The Quiet Storm of Conference Realignment

What if I’d told you in May of 2010 that by October of 2011 Nebraska, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Missouri, Utah and TCU — twice — would all be in new BCS conferences? You’d have thought that was a pretty big deal, right? Especially if I told you that every major conference in America — the Big Ten, the… Read more »

Vinnie Verno: Georgia Will Destroy Tennessee and more

It’s that time again. Gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen, Vinnie Verno is back making college football picks for the week. And I’m not going to lie, this is the best yet. Where else can you mix Pee-Wee Herman, a hobnail boot, a mask, and a Trent Richardson jersey? Okay, aside from every trailer park… Read more »

Barbara Dooley Hops on Radio To Defend Son…Makes Me Love Her More

My love affair with Barbara Dooley, mother of Tennessee Volunteer coach Derek Dooley, is well established. I’ve frequently brought her on our 3 Hour Lunch radio show, I lamented her recent radio ban, and I’ve argued that more Momma Dooley is a Southern treasure. So you can imagine how ecstatic I was this morning to… Read more »

Pre-Snap Reads: Florida at LSU and rest of SEC

Two Conference Games to Watch   Florida at LSU (3:30 ET/CBS) – Florida’s murderous month of October continues as they face their second SEC West opponent in as many weeks. Despite some early fireworks, the Gators were bruised and battered on Saturday night as they fell 38-10 at home to Alabama, a squad many believe… Read more »

Starting 11: Gene Stallings Talks A&M, Expansion

Saturday I had the good fortune to spend much of the day with legendary Alabama coach Gene Stallings. I took my family down to Orange Beach, Alabama — which is rapidly becoming our favorite beach destination — and we spent the weekend at Turquoise Place. Gene Stallings arrived on Saturday and that evening he commentated… Read more »

Missouri Fans Triumph In SEC Campaign

Missouri fans decided they wanted to join the SEC and they would not accept no for an answer. Over the past three weeks the Tigers have inundated the board of curators, administrators, and other athletic department officials demanding that the Tigers join the SEC. A few minutes ago those fans’ voices were heard: Missouri officially… Read more »

Rooting for College Football’s Big Bang: Death To BCS

If you hate the BCS you find yourself rooting for chaos each year. By chaos I don’t mean three undefeated teams. That’s an awful way to end a season, but it doesn’t provoke the necessary outrage. By chaos I mean four or more undefeated teams. Well, buckle your seatbelts because we’re staring down the barrel… Read more »

Hitler Analogy Fells Hank Williams, Jr.; ESPN Fires Him From Monday Night Football

Appearing live from my hometown of Nashville, Hank Williams, Jr. hopped on Fox & Friends to analyze the 2012 presidential field. Seriously, that happened. If you’re like me and thinking, “Why is Hank Williams, Jr. talking about presidential politics on television,” you are evidently a fool. This is what political coverage is like these days. Rocking… Read more »

The Mountain Boys: McKee

Slowly but surely fall is arriving to North Alabama.  The cool is seeping down into the Tennessee Valley, gently pushing away the heat that holds the state captive for so long.    I am on the Brewer campus in the late afternoon, just after practice has ended.  Some of the players linger on the field,… Read more »

Tim Tebow’s Back-Up Plans

I have it on good authority that Tim Tebow isn’t starting anymore and is now third string quarterback behind two other players, Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. (That’s what we sports people do, you see. We exchange sports-like information with our other sporty colleagues. It’s just a thing we do. It’s not a big deal.)… Read more »

Reality: There Are No Barriers To Missouri in SEC

Trust me, Missouri fans, your fan campaign to push the Missouri Tigers in to the SEC has been a complete and total success. Now you’ve got to keep up the SEC fight for just a couple of more weeks. I told you earlier this week I’d give you an update based on what I’m hearing… Read more »

Prediction Machine on Titans-Browns: Take the Titans

My guy at the Prediction Machine, Paul Bessire, is a really fun read. He breaks down every game as if they’ve been played 50,000 games. Those of you who listen to the radio show know we have him on every Friday and he takes your questions about games, lines, fantasy, and the like. Well, to… Read more »

Vinnie Verno Week 5: Bama -4 Over Florida

This week Vinnie Verno is back making picks so you can make money. Giving y’all a head’s up in advance, Verno guarantees that Alabama will cover -4 against Florida. He promises to burn his Julio Jones jerseys if it doesn’t happen. Run for the hills Alabama fans.   Even still. remember, he did win the baby back… Read more »

SEC Network In Partnership With ESPN Is Likely

Yesterday’s column laid out why Texas A&M and, potentially, Missouri make so much sense for the SEC. Because the league is going to start its own network. That’s why new markets make so much sense. New markets make very little sense when you’re talking about a nationally distributed game. All that leads to is more… Read more »

SEC Expansion To 14 Goal: Its Own Network

The SEC has always protected its local multimedia rights packages. That’s why comparing television revenue was always comparing apples and oranges. The SEC sold its tier one and tier two television rights to CBS and ESPN, but all the schools retained their tier three — or local multimedia rights — packages. That means that every… Read more »

Pre-Snap Reads Week Five: Nick Saban, Master, Meets Will Muschamp, Padawan

Two Conference Games to Watch   Alabama at Florida (7 CT/CBS) – Jedi master faces padawan in the Swamp on Saturday night in a prime-time matchup that could ultimately feature the two divisional front-runners in the SEC (although, in Alabama’s case, LSU still will have something to say about that). As much as Nick Saban and… Read more »

Podcast With Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel; Outkick Pics Coming This Week

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel is a good friend of mine. He’s a college sports muckraker. I make dick jokes. But when we get together on a podcast I rapidly pull him down to my level. We discuss where Nancy Grace’s nip slip ranks in the pantheon of nip slips, Trent Richardson’s wheels, the idea of an SEC… Read more »

Trent Richardson’s 2011 Yukon With Nice Rims — Nothing To See Here

On August 28th, 2011 Alabama running back Trent Richardson was pulled over for speeding in Chilton County, Alabama. The Crimson Tide star was going 85 in a 70 and the officer noted that he blamed the “large rims” on his vehicle for the speeding violation. What was the vehicle? A 2011 GMC Yukon which retails for in the neighborhood… Read more »