Nick Roush and I were the first two hacks to arrive at the media hotel in Hoover. Soon after check-in, my computer crashed. Complete chaos and panic ensued. After an hour on the phone with a tech support specialist, I’m back up and running. Roush’s podcast machine worked as we’ve recorded our first edition. Now let’s get down to some SEC randomness:
My SEC Uniform Poll
6. Kentucky’s alternative uniforms
9. Texas A&M
11. Mississippi State
13. South Carolina
As you can tell, I’m a traditionalist. Uniform tweaks are reputable, but I’m a stickler for consistent helmet appearance. I’m sure many will disagree with this list.
Suspension Season; Uncomfortable Question Alert
Suspension Season is the period of time between the end of spring practice and the beginning of fall camp. Historically, the SEC has endured its share of mishaps during this stretch. These incidents often led to players missing the first game of the season which was not considered a big deal when facing cupcake opponents. But with the advent of the college football playoff, early season, non-conference schedules are becoming more challenging. 2016’s week one contests feature several upset possibilities all of which could hinge on key player availability.
–Alabama’s All-SEC tackle Cameron Robinson and linebacker Hootie Jones were arrested earlier this summer; however, no legal charges were filed from the Louisiana incident. Cornerback Tony Brown is already indefinitely suspended. With a challenging opener against Southern Cal at Jerry’s World, how will the five-time national champion head coach Nick Saban handle these matters?
-On Sunday, Georgia defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter was arrested for his second alcohol related offense since March. Head coach Kirby Smart is faced with disciplining the sophomore as the Dawgs open against North Carolina in Atlanta.
–Texas A&M’s do-everything athlete Speedy Noil is already declared suspended for the Aggie’s opener vs. UCLA.
-Some of the week’s most uncomfortable questions will be aimed at Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze. NCAA issues coupled with Laremy Tunsil’s NFL Draft drama will be fair game to the thousand plus Hoover laptops.
There are more, I didn’t want to turn this into a police blotter post. However, the potential significance of week one suspensions could have week twelve consequences.
Monday’s lineup includes SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, Executive Director College Football Playoff Bill Hancock, Florida head coach Jim McElwain, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason.
Florida players: Offensive tackle David Sharpe, linebacker Jarrad Davis, and safety Marcus Maye.
Auburn players: Wide receiver Marcus Davis, defensive end Carl Lawson, and defensive tackle Montravius Adams
Vanderbilt players: Running back Ralph Webb, linebacker Zach Cunningham, and rover Oren Burks.
Stay tuned for podcasts and posts. They will be fast and furious.