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"It’s a pain right now," Richt said Sunday. "It’s kind of tough because even last week we weren’t sure whether or not we had him as we began to plan."
Last week was marginally understandable. There's no reason an appeal shouldn't be finished by today.
Chris Hawkins is a liar
That should help A.J. Green's case with the NCAA -- because the Association knows that Hawkins is a liar, most recently when he says he never talked to the NCAA about the case. Well, only because he didn't want to.
"Actually, the NCAA contacted Chris Hawkins on several occasions to discuss the matter; however, he was not responsive or cooperative," Osburn said in an e-mail. "He did not return the four different phone calls attempting to gather information. He also canceled a conference call with the NCAA and a member institution, and failed to join the conference call when it was rescheduled."
Here's the problem with a guy like Hawkins: If he's not an agent, or at least not willing to follow the rules of the NFLPA, who can stop him from continuing to ruin players' eligibility? That's an issue the NCAA needs to address soon.
This is an endorsement he could probably do without
Those questions about whether Mark Richt can get his players to avoid regular meetings with Athens' finest? Well, just put them to rest, says ... Bobby Bowden?
I don't know of any coach in the country that does a better job of trying to keep his boys out of trouble than Mark. I remember when he first went there, he hired a man full time just to try to teach his kids what is right and what is wrong.
I think we can all agree that that guy -- if he's still employed by Georgia -- should be on the hot seat.
Ingram is 'day to day'
He is practicing, but the defending Heisman Trophy winner isn't yet a definite for this weekend's game against Duke. The Tide will defeat Duke regardless of what happens with Ingram. But each week that he misses, the possibility of a return visit to New York becomes more and more distant.
Nick Saban is turning into Lou Holtz
This is Duke he's talking about here.
"They scored 48 points on a team that has been ranked in the top 20 (defensively) the last five years in Wake Forest," Saban said. "They're a very dangerous team because of their ability to throw the ball and score points."
They play in the ACC. After the first couple of weeks of the season, that should be saying enough.
As long as it's not Pam Ward
A lady-type will call the Alabama-Duke game.
Spurrier also revises and extends
Many of the people who slammed Steve Spurrier's first comments about Todd Grantham -- which, what did you expect? He's Spurrier -- seems to have missed what he said in his Sunday teleconference.
"They really did not tackle well, which is unusual for Georgia teams," Spurrier said. "Their coaches had them in position, but the coaches can't tackle for them."
That probably doesn't make it all better, but at least Spurrier didn't do something like say the defense doesn't deserve any credit for when they did stop South Carolina. (coughcoughBacarriRambocough)
Well, yes, I suppose so
Smims Simms has gotten his instructions on what will make the Knoxville faithful forgive him.
As they emerged from the tunnel under Gate 21, a UT fan approached. Here, let Simms tell it:
"He goes, 'Tough loss. You did a good job tonight, but if you beat Florida, we'll forget everything.'"
I think the translation is correct
It is Hat-speak, but it seems that the Shreveport Times correctly translated this statement from Les Miles: Jordan Jefferson is still LSU's starting quarterback.
We also like the improvements that Jarrett Lee has made, and certainly he is a very strong consideration, but first I want you to know that I want to see if we can get Jordan back on track. I enjoy him, and I enjoy his leadership. So we are going to work to that.
Completing 40 percent of your passes is a well-known leadership quality. (Actually, that probably doesn't seem so bad to a Bo Schembechler guy.)
Jeremiah Masoli will start at quarterback for Ole Miss
This means they might have a chance at a better record than 1-11.
Arkansas looses starting pass-blocker for Georgia game
RB Dennis Johnson has ... well, Dennis Johnson has an injury that I really don't want to talk a lot about.
Vince Young is not as hesitant as you might think about the Heisman
His statement about getting the award if Reggie Bush loses it is less than Shermanesque.
"I definitely want it, I definitely want it. ... he is definitely the Heisman Trophy winner for that year. But if they send it over to me I am not going to say no to it.''
This still seems like the least likely of all outcomes.