Kiffins continue to give single-digit salute to NCAA rules?


During Lane Kiffin‘s don’t-blink-you’ll-miss-it tenure at Tennessee, he and his staff were hit with six secondary recruiting violations.

Within his first ten days of taking over at Southern Cal, and proving the old axiom that haste makes waste, Kiffin had allegedly committed his first secondary violation as head coach of the Trojans.

Now comes word that his father may have pooped all over the recruiting rule book as well.

While there were no specifics given, a Georgia Florida high school athletic director has accused Monte Kiffin of not exactly playing by the rules when it comes to recruiting potential commitments.

Frostproof High School cornerback Nickell Robey was on Tennessee’s radar when the Kiffins were in Knoxville, and remains there after their move to the West Coast.  Robey has a visit to USC scheduled for next weekend, although it sounds like the Trojans coaching staff already knows Robey well.  

Perhaps too well according to the school’s AD, Charles Loveless.

“He’s not answering phone calls or returning messages right now,” Loveless said of Robey. “He had a visit from West Virginia this morning to follow up on his visit up there. Skip Holtz [the new South Florida coach] was here last week and is trying to get him to come down there. He’s planning to visit Southern Cal next week. Monte Kiffin has been very persistent. He’s probably been in here more than is legal. Of course they don’t pay attention to the rules.”

(Writer’s note: Does Mr. Loveless realize he said those last three sentences out loud?  To a reporter, on the record?)

Given the situation at USC, what with the investigations and all, we would tend to think that the NCAA would pay attention to said school allegedly skirting their way around recruiting guidelines.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.