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    The rich get richer....
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    looks like Parks is in a tough spot. Bama backed off on Monday knowing both Ray and Mathis were signing and got the news from Parks that he wanted to sign for Auburn. this morning the barn got a surprise commit from a player they coveted for the same position, Markaviest Bryant, and ran out of scholarships to told Parks a minute before his press conference that he no longer had a committable offer. ouch!

    - not sure if Florida or Florida State have room for him? Bama is going to try to get Parks into this class by getting someone to greyshirt but that's a tough ask on LOI day....

    Solomon signed with Michigan...no surprise for me, just glad it's over. such a fn drama queen. disappointed, absolutely not surprised.

    Bama so far got Ruggs and Mathis, both fully expected, and still have Smith and Ray to choose this afternoon. I am 95% confident in Ray, 80% in Smith so I expect both to grab the crimson cap with the A on it....

    Kirby is closing like a badass today for UGA. serious class he put together.
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    Congrats on another great class, Rolltide.
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    thx mws ... best class ever under saban and possibly since Rivals and Scout went into business

    in last 24 hours got Ray and Mathis at DT, Smith and Ruggs at WR, and even signed Parks in as a greyshirt DE so he will enroll in Jan 2018.

    getting 5 of those final 6 was really a best case scenario to cap off a remarkable class

    heck of a finishing week from Kirby and McElwain....guess they learned a little something from The Master
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    aTm crept into the top 10 out of nowhere....

    2017 Team
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    Rank School Total 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars Avg Points
    1 Alabama 28 7 18 2 4.11 3433
    2 Ohio State 21 6 11 4 4.1 3078
    3 Georgia 26 2 14 10 3.69 2825
    4 Michigan 30 3 16 9 3.67 2819
    5 USC 24 0 17 7 3.71 2734
    6 LSU 24 3 12 9 3.75 2600
    7 Florida State 22 3 9 10 3.68 2585
    8 Oklahoma 27 0 18 8 3.63 2551
    9 Florida 23 0 15 7 3.61 2291
    10 Texas A&M 27 1 12 14 3.52 2272
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    by player avg ranking.... crazy pull for the Tree



    Rank School Total 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars Avg Points
    1 Alabama 28 7 18 2 4.11 3433
    2 Ohio State 21 6 11 4 4.1 3078
    18 Stanford 14 3 7 4 3.93 1923
    21 Clemson 14 3 6 5 3.86 1826
    6 LSU 24 3 12 9 3.75 2600
    5 USC 24 0 17 7 3.71 2734
    3 Georgia 26 2 14 10 3.69 2825
    7 Florida State 22 3 9 10 3.68 2585
    4 Michigan 30 3 16 9 3.67 2819
    8 Oklahoma 27 0 18 8 3.63 2551
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    Well, McElwain closed great and didn't totally shit the bed! Not a great class, but filled a lot of needs and got more 4-star talent than he previous 2 classes. I'll take it. This is "his" team now and he needs to produce an offense. His offenses have been ranked lower than Muschamp's offenses at UF, I didn't think that was possible!

    Some coaching moves coming in the SEC also.
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    Missouri: Washington State quality control assistant Brian Odom has joined the Missouri staff as outside linebackers coach. Odom is the brother of head coach Barry Odom. Brian Odom spent two years at WSU and previously worked in strength and conditioning at Houston and Arizona. He was a graduate assistant at Missouri in 2005. In addition, safeties coach Ryan Walters will now coach the entire defensive backfield.

    Mississippi State: Former San Jose State defensive coordinator Ron English has been named safeties coach at Mississippi State. English spent one year at SJSU and was previously the head coach at Eastern Michigan. He was also defensive coordinator at Louisville and Michigan.

    SEC: The league made $584.2 million in 2015-16 and distributed an average of $40.2 million to each school.

    Florida: West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider will join the Florida staff, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail and multiple reports. Seider spent four years at WVU and previously worked at Marshall and as a WVU graduate assistant.
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    Texas A&M: Former FIU defensive coordinator Ron Cooper has joined the A&M staff as defensive backs coach, according to TexAgs. Cooper spent two years at FIU and was the head coach at Eastern Michigan, Louisville and Alabama A&M from 1993-2001. He has also coached at LSU, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

    Alabama: Tennessee director of creative services Jonathan King has accepted the role of creative director for football at Alabama. King spent five years at Tennessee and was previously an assistant director for Crimson Tide Productions from 2005-12.

    Arkansas: Asked about staff additions, Bret Bielema said Wednesday he'd met with candidates in recent weeks and added, "We've got a guy coming in tomorrow. We've been affected, there's a guy that I was heavily interested in that was with a (NFL) team that got beat a week ago, so I couldn't deal with him until after the playoff loss. Still involved with one guy who is still playing. … I'm not in a hurry to change. We'll go these next couple weeks filling out and complimenting the rest of the staff.”
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    a few days too late for Ole Miss to buy some new players ;)

    The SEC Commissioner announces they are distributing $584M to member schools. That is an increase of more than $108M over last year. The average for each university is $40.4M.
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    After crunching the numbers, Bill Connelly of SB Nation has just announced his first S&P+ projections for the 2017 season. As you might imagine, Connelly has a ton of faith in the SEC – especially the West teams – as several league teams dominate the rankings once again.
    The S&P+ rankings are determined by three factors: Recruiting, returning production, and recent history. Connelly goes in-depth on each item of his grading scale at SB Nation.
    While Alabama is the runaway #1 team in these S&P+ projected rankings, LSU is also regarded as one of the best teams. Had a few close games gone differently for the Tigers, LSU’s 2016 season would have gone much better.
    LSU went just 1-4 against teams in last year’s S&P+ top 15, but the four losses were by a combined 23 points. Against teams outside of the top 15, the Tigers were 7-0 with an average win of 22 points. They were an excellent, slightly unlucky team, and they project in the top 10 per all three projection factors — recruiting, returning production, and recent history.
    The note on LSU is important to remember, as close game results are typically a 50/50 proposition and have a way of correcting themselves. If the Tigers can flip that script and go 4-1 in close games in 2017, LSU could be in for a fantastic season.

    Here’s every SEC team’s initial projected 2017 S&P+ ranking:

    #1 Alabama
    #4 LSU
    #9 Auburn
    #15 Florida
    #19 Texas A&M
    #20 Georgia
    #24 Tennessee
    #26 Ole Miss
    #30 Mississippi State
    #32 Arkansas
    #36 South Carolina
    #41 Kentucky
    #53 Missouri
    #63 Vanderbilt
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCB View Post
    Well, McElwain closed great and didn't totally shit the bed! Not a great class, but filled a lot of needs and got more 4-star talent than he previous 2 classes. I'll take it. This is "his" team now and he needs to produce an offense. His offenses have been ranked lower than Muschamp's offenses at UF, I didn't think that was possible!

    Some coaching moves coming in the SEC also.
    closed really well but have to be concerned that only 9 of the 23 are offensive players. obviously FL is a tough state for a single program to lock down but pulling ZERO of the top 15 in your home state is just not good enough. east champs b2b years so not like his job is in trouble but gotta find an offense and hook into IMG
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    closed really well but have to be concerned that only 9 of the 23 are offensive players. obviously FL is a tough state for a single program to lock down but pulling ZERO of the top 15 in your home state is just not good enough. east champs b2b years so not like his job is in trouble but gotta find an offense and hook into IMG
    The problem with trying to hook into IMG is most of the kids that play there arent from the area, and really, there isn't many big time high school programs that close to Gainsville. Still, there is no way that Florida shouldn't land some of the top 10 high school kids each year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    closed really well but have to be concerned that only 9 of the 23 are offensive players. obviously FL is a tough state for a single program to lock down but pulling ZERO of the top 15 in your home state is just not good enough. east champs b2b years so not like his job is in trouble but gotta find an offense and hook into IMG
    He loaded up on offense his first 2 classes and neglected the defense.....he needed to load up on defense. So no concern there. The concern is no 5-stars and no real "star" players. Solid players, w/ 14 4-stars, but only a couple have real "star" power (1 WR and 1 RB). Otherwise, a lot of ham-n-egger's.
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    Florida: South Florida defensive backs coach Corey Bell and North Texas offensive line coach Brad Davis have joined the Florida staff. Bell spent the last two years at FAU and had recently joined the USF staff, while Davis spent one year at North Texas.


    UF loses a great DB coach, Torrian Gray, to the Redskins. He was only at UF one year.

    McElwain has 3 openings, and filled them w/ 1 great hire (Seider) from WVU at RB's coach. The other two hires (from USF/FAU and North Texas) are head scratchers. Does anyone think Alabama would have hired either of those coaches?
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    Arkansas: Defensive line coach Rory Segrest will not return. He spent three years on staff.


    Tennessee: Butch Jones is in discussions with former Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke about joining the Tennessee staff, according to the AJC.
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    LSU: Ed Orgeron has targeted USC running backs coach Tommie Robinson and LA Tech running backs coach Mickey Joseph to join the LSU staff, according to The Advocate.
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    Anyone of you SEC guys hearing that Sark might bolt to become new ATL OC? Heard this yesterday on my drive back from Houston. Not sure if it's legit or not.
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    yeah, Sark is gone...

    I'd love to get Helfrich an interview ... basically the entire offensive coaching staff departed in past 60 days
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    OC names in past hour.... Kelly, Godsey, Tee Martin, Helfrich, and two recently departed Bama position coaches that got OC jobs (Cristobal Oregon, Napier ASU)

    Also possible that they promote Locksley from within for continuity but some much bigger names available
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    OC names in past hour.... Kelly, Godsey, Tee Martin, Helfrich, and two recently departed Bama position coaches that got OC jobs (Cristobal Oregon, Napier ASU)

    Also possible that they promote Locksley from within for continuity but some much bigger names available
    Don't think Tee Martin's wife let's him make that move. He's had some other offers in the past, including OC for Tenn, but apparently she likes the west coast. Article published last fall (late october i believe) talked about how he and HC Helton (two southern boys) really have clicked. Any run for Rick Neuheisel? I think he and Saban have developed a pretty good relationship.
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    i have no interest in Tee. 3 consecutive ex-USCw OC's doesn't hold much appeal and would never fly with CNS if he truly pushed Sark out because he was too similar to Kiffin (and Tee is a Kiffin OC clone). Plus the thought of hiring a title-winning Tenn QB disgusts me regardless if he's a Mobile kid
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    ATHENS After three seasons, defensive line coach Tracy Rocker will be leaving the Georgia football program, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
    Rocker is now the first of the nine on-field assistants from the 2016 Georgia staff to head elsewhere for a job.
    It's unknown at this time why Rocker is leaving the Georgia staff. He earned $525,000 as an assistant this past season. He was one of two holdovers from the previous staff retained by head coach Kirby Smart.

    interesting considering that:

    @Mark_Schlabach The players last year told me Tracy Rocker is the best position coach they have had. A couple had 3 different ones.


    Rumors that he got into a heated nasty confrontation with a recent 5-star DL's mom (Solomon?) who dropped UGA from contention after this meeting
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    i guess might be more than a rumor.... don't know how reliable this site is but using a scout.com employee as the source, http://www.chatsports.com/georgia-bu...-recruit-32204

    According to Dean Legge, Scout.com's Georgia writer, Rocker was let go because he got into a heated argument with Solomon's mother, which essentially eliminated UGA from contention in the five-star's recruitment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolltide View Post
    OC names in past hour.... Kelly, Godsey, Tee Martin, Helfrich, and two recently departed Bama position coaches that got OC jobs (Cristobal Oregon, Napier ASU)

    Also possible that they promote Locksley from within for continuity but some much bigger names available
    Absolutely amazing the amount of turnover on the Bama staff this off season. What's the most coaches Saban has had to replace in one off-season?
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