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I agree, Kirby, I agree.
I agree, Kirby, I agree.
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Why defensive coaches aren't landing top jobs - SEC Blog - ESPN

The most recent cycle adds to a pattern of offense-driven hires around college football. Research published last summer that examined the previous seven hiring cycles showed 71 percent of FBS coaches hired had backgrounds in offense. Offense is powering college football, and defensive coaches seeking top jobs must be aware of possible blackouts. "I had no idea I was the only one," Narduzzi said, before adding, "Offenses fill the stands."

Yep. Blame our attention-deficit XBox society for the offensive revolution seen in the past few seasons. These things tend to be cyclical, so I will hold out hope that one day fans across the country will actually enjoy watching great football again. I can turn on CFL or Arena ball any time I want, give me my old smashmouth SEC football please. And get off my lawn.

'Real decent chance' of 30-second shot clock in college hoops, according to report | AL.com

The chairman of the NCAA rules committee says there's a "real decent chance" college basketball will go from a 35-second shot clock to 30 seconds in 2015-16, ESPN's Andy Katz reported on Monday. Belmont coach Rick Byrd had said a year ago the chances were 95 percent against a change in the shot clock, but opinions have since changed.

Oh look, more rules to make a game faster. I actually agree with it here, though. Basketball was intended to be a fast-paced, non-physical, quick-change game. More shots at the basket and less time watching a point guard dribble time off the clock 35 feet from the hoop should be an improvement.

Alabama a double-digit favorite over Wisconsin, moves up in national championship odds | AL.com

Back in February, Alabama was the No. 3 choice behind Ohio State and TCU. Now, the Tide (+800) is up to the No. 2 betting favorite, moving past TCU (+850) but still well behind Ohio State (+475). Alabama is also the No. 2 choice on VegasInsiders.com behind Ohio State and ahead of TCU. Alabama is also the favorite in the SEC, according to 5Dimes. Here is the full league odds, according to 5Dimes.

The sun rose in the east, water is wet, and Vegas loves Alabama football.

College football player to be bone marrow donor for infant - Chicago Tribune

A Western Illinois University linebacker soon will give an infant suffering from a rare immune disorder a precious gift in the game of life — a bone marrow transplant. School officials said Sophomore Jordan Veloz, 20, signed up last year during a bone marrow registry drive on campus.

Great story here, good to see some positive news with a college football player recognized for making a great sacrifice to save a child he doesn't know. Of course...

Projected 1st-round NFL draft pick Shane Ray arrested for marijuana possession | AL.com

According the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ray was pulled over on Interstate 70 in Cooper County, Missouri, for speeding in his Chrysler 300 at 5:46 a.m., and the officer detected the smell of marijuana. During a search of the vehicle, a small amount of marijuana was found.

you also have your idiots. For those counting, the NFL draft is exactly two days away. Shane has now managed to get himself ejected in the first half of a conference championship game and get himself arrested just before the draft. Hopefully NFL teams don't value brains when evaluating pass rushers.

Carlton: As commissioners convene for College Football Playoff meetings, Big 12 still looking for answers | Dallas Morning News

The CFP selection committee recommended releasing a Top 25 every week beginning Nov. 3. Some had suggested less frequent rankings after last season. That doesn’t appear likely. “The management committee will address the recommendation made by the selection committee in its Indianapolis meeting,” Hancock said. “I really don’t anticipate significant changes.”

There, people, you will get your weekly rankings.

Baseball Welcomes Southern Miss for Tuesday Contest - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

Alabama returns home for a Tuesday midweek contest with Southern Miss to kick off a six-game homestand at the Hoover Met. The Crimson Tide and Golden Eagles are set for a 6:30 p.m. CT start on SECN+.

Rough season for the Tide that is probably beyond repair at this point. The staff will get a pass for this season considering the challenges with playing home games in Hoover along with the terrible weather that has had them in double-headers just about every weekend, but next season will be a different story as they move back into a freshly renovated Joe.

Leslie Jury Named SEC Pitcher of the Week - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site

After going 2-0 while allowing just one run over 11.1 innings pitched this week, Alabama senior pitcher Leslie Jury has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week, announced by the league office Monday.

Awesome job. Roll Tide, Leslie!