Franz Beard's Thoughts of the Day July 30

A few thoughts to jump start your Wednesday morning...


By a two-win margin, the Florida Gators are the winningest team in all of college football since 1990. The Gators are 232-73-1, edging out Nebraska (230-76-1) for the top spot. During this 25-year span, Florida has won three national championships and eight Southeastern Conference titles. The rest of the top ten is: 3. FSU (227-67-1); 4. Ohio State (223-64-3; 5. Oklahoma (214-85-3); 6. Texas (214-84-2); 7. Miami (213-81); 8. Virginia Tech (213-88-1); 9. Michigan (207-88-3).

Among SEC schools since 1990, here are the records: 1. Florida (232-73-1); 2. Georgia (206-92-1); 3. Tennessee (203-94-2); 4. Auburn (197-95-3); 5. LSU (197-98-1); 6. Texas A&M (193-103-2); 7. Alabama (187-95); 8. Arkansas (154-134-2); 9. South Carolina (152-131-3); 10. Ole Miss (151-135); 11. Missouri (148-138-3); 12. Mississippi State (136-147-2); 13. Kentucky (109-173) and 14. Vanderbilt (94-184). During this span, Alabama has won four SEC and four national championships; LSU has won four SEC and two national titles; Auburn and Tennessee have each won three SEC and one national title; and Georgia has won two SEC titles.

If you go back to 1980, the Gators also have the best record in the SEC at 308-111-4. That’s the fourth best record in the country, trailing Nebraska (333-96-1); Florida State (315-95-4); and Miami (312-101). Georgia (295-119-5) is the only other SEC team to crack the top ten over that 35-year span. Florida won the 1984 SEC title but the conference vacated the championship.

Since 2000, LSU holds the best record in the SEC at 143-40 followed by: 2. Georgia (134-49); 3. Florida (130-51); 4. Auburn (125-55); 5. South Carolina (110-65); 6. Missouri (105-71); 7. Tennessee (104-72); 8. Alabama (104-53); 9. Texas A&M (99-75); 10. Arkansas (99-76); 11. Ole Miss (84-87); 12. Mississippi State (73-97); 13. Kentucky (65-104) and 14. Vanderbilt (60-188). Since 2000, Florida has three SEC titles and two national titles. LSU has four SEC titles and two national titles while Auburn has three SEC and one national title. Alabama has two SEC and two national titles. It must be noted that Alabama had 22 wins vacated for NCAA violations. Alabama also was given eight forfeits in 1993 for NCAA violations.


For all the talk about all the innovations in the pro game, Hall of Fame coach/broadcaster John Madden says the equivalent of nothing new under the sun when it comes to the NFL. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Madden said, “I heard some guy talking the other day about Kurt Warner when he was playing with the Rams. He talked about him throwing short and the receiver coming back to catch the pass. Said that was the first back shoulder fade route. I remember Johnny Unitas used to throw a back shoulder fade to Raymond Berry. I collect coaches playbooks [Madden has playbooks from Vince Lombardi, Weeb Ewbank and Sid Gillman among others] to figure out where things came from and no matter what is being done in football, it has usually been done before by someone. Younger people who don’t study history might thing the league started with Joe Montana. Or even Peyton Manning.”


When it comes to Vol fans, Butch is the total shiznit while Lane and Derek need to find a rock to crawl under. That was the assessment of three former Vols, all recruited to Tennessee by Phillip Fulmer, about the state of the Tennessee football program. They believe second-year coach Butch Jones will get the job done and they have nothing good to day about former coaches Lake Kiffin and Derek Dooley, who combined for one winning season (7-6 by Kiffin in 2009) and a combined record of 28-34.

Former Tennessee All-American linebacker and 5-time All-Pro Al Wilson on Kiffin and Dooley told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press: “I really don’t even want to say the names of the two guys who were between Coach Fulmer and Coach Jones. They don’t deserve to have their names mentioned with Tennessee football. As somebody who went 45-5 while I was at UT, that’s a place I care a lot about and I’m just glad that there’s somebody in charge again who gets it and who wants to be there and take the program back to where it was and where it should be.”

Says former UT running back/kick returner Corey Larkin: “Derek Dooley was a loser. He’ll always be a loser and he rubbed off on the program and created a losing attitude.”

Former Vol fullback Troy Fleming chimed in: “With Coach Jones, when you walk into the facility now it’s like you never left. the guys who have worked around the program for years are at ease now, which tells you things are good again. The biggest thing about Coach Jones is he actually does his job. Unlike that guy we call Derek Doolittle, who really did very little.”


Rick Neuheisel, who cheated at Colorado, was fired for gambling while head coach at Washington and got canned for incompetence at UCLA, says the SEC is a joke in November because of games such as Eastern Kentucky at Florida, Charleston Southern at Georgia, Western Carolina at Alabama and Samford at Auburn. “Their (SEC’s) November is so vastly easier than any other conference ... they can sit back and watch [contenders] fall off,” Neuheisel said at Pac-12 Media Days.

I guess Rick didn’t take the time to consider that the SEC November also includes Alabama at LSU, Auburn at Georgia, Auburn at Alabama, South Carolina at Clemson, Mississippi State at Ole Miss, LSU at Texas A&M and Florida at Florida State. Let’s see the Pac-12 top those games both for importance and fan appeal.

And since it’s Neuheisel making the comments, there is only one thing to say: Consider the source.

From, here are the national strengths of schedule rankings for all schools in both the Pac-12 and SEC using the NCAA method to calculate. Eight of the 14 SEC teams have schedules ranked in the top 25 and there are four in the top 10. The Pac-12 has two teams with top 25 schedules and none in the top 10.

PAC 12

11. Utah – 98-59, 62.42% (last year’s winning % of opponents)

17. California – 94-61, 60.65%

29. USC – 89-66, 57.42%

36. Washington State – 88-67, 56.77%

42. Stanford – 86-68, 55.84%

(Tie) 49. Arizona – 84-69, 54.90%?

(Tie) 49. Oregon – 84-69, 54.90%

52. Arizona State – 84-70, 54.55%

(Tie) 60. UCLA – 82-72, 53.25%

(Tie) 60. Oregon State – 82-72, 53.25%

66. Colorado – 81-74, 52.26%

77. Washington – 85-83, 50.60%


1. Arkansas – 103-54, 65.61%

3. Tennessee – 101-54, 65.16%

5. Texas A&M – 100-55, 64.52%

6. Kentucky – 98-55, 64.05%

13. South Carolina – 96-59, 61.94%

16. Auburn – 93-60, 60.78%

19. Georgia – 92-61, 60.13%

22. Florida – 91-62, 59.48%

26. Ole Miss – 89-63, 58.55%

43. Missouri – 84-67, 55.63%

57. LSU – 82-71, 53.59%

62. Mississippi State – 80-71, 52.98%

69. Vanderbilt – 78-73, 51.66%

95. Alabama – 71-79, 47.33%


You have to wonder what the folks at Northwest Florida State College are thinking by admitting Brandon Austin, who will play basketball for the juco powerhouse. Last November Austin and teammate Rodney Bullock were booted from Providence for allegedly assaulting a co-ed on campus (a Rhode Island grand jury declined to press charges earlier this month). Austin then transferred to Oregon where he and two other players were implicated in a series of alleged sexual assaults after an on campus party in May. Austin was booted from Oregon and tried to transfer to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas but the school declined to admit him. To say the least, it is disturbing that Northwest Florida would even think of admitting him, much less actually doing it. If I’m a parent of a teenage daughter in Niceville, I’m not sleeping well tonight.


Florida’s 1984 SEC title was vacated for NCAA violations. Alabama won the 1999 SEC title for numerous NCAA violations but wasn’t stripped of its championship. Should the SEC restore the SEC title the Gators won on the field in 1984 or would it be better to strip Alabama of its 1999 title, which would make Florida the SEC champ?


Although John Fogerty says he wrote “Looking Out My Back Door” for his three-year-old son after reading him “And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Suess. There is an entire generation that connected with it because they thought it was all about an altered state of consciousness. I know several folks who still say the flying spoon and images of creatures dancing on the lawn and elephants playing in the band were about cocaine and LSD. The single was released in July of 1970, part of the outstanding “Cosmo’s Factory” album by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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