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Sprints Hopes It Doesn't Have an Abysmal Track Record // 10.14.09

Tell us what you really think
Well. The NCAA apparently didn't pull any punches in its assessment of Alabama in its Textbookgate ruling, according to excerpts of its decision in the university's latest filing.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions called the University of Alabama a "serial repeat violator" with an "abysmal infractions track record" and an "extensive recent history of infractions cases unmatched by any other member institution in the NCAA," in responding to the school's textbook appeal, according to documents released today. ...

UA responded to those statements by saying, "At least 27 institutions have experienced the same number of more major infractions cases than the University. Characterizing the University as 'abysmal' therefore maligns almost a quarter of the schools in the FBS, including half of the Pac-10, half of the Big 12, three schools in the ACC and four members of the Big 10."

After all, 28 wrongs makes a right.

Even I didn't say it was worse than the Donnan Years
Doug at Hey Jenny Slater writes one of the most comprehensive and insightful pieces on the situation at Georgia that I've seen anywhere.

I don't believe that Mark Richt is a bad or stupid person, nor do I believe that about any of his assistants, even the ones whom I hope aren't working for us this time next year. And I don't think for one second that he's satisfied with our performance this season. But changes have to be made, in some cases big ones, and I've begun to have doubts that he's committed to making all of them.

Read the whole thing as soon as you have a few minutes. Don't worry; Sprints will still be here when you get back.

Jevan Snead wishes you would leave him alone
First of all, he says his play has not suffered because either he hasn't broken up with his girlfriend or the break-up isn't affecting his play; it's not entirely clear. Also, he hasn't been taking part in barfights. (HT: Brandt)

We don't need fans telling us how displeased they are with us. We are more upset; we know we could've played better. We lost to Alabama, but we had the best practices of the season last week.

Actually, I can understand Snead's sense of frustration and the idea that he and his teammates are under siege. And he clarified his intent later Tuesday.

I wasn’t trying to call out the fans by any means. Basically, what I was trying to say is we realize the fans are hurting, but we’re hurting just as bad. We’re hurting with them.

I think he meant well, but it's still probably not a good idea to write a piece in a magazine that could even be read as taking shots at the fans. If only there was someone older and wiser than him around the football program, someone who might be able to coach him about how to handle such situations. But who would that be?

Weslye Saunders expected to play against Alabama
The TE has been good but not great for the Gamecocks this year.

You would think the stun gun would be enough
But apparently not. Vanderbilt has also suspended RB Jermaine Doster.

Don't Bet On It!: Around the SEC
As usual, the Mayor gives us a look at what will happen this weekend.

Thanks to Urban Meyer for taken on this underappreciated menace
At least someone in college football is willing to take on the threat of SpongeBob SquarePants.

"The worst thing that can happen to a player is he sits home and watches TV or SpongeBob or whatever the heck those kids watch," Meyer said.

Truer words were never spoken.

Getting a coach with a strained relationship with the NCAA to get you in the Top 25? Priceless
Kentucky pays Billy Gillispie $3 million to make him go away. But it will ruin his book deal. 

Florida-LSU biggest game on TV
This season on network television, at least, it was the ratings winner.

Or, you could just smash a mirror over his head
SI decides a concussion isn't enough tough luck for Tim Tebow and puts him on the magazines infamous cover.

Damon: No Georgia-Georgia Tech Georgia Dome game

"After careful consideration, we did not think in the final analysis it was in the best interest of our football program to play the game as a season opener in 2011," athletic director Damon Evans said Tuesday night through a spokesman. "I think the most significant factor was that we did not want to give up the home game that year and make a change in the current home-game rotation with Georgia Tech."

In other words: Money talks. Realize here that Georgia isn't talking about a home game against Georgia Tech, but a home game against Louisville. The game in 2011 is set to be played at Georgia Tech. This would have moved that back a year but preserved Georgia's home game in 2010. But the Louisville game gives Georgia a home game and the money that comes with that. The decision was made for purely financial reasons. Nothing else.

The Triple-Header is official now
The Big Ten signs its deal with the Gator Bowl.

For the 1,937th time ...
The NCAA is subject to the law.