Randy Smith: Some College Football Tidbits

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - by Randy Smith
Randy Smith
Randy Smith

We are knee deep in summer vacation, which is fine and good, but I can’t help thinking about the start of the college football season. Though we are still 12 weeks away from the first kickoff,  every fan, every coach, and every player is excited about what lies ahead. Every team is still unbeaten and as we creep closer to the beginning of the season, the trash-talking gets louder and more obnoxious.

With that in mind, here are a few tidbits from the college football world.

Former USC head coach Pete Carroll, who is now the head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, stated this week that, had he known the NCAA sanctions against his Trojans were going to be so severe, he would have stayed at Southern Cal and fixed the problem. Those sanctions involved missing two bowl games, having the 2004 BCS Champion ship vacated, as well as all 12 of the Trojans’ wins in 2005. The sanctions stemmed from sports marketers giving money to running back Reggie Bush and his family. Who knew?

Over the winter, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall gathered his receivers together for impromptu throwing workouts in an effort to improve the Tiger’s passing game. In 2013, Auburn threw fewer passes than all but seven other BCS teams, running the football on 71.9 percent of their offensive plays.

Everyone is wondering what Texas A&M will be like without Johnny Football. Well, the overall talent level isn’t going to drop far at all. The Aggies have recruited and signed 29 four- or five-star athletes in the last two seasons, with only four schools signing more. (Alabama, Ohio State, LSU and Notre Dame)

According to Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, the Volunteers’ 2013 schedule was the toughest in college football history. His second season isn’t going to be any easier at all. Oregon and Auburn are not on the schedule this fall, but they’ve been replaced by Oklahoma and Ole Miss. The Vols’ two opening games this year are Utah State and Arkansas State; certainly not a couple of cupcakes.

The SEC’s opening game this fall is a Thursday night contest in Columbia, South Carolina as Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks host Texas A&M. Both teams will have new quarterbacks as Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw are gone. Both teams should be good but the unfortunate thing for the loser is - they will be a game down in the SEC standings before any other team in the league has played a game.

The Alabama at Tennessee game this October took on a bit of suspense when former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffen was hired by Nick Saban as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator. Kiffen, easily the most hated man in Knoxville, should have plenty of police protection at the game on October 25th.

Will the Clemson Tigers be forced to win with defense this fall after losing so much offensive firepower to graduation and the NFL draft? Possibly. According to Athlon Sports, Clemson has the best defensive line in the ACC, with the #2 group of linebackers and the fourth best defensive backs. They could win a few low-scoring games, which is a big change for the last few teams coached by Dabo Swinney. Replacing Sammy Watkins and quarterback Tajh Boyd will be hard to do.

Tennessee has one first team All-SEC performer in linebacker A.J. Johnson, who skipped the NFL to return for his senior season. “Who would want to leave Tennessee early when you’ve got one year left.” His final goal is getting his college degree…….for his mother.  

-----

Randy Smith has been covering sports on radio, television and print for the past 45 years. After leaving WRCB-TV in 2009, he has written two books, and has continued to free-lance as a play-by-play announcer. He is currently teaching Broadcasting at Coahulla Creek High School near Dalton, Ga.

His career has included a 17-year stretch as host of the Kickoff Call In Show on the University of Tennessee’s prestigious Vol Network. He has been a member of the Vol Network staff for thirty years.

He has done play-by-play on ESPN, ESPN II, CSS, and Fox SportSouth, totaling more than 500 games, and served as a well-known sports anchor on Chattanooga Television for more than a quarter-century.

In 2003, he became the first television broadcaster to be inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame. Randy and his wife Shelia reside in Hixson. They have two married children, (Christi and Chris Perry; Davey and Alison Smith.) They have three grandchildren, Coleman, Boone and DellaMae.

To contact Randy: rsmithsports@epbfi.com

 



PREP SCHEDULE

(Please notify us of any schedule changes and times as well as game and match scores at news@chattanoogan.com) Softball: MONDAY, APRIL 23 Soddy Daisy at Baylor 5 p.m.  Notre Dame at Silverdale 5 p.m.   TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Tyner at Brainerd Sequatchie Co. at Notre Dame Howard at Hixson Red Bank at East Ridge Riverdale at Baylor ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: 2018 Tennessee Orange And White Game

TBI Puts Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House On Its "10 Most Wanted" List

A man who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning is still on the loose and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. He was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., was arrested last year when he was in a restricted area at the White House in Washington, D.C. Reinking ... (click for more)

Dayton Teen Arrested After Running From Deputies On Highway 60; Passenger Caught With Drugs

Hamilton County Sheriff deputies caught up with a Dayton teen who drove off at a high rate of speed on Highway 60 on Sunday afternoon. A passenger in the vehicle was caught with drugs. At approximately  5 p.m. , deputies observed a white Chrysler 200 traveling south in the 7800 block of Highway 60 at a high rate of speed. The driver was improperly passing other vehicles ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)