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Phillip's blog: Lunchtime musings

I don't have millions of dollars, have never had millions of dollars and won't ever have millions of dollars, but some college football coaches really who do have millions of dollars truly confuse me.

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

There seems to have been a run of coaches - Arkansas' John L. Smith being the latest - of coaches who lose huge amounts of money making investments at the urging of other coaches or former coaches. An investment with former Georgia coach Jim Donnan cost former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville and others dearly.

It just seems to me that, if you already wealthy and have enough money to guarantee your children are wealthy, why in the world would you risk it in such a way? Why wouldn't you invest your money with a professional in ways that don't risk losing it? Maybe I just don't understand. ...

My friend Chris Low at ESPN.com released his All-SEC team for the BCS era (starting in 1998) today. Not a single Auburn player on it. Really. Actually, I can see why he put Tim Tebow ahead of Cam Newton, since Newton only played one season. But no Nick Fairley? No Carlos Rogers? No Carnell Williams? No Marcus McNeill? No Ben Grubbs? No Karlos Dansby? Those are just a few who crossed my mind.

Not even one of those guys deserved it? If I'd been picking such a team, Fairley, Rogers and McNeill would have been slam dunks. Auburn is the only one of the SEC's big six not represented in Lowe's picks, yet it is the only one of that group to have two perfect seasons in the BCS era. Hard to figure.

It's all in fun, but it makes for good conversation. ...

It's official now that former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell will play this season for Alabama State. That's a heck of a pickup for the Hornets, who don't normally dabble in the transfer pool like a lot of FCS programs. They have only two transfers on their team, one from Troy and one from Northern Illinois. Word from Georgia is that, based on previous similar cases not involving well-known people, Crowell is unlikely to do time for the two felonies with which he is charged. ...

Safety Tray Matthews, a Georgia commitment, is quoted today saying he and Reuben Foster will play at the same school and have decided which school that will be. They both plan to visit Auburn in the next few weeks? If I had to guess, I'd say they both end up at Georgia, but Auburn is clearly very much in the picture. ...

Until next time ...

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