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A prominent USC source close to the athletic department said Friday that Carroll joining the...

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A prominent USC source close to the athletic department said Friday that Carroll joining the Seahawks was "going down." Members of Seattle's coaching staff, source said, also were informed Friday afternoon that the franchise now will hire a head coach before hiring a general manager, which also is consistent with Carroll's prior statements about considering any return to the NFL. ... Said another source close to Carroll: "You're about to see a big headline that shakes up the major college football world," in reference to the Seahawks' development. The Seahawks did not confirm but also did not deny that Carroll is a leading candidate to become coach.

Chris Mortensen Because, you know, it looked like things might quiet down a bit now that the season is over. Well, at least we don't have any former Southern Cal coaches in the SEC, right? Wait a minute ...

Our favorite part of all of this is watching those who assume human behavior falls into some kind...

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Our favorite part of all of this is watching those who assume human behavior falls into some kind of pattern or justified path sort through the various scattered threads of Meyer’s logic. "Why is this a matter of life or death 24 hours ago, and now it’s not?" "Why did he say something, and then say something else?" "WHY DO HUMANS CONFUSE ME SO?" Because they make no sense whatsoever, are indecisive, and often conflate the little Enlightenment ideal of humanity in your head by acting like a pack of macaques playing with a box full of lit fireworks?

Orson (as usual) makes a good point. All of that is true, but it doesn't mean that this will work out any better for Florida. Saying "Meyer should have thought this through a little better" can, of course, be countered by the same argument that he is a human being. I just don't think this makes much sense on an emotional level either, considering all the tear-jerking stories about how his family felt like they had lost him over the last several years.

The last thing I wanted to do was embarrass young Charlie Coffey. The first team only played 12...

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The last thing I wanted to do was embarrass young Charlie Coffey. The first team only played 12 minutes, and we were shoving in the reserves as fast as we could... I couldn't do anything to stop it. We played 74 men.

Bear Bryant, on a 77-6 demolition of Virginia Tech in 1973 It's part of a great post by Roll Bama Roll's kleph about the history between Tech and Alabama. The post also includes the NCAA record for rushing average, a one-handed running back and the recruiting of the Bear.

Revised SEC Ticket Policy in place. Twitter fans, please share the great times you have at our...

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Revised SEC Ticket Policy in place. Twitter fans, please share the great times you have at our stadiums with your friends.

SEC Has Announced Revised Fan Policy Not too long after revising its policy for credentialed media members, that tweet from the SEC announces that the conference has updated its policy for ticket holding fans too. Here is an interview with SEC Associate Commissioner of Media Relations Charles Bloom, who talks at length about the changing of the policy without giving up too many specifics. There's a lot of talk about the SEC's "intent," of which little apparently made it into the first release of the policy. It also sounds like there were an awful lot of chefs in the kitchen when they were cooking it up, it was thrown together rather hastily, and that (as suspected) they were really only concerned about game video rights. The only other interesting tidbit is that the SEC will not play policeman. Its partner in making the SEC Digital Network, XOS Technologies, will be on the hook for enforcing the policy. All in all it sounds like the conference doesn't really care much about social media, got duped by its media partners into drafting a draconian policy, and now is having to backtrack to something reasonable based on fan and media outcry.

This week's top-10 list topic: the best villains in college football... I'm listing the brash,...

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This week's top-10 list topic: the best villains in college football... I'm listing the brash, stir-the-pot characters: 1. Alabama coach Nick Saban: ...In our recent ESPN The Magazine survey of college players, Saban was the runaway top answer to the question, "Who is the last coach you'd want to play for based on what you know?" In fact, Saban was named almost twice as often as any other coach. Apparently, word from some Tide players has circulated. "Guys never have anything good to say about him," one SEC player said. (emphasis mine)

Bruce Feldman's Villains of College Football ESPN's big thing right now is asking who the biggest villains in college football. Normally I just skip these sorts of exercises, but Feldman isn't a rabble rouser and I haven't heard anything like this before. What about y'all? Anyone else heard of any dissent within the Tide ranks? For what it's worth, he has Lane Kiffin at No. 2 and Bobby Petrino at No. 4 before the ESPN Insider cutoff hits.

There are no unbeatable teams anymore. An upper echelon SEC team can beat Florida, but it depends...

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There are no unbeatable teams anymore. An upper echelon SEC team can beat Florida, but it depends on the day. Most days, given the team they have right now, Florida will win those games. ... Florida is likely going to face LSU, Alabama or Ole Miss in the SEC Championship and any of those three teams can beat them on a given day.

SI's Andy Staples, interviewed by our own Roll Bama Roll

He turned to me and asked. "Is it OK to make this announcement here?" Meyer turned back to the...

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He turned to me and asked. "Is it OK to make this announcement here?" Meyer turned back to the golfers and said, "I'm not going to Notre Dame. Ever. I'm going to be the coach at Florida for a long time, as long as they want me." He turned back to me and told me to put that in the paper, then to three other writers playing in the tournament and told them to print it.

Meyer gives his definitive answer This little bit comes from Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley's charity golf tournament. I'm sure the reaction from many corners will be something along the lines of "But, but, Nick Saban in Miami!!" I would wager that this is more of a Les Miles declaration than a Saban declaration, personally. Notre Dame will call him just to hear him say "no" just as Florida did with Bob Stoops before both the Zook and Meyer hirings, but he's going to say "no" every time.

Well, with one major exception the to the Blecch: instead of four players gone, there's just three....

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Well, with one major exception the to the Blecch: instead of four players gone, there's just three. Per Jay G. Tate and others, Jomarcus Savage and Christian Thompson are dearly departed as reported, but Pierre-Louis and Henderson are safe with Marcus Jemison the actual third player to be dismissed. Andy Bitter has a typically useful rundown of where the departures stood after spring camp.

The Joe Cribbs Car Wash I must apologize for spreading bad information in Friday's Sprints, even if Jerry and I were guilty mostly of being misinformed by a reliable source of Auburn info. (Though I did say "apparently." Does that count?) Mea culpa.

"I will be meeting before the end of the month with the Mayor of Jacksonville to discuss the...

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"I will be meeting before the end of the month with the Mayor of Jacksonville to discuss the contract relative to the Florida-Georgia game,'' Machen said. "We remain very positive about that relationship, although we have some problems with the way things are done over there in terms of crowd control outside the stadium and things of that nature. But we will be meeting with him and hopefully we will be able to sign an extension before the end of the summer... "They [UGA officials] are talking about it and I think they are leaning the same way we are,'' Machen said. "They don’t seem to be as interested in the safety and security issues as we are, they’ve got other problems with it (the site). But I think we’re headed toward a meeting of the minds''

UF President Bernie Machen on the Cocktail Party UF, UGA, and city of Jacksonville officials are preparing to meet to extend the contract to keep the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in its current location, despite Mark Richt's protests. In a week where Georgia just picked up a commitment from a prospect in Jacksonville, it makes sense to hear that UGA is leaning towards keeping it in place regardless of Richt's complaints.

[Urban Meyer] added certain situations like a few months back when he responded to a radio...

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[Urban Meyer] added certain situations like a few months back when he responded to a radio station’s questions about former Gator quarterback Shane Matthews’ sometimes critical statements about the team that it would have been best for the program had he held back. "I should know better," Meyer said. Later, when asked about Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin’s often-replayed comments about Meyer and the Gators, Meyer smiled, looked out the window and said "it sure is sunny today, isn’t it?"

Urban Meyer's Wry Humor Reappears I give it to the end of the season before he says something else he regrets. Maybe sooner.