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Quotebook: The Los Angeles Times reported that when a car driven by Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris...

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Quotebook: The Los Angeles Times reported that when a car driven by Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris was pulled over for allegedly cruising along at 118 mph, he was asked if he had any marijuana in the car. He responded: ``We smoked it all." Hey, end of problem! Football's Shoeless Joe: The Associated Press said that police raided the apartment of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, accused of using his feet in a bar fight, and seized 49 pairs of his shoes--including the pair he was wearing. Best pre-season laugh: After a Miami (Fla.) booster said that he had provided illicit benefits to 72 Hurricane athletes, President Donna Shalala said, ``Nationally, the academic achievements of our student-athletes are mentioned in the same breath and spirit as Notre Dame and Stanford."

Steve Harvey's Bottom Ten

And I think that the SEC has proved to not only me but everybody else that they have the strongest...

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And I think that the SEC has proved to not only me but everybody else that they have the strongest football-playing conference. But you know what? The ACC has proved that in basketball, and we’re not going to stop playing either of them.

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/21884/jim-delany-it-was-a-very-long-day This comes from Adam Rittenberg's interview with Jim Delany earlier today. This quote concerns me in that it could be indicative of a national trend in perception of the conference.

And I think that the SEC has proved to not only me but everybody else that they have the strongest...

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And I think that the SEC has proved to not only me but everybody else that they have the strongest football-playing conference. But you know what? The ACC has proved that in basketball, and we’re not going to stop playing either of them.

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/21884/jim-delany-it-was-a-very-long-day This comes from Adam Rittenberg's interview with Jim Delany earlier today. I certainly hope this doesn't mean he's throwing in the towel.

Remember that in each of the past three seasons, the nation's No. 1 team has lost on Championship...

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Remember that in each of the past three seasons, the nation's No. 1 team has lost on Championship Saturday.

Tony Barnhart offers a glimmer of hope. Go 'Dawgs! . . . and go 'Cocks!

An elite team would have a better chance of going 24-0 against Boise State's slate twice (33.5...

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An elite team would have a better chance of going 24-0 against Boise State's slate twice (33.5 percent) than it would going 12-0 against Ohio State's slate this year (33.2 percent).

Brian Fremeau's early FEI ratings. We'll be monitoring FEI more as the season moves along, but until the connectivity of the season improves, it's a little bit fruitless.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall today launched an investigation into possible...

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North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall today launched an investigation into possible improprieties by sports agents in the state. Spokesman George Jeter said the department hasn't received a complaint but is responding to media reports of possible NCAA violations that may have been caused by improper contact between agents and college athletes. "That's it, precisely," Jeter said. "The number of media reports coming out and talking about possibly things that might have happened and possibly actions by agents, or people who should be agents if they're not, [sparked the investigation]."

NC Secretary of State starts agent probe. The NCAA's investigation, BTW, has expanded to include Georgia.

If Atlanta is dumb enough to be a part of building an open air stadium without a retractable roof,...

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If Atlanta is dumb enough to be a part of building an open air stadium without a retractable roof, then the champagne corks will start popping in Birmingham. Because you can bet that they’ll figure out a way to build a ball park to get the SEC championship football game to come back (the first two games were played in Birmingham in 1992 and 1993). And you can bet that New Orleans would be putting together a bid and sprucing up the Superdome. A big part of what has made the SEC championship game one of the great success stories in sport is that weather is not a factor. Weather has been a factor for the Big 12 and the ACC and the results on those championship games has been mixed at best. The SEC, in my opinion, will not play this game in an open air stadium.

I have all the respect in the world for Tony Barnhart, and he makes several good points in this article. (Hat tip: Team Speed Kills.) That said, I don't buy the argument about the weather. Except for the four seven nine years I spent being educated in Athens, I have lived in the metropolitan Atlanta area for all of my 41 years. It doesn't snow in Georgia in December, and it's not like we're in Seattle or Tampa as far as rainfall is concerned. Yes, it gets plenty cold around here, but I've been to any number of games in Sanford Stadium when it was freezing (the 1992 Georgia Tech game and the 1995 and 1997 Auburn games spring immediately to mind), and we're dedicated enough football fans to brave the cold. It's Atlanta in early December. We can tough it out. Barnhart's basic premise about how dumb it would be to dynamite the Dome may well be right, but weather is a factor in football---remember all those rainy Georgia-Florida and Texas-Texas A&M games, or, better yet, all those Nebraska-Oklahoma games played in the sleet and snow?---and the failure of the ACC championship game has nothing whatsoever to do with climatic conditions in the Sunshine State. It's football. It's played in the cold and rain. Cope; it ain't major league baseball, for crying out loud. Go 'Dawgs!

Georgia, at 8th, is the highest ranked team who didn't win a NC.

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Georgia, at 8th, is the highest ranked team who didn't win a NC.

Is anyone else getting tired of possessing this dubious distinction? (Hat tip: Senator Blutarsky.)

Some of you are thinking, "This is great. Someone is finally going to fix the BCS." But consider...

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Some of you are thinking, "This is great. Someone is finally going to fix the BCS." But consider some of the federal government's greatest hits of the last ten years: The War in Iraq. The response to Hurricane Katrina. Oh, yeah, and helping the banks almost destroy the American economy. This is avoiding the obvious point that Sen. Hatch -- who asked DOJ to look into this -- has otherwise been busy with writing paens to limited government. Apparently, regulating college football must be in the enumerated powers somewhere.

I'm a noninterventionist originalist paleoconservative, and I think this hits the nail on the head!
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