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ACC, SEC announce 2015 legends classes, including eight players who never played in ACC or SEC

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Imagine if, someday, you take your grandchildren to the Big Ten happen upon a bust of Jameis Winston. Or perhaps you take those same grandchildren to the Pac-12 championship game and out on the field among a group of honorees walks Johnny Manziel.

Ludicrous as that sounds, that’s the shock that the past selves of Chris RedmanBubba BeanTony DorsettClinton Portis and a host of others are working through today as the ACC and SEC announced a group of 28 legends class honorees that includes a collective eight players that never actually competed in the respective conferences that are honoring them.

It’s weird. But it’s a weird that all conferences do in this weird post-realignment world we live in.

Each group will be honored Friday, Dec. 4 and then again Saturday, Dec. 5, at their respective conference championships.

They are as follows:

Boston College: Dan Koppen, center
Clemson: Anthony Simmons, inside linebacker
Duke: Chris Douglas, running back
Florida State: Warrick Dunn, running back
Georgia Tech: Bobby Ross, head coach
Louisville: Chris Redman, quarterback
Miami: Clinton Portis, running back
North Carolina: Ken Huff, guard
N.C. State: Fred Combs, cornerback
Pittsburgh: Tony Dorsett, running back
Syracuse: Chris Gedney, tight end
Virginia: Patrick Kerney, defensive end
Virginia Tech: Corey Moore, defensive end
Wake Forest: Chuck Ramsey, punter

Alabama: Woodrow Lowe, linebacker
Arkansas: Madre Hill, running back
Auburn: Takeo Spikes, linebacker
Florida: Fred Taylor, running back
Georgia: Richard Seymour, defensive tackle
Kentucky: Dave Roller, defensive line
LSU: Alan Faneca, guard
Ole Miss: Ken Lucas, defensive back
Mississippi State: Mario Haggan, linebacker
Missouri: Roger Wehrli, defensive back
South Carolina: Andre’ Goodman, cornerback
Tennessee: Chuck Smith, defensive end
Texas A&M: Bubba Bean, running back
Vanderbilt: Earl Bennett, wide receiver

LSU’s road game at Syracuse a rare trip to the Northeast for the SEC


LSU will travel to the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse at noon ET Saturday, and if that game feels a little weird, it’s because it is.

But it’s not as odd of a scheduling quirk as UMass’ home game against Mississippi State at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro next year, or Mizzou’s trip to UConn in 2017. At least it’s against a power five opponent.

Road games that far north of the Mason-Dixon line are a rarity for the SEC. Looking at the number of times Army, Boston College, UConn, UMass and Syracuse have welcomed an SEC team since World War II (Buffalo has never played an SEC team at home):

Army (6): 2009 vs. Vanderbilt, 1991 vs. Vanderbilt, 1988 vs. Vanderbilt, 1974 vs. Vanderbilt, 1973 vs. Tennessee, 1968 vs. Vanderbilt

Boston College (7): 1987 vs. Tennessee, 1983 vs. Alabama (Foxboro), 1979 vs. Tennessee, 1963 vs. Vanderbilt, 1949 vs. Ole Miss, 1947 vs. LSU, 1946 vs. Tennessee

UConn (1): 2010 vs. Vanderbilt

UMass (1): 2013 vs. Vanderbilt

Syracuse (5): 2001 vs. Auburn, 1998 vs. Tennessee, 1991 vs. Florida, 1991 vs. Vanderbilt, 1986 vs. Mississippi State

Of these 20 games, Vanderbilt accounts for nine of them, while Tennessee has traveled to the Northeast five times. The last SEC team not based in Tennessee to play in the Northeast was Auburn in 2001.

So that gives LSU’s trip to Syracuse some historical context. And Mississippi State’s trip to Foxboro next year. And Mizzou’s trip to UConn in 2017.

Gotta hit that fertile Northeast recruiting territory, I guess.

Loaner vehicle reportedly at heart of Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil’s lengthening sabbatical

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It appears Ole Miss will continue without one of the top offensive tackles in college football for the foreseeable future.

Following an altercation between Laremy Tunsil and his stepfather this past June, the latter accused the former of an improper relationship with a sports agent. While it’s permissible for college players to talk to agents, it’s against NCAA bylaws for the player to accept anything of value from the agent.

The accusations, though, triggered an extension of what had already been a three-year NCAA investigation into, in part, the Rebels football program.  Tunsil has been held out of Ole Miss’ first two games because of the allegations, and could miss a handful more as new information has surfaced as a result of the NCAA probe.

From‘s Chris Low:

Sources told that the sticking point is a loaner vehicle Tunsil received from Cannon Motors in Oxford, Mississippi, while his car was in the repair shop. Tunsil allegedly kept that loaner vehicle for an extended period of time before returning it to the dealership, and the NCAA has deemed it an extra benefit.

The school’s athletic director, Ross Bjork, said in a statement that “[t]he matters involving Laremy Tunsil aren’t related to anybody on our football staff, Coach [Hugh] Freeze or any of the assistants,” adding that while the university wants “to protect the young man and are doing everything we can to do that… we also have to and need to and should protect our staff and our program.”

It’s believed that, based on previous precedents, Tunsil could be forced to sit out at least the next two games. Such a development would mean the lineman will miss the SEC opener on the road against second-ranked Alabama this coming Saturday as well as the conference home opener the following week against Vanderbilt.

It’s also believed that, prior to the Tunsil situation, most if not all of the issues being investigated by the NCAA as it relates to the Rebels football program took place during Houston Nutt‘s time as head coach in Oxford (2008-11).