Tuesday Football Babble

After various negative off-the-field ACC Football issues simultaneously hit the national media last week I asked if the ACC was becoming the SEC?

Upon further review, I rescind my question.

First, take a look at the weekend behavior of the Tennesssee football program after their failed season and the violent spree of an Alabama fan. Just today Ole Miss has admitted to placing themselves in the dregs of society by contacting Tulane players in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Add to this the probation that South Carolina got for recruiting issues (as opposed to Georgia Tech’s probation of accidently using academically ineligible players – when was the last time a player was academically ineligible in the SEC? Is that even possible?) and my faith in the comparison of the conferences is restored.

In some other football-related topics:


Middle Tennessee State fired the football coach hired by Lee Fowler seven years ago after their football game in Raleigh this weekend. I just knew that this was of big interest to you since MTSU athletics was important enough to give us a “Q&A with Lee Fowler” last week on GoPack.com.

– Elsewhere, Matt Hayes expecst some staff changes at Michigan State in this piece that touches on a lot of interesting topics, including Al Groh, whom Tom Deinhart is glad that he is not.. You think NC State fans are disappointed in underperformance on the gridiron? Try looking north to Charlottesville where Al Groh has significantly out recruited Chuck Amato and has delivered even less results on a proportional basis.

There’s not a more confounding team than Virginia, which has been loading up on elite recruits for several years but continues to struggle in big games. The Cavaliers are 36-25 under coach Al Groh, including a 2-9 record against the ACC elite of Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech.

Groh recently signed a contract extension that will pay him $1.7 million a year through 2010. Now how does last week’s 52-14 home loss to the Hokies look?


– We’ve tried to break down the current bowl scenario for you here.

– If you have an interest in the neighborhoods of college football that NC State is not currently living, you can click here for some thoughts.


– This week’s Georgia vs Georgia Tech match-up provides me the opportunity to turn your attention to one of my favorite blogs – The Georgia Sports Blog, formerly known as Paulwesterdawg’s Blog. You really HAVE to go over there and laugh out loud at some of this stuff. I’m not as creative as this guy…but would LOVE to add this kind of humor and satire to this blog. If you think that you have this kind of wit and talent, then drop us a comment if you would consider joining our team and putting together a couple of funny entries a week.

– If you didn’t stay up to watch (or had enough foresight to Tivo) the Fresno State vs Southern Cal game on Saturday night, then you missed an absolute dandy. But, even more impressive than the game was Reggie Bush’s performance. It was truly amazing. As one college football fan commented, “It was totally playstation”.

– With some big rivalries this weekend like UGA-GT, Texas-A&M and UF-FSU, there is no reason to ignore rivalry talk.

“What kind of a monkey with a modem do you have to be to become a contributor to Scout.com” Ouch!!

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8 Responses to Tuesday Football Babble

  1. WuffieJoe 11/22/2005 at 9:24 AM #

    Just wanted to say thanks for the diversity of the links and such. Timely, relevant, original, and interesting. Good stuff.

  2. newswolf 11/22/2005 at 9:32 AM #

    good stuff, thanks, didn’t know about the Alabama or UT stuff

  3. Trout 11/22/2005 at 9:40 AM #

    Agree, a very good summary. I think ACC people, especiall those in Georgia, NC, SC and VA are going to be very happy with the Music City Bowl tie-in. Nashville is a great town, and is drivable for many ACC fans. I hope NC State lands there if not Charlotte. (IF we beat Maryland)

  4. Trout 11/22/2005 at 9:43 AM #

    Any thoughts on ACC COY? I was thinking Miami’s Coker, until they lost to GT. Now, I think it goes to Chan Gailey.

  5. Jeff 11/22/2005 at 9:46 AM #

    I would totally agree on Gailey. My bowl thoughts have expanded….so, I am going to elevate them into a new entry.

  6. Trout 11/22/2005 at 9:52 AM #

    ^ News from Clemson is that the Peach has told Clemson they will not select them. I’m guessing the Outback is going to pass on SC, meaning the Peach can get SC, thus no Clemson. The Peach really wants a FSU vs Darth Visor matchup.

  7. Trout 11/22/2005 at 9:55 AM #

    I think Boise takes the winner of NC State/MD, and GT ends up in the Music City Bowl. Atlanta is only a 3 1/2 hour drive from Nashville. Far enough to satisfy the hotels, close enough to get alot of fans.

  8. Jeff 11/22/2005 at 10:20 AM #

    Have Updated and Expanded Bowl Talk here.

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