an extension? Winning really does cure all ails.
The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the 2018 NBA Draft has finally come and gone. Here are my way-too-early SEC Basketball rankings which feature a pretty familiar team at the No. 1 spot.
Once again the Wildcats will have a very talented freshman class coming to Lexington this fall which is headlined by E.J. Montgomery, Keldon Johnson, and Ashton Hagans (if he reclassifies, which is what’s expected).
However, what really sets this UK team apart from other seasons is that the Wildcats are returning three players who received major playing time last season in Quade Green, Nick Richards, and (most importantly) P.J. Washington.
Whenever Calipari has a nice influx of talent and experience, he usually has the best team in the nation. Once you add in the possibility of Stanford transfer Reid Travis coming to UK for next season, there is no debate at all for who the best team in the SEC will be. If Travis and Hagans are both wearing Kentucky Blue for the 2018-19 season, Calipari may have his most complete team ever.
Watch out folks. The Volunteers are going to be an absolute force next season. If P.J. Washington stayed in the draft, and if Reid Travis wasn’t rumored to come to Kentucky, then Tennessee would have been my No. 1 team in the SEC for next season.
Why? Well its because they return their top six scorers from last season which includes Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield. Not only do they have a talented roster, but Rick Barnes is basically getting back all of the Volunteers’ production from last season.
That amount of experience will come in handy once February and March roll around. I personally thought the Volunteers ran into some bad luck in the NCAA Tournament this year, and I think they will be primed for a huge run in the Big Dance next season.
After testing NBA Draft waters this spring, star guard Bryce Brown (15.9 ppg) decided to return to Auburn for next season. He will be one of the best shooters in the league, and he could also be the SEC Player of the Year as well.
Overall, the Tigers are returning six of their top eight scorers from last season’s squad which shared the SEC regular-season title. Expect Head Coach Bruce Pearl to have Auburn locked and loaded for another big year. If Brown makes a leap to one of the best players in college basketball, then the Tigers will have a chance to be the best team in the league.
4. Mississippi State
For the No. 4 spot, I’m going with Ben Howland’s Bulldogs.
After winning 25 games and making the semifinals of the NIT this past season, Mississippi St. returns their top six scorers which include the Weatherspoon brothers who combined to score over 25 points a game.
Add in a top-25 recruiting class that features three 4-star players and you have one of the top teams in the SEC.
I think the Tigers are primed to be one of the most improved teams in the conference next season. Not only do they get back superstar Tremont Waters, but LSU is also welcoming a recruiting class that many have tabbed as one of the best in the nation.
Headlined by five-star players Emmitt Williams and and Nazreon Reid, the Tigers will have some incredible young talent for once. While I still have questions concerning the depth and experience level of Will Wade’s team for next season, this is a squad that has top-25 talent.
Tremont Waters gives LSU the win! pic.twitter.com/eLdgDrxWrZ
— CollegeBB News (@CollegeBBNCAA) January 6, 2018
The Gators were one of the hardest teams to predict in these rankings. They lose a sizable amount of production and star guard Chris Chiozza. However, they are still a deep basketball team that will feature 7-9 players who can play at anytime.
Most notably they return talented guards Jalen Hudson and Kevaughn Allen. Add that in with a top-25 recruiting class and I think Mike White will have the Gators back in the NCAA Tournament next season.
I’m shooting for the moon with this pick. The Commodores were arguably the worst team in the conference last season, but I think they are going to make a sizable leap forward this year.
They lose three of their top four scorers, however, they are welcoming in a top-10 recruiting class that features two top-15 players (Simi Shittu and Darius Garland). This ranking is dependent on the talent level of those two players. If they come in and play to their potential, Vandy will be quite a team to watch. If they disappoint, it will be another long season in Nashville.
— SLAM HS Hoops (@SLAM_HS) March 29, 2018
The college basketball world is certainly going to miss Collin Sexton. The Crimson Tide will really miss him as well. However, Head Coach Avery Johnson will be getting back everyone else while also inheriting talented transfer Tevin Mack from Texas.
I think Johnson is slowly building a solid program in Tuscaloosa, and this season should be the year where he really shows off his coaching ability.
From here on out, the teams on this list will be squads who lost a lot from last year and are expected to still be in rebuilding mode. I think Arkansas will still provide the league with a solid team.
They return the immensely talented Daniel Gafford, and the Razorbacks are also welcoming in three 4-star players in their recruiting class. For me, I think that’s enough for Head Coach Mike Anderson to get this team to respectability.
This is now Jontay Porter’s team. He could have left Missouri along with his brother for the NBA Draft, but he surprisingly came back despite being a borderline first-round pick. The Tigers lose a lot around him, but I think he will have a really good season in 2018-19.
— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) May 30, 2018
11. Texas A&M
After losing Robert Williams, Tyler Davis, and D.J. Hogg this off season the Aggies are going to be in rebuilding mode. Expect Admon Gilder to be the best player on next year’s team.
I think this is one of the worst teams in the league. However, I guarantee that Tom Crean will keep the Bulldogs out of last place. Despite all the jokes we make about him the guy really can coach. Expect 2019-20 to be the season where Georgia makes a big leap.
13. South Carolina
I really like Frank Martin as a coach, but the Gamecocks are still sadly in rebuilding mode right now. Keep your eyes on Chris Silva next season. The guy can really play.
14. Ole Miss
Gone is Andy Kennedy, and in comes Kermit Davis. For his first year at Ole Miss, Davis has quite the uphill battle. At least he will have Terrance Davis to work with who withdrew from the NBA Draft.
The Mad Hatter has taken off his college football coaching cap to try a new career — acting.
A National Champion at LSU, since Les Miles was fired by the Tigers he’s tried a few different jobs. After going the TV-anaylst route, he’s putting his face on the big screen. An odd turn for a college football coach, Miles told The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger that he’s fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“I don’t know that anybody ever doesn’t dream at one point in time, ‘I’m going to be in a movie,’ ” Miles said. “I don’t know how you don’t think that way. As a child, I wanted to be the president of the United States, wanted to be a head football coach and wanted to be an actor in a movie. We only get one go-around at this thing called life. There’s no do-overs.”
After a pair of cameo appearances, Miles will play the role of NASA chief Nelson in an upcoming movie about the Challenger disaster titled, Angry Men, set to release later this summer. In one clip from the movie, he actually plays the part quite well. I can’t say the same when he was asked by to perform Bill Pullman’s Independence Day speech.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 01st, 2018 @ 9:00pm
The Alabama football team may have a knack for winning on the field, but they fall short when it comes to life on the lake.
What started as a Leadership Team Lake Day meant for team bonding ended with Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide being stranded on a boat in the middle of the water.
Why? They simply ran out of gas.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) June 1, 2018
Some of the Tide players posted videos on social media documenting the wild day, and they are absolutely hilarious.
Saban and some Alabama players getting stuck on a boat is probably the best thing you will see today ? pic.twitter.com/ofK4H9l7mT
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) June 1, 2018
It didn’t take long for Butch Jones to screw up on the job, something he did quite well at Tennessee.
Butch Jones already failing Nick Saban as the Alabama interns are responsible for filling Saban's boat up with gas https://t.co/kiTo42I6gV
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) June 1, 2018
Jones was hired as an off-field analyst and intern for Saban this offseason, where he will be paid $35,000 annually, a 99-percent pay decrease from his time in Knoxville.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 01st, 2018 @ 2:30pm
Here’s one interesting note from the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin. According to Brett McMurphy, the league’s presidents just voted to allow grad transfers who transfer from one SEC school to another immediate eligibility. Under the previous policy, the SEC required grad transfers to sit out one year if they transferred to another school in the league.
The grad transfer market is already crazy in both basketball and football; this will make it absolutely bonkers. The new rule could directly affect Alabama backup center Brandon Kennedy, who announced he was going to transfer earlier this month to either Tennessee or Auburn, but was denied, prompting this response from Nick Saban.
“I don’t think it should be on me,” he said, via Marc Weiszer. “I think we should change the rule. If we agree at the SEC at these meetings that we’re going to have free agency in our league and everyone can go wherever they want to go when they graduate, that’s what’s best for the game, then that’s what we should do. Then Brandon Kennedy can go where ever he wants to go.”
Sounds like he might be able to.