Monthly Archives: February 2007

Shaken, not stirred.

By now, I’m sure that most followers of the Georgia program have heard the unfortunate news about Akeem Hebron’s arrest for underage drinking… and all the usual jokes.

The only reason I bring this up is because David Ching (as usual) has come up with the little extra detail I crave with stories like this – the name of the bonding company that Hebron used is James Bond Bonding Company.

“No, old chap, it’s a license to kill, not swill.”

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A bargain at twice the price

Care to guess what regular season college football game in 2007 sports the highest ticket price?

Try this one. You read that right. 90 dollars.

Even more outrageous:

Iowa State sports information director Tom Kroeschell said the price compares to other 2007 premium games in the Big 12, including Texas at Texas A&M ($90), Nebraska at Texas ($85) and Texas at Oklahoma State ($85).

Texas at Oklahoma State is a “premium” game?

To paraphrase something baseball owner Bill Veeck once said, “It isn’t the high price of marquee games that is expensive, it’s the high price of mediocrity.”

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Spring Football Media Guide

The 2007 Georgia Spring Football Media Guide is out.

It’s the perfect study aid for anyone staring down a steely faced Alex Trebek while trying to come up with the correct questions for a “Georgia Football” category on Jeopardy.

Sorry… the question we were looking for is “Who is Cory Phillips?”

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Yes to no-huddle?

From The Macon Telegraph, June 3, 2004:

Notebook: UGA’s Richt rebuffed in no-huddle bid

Georgia football coach Mark Richt continued the two-year fight for his no-huddle offense this week at the SEC Meetings.

“He and I talked about it for the last three hours,” Bobby Gaston, the league’s director of officials, said Friday afternoon on the second day of the meetings at the Sandestin Hilton.

Since coming to Georgia, Richt has all but ditched the fast break offense he made famous at Florida State because, he says, the league’s officials don’t allow him to go fast enough to make it worthwhile. SEC officials are required to pause for 12-14 seconds between each play, and that’s not going to change despite Richt’s arguments, Gaston said.

“He doesn’t agree with it, but he knows what we’re doing,” Gaston said.

The mandatory pause is to allow the officiating crew to get in position, Gaston said. Richt argued that the officials should put the ball in play as soon as they are set, regardless of how much time has elapsed, but Gaston said that would provide the offense an unfair advantage.

“Mark Richt would eat their lunch,” he said. “He would go straight to the ball and snap it. He’d get in 100 plays. We have about half the coaches who think we go too fast and about half who think we go too slow so we must be in about the right spot.”

From the Associated Press, today:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Starting spring practice several weeks earlier than usual, Tennessee rolled out a new wrinkle for its offense Thursday.

Coach Phillip Fulmer said the Vols will experiment with a no-huddle offense this spring, hoping to take advantage of the experience of quarterback Erik Ainge, who will be a senior in the fall…

“It’s an attempt to see where we are with it, and it would be basically how we would manage the offense,” Fulmer said. “We’re going to take our shots at seeing what we can do with it as an offense…”

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 15, 2007:

The rules committee also announced that starting in 2008, college football will go to a 40-second play clock like that now used in the NFL. The 40-second clock will start at the end of every play. College football currently uses a 25-second clock that doesn’t start until the ball is put in position and declared ready for play. [Emphasis added.]

Is Richt about to get the chance to run the no-huddle the way he’s wanted to? (No cracks about first having to have receivers that can catch, please.)

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Maybe there’s a “Gang” in recruiting.

Mergz, at Saurian Sagacity, continues his valient effort to find a formula that links success in recruiting to success on the field with two posts worth reading.

I couldn’t tell you the first thing about regression analysis, but I was still fascinated with his reasoning. I hope he’s getting close to something definitive (he promises a post predicting next year’s win totals based on recruiting ratings, so maybe we’ll have a benchmark to judge this by) if only to watch ol’ “Gang of Six”‘s reaction.

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It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘indefinitely’ is.

February 21: South Carolina quarterback recruit Stephen Garcia was suspended indefinitely from participating in team activities less than a week after he was arrested and charged with drunkenness.

February 22: South Carolina quarterback recruit Stephen Garcia was taken off suspension Thursday, just days after being barred from participating in team activities because he was arrested outside a bar near campus.

January 16: “If it gets out of control like that, maybe we let them transfer and go play somewhere else,” Spurrier said. “We’re trying to get more discipline in everything we do and it should carry over to the way we play.”

Sounds like a plan…

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With friends like these…

If you’ve ever wondered how someone like Maurice Clarett could make such spectacularly bad career decisions, wonder no more.

Jason at Eleven Warriors has one answer:   Maurice had a little help from his friends.

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The SEC: if it’s not the speed, it’s the scheduling.

I tell you what – the excuse making out of the Big Ten after the BCS title game continues unabated.

First, it’s about balancing academics and athletics, which, in the mind of Commissioner Delany, is an area where the SEC comes up short in comparison to the Big 10. This is especially true in those cases involving fast athletes.

But that’s not the only thing holding the Big 10 back.

… The Big Ten traditionally ends its football season the week before Thanksgiving in most years, so players can spend the holiday at home.

Many fans and some coaches and athletic directors believe the early ending date has put the conference at a disadvantage as the Bowl Championship Series and conference championship games have extended the season.

This season, for example, Ohio State lost to Florida in the BCS title game on Jan. 8 after a 51-day layoff. Michigan lost to Southern California after a six-week layoff.

The Wolverines also sat idle while they were also passed by Florida in the final Top 25 coaches poll and the Harris Poll used by the BCS, after the Gators won the Southeastern Conference title game on Dec. 2…

Now as you get into the linked article, you see a number of quotes from coaches, ADs and Delany that this discussion is really about getting a bye week back on the schedule that was lost in the wake of going to twelve game seasons. But somehow the conversation keeps getting turned back to the post season and the SEC:

… Michigan athletic director Bill Martin said he’s torn on pushing back the season.

“This isn’t an open and closed situation,” he said. “There’s the issue of conditioning with the long layoff. There’s the popularity contest side of the BCS. There are a couple of reasons why you might want to play in December.

“But if you take a look at how the Big Ten has done against other schools … against the (Southeastern Conference) the last five years, we’re 8-6 in bowl games. The Big Ten is 8-7 in BCS competition the last nine years, all outside the Midwest.”

It’s obvious that going in to the BCS title game, most of us read the tea leaves wrong. Ohio State didn’t stand a chance against a fast team that played in December. I feel sort of foolish now.

Any bets on how this decision goes?

(h/t The Wizard of Odds)

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Sometimes you feel like a Nutt…

The Morning News has the story that Houston Nutt is getting a pay raise.

The story is pretty much blah, blah, blah – but some of the comments are priceless, like this one:

Whatever wrote on February 16, 2007 8:43 PM:

“If they had just informed him about this raise in an email, he would have never known about it.”

I’m not feeling a lot of love there.

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What’s next? – with Matthew Stafford

(courtesy Marc Serota/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has an article up on Matthew Stafford that you’ll want to read if you’re a Dawg fan.

Stafford admits in the story that he didn’t prepare properly for some teams early on. Mohamed Massaquoi admits in the story that the receivers were having problems early on adjusting to the velocity on Stafford’s passes.

Interestingly, it sounds as if Stafford is more comfortable with Bobo calling the plays than he was with Richt:

Stafford’s improved play late in the season came after Bulldogs coach Mark Richt relinquished play calling. A longtime offensive coordinator at Florida State, where he coached Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke, Richt called offensive plays during his first five seasons as Georgia’s coach. But before the Georgia Tech game, Richt gave those duties to quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo. Richt named Bobo the team’s permanent offensive coordinator before the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

“I’m really confident with him,” Stafford said of Bobo. “I think he’s got a great mind and I’m just looking forward to the years to come. I’m excited about working with him and bouncing ideas off each other.”

To be honest, I don’t think Schlabach is being completely fair here. Stafford’s best game of the season, by far, was the Auburn game, which was the last game when Richt called the plays.

Anyway, it wraps up on an optimistic note from Massaquoi:

Massaquoi said the Bulldogs are excited to see what their quarterback will do in his second season, too.

“As last year progressed, he was getting more and more confident,” Massaquoi said. “He’s just one of those guys that’s a natural born leader and he commands everyone’s respect. His talent shows on the field. He hasn’t reached the surface yet; I think he’s barely scratched it.”

I sure hope he’s got an offensive line that gives him a chance to prove that…

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