Coaching

In bowl games, it’s the SEC vs. the world

December 22, 2013
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In bowl games, it’s the SEC vs. the world   On the world-domination front, Auburn will try to give the SEC its eighth straight national title. Overall, there are 10 — count ’em, 10 — SEC teams in bowl games (even in a season when brand-name programs Florida and Tennessee were sub-.500). The SEC probably…

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Leadership Is About Emotion

December 22, 2013
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 Leadership Is About Emotion   Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet…

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Inexact science of recruiting results in many failures

July 28, 2013
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Inexact science of recruiting results in many failures CLEMSON — Bryce Brown was the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in 2009. Many football programs, including Clemson, recruited the running back heavily. Recruiting services use the star-rating system to grade high school prospects. The evaluation grades are in part based upon production, in part projection, and in…

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Ranking the SEC head coaches for 2013

July 9, 2013
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Ranking the SEC head coaches for 2013   Unlike the NFL game, college football demands head coaches to be successful, while the NFL demands quarterbacks. In a time where college football has so much parity, having an edge in the coaching column with planning, preparation and in-game calls is the difference between eight- and ten-win…

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Mark Emmert’s press conference at the Final Four was a disaster

April 5, 2013
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Mark Emmert’s press conference at the Final Four was a disaster

The press conference the NCAA held on Thursday in Atlanta before the Men’s Basketball Final Four was not a good one.  NCAA President Mark Emmert was agitated and it seems he has been reading all of his press clippings.  He took time during the press conference to single out Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports and…

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The day that was: Auburn fires back at Selena Roberts report, ESPN’s synthetic marijuana investigation

April 5, 2013
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The day that was: Auburn fires back at Selena Roberts report, ESPN’s synthetic marijuana investigation

After two scathing reports in as many days with allegations of wrongdoing at Auburn University, Athletics Director Jay Jacobs and former head football coach Gene Chizikon Thursday vehemently disputed those reports, which included claims of NCAA violations and failed drugs tests by its players. The first story was posted online Wednesday on Roopstigo.comand alleged Auburn committed academic fraud,…

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Auburn paid players and changed grades, per report

April 4, 2013
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Auburn paid players and changed grades, per report

Auburn’s football program is facing blockbuster allegations of paying players, racism, and changing grades to keep players eligible after a website story on Wednesday. It was posted on Roopstigo.com by Selena Roberts, a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated and former columnist at the New York Times. You can read the full version by clicking HERE. In March 2011,…

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National inspiration Kevin Ware thriving in spotlight after injury forced him out of his shell

April 4, 2013
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National inspiration Kevin Ware thriving in spotlight after injury forced him out of his shell

Rick Pitino has observed Kevin Ware this week and been amazed at the transformation in his formerly taciturn guard. “I’m blown away by the whole thing,” Pitino told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. “I’m watching him in these interviews and thinking, ‘Is this Kevin Ware?’ “ This is indeed Kevin Ware. The new Kevin Ware, who…

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Auburn’s Tainted Title

April 4, 2013
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Auburn’s Tainted Title

Her calls went straight to voicemail. Her texts went unreturned. By mid-morning on March 11, 2011, the mother of Auburn University star safety Mike McNeil felt the shudder of a parental alarm go off in her mind. Where was Melodie Campbell’s son? His college roommates hadn’t seen him. He was absent from team workouts. He…

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Rutgers needs to fire basketball coach Mike Rice after report details allegations of abusive behavior

April 3, 2013
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Rutgers needs to fire basketball coach Mike Rice after report details allegations of abusive behavior

On the day last December when he suspended basketball coach Mike Rice for three games, athletic director Tim Pernetti said, “Accountability is a vital element of the Rutgers athletics family and it is imperative our head coaches act and lead in a responsible manner.” If accountability is still vital in the Rutgers athletic family Tuesday,…

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