Basically, he had impermissable contact with a recruit and lied about it. Bama fired/he resigned when it was found out - it is being compared to what happened with Joker Phillips and the Bama compliance is reportedly upbeat about the situation. It is being referred to as an "infraction" by the NCAA instead of a violation.so don't expect anything big to come of this.
Bama fans have been told this every year ... for going on 9 years now. Eventually you will be right.
Fair enough, I guess, but if they were in the least bit upset with Ingram's production, they would have traded him or let him go to free agency. Instead, they have traded off many of their other platoon guys and kept Ingram around (though to be honest, I've always felt that they have never used him to his potential as I think they want that platoon system). He's on contract for about $4 mil a year through 2019. That doesn't exactly sound like the Saints are disappointed in him.
Here's a comparison, and you can make your call: Below are the runningbacks taken in the 1st round since 2010:
Richardson (3rd - 2012) - and we all agree he has disappointed
Spiller (9th - 2010) - Bouncing around the league, but had 1 - 1,000 yd year
Gurley (10th - 2015) - a great start with a 1,000 yd rookie season
Matthews (12th - 2010) - Pretty good career with SD, 2 - 1,000 yd seasons
Gorden (15th - 2015) - 641 yds in rookie season
Ingram (28th - 2011) - Best season is only 964 yds, but played 5 dependable yrs (so far) with Saints
Best (30th - 2010) - Played 2 years and didn't total 1,000 yds
Martin (31st - 2012) - Good career with TB with 2 - 1,000 yd seasons
Wilson (32nd - 2012) - Played 2 years totaling 504 yds
Given the comparison, I'd say Ingram was average for a 1st rounder (and a later pick at that) and that Lacy and Yeldon have given a fine value as later round picks.
There were only 7 - 1.000 yd RBs in the league last year as the feature back in the NFL is a fading position. Ingram, Lacy, and Yeldon were all top-25 in rushing yards by RBs. They may not be the league best, but that's solid production from a guy in a platoon system, a guy battling injuries, and a rookie.
I admitted that Richardson was a bust - though I'm really hoping he gets it together with the Ravens (he has admitted he came in lazy). He was the one I would have drafted first among Bama backs, I'll admit - and he was the highest drafted among them all (Ingram being the only other 1st rounder at 28th overall) so maybe that has something to do with this bias but one guy does not define the whole era.
Lacy has played 3 years - been a 1,000 yard rusher twice and gone to a pro bowl. How much more can you ask of a guy that has also been injured and is apparently too overweight.
Glenn Coffee, Mark Ingram, Eddie Lacy, and TJ Yeldon (not to mention Jawlston Fowler, who was a RB/FB mix) have/are all enjoying successful careers as major contributors if not the feature back role. Trent is the only one who has truly busted (and is looking at one last chance with the Ravens it seems), yet you guys keep claiming that all these Bama backs are busts. Where are you actually getting this?
It came from something from his recruitment while he was in high school - but it was not associated with Alabama. That's about all you will find about it.
Would anyone have put Auburn in their top 25 after week one last year?
Yes - after beating a team most were expecting to be competing for the ACC (Louisville), why wouldn't you?
(the Jax State fiasco occurred in week 2)
Also, while Arkansas was ranked preseason, by week 2 they were out (after the Toledo loss) and never returned, despite the SEC bias.
They lost to the eventual National Champions, the team that also beat the eventual National Champions, and a pretty good Arkansas team - then blew out a (meh) Texas Tech in the bowl game. Not the greatest season, sure but not exactly "exposed". They have talent everywhere else, they just need a servicable QB.
Remember, he isn't/wasn't predicting the final outcome of the season - he was predicting the AP poll. From that 2015 prediction, he included every top-10 team in his top-10, including the top-4 in the correct position. He did pretty damn good for what he was claiming to do.
I don't see Alabama's schedule as being much more difficult than OSU
Ohio State played 2 teams in the F/+ top 50 final rankings. They went 1-1
Alabama played 10 teams in the F/+ top 50 final rankings. They went 9-1
(this was before the bowl games, at the time of the selection)
OK and tOSU each had one loss, the difference being that OK lost to TEXAS early
No, the bigger difference (along with OK's Conference Championship) was the wins over 4 ranked teams (TCU, Baylor, Okie St, and Tennessee) compared to OSU's one (Michigan).
all they had to do was squeak out W's against very injured TCU and Baylor teams.
Which they did. All OSU had to do was squeak out a win against a very injured MSU team - which they didn't.
I just don't see how you leave a 1 loss defending champ out of the playoffs.
Because they only had one win over a team within the top-50 F/+ rankings.
Yes, you are a good team - yes, it is loaded with talent - but the schedule did not give you the opportunity to prove it. Especially when you consider that you lost one of the only two games anyone outside of your fanbase was watching. The committee will consider a non-conference champion, but they will have to have a great resume - OSU 2015 was far from that (good news! 2016 looks to be much better in that department)
Yes the conference championship helped a lot, but OSU's weak schedule was the main culprit there. It wasn't the timing of the loss that hurt as much as the fact that it was to one of the only two notable teams you played all year. Had you played (and beaten) more difficult teams, that one loss record would have been more likely to rank you above Stanford. As it stands, the Committee got it right.
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