Bayou Classic organizer backtracks on Grambling statement

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Perhaps talk about Grambling potentially being replaced in the Bayou Classic in New Orleans was premature. Perhaps the backlash about the very idea of the idea being discussed was more than anticipated. Whatever the case, the Superdome board member who questioned whether or not Grambling would be able to bring enough fans to stay involved with the annual Bayour Classic is making an attempt to clear the air about the idea.

“Unfortunately, the reason we are discussing this event is that I made the unthinkable suggestion that we may need to replace Grambling if things do not get better,” Robert Bruno, commissioner of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, said in a letter according to The News Star. “… I am going to ask my board to put the discussion of the Classic on the agenda of the next meeting and I hope that we pack the room with supporters with ideas to make this great event great again.”

Earlier in the week Bruno openly questioned if Grambling would be able to keep selling enough tickets to warrant a spot in the Bayou Classic on a permanent basis. The game has been played between Grambling and Southern every year it has been played, so the thought of replacing either one of the schools clearly came as a bit of a shock. Some even thought it was kicking Grambling while it was down as a program, coming off a dismal 2013 season.

This may have been more of a case of just expressing concern for the stability of the game, one of the more iconic games on the college football schedule. At a time when every school and conference looks for ways to keep fans coming to the games instead of watching at home, that concern is shared by the organizers of the Bayou Classic, which has seen attendance dip in recent years for a variety of reasons.

The Bayou Classic without Grambling or Southern just would not be the same. Here’s hoping it remains that way for years to come.

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.