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So, shouldn’t we just start calling the Bowl Championship Series “The SEC – BCS Challenge,” or something?

January 11, 2011

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BCS Championship trophyI couldn’t help but ponder that question when the final whistle blew at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl last night, watching Cam Newton search the crowd for — and eventually finding — the father Auburn’s Athletic Director, and the ESPN broadcast, said wasn’t in attendance.

Sure, we as college football fans can choose to ignore a lot of things, but it’s hard to overlook the fact that the Auburn Tigers’ 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks marks the 5th straight BCS Championship for a team from the Southeastern Conference; a conference that now possesses 7 of the 13 Crystal Eggs awarded since the Bowl Championship Series’ inception back in 1998.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 1998: Tennessee (Beat Florida State 23-16)
  • 2003: LSU (Beat Oklahoma 21-14)
  • 2006: Florida (Beat Ohio State 41-14)
  • 2007: LSU (Beat Ohio State 38-24)
  • 2008: Florida (Beat Oklahoma 24-14)
  • 2009: Alabama (Beat Texas 37-21)
  • 2010: Auburn (Beat Oregon 22-19)

Now, considering there are five other conferences that are supposed to have a realistic shot at winning this thing — and the next best showing by any of them is the Big 12’s two Crystal Eggs — isn’t the SEC’s dominance of this party teetering on the precipice of  preposterousness?

I wish I could say the absurdity of it all ended there, by merely looking at the actual champions, but it doesn’t. In fact, some of the SEC’s “misses” — within the context of its hits and  intra-conference dynamics — actually add fuel to the fire…

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Tony Barbee, Auburn Basketball Might Have a Bit of a Problem on Their Hands

December 19, 2010

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Tony Barbee and Auburn Basketball are in trouble

The solution to Auburn's struggles apparently keeps vanishing before coach Tony Barbee's very eyes

Listen, I know we’re talking about a program  that — despite counting the likes of Charles Barkley, Chuck Person, and Wesley Person amongst its alumni — has hardly a modicum of basketball tradition, but this is getting ridiculous.

New coach Tony Barbee isn’t yet finding the same success he had at UTEP, where he went 82-52  over four seasons, including a Tourney appearance last year.

No, following Saturday night’s 62-59 loss to Presbyterian, Barbee and Auburn are now 3-7 on the year, and despite 8 of those 10 games being played at home.

Oh, and it’s not like the odds have been firmly stacked against the SEC West squad either. Just look at who’s doing the damage…

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