From friend of the show StuckinKent —
American Athletic: Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, SMU, Connecticut
Atlantic Ten: Saint Louis, Massachusetts, VCU
ACC: Syracuse, Duke, Virginia, North Carolina
Big 12: Kansas, Iowa State, Texas, Oklahoma
Big East: Villanova, Creighton
Big Ten: Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State
Missouri Valley: Wichita State
Mountain West: San Diego State, New Mexico
Pac 12: Arizona, UCLA
SEC: Florida, Kentucky
Atlantic Ten: George Washington, St. Joseph's, Dayton
ACC: Pittsburgh, Clemson, North Carolina State, Florida State
Big 12: Kansas State, West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma State
Big East: Xavier, St. John's, Providence
Big Ten: Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana
Conference USA: Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech
Horizon: Green Bay
Pac 12: Arizona State, California, Colorado, Stanford, Utah, Oregon
SEC: Tennessee, Missouri, LSU, Arkansas
Southland: Stephen F. Austin
West Coast: Gonzaga, BYU
When you take all the one big leagues into account, and if you assume that a team from the Locks list wins the automatic bid in those conferences, that means that there are 35 teams for 17 spots. Harvard dropped off this list, not so much because they wouldn't deserve an at-large, but because to lose the automatic bid they have to lose the regular season championship in the Ivy League. To do that, they would have to lose back-to-back games to end up the season. No way they make the tournament if that happens. Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Green Bay and Louisiana Tech are all very unlikely to get at-larges if they need them. There are others on here that the odds look bleak, but I kept them on here for one more day.
That's an interesting point about the coaching contrasts, but here's saying Butch's troops have improved as little as The Conz' nearing the end of the 2016 season, Johnny Vols Fans everywhere will be lose that loving feeling for Good Ole Flatty Top.
As for the songs story, it was different and something you can;t get anywhere else. And it will be a big deal at some point in the months ahead and you can say, "Man, I already know that because I read the TFP sports section."
And while we got nothing in our heart but love either, the next option was Taylor Hall — and we likely would have gone there if we had a better photo — and the good story by all-around TFP ace Mean Gene Henley.
We can all agree that Johnny Football will be a top-10 pick. The demand is too great.
Here's an interesting debate that we will expound on today on Press Row: If you are the Titans and Manziel is still on the board at 11, do you take him?
Yes, the Wildcats, like The Conz' boys, are better individually than collectively, and that's less than good.
And we have mentioned this before, when are these kids going to stop making the same dumb mistake? Yes, Coach Cal will remind us they are freshmen, but let's show some improvement, huh?
FE to the C —
Good to hear about the Big House. Some how we thought it was more than a nine-hour drive. Wow.
And Hanks may have swung back to being underrated again.
We'll do a first-out, last-in challenge here and Press Row is doing a bracket challenge through espnchattanooga.com.
And you're spot on about Jaws — he'll go in the top 10 and Jaws knows it. In fact we were going to make of Jaws for saying it, but in truth we kind of agree with what Jaws is saying. Why spend a first-round pick on a third-round talent? Someone else will, sure, but someone took Tebow in Round 1, too.
Not knocking catfish and History Channel — "Hey, who's up for a four-hour Rommel marathon? Pass the hot sauce." — just making a prediction that you did not watch a lot of the UT-MSU barn-snoozer.
Not comparing the two — Iron Horse has Crime Dog in every facet, including nickname. But who did Tom Emansky pick to be the face of his fundamental videos?
From friend of the show StuckinKent —
Don't accuse me of poking holes in Wichita State. They absolutely deserve the #1 seed. No doubt about it. I've actually been arguing that point with some people I work with that believe that a school like that could never be a #1 seed. They don't like computers. They just don't like mid-majors. For whatever reason. Even if they went to the Final Four the year before, had the team that won the title on the ropes in the second half, and haven't lost since. I don't know what else to say. In fact, if Wichita State loses once, I would still put them at a #1 seed.
I can't pick a Final Four, because I'd either be picking the teams I think will be #1 seeds (and those teams won't all get to the Final Four), or I'd go out in left field. I'm sticking with three of the six I said back in January. Those six were Arizona, Syracuse, Kansas, Florida, Duke, Michigan State. Three of those will be there. And don't be shocked if the Shockers are there either. Teams I don't like that will get a lot of love- Louisville, Michigan, Villanova. I like Creighton, but I'll be super-scared to pick them to go far.
Are we going to do a bracket Tournament Challenge on ESPN.com to go along with Last In, First Out?
We lose track of days. So it goes.
You're correct, the win over the Bad Bullies means little other than it was not a loss, because a loss would have been season-ending.
Deal and deal. Nice call on Freeman, and looking at his list of performances, Hackman is pretty awesome. Very few clunkers, something the Roberts and a lot of others would like to be able to say.
If it's a big deal to you, then that's all that matters.
When did we start adding decimals to cable channels. Pass the Advil.
That's good news though.
Wow, that's a very interesting point about the Mr. Irrelevant scenario, and one we had not thought of. You may see that in print — with proper credit of course — and we could kick that around on Press Row today. Well-played indeed.
No doubt, we all need to be better at laughing at ourselves and those like us. In truth, Elkington's chronic Twitter hatred — four insensitive remarks in the last year — was the bigger crime here and the Sam shot was the most recent.
Your points about the kid gloves that some treat certain groups are supported in several areas — case in point Tebow got drilled for his poor mechanics and Sam's combine showing was less than average — and here's hoping that, like we said earlier, Sam's social preferences in the not too distant future are as important as if he was a vegetarian or left-handed.
We will defend forever Elkington's right to say whatever he wants — that's in our core belief system — but we equally defend our right to call him an idiot.
Either way, thanks for the discourse. Seriously. It always makes for more interesting discussion — and shows the ability to have a conversation without caps locked and a slew of !!!!!
You bet the overall agenda is to make money, but we try not to concern ourselves with that goal. My daily ambitions, in order as listed in the drawer next to our bed: Be a better Believer, Be a better husband, be a better father and have a great sports section.
Amen and pass the biscuits.
The Show Cause is a penalty on Pearl that means schools have to show the NCAA cause why they are hiring him and why those penalties should not apply to Pearl today. Any school can hire Pearl regardless of what the NCAA says, yay or nay.
We suppose if they said no on the petition, the NCAA could levy some penalties against Pearl and his new program between now and August, but lot of good that would do.
That's the finest bailing wire museum there is. Bar none.
Everybody in the car. Boat leaves in two minutes... or perhaps you don't want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which is only four short hours away?
As for Pearl, he certainly has left a wake of destruction. Has he learned from those missteps and lies? No way to know for sure, but we all know he'll get another chance to coach somewhere.
The big question for UT AD Dave Hart is, "Are you willing to pin your career on Pearl?" Because in a lot of respects that is what he'd be doing, ignoring a lot of potential red flags to please the vocal minority and if (some would say when) it blows up, Hart is the one holding the burning bag.
As for the interview question, well if you asked 10 people a question and eight of them had no opinion on something and two of them were passionate about it, the passionate voices almost always are used, regardless of topic. To be fair in your reporting you use one from each side and report the numbers. Would the passionate one get more air time, I would guess yes because it's more interesting, but we're not a TV journalist.
As for the media having a problem, maybe. But to not see this as news seems disingenuous at least considering this is the first time an openly gay player has entered the NFL draft. Maybe in five years it will be like being left-handed or from the WAC, who knows?
It's completely your right to find that funny. But it's not criticism, it's making a joke at someone else because they are different. We all laugh at jokes like that all the time — heck we've all made jokes like that before — rightly or wrongly.
But we're not all major champions on the PGA Tour. And we have to watch what we say all the time, even though we write opinion pieces because of the fallout that can happen because of the thin-skinned society in which we live.
Criticism is pointing our badly he did at the combine or that he's undersized and overly slow for what he'll be asked to do in the NFL. As for Elkington, this is his fourth social media misstep in a year and that's what got us started on this this morning.
PS — When people refer to me in the 'liberal media' it makes us laugh. Out loud. Almost as much when Auburn fans call our desk and want to know why we hate Auburn because we never, Never, NEVER put them in the TFP.
We said on Press Row that as soon as Sam came out half the league likely took him off their draft board. Your right, a sure-fire first-rounder and no NFL team really cares, but as we all know the level of distraction around a player teams are willing to put up with is directly proportional to the level of said player's talent. That's how T.O. got so many chances. Randy Moss too.
No way Pearl should be back. You can't go home again. It's just the way it is. Sorry, everyone. Yes, Conz has to win tonight.
With Missouri's loss to Georgia last night, the Vols dominating 19 point win over Georgia last week looks better. Their loss to Missouri looks worse. That win over Georgia may be the only thing keeping the Bulldogs out of serious discussion for the bubble at this point. (They're still on my bubble, which I'll try to update tomorrow.)
I think there will be REAL pressure on someone to pick Michael Sam because he came out. I really wonder if he would have been drafted if he didn't come out. I read the piece on SI the other day from the guy who watched every one of his plays and said he was a late round pick at best. But if he doesn't get drafted, there will be a major backlash against the NFL. It would probably be unfair. And what happens if, like so many late round picks, he actually doesn't make the roster? Will there be a backlash then? This is PC nightmare for the NFL and whatever team drafts him. It would be nice if the first gay player was a legit first round talent. Unfortunately, that is not how this worked out. Thoughts?