AJ McCarron

Alabama QB AJ McCarron spotted in walking boot


Before Alabama fans go having a heart attack, there may no reason to overreact to the sight of Alabama quarterback walking around with a walking boot on his right foot. Upon arriving in Atlanta and stepping in to the Georgia Dome, site of this weekend’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff, AJ McCarron was caught on camera with a walking boot on his leg.

There has been no talk this week about McCarron being significantly injured and at this time there is no word that playing time could be in jeopardy. Not that Nick Saban would be above that level of gamesmanship in any game, let alone the season opener, but if there was a chance McCarron would not play Saturday then it is pretty likely we would have heard about it by now.

McCarron did suffer a bruised foot during  practice earlier in the month, so this could very well be the drawn out impact of the injury. If for any reason McCarron is not available at the start or at any point during the game, the Crimson Tide would likely put the offense in the hands of junior Blake Sims. Sims, a Georgia native, is listed second on the depth chart behind McCarron. If needed, Alabama should have enough of an advantage in other positions to get by without McCarron and a junior quarterback at the helm.

Regardless of McCarron’s status, Alabama still figures to be well ahead in the health department compared to Virginia Tech. Yesterday we learned the Hokies had lost starting tight end Ryan Malleck for the year, the latest in a number of injuries for the Hokies leading up to the first kickoff of the season.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.