Welcome back, work week. Start it off right with six cold, butt-slapping college football stories from around SEC Country.
An impressive contingent of some of the top players from the state of Louisiana took a trip to Tuscaloosa over the weekend for an unofficial visit that included watching the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide scrimmaging in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
On Saturday night, Butch Jones promised that he was leaving Neyland Stadium and heading immediately to the film room to break down the evening’s open practice and scrimmage. A day later, he offered some conclusions.
If someone needed another reason to hate on the NCAA, they got a doozy over the weekend.
"We do understand what Nick can do," Gus Malzahn says. "We think he’s got a lot more upside, that he’ll get better and more comfortable with everything. He’s got some ability to make plays when things break down.
"He's getting so many reps throwing the football that his accuracy is so much better, his instincts are sound."
The typical fan knee-jerk reaction…opposing fans, I mean…is when a player gets in trouble, he should be kicked off the team immediately. Of course it is, because in the fan’s mind that makes beating the team you hate that much easier.
But the job of a coach is more difficult than that. The job of the coach in these situations is to do what is in the best interest of your team, while at the same time doing what is in the best interest of the young man who, to his parents, you swore you would lead and take care of.
Geno Smith is barely a sophomore. Demetruce McNeal would have been a senior. One is still learning, the other a seasoned veteran.
Both should know better, and with the opportunity to don a jersey and play a game in front of thousands, with the possibility of taking their craft to the next level for a big pay day, the typical fan can’t understand why young men such as these would make such stupid decisions and put that opportunity at risk.