Posted 07/23/2009 at 02:19 PM
I'm not in Birmingham today like more than 1,000 members of the media, but I feel like I'm there as I surf the web. I'll chime in off and on today and tomorrow with various thoughts and links as the event goes on through Friday afternoon.
--Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun recently released his SEC coaching rankings. He inexplicably ranked Les Miles ahead of Steve Spurrier. Really, Pat? Really?! After I called Dooley out on it in an e-mail (can you say that out loud and still look yourself in the mirror?), he responded with some lame excuse about Spurrier's four years at South Carolina but then conceded that I was "probably right." Pat, that's probably an understatement. Let's do a little Spurrier-Miles math here. Spurrier has coached in the SEC for 16 seasons, winning seven SEC titles. That's seven championships in 16 tries, good for a .438 batting average in baseball parlance. Miles has won one SEC title in four seasons at LSU and never finished higher than third in the Big 12 South in four years at Oklahoma State. That's for 1-for-8 and a .125 batting average. We could further solidify this premise but it wasn't worthy of discussion to begin with, so let's move on.
--Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that Notre Dame is considering a neutral-site game at the Georgia Dome in the future. Alabama or Ga. Tech could be the potential opponent. The Tide rolled past Clemson 34-10 in Atlanta last year and faces Va. Tech in Week 1 this season.
--Barnhart of the AJC also reports that Mark Richt is done talking about moving the Florida-Georgia game out of Jacksonville.
--Here's a transcript of Urban Meyer's Q&A with the media, compliments of the Orlando Sentinel.
--I'm sure you all heard that Tim Tebow was asked if he was a virgin this week. The way-out-of-line question came from Clay Travis of AOLFanHouse.com. Here's the odd explanation/column by Travis.
--Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel writes that the next Bear Bryant is in Hoover, but it's not Nick Saban. It's Urban Meyer.
--Steve Spurrier accepts the blame for Tim Tebow not (initially) being a unanimous first-team All-SEC pick. Spurrier explained that he has an assistant fill out the ballot and that person selected Jevan Snead. Spurrier asked him on Wednesday if the South Carolina vote had Tebow and when the assistant explained that they already had 10 other Gators, Spurrier cut him off, "That's not a good reason." He then called the league office and Tebow is now a unanimous choice. Spurrier explained that he was embarrassed and gushed about Tebow, saying that "Tebow and Danny Wuerffel will go down as the best QBs in college football history."
--Urban Meyer has suspended LB Dustin Doe from team activities and he will not participate in the team's first practice on Aug. 6.
--Dooley reports that Friday wasn't one of Spurrier's best days. Also, Dooley penned this column about Georgia QB Joe Cox, who I've been saying for months now is going to have a solid senior season for the Dawgs.