They have won eight of the last 10 national championships and they fell just short the other two times. They’ve produced five of the last nine Heisman winners and annually have more players drafted in the NFL than any other conference.
The uncomfortable saga of Maurice Smith’s fight to transfer from Alabama to Georgia may be over. But the principle remains the same. The SEC needs to scrap the rule that penalizes players who have earned the right to choose where they want to play.
Thought I’m generally not one for predictions, here’s one I will make with absolute certainly. Someone will read what I’m about to write and completely miss the point or distort the words. It’s a routine job hazard, especially when the topic is college football.
There are many moments from last season’s 3-9 disaster that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson would just as soon forget. Mainly that stretch from the third game, a loss to Notre Dame, to the 13-7 loss to Georgia in the season finale.
If the Atlanta Hawks had a better option than taking a flyer on someone who has been underachieving or overrated — or both — for his entire career, then signing Dwight Howard would be an expensive mistake.
Upon meeting Ozzie Albies for the first time, the most evident thing about him is his youth. This is his third season in the Atlanta Braves’ organization and he’s one step away from the big leagues at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Sharon Wade was watching a movie in her bedroom when the phone rang. The late-night call itself wasn’t a surprise. Tyrell Jenkins, her only child, always called his momma after his minor league games. But Wade knew something was up when Jenkins could hardly speak through the tears. He said something about moving. Then he composed himself enough to get it out.
Jim Harbaugh’s right, you know. It might seem like sacrilege in SEC country to side with a guy who lives closer to the Canadian border than to the Mason-Dixon Line over the most accomplished coach in college football.
When the Peach Belt Conference Hall of Fame inducts its inaugural class of 25 members Tuesday night, Herbert Greene will go in under the heading of coaches and administrators. He could have made it as either one, as one of the most successful men’s basketball coaches in the league’s 25-year history, or as the athletic director presiding over one of the league’s most successful programs.
For three months, the Columbus State Cougars proved themselves to be the best team in one of the best baseball conferences in Division II. Then Saturday morning, they were reminded just how tough that conference is.
If ever the term “relieved of his duties” applied in a firing, such would be the case for Fredi Gonzalez. Undoubtedly, his competitive nature led Gonzalez to wanting to withstand this abysmal season and open SunTrust Park next year still employed as the Atlanta Braves’ manager.
Descendants of mill workers, Jeanette and Gene Craig were the first in their families to graduate from college. That enabled them to become dedicated educators with a combined 70 years of service in the Muscogee County School District before they retired in 1995. Now, thanks to the Craig family’s generosity, more folks have the chance to pursue higher education.
Mike HaskeyThe Ledger-Enquirer
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