Alvarez 'anticipate[s]' expansion update soon

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Jim Delany put the kibosh last week on an accelerated timeline on Big Ten expansion after a report emerged that something could be happening sooner rather than later on that front.  In other words, the time table for a decision on the issue would not come until December of this year at the earliest.

Delany’s seemingly halting of any kind of acceleration notwithstanding, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Friday that he expects/hopes for an update on the progress being made when Big Ten ADs and coaches get convene in Chicago a couple of weeks from now

That’s what I would anticipate,” Alvarez said. “Whether there is anything concrete that he will give us, I don’t know that.”

Alvarez was also asked if he had been following the rumor/speculation/innuendo that that’s been hanging over the expansion issue the past few weeks, and used it as an opportunity to take a jab at the rumormongers.

“No,” he said, “because it is anybody’s imagination. I keep seeing comments . . . things from three months ago being re-circulated. There is just nothing there right now.

“It is the silent period, and the league isn’t making any comments. Anything said right now is anyone’s imagination.”

Of course, it was Alvarez himself who slammed his foot on the pedal of accelerated expansion back in February.

According to Alvarez that process will continue, and Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany could make a recommendation to the university presidents this summer.

Certainly, members of the media are partially responsible for the amount of speculation involved in this process, but Alvarez might want to take a look in a mirror before he starts casting stones regarding this particular situation.

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

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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.