Monthly Archives: February 2007

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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Filed under College Football, The Blogosphere

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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Filed under General Idiocy, The Blogosphere

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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Reggie Ball puts it up! He’s got CJ deep! Touchdown!

Oops. Maybe in an alternate universe.

Meanwhile, back at reality…

(photo courtesy CNNSI)

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Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football