Little...chose the Rebels over Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Georgia. So what are some other options for Alabama and Auburn at tackle? Alabama did sign Charles Baldwin, a highly-regarded junior college recruit, on Wednesday. West Point, Miss., four-star offensive tackle Scott Lashley says he is considering official visits to Alabama and Auburn. Hudson, N.C., four-star recruit Landon Dickerson has officially visited Auburn and could visit Alabama in January. Four-star Jean DeLance from Mesquite, Texas, is considering Alabama.
Nothing to see here, folks just Hugh Freeze's usual hard work, and above-board, Christian recruiting and definitely not at all suspicious. In all seriousness, do we know anything is going on in Oxford? No, of course not...
because WAOM has definitely improved their bagman game from the previous 15-20 years.
Theodore running back La'Mical Perine has decided not to take an official visit to the University of Alabama. The longtime Florida commit told AL.com earlier this week that he would visit Tuscaloosa on either Jan. 15 or 22 and Florida on Jan. 19. However, he took to twitter Wednesday morning and said he would not take any other official visits except the Gators.
This one isn't a shock either. Alabama simply waited way too long to express an interest in Perine. Pencil him in as a Day One contributor in Gainesville, and let's hope this one doesn't come back to bite the Tide later.
Our pets' heads are falling off!
Texas A&M starting quarterback Kyler Murray is contemplating transferring from the program, according to Billy Liucci. Multiple reports state that Murray did not attend Wednesday's practice. [Update: Kevin Sumlin said after practice that Murray was dealing with a "personal" matter and he expects him to start the bowl game.]
"Expecting to start a bowl game" is hardly a ringing endorsement for Murray's long-term tenure in Aggieland. Kyler is an outstanding athlete, and, if we're being honest, should be making millions right now in MLB rather than stinking up the joint and running for his life behind a porous offensive line in Spavital's rubbish offense.
What in the actual hell is going on in College Station?
Sumlin has gone from wunderkind to near pariah in just 2-3 seasons. Remember that time he was a hot commodity and Texas A&M extended his contract, paying him $5 million a year for beating Alabama? Those days are over, and Coach Sumlin is legitimately on the hot seat entering 2016.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Niumatalolo had to sort out numerous issues at BYU, including his salary (he made $1.67 million per season at Navy), how much the university could afford to pay his assistant coaches and whether he would run the triple-option offense like had used at Navy.
The BYU administration totally botched this, and there's no other way to put it. The school requires that head coaches be of the LDS faith. Navy's Niumatalolo certainly fits that bill, and is one of the few coaches that is a Mormon, available, willing to listen, and accomplished enough to take over a very decent BYU program.
The Salt Lake Trib may sell this whiffing as the result of many issues, but according to insiders, the sticking point was the triple option that Coach Ken wanted to run. The Cougars wanted Niumatalolo, but did not want his offense. Think about how damned dumb that is. If you want the coach, and the coach has been successful at an excellent academic institution with inferior athletes playing a certain style, then you want what the coach brings to the program.
The points from a passing offense are nice, and I understand BYU has a long, proud history of aerial attacks, but if a very good coach with a history of winning with fairly unathletic overachievers at a private university wants to come home, you don't let that guy go just because you have a hard-on for the forward pass. The Church and the University have made it clear with this farce that as long as you have the right flash (and the right faith,) BYU will give you the nod over a better like-minded coach. I devoutly (RIMSHOT) hope BYU spends a decade wandering in the forest of lost causes after this debacle.
You can't spell BYU without "Y'all Dumb."
Well, those are some hot takes
Alabama is like Walmart, extremely boring - 'The Herd'
A question and an observation: One, how many Alabama games do you think Cowherd's seen this year -- when Alabama comes out of the shotgun spread approximately 65% of all snaps? Two, it's kind of silly for an avowed fan of the NFL to claim that Alabama is boring, since, you know, the SEC West is basically the NFL writ small.
I wouldn't piss on this moron if he was on fire.
The best reasoning we've heard for going on fourth down "To overcome the disappointment of not making it on third down." -- Washington State coach Mike Leach
I loved this so much: a rundown of memorable quotes from players and coaches this season. The one above from Mike Leach made me actually LOL. (Yes, Saban's dubious tin horn and ontologically-silent Coke bottle made the list.)
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it had decided 2-1 not to have a larger panel of judges rehear the case. The panel in a September ruling struck down a plan to allow schools to pay players in the top division of college football and in Division I men's basketball up to $5,000 per year. The money would have been put in a trust fund and given to them when they left school. The majority of the 9th Circuit panel said giving the athletes cash compensation would jeopardize their amateur status, which underpins the market for NCAA sports.
See? I told y'all! O'Bannon's attorneys wanted, and only ever really wanted, a pay-for-play scheme. This was never about the relatively small amount of (deserved) cash that former players are entitled to for likeness rights. The Ninth Circuit put the kibosh on this...again. Coupled with the NLRB appeal that all-but prohibits unionization based upon student status, challenges seeking pay-for-play are likely seriously off the table for a good long while.
Another former NFL scout, Dan Hatman, recently told Jacksonville.com that he probably wouldn't take Henry until the fourth round if he were an NFL general manager. "I think in the Nos. 100-150 range — basically the fourth round," Hatman told Jacksonville.com. "I'm a little biased because I don't value running backs highly. There are too many guys who have been drafted in the sixth round or later — or not drafted at all — and been functional."
This is probably a fair assessment. Henry is a versatile athlete, but he may not be the explosive playmaker the pros would value highly in the first round, and especially in an increasingly pass-friendly league where running backs are minimized. I still think Henry's combine and pro day will be off the charts and are going to induce some team to bite in the second round.
Get your mind right
“I think the history here has been guys that play well here and finish well here actually move up. Guys that don't finish well don't, and move down in some cases. This is not something that I feel like players are really that focused on this year.” To the contrary, he said, “This team seems to really be focused on the opportunity that they have. I didn't feel like this team was as committed at this point last year, and we obviously didn't show that in how we prepared and how we played in the game. We're playing a really good team. I think everybody respects the team we're playing.”
I think the Tide are really looking forward to this one -- a grinding, physical game against a foe that mirrors Alabama at its best. I also don't think Reggie Ragland and Derrick Henry are going to let the locker room focus on April's draft rather than on the two games in front of them.
Three Alabama players were named Sporting News Freshman All-Americans Wednesday — true freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley, true freshman cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick and redshirt freshman left guard Ross Pierschbacher.
Still no Daron Payne :(
"Of all the awards and all the honors you can get, I think that's the highest one and the most valuable one because it's voted by the players," Kelly said. "Any time you walk in that locker room you want to have the respect of your teammates. You don't go into the season looking to be a captain. For the team to vote the four of us into that role, I think it comes with a lot of responsibility, too, because we represent the team and this team is special for us, means a lot to us."
Congratulations to all the team captains this season. Ryan Kelly, the quiet MVP for the past two seasons, could not have been a better selection.
When you think of "dirty teams" certain names come to mind: Auburn historically, Petrino's offensive lines, any team coached by Tommy Tuberville.
But, the reigning kings of cockpunches, kidney kicks, eye gouges, late hits and other assorted idiocy are the f***chuckles in Provo -- the BYU Cougars (they're making a lot of news lately for bad reasons, eh?) Referring to Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl rekindling of the Holy War, Utes' DL Viliseni Fauonuku was quick to call the Mighty Mormons out, and what he said was nothing more than the truth...and a warning.
Enjoy your day, and Gump Strong, my friends.