In August of 1984 one of my big career dreams came true when I was hired by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to cover college football. Mrs. Barnhart was happy for me and never complained when I left her behind in North Carolina to sell the house and move everything, including our two-year-old daughter, back home [...]

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  As are most things in our hyper-driven social media culture, the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) tag is overused and misused. Let’s face it folks, there just ain’t that many things in life that are the “G.O.A.T.” This one is. Today the preseason Associated Press poll, which is voted on by 61 ultra-wise members [...]

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  I don’t know about you, but on days like this it feels like the season is never going to get here. I mean, we’ve been talking and speculating about this stuff non-stop since SEC Media Days in early July. So let’s take a break from the grind of training camp and answer today’s question: [...]

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  Here is what Jalen Hurts did as a true freshman quarterback for Alabama in 2017: **–Completed 62.8 percent of his passes with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He averaged 7.3 yards per completion. **–Helped lead Alabama from a 24-3 deficit to win 48-43 at Ole Miss. **–Went into a very hostile atmosphere at LSU [...]

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  Welcome to August! Mrs. College Football and I just got back from a late July getaway to London where it will not surprise you to know that the subject of college football never came up. The biggest sports argument I encountered across the pond was Manchester United vs. Manchester City. I’m a Manchester United [...]

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  Hoover, AL—Hugh Freeze would dearly love to come to SEC Media Days and talk about the hopes and dreams of his Ole Miss football team. But that is not Freeze’s reality in 2017. And he knows that. The reality for the sixth-year coach is that the nightmare that has been a four-year NCAA investigation [...]

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Hoover, AL—There is nothing quite like Alabama Day at SEC Media Days. At dawn’s early light on Wednesday I walked into the lobby of the Wynfrey Hotel at least 90 minutes before head coach Nick Saban and three Alabama players (Calvin Ridley, Bradley Bozeman, Minkah Fitzpatrick) would enter the building. But the Crimson Tide fans [...]

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Hoover, AL—As phone calls go, it was one of the best Kirby Smart has ever received. It happened last December and the second-year head coach at Georgia was entertaining a recruit. That’s when the phone call came from Nick Chubb, the Bulldogs’ splendid junior running back. Chubb had recovered from a horrific knee injury in [...]

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Hoover, AL—One of the universal truths I’ve learned covering college football is this: With few exceptions, there is no problem that can’t be solved by recruiting better players. Here is what I mean: It wasn’t that long ago that quarterback was considered a position of weakness in the Southeastern Conference. That will not be the [...]

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  Hoover, AL—The year was 1985 and the SEC had an idea it hoped would increase the preseason coverage of college football. Several years before the SEC had disbanded the “Skywriters Tour” where about 40 selected media would fly to all 10 campuses on a charted plane. It was a reporter’s dream because they were [...]

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