Posted by Josh Kendall on September 23, 2014
Did Nick Saban really say something was “above his paygrade”?
Yes, apparently Monday he did. The man who makes $6.9 million annually and is the highest-paid public employee in the state of Alabama and one of the richest men in the world dodged a question about Alabama’s football scheduling by saying its “above his paygrade.”
The remark looks even worse when the subject is anything Crimson Tide athletics as if there is anything in that program (or state frankly) that Saban could not change with a whisper if he wanted to. The issue at hand here is the fact that Alabama apparently has a policy of not playing its smaller in-state schools like UAB and South Alabama.
"I don't really think it's my place to make the decisions about whether we should or shouldn't do that,” Saban told reporters before he spoke to a local club. “I'm not opposed to it, but I think there's a philosophy that's above my paygrade that should make that decision."
This seems like a good spot to praise South Carolina’s scheduling policy, which is exactly the opposite. The Gamecocks have made a commitment to play their in-state schools in regular rotation, no matter how much of a thorn in the side those schools have been to South Carolina of late.
Around the SEC:
It’s getting ugly in Gainesville, Fla. The question for the Gamecocks now is: ‘Will the Gators be good desperate or bad desperate by the time South Carolina heads to Florida in November?”
This might be the first time in your life you have cared about the Kentucky-Vanderbilt football game, but Saturday’s matchup is worth a watch to see how the Gamecocks stack up against the Wildcats.
LSU’s quarterback situation is starting to look like a mess. Freshman Brandon Harris has earned more playing time, Tigers coach Les Miles says, but didn’t nail down what that meant.
A radio show caller asked Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, an old friend of Clemson offensive coordinator Chard Morris, whether he would go out of the shotgun or under center in a situation like the Tigers had against Florida State. His answer.
Posted by JOSH KENDALL on September 22, 2014
A breakdown of where South Carolina (3-1, 1-1 SEC) stands statistically one-third of the way through the regular season.
Posted on September 22, 2014
Miss our live Q&A with GoGamecocks' Josh Kendall from Monday? Read the transcript here.
Posted by Josh Kendall on September 22, 2014
South Carolina's coach has a first place team but not a lot of faith at the moment that it will stay there.
Posted by JOSH KENDALL on September 21, 2014
When the game was complete, a 48-34 victory against Vanderbilt secured, Steve Spurrier turned to his quarterback to save him one more time.