Friday, January 15, 2010

SEC Hoops Power Poll Ballot: January 10-16

The Results are in and the SEC Bloggers have spoken, check out the final results - HERE.

This is the LOHD ballot---

1. Kentucky Wildcats

Don't think we have to explain this.

2. Tennessee Volunteers

Vols look better without them right now; is that possible?

3. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

Playing strong and the West is theirs to lose.

4. Vanderbilt Commodores

This is not the football team as this team is one you don't want to play as no easy win here.

5. Mississippi Rebels

Great team and will make rumbles in the SEC, no doubt.

6. Florida Gators

Have the talent yet tough slate of games have not gone their way.

7. Alabama Crimson Tide

Anthony Grant has 'Bama ahead of schedule

8. South Carolina Gamecocks

Due to Devan Downey this team is doing all it can to string some wins together but how long can it last.

9. Georgia Bulldogs

Surprise team as they are playing tough and keeping it close.

10. Arkansas Razorbacks

Game on....Courtney Fortson to the rescue.

11. LSU Tigers

What is wrong with this team or should I say what is right?

12. Auburn Tigers

I have a feeling this is not going to end well.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lane Kiffin just upper decked the University of Tennessee

Well, I feel the University of Tennessee gets what it deserves. You hire a used car salesman; you get a used car salesman.

His loud mouth and recruiting violations have caused nothing but trouble in the SEC which has a list of “who’s who” in college football coaching circles. Southern Cal already has a NCAA spotlight on them for some shady practices in the past and now they will have the king of shady practices driving the bus. I wouldn’t be surprised if both UT and Southern Cal are on some kind of probation by the end of 2010.

What will happen to the recruiting class Kiffin has lined up at UT, will some of those kids jump ship and go with him to SoCal?

There is going to be a fall out that could cause Tennessee to fall to the bottom of the SEC for the next couple years. As much as we complain about Spurrier, I am just glad South Carolina has a coach with class.

The kids I feel bad for are Cory Miller and Brandon Willis out of Byrnes HS in South Carolina, who actually enrolled at UT yesterday to start classes for the spring semester. I have a feeling they got a pretty big surprises this evening.

If Tennessee is smart the will go after Skip Holtz, he is due for a chance for the big time stage after leading UConn and ECU. That is if South Florida doesn't hire him first, or will Tommy Bowden beat him to USF? What about David Cutcliffe out of Duke?

I guess we will see how this ‘ripple’ effects the college football landscape. What a crazy off-season to begin the 2010 season. Urban then Leach then USF then Tuberville then Lane….what could be next?

Gamecocks DE Clifton Geathers NFL Bound

With the looming January 15th deadline for juniors to make a decision on "stay or go," it is now offical that USC Gamecocks Defensive End Clifton Geathers has elected to pursue the latter.

Word came today that he is offically going to make the leap after weeks of speculation about him eyeing the NFL.  Geathers has the blood-line of a NFL player with his father, uncle and brother all playing in the pro league.  So most knew that he would eventually find his way to the big leagues as he has the size and talent.

Early projections has him being taken in the 4th - 7th rounds.

The 6-foot-8, 281-pound Geathers, like most juniors with his talent, have decided to go pro due to the NFL's pending salary cap issues that could change the way rookies are paid.  Mainly stating no minimum salary and the "outside" possiblity of a lock-out in 2011. (read this)

Geathers has stated that he is worried about a potential career-threatening injury during his senior season if he was to remain in college. If you are projected in the 1st 3 rounds, there is an insurance policy you can get but Geathers was projected again some where in the 4th to 7th rounds so some anxiety there.

Geathers should make the roster of a NFL team and enjoy success for years to come after finishing the 2009 season with 41 tackles and 3.5 sacks despite missing some time due to a "off the field issue."

Monday, January 11, 2010

SEC Football Power Poll Ballot: Post-Bowl Final

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Has the National Championship and the Heisman winner, need we say more?

2. Florida Gators

Minor setback losing to 'Bama this year but overall was the second best team in the SEC - if not the country.

3. Mississippi Rebels

Finally got it together halfway in the season and finished strong.  But setback with Snead leaving.

4. LSU Tigers

Les Miles and Crew would love to forget about this season but all in all it was not that bad just not that good in the minds of LSU fans.

5. Auburn Tigers

Gene Chizik gets the last laugh after this season. Who would have thunk it? And on top of a good season despite many obstackes, he is putting together a good recruiting class.

6. Arkansas Razorbacks

Did good things down the stretch and with news of Ryan Mallet coming back,  their 2010 should be better.

7. Georgia Bulldogs

Mark Richt got a 'hot seat' in 2009 and question is can he right the ship going forward?

8. Tennessee Volunteers

Out matched in the Bowl game versus VT and now let's see how much Lane runs his mouth this off-season.

9. South Carolina Gamecocks

USC's play in 2009 was bipolar as you just don't know what team is going to show up or for how long.

10. Kentucky Wildcats

Loss a game they could have won vs. Clemson but all is not lost for the future.  Enter the Joker.

11. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

Team to watch in 2010 as the "Dan Mullen Experience" really begins to shape the MSU future.

12. Vanderbilt Commodores

Vandy Football in 2009 was a oxymoron.