Alabama-LSU, Texas A&M-Tennessee games postponed due to COVID-19

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 11/10/20

Two more Southeastern Conference games scheduled for Saturday are off due to COVID-19. 

The SEC announced on Tuesday the postponements of the Alabama Crimson Tide-LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies-Tennessee Volunteers games because of coronavirus issues within the Tigers and Aggies. 

“While it is unfortunate to have multiple postponements in the same week, we began the season with the understanding interruptions to the schedule were possible and we have remained focused throughout the season on the health of everyone around our programs,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in the prepared statement. “We must remain vigilant, within our programs and in our communities, to prevent the spread of the virus and to manage activities that contribute to these interruptions.”

On Monday, the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers was postponed. Both programs are currently dealing with virus outbreaks.

The Auburn at Mississippi State and Texas A&M at Tennessee games are tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12. Alabama at LSU could be shifted to Dec. 19, as LSU is currently scheduled to face the Florida Gators on Dec. 12. However, the SEC title game is on Dec. 19 and likely won’t be pushed back a week. 

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Former Texas A&M guard David Edwards dies from coronavirus

Former Texas A&M guard David Edwards died from the coronavirus.

Edwards’ teammate, Chuck Henderson, posted on Facebook Monday night that Edwards died from the virus. The Dallas Morning News confirmed news of Edwards’ death.

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What’s the Future for the Big 12?

Written by Chris Hummer at

Week 9, like the entirety of 2016, proved a trying week for the Big 12.

Its two most prominent programs (Texas and Oklahoma) won, but the conference saw its College Football Playoff hopes evaporate as Baylor and West Virginia fell. Their losses come just a few days after the Big 12 announced it would add a championship game in 2017 without divisions. A round-robin schedule isn’t good enough to determine a “One True Champion” anymore, apparently. A few weeks before that the conference announced a much publicized expansion search would end without taking a vote.

Add to that the headache created by Baylor’s sexual assault scandal and the apparent declines of the Longhorns and Sooners, and the Big 12 truly seems “psychologically disadvantaged” compared to the other Power Five conferences.

Things appear grave for the Big 12. Yet one bad year doesn’t necessarily forecast doom.

When it comes down to it, the Big 12 is a victim of a bad break to start the entire playoff process.

Had TCU or Baylor reached the 2014 Final Four instead of Ohio State – the Buckeyes leaped over both the Bears and Horned Frogs in the final week – the panic over the Big 12’s round robin format would be tempered.

That system, the only one in college football that pits a team against the entirety of the conference, is a sound one for determining a conference champion. The Big 12, at least the conference of a few years ago, decided it did not need a title game – an event that’s largely a money grab anyway.

It’s tough to play “what if.” But the playoff committee citing the Big 12’s lack of a conference championship game as the reason for its exclusion in Year 1 set off the chain of events that’s led to the mess the Big 12 is in today.

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Shaka Smart Faces an Obstacle Rick Barnes Never Had to Overcome

Written by Joseph Nardone at Bloguin

When Shaka Smart was hired to become the Texas Longhorns’ new head coach, the move was hailed by many within the college basketball community, and rightly so. The success Smart had at VCU, given somewhat limited resources, remains rather incredible.

However, there are reasons for skepticism.

I touched on this when Smart was originally hired. Texas isn’t a place where landing top recruits and having them buy into a selfless system will be easy. Others have successfully pulled off similar feats, such as John Calipari convincing every All-American prospect in the land that playing team-first hoops will still lead to NBA lottery-pick status. However, that’s not the norm. One should not assume everything will work out.

Moreover (this is a pet peeve of mine), it is not as though Smart built VCU’s success from scratch. Last I checked, there was a fellow who got canned at Alabama who did marvelous things with VCU. (I still think Anthony Grant is a good coach, so don’t listen to me.)

Perspective is required here. Simply acting as though a great mid-major coach automatically means he can be a tremendous power-conference coach ignores a lengthy history of failures on the part of previous coaches who have made the same types of attempts.

Shaka Smart is also being viewed as an upgrade from Rick Barnes. The latter, who is definitely limited as an in-game coach, has been solely blamed for the Longhorns’ lackluster track record in recent years. Then again, folks are also ignoring that he led Texas to 17 NCAA Tournaments in 18 years, while reaching five Sweet 16s or better.

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Oklahoma-Texas: They Know Drama

Written by Allen Kenney at Bloguin

For all of the mystique that surrounds college football’s best rivalry game, the Red River Shootout rarely produces what many would consider instant classics.

Of the last 20 meetings between Oklahoma and Texas, the final margin of victory has fallen within a touchdown just six times. In fact, there have been just as many games in that span where the winning squad has administered beatdowns of 20 points or more.

The games are rarely well-played. I can come up with just as many editions like the 10-7 clunker in 1991 as I can heavyweight showdowns like 2008. Frequently on those October Saturdays, the electricity of more than 90,000 crimson- and burnt orange-clad fans split right down the middle of the Cotton Bowl turns the game into a perverse contest of who makes fewer mistakes.

Yes, Oklahoma and Texas share mutual disdain and begrudging respect. Sure, the setting in the middle of the Texas State Fair is as unique as you’ll find in the sport. Of course, you can get a deep-fried Thanksgiving dinner to accompany your wax cup of lukewarm beer.

All go into making this annual grudge match a singular college football experience. But what really stand out are those times when the drama that seems to constantly surround these teams away from the field bleeds into the action on it.

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