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Catch 5


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I'm a Bama fan looking to expand my knowledge and experience beyond the South. I mostly read the articles but will occasionally spout off to defend SEC country or question the perveived evils of oversigning.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 1992 Sugar Bowl, when Langham stripped the ball. Awesome.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Current: Barrett Jones All time: Mark Ingram
  • NFL TEAM: Atlanta, I guess. No real affiliation
  • NHL TEAM: Philly, but I dint know why.
  • MLB TEAM: Braves
  • SOCCER TEAM: Manchester United

Recent Activity

Comment 01 Jul 2015

No, which is why they don't leave the south.  They don't have to leave the south to find notable opponents.

Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see them get out a little more (everyone, really) but if this is all you have to show how the SEC is not playing tough teams, then you need a better example.  (Try the Mississippi teams)

Comment 01 Jul 2015
You'd have a better argument if Florida didn't play FSU every year and Miami on occasion as well. So tell me, if Va Tech isn't a marquee opponent, who is OSU playing? Looking at last year's championship run I see something very notable from them.
Comment 30 Jun 2015

Why are all of you acting like this is so new?  SEC teams have generally (it is basically an SEC rule now) scheduled at least one marquee OOC team every year.  For example, recently Bama has played West Virginia, Va Tech, Clemson, Michigan, FSU, and Penn State.  Their addition of FSU and USC is just a continuation of that.

Comment 24 Jun 2015

Gurley was also the guy who told the truth about it, accepted his suspension, and moved on.  Likewise, Georgia didn't get caught covering it up - that's a pretty big difference there.  Had Tress not lied about everything and held the tat-5 out of a few games (including the Sugar Bowl) that would have been the end of it - of course, there is little hope ya'll would have won that bowl game without them.

Comment 15 Jun 2015

Auburn has had plenty of room on their roster for some time.  At the end of the Chizik era I think they were playing with around 70 scholarship players due to all the transfers, arrests, and non-qualifiers.

You are not taking into account several factors:  mainly that B10 and SEC schools absolutely have different styles in recruiting (insert predictable "bag man" joke here).  Many schools like Ole Miss, South Carolina seem to rely heavily on JuCo transfers.  Over 4 years, you can sign twice as many JuCo guys as you can traditional 4-year players (and yes, over the last few years Auburn has used a lot of them as well due in part to their roster being so low).  If that guy signed originally with the same team, he ends up only playing 2 years, but counts twice in a LOI survey.  There is also the greater chance that an SEC team will take a chance on a guy that may not (will not) qualify.  When you look at these differences, most SEC schools can and do sign many more players than a typical B10 school - without forcing anyone off the roster.

For the record:  you may have misunderstood me - I perfectly willing to grant OSU the benefit of the doubt:  crap happens and feelings get hurt from time to time (not necessarily due to anything intentional).  Heck, I'm a Bama fan - we've been dealing with these accusations for years.  Welcome to the club, the bitching is annoying, but the bling is kinda nice.

Comment 15 Jun 2015

To be seen by a famous sports orthopedist who normally takes months or at least needs to have major connections to get into.

Not really.  I know several people who have been seen by him (or at least his staff) - his office is really not any more difficult to get into than any other.

I thought the rule from the NCAA was that if a player had not practiced nor played with a team, they could play immediately after a transfer release. 

My understanding is that once the LOI is signed, you are bound to that team for one year, thus if the player transfers he has to sit out. 

Comment 15 Jun 2015

...cases involving FSU athletes from 2009-14, 70% were dropped or never followed; significantly higher than how often non-athletes' crimes are prosecuted.

Conversely, there was no difference between prosecution frequency between Michigan State athletes and non-athletes.

MSU had 62% of the cases dropped or not prosecuted:  FSU had 70%.  Anyone else confused by these two in comparison? 

Comment 15 Jun 2015

You do know that OSU has signed more players over the last 4-5 years than Auburn has don't you?  IF OSU has room for their class, I imagine the Tigers won't have any trouble finding room for Dean - especially when you consider the higher rate of turnover for all those JUCO players - they should have lots of empty slots without forcing anyone out.

Comment 15 Jun 2015
Dr Andrews is pretty much the pioneer on modern sports medicine. There are plenty of very good doctors around - but they have all learned from his work in the field. I'm pretty sure no one has done more high-profile reconstruction surgeries than Andrews.
Comment 15 Jun 2015
If you accept a medical hardship waiver from a team, you can NEVER play for that team again. A medical redshirt is an extra year granted for an injury - but you would still count against scholarship limits.
Comment 26 May 2015

You need a reporter somewhere to tell you that Jamal Dean is a little upset?  

Comment 26 May 2015

Hey Woody, would now be a good time to remind you that you once asked me for an example of Meyer, at OSU pressuring a guy to take a medical while being over the scholarship limit - or having a player offered a medical hardship from OSU go somewhere else to play?   It looks like it took a while but it seems that you are capable of looking at it the way I do afterall - it just took your team being the subject to bring you over.

Comment 26 May 2015

While it does count on the record, FBS teams do not always count toward that team's bowl eligibility (every other year, I think).  Unfortunately it doesn't really make a difference.

Comment 15 May 2015

Marcell Dareus was a 3* (.90 by 247) and was drafted #3 overall after an incredible college career.

Chance Warmack was a 3* (.86 by 247) and became one of the best guards I've ever seen.  He was eventually drafted #10 overall.

Vinnie Sunseri was a 3* (.86 247) and was drafted in the 5th round - was recruited as a linebacker but was an all-SEC/American level safety before he was lost his final year to injury.

Terrence Cody was a 3* (.88 247) and was drafted in the 2nd round.

I could give more if you want.

Comment 15 May 2015

Vinnie Sunseri, Austin Shephard, Chance Warmack, Anthony Steen, Terrence Cody, Marcel Dareus, Brad Smelly, Damion Square, Josh Chapman, and Carson Tinker are all current NFL players that signed with Alabama ranked 3* by Rivals (except for Tinker, who was a walk-on).  There have been others that have since left or are on practice squads.  Of those 9 players, 2 were top 10 selections in the NFL Draft.  Keep in mind that there are only 7 or 8 3*s taken in an average Bama signing class.

Comment 15 Apr 2015

I actually think 4 is the right number, but 8 is absolutely too many.  The college regular season is where teams prove who is best.  The playoff should be to determine who wins out of those who can make that claim - and there are rarely more than 3 or 4 who can honestly do that.  

Consider this:  We go to 8 teams, which effectively means that every major conference winner (and some runner-ups, ugh) will make the playoffs.  Entering the last week of a given season, OSU is undefeated and has the division wrapped up since Michigan already has 2 losses.  How deep into The Game does Meyer play your starting quarterback?  What if your left tackle is nursing an ankle?  I'd rest both of them along with anyone else who needs it because this game (THE Game) now means nothing.  THAT is how the playoffs will ruin college football.  Before you dismiss it, go back and watch the '09 and '10 Iron Bowls.  Bama and Auburn both had their divisions wrapped up those years, and eventually went on to Nattys.  Both also trailed significantly in those games before epic comebacks when, had they lost they would have been out of the running for the NC.  What turned out to be two of the greatest games played in recent history would have been throwaway games with a large playoff.

Comment 15 Apr 2015

But one down side to this is that it encourages teams to schedule cupcakes

Baylor would disagree with that statement.  I know the conference championship games helped, but if it is close at the end of the year, a marquee OOC win goes a long way.  Look at the 4 teams this year:  OSU, Bama, Oregon, and FSU.  All these teams played at least one big name out of conference.  Baylor and TCU?  Not so much. 

Comment 15 Apr 2015
I don't know anybody who said playoffs wouldn't work. My objection to them is two-fold: 1. They are ever-expanding - we had tons of people clamoring for an 8-team version before the first 4-team was even played, and 2. It lessens the value of the regular season. College football has the greatest season in all of sports because so much rests on every game. The larger the playoff, the less those season games mean. We will eventually trade a season-long playoff for a 3-week one. The fact it makes tons of money is not surprising and an expansion of it would as well - but that isn't the only indicator of success.
Comment 09 Apr 2015
I think it can be a really effective tool in bringing in the most talent available and can be done to the detriment of noone. If done properly, it can be beneficial to both the team and the players/recruits as it helps in keeping a full roster while offering the most opportunity possible to new players. Sure, if it's done like most critics portray (sign as many as you can and cut plays you don't like) it isn't worth it and is wrong - but if it were done that way to the extent they say it is there would be a lot more testimony out there. The worst thing I've found is the LSU example Nicholas mentioned in the article - and even that has a legit possibility (though if it were legit, Miles handled it poorly since). Everything else I've read on the subject is nothing more than (mostly biased) drawn conclusions from the author with only part of the information - filling in the gaps with worst-case assumptions that support the conclusion - never offering the myriad of valid explanations. Simpler put: opinion pieces, not journalism from people who purport to be journalists.
Comment 01 Apr 2015

Possibly because everything you've heard about oversigning is mostly assumptions made up about rival teams - where the worst possible scenario of the situation has become accepted fact, while more likely (and much less evil) explanations are ignored and dismissed.  That is why everyone "knows" Nick Saban cuts kids and makes up medical hardships when there has never (to my knowledge anyway) been a player actually say that (and if you think this article does, read it again).  Now, OSU fans find themselves in the position they have long criticized and don't know how to handle it (as being on the other side, they are now willing to accept logical scenarios other than the worst possible).

Comment 01 Apr 2015
Or maybe it's because Jones was already suspended when this happened. Getting arrested for pot is not the way to get out of Saban's doghouse.