May Mark Richt's Hot Seat Rest In Peace: The SEC Society Page, Week 11

Also: The Ol' Ballcoach gets caught red-handed far from home, while an Arkansas player knocks out two feats of athleticism in one night.

TRANSITIONS

DECEASED. Georgia head coach Mark Richt's hot seat, following the Bulldogs' 45-7 rout of the Auburn Tigers in Athens on Saturday. Born Nov. 1, 2008, the seat matured quickly into one of the most powerful figures in the Southeastern Conference, threatening to set off a chain of falling dominoes in the coaching community that could've affected the entire country. However, almost immediately following the seat's greatest triumph -- the Bulldogs' two-touchdown loss to Boise State in their 2011 season opener -- its health began worsening, taking a significant turn for the worse after Richt returned home victorious from Jacksonville, Fla., two weeks ago. Doctors finally took the seat off life support Saturday evening, saying its prognosis was not expected to improve anytime in at least the next 12 months. Richt's hot seat is survived by offensive coordinator Mike Bobo's hot seat, also in worsening health; Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley's hot seat, age two months; and Kirby Smart's head-coaching prospects, age 3.

 

LEGAL

CITED. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, for trespassing on state property, in Lexington, Ky., Monday night. University of Kentucky police responded to a silent alarm triggered at the school's athletic department offices around 1:15 a.m. and found Spurrier rifling through files in coach Joker Phillips' office. However, Spurrier was released with a misdemeanor citation after it was discovered he was leaving additional files for Phillips. "Just some new formations they might want to try out this week, trick plays, a fake punt or two," Spurrier explained. South Carolina defensive players Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney, who were found in Spurrier's car outside and held for questioning, have been released back into Spurrier's custody, though he said he'd be happy to "loan them out to Coach Phillips just for this weekend, see if maybe they can help him out on defense."

SUED. The sports book at Harrah's Las Vegas, by Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, for defamation. Citing his team being installed by Harrah's oddsmakers as only a one-point favorite in their game against the Tennessee Volunteers this weekend in Knoxville, Franklin called the line "an insult to the proud Vanderbilt football program, one that will not stand. We won't forget this act of disrespect, and will take our complaints straight to Mike Slive, if necessary." Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, for his part, stated that "Betting lines are like fishing lines -- you can toss 'em in the water, but that don't mean you'll come up with anything." Requests for clarification were not answered by Dooley's office.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

AWARDED. The Humanitarian Award from the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, to Alabama head coach Nick Saban following the Crimson Tide's 24-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. "Coach Saban has beaten State by an average of four touchdowns over the course of his career at Alabama and LSU," a spokesman for the foundation said. "To only beat them by 17 -- a week after a crushing last-second defeat against LSU, no less -- speaks volumes of the way he has grown in his compassion and respect for his fellow man." Saban did not attend the awards ceremony, saying he "didn't have time."

WON. The Fayetteville Half-Marathon, by Arkansas wide receiver/punt returner Joe Adams, on Saturday. Adams' achievement is doubly memorable in that he completed the race while helping propel his team to a 49-7 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. Adams' entire 13.1-mile run can be seen here:

As of this writing, however, Adams' time was not good enough to qualify him for the full marathon that will be held at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 3.

ISSUED. A statement denying any interest in the Ole Miss head coaching position, by current Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, on Saturday. The statement came as no surprise to Ole Miss officials, who "heard Nutt's lack of interest loud and clear" during the Rebels' 27-7 loss to Louisiana Tech in Oxford.

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