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Since Miles won't say anything, I will. This is beyond bad officiating. It's so undeniably awful,...

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Since Miles won't say anything, I will. This is beyond bad officiating. It's so undeniably awful, I'm beginning to believe conspiracy nuts who claim the SEC is protecting its heavyweight teams (Florida and Alabama) since, you know, every poor call in the last month has involved, uh, Florida and Alabama.

Conspiracy theorists about SEC officiating might be on to something - Matt Hayes - College Football - Sporting News. A mainstream sports journalist is saying it now. For the record, I don't buy into any conspiracy theory about the SEC protecting Bama and Florida through deliberately poor officiating. A conspiracy that large would depend on probably a dozen or more people being involved, and I just can't see such a conspiracy possibly holding silent. Plus, if the conspiracy were to break, a lot more harm would be done to the SEC than would be worth risking to get the benefit gotten. I just think the officiating is bad, and has been for years. I will forever remember 2007 not only as the year of LSU's national championship, but also as the year in which it was a 15 yard penalty to hit a quarterback who was almost out of bounds. This year we have had 4 games (LSU vs. Georgia, Mississippi State vs. Florida, Arkansas vs. Florida, LSU vs. Alabama) marred by demonstrably bad calls or difficult-to-defend judgment calls on big plays at critical times. It's impossible to say with any confidence that any of the calls were decisive in the games in which they occurred, but there is just no reason why the SEC should be plagued with this.

SEC Players to Watch for Week 10

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More College Football News stuff...Kelvin Sheppard has his work cut out for him this week.

Well said Fiu

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" The SEC has put the kibosh on its coaches ripping on officials after Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, among others, openly commented on the poor officiating in the conference. And while that’s expected, considering officials are coddled and untouched when it comes to criticism and analysis from anyone other than one of their own, it doesn’t make it right. It’s time for everyone to go back to understanding the fundamental concept of officiating, and this applies to all sports; the only thing that matters is getting the call right. That’s it. Anything else takes away from the point of playing the game." Damn right.

ESPN's Outside the Lines on Billy Cannon

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It was 50 years ago when the greatest punt return in college football history took place. Now, ESPN honors the great Billy Cannon on the frontpage of their website with a really cool feature. I honored the greatest LSU Tiger by making fun of his press conference. This is why bloggers suck.

Rivals Reports Cali Def. Lineman Commits to Tigers

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Cassius Marsh, the 13 ranked defensive lineman in the class of 2010 (according to Rivals) committed to LSU after visiting during the UF game.

Midseason 2009: Is the Real LSU the W-L Record or the Stats?

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Team Speed Kills takes a look at LSU football at the midpoint of the 2009 season.

It's Amazing the Cheap Ploys That Work

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The "no respect" meme is probably the most overplayed in sports, but damn will coaches use it time after time -- even if it isn't true.

Tigers in the NFL - Week 5

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Weekly and year-to-date stats for LSU football players in the pros.

Tiger Bait: 24 Hours at Florida-LSU

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The great Spencer Hall: AKA Orson Swindle of Every Day Should be Saturday, made the trip to the game this weekend. Here's his HIIII-larious recap of his journey. Spencer and I have met a few times and my family's tailgate plays a guest role at the 1:15 mark on Saturday.

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