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Alabama to hear soon from NCAA

What most everybody agrees on is that there will be some type of probation for the Crimson Tide, probably a two-year term. What that means is that they can’t have anything happen NCAA-related during that period or there could be serious consequences.

It’s still unclear what kind of penalties Alabama will receive. Initially, the feeling was that there wouldn’t be any scholarship losses. But as the process has dragged on, there have been increasing rumblings that the Tide could lose a scholarship or two for each of the next two years.

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Q & A w/Chizik

Q: Do you think you have quarterbacks who fit the system you’re trying to run?
“I do. I feel like there’s a little bit of adaption to the players as well. Gus (Malzahn) and I have talked numerous, numerous hours about things our guys can do. You go in with a system and you can’t always try to fit a round peg into a square hole, so you’ve got to adapt and adjust on the run, which we’re constantly trying to do. I think what the offense calls for, we’ve got guys that come close to fitting what we want. But again, that’s why we’re out recruiting.”

Q: Auburn had difficulties last year going back and forth with a quarterback. Is it important to settle on one?
“It is important. We definitively would like to settle on one, there’s no question about that. That’s not writing off the possibility of us having to use more than one, because I’m never going to back myself in a corner and say never.”

Q: Where is Auburn football now in relation to the SEC?
“We’re a ways off. I’m not trying to paint a doom-and-gloom picture, and I certainly don’t want delusions of grandeur, either. We’re somewhere in between. But we’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ve got a plan. Realistically, I remember what our 2004 football team looked like after we walked off the field after that Sugar Bowl. We’re a ways from that, and that’s what we have to get back to.”

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Recruiting: Star system has flaws, coach says

“I can take a three-star and make him a four-star, and I can take a four-star and make him a three- or two-star with the contacts I have,” Lawing said. “That’s how ridiculous recruiting on the Internet is. I took Chris Culliver (USC safety) from a three- to a five-star in three weeks. All you’ve got to do is talk to the right people.”

Lawing added that a danger of the rating systems is the fans are sometimes misled about the talent level of a prospect and a class overall.

“There are a lot of staffs getting fired for unrealistic expectations,” Lawing said.

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Profile: Lache Seastruck

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Height: 5-10
Weight: 183
Position: RB

STRENGTHS

Explosiveness/Suddenness – From stance to start, you would be hard pressed to fined another player in the country that gets to full speed quicker than him. When he sticks his foot into the ground, he explodes through the hole, into cuts, and away from defenders. He is a quick twitch runner.

Elusiveness – Seastrunk is bottled lightening. He shows glimpses of Reggie Bush in his running style. His body control and elusiveness are unmatched by any other RB in the country at this stage in their careers. In space, Seastrunk is a jitter bug and would be tacklers are often times left stuck in mud. When you try to take an angle on him, he can stop and cut back on a dime. His ability to change directions at full speed makes him hard to defend. He has elite body control and change of direction.

Speed – Seastrunk has been clocked at sub 4.4 in the forty yard dash. He can get the corner against any high school team in the country, he out runs pursuit angles, and once he gets behind a defense, he runs away from everybody. Not only does he show his speed with the ball in his hands, he creates match up problems in the passing game. He is too fast for LBs to run with so a D-Coordinator will have to play with an extra DB if Lache decides to play in a spread offense. His elite speed can change a defensive scheme.

Hands – Seastrunk has solid hands catching the football out of the backfield. At the USAAB, Seastrunk dominated one on ones by beating LBs with solid routes and then catching everything throw in his vacintity. Shows soft hands and great concentration.

WEAKNESSES

Does not know when a play is dead – He fights for yards when he should just get what he can get and play the next snap. Often times he gives ground and loses yards trying to make something out of nothing. It shows that he is a playmaker and an obvious home run threat every time he touches the football. However, if does it at the college level he will put the team in a second and long or third and long situation and that is how you lose football games.

Tackle Breaking Ability – Seastrunk is a good sized back but he is more finesse than power. He gets tackled by a single defender too much. He’d rather shake you and run away from you than run through you.

OVERALL

Seastrunk is a rare talent. The type of talent that comes around every five to ten years. His combination of speed, explosiveness, vision, and elusiveness make his a home run threat every time he touches the

Which early enrollee will have the greatest impact on their team in 2009?

I’m going to have to go with Auburn RB Onterrio McCalebb. New offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has moved Mario Fannin to a hybrid WR/RB role, so Ben Tate will be the key RB on the Plains in 2009. The changeup will be the prep school speedster McCalebb, who broke off an impressive 70-yard touchdown run in Auburn’s A-Day game. The 6’0”, 175 lb native of Fort Meade, Fla., clocked a 4.3 40-yard dash as a senior at Ft. Meade High School, before heading to Hargrave Military Academy last season. Malzahn knows where and how to use his weapons, and McCalebb will be a big one for the Tigers in 2009. He may not have the size that most SEC RB’s have, but he will be the big play threat out of the Tigers backfield.

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MMA fans – Machida VS Evans Video

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NEW IPHONE!

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A source told an iPhone fan blog that the new iPhone will launch July 17. Many of the provided specifications corroborate with past rumors that the device will introduce a digital compass and a video recorder, among other features. (The source did not provide a photo; the image to the right is from a past rumor report for the sake of comparison.) Here’s the list:

  • 32GB and 16GB storage (up from the current 16GB and 8GB models)
  • $199 and $299 price points to be maintained
  • 3.2-megapixel camera (up from the current 2-megapixel camera)
  • Video-recording and editing capabilities
  • Ability to send a picture & video via MMS
  • Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device
  • OLED screen
  • 1.5 times the battery life of the current models
  • Double the RAM and processing power
  • Built-in FM transmitter
  • Apple logo on back will glow
  • Rubber-tread backing
  • Sleeker design
  • Built-in compass
  • The camera, GPS, compass and Google map combined will identify photo and inform about photo locations
  • Turn-by-turn directions

WIRED

Ghostbusters 3 (movie) gets the go-ahead!!!

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Aykroyd said Sigourney Weaver is on board now, as are the original squad of ectoplasmic specialists — Aykroyd, Bill MurrayHarold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Murray’s presence was the pivot point in making a third film happen. He holds a one-fifth controlling interest in the property rights and has been seen as the most reluctant to return to the paranormal comedy. Aykroyd said that is true but that it’s more nuanced than the public portrayal of the situation.

LATIMES

Kiffin twitter’s recruits name, more drama for TN

If you haven’t heard by now, Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin is back in the news.

One of his assistants in the football office went on Kiffin’s Twitter page on Tuesday and mentioned a recruit by name that had just committed to the Vols. That’s obviously against NCAA rules, and Tennessee plans to self-report the violation to the NCAA, according to athletic director Mike Hamilton.

This particular infraction sounds pretty innocent, even though the secondary violations are starting to mount on Kiffin’s watch, but it raises a few bigger picture questions:

  • What all is the NCAA going to allow in terms of the information coaches put on their Facebook and Twitter pages?
  • Who’s actually putting this stuff up, and what checks and balances are being used to make sure nothing goes up that’s damaging in any way?
  • Shouldn’t the head coach be aware of everything that’s going up if it’s being presented as his page?
  • Will it get to the point where coaches start breaking news about their program on their Facebook and Twitter pages? 

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