If you’re waiting for an Alabama official to publicly address the latest round of Nick Saban-to-Texas rumors, you’re going to have to wait a while longer.
Speaking as part of a panel on the state of college sports Wednesday in New York City, UA athletic director Bill Battle was asked about the state of contract talks with Saban and if he was concerned about losing his head football coach to Texas.
Suffice to say, Battle didn’t say much on either front.
“He’s working his butt off on recruiting. We’re focused on recruiting and playing Oklahoma,” Battle said. “The Sugar Bowl is where his efforts are and that’s where mine are.”
That will likely qualify as the university’s only public statement until Saban signs the deal that’s reportedly been on his desk since last Friday… or the rumors of a move to Austin come to fruition.
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:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
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:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
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.
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.