Around the SEC
By Nick Roush on ©August 16th, 2019 @ 9:10am
Another SEC school has approved stadium-wide alcohol sales at home football games. This fall fans can purchase beer and wine at Neyland Stadium.
“I appreciate everyone whose efforts have helped us develop what we believe is a comprehensive and responsible plan for alcohol sales at home football games,” Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “The game day experience at Neyland Stadium is historic and unrivaled, and I’m confident these new concessions options will aid our continued efforts to enhance that experience for Tennessee fans and visitors throughout the stadium.
“We remain committed to providing a safe, positive, and family-friendly atmosphere in our venues and have measures in place to assure that standard is met.”
Tennessee joins Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M in the pro-alcohol SEC community. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi State will exclusively sell alcohol in premium seating areas.
By Nick Roush on ©August 15th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Missouri is never going to forgive Ahmad Wagner.
Almost a year after Kentucky overcame a two-touchdown deficit with five minutes to play, the Tigers are still making excuses for their loss. According to Missouri, they didn’t lose because they could not get a first down in the second half. It wasn’t because of the punt return touchdown they surrendered either. They lost because the refs cheated.
Dave Matter, the Mizzou beat reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote an incredibly long report on the SEC’s increased scrutiny of officials and how it pertains to the Tigers. This is how he addressed the final moments of the loss to UK.
No player in the SEC knows the sting of controversial officiating decisions more than (cornerback DeMarkus) Acy. As the game clock turned to zeroes last Oct. 27 against Kentucky, Acy was flagged for pass interference in the end zone, even though it was Wildcats receiver Ahmad Wagner who clearly delivered the most contact, trying to twist off Acy’s head like a bottlecap. The Wildcats were rewarded an untimed down, which they used to score the game-winning touchdown. (Missouri head coach Barry) Odom discussed the penalty with (SEC coordinator of officials Steve) Shaw after the game — he publicly declined to discuss how that conversation went — but insisted Acy defended the play with perfect form.
The way Matter described it, Wagner should be arrested for aggravated assault. When you see the play, the charges do not fit the description.
Maybe one day Missouri fans will be able to move on. If Thoughts and Prayers aren’t enough, I know a song that heals all wounds.
Taking off from Columbia like… ? pic.twitter.com/WZd1OERRnM
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) October 28, 2018
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 14th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
People now have a reason to go to Vanderbilt football games. The Commodores just announced they will sell alcohol to the general public at Vanderbilt Stadium this season.
“Not only will this game day initiative enhance our fan experience, it will provide additional resources to invest in our mission of helping our student-athletes succeed on and off the field, such as through facility enhancements and in other areas,” said Malcolm Turner, Vanderbilt vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs.
As that statement suggests, for Vandy, the move makes a ton of sense. The school is in desperate need of a new — or majorly renovated — stadium, and attendance is already an issue. The ‘Dores join Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, and Texas A&M on the growing list of schools to allow public alcohol sales since the SEC lifted its ban earlier this summer. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi State have all announced they will keep their current policies in place — for now — and only sell beer and wine in premium areas.
Another reason to come to the Kentucky/Vanderbilt game in Nashville on November 16, right?
By Drew Franklin on ©August 12th, 2019 @ 10:45pm
When reports of a self-imposed recruiting ban surfaced out of Auburn last week, it was hard to believe that Bruce Pearl was telling the truth. Pearl’s program “did not conduct recruiting of any kind from September 2017-April 2018,” according to AL.com, a response to assistant coach Chuck Person’s role in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball.
Turns out, it might be a big fat lie, which would only do more damage to the problem.
According to Yahoo!, there is evidence of several instances that sure do look a lot like recruiting during this recruiting ban.
Auburn had the whole AOT squad on campus tonight, including 4-star commit Babatunde Akingbola, 5-star 2019 wing Isaac Okoro, 5-star 2020 PG Sharife Cooper and 4-star 2019 wing Charles Smith. https://t.co/fz79Ar2nhr
— Dan McDonald (@DMcDonaldRivals) February 4, 2018
Four-star center Babatunde Akingbola even committed to Auburn during this time we’re to believe Pearl and his staff weren’t out recruiting or having any contact with recruits.
You can read more on the matter from Yahoo! and it’s not a good look for Auburn.
Bruce, what are you doing?????
Missouri’s football stadium has a new statue outside its South End Zone and it’s a… What is that? It’s not a tiger. If it is, it is a very skinny tiger. Is it a dinosaur? What’s with that neck frill?
The replies to this tweet are great:
BREAKING: New Mizzou tiger statue has webbed feet and may have killed Newman in Jurassic Park. pic.twitter.com/Cd8vL7tmB4
— Saturday Down South (@SDS) August 12, 2019
And here is the big reveal from last Friday:
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) August 11, 2019
By John Reecer on ©August 11th, 2019 @ 6:30pm
For the next few weeks leading up to the start of the College Football season, I will be previewing different teams, players, and more from the SEC. This week, I give my five boldest SEC Football predictions for this upcoming season. Are these sure to be wrong? Probably. But fortune favors the bold.
5. Georgia’s Demetris Robertson Will Have a Big Season
The Bulldogs have a bit of a problem on their hands entering the 2019 season. After a great year from quarterback Jake Fromm, Georgia will lose four of their top five receivers (including their top three) from 2018. While junior Jeremiah Hollman returns (418 yards, 4 TD’s), there is a huge need for a receiver to step up and be one of Fromm’s top targets.
Enter Demetris Robertson. Robertson is a transfer from the California Golden Bears of the Pac-12. Out of high school, he was ranked as the No. 2 receiver in the nation. He showcased his talent regularly at California where he tallied 837 receiving yards in 13 starts with Davis Webb at quarterback. He spent most of last season on the bench at Georgia where he failed to catch a single ball. But his big-play ability was showcased as he ran for over 100 yards on just four carries.
— Greg Brandt (@devywarehouse) September 1, 2018
Overall, Robertson has the most talent out of all of Georgia’s receivers. There is a huge need for someone to step up big time here. Don’t forget that the leading receiver for Georgia last season compiled only 570 yards.
I think it’s a relatively safe bet that Robertson has a breakout year in 2019. All he would need to do is amass over 700 yards receiving to make a big splash on this team. Considering his talent and experience at the position, the need for a big-time playmaker, and that Fromm is throwing him the football, I think it’s a very safe bet that Robertson makes a lot of noise in the SEC this year.
4. Tennessee Will Have its First Winning Season Since 2016
As this list goes on, the predictions will get bolder and bolder. I’m sure that I’m not winning any fans with this one, but I earnestly believe that the Volunteers will win at least seven games in 2019. It has everything to do with their returning experience. They return a total of 10 starters on offense and six on defense. It doesn’t matter who you are, returning every player back on offense with the exception of one lineman bolds very well for you.
Personally, I really like Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt and the confidence he has instilled in quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who has real talent as a pocket passer. On a wider level, the talent level in Knoxville is still relatively good. In the end, it all comes down to their schedule. Are there at least six winnable games there to get them to a bowl game?
“After being there for a year, we know the players that we have. We know what their strengths are, what their weaknesses are, and I think that's been extremely important in the development of our football team” – @CoachJPruitt #SECMD19 // #PoweredByTheT pic.twitter.com/Mpuv0cDuY4
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) July 16, 2019
First, I see definite losses at Florida, at Missouri, Georgia at home, and at Alabama. As far as should-be wins, Tennessee shouldn’t have much trouble with Georgia State, Chattanooga, UAB, and Vanderbilt at home. That just leaves BYU, Mississippi State, and South Carolina all in Knoxville along with a road trip to Kentucky. Personally, I see at least two (maybe three) wins there which puts the Vols win total at six.
Add in a possible bowl game win, and the Volunteers have a winning season. Honestly, Tennessee isn’t going to be all that great, but they have the right coach, the right quarterback, and a path to seven wins. In their second season under Pruitt, I think the Volunteers will make it happen.
3. Matt Corral Will Prove to be the Real Deal
Being a freshman quarterback in the SEC is not exactly ideal, to say the least. However, that is where Corral finds himself after being redshirted by Mississippi in 2018. Fortunately for him, Corral played in the minimum amount of games required by the NCAA before losing a full year of eligibility. In that very short amount of time, he actually had a better QBR than former quarterback Jordan Ta’amu did.
Corral has a big arm, and an even bigger personality. You might remember him for being involved in the infamous brawl Ole Miss had with rival Mississippi State last year. Out of high school, he was rated as the second-best quarterback prospect in the nation (behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence) so the talent is certainly there to match his “passion.”
Let me be clear here. I am not suggesting that Corral will set the SEC on fire this season. The Rebels are still rebuilding and the offense returns just three starters this season. Ole Miss will lose four of their top five receivers from 2018. Gone is AJ Brown and DK Metcalf to the NFL. Several players will need to step up in order to help Corral, and I’m not sure that’s going to happen.
Overall, Corral and the Rebels will struggle early on in 2019. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if the young freshman has a problem with interceptions. Even with the struggles, I do think that Corral will do just enough to showcase that he is the future of this program. I will take my bets with a quarterback that can do something like this:
— My Loan Ranger (@dvtalley) August 26, 2017
2. Arkansas Will Make a Bowl Game
Yes, I know. This might certainly sound crazy. After all, I did tell you that these predictions were bold. The Razorbacks are officially at the bottom of the barrel right now. They won four games in 2017 and just two in 2018. So, it would seem rather crazy that I’m suggesting that Arkansas will pull off six wins in 2019.
But that’s exactly what I am suggesting.
I actually don’t think the Razorbacks are even a good team, but I do think that they will have a perfect storm of positive factors that will give them a bowl berth. First, they are due some good luck. They had four close losses in 2018 while playing exceptional defense at times.
Second, they have a rather manageable schedule for an SEC West team. Will they lose to Alabama, LSU, Missouri, Auburn, and Texas A&M? Yes. But their other seven games go like this: Portland State, Ole Miss, Colorado State, San Jose State, Mississippi State, WKU, and Kentucky. Add in the addition of quarterback Ben Hicks (SMU’s all-time leading passer) and I believe that Head Coach Chad Morris will get Arkansas to six wins in his second season.
Chad Morris is at the podium to talk about the Razorbacks first scrimmage. “We continued to show great improvement across the board.” pic.twitter.com/DqThNyiVbc
— Kelli Stacy (@Kelli_Stacy_) August 10, 2019
This is a big bet by me, and I realize that there is a high chance I’m wrong. But even if the Razorbacks fail to make a bowl game, I can guarantee that there will be measurable improvement with this program in 2019.
1. Missouri Will Win 10 Games, Bowl Game or Not
Now things are getting spicy. I’m all in on the Tigers this season. While I think Kentucky will be just fine, there will be regression which means that another SEC East team will move up into their spot in the East. That team will be Missouri, but I think they will be even better than advertised.
Similar to the situation with Arkansas, the Tigers have a very manageable schedule in 2019. In fact, I think it’s a very easy schedule by SEC standards. Sure, I think they will lose to Georgia and Florida. However, their SEC West draw is Arkansas and Ole Miss, and their non-conference schedule is a joke. They play Wyoming, West Virginia, Southeast Missouri (?), and Troy. Folks, that is six wins right there.
That leaves the rest of the SEC East, and the Tigers get South Carolina and Tennessee both at home. They have a 1,000-yard rusher back in Larry Roundtree III, plus four of their top five receivers return from last season. Now, add in the fact that Missouri replaces Drew Lock with the very underrated and underappreciated Kelly Bryant, and you get an offense that is absolutely loaded for 2019.
Although Kelly Bryant is currently dealing with a hamstring strain, his energy has been infectious throughout fall camp. In a good way, there is a different feel to this team, and Bryant is a big part of that. pic.twitter.com/DBTtI3WTMB
— Tyler Murry (@TylerMurryABC17) August 6, 2019
Missouri’s defense will be just fine as six starters return on that side of the ball, especially considering that unit was very underrated in 2018. We know that the Tigers are currently under a bowl ban for this upcoming season. While many believe that Missouri will win its appeal of the ban, the NCAA doesn’t rule on it until the bye week (Nov. 2).
The toughest game on Missouri’s schedule before that date is…Kentucky on the road. Yupp. Before November, their toughest games will be UK, South Carolina, and…West Virginia maybe? My point is that there is a very good chance the Tigers are 8-0 and in the national conversation for being highly ranked when the NCAA makes their ruling. This will be a big story after Halloween is over, bet on it. Even if they lose their appeal, they still get Arkansas and Tennessee to end the regular season.
The SEC East will have three teams with double-digit wins. This time, however, it will be Missouri joining Georgia and Florida. I realize this won’t be the most favorable opinion on this website, but I can’t ignore a very good bet when I see one.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 07th, 2019 @ 1:30pm
Auburn is one of the teams at the center of the college hoops scandal, and unbeknownst to anyone outside of the program, they’ve already served eight months of severe, self-imposed sanctions.
According to AL.com’s Sam Blum, from the moment former assistant Chuck Person was arrested in September 2017 until April 2018, Auburn did not conduct recruiting of any kind, meaning they didn’t host prospects on official or unofficial visits, contact them in person or via phone, or do any evaluations. These self-imposed sanctions may still have gone unnoticed if Bruce Pearl hadn’t hinted at them on a podcast with Jon Rothstein late last month.
“We took some real strong penalties, a lot of which have never been made public — at some point will be,” Pearl said.
All of these measures were taken in addition to holding Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley out for the entire 2017-18 season (and nine additional games for Purifoy). Now it makes sense that there weren’t any scholarship true freshman on last year’s roster.
Auburn hasn’t received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA yet, but you have to think these measures will soften the blow — or there’s a heck of a lot that we still don’t know. Also, how did this not get out before now?
By Nick Roush on ©August 06th, 2019 @ 4:30pm
It’s hard not to feel snake-bit after every single preseason Kentucky football injury. “Why always us?” It’s not bad luck. It’s just football.
Over the last two days UK opponents have taken quite a few lumps, none more so than Missouri. The Tigers’ two top offensive players were carted off the field during Monday’s practice.
All-SEC tight end Albert Okwuegbunam was the first, spraining his knee during a red zone drill. Albert O missed the last four and a half games of last season with a broken scapula. A few plays later, quarterback Kelly Bryant slipped when rolling out of the pocket. Barry Odom said the non-contact injury was a hamstring strain. Each walked off the field before they were carted away from the medical tent. Their timetable for return is uncertain.
Kentucky’s season-opening opponent lost one of their offensive leaders. Toledo’s anchor of the offensive line, Bryce Harris, will miss the entire season with a knee injury. Harris was a second tam All-MAC selection last year and represented the Rockets at MAC Media Day.
“That’s a big blow for our football team and our offensive front,” Toledo head coach Jason Candle said. “That guy is an extension of your coaching staff. That guy’s at MAC media day. He is one of the faces for what this thing looks like.”
They aren’t the only UK opponent to lose a lineman for the season. Arkansas’ Noah Gatlin was competing for the starting spot at right tackle when he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the first practice of the year.
In the SEC East, Florida defensive back C.J. McWilliams ruptured his Achilles. He’s the second Gator to rupture his Achilles this summer, following inside linebacker David Reese. Just a few miles north of Gainesville, former five-star pass rusher Brenton Cox is reportedly transferring from Georgia.
College football is not for the faint of heart.
Preseason rankings and all-conference teams dominate talking season. KSR might as well get a crack at it.
Last month one radio pundit ranked every SEC quarterback. In an egregiously ignorant move, he ranked Kentucky’s Terry Wilson last, the same guy who won ten games as a starter in 2018. Instead of just pointing and laughing, Adam Luckett and spent 30 minutes on the debut of 11 Personnel assembling the proper pecking order of SEC quarterbacks. You will not find a more accurate preseason ranking of SEC quarterbacks.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
2. Jake Fromm, Georgia
3. Kelly Bryant, Missouri
4. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
5. Joe Burrow, LSU
6. Jake Bentley, South Carolina
7. Feleipe Franks, Florida
8. Terry Wilson, Kentucky
9. Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee
10. Bo Nix, Auburn
11. Ben Hicks and Nick Starkel, Arkansas
12. Keyteon Thompson and Tommy Stevens, Mississippi State
13. Matt Corral, Ole Miss
14. Riley Neal and Deuce Wallace, Vanderbilt
There are four distinct categories in the hierarchy of SEC quarterbacks:
1. Tua and Fromm
2. Game Managers+
3. Game Managers
4. Unproven Passers
Kelly Bryant, Kellen Mond and Joe Burrow are not elite quarterbacks, but when their team needs them to make a big play, they’re capable enough to rise to the challenge, whether it’s with their arm or by using their legs. The next group is much more difficult to delineate. (Note: Game Manager does not and should not have a negative connotation.)
The four returners in the SEC East have all been dealt different hands. The players around them have dictated how they’ve performed up until this point. Even though Jake Bentley has not been great, South Carolina has never given him a run game. Feleipe Franks had the best numbers last year, thanks to a solid run game and Dan Mullen’s system. Terry Wilson was not asked to do much with Benny Snell in the backfield, while Guarantano was not asked to do much despite not having a run game. Billed as a dual-threat in high school, he has not done much of that at all against Tennessee.
The four middle of the road SEC quarterbacks have plenty to prove this season. Nobody has a higher ceiling than Wilson. With exponentially more responsibilities and options in his second year as a starter, Wilson can become a playmaker that jumps into the Game Managers+ category.
To hear more on the state of SEC Quarterbacks, listen to the first episode of KSR’s new football podcast 11 Personnel.
Earlier this summer, the Kentucky Basketball team showed off an elaborate pool dunk while hanging out at John Calipari’s house. Since then, teams across the country have followed suit, most recently, the Arkansas Razorbacks. Whose pool dunk reigns supreme? Let’s break down the contenders.
First up, Kentucky, as orchestrated by Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans, Nate Sestina, EJ Montgomery, and Tyrese Maxey:
"Teamwork make the dream work." pic.twitter.com/q93CMv7tVr
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 27, 2019
Not bad, not bad. A few weeks later, Chris Mack’s Louisville Cardinals turned in their version:
The freshmen need to work on their passing so we got in a little practice. However I’m not counting it as part of our 4 court hours this week! ? pic.twitter.com/fDHZ7HH6OV
— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) July 14, 2019
I hate the Cards, but bonus points for the use of the slide.
Arkansas went above any beyond for their video, throwing the ball off the balcony and kicking it like a soccer ball:
— Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) July 25, 2019
These are all entertaining, but I’m not sure any of them top UConn’s from last summer:
— UConn Men's Basketball (@UConnMBB) September 3, 2018
I should have said this earlier, but please don’t try this at home.
By KSR on ©July 25th, 2019 @ 3:00pm
Nick Roush and Adam Luckett are proud to present the latest UK football podcast on the Kentucky Sports Radio airwaves, 11 Personnel.
Each week the two KSR football junkies will give the BBN everything they need to get their football fix. They will dive into the X’s and O’s and examine the SEC as a whole like never before. To start, the two recap what all went down at SEC Media Days and preview Kentucky’s quarterback room. Highlights:
— What were the biggest All-SEC misses?
— Why South Carolina’s fourth-place predicted finish is so egregious.
— Ranking every single SEC Quarterback.
— The biggest difference between year one and year two for Terry Wilson.
— Sawyer Smith and Stephen Johnson are eerily similar.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Spotify. You can also get it directly on your phone by subscribing to Kentucky Sports Radio on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 25th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
In a move we all saw coming, LSU will allow public alcohol sales at Tiger Stadium this fall. The Tigers are the second SEC school to expand alcohol sales to general areas since the league lifted its ban earlier this summer, joining Texas A&M.
“This is all about enhancing the fan experience, responding to the feedback from our fans and doing it responsibly,” LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward said in a release from the school. “It’s a big addition to our events and we believe it will be a positive one overall, but we are going about it with the appropriate mindset and thorough planning.”
LSU’s new policy states that no alcohol will be sold near the student section, and that no more than two alcoholic beverages may be purchased at a time. Alcohol sales will cease at the end of the third quarter and some concession stands will be reserved for volunteer groups who don’t wish to serve alcohol, such a local church or school groups.
Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn, and Alabama have all announced they will keep their current rules in place for the upcoming season, meaning fans will only be allowed to buy alcohol if they have seats in premium areas. Kentucky is still considering the issue, with President Eli Capilouto issuing this statement when the ban was lifted:
“The SEC has taken the right approach to this important issue by deferring to the individual, member institutions to make decisions about what is in the best interests of each university, their programs, and their fans. Led by Director (Mitch) Barnhart, UK will take the next several months to consider this issue. We will, as always, seek to do what is right for the University, our student-athletes, and the experience and safety of our fans.”
Mark Stoops didn’t have an update when asked about Kentucky’s policy at SEC Media Days, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up.
By Nick Roush on ©July 24th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Oh, so you thought I forgot about Vanderbilt? Well, maybe I did. Or maybe I tuned out when Derek Mason stood at the podium on the final day of festivities at SEC Media Days. Even so, the people need to know about Vanderbilt, who actually shouldn’t be too shabby, even though they were picked to finish last in the SEC East.
The Best Thing Derek Mason Said — Mason talked a lot about Ke’Shawn Vaughn during his SEC Media Days appearance. The addition of a new running backs coach from Auburn created a funny line. “There’s nobody more excited about Tim Horton than Ke’Shawn Vaughn.” Mr. Vaughn must really love some Timbits.
The Best Thing Derek Mason Said (Out of Context) — ” I’m just happy to be here today.”
Coach Speak 101 — I have never heard this description of a running back, one Mason used for Ke’Shawn Vaughn. “He’s a three-dimensional running back who can run, block, and catch. I mean, he can do it all.
Vanderbilt’s Three-Headed Monster — Ke’Shawn Vaughn, wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb and tight end Jared Pickney are ballers. All three were second team All-SEC selections (even though Vaughn’s first team omission is baffling). Vaughn, a Nashville native who transferred from Illinois, almost single-handedly beat Florida before an injury forced him to the sideline. One of two 1,000-yard rushers returning to the SEC in 2019, Vaughn’s ability to catch passes out of the backfield has convinced me to give him my vote for best playmaker in the conference.
Lipscomb and Pickney are exceptional pass catchers who will provide a safety blanket for Vandy’s new starting quarterback. Lipscomb was only 84 yards shy of the 1,000-yard threshold in 2018 while Pickney caught 50 passes for more than 750 yards. All three of these guys will play at the next level.
Can you believe this? Vanderbilt has beat Tennessee three years in a row. That’s hilarious.
Biggest Question Mark — Who’s the quarterback? Mason will have to choose between Deuce Wallace and Riley Neal. Last year Wallace was suspended for the season for violating university policy, while Neal threw for 1,917 yards and 11 touchdowns at Ball State. Vaughn will take some of the pressure off of whoever wins the job, but he can’t do it all, especially behind an offensive line that is replacing three starters.
Good News for UK — The game is on the road, but home field advantage does not exist at Vanderbilt. The game falls on the heels of Vandy road trips to South Carolina and Florida, while UK’s lead-up is a bye week and a home game with Tennessee.
Bad News for UK — This game will likely either make or break Vandy’s season. If they can upset Kentucky, they can go bowling for the third time in four years. If Kentucky wins again, the Commodores may have to kiss a postseason goodbye. Those stakes should give Derek Mason’s team extra juice entering the matchup in Nashville.
Fear Factor — 4.1
Is Vanderbilt good? Not really, but they have three really, really good players. Is it enough to beat Kentucky? Maybe. Vaughn is an absolute stud. It only takes a few big plays to put the Cats on their heels.
By John Reecer on ©July 22nd, 2019 @ 3:00pm
For the next few weeks leading up until the start of the College Football season, I will be previewing different teams, players, and more from the SEC. This week I preview the players who will be the top Heisman Trophy candidates from the conference this season.
5. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris is my “wildcard” pick on this list. I spent a long time choosing between him and Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix, but I just didn’t have it in me to pick someone who hasn’t even won the starting job yet.
Harris, on the other hand, has a firm grip on the starting running back job at Alabama, and that’s a position which has had great success in recent Heisman Trophy voting. Last year Harris got stuck between two guys who were trying to be high NFL Draft picks despite the fact that Harris had a better rushing average (6.7). Heck, he didn’t even get the most carries on the team in 2018 as Nick Saban decided to force feed Damien Harris the football on 150 occasions.
Both Damien Harris and Josh Jacobs are now gone, leaving Najee Harris as the bell cow of the offense. Yes, the Crimson Tide will pass the ball a ton with Tua leading the aerial attack. However, if Tagovailoa keeps coming up short in big games, Najee Harris could come in and steal the show. I can see a very reasonable path to where Harris can run for around 1,800 yards which includes some great performances in their biggest games. Plus, don’t forget that Alabama has what is considerably the easiest schedule in the SEC this season (more on that later). This season is Harris’ coming out party, and I think he will be chosen in the first few rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Najee Harris is primed to take over the SEC this season! pic.twitter.com/oI5z8zRSfP
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 1, 2019
4. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
This could be a bit controversial as Burrow did not put up huge stats last season, nor did he play very well in a few games (cough, Florida, cough). However, he totally won over the team as the LSU’s leader in his very first year in Baton Rouge. He is a tough, fierce competitor who isn’t going to stop playing hard no matter what the score is. He led the surprising Tigers to a 10-3 record last season, and they only lose three starters on offense for 2019.
Of course, I’m still talking about a player that threw for less than 3,000 yards and who only completed 57.8% of his passes last season. Even if LSU went undefeated those stats would not have given Burrow a chance at the Heisman Trophy. The good news is that there is a serious lack of Heisman contenders in the SEC in 2019, and LSU could have a huge season.
— Stadium (@Stadium) July 16, 2019
Ideally, Burrow’s Heisman path would look like this: Beat Alabama, make the SEC Title Game, throw for over 3,500 yards, and have a dominant TD-INT ratio. How hard would this be for him to accomplish? Well, he would have to pass for 600 more yards then he did in 2018, he already had a really good TD-INT ratio, and LSU gets Alabama on the road with the Crimson Tide coming off a bye week. Ouch. This all depends on how much Burrow has improved. If he makes a substantial jump, I think he could end up in New York for the ceremony. If he is the same guy as last year, he doesn’t stand a chance.
3. Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
This is where things get a bit more interesting. Mond had a very impressive sophomore season: 3,581 total yards, 31 total touchdowns, and just nine interceptions. Jimbo Fisher obviously has had an incredibly positive impact on Mond and the rest of the team. In just his first year in College Station, the Aggies won nine games for the first time since 2013.
— stayaliveinpower5 (@stayaliveinpow1) July 15, 2019
The opportunity is certainly there for Mond in 2019. It is true that Texas A&M has one of the toughest schedules in the country, and the Aggies only return four starters on defense. It is also true that this is the second season with Fisher at the helm, and I believe the national media is seriously underrating that fact. The continued influence he will have on Mond will be huge.
For Mond, Texas A&M does not necessarily need to make the SEC Title Game. His Heisman path looks like this: lead the team to over 10 regular season wins, have over 4,000 yards of total offense, and around 40 total touchdowns. This would easily net him the Heisman, and it only asks a relatively normal improvement from Mond. The catch will be winning two more regular season games with that brutal schedule. But who knows, all it takes is a couple of Heisman moments.
2. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
The guys at No. 2 and No. 1 on this list are going to be painfully obvious. First up is Fromm. His Heisman path is actually relatively easy: Win the SEC East and throw for around 800 more yards in the regular season compared to his last. Look, we all know that like Burrow, Fromm is not wowing anyone with his passing yard numbers (just 2,761 yards in 14 games). He is the definition of a top-tier game manager, and yes that is a compliment.
Everyone also knows that Georgia is going to walk into the SEC Title game out of the East. All I’m asking for is a slight bump in his stats. Yes, he threw for 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions, but the passing yardage has to improve in order for him to win the Heisman compared to the top guy on this list. This will be incredibly tough as the Bulldogs are losing their top three receivers from 2018.
If Fromm can overcome those losses, accumulate better stats, and yes, beat Alabama in the SEC Title game then I would give the Heisman to Fromm. That just isn’t a bet that I would be too willing to make.
Can Jake Fromm live up to lofty expectations and finally get Georgia over the hump? pic.twitter.com/Suw7kxADw8
— PFF College (@PFF_College) July 16, 2019
1. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
This was a bit of a no-brainer here, but Tagovailoa is of course the top Heisman Trophy candidate in the league entering 2019. He narrowly lost the trophy in one of the closest races ever after passing for almost 4,000 yards and over 40 TD’s (despite not playing in the majority of 4th quarters).
Really impressive words from Tua Tagovailoa about #Alabama's last two National Championships.
"I think they were both good… when you win it's a great feeling and when you lose it isn't a great feeling. It was good that we lost, because what can you learn if you keep winning?" pic.twitter.com/AvbbiYwg2g
— Patrick Brickman (@PatrickBrickman) July 17, 2019
Believe it or not, there is still room for improvement. Against the three toughest defenses he faced last season, Tagovailoa had a 4-5 TD/INT ratio, only passed for an average of 207 yards per game, and a 57.5% completion percentage. If Alabama wants to get back to winning national titles then their quarterback must play better when it matters the most.
The Crimson Tide’s schedule this year is surprisingly (and disappointingly) easy so I expect possibly even better numbers from him. Remember, Tagovailoa was still just a true sophomore last year. I expect the Heisman race between him and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence to be very, very close. We all know his stats will be other-worldly this season. The question facing him is that he needs to be better in the biggest games. Now that is actually a bet I would easily make. This guy will be the best candidate for the Heisman Trophy from the SEC this year. Sometimes, the most obvious choice is the right one.
By Nick Roush on ©July 19th, 2019 @ 11:00am
South Carolina and Kentucky have developed quite a rivalry over the last five years. The once proud program that reeled off three consecutive ten-win seasons and an SEC East title has now lost to Kentucky five straight times. Lynn Bowden said yesterday it’s the game he’s most looking forward to this year. It will surely be brawl between the two at Williams-Brice Stadium in late September.
The Best Thing Will Muschamp Said — Muschamp is all football all the time, except when he’s grilling. Greg Sankey introduced Muschamp by complimenting his grilling skills.
“You’re absolutely right about the Green Egg. There’s nobody better in this league, I can assure you of that,” Muschamp said. “Anything you want, I can do it. Take all comers. Commissioner Sankey made a mistake, and one of the very few he’s made, he talked about Barry Odum being the best griller in Columbia. And I’m assuming he’s talking about Columbia, Missouri, not Columbia, South Carolina.”
The Best Thing Muschamp Said (Out of Context) — “Nick’s doing a fantastic job.” Why thanks, Will.
Coach Speak 101 — “I’m not worried about the schedule. I’m worried about the Gamecocks. That’s all.”
Well, he should be worried about the schedule. It’s the most difficult in the country and it’s not really close. They could be 1-6 entering Halloween weekend, and it doesn’t get any easier, finishing the year at A&M and vs. Clemson.
South Carolina’s Scariest Players — I would never cross the Wonnum Brothers. If D.J. Wonnum stays healthy, the defensive end is the best player on the Gamecocks’ defense. His little brother isn’t too bad either. A high school All-American and top 200 player in the 2019 recruiting class, Dylan Wonnum is expected to start at offensive tackle right away.
Biggest Question Mark — How old is Jake Bentley? It feels like he’s been the South Carolina starting quarterback since long before Kentucky’s five-game winning streak began. Each year his completion percentage has dropped, but he’s thrown for more yards and touchdowns.
Good News for UK — Kentucky has successfully got inside South Carolina’s head. The last time the Cats came to Columbia, they hosted a blackout and infamously refused to shake hands with Team Captains at the coin toss. They were promptly buried. Kentucky will get another shot at the Gamecocks after they’ve taken a beating at Alabama and gone on the road to face Missouri’s explosive offense.
Bad News for UK — The road trip to Williams-Brice Stadium is the finale of Kentucky’s most difficult three-game stretch of the season, following games against Florida and at Mississippi State.
Fear Factor — 6
That’s how many years in a row Kentucky will have a victory over South Carolina after they visit Williams-Brice Stadium in 2019. If the Cats win, it’ll be the longest SEC win streak since UK defeated Vanderbilt six straight times from 1976-81. Trash-talking aside, karma has to eventually catch up with the Cats sooner or later, right?
By Nick Roush on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
Kentucky’s permanent SEC West opponent stumbled in Joe Moorhead’s first season. Projected to be Alabama’s top contender in the division, the Bulldogs finished fourth after posting a .500 record in the SEC and 8-4 overall. Even though their defense ranked near the top in almost every national statistical category, the former Penn State offensive coordinator could not create explosive plays with Nick Fitzgerald at quarterback.
Moorhead’s offense will move forward with a former Nittany Lion at quarterback, Tommy Stevens. After losing a ton of talent, if Stevens doesn’t get Moorhead’s offense rolling, it could be a long year in Starkville.
The Best Thing Joe Moorhead Said — In hindsight, State’s head coach believed things would have gone differently if he did not set the bar so high as soon as he stepped on campus.
“In a year’s worth of time, you learn things. And you got to be really introspective, I think, as a leader and you got to look in the mirror, not out the window,” he said.
“I am not saying I’m changing what our goals are, but the approach of coming off the plane gun’s blazing, talking about ring sizes and Heisman Trophies — and the expectation level of the team entering the season, prior to me even getting there… I wouldn’t have changed the goals, but I probably would have kept it a little bit more in house.”
The Best Thing Joe Moorhead Said (Out of Context) — “Part of the reason for the diet and losing some weight, I was tired of all the recruits on the trail asking me if I played right or left tackle.”
Coach Speak 101 — How does Moorhead make improvements in year two? “It’s not about the whats but the hows and the whys.” Whatever that means.
Paging Mr. Marino — Moorhead opened his remarks by calling back to his past as a quarterback. He was a signal-caller at the same high school as Dan Marino and Marc Bulger, Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Moorhead wore Marino’s No. 13, until the jersey was retired by his school just before his senior season. Moorhead used the stage to ask Marino for a follow on Twitter.
“Since Dan, he forced me out of my number in my senior year in high school, and I am one of his biggest fans,” Moorhead said. “I figured that the least Dan could do was hit me with a follow back.”
Moorhead also invited Marino to attend a game in Starkville. “And as Pittsburgh people will know, I’ll have a cold case of Iron City on ice waiting for him.”
Same Face, New Place — Former UofL defensive lineman Allen Love will play for the Bulldogs this fall, but he won’t make as big of an impact as Isaiah Zuber. Last year the wide receiver led Kansas State with 52 receptions for 619 yards. The dynamic playmaker will get a chance to take on his former team in Starkville in week three.
Miss. State’s Scariest Player — Running back Kylin Hill is a brute, coming off a 749-yard sophomore season, but he will not carry as heavy of a load as Errol Thompson. One of the few key contributors returning from State’s dominant defense, last season the middle linebacker was second on the team in tackles with 87. He also had nine tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions. Not only is he an elite run stuffer, he’s great in coverage, limiting targets to a 56.2 passer rating.
Biggest Question Mark — Can Bob Shoop still dominate opponents without the elite pass rushers? Jeffrey Simmons and Montez Sweat were two of the best of the best in the nation last year. The JUCO factory has kept the coffers full on the defensive line, but those two cannot easily be replaced.
Good News for UK — The Bulldogs lost seven starters on defense and have to find a new quarterback. That’s easier said than done.
Bad News for UK — Kentucky has not won in Starkville since 2008 and most of the games since then have not been close. Kentucky has surrendered more than 40 points on each of the last two trips. 2010 and 2013 were the only meetings decided by fewer than ten points.
Fear Factor — 6.8
Kentucky doesn’t play well against the cowbell. It took an incredible performance to upend the Bulldogs last year by three scores. Even though this Miss. State isn’t nearly as talented as last year’s team, the Cats will need another spectacular performance to silence the crowd and escape with a win on the road.
By Nick Roush on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
Arkansas defensive lineman McTelvin “Sosa” Agim took an atypical approach to SEC Media Days. The Razorbacks star brought a Chucky doll with him to each interview. It’s not just a funny gimmick.
Sosa’s doll is for his cousin, John Neal. Last year at only 19-years old, he was murdered in Texas. Yesterday was his birthday. Sosa wrote his cousin’s name on the bottom of Chucky’s foot. The tragic murder remains unsolved.
“When they killed him, they took a little part of me away. Now I’m able to have something that’s with me and able to see everything he was not able to see. A part of doing this is you wanna do it for your family. You wanna make it to the next level for your family, but when your family gets killed, it’s hard to do that.”
The Best Thing Chad Morris Said — Tempering expectations, Morris pointed out other coaches who successfully turned around programs, even though it may have taken too long for some impatient fans.
“When you take a head football coaching job, you know that establishing and enhancing a culture is your top priority, and it takes time, and it takes consistency, and there’s a certain process to follow to develop the results that you’re looking for. You can look at examples for guys that I worked for. Coach Swinney, guys in this league, Dan Mullen and Mark Stoops. It didn’t happen overnight.”
The Best Thing Chad Morris Said (Out of Context) — “Our vision is ‘Every,’ the word ‘Every.’ Every matters.”
Coach Speak 101 — How does one spin a 2-10 first season? Describe it as a learning lesson.
“We learned a lot last year. And most important, we learned that one play has no bearing on the next. And one season has no bearing on the next. Every play and every season has a life and a history of its own.
“And the true measure of someone, a staff, a group of young men that chose to come back, when things go bad, a true measure is what their character is and how they respond. And it was hard. Last season was hard. And there’s no doubt, but we learned a lot as a staff. We learned a lot as players, and we responded.”
Biggest Question Mark — Arkansas is in the middle of a QB competition between a pair of grad transfers. Ben Hicks previously played for Morris at SMU, giving him a slight leg up on Nick Starkel, Texas A&M’s starting quarterback until injuries paved the way for Kellen Mond to take over Jimbo Fisher’s offense. Each player should be better than last year’s quarterbacks, but who will take the lead remains a mystery.
Same Face, New Place — Remember Rakeem Boyd? One of the stars of season three of Last Chance U, the talented running back with rocks for biceps played for Independence CC after one year at Texas A&M. Arkansas’ leading rusher in 2018 still has two seasons of eligibility.
Good News for UK — Simply put, Arkansas is bad. Last year they were 2-10, winless in SEC play. They are still picking up the pieces in year two of Morris’ massive rebuild.
Bad News for UK — The Razorbacks will have a bye week before they travel to Lexington. In an ideal world for Razorback fans, they could upset Ole Miss and enter Kroger Field 4-1. After that, their only winnable game is against WKU. UK could ultimately determine if they’re bowl eligible.
Fear Factor — 2.2
Even though it’s a high stakes game for the Razorbacks, Kentucky should be able to control Arkansas in the trenches. Replacing three starters on the offensive line, UK’s defense should be able to suffocate Morris’ new quarterback from start to finish.
By Nick Roush on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 3:30pm
Every media member attending SEC Media Days gets one vote to pick the preseason all-conference team and predict the order of finish.
Below you’ll find every selection I submitted for the honors, which will be released Friday morning. If there was a Wildcat available for selection at a position, you better believe I included them in my ballot.
|1||Tua Tagovailoa – QB – Alabama|
|2||Jake Fromm – QB – Georgia|
|1||Ke’Shawn Vaughn – RB – Vanderbilt|
|2||Larry Rountree – RB – Missouri|
|3||D’Andre Swift – RB – Georgia|
|4||Kylin Hill – RB – Mississippi State|
|1||Jerry Jeudy – WR – Alabama|
|2||Lynn Bowden – WR – Kentucky|
|3||Kalija Lipscomb – WR – Vanderbilt|
|4||Jaylen Waddle – WR – Alabama|
|1||Albert Okwuegbunam – TE – Missouri|
|2||Jared Pinkney – TE – Vanderbilt|
|1||Andrew Thomas – OL – Georgia|
|2||Jedrick Wills Jr. – OL – Alabama|
|3||Logan Stenberg – OL – Kentucky|
|4||Alex Leatherwood – OL – Alabama|
|5||Solomon Kindley – OL – Georgia|
|6||Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms – OL – Missouri|
|7||Damien Lewis – OL – LSU|
|8||Isaiah Wilson – OL – Georgia|
|1||Drake Jackson – OL – Kentucky|
|2||Darryl Williams – OL – Mississippi State|
|1||Raekwon Davis – DE – Alabama|
|2||Nick Coe – DE – Auburn|
|3||McTelvin Agim – DL – Arkansas|
|4||D.J. Wonnum – DE – South Carolina|
|5||Derrick Brown – DL – Auburn|
|6||Quinton Bohanna – DL – Kentucky|
|7||Jabari Zuniga – DL – Florida|
|8||Benito Jones – DL – Ole Miss|
|1||Dylan Moses – LB – Alabama|
|2||Kash Daniel – LB – Kentucky|
|3||David Reese II – LB – Florida|
|4||Darrell Taylor – LB – Tennessee|
|5||Erroll Thompson – LB – Mississippi State|
|6||Jamar “Boogie” Watson – LB – Kentucky|
|1||Grant Delpit – DB – LSU|
|2||C.J. Henderson – DB – Florida|
|3||J.R. Reed – DB – Georgia|
|4||Kristian Fulton – DB – LSU|
|5||Patrick Surtain II – DB – Alabama|
|6||Trey Dean III – DB – Florida|
|7||DeMarkus Acy – DB – Missouri|
|8||Nigel Warrior – DB – Tennessee|
|1||Rodrigo Blankenship – PK/P – Georgia|
|2||Connor Limpert – PK – Arkansas|
|1||Braden Mann – P – Texas A&M|
|2||Max Duffy – P – Kentucky|
|1||Lynn Bowden – WR – Kentucky|
|2||Jaylen Waddle – WR – Alabama|
|1||Lynn Bowden – WR – Kentucky|
|2||Kadarius Toney – WR – Florida|
Order of Finish
Kentucky can win as many as nine and as few as six games in 2019. Ultimately, a late season win over Missouri will propel them to near the top of the pack in the SEC East, while South Carolina will sputter playing one of the toughest schedules in the country.
That prediction will not likely matchup with what is revealed Friday morning. Don’t expect to see Kentucky near the top until they continually post ten-win seasons.
By Nick Roush on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
A disastrous coaching search gave Tennessee Volunteer fans Jeremy Pruitt. The former Hoover High School coach and Alabama defensive coordinator almost got the Vols to a bowl game, if not for a loss to Vanderbilt in the final game of his first season. Entering his second appearance at SEC Media Days, Pruitt filibustered for 21 minutes while wearing the most disgusting attire in the United State.
This is a cry for help. Get Pruitt out of their ASAP.
The Best Thing Jeremy Pruitt Said — “That was really my wife’s idea.”
The Best Thing Jeremy Pruitt Said (Out of Context) — “There’s a lot of large men running around.”
Coach Speak 101 — Most coaches try to hide their disdain for the media. Pruitt flat out said he doesn’t like talking to us, but at least thanked us for our service.
“This has not been my favorite time as a head coach. It’s not something that I exactly enjoy doing, but I appreciate the media and what you do for our game.”
Same Face, New Place — Eight years ago, Tee Martin told Matt Jones to “look out” for Bookie Cobbins. Now he’s back at his alma mater as the passing game coordinator for the Volunteers. Quarterback for Phil Fulmer’s 1998 National Championship team, Martin spent the last seven seasons on USC’s coaching staff.
Martin is not the only former UK coach who’s coming to Tennessee from the west coast. Derrick Ansley will serve as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator after spending a year with the Oakland Raiders. Prior to the brief NFL stint, Mark Stoops’ first defensive backs coach left Lexington to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama. A new quality control staffer, Mike Colosimo, spent the last three years on UK’s staff as a graduate assistant.
Tennessee’s Scariest Player — Is Jarrett Guarantano scary? That’s debatable. Of all the moderately talented quarterbacks in the SEC East, he could be the best. Last year he threw the fewest interceptions in the SEC, with only three all year long. He has his top four receivers returning, as well as explosive running back Ty Chandler. The Tennessee hype train will perform as well as Guarantano does.
Biggest Question Mark — As soon as Trey Smith stepped onto the field, he was one of the best offensive linemen in America. The former five-star recruit was a Freshman All-American offensive guard in 2017. The following spring, blood clots forced him to the sideline. Smith felt well enough to return for seven games in the fall, until the blood clot problem resurfaced once again.
Smith may not ever play football again. Jeremy Pruitt said they’re working with doctors to see if it’s possible. “Trey wants to play football and they’re in the process of figuring out a plan so he can be able to do that.”
Without Smith in the equation, Gurantano will be protected by a pair of five-star true freshmen offensive tackles. Replicating Smith’s immediate success is far from a guarantee.
Good News for UK — Since Kentucky snapped the lengthy losing streak to Tennessee in 2011, the Cats have split the four games in Lexington. This year’s meeting at Kroger Field follows a UK bye week as well.
Bad News for UK — The Vols return 16 starters from a team that upset Kentucky in 2018 at Neyland. It’s still hard to explain exactly how UK lost that game.
Fear Factor — 5.575
A lot of things can happen throughout the season to change the trajectory for each team. Kentucky had no business losing in Knoxville last year, but the tank was on E after the emotional loss to Georgia. With all that being said, the Vols’ lofty recruiting class rankings make them a favorite amongst talking heads, even though they should not be able to beat Kentucky in the trenches.
By Nick Roush on ©July 16th, 2019 @ 8:45pm
Everybody: Tennessee Orange is ugly.
Jeremy Pruitt: Hold my beer.
You can make an unending amount of jokes about Jeremy Pruitt’s suit. After all, pictures do say a thousand words. The suit directly reflects Pruitt’s thoughts of the event. He spent almost 20 minutes rambling in an opening monologue to prevent reporters from asking questions. It’s a different approach, but it reflects the opinion of most coaches who begrudgingly attend. Instead of using the opportunity to have a little fun and promote their team, they try to spend as much time saying as little as possible.
The event does not have the fireworks Steve Spurrier once brought to the table, but there were still enough entertaining moments from the second day of festivities at Hoover.
Like most Dads, the first thing I do after entering a new hotel room is turn the AC to the lowest temperature setting on the thermostat. The folks at The Wynfrey Hotel have eliminated the need to blast the AC.
The main media room is so cold, I had to run to the Old Navy and purchase a $10 hoodie. Even after adding the fleece to my wardrobe, I’ve still walked outside a few times to thaw my frigid hands. If you see somebody behind the SEC Network set with a hood up, slouched in front of a laptop, you’re looking at yours truly.
Didn’t see you there, Mr. Fromm
Every time I’m near the University of Georgia, I find a way to have an odd interaction with a Fromm.
After Kentucky’s loss to Georgia last year in Lexington, I was hospitable to the visiting fans while enjoying some postgame cocktails out on the town. In the midst of complimenting the team to one group of Georgia fans, I finished by talking at length about the skills of Justin Fields. Once the conversation concluded, someone informed me I was bragging about the backup QB to the starting QB’s parents. Foot in mouth.
Fast forward nine months and I’m in a crowded bathroom at SEC Media Days, trying to get an automatic faucet to work. Neither of the black-bottomed sinks turned on right away. The guy next to me asked, “What’s the deal?” While we struggled to figure out why neither worked, I touched the black bottom. It was not black tile, it was dark, backed up water. “Gross,” exclaimed the bow-tied man next to me.
Once I shook off the water that was blacker than tar and found an operating faucet, I realized the man I shared a clogged sink with was Jake Fromm. Only in Hoover.
Radio Row Grows
Radio Row is now larger than a row. The hallway between the Galleria Mall and hotel lobby was too short to fit every radio station covering SEC Media Days. A few tables were forced to setup inside the mall.
Rich Rod is in the SEC?!
In the middle of the offseason coaching shuffle, I missed the part where Rich Rodriguez accepted a job to be the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss. Reminder: Rich Rod lost his job at Arizona following a sex scandal that happened only six months after Hugh Frieze lost his job at Ole Miss following a sex scandal. The irony is beautiful.
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