Kurt Crain

S. Alabama coach found dead; coroner rules self-inflicted gunshot


As South Alabama prepares to embark on its final transition year into full-fledged Div. 1-A membership, the football program has been forced to deal with an unimaginable tragedy involving a member of its coaching staff.

In a press release issued Tuesday evening, and was sadly lost amid the Bobby Petrino fallout at Arkansas, the university announced that assistant coach Kurt Crain was found dead in his home earlier in the afternoon.  While the school stated that further details were unavailable, aside from police reporting foul play was not suspected, the Baldwin County (Ala.) coroner subsequently ruled that Crain had died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Crain was 47 years old, and leaves behind a wife and three children.

“We’ve lost a great man, coach and mentor at the University of South Alabama,” said USA head football coach Joey Jones in a statement. “In my opinion, Kurt was one of the best overall coaches I’ve ever seen. He cared about the players, they respected him greatly, and he was a tremendous football coach and motivator. I think about what a great man and what a great teacher he was for these young men.

“All Kurt would ever talk about was his family and how much he loved his wife and kids. That’s the kind of man he was.”

The Birmingham News wrote that, “[l]ast season, Crain suffered with prostatitis, an infection of the prostate, which required at least three surgeries during the season.”  Crain had lost 32 pounds and most of his prostate as a result of the disease.  It’s unclear what if any role the disease played in Crain’s apparent suicide.

Crain had been an assistant at USA since 2008.  He was an All-American linebacker at Auburn and played on the Tigers’ 1987 SEC championship season.

Our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his wife, children and anyone else impacted by this tragedy.

(Photo credit: coachkcrain.com)

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.