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  1. Who Do You Want?

    As long as we're talking NFL coaches (and wishing), I'm expecting Sean Payton to be available at the end of the year...
  2. Sean White arrested

    To the people who think Sean should be kicked off the team, should we do the same with any player that has a major illness or disease? Should we not have honored Shon Coleman's scholarship? Hasn't Sean done more for the program than Shon had at the time he received his diagnosis? If the problems go as deep as some are indicating, Sean has a serious problem and needs professional help. Sean has not behaved responsibly and long ago lost the confidence of the coaches in that regard, but he put everything on the line when he was out there playing. He also had plenty of reason to either clam up and withdraw or publicly stew about losing out to Stidham (which has to be hard to swallow), but he instead has done nothing but support the team and Stidham. The least we can do is support him. After all, do we not claim to be a family? I'm not implying the school should pay for his treatment, and he should not be on the active roster for now, but don't pull his scholarship unless he refuses to be helped.
  3. Sean White should regain his job

    Guys, this is not on Stidham. I am not a "sky is falling" type and I hate to say this, but I'm finally convinced Gus is not the man for this job. He recruits like he will adapt, but then stubbornly sticks to his formula. Was there a single intermediate pass called tonight? If so, I didn't see it. That's inexcusible, because it hung Stidham out to dry. We did not have the run game tonight to open up the long pass, and repeated short passes were not going to get the job done. I've seen enough - if Gus was going to allow the offense to evolve, we would have seen SOMETHING tonight. No, losing to the champions by 8 is not a disaster, but if you had told me going in that Clemson would only score 14, I'd have said all day we win that game. We have far too much talent to only score 6 and total less than 130 yards. There is still time, of course, to turn this around, but I just don't have any faith that Gus will ever let his ego allow what needs to be done. I'm grateful for what he's brought to us, but we have stagnated and are not getting the full potential of what our talent should allow. Say whatever you want about this only being Stidham's second game, the playcalling I saw was not conducive to the success of ANY quarterback. This does not even mention that Pettway, as good as he is, was the only RB to receive carries. He looked tired by midway through the second quarter, and there was no reason to not throw someone else in, if for no reason than to throw Clemson's defense off-balance. I just don't get it. I'm a decently smart guy, and can normally justify playcalling as "well, they know more than I do, so I'm clearly not seeing something," but I've run out of excuses.
  4. Caption This

    So, was the Waffle House hat design inspired by the 70's Pirates, or was it the other way around?
  5. Auburn vs. Florida 1993

    Completely agree with this. In fact, this is the game I remember most vividly from that season. The Calvin Jackson play was nuts. We always sat in front of Aubie's stand on the sidelines, and those seats made this game memorable for me for two reasons: 1) The cover of the next "Inside the Auburn Tigers" after that game had Calvin Jackson running the ball back for the TD. He was in front of Aubie's stand so you can see me in the crowd behind him (still have a copy), 2) After Etheridge kicked the game winner he ran over to the student section, jumped up on Aubie's platform, and started swinging around this inflatable gator on a noose that Aubie had been holding all through the game. I yelled at Scott to throw it to me and he did. Went walking through the crowd back to the dorm holding that up, and a couple of weeks later got it signed by Terry Bowden. Still have that in a box somewhere.
  6. Auburn vs. Alabama 1993

    Was in the stadium. That was my junior year. The picture quality is pretty terrible, but I'm in the video at 10:43, just to the right of Aubie. White Auburn baseball shirt and a hat.
  7. Chizik steps down as UNC D-Coordinator

    Why do I get the blame for this?
  8. Mcaffrey skipping bowl game to focus on draft

    Lord knows I need to, if for no other reason than to figure out all the formatting Enjoyed our conversation.
  9. Mcaffrey skipping bowl game to focus on draft

    Got it, and as to the coaches that job hop and show no loyalty, I absolutely agree. I guess I'm just not as cynical when it comes to teammates, fans, or even to an extent the universities. The teammates are the biggest hangup for me, though. As you and Lionheart pointed out above, the issues behind this go far outside the scope of this thread, and there's no way to thoroughly discuss it on a message board. We may not entirely agree on how much of an obligation the players have to certain parties, but it appears we're all in agreement that the overall trend is not good for the game.
  10. Mcaffrey skipping bowl game to focus on draft

    You're comparing two different things. Coaching changes have always been a part of the sport. The timeline has been compacted somewhat among the big money programs, but it's not as if they were unheard of in the past. I'm open to your suggestions as to how a university should set a framework that allows a coach to be there in perpetuity. Should coaches never be fired, allowed to pursue other jobs, retire, quit due to health issues or to spend time with family? I for one would be thrilled to find a way to guarantee that a coach has to stay at a school for at least three years (same as players), but outside of that I don't understand your argument. As to Fournette, I just read that he feels he is 85-90 percent, so I understand his position. He has to be ready for the combine and pro days and it does make sense from his point-of-view. I will say, however, that even if he aggravates the injury and can't perform for scouts, he's still going to be a first round pick. That could change if a major injury occurs, which arguably would be more likely if he's already running injured. Having said that, I would play.
  11. Mcaffrey skipping bowl game to focus on draft

    Some articles are saying "sources indicate" he may be still nursing the injury. Not all. And if Fournette does not mention it as a reason, why would I? I will continue to reiterate that I am giving him some leeway in this. However, I think you might be missing the forest for the trees. My point covers all who decide to skip the game, not just Fournette, though he has been the focus of discussion. I also said nothing about the universities making millions. Whether or not you think college football has become ridiculous with the amounts of money being thrown around (and I agree it has), coaches were coming and going well before it happened. And yes, I believe the athletes should accept that, particularly because the schools where coaching changes are far more likely to happen are also the schools with the best chance to put them in the NFL. Risk vs. reward. The fans will watch the game, regardless, because they have committed to the school.
  12. Mcaffrey skipping bowl game to focus on draft

    Giving no indication of his health, which the "future" statement does not, leaves it open to interpretation that he is fine and is only skipping the game to make sure he doesn't get hurt in any way again. As I said, some accounts say he is still nursing the injury, but I didn't see anything in his statement that addressed it. Please correct me if I missed something. Perhaps he also assumes we understand he is still injured. This is why I am allowing some leeway, but to me the overall attitude is still "me first." As to the second point, this is why you commit to a school and not a coach. Granted that 50 years ago a player would fully expect the same coach to be in place for many years, but the coaching carousel is not a recent development. It's understood that coaches are professionals, and they come and go for whatever reason. College athletes are amateurs. Call me unrealistic for expecting that the game would still be treated as such, but removing that takes away the soul of it. That soul is why I prefer the college game by far over the NFL. Committing to a coach is what has made Bama the soulless machine that it is. Your statement also ignores the obligation the player has to his teammates and fans. Fournette is obviously extremely talented, but he hasn't become a 1st round pick on his own. His teammates have contributed to his success. Some of those teammates do not play positions valued as highly as running back (even with the diminished role of an RB in the NFL) or are on the edge of being good enough to be drafted. They will be playing in the bowl game even though an injury may mean absolutely no future in the NFL. Fans certainly want to see him play. How many LSU fans, especially kids, list Fournette as their favorite player?
  13. Mcaffrey skipping bowl game to focus on draft

    It's very telling to me that Fournette said "It's best for my future." Had he said "I've had a nagging ankle injury that I just haven't been able to shake, I'm not at 100% and I'm concerned that if I play I'll aggravate it further," I would be much more sympathetic. He's still reportedly healing from it, but his statement tells me his true attitude about it. From what I've read, McCaffrey is healed, so I have even less sympathy for him (if I'm wrong about him being healed I retract that). As has been pointed out, they accept a scholarship to play football. That carries responsibilities - to the university, their teammates, coaches and fans. Bowl games may not mean much in the grand scheme, but they make a difference. People look back and judge schools and coaches on their bowl records. A bowl win provides a momentum boost going into the next season, and it can be a boon for recruiting. The decision to sit out can affect coaches' jobs. Above all, however, they made a commitment to play football, and should do everything possible to honor that.
  14. 2017 3* HB Chase Lasater

    Nobody's complained about his bench yet?
  15. Food for Thought

    And the miracle play should never have been necessary.....Murray's knee was down.