At the SEC's spring meetings in Destin, Nick Saban talks fishing and family ... and other stuff.
About that other stuff...
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"Big-picture wise, I mean even in the NFL they have a salary cap," Saban said. "You can't create a system that, really, can almost promote fraud. But when we don't have a cap that makes it equal for everyone, it's really going to go against all the things we've tried to do in the NCAA in terms of having parity for players in what you're allowed to give them.
"This is an issue, to me, that is completely different than anything else we've had to deal with. I'm all for the players getting more. I always have been. I've always promoted it. I still think that is important that we improve the quality of life. There's just some unforeseen consequences of this that may affect the competitive balance we've always tried to keep relative to college football."
Saban, of course, failed to mention the unforeseen consequences of paying a coach $7 million or whether it would promote a level playing field to cap coaching salaries at $3 million so that Mississippi State doesn't also become a "farm system" for schools like Alabama.
Or, as Senator Blutarsky put it, "Oh, mah heaven, Miz Scarlett! Ah do believe Ah’m feeling a bit lightheaded!"
The Mizzou spring season isn't over yet!
Mizzou enters the weekend's events with five ranked within the top 12 for their respective events, and five more within sight in the top 20. Topping this list for the women is the duo of senior throwers Jill Rushin and Kearsten Peoples, who currently sit at No. 4 and No. 8, respectively, in the women's shot put. Peoples also ranks well in the hammer, holding the No. 3 position with her school record performance of 66.17m (217-1). Peoples also holds Missouri school records in the shot put and discus, and is slated to compete in all three of those record events this week. Rushin, who sits at No. 2 in school history for the discus and shot put, will compete in both on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Fischer is also in a good position for advancement on to Eugene, currently ranked 11th in the west region for the 10,000m run. She holds the Missouri school record for the event with her 33:12.37 performance at the 2014 NCAA Championship, good for ninth overall.
On the men's side, senior Macauley Garton leads the way with his No. 3 ranking in the javelin, a position earned after his All-SEC and school record performance two weeks ago (77.47m // 254-2). The next highest ranked Tiger man is senior Jonathan Ilori, who sits at No. 5 in the triple jump with his SEC performance of 16.07m (52-8.75).
Ca'Ron Baham and other recruiting
The question becomes whether the Tigers take another receiver in addition to Baham. Mizzou has offered New Jersey receiver Brad Hawkins Jr.. They have offers out to three other out-of-state receivers: Tre Nixon, Donnie Corley and Moses Reynolds. One would presume with early offers out, if one of those players wanted to commit, Mizzou would take him, especially with Baham's ability to play multiple positions. In fact, receiver as a whole is a spot where you can go over your numbers because most prospects capable of playing receiver at this level can also play at least one other spot.
If an assistant steps down at this point...
...there's a pretty good chance his head coach told him to start looking for other jobs, yes?
Missouri assistant baseball coach Kerrick Jackson is stepping down from his position for personal family reasons, the national website D1baseball.com reported Tuesday. A Missouri team spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report. Jackson, a Kirkwood native, was unavailable for comment.
Jackson, who also has the title of recruiting coordinator, has been with the program the last five seasons.
This could be entirely coincidental, but it could also be a pretty good hint at what might be about to happen regarding Jamieson and his contract status.