published Thursday, January 28th, 2010

SEC Football Chat with David Paschall

1:23 David Barry

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:23:13 GMT

Welcome! We will begin the chat at 1:30.

1:30 David Barry

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:30:35 GMT

David Paschall is here and ready to take your questions about SEC football.

1:30 Comment From Calhoun Dawg

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:30:42 GMT

Does the Nash decision effect DaRick? Is he going to wear red or orange?

1:31 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:31:27 GMT

We will know for sure a little before 10 AM Wednesday, because Da'Rick has set a 9:45 presser according to his coach, Hal Lamb. It could be with a table and a hat with a "G" and a hat with a "T." If I had to wager on his decision, which I'm quite glad a don't, I would imagine he's heading to Georgia. He has been intrigued by the chance to learn under A.J. Green and then potentially be the guy after one year.

1:31 Comment From WarEagle

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:31:42 GMT

Will Lattimore pick South Carolina or Auburn? What are you impressions of Auburn's class? Love the recruiting page. Thanks.

1:34 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:34:06 GMT

I've heard that Auburn coaches feel slightly less than 50-50 about landing Lattimore. He has a wide open door at South Carolina, which has been at the bottom of the SEC in rushing offense lately. As a whole, you've got to love Auburn's class if they can hold it together (ie no late Enrique Davis defections). They appear to have kept Trovon Reed away from LSU. Now they've got to keep Shon Coleman away from everybody.

1:35 Comment From olhoazul

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:35:26 GMT

While I know everyone around here is consumed with things orange and red, how are things looking for Vandy?

1:38 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:38:23 GMT

I think the 'Dores have recruited better the last two or three seasons under Johnson than they did when he first got there, and I think his success (beating UT and UGA and going to a bowl) has reflected that. The biggest news in this year's class was getting juco QB Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers. I believe that may be the first juco of the Johnson era, and he'll have a chance to compete for the starting job this spring.

1:38 Comment From Jeff

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:38:43 GMT

Do you think Miss State's Dan Mullen would have thought about taking the Tennessee football job after one year at MSU if Mike Hamilton would have had an interest in that direction?

1:40 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:40:59 GMT

That's a unique one to ponder. He's young and energetic and did well in his biggest game, whipping Ole Miss by two touchdowns after the Bullies lost 45-0 in the 08 Egg Bowl under Croom. I thought Mullen would have been a good fit in Florida had Meyer stayed retired in late December just because he was familiar with more than half the roster. I think he would have been interested, but the timing in all this was really tough when you're making promises to future players.

1:41 Comment From signalparent

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:41:10 GMT

Do you think Herschel Walker will win his MMA match on Sunday?

1:42 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:42:57 GMT

If I've got basic cable (ESPN, ESPN2 but no ESPNU), can I watch that thing?I'm not going to doubt his physical ability even at his age, but he'll likely be facing someone that has been fighting since birth. My best guess is that we'll know whether Herschel was meant to do this in a hurry.

1:43 Comment From SECfan

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:43:05 GMT

I know everyone loves recruiting, but what do you think about tis fall? Other than Bama, who are the teams to beat?

1:46 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:46:02 GMT

I think Bama obviously will be the overwhelming pick in the West, though the Sept. 25 game at Arkansas will be tricky because the Hogs are loaded offensively and Bama still may be merging its talented defensive youngsters with its handful of returning starters. I think Florida is still a solid East favorite, but the wild card in that division is Georgia QB Aaron Murray. If he's really good, he'll have 10 returning starters. I like Bama, Ark, LSU in the West and Florida, UGA and S. Car in the East.

1:46 Comment From IdrinkJAGER

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:46:12 GMT

is Wes Rucker your hero?

1:47 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:47:12 GMT

When it comes to being tech-savvy, Wes cleans my clock. That isn't saying much, but yes, he's my hero.

1:47 Comment From TFP reader

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:47:18 GMT

Any ideas on who Ole Miss should look at for its new offensive coordinator?

1:50 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:50:24 GMT

That happened so quickly and seems so strange to me that I haven't had time to consider candidates there. After all the wackiness that happened in Fayetteville back in 2006,Gus Malzahn likely isn't in Houston Nutt's picture. I don't think Austin was disastrous this past year, but he sure took some time changing the focus of that offense from Snead to McCluster.

1:50 Comment From olhoazul

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:50:33 GMT

How's Florida appear to be handling an Urban-less recruiting season?

1:52 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:52:39 GMT

I've got a story on this for Sunday, and I don't think it's as Urban-less as people think. He has been very active all along and even admitted recently that he truly only took about a day and a half off from the job. The Gators weathered that storm in a hurry and will finish with a crop that could be as remarkable as any two or three years down the road. On paper, it's the best collection of DLs you will fine.

1:52 Comment From BT

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:52:58 GMT

Any thoughts on which way Coach Richt and Coach Grantham might be leaning as far as the final member of that defensive staff??

1:54 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:54:49 GMT

This likely will be Grantham all the way. Nobody around here was very familiar with Lakatos up at UConn, and it could be something similar here. Grantham and Richt have said there will be no timetable.

1:54 Comment From Twitter

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:54:53 GMT

Why don't you use me?

1:55 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:55:38 GMT

I let Wes handle that for both of us.

1:55 Comment From Lane Kiffin

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:55:51 GMT

do you think that Da'Rick Rogers would have given Tennessee a chance if I had been there still?

1:57 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:57:03 GMT

I think he probably would have visited under Kiffin. Of course, it now appears that former UT receiver commitment Markeith Ambles is going to follow Kiffin out to Southern Cal.

1:57 Comment From Roll Tide

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:57:19 GMT

How good are the chances of the Tide repeating as national champs, if not do you think they win the SEC West?

1:59 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:59:26 GMT

Alabama is exactly where Florida was at this point last year, the national champion with the burden of having to repeat. I mentioned the Arkansas game on Sept. 25 as being a tricky road test, but games against Penn State, Florida and Auburn are at home.LSU in Baton Rouge will be a challenge, but who knows how mad Tiger fans could be at Les Miles by that point?

1:59 Comment From GO VOLS GO

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:59:39 GMT

I think Ambles' dad needs some serious help, IMO. Why would any parent in their right mind let their kid go follow a coach with the morals that have been shown by these coaches? SMH

2:01 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:01:35 GMT

That's been a pretty weird deal all along, the Ambles recruitment. Let's hope this will wind up a situation that works out best for all involved.

2:01 Comment From Bama Cheats

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:01:45 GMT

When will SEC passers be worth a darn again?

2:04 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:04:45 GMT

Ryan Mallett is the real deal when his head is on straight. Greg McElroy is what you need in a college quarterback, and we're right on the heels of Stafford and Tebow. If you're talking about how they translate into the NFL, then the truly dark ages for the SEC were back in the late 70s and early 80s. Guys like Steadman Shealy, John Bond and Wayne Peace won their share of SEC games, but the NFL was another matter.

2:04 Comment From The Warden

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:04:56 GMT

in your opinion...if UGA doesn't at least get 2nd in the SEC East....is RIcht coaching his last year at UGA?

2:06 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:06:56 GMT

Possibly. The guy has won 90 games in nine years and represents the school as well as you could want, but he certainly can't afford to go from 11-2 to 10-3 to 8-5 to something worse. I think 9 wins or better and it's not even a topic of conversation, and I think 9 wins will be a worst-case deal considering there is no loss to Okie State right off the bat this year.

2:07 Comment From Flo Rida Gay Tors

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:07:09 GMT

what are the chances that Florida loses more recruits closer to signing day, such as Demar Dorsey..etc? I think they know what is going on with Herb

2:10 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:10:03 GMT

The last part of your deal cut off, but I don't think they will lose any more other than Dorsey. McFarland was going to gray shirt, but I don't think that's the case any more. They are battling Texas and Ohio State for LB Jordan Hicks from Ohio, and they lead for OT Chaz Green from Tampa, so an outstanding class could get even better. The one critique I have about Florida is the QB situation behind Brantley, and this was not a good year for QBs in the South.

2:10 Comment From NotAVol

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:10:14 GMT

David, I think Alabama is now claiming their 65th National Title. Does that number sound right to you?

2:13 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:13:16 GMT

It makes for a busy clock, doesn't it, when it goes from 12 to 65? I prefer going with the AP poll for determining the titles, because if Bama has 13 now, then Notre Dame has 21. One of Bama's more ancient titles occurred when the Tide lost twice, which makes Auburn going 13-0 in 2004 and being the People's Choice National Champs seem just as valid. This isn't to know Bama's tradition, which is impressive.

2:13 Comment From Bill Dances Vols Hat

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:13:29 GMT

This would be a better question for Rucker, but how big of a hole are the Vols in? How long will it take them to be really good again? Is there any way to know that at this point?

2:15 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:15:45 GMT

I think the Vols are in for a rough 2010. Kiffin keeps talking about how he left the program better than he found it, but he left Dooley with a 7-6 team that lost 15 starters when you include Berry and Rogan. My early thought, and this won't sound pleasant, is that the UT of '10 will mirror the UT of '08, which was 3-7 going into VB and KY. Five of the first seven games are against Oregon, Florida, LSU, Georgia and Bama, with the two best chances of winning (LSU and UGA) on the road.

2:16 Comment From UGADAWGIN

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:16:00 GMT

do you think that Aaron Murray is a true SEC QB? If he can't beat out Joe Cox, even as a frosh., then do we need to recruit another big time QB?

2:17 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:17:49 GMT

He never had a chance to beat out Cox this past season because of Cox's experience in the system and because he battled a sore elbow for all of September, when he could have made a move once Cox started to struggle. I'm 6-foot, and I look Cox eye-to-eye, and I think Murray is 6-1 tops. The height could be an issue, but this guy was rated behind only Matt Barkley and Garrett Gilbert in the '09 signing class.

2:17 Comment From BearBryantsGhost

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:17:53 GMT

do you see a big letdown in the Bama defense next year? bigger than the Florida defense? Both teams lost a ton of starters on D

2:20 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:20:24 GMT

There will be a dropoff, but I don't think it will be substantial. I always thought Marcell Darius was overshadowed up front by Mt Cody in the same manner Richardson was by Ingram at TB, but you saw what Darius did against Texas. Hightower coming back from injury is huge,.and there is so much talent like Nico Johnson, Tana Patrick and Petey Smith at LB as well. It's the same in the secondary with guys like Dre Kirkpatrick. I think Kirby is excited about the challenge (and the talent).

2:21 David Paschall

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:21:05 GMT

Thanks to everybody for participating. We'll talk again after signing day.

2:21 David Barry

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:21:08 GMT

That is all the time we have for today. We would like to Thank David and chat participants for there time. Join us for our next newsmakers chat.

2:21

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:21:14 GMT

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