So why watch the SEC teams in the bowls? Good question. Well, first of all, it's still the SEC. And it's still the bowl season. And some of the bowls are worth watching, including the ones involving the SEC. In fact, the SEC will pretty much fill up the schedule on Jan. 2.
Here they are, ranked one through six, worst to first.
LSU vs. Miami, Peach ... er ... Chik-fil-A ... Grilled Chicken With Peach Salsa Bowl, Dec. 30: South Carolina vs. Missouri in the afternoon, just enough time to grab some dinner, and then one of the top five matchups of the bowl season when No. 10 LSU plays No. 9 Miami. Two teams that didn't get as far as they wanted to this season. Two teams with a lot of pride and toughness. Two quality defenses. Two offenses searching for themselves. All the potential to be a close, hard-fought game.
After a 6-3 start that featured
some uninspired and uncertain performances and months of butting heads with the
NCAA over the status of center Randolph Morris,
First, the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff reduced its season-long suspension of Morris to 14 games, which means Morris will be back by Jan. 10. Morris had been suspended for the entire season because of his involvement with an agent during his attempt to enter the 2005 NBA Draft.
Then on Saturday the 23rd-ranked Wildcats beat No. 4 Louisville 73-61 on Saturday.
After losing two of their past
three games, including a 26-point defeat against
"We got off to a great start and
played very energized,"
"They were embarrassed by their
Between the NCAA case and the
The fax is dated
"If I had known how important it was, I certainly would have held onto it a little tighter," Smith said. "In my mind, I thought he was gone. ... Thank God I found it."
There's no word yet on whether or
not Smith has found D.B. Cooper's missing money or the evidence buried by the
Warren Commission, but
"It's great for the kid, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't terribly confused," Gottfried said. "This completely changes the rules of this whole business of engaging in some type of relationship with an agent."
"My first question is, can Kennedy Winston come back right now?" Gottfried said. "Can we start doing some paperwork?"
Of course, it all comes down to the NCAA's interpretation of the rules regarding what constitutes a relationship with an agent and what does not. The Morris case appears to have blurred that line for other coaches and players.
"I think this completely changes the rules about this whole business of engaging in some kind of relationship with an agent," Gottfried said. "I think for coaches across the country, it's a tremendously confusing predicament for me to be in, to advise players in the future, to have any understanding of what the rules are."
In the meantime, Gottfried has
other problems to address with a 5-3 team still attempting to replace Winston
and Earnest Shelton while playing a tough non-conference schedule without
sophomore point guard Ronald Steele at full health. Steele, who has been limited
by a back injury, is the player the Tide can least afford to be without at this
point. It took an 85-58 victory over
"We're a young team," forward Chuck Davis said. "We've got a lot of new players we have to piece together and we're still not really sure what type of team we're going to be. We're trying to find ourselves. It's going to be a learning process."
Auburn lost yet another basketball player last week when backup point guard Michael Woodard decided he could get more playing time at another program.
Woodard, a junior college transfer who only joined the program this fall, averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 assists in 14.8 minutes per game but true freshman point guard Quantez Robertson continues to start and play 30 minutes per game this season.
"The timing of Michael leaving is
unfortunate for our team,"
Unfortunate? How about typical?
Since Lebo took over for Cliff Ellis in the spring of 2004, six players have
left the program. Marco Killingsworth is now
Since the only other true point guard, junior Brett Howell, is currently wearing a boot on his right foot and remains out definitely, Lebo will now lead two-guards Rasheem Barrett and Ronny LeMelle to spend some time at the point to spell Robertson.