Bryce Brown no longer a Volunteer

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If you had the under in the “Will Bryce Brown last two seasons in Knoxville?” pool, step up and collect your winnings.

According to, the much-hyped Tennessee running back is no longer a member of the football program.

New head coach Derek Dooley stated that Brown was not dismissed from the program, but rather left due to personal issues.

While it’s uncertain just where Brown will continue his collegiate career, a good bet would be on Kansas State.

Brown’s brother Arthur Brown transferred from Miami of Florida to the Wildcats earlier this month.  There were rumors at the time that Brown, depending on how his relationship with Dooley developed, would join his linebacker brother.

The path to Manhattan is now wide open, and it would be more than a little surprising if, at some point in the coming weeks, we didn’t post a headline that read something along the lines of “For Bryce, there’s no place like home”.

UPDATE: 8:07 p.m. ET: ESPN‘s Bruce Feldman, in a pair of (nice) tweets, said that Bryce Brown returning to the Volunteers isn’t out of the question, but the signs point to the back joining his brother at Kansas State.

Here are Feldman’s (nice) tweets on this developing situation:

I was just told by a source at Tennessee that Bryce Brown’s not gone for good yet. We’ll see.

“‘Major long shot’ that Bryce Brown returns to Tennessee, a UT source says. Expectations are that Brown joins his brother at K-State.

So, stay tuned.  Looks like we’ll have competing three-rings to tide us over for a couple of weeks — Cirque de Seantrel and Bumbling Bros. and Bryce & Arthur Circus

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.