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DAY TWO: Wrappin' it up

Hey everyone. That's two days of puffery and inanity out of the way, which means we're past the hump. I'm thankful ... like a South Carolina turkey.

The best is yet to come for you all, of course. Gene Chizik leads off tomorrow morning.

Until then, though, let's review the best of today's drivel.

  1. Vanderbilt coach Robbie Caldwell, pictured at left, revealing that his first job was inseminating turkeys.

  2. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier pats himself on the back for only having one player arrested during his time in Columbia, though he noted the charges were dropped. Why are college players being arrested more often? Spurrier says it's because law enforcement actually enforces the law now.

  3. Caldwell becomes the first SEC coach in history to reference "frog giggin'" when asked about what he did for fun growing up in rural South Carolina.

  4. Georgia receiver A.J. Green's awkward no-comment answers when asked about reports that he attended the spring party in Miami that has piqued the NCAA's interest.

  5. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino reveals that his players must "friend" the team's director of football operations if they plan to have a Facebook page. That allows coaches to monitor what players says on their pages. Gives you that 1984 vibe, no?

  6. Spurrier says he's no longer the coach who gives outlandish answers, explains that he's not winning enough to be that guy.

Photo credit: Butch Dill/AP

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Blogger Miller said...

No comment...

5:43 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Another great day of coverage, JGT. Thanks!!!

5:43 PM  
Blogger Norm said...


5:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

You think Chiz will be even remotely entertaining tomorrow?

5:44 PM  
Blogger Tiger in Mississippi said...

Thanks for all of your hard work!

5:46 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Tiger in MS - are you newly posting? If so, WELCOME!!! If you've been posting all along, it's obvious I don't pay attention.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Chiz will be plain as Jane.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I've seen a couple of newcomers to HABOTN this week. Welcome to them all.

JGT, great substance from B'ham! Thanks for your hard work and getting the Hotties excited for kickoff.

5:56 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I can understand the friending thing on facebook. It goes along with the banishment to the abyss policy here at HABOTN if you don't friend JG on facebook. We have to have rules.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

If we didn't have rules, what would SFC constantly flaunt?

6:08 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I'm almost afraid I asked that question.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

TiM - welcome.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

Don't know about the rest of you, but I'm thankful we now have an HC who is plain-vanilla boring with an open mic in front of him.

It beats being deathly afraid of him saying something mind-bendingly stupid.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It's my pleasure, peeps.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Beat ua-t, graduate players, stay out of trouble

Beyond that, I don't care if he's a dull speaker, orates like MLKjr, or speaks like Miss SC.

6:41 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

is the innernettes working any better today jgt?
i second the "great substance" remarks.

i do not and will not have a facebook page. so i will not be friending any of you ever. no offense... i can waste plenty o' time right here on the HABOTN.

i'll get one when i have to get the bar code tattoo on my wrist.

6:42 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

tell that to lsu fans tht. they have les miles and he won a mnc.

6:42 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

i bet the arky dofo's fb page is blowing up with friend requests this afternoon.

6:46 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

chip, you will give in to the pressure and join crackbook one of these days.

Welcome TiM.

I like Chizik just the way he is. He can be funny from time to time. I saw it on "Auburn Everyday". He ins't too silly and he isn't too much of a hard @$$. And there is no way he will compare football to the World Trade Centers.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

But he will beat ua-t.

Before December.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Tiger in Mississippi said...

No, this is my first time to post. I have been reading daily for 2 years but it just dawned on me to follow and post comments.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ch=b - i did the facebook thing briefly a year or so ago, not from pressure, but from curiosity over what the hubbub was about. Less than a month later, I deactivated the account.

Except I'm still FB friends with Harrison, and now with Chip Chip.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

We're darn glad you decided to speak up, TiM. There's a lot of quiet Hotties who should join the chit chat.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

'Preciate the great media dais coverage, JGT...

7:03 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

if this mysterious new blog we keep hearing about has a "friend" option, i will friend you all. until then, i hope facebook servers crash early and often. US productivity would instantly increase at least 10%. i also love seeing people freak out when they can't access their page for 5 minutes. i guess there is some good in facebook.

7:08 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Great job Jay G, can't wait to see the "substance" that is brought tomorrow.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Mr. Cincy's going to be happy! Outlaw Josey Wales is on ION network on Sunday at 3 pm

and 6 pm

and 9 pm!!!

7:09 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

He was quite despondent that he missed it last week. I must make sure he knows it is on Sunday.

7:37 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I have finally gotten caught up with all of Jay's news and read all the comments. Good job everyone! I love Robbie Caldwell. He is a hoot.

Welcome Tiger in MS!

Auburn is magnificent as always. Lots of sprucing up being done. I wanted to stay.

7:40 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

New Blogggg???
Every time I hear NEW something electronic that will be better, bigger, faster, easier I shudder cause I know ther is change acomin. Change for old geezers means trouble and many hours of saying what the hell is going on, it worked yesterday but poof gone today.

8:07 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Welcome TiM. We been running a bit low on TiMs of late. Glad to see you picking up the slack.

As for Chizik, he is to be jugged by the number of bullets Jay is able to generate. The goal is five or less, with four of those containing the phrase "day by day".

8:07 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

We need to come up with questions for Jay to ask the Chiz. How about, what is the likelihood of the team coming out with "The Safety Dance" playing. I would save it for a big game, because I am pretty sure it will confuse the other team.

8:10 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I'm on Facebook solely to friend my kids and keep an eye on them. That's not big brotherish, it's parenting.

Same with the coaches. It's what you have to do on the Internet.

8:15 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

whatever happened to fat bottomed girls as the intro song? i thought that was a lock.

8:35 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

jasteve, i posted this earlier today. i pretty much had you mind and wanted to make sure you didn't miss it because of the rapid fire succession of bloggin'


see ya next week after you finish reading it.

8:40 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

NoVA Tiger.....same here only now we have one for work and all my family including my 85 yrold mom has one.

Cincy you said hoot. You must be old fashioned like me.

Thanks was had by all.

8:44 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Has anyone seen if single game basketball tickets are on sale.

8:55 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

the folks on the pay sites work overtime finding these gems.


in all honesty, i hope the class did help improve his writing skills. i remember doing peer reviews in freshman english at AU and being stunned that many of my classmates could not make as complete a sentence as this guy. my spousal unit is in grad school and some of the papers she has to review are shocking as well. mainly because the people are in grad school. if any find this link in poor taste, have our man zap it.

8:58 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

I had to stop reading after the 1st paragraph. It made my head hurt.

9:03 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Okay chip.....'bout half way through I just had to skim and watch some video.....too much x and o for me. I just enjoy watching the game. The guy in front of me diagrams almost every play.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:10 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


Have they even released a schedule, much less individual game tix?

9:14 PM  
Blogger Bellefay1 said...


As a resident of the city of Atlanta and Falcons season ticket holder that listens to sports talk radio in Atlanta...

Petrino will not speak to Atlanta media. Period. Ever. His time with the Falcons didn't exist as far as we know.

Do coaches have handlers at these events that dictate what questions can be asked in relation to each coach?

I hate that man and wish nothing but the worst for him but it's that much more frustrating that I can't ever hear him sweat for being the slimy prick that he is.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

bellefay - you shouldn't be so vague with your feelings.

WERK and CH=B - no schedule yet, hopefully next month. ONly season tickets available now. Can't sell single game tix until they have a schedule.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Can one of youse tell me what you gotta do to insert a clickable link within a comment? It is a mystery to me.

9:27 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

They need to hurry up. I want to be at that first game.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'll email it to you Baldy. Can't post it here because it will not show up the way it's typed.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, I'm trying to email. I can receive, but I'm having a heck of a time getting one to go out.

epic finish on the Col de Tourmalet today.

9:41 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Thanks for the excellent link, chip chip. Yea, it is a ton of info. The plays listed there are very common, but the motion Malzahn uses and the variety of formations used to run the plays is a bit different than what you typically see.

I think of basically 3 types of offenses these days: spread, misdirection, and power. While every offense has elements of all three, you can see the emphasis in specific teams. Malzahn is a misdirection guy. Leach is a spread guy. Saban is a power guy.

I spent some time studying the Leach offense and noting the difference between it and Malzahn's offense. They are vastly different.

Leach emphasizes spacing, thus the spread. His offense is similar to what I think Franklin was trying to do. The emphasis on spacing is why people compare his offense to a basketball offense.

Malzahn's offense reminds me more of Paul Johnson's offense, which also uses a lot of options and misdirections. Rich Rod and Meyer are definitely in this group too.

Using the spread to describe Malzahn's offense is definitely misleading.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Thanks THT, it came through. Much obliged.

Regarding the offense discussion, one thing I keep hearing opposing fans say is that Malzahn runs a "high school offense" and opposing fans saying things like "it will only take a year or so to figure out this offense."

My question: Is this a "high school offense"? What separates a "high school offense" from a "collegiate offense"?

The fact that you can basically have 3 different options from the same formation would seem to be enough to keep folks from being able to shut this offense down.

10:08 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

To insert links, just do the following.

<a href="URL">link name</a>

replace URL with something like and name with HABOTN.

10:09 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

The high school offense thing is hilarious. It is what people say when they don't understand the offense. The spread and it's derivatives are used throughout college football these days and to some degree in the NFL. So, if someone says it is a high school offense, they are just saying they don't know what they are talking about.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

That's always been my assumption, but I never played football beyond pee wee, so wasn't sure what exactly they were seeing that was supposedly so simple about this offense.

10:17 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

To show someone the link syntax, you have to type something like this in.

&lt;a href="URL"&gt;link name&lt;/a&gt;

10:20 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I am by no means an expert. I just read a lot because I am curious. I certainly could never coach or play, but I admire the people who do.

10:22 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

And a lot of Malzahn's offense is simple. It isn't that he invented the inside trap or jet sweep. He just does a lot of things to disguise what is going on. He tries to make it look complex to the defense, but also keeps it pretty simple so the players can execute it. That is what any good coach does. The offense doesn't determine how good a coach is. It is how well he is able to teach the players to execute it that makes him great.

10:24 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

you could see from the film cut ups how confused the lbs and safeties were at times.

$aban going nuts was a good clip. his vaunted d was pretty confused most of that afternoon. he was lucky bammer didn't have to respect the qb running the ball or the deep pass really. if newton had been at the helm of that game, we may have blown them out. the offense just had its usual swoon mid-game. the piled up some yards but didn't put points on the board.

i also love the pace aspect of creating the 5th quarter. AU had kiffykin's team sucking wind midway through the Q2. the offense slowed down and let them creep back in and make it interesting. i don't think gus has run his system with this much complete talent on offense. mcfadden and jones were better than anything AU currently has on offense, but everything else, i would argue, is better than what he had to work with at arky.

10:56 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

i particularly liked the ole miss lb that was heading right at the rb to make the tackle and suddenly reverses direction to go cover the option on the back side as todd sprints out into space without the ball.

10:59 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

and feng is a bammer for saying that. there is no way bammer is not cheating.

11:04 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Don't get too excited about Newton yet. The reason he left Florida is likely because he was noted for his lack of accuracy throwing the ball. I don't believe he thought the could compete with Brantley. Whether Newton is as accurate as Todd remains to be seen. If he is, he will be a better QB, regardless of if he runs. There were some throws Todd just couldn't make with his arm, and they weren't the deep balls. It was the mid range passes that required him to thread the needle. I like how he did throwing deep.

11:19 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

AU a-day on espnu right now.

11:31 PM  
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11:31 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

i thought newton left for receiving stolen property. i'm just going on my uneducated opinion but todd put too much air under deep balls to me. i bet if you line em up, newton could out distance todd by 15+. accuracy could definitely be an issue. i just thing newton would/will give defenses two more dimensions they really really have to respect instead of just kind of being aware and focusing on the running game. more playmakers at wr stepping up will hopefully give newton a bigger window to throw into sometimes. adams still amazes me he fought through so much double coverage to have the year he did.

11:36 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

this has been the chip chip and steve show featuring baldy. gnite. going to watch aday in hd.

11:39 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

case closed

12:07 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

You are right that Todd put a lot of air under his deep balls. He just did a good job with ball placement. A QB with a good arm can throw a lot of passes that Todd wouldn't attempt. I think it was the Georgia game where he had Fannin wide open right in front of him about 20 yards down field. He managed to drill it into the dirt in front of him. I don't think Todd trusted his arm when he needed to put a lot of zip on the ball.

12:11 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Good morning! Chizik substance today! It's Friday, Hotties!!!

5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's (way too) early in Pigeon Forge, TN and eagerly awaiting Chizikian substance.

5:26 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

It's way too early everywhere this side of the Atlantic.

So it goes.

5:31 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

It's way too early for me to be up on a day off from work.

6:27 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Mornin' Hotties!
Bellefay - I concur
TiM - welcome

Lookin forward to the Chizspeak.

Tried to read the TBillie link from Chip. Got somewhat through the second sentence and decided I'd rather stick a spike through my eye than read what was left. Way to go Clempsun.

6:43 AM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Good morning all.

Welcome Redgp88...1st post?

Last nights premier of the Chip and Steve comedy show gets two thumbs up from Buddy the movie critic pouch. What's that, dogs don't have thumbs.Oh well.

6:50 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

What's the over/under on controversial comments from Chizik today?

6:50 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

ehyou- Chizik will be the most boring presser all week. Book it.

6:52 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


It's 0, and I'll take the under. He'll have negative controversial comments.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Morning folks.

I like to see the new blood coming in here. It helps to make up for the loss of favorites like j-z and Carmela. It also helps to dilute the waste we know as Jet.

Keep Hate Alive.

6:57 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Who is this j-z that everyone keeps talking about?

7:05 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Hi Hotties. Who knew you could sweat so much at 5:30 in the morning?

I concur that there is zero percent chance Chizik says something controversial, but wouldn't it be fun if he did? Although I really like that I don't have to worry about him every time he opens his mouth like you do with some coaches.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Norm ...

I can't be diluted or muted.

I won't be contained or restrained.

I will gesticulate and pontificate.

And, you, Norm, I will annoy, then destroy.

Your pal,

7:13 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

CURSES! He's still here.

7:18 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I just love to see the bond between Jet and Norm.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

J-Z = Orville Redenbacher Man of the Year 2008-1010.

7:23 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Kicker on a stick!

7:25 AM  
Blogger API said...

Kickers = the most important player on the team. There is a reason they call it "football".

7:35 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

"Kicker on a Stick"; well, if nothing else, we know who NOT to ask to create a specially designed avatar.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Chizik is on Jox right now. Sorry, but he is just boring to listen to. Nothing wrong with that, just not a must hear IMO.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

what are y'all waiting for?

7:54 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


7:54 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

the fine folks in KENNESAW GEORGIA have 43 days til kickoff!


7:54 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

WERK - it's never too early to be up on a day off from work. It's hard to enjoy not having to go to work if you aren't conscious.

7:57 AM  
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8:13 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Benji Roland!

12:19 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Roland the Thompson Gunner!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Van Owen was a real SOB.

7:40 PM  

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