Around the SEC
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.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2018 @ 11:27am
Auburn will be without one of its star players as it defends its SEC regular season crown next season.
All-SEC selection Mustapha Heron will reportedly return to college for his junior season, but will transfer to another program. Heron is among the many who tested the NBA waters this spring, only to remove his name ahead of Wednesday’s deadline to keep his eligibility.
Heron averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds as a sophomore for the Tigers last season. Kentucky pursued Heron out of high school before he became the first five-star signee in the history of Auburn basketball.
The loss is huge for Bruce Pearl, but it followed two pieces of positive news Tuesday morning.
First, Auburn big man Austin Wiley removed his name from draft consideration to return to school. The 6-foot-11 center did not play in 2017-18, but had a promising freshman year with 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2016-17.
Wiley will be joined by Bryce Brown, who will also return to Auburn for another year. Brown, a will-be senior, was a First-Team All-SEC selection and SEC Player of the Year candidate with 15.9 points as last season. He ranks second in school history with 103 three-pointers in his career.
In even more Auburn roster news, the Tigers added a transfer from Memphis over the weekend.
Okay I think that’s enough Auburn roster talk for the day.
By Nick Roush on ©May 21st, 2018 @ 1:30pm
There are just a little more than 14 weeks until the college football season begins. That may sound a long way away, but it’s close enough for Las Vegas to produce some opening week lines.
To no surprise, your Kentucky Football Wildcats are favored in the first game of the season. The Cats are 20-point favorites over Central Michigan at Kroger Field, according to OddShark. They don’t have the lines from every game, but they’ve got ’em for the most intriguing match-ups.
- Alabama – 28.5 vs. Louisville
- West Virginia -7 vs. Tennessee
- Auburn -3 vs. Washington
- Ole Miss -1.5 vs. Texas Tech
- Vanderbilt -7.5 vs. Middle Tennessee
- Miami -3 vs. LSU
Only 101 more football days until the college football season officially begins when Northwestern travels to Purdue (4.5-point favorites) on Thursday August 31.
Underclassmen staying in the NBA Draft despite not being projected to be drafted is a conundrum Kentucky fans have grappled with the past few years, so sometimes it’s nice to be reminded it’s not just a Kentucky issue. Texas A&M big man Tyler Davis announced yesterday he will forego his senior year in College Station and remain in the draft even though he’s not listed on any of the major mock drafts. Adam Zagoria is reporting that Davis will sign with an agent and play in Europe this fall.
Of the three Kentucky players currently testing the NBA Draft waters, Wenyen Gabriel’s situation is most similar to Davis’. Wenyen, who will work out for the Sacramento Kings today, isn’t projected to be drafted, but may be ready to explore options overseas or in the G-League. Wenyen, PJ Washington, and Jarred Vanderbilt have until May 30 to decide whether to stay in the draft or return to school.
Davis is the third Texas A&M star to announce he’s staying in the draft, joining Robert Williams and D.J. Hogg. That means the Aggies will be without three of their top four scorers next year. Talk about a rebuilding year for Billy Kennedy.
It’s rare to be both genuinely and sarcastically excited about the exact same thing. Tom Crean becoming a head coach in the SEC is the exact center of that Venn diagram for me.
Did you know that our own Coach Calipari called Crean on the night he was hired? Cal seemed excited to have the former Hoosier head man at the helm at UGA.
“Are you coming to the league?” Kentucky’s John Calipari, the dean of SEC coaches entering his 10th season, asked Crean when he called him the night he was hired by Georgia on March 15.
“I’m coming straight to Rupp,” Crean kidded him.
Cal clearly felt that Crean was the right man for the job.
“He’s a terrific basketball coach, great guy, been a friend. I’ve known him for a long time,” Calipari said. “And he’s got a good job. Georgia is a good job. They’ve proven it over the years, and I think it’ll be great for our league, and it’s going to be great for Georgia.
The SEC has accrued a pretty incredible list of personalities: John Calipari, Bruce Pearl, Frank Martin, Tom Crean… and those are just the loudest voices. And Crean specifically might be in it for the long haul, considering the fact that his threshold for success at Georgia is considerably lower that it was at Indiana. Just making it to the Big Dance will be considered an accomplishment in Athens.
Am I irrationally excited for Crean’s SEC tenure? Very possibly. But that irrationality won’t stop me from counting down the days before we get to see Crean making a silly face on the big screen in Rupp Arena.
By Nick Roush on ©April 21st, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Tobias Gilliam Finds New Home
The safety from Ohio announced earlier this week he planned to transfer from UK at the conclusion of the semester. He is taking his talents to the West Coast. Gilliam will play JUCO football at Arizona Western Community College in the same league where the Cats found Kayaune Ross.
Donte Rumph is Playing Arena Football
The former Kentucky defensive lineman tried to get an NFL job by camping outside of the Falcons’ training facility. When that didn’t work, he found employment in the Arena Football League. Today is Rumph’s home-opener for the Philadelphia Soul, the perennial powerhouse owned by Ron Jaworski and Jon Bon Jovi. Rumph did not record a tackle in the Soul’s season-opening victory.
Tennessee is the Worst
There are a lot of these inside Neyland Stadium for today’s spring game and frankly, they are dumb and I hate them.
But I can’t stay mad because this is hilarious.
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) April 21, 2018
Alabama gets another Tua
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa entered college football lore by coming off the bench to lead Alabama to a National Title. Now, he has some competition…from his little brother.
There’s another Tagovailoa quarterback coming to Tuscaloosa. Tualia committed to Alabama prior to today’s spring game. Different than his older brother, he’s a righty that’s considered the No. 6 pocket-passer in his class, while big bro is a lefty that was considered a dual-threat weapon. Taulia is the second elite 2019 passer to commit to the Crimson Tide, joining Bear Bryant’s great-grandson and former Kentucky recruit, Paul Tyson.
Need a Room in College Station?
If you want to watch the Cats play Texas A&M at Kyle Field, it’s best to make plans right away. Tickets are available, but hotel rooms will be hard to find. The UK Alumni Association has your back. They’ve booked a block of rooms to make sure blue gets into Kyle Field.
An Easy $25K
All this Nebraska student had to do is catch a punt for $25,000. I know it’s harder than it looks, but it’s definitely easier than making a half-court shot.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 18th, 2018 @ 11:00am
The NCAA is expected to overturn a ban on alcohol sales at championship events this week, once again begging the question, why can’t fans drink at football and basketball games in the SEC?
Most schools, including Kentucky, have found a way around the SEC’s stadium-wide alcohol sales ban via a loophole that allows alcohol sales in “private, controlled areas,” aka premium seating, and this year, Texas A&M and Auburn pushing the limits even further with general admission beer gardens at baseball games. LSU went as far to open a 1,500-seat general admission “Skyline Club” atop their south end zone this past season. Not surprisingly, LSU is one of the schools in the league pushing for the ban to be lifted, but according to The Advocate, other (unnamed) schools are insisting it stay in place.
“We have some that would like to remove the policy and have others that have no interest in that,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “From a stadium wide (standpoint), there are those that think ‘Let’s just take the restraint off the conference level.’ But that’s not a unanimous or, I’m not sure right now, a majority position.”
A majority vote of the 14 league presidents and chancellors is required for the policy to change, and that vote could take place as soon as the SEC Spring Meetings in a few weeks in Destin, Florida. For those who fear lifting the ban would result in more debauchery and violence at games, don’t; after testing stadium-wide sales at various championship events, the NCAA reported that the number of alcohol-related incidents actually decreased, “in some cases significantly.” That totally makes sense when you consider the amount of binge drinking that takes place in the parking lot before games. Why pound beers before the game when you know you can drink at the game? Similarly, why leave the game to go drink in the parking lot when you can just go to the concessions stand and get another?
Not only is the SEC’s game-day prohibition silly, it’s totally hypocritical. Why should fans in premium areas be allowed to drink while those in the rest of the stadium cannot? I feel like we go through this debate every year, another reason it’s time for the league to catch up on the times and profit off it. According to HookEm.com, Texas made almost $3 million in alcohol sales at football games over six home games in 2016.
Now, a much more important question…which schools in the league are pushing for the stadium-wide ban on alcohol sales to stay in place?