Hope everybody is staying out of this wonderful weather we're having here in the south. Talk about nasty.
Chris, I felt that Te'o won some of defensive player of the year awards due to his story/publicity. Do you think Clowney would have racked up more awards this year if this entire Te'o girlfriend thing never happened? I do.
Yes, I think that's a fair point and it's something I wondered as well. Not only Clowney, but Jarvis Jones, too.
Has Ace Sanders actually declared to the NFL? And if so, what kind of impact do you feel this will have on the Gamecocks for next season?
Yes, checked with South Carolina officials this morning. They were surprised. A lot of people I talk with don't think he will go in the top three rounds. It's a downer for the Gamecocks, because they were going to have all of their key guys back from the end of the season offensively. Sanders is such a playmaker, on offense and special teams, and those guys are hard to find. South Carolina needs Roland to come on next season and for Ellington to keep improving.
Hey Chris, What are you hearing about Grantham leaving for the Eagles?Jim
Just that he's definitely in play. I can tell you that he's not refuting any of it. He's spent most of his career in the NFL, so it won't be surprising if he leaves.
Even though you Cover the SEC in College Football, What is your Favorite NFL Team?
Grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan in the days of Roger Staubach, Randy White and Tony Dorsett.
It's not officially the postseason if someone doesn't ask this question, so I'll go ahead and christen things: How much longer will Spurrier coach at SC? Reports say he started jumping up and down when Connor Mitch committed for the upcoming class. I have to think Mitch will redshirt next year, which means we might have our QB of the future for the next 5 years. Realistic to think we'll have Spurrier until 2018?
He will be there as long as he keeps winning at this level. He's too competitive to walk away from a good situation. My best guess is at least two more years, but I really don't see him saying past three more years. He'll be 69 in April, but he's a young 69 and in great shape. The guy to watch in replacing him is Shawn Elliott, the Gamecocks' co-offensive coordinator.
Why do more people have concerns about Texas A&M's O-Line than Bama's? The Aggies have Jake Matthew's brother coming in at center and still have 3 starters back. Am I missing a cause of concern that's bigger than Bamas?
Getting Matthews back was the best recruit the Aggies could have signed. You plug him in at left tackle, and he's a great guy to build around. Losing Joeckel is a bummer, but I don't have a lot of concerns about A&M's line. I think they will again be one of the top three offensive lines in the league.
What do you think of Alabama's QB situation? Obviously McCarron's the starter, but then there's Sims, Ely, and 3 new incoming freshman. I think that's way too many, and someone's gotta end up transferring. Think that'll happen? If so, who's the odd man out?
Ultimately, they won't all stay. Everybody wants to play. I don't see any of the three freshmen doing anything any time soon. With McCarron leaving after this coming season, the Tide needed to bring in several guys at QB.
Dont sleep on lsu sometimes u guys focus on the number of players leaving instead of looking at the talent on hand? Lsu has never fielded a non-elite D since chavis has been there. They constantly replace guys and reload. They return 6 starters. Bottom line is the D will be legit but it all comes down to mett. 8 returning starters on offense plus two huge juco wr commits. If mett pans out then lsu will be in title chase. If not then expect a 2012 repeat.
I'm with you. As long as Chavis is there, they will be good on defense. But when you're playing so many young guys, there's bound to be more mistakes and breakdowns. They're loaded with talented LBs. But losing so much up front, you wonder how that will impact them next season. The offense needs to be more consistent. The defense has bailed the offense out more times than not the last two years. It might have to be the other way around some in 2013.
What are the most important recruits for Tennessee to snag before NSD?
The top guy is RB Derrick Green, who has it down to Michigan, Tennessee and Auburn. It's imperative that Tennessee land a top-flight running back, and he's one of the best in the country.
CLow, Concerned Gator fan here. Have you heard any recent news on our DC Quinn headed back to Sea to be the DC? Luckily we do have a great replacement in Durkin but move like this before signing day may have an affect on recruits. Ur thoughts?
Losing Quinn would not be ideal, especially this late. He's done a terrific job. But Florida's brand is strong enough and Muschamp is so good at the recruiting game that I don't think losing Quinn would cause the Gators to lose many recruits.
Chris,wow.. What a crazy news cycle college football has had the last 24 hrs. Labor Day weekend cant get here fast enough but until then,What are the main storylines that you going to be following this offseason?
Georgia trying to reload on defense, Manziel dealing with all the success and publicity that will come his way, the same with Clowney at South Carolina, McCarron taking over as the unquestioned leader at Alabama, Auburn trying to bounce back from last year's disaster under Malzahn and the excellent staff he's put together and whether Vanderbilt can keep it going under Franklin.
Florida's loss to Louisville was eerily similar to Alabama's loss to Utah. Bama used that as motivation for the next season, going undefeated and beating Texas for the crystal football. Do you think Florida can do the same kinda thing next season?
Yes, and I also know Will Muschamp well enough to know that he will not let his guys forget about that embarrassing performance. I have no doubt that Florida will be excellent again on defense. I just wonder if they Gators can improve enough in their passing game in one year to make a run at the SEC title. It's not just Driskel throwing the ball, but more playmakers emerging at WR and getting better in pass protection.
your boy Schalbach thinks AU will be the most improved team next season...not exactly hard to beat 3 wins from OOC, SO...what do you think? Immediate turnaround or slow rebuild?
I agree with him. They were way more talented than they played this season, and I think there will be a renewed energy and focus with the new staff.
What position do you think will be BAMA's biggest weakness next year?
I don't see a lot of weaknesses, if any. Some new guys will have to come through in the secondary, but I think safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and cornerback Geno Smith are budding stars.
Better shot at winning the West: LSU or TAMU?
Texas A&M. The Aggies get Alabama in College Station and don't have to play Florida, Georgia or South Carolina in the East.
With Tennessee in a rebuilding phase, how long do you expect for them to become middle of the pack in the East? And will the fan base not get trigger happy before it happens?
The Tennessee fan base has been trigger happy ever since the end of Fulmer's tenure. Hard to believe the Vols have had four losing seasons in the last five years and haven't won more than seven games since 2007. It changes quickly in this league. You have to give Butch Jones and his staff two full recruiting classes before you can fairly evaluate them.
Does Mizzou have another brutal season in the SEC next year?
If they do, then Pinkel won't be back for the 2014 season.
who is the biggest concern to take a championship from the sec
I would still go with Oregon even though Kelly is leaving.
what is wrong with arkansas recruiting. they are looking very soft with commits
Honestly, go back and look at Petrino's recruiting. The Hogs didn't recruit like gangbusters under him, either, and they won 21 games in two seasons. It's a tough place to recruit to because the talent in the state doesn't compare to the other SEC schools, and it's going to take Bielema some time to get everything squared away and build the kind of relationships he'll need to.
South Carolina playing for the SEC title next year....long shot or a legitimate call?
Right now, the Gamecocks are my pick in the East.
If Vanderbilt wins 8 or 9 games again next year, is there any way they hold on to James Franklin?
He had opportunities this season and didn't bolt. He's making more than $3 million now and has written assurances that Vanderbilt is going to upgrade the stadium and facilities. Unless it's a premier job, I don't think he's going to just go anywhere.
Chris,Will the SEC get rid of permanent cross division opponents.? LSU's schedule is brutal next year. Will we ever get rid of Florida??
The permanent schedule is supposed to be in place starting in 2014. They're still debating how they're going to do it. I think down the road that we could see the SEC go to nine-game league schedules.
What kind of record next season put Richt on the hot-seat again?
When is he not on the hot seat with some fans? Anything less than 10 wins and another SEC championship game appearance, and some will be calling for a change. I think, more than anything, that some fans have convinced themselves that they need a change just for the sake of making a change.
But will the cross divisions rotate?
Some schools are proposing that, yes.
Who would UGA look at for defensive coordinator if Grantham goes? Just tell me they wouldn't promote the secondary coach again.
Brian VanGorder could be a possibility.
Which SEC RBs do you think will rise above the rest? Surely UGA's RBs both top the charts but who else?
Gurley, Yeldon, Marshall, Jeremy Hill, LaDarius Perkins, Tre Mason and keep an eye on Brandon Willams at Texas A&M.
Sorry, gotta cut out early today. School's closing early, and I have to pick up the kids. Stay safe ... and dry!