JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: August 11, 2013

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Cecil Collins. …

  • It's been years since former Tennessee player and head coach Johnny Majors came to work with a whistle, but Majors still knows the game and recognizes a quality practice.

    Majors already had a high opinion of Tennessee Coach Butch Jones, but a visit to a Vols practice session bumped Jones up even higher in Majors' book.

    “It's absolutely fascinating and phenomenal. I don't think anybody had better tempo on the practice field than we did when I was coaching because I was coached by great people,'' Majors said. … “Nobody does it better than Butch Jones and his staff. I've never seen a practice with more tempo, more excitement, more teaching and it's just not talking. They're teaching while they talk.''

    Jones has been impressive in every facet of the job up to this point. There were initial doubts about his ability to sign SEC talent, but he and his staff quickly erased those concerns.

    The only major thing left to see is how Jones coaches and makes adjustments on Saturdays.

  • Johnny Football's latest way of introducing himself to strangers?

    “Hello. I'm Johnny Cash.''

  • Phil Steele slings more college football knowledge than most anyone I know.

    His latest preseason conference power ratings have the SEC on top, followed in order by the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Pac 12, Mountain West, Conference USA, Independents, MAC, and Sun Belt.

    Team power rankings have six SEC teams in top 10. Natch, Bama is on top of the world. Texas A&M is third. Georgia is No. 6, South Carolina No. 7 while LSU is No. 9 and Florida comes in at 10.

    Winner of the Georgia-South Carolina game should go on to win the East. Huge early season game for both teams.

  • Don't believe everything you read, especially on social media.

    A report on the intranet Saturday stated that Eagles QB Michael Vick was involved in a car accident and suffered two broken legs.

    Funny. He managed to practice with the Eagles. I knew Vick was tough, but practicing on two broken legs makes Vick one bad hombre.

    It was a hoax. How surprising.

  • From Orlando Sentinel wordsmith Mike Bianchi's typewriter it was reported that former Orlando Magic malcontent Dwight Howard received a tweet from a Brittni who told Howard: “You ain't never getting a ring.''

    To which the NBA star retorted: “With that picture, I don't think you'll get one either.''

  • It's fun to see how the Washington Post writers graded the Redskins' preseason 21-21 win over your Titans.

    Writer Mike Jones chided the ‘Skins sixth round draft choice, safety Baccari Rambo, who whiffed on his first NFL tackle attempt when Chris Johnson juked the Georgia rookie out of his shoes.

    Soon after, Rambo chased backup running back Shonn Greene into the end zone after a 19-yard touchdown run.

    Jones did credit QB Kirk Cousins, battling to be the backup behind Robert Griffin III. Jones noted Cousins performed better in the game than he had in training camp.

    Griffin is out of preseason games, but still chose to dress out for the Titans game. He looked fine warming up before the game, but then he didn't have some linebacker trying to flatten him.

  • Washington wide receiver Fred Davis was hit with a 15-yard celebration penalty against the Titans.

    “I don't know what I was doing,'' Davis said. “I just spazzed out. I cost my team a penalty and for (the Titans) to get the ball (in good field position).''

  • Speaking of spazzed out, what on earth was former NBA all-star Chris Gatling thinking of?

    Gatling broke the key lock on a house in Paradise Valley near Phoenix and has been living in it for almost a year. The owners live in California, but left the power on at their second home.

    Not only did he move in, Gatling put the house up for sale on Craigslist.

    Small wonder he played for eight NBA teams in his 11 seasons. I'm not sure his elevator goes all the way to the top floor.

  • We may have seen the last of veteran Pittsburgh wide receiver Plaxico Burress. He tore a rotator cuff in practice last week and will likely miss the season.

    Burress turns 36 and was competing for the last roster spot at wide receiver for the Steelers.

  • Kentucky comes to Music City Aug. 29 to play cousin Western Kentucky at LP Field.

    First year Kentucky Coach Mike Stoops is trying to decide on a starting quarterback. There's the old saying that if you have two quarterbacks, you don't have any.

    Well, Stoops has three quarterbacks fighting for the job. If no one has claimed the job by the time they get to Nashville, Stoops might want to rotate the three every play.

    Will it be Jalen Whitlow, Maxwell Smith or sophomore Patrick Towles? Only South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier would love having three quarterbacks vying for the job. His theory is that competition brings out the best, or worst, in quarterbacks.

  • I'm not sure what Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon was thinking when she awarded a captain's choice to Michelle Wie?

    Wie has been a classic underachiever on the LPGA Tour. She is currently No. 82 in the world and her best finish this year is a tie for ninth.

    The 23-year old former child prodigy tied for 56 at the Women's British Open and will carry a 4-3-1 record into the Solheim Cup competition Aug. 16-18. Mallon will carry four Solheim Cup rookies on the roster.

    “It's really corny, but I also kept thinking, ‘This is my Greg Norman/Adam Scott moment.' I believe in her so much, the player that she is and the person that she is,'' Mallon said.

    She was referring to Norman picking Scott for the Presidents Cup team when Scott had missed the cut in his previous 13 events. It worked out for Norman. We'll see how Mallon fares with her pick.

    As for the LPGA, I don't think it has ever been as irrelevant on the national sports stage as it is today. It is void of star power and the best players are Asians, many of whom struggle with the language and being attractive for the sponsors.

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