Southeastern Louisiana Finds Their New Head Man-By Blake Ruffino

On January 19, 2018 Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Ron Roberts resigned and accepted the role as the new Defensive Coordinator at the University Louisiana-Lafayette. Now ten days into finding a new Head Coach, this has left Southeastern Louisiana Athletic Director Jay Artigues in uncharted territory with having to find a new Head Coach only weeks before National Signing Day.  However, has Artigues found his new head coach to lead the Lions back to National prominence?

I am being told by multiple sources, SLU is set to hire former UTSA Offensive Coordinator Frank Scelfo.  Scelfo, 58, has had multiple stops in his professional career which include Tulane (OC 1999-2006), Louisiana Tech (OC 2007-2009), Arizona (QB’s Coach 2010-2011), Jacksonville (Qb’s Coach/Sr. Assistant 2013-2015), and UTSA (OC 2016-2017). Scelfo was relieved of his duties this past year as the Roadrunner’s Offensive Coordinator after some offensive struggles late in the season.  Scelfo led UTSA to the 65th and 82nd ranked offense in the nation in the past two season.

In his time in the college ranks, Scelfo has molded multiple QB’s who have gone on to the NFL which included Shaun King, Patrick Ramsey, J.P Losman, Lester Richard, and Nick Foles who has led the Philadelphia Eagles to the Superbowl.

Scelfo is known to most to be a great offensive mind, and will want to bring a tough, high scoring attack to SELU! #AYS

 

Frosted Blakes – By Blake Ruffino

Over the last decade, the Jacksonville Jaguars have had very little to cheer about when it comes to their team.  The last time the Jags made the playoffs was 10 seasons ago when they lost to the undefeated New England Patriots 31-20.  Since then the Jags have had some down moments and not a lot to cheer about.  But in the rebuild mode of the team, the Jags have done something which most teams and fans tend not to do, which is have patience.  Over the last few seasons the Jags have done a fantastic job in the draft and in free agency now under the leadership of Tom Coughlin.  Coughlin was the Head Coach for the New York Giants who beat that undefeated Patriots team in the Super Bowl and is not a stranger in Jacksonville. Since the arrival of Coughlin and new Head Coach Doug Marrone, the Jags sit 2nd in the AFC standings!  The Jags over the past two seasons have done extremely well in the draft and free agency under great leadership which has others in the league on notice.  Although the Jags have rebuilt their defense and running game, is the success they are having more to do with the patience they have had with their young QB Blake Bortles?  The National Media has been no friend of Bortles, but let’s look of how good he has been doing in the last six games:

Blake Bortles Over Last 6 Games

Completions: 129

Attempts:205

Completion Percentage: 63%

Yards: 1490 (248.3 per game)

Passing TD: 9

Int: 3

Rushes: 25

Yards: 125

Sacks: 10

 

Over the last six games, the Jags are 5-1 under the direction of Bortles, and his numbers have been very impressive.  Bortles has also been gaining confidence and is using his feet more to gain first downs and to keep drives alive.  Bortles has a total of 51 rushes this season, however 25 of them have come in the last six. Bortles has had ice water in his veins particularly in the last three games with 903 passing yards, 7 Passing Td’s, and completing 71% of his passes!

 

Even though Bortles has been playing lights out of late, the question will be if the Jags can do the unthinkable and dethrone the current champs in the New England Patriots. But the Jags have something that no other team in the NFL has, and that is the only man who has beaten Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots in the Superbowl twice!  The arrival of Doug Marrone and Coughlin have seemed to come at the right time for the First Round QB and the Jags!

The #AYS College Football #BowlMania Picks!

As college football bowl mania kicks off today, here is the #AYS Bowl Picks:

 

  1. Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T- (Head Up: Grambling Spread: Grambling: +9.5 Confidence Point:1)
  2. Troy vs. North Texas- (Head Up: Troy Spread: Troy -5.5) Coach Brown From Troy
  3. Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State- (Head Up: Western Kentucky Spread: Western Kentucky -4.5)
  4. Boise State vs. Oregon- (Head Up: Oregon Spread: Oregon +7.5) Even Though Coach Taggert Left, The Ducks Got The Coach They Wanted! Watch Who Them Want To Win For Him
  5. Marshall vs. Colorado State- (Head Up: Colorado State Spread: Marshall +5.5) Mike Bobo wont lose three bowl games. First Marshall bowl game in a while
  6. Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State- (Head Up: Arkansas State Spread: Arkansas State +3.5)
  7. Akron vs. FAU- (Head Up: FAU Spread: FAU -22.5) Lane Kiffen is the best thing to ever happen to Twitter
  8. Louisiana Tech vs. SMU- (Head Up: Louisiana Tech Spread: Louisiana Tech +5.5) Chad Morris Left For Arkansas, Will SMU be motivated. La Tech Staff doing great job
  9. Temple vs. FIU- (Head Up:FIU Spread: FIU +7.5) Butch Jones Defense IS GOOD!
  10. UAB vs Ohio- (Head Up: UAB Spread: UAB +6.5)
  11. Central Michigan vs. Wyoming- (Head Up: Central Michigan Spread: Central Michigan +1.5)
  12. Texas Tech vs. USF- (Head Up: USF Spread: USF -2.5) Charlie Strong’s offense explosive but defensive minded to stop Kliff Kingsbury
  13. San Diego State vs. Army- (Head Up:San Diego State Spread: SDST -3.5) Rashaad Penny Is The Most Underrated Player In The Nation
  14. App State vs. Toledo- (Head Up: Toledo Toledo Spread: Toledo -7.5)
  15. Fresno State vs Houston- (Head Up: Fresno State Spread: Houston +3.5)
  16. Utah vs. West Virginia- (Head Up: West Virginia Spread: West Virginia +6.5) Expect Will Grier To Play Even After Breaking Finger. Has Been Practicing
  17. Duke vs. Northern Illinois- (Head Up: Northern Illinois Spread: Northern Illinois +4.5) Northern Illinois couldn’t beat good Toledo team but MAC Conference very competitive and Cutcliffe is tired
  18. Kansas State vs. UCLA- (Head Up: Kansas State Spread: Kansas State -2.5) Josh Rosen has big game but not enough
  19. USM vs. Florida State- (Head Up: Florida State Spread: USM) Florida State Still Has Great Talent
  20. Iowa vs. Boston College- (Head Up: Iowa Spread: Iowa -2.5) Really Physical Game
  21. Arizona vs. Purdue- (Head Up: Purdue Spread: Purdue +3.5) Jeff Brohm whips the floor which Rich Rod
  22. Texas vs. Mizzou- (Head Up: Mizzou Spread: Mizzou -1.5) Texas Had To Beat Kansas And Baylor To Get Into Bowl Game And They Are Horrible Teams! No Big Wins Mizzous Scores A lot
  23. UVA vs. Navy (Head Up: Navy Spread: UVA +3.5) Navy Is Coming Off Tough Loss But They Are Playing At Home. UVA Beat Georgia Tech Who Runs Same Offense
  24. Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State- (Head Up: Ok State Spread: Ok State -6.5)
  25. Washington State vs. Michigan State- (Head Up: Washington State Spread: Washington State -2.5) Michigan State Hasn’t Beat Anyone Of Prominence
  26. Stanford vs. TCU- (Head Up: Stanford Spread: Stanford: +2.5) TCU Also Has Not Won Any Big Games! Stanford Is To Physical
  27. Wake Forrest vs. Texas A&M- (Head Up: Wake Forrest Spread: Wake Forrest) A&M Wont Be Motivated!
  28. NC State vs. Arizona State- (Head Up: NC State Spread: NC State) Who Will Coach For Arizona State?
  29. Kentucky vs. Northwestern- (Head Up: Kentucky Spread: Kentucky) I Do Not Trust Northwestern And Think They Are Overrated! SEC EAST Is Still Better Than That Roody POO Conference
  30. Utah State vs. New Mexico State-(Head Up: New Mexico State Spread: New Mexico State +3.5)
  31. USC vs. Ohio State- (Head Up: USC Spread: USC: +6.5) Oh Urban
  32. Louisville vs. Mississippi State (Head Up: Louisville Spread: Miss State) Lamar Jackson Could Have Big Game
  33. Iowa State vs. Memphis- (Head Up: Memphis Spread: Memphis: -2.5)
  34. Washington vs. Penn State- (Head Up: Washington Spread: Washington +3.5)
  35. Wisconsin vs. Miami- (Head Up: Miami Spread: Miami +7.5)
  36. Michigan vs. South Carolina- (Head Up: South Carolina Spread: South Carolina +7.5)
  37. UCF vs. Auburn- (Head Up: Auburn Spread: Auburn +9.5)
  38. Notre Dame vs. LSU- (Head Up: LSU Spread: LSU:-2.5)
  39. Georgia vs. Oklahoma- (Head Up: Oklahoma Spread: Oklahoma: +1.5)
  40. Alabama vs. Clemson- (Head Up: Alabama Spread: Alabama +1.5)
  41. Alabama vs. Oklahoma- (Head Up: Oklahoma)

Will The Tide Stop Rolling Soon For The King Of College Football? -By Blake Ruffino

When you think of college football, what image pops into your head? For most of us, it may be the first time we witnessed a game or the first tailgating experience.  For me I go back to the 2001 LSU football season when the No. 21 ranked Tigers upset the No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC Championship game.  That team was lead by a man who is known as “The King” of College Football, Nick Saban.  Saban had an amazing staff at his time at LSU and changed the culture in Louisiana forever, and ultimately all of college football.  However, as we all know, Saban would eventually return to college football after briefly being in the NFL and has won 4 National Titles (along with 5 SEC Titles) and now looking towards his 5th in 10 seasons. Saban has done what no other coach has done, and that is get his team into all four college football playoffs.  But is the era in Tuscaloosa slowly fading away, or can ole St. Nick keep this show going on forever?

It is no secret that many big-name coaches have been mentored under Saban, and most have had success.  Even Saban was mentored by one of the best NFL coaches of all time, Bill Belichick.  But is the stamp Saban has left in football already starting to affect him?  For example, former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart has his UGA Bulldog team in the college football playoff in only his second season, and Auburn Defensive Coordinator, Kevin Steele, beat Saban and the Tide this season.  Here is a better look at the coaching tree of “Saban Disciples” and where they currently are (there are more, these or bigger names):

Former Assistant Coaches:

-Major Applewhite: Head Coach Houston Cougars

-Lane Kiffin: Head Coach Florida Atlantic (Offensive Genius And Twitter Troller)

-Jeremy Pruitt: Tennessee Volunteer Head Coach (Former Defensive Coordinator 2017)

-Kirby Smart: UGA Head Coach (Also On LSU Staff, In College Football Playoff)

-Kevin Steele: Auburn Defensive Coordinator (Beat Saban This Season)

-Will Muschamp: South Carolina Head Coach (42-32 Overall As Head Coach, South Carolina Is In Bowl Game)

-Adam Gase: Head Coach Miami Dolphins (LSU Grad Assistant, Rising Coach)

-Mark Dantonio: Michigan State Head Coach (117-62 overall 3 Big 10 Titles)

-Derek Dooley: Cowboys Wide Reciever Coach (LSU Staff Running Backs, Former La Tech And Tennessee Head Coach)

-Jimbo Fisher: Texas A&M Head Coach (Won National Title At Florida State)

-Jason Garrett: Cowboys Head Coach (65-52 As Head Coach)

-Jim McElwain: Unemployed Because He Is… (Won Two SEC East Titles At Florida)

-Mike Mularkey: Titans Head Coach (Currently Leading Division)

-Dan Quinn: Falcons Head Coach (Won NFC Title, Former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator)

-Steve Sarkisian: Offensive Coordinator Falcons (9th Overall Offense In NFL)

-Pat Shurmur: Minnesota Offensive Coordinator (7th Overall Offense In NFL)

-Josh McDaniels: Offensive Coordinators New England Patriots

-Todd Grantham: Defensive Coordinator Florida (Was On Indianapolis Colts Staff And Lead League In Sacks)

As you can see there is a lot of great coaches who have been with Saban over the years, however,  life will only get tougher now in the SEC, especially the SEC West.  The SEC had a large turnover of coaching this season, but the SEC loaded up on great new coaches! Here the just the new coaches in the SEC WEST:

 

-Arkansas- Hired Chad Morris, former Clemson Offensive Coordinator and lead recruiter for Deshaun Watson to Clemson

-Auburn- Gus Mulzahn signed an extention with the Tigers and is the only reigning SEC coach to have beat Saban twice while at Alabama.  Also he keeps Kevin Steele who is former Saban Assistant.

-Mississippi- Stayed with in home boy, Matt Luke, who has been tearing up the recruiting trail even with NCAA sanctions.

-Mississippi State- Hired Joe Moorhead from Penn State after Dan Mullen left for Florida. Moorhead led an explosive Penn State Offense to a Big 10 Title and was 38-13 at Fordham.

-Texas A&M- Maybe the biggest hire this off-season was Jimbo Fisher. Fisher has proven to be a great coachwith winning a National Title at Florida State. He was on Saban’s staff at LSU.

 

No, I did not forget about LSU and Coach Ed Orgeron!  Orgeron may be the biggest worry for Saban in the immediate future outside of Auburn.  Orgeron has been known through his entire career to be an elite recruiter.  Orgeron has gone into Saban’s own back yard and has the chance to pull away two top prospects out of Alabama.  Coach O has also started to rebuild his offensive/defensive lines which have been a problem in the past for the Tigers when facing Alabama.  With the departure of offensive line coach Jeff Grimes to BYU, LSU has just hired one of the most sought after offensive line coaches in America, James Cregg.  After LSU lost this past season to Alabama 24-10, it was clear the Tigers had vastly improved under Orgeron even with a loss to Troy.  After the game Orgeron stated, “we’re comin’, we’re comin’, and we ain’t backing down” (as he starred into the camera with an intense look)! However the question is with young superstar coordinators like Matt Canada and Dave Aranda, is it fair to say Orgeron may be building his own coaching tree and legacy at LSU and can replace Nick Saban where it all really started for “The King”?

The ONLY Man Who Can Replace Austin Thomas At #LSU

As news broke today out of Baton Rouge that former General Manager Austin Thomas was leaving LSU for the Tennessee Volunteers, Tiger fans quickly reacted and took to social media.  LSU fans mostly thanked Thomas for his efforts in Baton Rouge for his hard work and dedication to Tiger Football, and how much he did on the recruiting trail.  Thomas left for Knoxville after reports came in that LSU offered him a pay raise which was turned down.  Thomas is a native of Knoxville and has kept no secrets about wanting to go back home.  But should LSU and Ed Orgeron take a page out of Thomas’ playbook and bring their local boy home? The trick is however, can you get him away from Nick Saban?

Amite native Sam Petitto has been around the game his entire life and has vastly experienced with on the field coaching, and on the road recruiting.  Petitto has had various stops in his coaching career which include a couple of local high school teams, and even coaching at Southeastern Louisiana University and Grambling.  Petitto was widely known as a great defensive backs coach, however people raved about his overall knowledge of the game.  Petitto then went up from the FCS level where he was the Director of Player Personnel for the Tar Heels of North Carolina.  In the coaching realm, Petitto was known for being a fantastic recruiter and always being relatable to the players (personal experience)!

Petitto would then take his talents to the University of Georgia with the same position in mind in which he was under the likes of Coach Mark Richt and now Tennessee Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt (who just hired Austin Thomas).  After the departure of Mark Richt, Petitto would get a call from an old friend, and someone he had worked for before…. Nick Saban!

The significance of Saban hiring Petitto was one which may have been overlooked by some, but not by all.  4 Star Wide Receiver, and also Amite Native, Devonta Smith committed to the Tide this past spring.  Smith was once a UGA commit however decommited shortly after Petitto’s departure.  With recruiting being the life line in all college sports, Petitto is the clear favorite to take the position of Thomas and here is why.  Tangipahoa Parish, Petitto’s home Parish, has three Top 100 recruits in the 2019 recruiting class and the number one overall player.  Petitto has shown he can recruit and make things happen!  He is the only real replacement that could have an immediate impact for LSU! ITS TIME FOR HIM TO COME HOME!

I’m The Real MVP

As sports fans, do we take for granted the greatness we see every day from today’s superstars?  Future Hall Of Famers are still playing in every major sport, however, if they do not have their “typical numbers”, why do we as a society think it is a disappointment when it is still greatness? Lebron James is in his 15th season in the NBA and is putting up staggering numbers for his hometown team.  Every day when you turn on your television, do you hear of LBJ as the front runner for the MVP?  There is a good chance you do not, and it is because of how comfortable the National media has gotten to the greatness of what Lebron does.  We often forget Lebron is 6’8”, 250 lbs, and is bigger, faster, and stronger than most in the NBA.  Here is a look at Lebron’s numbers, and how they stack up against everyone else in the league:

 Scoring: 28.3 (3rd In NBA)

Assists: 8.7 (3rd In NBA)

FGP: .576 (6th Is The Only Non Big Man In Top 10)

Rebounds: 8.7 (Tied For 23rd)

Steals: 1.41

Blocks: 1.15

3 Pt FGP: .417 (28th this is better than Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson)

Minutes: 1007 (Leads League)

Double/Doubles: 18 (Tied for 3rd in 27 Games)

  After 15 seasons in the NBA, Lebron is far more productive than any other player to ever play in the NBA! To give you an idea, in Kobe Bryant’s 15th season, there is not one statistical category (other than FG attempts) that he would lead Lebron in.  Michael Jordan, who is allegedly the best player of all time, only played 13 season in the NBA.  Lebron James is weeks away from being 33 years old, and looking at him and MJ at the same age, the only statistical categories which Michael would lead Lebron is FGA, and points per game (only by one point).

   Therefore, when Lebron is stacked up against the best players of all time, is it not a question that his greatness is far too overlooked and taken for granted? YOU BETTER WITNESS!

THANK YOU IS ALL I CAN SAY… BY BLAKE RUFFINO

I Want To Send A Huge THANK YOU Out To All Of You Who Have Been Following Me On Are You Serious, (#AYS)! It Has Already Been A Great Journey With Launching Just More Than A Month Ago! With My Videos, Blog Post, And News Updates, As Of Noon Today I Am Proud To Say #AYS Has Reached Over 100,000 (101,021) People!!!  Never In My Wildest Dreams Did I Imagine I Would Be This Lucky, However I Stand Before You Today Humbled And Proud Of The Support All Of You Have Shown Me!  As I Close In On 500 Followers (Facebook and Twitter) You, My Supporters, Will Always Be What Matters Most To Me!  Lets Continue On This Journey Together, And I Know We Can Achieve Much Greater Things! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!