There may not be an organization with less perceived power than the NCAA. In the last couple years they have been absolutely shredded with commentary about how ineffective they are at enforcing rules. I have long thought that they are a dying organization in terms of their power and ability to impose that power of member institutions but I do think they have another big, dramatic gasp or two coming. They won’t just lay there and die. They’ll go out swinging. There is too much money at stake not to.
Will Muschamp 22-16 in 3 years at Florida
Derek Mason (1st year as HC)
Dan Mullen is currently putting together the best class in his tenure and no one is happier than MSU fans. I’m already hearing the high praise and hype. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. MSU fans should be excited. What I would suggest is to look back at prior classes and use previous lessons as a way to temper those expectations. Excitement is one thing but delusional claim after delusional claim is another. That’s why I want to look back at the defensive tackle class of 2012.
In my quest to be the blogger who is the king of useless information I decided to average what the average height of all the starting defenses in the SEC for 2014. You may wonder why in the world I would do this? TV announcers always have theory that the longer a defense is, the move problems they can cause. In theory, a longer defense could make passing lanes tighter and cut off space inside their own red-zone tremendously.They love to spout this theory as why it’s so tough to score on Bama. I think I’ve heard it in every Bama game about how long and athletic they are and the challenges it causes on a short field. At the end of the day, it’s about talent. A 6’7 player who isn’t an SEC talent doesn’t get magically better because he’s tall but a defense with good talent and better than average length cant hurt right?
The 2014 Ole Miss media guide was recently released and it contained our first look at the pre-season depth chart. One thing to remember is that the first depth chart is rarely how the depth chart will be a kickoff. You still have fall camp to hash out some position battles. Regardless, it gives some great insight in to what has been going on this off-season and clues us in to who has stepped up.