Friday from the Eagle’s Nest
As usual, here’s a brief rundown of some of the happenings in college football this week.
Everett Golston don’t need no fancy book learning! The (now former) Notre Dame quarterback is out for the 2013 college football season after being suspended for the upcoming Fall semester for apparent academic shortcomings. The Fighting Irish aren’t wasting any time getting on track with a letdown in 2013. Just ask LSU. One year you’re playing for it all, and the next you’re not even the best purple tigers in college football.
Mark Richt has sights set on maintaining Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Considering his success against the Tigers, I can’t say that I blame him. All joking aside, the Auburn-Georgia game is historically one of the best games of the season in college football and nothing positive could outweigh the negative if the series were to be discontinued. Richt was also quoted as having no hard feelings for his former coach, Rodney Garner, returning to his alma mater.
Nine SEC conference games inevitable? ESPN’s Chris Low thinks so. As Low points out in his article, SEC coaches recently voted in favor of staying with an 8 game conference schedule by a margin of 13-1. Obviously that goes against the common consensus that a nine game conference slate is on the horizon, but it is probably not a reliable indicator of the overall opinion SEC coaches have regarding the possible new scheduling format. I personally feel like it is only a matter of time before we see this come to fruition.
The powers that be (Presidents, Commissioners, Bowl Committees, and Playoff Committee) are all jockeying for position in the next evolutionary phase of college football. More big games mean more excitement and a boost to revenue, and so the “money makers” are assuring that all of their ducks are in a row. For the most part, this is great news for fans. It will be more exciting and much more efficient and comprehensive in ultimately determining a true national champion.
SEC Network just wants Paaawl to be Paaawl ya’ll. Not a real shocker by any stretch. This is purely a ratings move – one that will most likely work. Paul Finebaum’s circus of radio misfits being lifted onto the shoulders of ESPN’s SEC Network is the ugly underbelly of all the new and exciting possibilities of the future of college football. It’s going to get even more exciting, but also more commercialized and dramatized than it already is. This is where we all lose as fans.
Keep talking Gordon Gee. Please keep talking. You are representing your conference so well. The Ohio State University President recently took shots at the SEC, Notre Dame, and Catholics. As much as some have possibly fretted over Auburn’s own President, Dr. Gogue, I think we can all agree that we are happy we don’t have to witness a buffoon like Gordon Gee represent Auburn. Seriously, why is this man still going out in public and saying things other than “hello” and “where do you keep your bowties?” He did apologize, but on behalf of the SEC I do not accept. A man who spends $64,000 on bowties is not to be trusted or reasoned with.
What’s that you ask? Oh, it’s just Les Miles walking down the side of a building! The LSU head coach recently participated in the event for charity to benefit the “Over the Edge for Adoption” campaign. Can the mad hatter get any madder? I love to imagine him becoming a part of this simply because he wandered onto the roof of the building by mistake and didn’t want to take the stairwell back down to his car or hot air balloon or whatever this man uses for transportation.