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Alabama to Mizzou: Go east, young Tigers


If Missouri ends up in the SEC, Alabama wants the Tigers to be competing with Florida, Georgia and Tennessee regularly, not against LSU and Auburn.

Texas A&M’s addition to the SEC has created a 13-team scheduling SNAFU that was, apparently, completely worth it to commissioner Mike Slive. But there are still questions as to whether the SEC will expand again to try and balance out the league; the primary target still looks to be Missouri.

How soon Missouri will leave the Big 12, if they leave, is unclear. Chancellor Brady Deaton hasn’t given the Big 12 a timeline and interim conference commissioner Chuck Neinas hasn’t exactly reciprocated any pressure. But if the Tigers do jump to the SEC, there’s at least one school, Alabama, who wants to see them move to the SEC East, not the more geographically-fitting (if you can even call it that) SEC West.

According to Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News, Alabama would only support Missouri as a 14th member under that condition. The Tide, Solomon writes, have two goals: Keep its annual cross-division rivalry game with Tennessee, and to prevent Auburn from gaining any sort of recruiting advantage in Florida and Georgia. Auburn has volunteered to move to the SEC East if necessary, meaning they would be guaranteed to play in Florida once every two years; Auburn already has a protected inter-divisional game with Georgia.

Solomon also writes that Auburn would stay in the SEC West if Missouri was forced to move to the East. Alabama reportedly still prefers an eastern team, although the ACC aggressively raised its exit fees weeks ago.

Calm down, West Virginia. Not yet.

Solomon writes that Missouri is still the favorite, but there is hesitation about exactly how to bring in the Tigers to the conference. It could be that Deaton is pursuing damage control after an anonymous school official told the AP last week that Mizzou preferred the Big Ten, but would join the SEC because “that’s what’s left.” It could also be that the conference isn’t sure how to restructure the conference if Mizzou is brought in.

In any case, this might not be solved for a while, hence the “no timeline” comment from Deaton.

Hokies QB Brewer a gametime decision, but RB Williams out for the year

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Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.

Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.

The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.

Mike Leach discusses presidential candidates, political correctness, pizza and says WSU has better facilities than Oregon

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wherever and whenever Washington State head coach Mike Leach opens his mouth, we will be listening. In a recent radio interview with John Canzano, Leach shared his thoughts on the presidential races heating up, the need to remove political correctness and the superior athletics facilities at Washington State compared to what is offered at Oregon.

Leach offered his take on the current status of the GOP race, saying if Donald Trump continues to rise that some other candidates will soon back out and others will “kiss the ring and hope for cabinet positions.”

I think honestly the single biggest issue in this election and country for quite some time is you have to eradicate political correctness. Unless it’s eradicated, you know, we can’t move forward.”

On the topic of football, Leach was asked what has held Washington State back from becoming a winning program. Leach reflected on the steps the program has taken to improve the program, which has seen improvements with facilities that have helped through recruiting, although Leach said it’s been tough because acquiring the talent has been a slow process. He was quite proud of Washington State’s facilities though.

“We have the best facilities in America, certainly within the conference, including Oregon,” Leach said. “We’ve had those for a year that helped accelerate the recruiting effort.”

Given a chance to back peddle from that statement, Leach, as you might expect, did not rescind or amend his previous comments.

You can listen to the full interview here. It is a good listen. He also wants to know where the best pizza place in Portland, Oregon is. You will learn he likes New York style pizza.