In a little more than two weeks, college football teams will begin preseason practice, and there will be real things happening and real news.
Senior Editor Phillip Marsall
Thank goodness. The season of lists and predictions is almost over.
Sports writers, national and local and in between, tend to spend lots of times in the summers making top 10 lists of this and that, ranking players, ranking teams, ranking coaches, ranking just about everything but sports writers. I'm as guilty as the next guy.
And none of it means squat.
We're not quite done yet. We still have to get through Media Days, which will spawn another rash of predictions and rankings. But the it will be on to practice actual news to report.
One of the good things about athletics at any level is that talk really doesn't matter. Predictions don't matter. Think you are better than people say? You'll have an opportunity to prove it.
You can bet that five months from now, a football team or teams of whom not much is expected will have accomplished big things. A team or teams of whom much is expected will have fallen flat on their faces.
That's what makes it fun.
The first SEC Media Days were held in 1985, 27 years ago. It was a cozy gathering at the Holiday Inn across the street from the SEC offices on 20th Street in Birmingham.
The coaches on hand that year were Auburn's Pat Dye, Alabama's Ray Perkins, Georgia's Vince Dooley, Tennessee's Johnny Majors, Ole Miss' Billy Brewer, Mississippi State's Emory Bellard, Florida's Galen Hall, Kentucky's Jerry Claiborne and Vanderbilt's George MacIntyre. ...
So the Paterno family is now going to conduct an investigation into Louis Freeh's investigation? Why not instead donate that money to abused children? I understand their grief, but they are making themselves look worse by the day. ...
Alabama coach Nick Saban, as pointed out elsewhere on this page, has lost fewer than three games in back to back seasons just once in 16 seasons. Gene Chizik hasn't done it, though he has just five seasons as a head coach behind him. Tommy Tuberville has never done it. Pat Dye did it three times in 12 seasons. Shug Jordan did it three times in 25 seasons. Bear Bryant did it a remarkable 15 times in 25 seasons at Alabama. ...
Until next time ...