Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Frenchy Fuqua . . .
NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Vanderbilt needed a quality recruiting crop, but fell short by most rankings.
Bleacher Report ranked Coach Derek Mason’s class No. 13 in the SEC.
I don’t understand why Vanderbilt signed 13 defensive players and only eight offensive prospects. It’s obvious Vanderbilt needed a lot more help on offense, but signed only one running back, one quarterback and three wide receivers. They got three offensive linemen.
Mason doubles as the team’s defensive coordinator, but if he doesn’t field an offensive team that can put points on the board, his record is not going to change much. Vanderbilt fans are growing weary of going to games and seeing the Commodores struggle to score points.
Bleacher Report has Tennessee No. 7, but Butch Jones signed two top 10 national classes before this year, so the Vols can afford to sign players for depth. They like QB Jarrett Guarantano, a dual threat prospect who will likely be an understudy to Joshua Dobbs, then take over next season.
New South Carolina Coach Will Muschamp’s class was ranked No. 10 in the SEC, but many of their recruits will have to contribute early and often.
They did sign the player I think has the best name – Nigel Warrior.
BAMA KEEPS ROLLING: Alabama was coming off back-to-back No. 1 recruiting classes but was No. 8 by 24/7 Sports going into Signing Day.
After the dust had settled the Crimson Tide had vaulted into the top spot. LSU was No. 1 and the Tide No. 2 in another recruiting site, proof that the SEC will remain the most powerful of the five power conferences.
RETURN TO AUGUSTA: Kynadie Adams has qualified for the national Drive, Chip and Putt competition to be held at Augusta National the Monday prior to the Masters.
The 11-year-old sixth grader place fifth overall last year and has added Sean Foley as her swing coach. Foley was formerly swing coach for Tiger Woods and played college golf at Tennessee State under Coach Catana Starks.
Adams’ father was a roommate with Foley at TSU and he has been helping her with her putting and getting her hips through the ball. She is taking her mother to caddy for her at Augusta.
You can find a video of her on the Golf Channel.
VU NEEDS STRETCH RUN: Fans have been searching for the Vanderbilt team that boat-raced Texas A&M 77-60 last week in Memorial Gym.
The Aggies were ranked No. 8 in the country and ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi somehow has them projected as a 2-seed. Vanderbilt is not showing on Lunardi’s latest NCAA Tournament bracket.
Before going to Ole Miss, Kevin Stallings’ team was 6-6 in their last 12 games. They were 7-9 against the RPI 150 teams. They were 1-6 in road games.
Lunardi had Kentucky as a 5-seed, Florida as an 8-seed, South Carolina as a 9-seed and LSU as a 10-seed.
There is a lot of time left for teams to move up or down.
GOING GAGA: You can find a prop bet on the Super Bowl. You can bet the winner/loser or any other bizarre side bet.
You like over/under on how long it will take Lady Gaga to sing the National Anthem. It is set at 2 minutes, 20 seconds.
The largest lead of the game by either team will be over/under 14.5.
Will the first half end in a tie? Yes, 15/2 or No, 1/15.
Will the game go to Overtime? Yes, 15/2 or No, 1/15.
Will there be an onside kick attempt in the game? Yes, 3/2 or No, 5/9.
Who will record the most receiving yards in the game? Damaryius Thomas (DEN) 11/4, Greg Olsen (CAR 3/1, Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) 13/4, Ted Ginn Jr. (CAR) 5/1, Corey Brown (CAR) 13/2, Jerricho Cotchery (CAR) 12/1, Owen Daniels (DEN) 16/1, Devin Funchess, (CAR)15/1.
Who will record the most rushing yards in the game?
Jonathan Stewart (CAR) 6/5, C.J. Anderson (DEN) 13/10, Cam Newton (CAR) 5/1, Ronnie Hillman (DEN) 7/1, Mike Tolbert (CAR) 50/1.
Odds courtesy of Bovada.
JOHNNY B. GOOD: Oh, Johnny, me, oh my. You done got yourself in a pickle. Allegedly beating up on your girlfriend?
When are you going to grow up? When are you going to quit relying on your parents to bail you out?
If I were the Browns I would follow through on their threat to release you next month. If I were one of the 32 NFL team owners, I would not sign Johnny Goofball under any circumstance. He is not worth the damage he causes.
He is a self-absorbed oaf who thinks he can continue to defy the rules and wait for someone to give him another chance. Hate to break it to him, but he’s not a NFL quarterback.
Nice, knowing you, Johnny Jerk.
Joe Biddle is a Sports Columnist for wkrn.com. He is a member of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame and a sports columnist for the Nashville Banner and Tennessean for 31 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.