Monday recruiting and other musings

The Alabama-Mississppi All-Star game is tonight. No live television according to the AHSAA website.

You can watch the game live no the Internet and rebroadcasts on television:
LIVE TV: Streamed on


Dec. 20 on CSS at 7 p.m. (CST);

Dec. 21 on MediaCom Cable Systems’ On Demand (not pay for view);

Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. on WRJM (Channel 67) in Montgomery/Troy.

Dec. 23 at 3:30 p.m. on Fox-Meridian, Miss. (11)

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The dead period is underway, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about recruiting. Roll Bama Roll takes an informative look at recruiting rankings—asking the question, Are Five-Star Recruits A Guranteed Success?

The conclusion of the piece at Roll Bama Roll is that recruiting rankings matter.

I agree and disagree.

The recruiting rankings matter more today because player evaluation by the “scouts” and experts are getting better. In the old days, every kids who signed was a Sixteen Star/Blue Chip All-Everything.

There is less hyperbole in recruiting rankings now. Sure there are the exceptions with players who get even the most conservative analysts excited, but for the most part you can see improvement in quality because so many outlets spend so much time talking about recruiting.

Speaking of Recruiting, Alabama is 3rd in rankings, and Auburn is 15. Auburn’s 15 ranking is aided by a JUCO player and a student who spent this season in prep school. In other words, to judge Auburn’s class we should wait to see who qualifies.

Rich Rodriguez was hired by Michigan. I think the Wolverines are in much better shape than had they landed Les Miles. Miles is a buffoon; Rodriguez is a competent coach who has had success. Miles is Miles.

I hate to say this; however, I still believe Ohio State will hold the upper hand in that rivalry. Rodriguez is a good coach, but Jim Tressel is better.


Guess what? The profligate spending by the state legislature at the behest of the teacher’s union, has landed Alabama in tight financial shape. For some reason, the $6.7 billion education budget isn’t enough, and the state will likely be forced to raid its emergency funds.

Why is the state in such a problem?

Because tax revenues in the education trust fund grew by over 9 percent in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

And the morons in state government led by the corrupt Alabama Education Association (AEA), decided to budget in 2007 for a similar 9 percent increase.

In fiscal 2007, the budget grew by 6.5 percent. But thanks to the reckless spending proposals that wasn’t enough.

And politicians wonder why every new tax reform plan is rejected by voters. It is this type of stupidity that makes people unwilling to trust government.