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18. BAMA 


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9. UGA





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ESPN analysis: Perri-who?


So the inevitable finally happened, Ryan Perrilloux screwed up again and Les Miles kicked him off the team. How much do you think this hurts the Tigers?

From a big picture sense, I actually think this move ultimately helps the Tigers’ program. Perrilloux had long since passed the point of becoming a distraction to the team. It also should be noted that all major colleges have built-in check points so the coaches are aware of guys who may be getting off-track. In most cases, the head coach is given weekly academic reports that show if a player has missed a class or even shown up late to a class or study session. These things are generally well-monitored by the academic support people. The coaches also get daily reports from their strength coaches as well as trainers about who is doing what on a daily basis. Reports of failed drug tests usually go to the coaches as well as the athletic director. So such problems, never mind just the ones that can show up on the police blotter, don’t sneak up on anyone.

Miles didn’t want to make this move, I’m sure. According to a source close to the program, Miles had given Perrilloux more than enough chances to mature, but it never happened. The problem was Miles surely would’ve dumped a lesser talent sooner and I’m sure he wrestled with that. Ultimately he knew how cancerous it can be to a program when other players see a guy given preferential treatment, knowing the rules really don’t apply to him.

It’s sad that Perrilloux blew this opportunity. Long before he had arrived at LSU he had been touted by the recruiting analysts as a prodigy along the lines of Vince Young. Throughout the recruiting process he exhibited a warped sense of entitlement and apparently he never really did grow out of it, exhibiting behavior that indicates he didn’t think the rules applied to him.

The move might cost LSU this year’s SEC championship. Redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee and junior Andrew Hatch, the Harvard transfer, are Miles’ two most viable options at quarterback. The Tigers, with Perrilloux, were the favorites to win the SEC West. Without him, and with less experience and less playmaking ability behind center, you have to believe that Auburn now becomes the favorite. LSU probably will lose at least one more game because of the move, but the program should be better for it down the road.

Michigan to Arkansas transfer denied eligibility


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The NCAA ruled Friday that transfer quarterback Ryan Mallett must sit out a year before playing for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks had asked the NCAA to waive the requirement that Mallett sit out a year. Mallett transferred from Michigan after coach Lloyd Carr retired and was replaced by Rich Rodriguez.

Mallett can practice with the team, but not play during the 2008 season. He practiced with Arkansas this spring, but missed many practices with a thumb injury.

“For now, I will focus on finishing up the semester academically, rehabilitating my (thumb) injury and getting prepared for preseason camp,” Mallett said. “I look forward to taking the field for the Razorbacks when I have that opportunity.”

The 6-foot-7 quarterback played in 11 games for the Wolverines last year. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

Mallett was 61-of-141 for 892 yards with seven touchdown passes and five interceptions last season at Michigan as Chad Henne‘s backup.

The NCAA decision eliminated one competitor for returning starter Casey Dick, who went 33-of-49 for 404 yards in last week’s spring game.

We had some great highlights from the vandy game 07

Tough road ahead for UGA

EIGHT games against coaches with national titles on their resumes…and a NINTH against CTT who has an undefeated season on his…

UGA has Tough Row to Hoe To No. 1

If you are a Georgia fan and you believe that coaching is very important in college football, here is evidence that backs up your claim that Georgia will have the toughest schedule in the nation in 2008.

With national championship talk in the air for the Bulldogs, here are a few things to consider.

The SEC has five head coaches who have won national championships:

** Alabama’s Nick Saban (at LSU in 2003);
** Florida’s Urban Meyer (at Florida in 2006);
** LSU’s Les Miles (at LSU in 2007);
** South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (at Florida in 1996); and
** Tennessee’s Phillip Fulmer (at Tennessee in 1998).

Only one team in America has to face all five of those coaches this season and that’s Georgia: at South Carolina (Sept. 13), Alabama (Sept. 27), Tennessee (Oct. 11), at LSU (Oct. 25), Florida in Jacksonville (Nov. 1).

If you look at the non-conference schedule it gets even better for Georgia. The Bulldogs play at Arizona State on Sept. 20. The Sun Devils, who were 10-3 last season, are coached by Dennis Erickson, who won two national championships at Miami (1989, 1991).

If you go to the lower divisions, there are two more coaches who have won national titles. The Bulldogs host Georgia Southern in the opener (Aug. 30) and Eagles Coach Chris Hatcher won a Division II national championship in 2004 at Valdosta State.

Paul Johnson, the new head coach at Georgia Tech (Nov. 29), won two Division I-AA national championships at Georgia Southern in 1999 and 2000.

So that’s eight games against teams whose coach has won some kind of national championship.

And just for fun, you can throw in Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville who had a 13-0 team in 2004 that didn’t get a sniff at the national championship.

The point is this: Mark Richt is going to earn every penny of his raise this year. And if Georgia goes 13-0 against that schedule, their ain’t no doubt they’ll be in Miami for the BCS championship.

Tony Barnhart/The Atlanta Constitution