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  1. FWIW, here are Auburn players who received Heisman votes who did not win the award: Tre Mason Jason Campbell Rudi Johnson Brent Fullwood Tucker Frederickson Jimmy Sidle Ed Dyas Jimmy Phillips
  2. Retired? Very odd. Sounds like a 2009 Urban Meyer type scenario. Ages of some major coaches: Nick Saban - 65 years old. Les Miles - 63 years old. Mark Dantonio - 61 years old. Stoops - 56 years old. Brian Kelly - 55 years old. Jim McElwain - 55 years old. Chip Kelly - 53 years old. Urban Meyer - 52 years old. Chris Petersen - 52 years old. Gus Malzahn - 51 years old. Jimbo Fisher - 51 years old. Dabo Swinney - 47 years old.
  3. It is too early to talk AU-Clempson at this point. It is far too early to talk AU-UAT. Personally, I hope we get no respect going into Death Valley. I am perfectly fine with a 2013 replay with Clempson playing the part of Texas A&M. But I don't think Bama will be at the level it was last year. That was the best Bama team I have ever seen. They ordinarily would be ripe for a loss in the season, but the SEC West looks much weaker this year than a few years ago, and UAT's SEC East draw is Vandy.
  4. Yes, but part of the reason Bobby and Joe Pa declines is because they were just hanging on long enough to make a stat, and then they were going to retire. This killed recruiting. That is the reason Bobby named Jimbo his HC in waiting, was to try to stop the recruiting losses. As Saban gets closer to some key stat, the potential for him to retire becomes greater, and the strength of his recruiting will decline.
  5. It is hard to see Saban as a Bryant/Bowden/Paterno "coach until they drag me out" guy. But also Saban going to TV would be a massive pay cut. Another thing to consider: Guys like Bowden and Paterno seemed to absolutely love coaching more than breathing. Saban seems miserable coaching. His motivations are maniacal, but different. It seems like Saban is motivated by perfection. If that is true, he will not retire on his own accord until either he reaches what he considers perfection, or until he realizes he cannot achieve his standard of perfection. So a real downturn in his program (not near misses), or perfection. Those are the two things that will make him retire.
  6. My thoughts on this: The cross division permanent rivals made sense where there were existing rivalries (UAT-UTK, AU-GA). However, they made up permanent cross-division rivalries for other schools which did not necessarily make any sense. It made it a bigger issue when the SEC expanded to 14 teams and one rotating cross-divisional game was lost. I believe there is a case to be made that for those schools without permanent cross-division rivals to have two rotating cross-divisional games, and no permanent cross division rivalry games. I also think biennial rotating permanent cross-division rivalries should be considered. For example, if AU moved to the East, Bama could rotate TN and AU every other year. We could rotate Bama and LSU. LSU could rotate AU and UF. Just a thought.
  7. This is getting crazy. The first superintendent of LSU was William Tecumseh Sherman. LSU indeed chose the Tiger as their moniker in reference to the Tiger Rifles, which did reach military acclaim during the Civil War. They may have done this in defiance of the results of the Civil War. However, from what I can find, the Tiger Rifles only fought Civil War battles in Virginia and Maryland. I cannot find anything about violence towards slaves. The only violence against free blacks may refer to the a race riot in New Orleans on July 30 1866, when the unit was mobilized to assist local police in putting down the violence. The Tiger Rifles were a rowdy bunch. Two were executed by their Confederate military commander for drunkenness and insubordination. So they really were the original LSU fans--drunk and rowdy was a feature, not a bug.
  8. Tre and Ronnie were similar. Tre certainly repeated Ronnie's famous TD against Tennessee several times.
  9. 1. Bo Jackson 2. James Brooks 3. (TIE) Tre Mason, Carnell Williams
  10. My thoughts: I agree that CGM should not tolerate fighting etc. I think CGM still sees the impact of Duke Williams issues on the 2014 and 2015 teams. I think the Duke issues may have impacted JJ's mental state from which he never recovered. Regarding AJ, we will have to see where he lands and how he turns out. If he becomes an all-star and top NFL prospect, then perhaps CRG's coaching methods can be questioned. If AJ flames out, then it is likely not the fault of CRG that AJ transferred.
  11. I was in the Air Force stationed in Japan. The game was supposed to be broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. I think it was supposed to be joined in progress after an earlier game. I got up at something like 4am to listen to it, but for some unknown reason, a Notre Dame game was being broadcast instead. I remember they would give updates from the studio during the commercial breaks, and that is how I followed the game. When we made the Nix to Sanders TD, I knew we were going to win, I just sat there waiting on each update.
  12. KF and JJ seemed to suffer from the same problem: A lack of confidence when facing SEC caliber competition.
  13. Regarding SW in the Red Zone, I think this had more to do with play calling and a lack of confidence in our pass blocking. SW was most effective at short to intermediate distances. His accuracy dropped off on long passes, and I don't think he was as accurate when moving. In the Red Zone, the pass coverage is compressed, you can run a one-deep zone or be effective with man to man, so the defense can cover effectively but rush more. With man coverage a quick pass is more effectively covered, but with more pass rushers there is less time to wait for a receiver to get open. It is a challenging environment unless your pass blocking is rock solid. It is in the Red Zone where crossing routes, rubs, picks, etc. have the most success (see Clemson in the CFB NC game last year). We did not seem to have many plays of that type in the last two years.
  14. A couple of points, and notice a change from the CGM/CRL WR screens. First, CCL likes to run an option play out of stack WR formation. One WR drops back for the screen, the other cuts inside on a slant, forcing one of the defenders to choose between the two prospective receivers. This is a big difference from the CGM/CRL WR screen where instead of running a route, the other WR simply blocks one of the DBs. The other is this play, which is somewhat similar, but forces a DB coverage switch. The stack means there is not a clear 1 WR (outside) and 2 WR (slot). Ordinarily, the expectation is the 1 WR will go deep, and be covered by the CB. Here, the stacked 1 WR cuts inside while the 2 WR drops into the backfield for the screen. The inside cut of the 1 WR forces the Safety to pick up the coverage, then the 1 WR goes for the corner. I think this play would work well against the pass defense schemes UAT and Ole Miss run. Both of these plays go to something in CCL's philosophy: WRs who are not pass targets on a play should always initially run routes, not block. CCL believes in WRs running a route to pull DBs away from the play, and only switch to blocking after the WR is confident the play has happened. When you look back at CGM/CRL's offense in the past, often times our WRs were engaging in blocks immediately after the snap. This caused the opposing DBs to immediately realize a running play. If the WR did not block, the DB was confident in covering the WR and assuming any play action was a fake.
  15. From the ESPN article: Foster: "I don't make excuses. I'm a real dude." Foster told NFL.com that the positive test came after he tried to rehydrate himself after coming down with what he believed to be food poisoning. Foster: "I couldn't eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade. Then a few coaches said something about me being too light. And I'm a coach-pleaser. I don't care what everybody thinks, but I care what coaches think." "I don't make excuses. I'm a real dude." "So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up. Then I went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test." "I don't make excuses. I'm a real dude." So, who were these "few coaches" who told him he was "too light"? These were NFL coaches at the combine? If so, it would be easy for the NFL to corroborate Foster's story. And it is highly unlikely an NFL coach who knows diluting a drug test is an issue to tell a player who is complaining about food poisoning and who may be dehydrated to pound gallons of water the night before a drug test. But then again Foster doesn't make excuses. He's a read dude.