- Why the SEC isn't as Great in Football as You'd Think - Why the SEC isn't as Great in Football as You'd Think

Submitted by unWavering on August 24th, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Didn't see this posted, but (never really heard of it) put up this article that attempts to explain the SEC's somewhat mythical dominance of CFB.  Some highlights:


Witness the record since the start of the BCS era in 1998:

SEC vs. PAC-12 regular season: 10-12 SEC vs. PAC-12 bowl games: 1-0

SEC vs. Big 12 regular season: 6-10 SEC vs. Big 12 bowl games: 21-8

SEC vs. ACC regular season: 42-36 SEC vs. ACC bowl games: 16-9

SEC vs. Big 10 regular season: 7-4 SEC vs. Big 10 bowl games: 19-19

SEC vs. Big East regular season: 16-15 SEC vs. Big East bowl game: 3-8

3-8 vs Big East?  Is that real?


Despite being approximately equal to other conferences in most quantifiable categories, the SEC and other southern schools are unfairly presented with championship opportunities and favors on what is far from a level playing field.

The SEC is better than other conferences at media manipulation and pretending that fiction is fact and fact is fiction. But as a top-to-bottom conference it is not better at football. The numbers bear that out.

Not much new here that hasn't already been said on these boards, but it's nice to see that the media is starting to recognize that the SEC is much over-hyped.  I don't think there's any question that the SEC hasn't been the best football conference for a few years now, but the gap isn't nearly as big as the Worldwide Leader would like you to believe.


OT Miss. St. Being Investigated by the NCAA

OT Miss. St. Being Investigated by the NCAA

Submitted by hart20 on August 24th, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Mods, could one of you move this to the MGoBoard, please?


Miss. St. is the latest team in the SEC to face an NCAA investigation, with 1 coach, WR coach Angelo Mirando, resigning, presumably because of involvement in the scandal.


The school says the investigation is close to finished. NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn confirmed the NCAA and Mississippi State were "working cooperatively," but did not have any further comment.

"That's been going on for the last several months," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said following Thursday's practice. "I'm not able to comment on any of that."

Mississippi State receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigned Sunday, citing "unforeseen personal issues." Mullen has not elaborated on the reason for Mirando's resignation. reported Mirando's resignation was related to the recruitment of at least one player on the current roster. The report later says that MSU freshman defensive back Will Redmond was the subject of an NCAA interview with Redmond's high school coach, without explicitly connecting the two issues.

Mullen said that Redmond is still practicing with the team. Mullen also was openly critical of ESPN reporter Joe Schad, who wrote the story.


USA Today Link

Some tweets: 


Former Miss St WR coach Angelo Mirando resigned in wake of ongoing NCAA investigation into his recruitment of at least one Bulldogs player


Just got off the phone with another contact down in Starkville. This could get ugly...reaching into the state of Alabama


Dispatch MSU Sports Blog: Sources: NCAA investigation of Mississippi State football involves car for Will

SDS Link


Personally, I'm very surprised to see an SEC team being investigated by the NCAA for improper benefits. I have always thought the SEC to be an honorable and noble conference. Who knew?




Pioneer vs Golf Course for Tailgating

Pioneer vs Golf Course for Tailgating

Submitted by robbyt003 on August 24th, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I'm wondering which one everyone prefers when it comes to tailgating?  I usually go to Pioneer but last year it seemed like they were cramming everyone in and you didn't really have room to set up bags (cornhole) or tables.  Or any suggestions on where at Pioneer is the best to park to avoid that?

Rothstein article on Gardner's split time

Rothstein article on Gardner's split time

Submitted by Blazefire on August 24th, 2012 at 10:11 AM

A nice little article from WolverineNation about Gardner splitting time.

They get input from Drew Bennett, which is a nice touch. Bennett was a heralded QB recruit who split time between QB and WR at UCLA while working under Borges. Want more 'it's a small world?' According to the article, at that time, Borges travelled to Ann Arbor to speak with Carr about how Michigan was managing with a certain two way player of their own, one Charles Woodson.

If you don't know, Bennett went on to be an NFL WR, something that I imagine had to make the split time appealing to Gardner. If Borges could get Bennett drafted at WR, he sure as heck can do it for Gardner.

Non-Michigan related questions about the upcoming season! For total enjoyment of fans!

Non-Michigan related questions about the upcoming season! For total enjoyment of fans!

Submitted by Marvin on August 24th, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I can’t wait for next Saturday. But beyond the obvious excitement associated with Michigan vs Bama, here are some other questions that I have about the upcoming college football season. I would be interested to hear what you’re curious about as well beyond Michigan football.

1. How will Arizona fare under Rich Rod? I like the guy, and he seems to be a better fit at AZ than he was here. I would love for the tide to turn in that conference. I’m tired of USC and Oregon. (bonus question: does Chip Kelly have the smallest ears in the world? How does he fit a visor over his ears?)

2. How will MSU do against Boise State? What should I make of the fact that one part of my brain wants them to crush Boise, and the other part thinks of MSU as a shit stain and wants them to get crushed?

3. What sort of season will Notre Dame have? There is a dad on my son’s football team who wears ND shorts to every practice. He’s a dick. Does anyone else notice this phenomenon: that Notre Dame becomes personified in everyone who ever went there, and usually they’re dicks who have inflated senses of their own magnificence?  I would love for them to lose to Navy in Ireland. 

4. Who gives a shit about Oklahoma? It’s like eating oatmeal.

5. When will Alabama’s bubble burst?  I can’t help but listen to Finebaum on Sirius, and I hate the morons who affiliate themselves with that show and with Alabama more than anything. I want them to go down so bad it hurts.

6. Can South Carolina really be good? I’ll believe it when I see it.

7. When will Mark Richt get caught for cruising at highway rest stops?

8. How good will Auburn’s offense be with Scott Loeffler as their new OC?

9. How will John L. Smith behave during press conferences after Our Kansas loses? Will he bit his own thumb? Will he do his best Curly impersonation? Will he punch himself in the dong?

10. If MSU has a good season, will anyone try to hire Mark Dantonio? How about the king of all douchebags,  Pat Narduzzi?

Extra: Predictions for the MSU vs Boise State game?

GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deveon Smith highlights from opener vs Lakeside

Deveon Smith highlights from opener vs Lakeside

Submitted by Leaders And Best on August 24th, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Deveon Smith with 17 carries for 311 yards and 3 TDs. Highlights include a sack on defense as well:


Highlights from Marlington (Dymonte Thomas #1) win over Poland. Not much of Dymonte except at end with tackle and FF where he blew up the RB:

Dymonte Thomas preview fluff with interview:

Interview with Gareon Conley after win over Buchtel:

Countdown to Kickoff - Day 8: Henriette The Otter of Énergie and Jerry Montgomery

Countdown to Kickoff - Day 8: Henriette The Otter of Énergie and Jerry Montgomery

Submitted by Thorin on August 24th, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Unlike her brother, Henri, Henriette, the otter of énergie, is so excited about the return of The Fort that she can't stop dancing.

Programming note:

We missed the first broadcast of FS-Detroit's Michigan preview but we should get the noon replay and the BTN preview tonight. I'll post them here as soon as they are up on YouTube.

ND boosters essentially shipping recruits to Ireland

ND boosters essentially shipping recruits to Ireland

Submitted by 1464 on August 23rd, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Not sure if I should be irate or not, please inform me.

Notre Dame boosters are essentially paying big bucks to send a bunch of elite high school kids to Ireland to play in a tournament the day before their game against Navy.  This tournament is halfway across the world, but it's just the BIGGEST coincidence that ND plays the next day.  These kids all have the option to attend the game.  It's legal in the eyes of the NCAA, but is it okay for us to rabble a bit?

It's an away game for ND, so they're not allowed to have visitors.  So these kids can still be flown out to the Dome to catch a Fighting Irish game again, free of charge.