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    Hard to believe but Arizona State starts spring football practice today. Hermie
    obviously wants to get an early start.

    Sidenote: Spring drills will have live tackling with helmet only...no pads.

    This tread will be about spring drills and any information you want to provide
    regarding players, etc...…………..Some interesting QB battles across the football
    lands.
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    SEC Spring Practice Dates

    School...…..Practice Begins...….Spring Game
    Vanderbilt - Feb. 23 - March 30
    Arkansas - Feb. 23 - April 6
    Ole Miss - Feb. -28 - April 6
    S. Carolina - Feb. 28 - April 6
    Kentucky - Feb. 28 - April 12
    Alabama - Feb. 28 - April 13
    Auburn - Feb. 28 - April 13
    Florida - Feb. 28 - April 13
    LSU - March 7 - April 6
    Missouri - March 12 - April 13
    Georgia - March 26 - April 20

    Texas AM, Tennessee and Mississippi State were not available.
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    Needless to say, these six coaches need to have a productive spring drills because
    they are definitely on the 'Hot Seat'.

    Clay Helton (USC) - Pretty simple, Helton needs a big (bounce back) season or he's
    history.

    Gus Malzahn (Auburn) - 8-5 records and $7 million salary don't cut it with the Tiger
    faithful.

    Lovie Smith (Illinois) - Ridiculous hire and this dud has proven just that with his $5
    million salary.

    Willie Taggart (Florida State) - Most overrated coach in the FBS. I never understood
    this hire by the Noles.

    Chris Ash (Rutgers) - His offense averaged 13 points per game last year. Seems an
    understatement but spring drills should be devoted to scoring points.

    Randy Edsall (UConn) - His defense gave up an average of 50.4 points per game. One
    might think defense will get some attention during spring practice.

    I'm sure there are other coaches looking over their shoulder as spring ball gets under
    way. Please feel free to list some...……………………………..
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    According to SBNATION, the following teams will be the worst in the coming 2019
    college football season. Obviously spring drills will be important to each team to
    improve.

    130. UTEP.....129. UConn.....128. UTSA.....127. South Alabama.....126. Rice.....
    125. UMass.....124. Akron.....123. Bowling Green.....122. Central Michigan.....
    121. New Mexico St.....120. Charlotte.....119. Old Dominion.....118. Navy.....117.
    San Jose St.....116. Coastal Carolina.....115. New Mexico.....114. Georgia State.....
    113. East Carolina.....112. Liberty.....111. Kent State

    *Seeing Navy in this list is a bit of a surprise.
    *Hugh Freeze gets first spring practice at Liberty.
    *UTEP seems to always be a preseason bottom feeder.
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    Every SEC spring game will be televised live on one of the ESPN networks.

    March 30
    Vanderbilt.....SEC Network.....11:00 am

    April 6
    South Carolina.....SEC Network.....11:00
    LSU.....SEC Network.....1:00 pm
    Arkansas.....ESPNU.....3:00
    Ole Miss.....SEC Network.....3:00

    April 12
    Kentucky.....SEC Network.....5:00pm

    April 13
    Florida.....SEC Network.....12:00
    Alabama.....ESPN2.....1:00
    Miss State.....ESPNU.....1:00
    Texas A&M.....SEC Network.....1:00
    Auburn.....SEC Network.....3:00
    Tennessee....SEC Network.....5:00
    Missouri.....ESPNU.....3:00

    April 20
    Georgia.....SEC Network....1:00

    Can't wait to watch a few of these spring games.
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    September 7, 2019 has LSU traveling to Austin to play Texas. That is one game I'm looking forward
    too. The week two clash pairs teams in neighboring states that haven't played each other in over 60
    years. Both teams have high expectations this fall, they do regular battle on the recruiting trail and
    there's a tiny bit of history involving LSU and Texas coach Tom Harman, as the two were in negotiations
    for the job Orgeron ultimately got. Both teams had top 5 recruiting classes and both starting quarterbacks
    returning. LSU has 16 starters returning (8 offense, 7 defense, 1 special teams) while Texas returns 10
    starters (5 offense, 3 defense, 2 special teams). Huge game for both programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    According to SBNATION, the following teams will be the worst in the coming 2019
    college football season. Obviously spring drills will be important to each team to
    improve.

    130. UTEP.....129. UConn.....128. UTSA.....127. South Alabama.....126. Rice.....
    125. UMass.....124. Akron.....123. Bowling Green.....122. Central Michigan.....
    121. New Mexico St.....120. Charlotte.....119. Old Dominion.....118. Navy.....117.
    San Jose St.....116. Coastal Carolina.....115. New Mexico.....114. Georgia State.....
    113. East Carolina.....112. Liberty.....111. Kent State

    *Seeing Navy in this list is a bit of a surprise.
    *Hugh Freeze gets first spring practice at Liberty.
    *UTEP seems to always be a preseason bottom feeder.
    Are my eyes deceiving my? Is it possible my wife's alma mater (Texas State) isn't in the bottom 20 this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    According to SBNATION, the following teams will be the worst in the coming 2019
    college football season. Obviously spring drills will be important to each team to
    improve.

    130. UTEP.....129. UConn.....128. UTSA.....127. South Alabama.....126. Rice.....
    125. UMass.....124. Akron.....123. Bowling Green.....122. Central Michigan.....
    121. New Mexico St.....120. Charlotte.....119. Old Dominion.....118. Navy.....117.
    San Jose St.....116. Coastal Carolina.....115. New Mexico.....114. Georgia State.....
    113. East Carolina.....112. Liberty.....111. Kent State

    *Seeing Navy in this list is a bit of a surprise.
    *Hugh Freeze gets first spring practice at Liberty.
    *UTEP seems to always be a preseason bottom feeder.
    I remember when East Carolina had a good program rolling. GA State should be better with all the resources, but still a relatively young program I guess.
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    SB nation did these rankings based on 1) current recruiting class 2) returning starters and 3) how team has performed the previous 5 seasons.

    Curious to see last year's bottom 20 and wonder how these teams performed for the 2018 season? I wonder if we could find any "bet on" or "bet against" teams for 2019.

    I actually thought East Carolina was going to be a "bet against" team last season but they werent so bad (i'm not doing research on this but i noticed many weeks last year where they covered spread)
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    With an eight-game conference schedule and a 14-team league, the 2019 season
    comes down to who you play in the opposite division. Below is this year's cross-
    over schedule for each team.

    EAST DIVISON
    Florida - Auburn, at LSU
    Georgia - at Auburn, Texas A&M
    Kentucky - at Mississippi State, Arkansas
    Missouri - Ole Miss, at Arkansas
    South Carolina - Alabama, at Texas A&M
    Tennessee - Mississippi State, at Alabama
    Vanderbilt - LSU, at Ole Miss

    WEST DIVISON
    Alabama - at South Carolina, Tennessee
    Arkansas - at Kentucky, Missouri
    Auburn - at Florida, Georgia
    LSU - at Vanderbilt, Florida
    Ole Miss - Vanderbilt, at Missouri
    Mississippi State - Kentucky, at Tennessee
    Texas A&M - South Carolina, at Georgia

    *Auburn faces Florida and Georgia, the two top teams from the East Division.
    *South Carolina has a tough two games in Alabama and Texas A&M.
    *Missouri gets a break with Ole Miss and Arkansas.
    *Alabama should handle South Carolina and Tennessee.
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    ESPN has come out with their Power Index Debut (FBI). The SEC has 3 of the top 5 teams
    in the country, 5 of the top 10 and half of the top 20. Amazing for a sorry ass conference
    who doesn't play anybody.

    1. Clemson.....2. Alabama.....3. Georgia.....4. LSU.....5. Michigan.....6. Oklahoma.....7. Notre
    Dame.....8. Florida.....9. Auburn.....10. Oregon.....11. Texas AM.....12. Penn State.....13. OSU
    …..14. Michigan State.....15. Tennessee.....16. Mississippi State.....17. Washington.....18. Utah
    …..19. South Carolina.....20. Missouri

    *The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best
    predictor of a team's performance going forward for the rest of the season. FBI represents
    how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000
    simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule.
    Ratings and projections update daily.
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    Alabama will head into spring drills with SEVEN new assistant coaches. In what has
    become an annual event, Saban has to essentially rebuild his coaching staff. Here's
    a look at the new Tide staff.

    OC/QBs - Steve Sarkisian (OC Atlanta Falcons)
    DC/LBs - Pete Golding (Alabama)
    ST/TEs - Jeff Banks (Alabama)
    RBs - Charles Huff (RBs Mississippi State)
    WRs - Holman Wiggins (WRs Virginia Tech)
    OL - Kyle Flood - (OL Atlanta Falcons)
    DL - Brian Baker (DL Mississippi State)
    LBs - Sal Sunseri (DL Florida)
    CBs - Karl Scott (Alabama)
    Ss - Charles Kelly (DC Florida State)

    Spring practice starts next month so these new guys will have to hit the field
    running. You can bet they are putting in a lot of hours now getting ready.
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    Kirby Smart (Georgia) has promoted linebacker's coach Dan Lanning to defensive
    coordinator. Lanning will also get a nice pay raise going from $350,000 to $750,000.
    He served as interim DC in the Sugar Bowl where Georgia lost to Texas and now gets
    the position fulltime. Even with the huge pay raise, Lanning is not Georgia's highest
    paid assistant...that title goes to offensive coordinator James Coley who makes a
    base salary of $950,000. The Dogs will be the SEC's last team to start spring practice
    beginning March 26th.
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    The FLORIDA Gators seem to be ahead of schedule under Dan Mullen, and they capitalized
    on that momentum with a top-10 recruiting class in 2019. This is also a nod that Florida is
    in the best shape among the "big three" programs in the state. Florida State is a mess, and
    Miami has yet another coaching change. Now, the challenge for the Gators is to close the gap
    with Georgia who keep bringing in top-three recruiting classes with blue-chip talent. The Dogs
    have claimed back-to-back SEC East titles and are favored to make it three in a row in 2019.
    Some think Florida is ready to challenge Georgia as representative of the East in Atlanta this season.
    I'm not one of them, they have a ways to go before that happens.
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    Some updates...……….

    *Former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora has accepted an analyst position with Texas.

    *Virginia Tech safeties coach Tyrone Nix is headed back to Ole Miss as linebackers coach.

    *Michigan State has extended Mark Dantonio through 2025. He is 107-51 in 12 seasons.

    *Auburn's DB coach Greg Brown will join the Purdue staff as corner backs coach.

    *Southern Miss has hired Arkansas State offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner for the
    same position.

    *Colorado has hired Georgia defensive quality control coach Brian Michalowski as LBs
    coach.

    *Western Carolina coach Mark Speir has agreed to a five year contract extension.

    *Kentucky has promoted TEs/Recruiting Coordinator Vince Marrow to associate head
    coach. Ever wonder what associate head coach means?

    *Shelby High School (NC) head coach Lance Ware is joining App State's staff as senior
    assistant to the head coach. Again, what the hell does that mean?

    *Penn State's special teams coordinator Phil Galiano is leaving for a position with the
    New Orleans Saints.

    *Ex-Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson has transferred to Maryland. Jackson passed
    for 3,566 yards and 25 touchdowns at VT.

    *Jimmy Harbaugh is taking Michigan's football team to South Africa in May. Some wonder
    why he doesn't just take them down to Detroit and save a hell of a lot of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf View Post
    Kirby Smart (Georgia) has promoted linebacker's coach Dan Lanning to defensive
    coordinator. Lanning will also get a nice pay raise going from $350,000 to $750,000.
    He served as interim DC in the Sugar Bowl where Georgia lost to Texas and now gets
    the position fulltime. Even with the huge pay raise, Lanning is not Georgia's highest
    paid assistant...that title goes to offensive coordinator James Coley who makes a
    base salary of $950,000. The Dogs will be the SEC's last team to start spring practice
    beginning March 26th.
    This is a good hire/promotion
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    Tuscaloosa continues to be the landing spot for former FBS head coaches wanting to learn
    and hopefully get another shot at being a head coach again. The trend continues as Major
    Applewhite (Houston), Mike Stoops (Arizona, Oklahoma DC) and holdover Butch Jones (Tenn)
    will work as analyst on Bama's staff. The pay is around $30,000 but all three coaches are being
    paid by their former schools. Two former analyst join the staff as fulltime on field coaches this
    season. Steve Sarkisian (USC) and Kyle Flood (Rutgers). Jones had several opportunities to
    coach fulltime but choose to return. He's still getting big bucks from Tennessee.
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    Hey Cloverleaf , think you guys can spare another coach for us out here ? Levitt is out as DC..
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    Alabama has been busy hiring coaches this off season...like seven new on-field assistants.

    Regarding Leavitt, he and Christobal just didn't get along. They had problems going back
    to when Christobal was head coach at FIU and Leavitt was at South Florida. Guys just didn't
    like each other so Leavitt was finally sent packing.

    Watch for safeties coach Keith Heywood to replace Leavitt as defensive coordinator. With 17
    starters returning and a stud quarterback, Oregon needs to use spring drills to get everyone
    on the same page. Lots of potential for the Ducks this season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RED EYE View Post
    Hey Cloverleaf , think you guys can spare another coach for us out here ? Levitt is out as DC..
    Red-Eye.....It's obvious you've been around football and more specifically West Coast football for a long time, what is the "real story" as to why (Pac-12) football is not playing on the same level that teams in the past have. We both remember when a USC or UCLA or Washington or even Stanford or Oregon (during the Mariotta era) would be actual contenders for a National Championship, the fact is the Pac-10-12 has had 9 NC teams dating back to 1954. None of this past greatness seems to be happening during the past 5 or 6 years....maybe longer.

    You mention in your post that a Defensive Coordinated is needed at Oregon, why is it so hard for a program like the U of O to find a good quality coach in some backyard out on the West Coast.........I always though the West Coast was a hotbed for players and coaches....Heck, offenses were named for the area, "The West Coast Offense"...Albeit the 49's........Do do you think West Coast football (the Pac-12) will rise to the top again someday.

    Is this Pac-12 "drought" a trend that could become even greater in the years ahead or do you chalk it up to a normal cycle that occurs with all college football conferances over the long years.. I would love to hear your take on all of this.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Donald View Post
    Red-Eye.....It's obvious you've been around football and more specifically West Coast football for a long time, what is the "real story" as to why (Pac-12) football is not playing on the same level that teams in the past have. We both remember when a USC or UCLA or Washington or even Stanford or Oregon (during the Mariotta era) would be actual contenders for a National Championship, the fact is the Pac-10-12 has had 9 NC teams dating back to 1954. None of this past greatness seems to be happening during the past 5 or 6 years....maybe longer.

    You mention in your post that a Defensive Coordinated is needed at Oregon, why is it so hard for a program like the U of O to find a good quality coach in some backyard out on the West Coast.........I always though the West Coast was a hotbed for players and coaches....Heck, offenses were named for the area, "The West Coast Offense"...Albeit the 49's........Do do you think West Coast football (the Pac-12) will rise to the top again someday.

    Is this Pac-12 "drought" a trend that could become even greater in the years ahead or do you chalk it up to a normal cycle that occurs with all college football conferances over the long years.. I would love to hear your take on all of this.....
    I think it starts with USC.. Trojans use to be the standard bearer in the Conference... IMO , they haven't had the right coach in place since Carroll left , and that includes the current coach... When your top program isn't living up to its image , recruiting slides... The reason the Huskies are back , is they finally got a top coach , a proven coach... Stanford is still a top flite program.. We've been pretty good at times . with coaching stability for quite a good stretch.. Kelly leaves , we hire the wrong guy back to back and have to struggle to get back to where we can contend again.. The rest of the conference doesn't take football seriously enough to make this a great league... bad hires , bad histories , and some schools not in the best geographical areas to recruit... When USC get back to its stature , you probably will see the league follow suit...

    It won't be hard to get a good DC out here.. This just happened , so the search is just beginning.. I'm sure other guys can chip in to with the reasons, but coaching is a huge reason in my mind
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    Quote Originally Posted by RED EYE View Post
    I think it starts with USC.. Trojans use to be the standard bearer in the Conference... IMO , they haven't had the right coach in place since Carroll left , and that includes the current coach... When your top program isn't living up to its image , recruiting slides... The reason the Huskies are back , is they finally got a top coach , a proven coach... Stanford is still a top flite program.. We've been pretty good at times . with coaching stability for quite a good stretch.. Kelly leaves , we hire the wrong guy back to back and have to struggle to get back to where we can contend again.. The rest of the conference doesn't take football seriously enough to make this a great league... bad hires , bad histories , and some schools not in the best geographical areas to recruit... When USC get back to its stature , you probably will see the league follow suit...

    It won't be hard to get a good DC out here.. This just happened , so the search is just beginning.. I'm sure other guys can chip in to with the reasons, but coaching is a huge reason in my mind
    I think the pac needs 1 solid team. USC obviously had great teams, but Oregon picked up the slack when they went down. Not gonna be a conference that is solid from top to middle bottom, but the top teams can make some noise.

    I remember going back and forth with you when the ducks were rolling......good times my friend. Maybe we can get back to that. You are one of the good guys!
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    *Alabama and West Virginia announce future home-and-home series between the two
    football programs. Bama visits Morgantown on Sept. 5, 2026, with West Virginia return-
    ing the trip to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 4, 2027. Saban, a native of West Virginia, would be
    74 years old for the first game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

    *Vanderbilt has extended the contract of coach Derek Mason. Mason just finished his
    fifth season and has compiled a 24-38 overall record. He is just 9-31 in SEC play. I
    guess beating rival Tennessee three straight gets you an extension at Vanderbilt. Bad
    decision in my mind.

    *The Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC combine to sign nearly 80 percent of junior college players
    who join Power 5 teams. No conference is more reliant on JUCOs as the Big 12, whose
    ten teams signed 203 JUCO players in the past five years. Kansas leads the way with 41
    of them. The ACC has signed the fewest among Power 5 conferences.

    *Kentucky stays in-house by promoting Brad White as its new defensive coordinator. He
    was on the staff as linebackers coach last year.

    *Amir Hall won the Black Football Player of the Year Award. The Bowie State quarterback
    won the award for the second straight year. Hell, I didn't even know such an award existed.
    Can you imagine...…...naw, better not go there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albatross View Post
    I think the pac needs 1 solid team. USC obviously had great teams, but Oregon picked up the slack when they went down. Not gonna be a conference that is solid from top to middle bottom, but the top teams can make some noise.

    I remember going back and forth with you when the ducks were rolling......good times my friend. Maybe we can get back to that. You are one of the good guys!
    Yea it was great...I thought we were the best team in football the year we lost to Auburn.. We had elevated past USC even with Carroll still at USC.. Its hard to stay up there with the elites.. We might have an advantage to get back in picture . mostly because not as many good teams out west as in south and Midwest.. Y

    You know how it is now , back in the picture with GA....no coincidence , a great coach seems to be in place
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