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The Cover 3 crew talks first-year coaches and reflects on Mike Vick’s college career. Questions from the Big Ol Bag of Mail include what the NIL market would have looked like for Michael Vick during his time in college (3:30), factors that explain the SEC’s dominance in this run of claiming 12 of the last 16 national championship (12:55) and the first-year coaches most likely to succeed and the ones most likely to disappoint in 2022 (24:15). Plus, what coaches would you want as a father-in-law (39:45) and the recruiting impact of Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC (52:40).  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew breaks down the biggest college football recruiting news of 2022. Arch Manning, the nephew of Peyton and Eli and the No. 1 prospect in the 2022 recruiting cycle, announced his commitment to Texas on Thursday. Manning chose the Longhorns over Alabama and Georgia, giving Steve Sarkisian his biggest recruiting win as a head coach. Chip Patterson and Bud Elliott react to the news and discuss what it means for Quinn Ewers and the future of Longhorns football as well as what's next for Alabama and Georgia. Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew picks some overlooked teams that could make some noise in 2022. First, looking at Louisville’s work on the recruiting trail for the 2023 cycle in the wake of beating out Alabama, Ohio State and others for a 5-star running back (1:30). But the Buckeyes aren’t too concerned as they made their own waves by landing two five-star wide receivers in back-to-back days (11:00), and the recruiting talk wraps with the latest in Arch Manning after his visit to Texas (17:30). Then it’s on to our dark horse candidates for 2022, featuring a spotlight on a Big Ten team not named Ohio State (29:40), three teams to note in the Big 12 (35:00), a couple ACC teams that could challenge Clemson for the conference title (40:00), an SEC West team poised to be a tough out for all the contenders (49:00) and many more overlooked teams we’re excited to see in 2022.  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's time for Bud Elliott's Summer School series. Each episode Bud will break down some schools with the writers from 247Sports. The latest intel on the program, players you need to know, expectations for the 2022 season, and more! Today Dave Biddle (Ohio State) joins the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's time for Bud Elliott's Summer School series. Each episode Bud will break down some schools with the writers from 247Sports. The latest intel on the program, players you need to know, expectations for the 2022 season, and more! Today Jeremy Clark (TCU) and Jarret Johnson (Texas Tech) join the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on Michigan, Penn State and Clemson. First, with reports that the NCAA has visited Miami to look into NIL, is there any threat of the Hurricanes, or any other programs, facing penalties (2:00)? Then it’s on to the Big Ol Bag of Mail, starting with the biggest offseason move that wasn’t a coach or a quarterback (14:15) and wondering whether Michigan needs to turn the starting QB job over to J.J. McCarthy (24:00). Plus, after two disappointing seasons how much pressure is James Franklin facing to win big at Penn State (34:00), is Dabo Swinney going down a Mark Dantonio path (41:45) and highlighting our favorite Group of Five conferences and teams that will contend for the New Year’s Six (47:30).  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew assembles their dream coaching staffs, draft style. With quarterbacks, pass catchers, linemen and backers all drafted, the crew needs coaches to lead them on the field. The six-round draft requires each host to pick one head coach, one offensive coordinator, one defensive coordinator and three position coaches. The draft starts with a no-nonsense pick at No. 1 (4:00) but it quickly turns with two position coaches and a defensive coordinator getting selected in the first five picks (10:00). The draft did produce plenty of Ohio State connections but also multiple picks from Georgia and Oklahoma (28:00). Finally, grading all four drafts and analysis of the best coaches not selected (44:30).  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew picks the best RBs, LBs, and linemen in college football. Draft season has moved into the trenches and with the pad-popping Oklahoma Drill Draft. The crew is challenged to pick one running back, one linebacker, two offensive linemen and two defensive linemen to make up their Oklahoma Drill roster for the 2022 college football season. The draft starts with three elite defensive players in the first round before a star running back goes off the board with the fourth overall pick (8:46). That leads to a debate around the running back position with another taken in the early third round (16:00) as well as a focus on how the offensive linemen stack up across college football in the later rounds. Finally, the crew reviews and grades all four teams drafted and shares their top players not selected (37:00).  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew talks recruiting and answers mailbag questions. First, the grandson of legendary Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr is set to announce his college commitment on CBS Sports HQ on Thursday, choosing between the Wolverines, Notre Dame and others. If CJ Carr picks Notre Dame, as the 247Sports Crystal Ball suggests, what does it mean for the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines (2:00)? Then more from the recruiting trail including why Georgia and Texas seem to be leading in the Arch Manning recruitment (12:50) and how Clemson has adjusted its approach to June recruiting (21:45). Finally, questions from the Big Ol Bag of Mail (34:00) include who will win a national championship next between Wisconsin and Florida State as well as the non-SEC Power Five champion (Michigan, Pitt, Baylor, Utah) most likely to repeat in 2022.  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew picks the best pass catchers in college football. First, addressing some of the fan feedback from our QB Draft with more discussion on snubs and players who weren’t picked, then the attention moves on to the next phase of this roster-building process with the WR/TE Draft. The first round starts with a near-unanimous opinion on who should be No. 1 as well as a clear-cut look at the top tier of wide receivers in 2022. The second round is highlighted by the first appearances of a tight end in the draft and the third round includes two high-profile WR transfers hoping to lead their team to the College Football Playoff. Finally, tough decisions for the crew in round four with plenty of good options on the board and a review of some of the best players not drafted.  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew picks the best quarterbacks in college football, draft-style. The annual selection process assembling All-Star quarterback rooms for all four hosts is back! Tune in as the first round features debates on Bryce Young vs. CJ Stroud and where Caleb Williams fits into the mix, then the second round includes a couple of transfer quarterbacks looking to make a splash with their new teams. A run of ACC quarterbacks continues on into the third round and Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall even lands a spot before the conclusion of the four-round draft. Finally, the crew shares more details from their big boards, talks players who didn’t get picked and the rest of the national quarterback picture in 2022.  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on Nick Saban, Notre Dame, Georgia and more. First, when Nick Saban decides to retire, what it will look like, when will he decide to make the announcement and how will that impact Alabama’s recruiting (4:00). Then, discussing the greatest single season individual performances that did not end with a Heisman Trophy (16:20), how Marcus Freeman compares to Brian Kelly when it comes to recruiting top talent to Notre Dame (25:42), why Georgia’s offense didn’t get more praise for its efforts in 2021 (31:30) and whether a healthy Bo Nix would have changed Auburn’s fortunes down the stretch of last season (38:22).   Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew talks SEC meetings and picks teams to watch in 2022. First, a debate between the two scheduling models considered by the SEC for its future with Texas and Oklahoma in the league (2:15), Nick Saban’s clarifying remarks after the war of words with Jimbo Fisher (25:30) and how NIL collectives might be influencing coaches’ criticism of the current environment (29:00). Then, turning our attention to teams and programs we think are on the rise, specifically ones that could arrive early and meet or exceed expectations in 2022. The crew defines what “arrive early” means for programs like USC, Penn State, Texas, Florida and more, and why there might be hope to see that success this fall (35:21).  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's time for Bud Elliott's Summer School series. Each episode Bud will break down some schools with the writers from 247Sports. The latest intel on the program, players you need to know, expectations for the 2022 season, and more! Today Ryan Burns (Minnesota), Bobby Deren (Rutgers), and Tim Fitzgerald (Kansas State) join the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew answers listener questions on the NFL Draft, Nebraska and more! First, discussing Miami’s high-profile staff addition of Alonzo Highsmith as the football program’s general manager (1:45) and then it’s on to the Big Ol Bag of Mail where the crew debates what the first round of the NFL Draft would look like if players could leave after their freshman or sophomore seasons (8:50). Then, grading Nebraska’s transfer portal additions and outlook in the Big Ten West (21:00), a suggestion for Notre Dame’s future scheduling (32:30) and a prolific quarterback from 2021 that isn’t getting a ton of hype heading into 2022 (37:50).  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew talks Arch Manning and the SEC’s future with Texas and Oklahoma. First, with the news that blue chip quarterback Eli Holstein has committed to Alabama, does that mean that the Crimson Tide are out of the running for Arch Manning (1:15)? That, plus some suggestions regarding where Manning might be looking as the quarterback dominos continue to fall on the recruiting trail. Then it’s on to the future of the SEC, which takes center stage during the league’s spring meetings at the end of the month (17:00). What will the league schedule look like with Texas and Oklahoma in the conference, and what is the potential of the conference holding an SEC-only playoff (33:19)?  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's time for Bud Elliott's Summer School series. Each episode Bud will break down some schools with the writers from 247Sports. The latest intel on the program, players you need to know, expectations for the 2022 season, and more! Today Matt Brune (LSU) and Patrick Brown (Tennessee) join the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cover 3 crew debates where Power Five coaches landed on the 2022 rankings list. First, the latest from over the weekend from Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher’s war of words, including a reprimand for both coaches from the SEC (3:40) and thoughts on both coaches’ motivations and approach to the public spat (8:15). Then it’s on to debating the 2022 CBS Sports Power Five Coach Rankings, from how the top coaches stack up against each other (27:00) to the biggest risers and fallers from the 2021 list (38:00) and much more.  Cover 3 is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Castbox and wherever else you listen to podcasts.  Get 20% off Cover 3 merch in the CBS Sports Store:  https://store.cbssports.com/collections/cover-3?utm_source=podcast-apple-com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=buy-our-merch&utm_content=cover-3-collection Watch Cover 3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/cover3 Follow our hosts on Twitter: @Chip_Patterson, @TomFornelli, @DannyKanell, @BudElliott3 For more college football coverage from CBS Sports, visit https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/ To hear more from the CBS Sports Podcast Network, visit https://www.cbssports.com/podcasts/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's time for Bud Elliott's Summer School series. Each episode Bud will break down some schools with the writers from 247Sports. The latest intel on the program, players you need to know, expectations for the 2022 season, and more! Today Robbie Faulk (Mississippi State) and David Johnson (Ole Miss) join the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's time for Bud Elliott's Summer School series. Each episode Bud will break down some schools with the writers from 247Sports. The latest intel on the program, players you need to know, expectations for the 2022 season, and more! Today Tim Prister (Notre Dame) joins the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (81)

Josh Bisher

y'all are gonna eat your words. Michigan by 21+

Oct 7th
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Aaron Hartje

Someone please look through the last 50 years of USC football and see if you can find anything close to this grand championship lineage that everyone pretends that school has. They were allowed to keep one title from the Pete Carroll era, I believe. But even if we don't consider that era, look at the few decades that preceded it. Every once in awhile they'd be up for a couple of years, but you're going to see a lot of multiple-loss seasons in there. It had a great run of running backs. it did not have any sort of run of being in the hunt for solo national titles.

Sep 14th
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Aaron Hartje

As long as we're leaving it entirely up to listeners to provide context for the statements made by the podcast host, I guess I'll just throw out there that the main reason that Saban didn't succeed in Miami was likely because his medical staff couldn't recommend that they sign and keep Drew Brees, so he was forced to have to try to play with Dante Culpepper. He didn't take over a ready-made team and fail. He took over a s*** team that didn't have a quarterback and it's medical staff couldn't clear Drew Brees' arm. It likely doesn't really have anything to do with whether Saban was equipped for "the NFL game."

Sep 14th
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Aaron Hartje

if USC hires Franklin it will seal the fate of that program for at least four more years. He was fortunate to be at Vanderbilt during the demise of Florida and a down period for Georgia. He never had a single signature career coaching win until he was at Penn state. And I think we're forgetting that he is not the one who turned that program around. The previous coach is the one that saved Penn State and he only left because he went to the NFL. Franklin has the luxury of every other program in that region being down, so like Paterno before him he gets first dibs on just about every great player from about a 20% section of the country. That is always what Penn state's recruiting has been built on. He is a poor game manager, has always been known as not being a particularly bright X's and O's guy, he left Vanderbilt after being a tangential part of a rape scandal (he directly called the alleged victim on the telephone, for Christ's sake) and fostered a poisonous atmosphere in State College that produced such wonderful student-athletes as Micah Parsons. This is not a man you should want running your program.

Sep 14th
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Jacob Shumaker

nice

Sep 5th
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Aaron Hartje

They seem to be missing something here. Granted, if there is no Big 12 conference, then a contract between it and ESPN could be dissolved. But there's a sticking point here. If ESPN was party to causing the Big 12 to disappear, I'm pretty sure that's actionable by the Big 12, and there will be a lawsuit or a significant settlement to smooth that little detail over. Or are we now saying that it is okay to destroy entities with whom you have a contract so that you do not need to fulfill the terms of that contract?

Aug 9th
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Leon Bland

the take in this show is completely biased from the start. NLI should have existed a long time ago. What Reggie was accused of had nothing to do with him but his family and that is fact. He earned the Heisman on the field. If tou want to say SC was buying players back then look at what Bama has been doing for 10+ years buying players and there is no comparison. Give Reggie his Heisman back now.

Jul 8th
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Aaron Hartje

Aaaand more exaggerations regarding the impact of these rulings. There are very simple workarounds to all of these things -as far as the schools are concerned - that are completely ignored as touts breathlessly rush to their microphones to put forth the "worst case" scenarios as the most likely.

Jun 27th
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Aaron Hartje

Regarding the inequities between the men and women in the NCAA tournaments, it's one thing for it to become a small national story. It's another for it to be something that people get their backs up over. To be perfectly honest, the overwhelming majority of people with whom that story even registered thought to themselves, "But ... the women DON'T really deserve to have the same facilities as the men do until their tournament becomes something that people want to actually watch." Most folks wouldn't care if they heard that the women's tournament was held in high school gymnasiums.

May 2nd
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Aaron Hartje

Okay. If these guys are going to make up this fantasy world in which Vanderbilt or Rutgers makes it to the 4-team playoff, I will do the same thing and say that stating that no SEC champion will ever NOT make the playoff is ridiculous. In any given season you can have the winner of the SEC championship game have two or more losses while there are enough legitimate zero- and one-loss teams in other conferences to fill those four spots. Now, between their scenario regarding MAKING the playoff and my scenario regarding an SEC champion NOT making the playoff, which one is more likely?

Apr 3rd
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Aaron Hartje

I can certainly see how a school's athletic director may set that 85 scholarship limit and want to stick to it for matters of consistency. But I have not yet heard an argument that this handful of extra students is going to cost these universities much of anything. If the universities lost money on scholarships they wouldn't complain every time their number is reduced. Scholarships cost a school nothing. There ARE other associated costs per player but nowhere near the level that a smaller school can't absorb it if it has an extra 10 guys floating around. this whole concept that the super seniors are going to cost the school's big money is pure b******* and anyone with half a brain would know it does not pass the smell test.

Mar 8th
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Aaron Hartje

I have little doubt that these college administrations and athletic directors are encouraging coaches to keep the rosters down to roughly their 85 usual scholarships. but it hasn't got a goddamn thing to do with money part of it is going to be to avoid that crunch in a year or two, and part of it is that things can become a little unwieldy trying to accommodate 10 or 20 extra players scholarships are basically free as far as the universities go. they would double the number of them if they were allowed to. it costs the school nothing to let a kid go there for free. but you do have to house, feed, and keep out of jail and extra 10 or 20 players if you allow your roster to mushroom like that.

Feb 5th
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Aaron Hartje

Penn State will never make the playoff as long as James Franklin is head coach unless Ohio State gets a postseason ban.

Jan 27th
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Aaron Hartje

What James Franklin did at Vanderbilt was fall into a job while Georgia was in disarray and Florida was in decline. He didn't have a single signature win while there, and he was a small part of a rape investigation when he left for Penn State. the only reason he has had success in Pennsylvania is the same reason Paterno did: there is no recruiting competition in the region. when there was at Virginia and Virginia Tech, Paternos teams went into decline.

Jan 27th
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Aaron Hartje

I don't know if Hueple will work out, but Tennessee dodged a bullet if it ended up not saddled with James Franklin, who didn't have a signal signature win his entire time at Vanderbilt, left after being a likely minor part of a rape scandal, and proceeded to have only one notable win at Penn State. The guy has never been respected as an Xs and O's guy, merely as a recruiter. And the reason he would turn down Tennessee is because there is no recruiting competition for Penn State in its entire region. It's a little bit of a different story for Tennessee.

Jan 27th
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Aaron Hartje

Yet again, Cannell proving he is one of the dumbest people in college football media. Hell, let's just delay the national title game until March if the important thing is to make sure EVERYONE is healthy. Ohio State has had the entire season to get its s*** together regarding COVID and it never has done it. The rest of the sport needn't be penalized because of that fact. If you can't play, run the white flag up the pole and go on with your business. If you want to play for a national title, get your ass on the field Monday night.

Jan 10th
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Aaron Hartje

The fact of the matter is that you need to a completely blow up the current system and alignments before you can expand the playoff. They missed the biggest problem with simply granting automatic bids to conference title game winners. What kind of argument can you make for the three loss division winner who happened to upset a perfect or one loss team from the other division in the conference title game? How is including that team advancing the cause of finding the most legitimate claimant to the football crown?

Dec 21st
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Aaron Hartje

I can't begin to say how much confidence it gives me in these idiots that they apparently need to take notes and have the ability to rewind and rerun plays in order to tell what they are watching right in front of them when they are taking in a football game. I can only imagine how difficult it was to figure out whether Alabama was indeed better than Texas A&M back when Alabama beat them. Without the ability to take notes and rerun plays it must have been damn near impossible for these guys who do this podcast. I am beginning to form the opinion that Danny Cannel is the dumbest man in college football media.

Dec 21st
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Aaron Hartje

Just to be clear, the only person in the entire country making an argument for Texas A&M over Notre Dame is Jimbo Fisher. As far as the public is concerned, the argument Texas A&M has is being included instead of Ohio State.

Dec 21st
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Aaron Hartje

And again, people in favor of expanding the playoff fail to make a decent argument or formulate anything outside of a nonsensical plan.

Dec 20th
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