Here we go again with another installment of Tiger Rag Magazine's Where Do We Stand.
In this week's rant, we again criticize questionable officiating in the SEC, give kudos to Alabama head coach Mike Shula as well as the Auburn Tigers.
We are still torn on whether or not
the LSU Lady Tigers should get paws up or down after a thriller in Austin and
Notre Dame can't follow up a win at Tennessee with success.
Kansas blew a prime opportunity at an upset
and the Florida Gators gave lame duck head coach Ron Zook a nice parting
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To coaches John Brady and Pokey
Chatman. Brady wheeled in what many will rank among the best recruiting classes
in America with the acquisition of
Denham Springs sensation Tasmin Mitchell. Brady picked up four letters of intent
last Wednesday on the hoops national signing day. Brady was the only coach
picking up a big signature. Lady Tigers coach Pokey Chatman got a LOI from
Kristen Morris, a 6-2 forward and Michigan's top player.
To SEC officials (surprise,
surprise). Again the Southeastern Conference's band of zebras can't get it
right. While LSU fans profited from what might have been a questionable no-call,
Alabama coaches, players and fans no doubt left
feeling a bit jilted. In most situations, Corey Webster would have been flagged
for pass interference for contact with Crimson Tide wide receiver Keith Brown in
the end zone. Bama followers will swear this play changed the game. While many
LSU fans feel the ref missed the call most will agree the Tigers still did
enough to prove they deserved the victory by rallying for the 26-10
To Alabama coach Mike Shula and his remarks
considering the controversial no-call by the official on the questionable pass
interference call on Webster. Instead of berating the officials, Shula took the
high road and basically said "no comment."
To the Kansas Jayhawks. Mike
Mangino's team had a chance to all but seal Mack Brown's fate in Austin. KU led Texas 25-13 in the fourth
quarter and looked to be on their way to a major upset. However, the Jayhawks,
without a doubt lacking the ability to know how to win, surrendered a couple of
late touchdowns allowing Texas a 27-25 victory. Too bad because with
Georgia's loss to Auburn, Texas will likely enter the BCS as the nation's top
one-loss team. What a joke!
Speaking of Auburn, we cringe at the
thought of how this national championship race is going to shape up. The Tigers
proved, in these eyes, that they are the best team in the country whipping
5th-ranked Georgia 24-6 Saturday on the Plains.
However, when the polls came out Sunday, there were no changes among the
nation's top teams and USC and Oklahoma (who have no left on their schedules
that can beat them) will likely coast into the Orange Bowl leaving Auburn (which
still has to play in the SEC Championship Game) on the outside looking in. What
a shame, or like we said earlier, what a joke!
To the Florida Gators. While you
won't find a great deal of sympathy for the Gators and their latest travails, it
was good to see the players reward their lame duck coach Ron Zook with a nice
gift as he is shown the door – a bowl berth. Although not quite sure where the
Gators are headed (probably Shreveport or Nashville), Zook will try and win a
bowl game for the first time in his three year tenure in Gainesville and that
was guaranteed when Florida won their sixth game of the season Saturday with a
48-14 win over South Carolina.
To Notre Dame. The ultimate
pretenders, the Fighting Irish fell hard after last week's 17-13 upset of
Tennessee in Knoxville. Back home beneath Touchdown Jesus,
the Irish, which had neutralized the Vols just a week earlier, could not slow
lowly Pitt and fell to the Panthers 41-38.
To the LSU Lady Tigers. Winners of
three games I four days, Pokey Chatman's team swept a pair of games over
Maine and Arizona State
in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic on Thursday and Friday in the
Center. On Sunday, in a
thriller that should never have been that close, LSU blew a 21-point lead only
to hang on and win 71-70 over Baylor in Austin.