The phrase “you aint cheatin, you aint trying” rings no louder than in the SEC…
Originally Georgia had suspended four starting defensive players for supposedly having bad grades and failed drug tests. These players were not going to be allowed to play in the Mizzou/Georgia SEC opener in Columbia. Well just a couple days ago during the SEC media days, Georgia and the SEC had a change of heart for these players and now most of them might be playing in that home opener according to rumors floating around the radio and other outlets. (a good article about the match-up and a little bit about possible suspensions)
If majority of these players get the go ahead to play then Mizzou better start taking notes on how SEC bends the rules to get the most out of their athletes. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of players suspensions being revoked like this before. Almost 99% of the time a player gets suspended they stay suspended. Georgia must have worked in the back rooms with the SEC officials to get these suspensions revoked. Mizzou better find out how to get in that back room so their program receives all the same benefits of
cheating bending rules.
The two reasons I can think of this going down like this, is the SEC wants the best talent on the field for that big SEC opener. Mizzou is an offensive power house and Georgia will need its best defenders on the field to beat them. So why not give Georgia a leg up on defense to compete with Mizzou’s offense by allowing these suspended Bulldog players to get in on the action. This will make for a more entertaining and competitive game for an ESPN national audience.
After SEC media days, it feels like the other reason is SEC wants to see Mizzou and Texas A&M eat shit for the football season. That way after the football season all the SEC fans, analysts, and media people can say “We told yall that dem dair Big XII teams can’t hang with aaarrr SEC ruffnecks, yall got alooong ways togo before yalls call yullselves SEC” If that’s the case then expect these suspended Bulldog players to participate in the Mizzou SEC home opener.
As for the rest of the season, I’d go as far to say watch calls on the field not go Mizzou’s way this year and any other thing the SEC might be able to influence to hold Mizzou down this year so they prove SEC is a far superior football league than the Big XII.