There are suddenly a flood of SEC expansion articles, seemingly oblivious to the fact that this was all the rage only a couple of weeks ago. The good news, at least from my point of view, is that there are some articles suggesting that Texas A&M to the SEC may not be such a good thing after all, and that SEC expansion might just do more harm than good.
So let's get right to them:
Texas A & M, The SEC, and The Tyranny Of The Undefeated
I find this to be very perceptive:
The rules of college football mean that dominating a weak conference is infinitely better than doing OK in a strong conference. Beating up on cupcakes is worth more than getting a huge September OOC victory. How many times has Florida crushed Florida Southwest A+M State in late November without anybody batting an eye? Sure, some people may clutch their tongues and stroke their beards and say "What's to be done with this cupcake victory?"
If Texas A&M does move to the SEC, it will be moving into a much tougher spot than it is now, and you can't find two relatively easy victories in the SEC, let alone five.
Will expanding the SEC badly damage it?Via Duke Basketball Report.
I think this argument is fairly compelling, although probably irrelevant.
SEC and Texas A&M grinding out details?
SEC does not, should not need Texas A&M | The Advertiser | theadvertiser.com
I agree with the article title, but this?
But seriously, if and when the SEC does expand, it should add a major, national football power on the level of an Alabama, LSU, Florida or Auburn. It does not need to add schools suffering from elite envy, which is the case with Texas A&M in regards to Texas.
Seriously, is that what we need? Apparently, this guy never read the article about the "Tyranny of the undefeated" I linked earlier.
- Nice breakdownof the Kentucky-Tennessee football game by Checkerboard Chatter.
Memphis draws questions from the NCAA's Basketball Focus Group.
No violations, apparently, but a headache for Pastner and the Tigers.
Hat tip: Anthony Wireman.
Coleman Visits Ohio State, Plans On Visiting Kentucky
Sounds good to me.
Will anyone pick up the Longhorn Network?
Seems there isn't much interest at the moment.
Vanderbilt Offense is Vanderbilt-like in Poor Scrimmage Showing
Anchor of Gold explains.
Sunday's Wildcats Links.
Via Tom Leach.
- Sprints Doesn't Need a Defense Attorney -- At Least Not Yet // 08.22.11 - Team Speed Kills
The Vols are keeping it all a secret.
No access, just "propaganda" when it comes to the football team.
College footbal a big business? Say it ain't so!
Some editorialists are pedantic to the point of absurdity. But I did note this inclusion:
One official from a school on the clean list said now is no time to relax. "I don’t want to come across as holier than thou," Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips told the Journal. "We’re proud of what we’ve been able to do, but with 500 18- to 22-year-olds, anything could happen at any time."
Gary Parrish questions Calhoun.
The man, just last season, basically got away with using a booster turned agent to buy a prospect, and then he won the national championship, too. So I completely understand why Calhoun thinks he can use his power to remove his athletic director while simultaneously claiming he has no interest in doing so. What I don't understand, though, is why anybody would believe Calhoun when he says he has "nothing against anybody" and doesn't "want to see anybody lose a job."
He's right, and Calhoun has no answer.
Happy Birthday to Randall Cobb.
Many happy returns.
WKYT earns regional Emmy for station excellence
- Enes Kanter Continues to Play Well for Turkey
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- Basketball Prospectus redrafts the NBA.
- Walter McCarty, R&B singer.
- LSU making Fulmer Cup moves.
- Eight SEC teams ranked in AP poll - SEC Blog - ESPN
I have a feeling this is not going to make it.
Unfortunately, this rule has a disproportionate impact on small and minority schools. I have a feeling that, in its current iteration, it will be "improved" by a number of waivers and qualifiers. We'll see.
I am still skeptical. Prove me wrong, NCAA.
They want to do right by the athletes. Thus you will see a movement to cover the full cost of attendance in their scholarships, and a movement to make scholarships more lasting than one-year contracts between school and player.
I'd like to see the scholarships made longer. I am ambivalent about "full cost of attendance," and I truly doubt it will be enacted.