Another great chat today, so here's the wrap. Here's a recap if you were too busy getting that bunker ready for Dec. 21 and missed out on our lovely chat:
Blues (SEC Blog)
Ed - when things like Friday's tragedy in CT happen, I know that you are human like the rest of us and were probably glued to the TV. How do you get your mind back into your job and continue with articles? I know that for me, I didn't get much work done because frankly, it didn't seem very important.
Edward Aschoff (12:02 PM)
It was really tough to keep going with a "normal" day. I'm still in shock about the whole thing and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. I think this is something has rocked everyone, connected directly to it or not. I've had a couple of tearful moments since then. You just have to keep going. That's the best advice I can give. Really just tragic
Vegas has its early 2013-2014 title odds out and of course lsu and bama lead the pack with 5 to 1 odds. Taking them out of. The equation, who else could be a title contender in sec next yr. my initial reaction was florida but i wasnt sure if they had enough depth yet to recover from losses of players like floyd,reed, and elam (like bama and lsu do eachyear). Plus they have to go to lsu and usc nextyr.
Edward Aschoff (12:05 PM)
Yeah I think Florida will be the early favorite to win the East next year and I don't think Florida will lose a ton on defense. Plus, a lot of the younger players have received good playing time this fall, so that will help. Losing Mike Gillislee will hurt, but the Gators have some good talent to work with at RB and have two very, very good freshmen coming in. You have to think that the offense will be more fun to watch next year. I also say keep an eye on Texas A&M. Replacing key guys wasn't a problem for this team this year and I think Manziel will grow even more, even without Kingsbury.
Lsu played the most freshman in sec this yr. scary thought for next season! Where does lsu find these kids and why do recruiting sites consistently underrate louisiana players? Uga, auburn, uf, etc have all had recruiting classes ranked above or near lsus level yet lsus roster usually seems deeper and more talented. Is louisiana hs talent underrated or is the hat better than people think at coaching players up?
Edward Aschoff (12:06 PM)
Louisiana is so rich with talent, but props to the coaching staff for developing players so quickly. I mean it does help when those players are big-time recruits, but Les Miles and his crew really do a very good job with developing the guys they get in from the start.
Blues (SEC Blog)
Why is Alabama favored for next year? Our offensive line is going to be gutted, and I think the line's returning experience is always a good indicator of how the season is going to go (see TAMU this year and Auburn 2010). I just don't see it (though I would LOVE to be wrong).
Edward Aschoff (12:07 PM)
Well, there is still some quality up front and AJ McCarron, Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon will be back. Plus, those receivers will be older as well and that defense will be stacked ... again. Plus, that schedule isn't too bad ...
The coaching staff at Arkansas is shaping up. What do you grade the hires so far and do you think we will have a recruiting upgrade?
Edward Aschoff (12:09 PM)
I'm still in wait-and-see mode with everything, but I think his hires have been pretty good so far. I know I keep harping on it, but I want to see how he reaches out to the southeastern guys. When I talked to him he told me that he wanted to hit the southeast extremely hard win recruiting, so he'll have to do more than just hire guys to do that. But he's very personable and should be able to make some contacts very soon.