Daily Archives: March 14, 2008

Barnhart talks some spring ball.

Tony Barnhart has five “impressions of spring practice” he shares today. Most are pretty mundane – ‘Bama wants to get tougher on offense, Auburn wants to play more than one QB, Fulmer is toying with using Eric Berry on offense, etc. – but one note caught my attention:

… I talked to some South Carolina people at the Georgia Dome yesterday and they tell me that linebacker Jasper Brinkley (from Thomson) is up to about 270 and that it is all muscle.

Now Jasper Brinkley may be a genetic freak, but if he’s up to 270 pounds (about a 20 pound increase) and is coming off of a serious knee injury, it’s likely that he’s not going to rank among the elite at linebacker in speed. Or even the well above average, for that matter.

Is he a mutant? Does he lose weight? Does he move to another position? Beats me, but just remember what kind of pressure a spread offense puts on big linebackers (although Brinkley plays inside rather than at the Sam spot).

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UPDATE:  Speaking of giant, mutant linebackers, remember Allen Bailey, the five-star recruit from South Georgia who didn’t come to Athens in part because he wanted to be a 275 pound linebacker?  Well, he ain’t.

A UM insider who watches the closed spring practices said Allen Bailey has been the the best defensive end opposite Eric Moncur…

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You can’t stop Josh Jarboe, you can only hope to slow him down.

If you recall, top WR recruit Josh Jarboe was recently charged with two felonies, theft by receiving a gun and carrying a weapon within a school safety zone.

… An assistant principal claims he then saw Jarboe grab a silver and black handgun from the back of Davis’ car and tuck it into the waistband of his pants.

Police said the gun, a 380 caliber pistol, was loaded and stolen.

“I ain’t never been in trouble. Never been,” Jarboe said. “I was getting dropped off for my track meet. It was in his car. That’s it.”

Must be one tough track meet.

Anyway, it ain’t no big thang, according to the Oklahoma Sooner commit.

“If you know me, (you know) I’m a good person. This is just a speed bump that has slowed me down,” Jarboe said. “I’m going to get up out of this and go on doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”

I always love it when football players talk about speed bumps.

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Brass in pocket

You can read an interesting story at the South Carolina Rivals site about the admissions process at Georgia, South Carolina and Clemmins, in particular, about the “special admissions” allocation for student athletes.

There are plenty of disclaimers and backtracking in the article, but given that it’s published at a South Carolina site, you can guess what the agenda is. Don’t want to guess? OK.

… South Carolina has recently changed their [sic] student-athlete admissions process. USC coaches were having difficulty getting students admitted at times, yet those same students were reportedly able to be admitted to Clemson, Georgia, and other schools. When asked to compare the admissions process at USC and Clemson, Sheley said, “I really can’t because I have not compared the two in detail. From what I can see in the press, they may have been able to get kids in that we can’t get in, even though their regular admissions standards appear to be higher than ours. But again, that’s at the individual institution’s discretion how they go about making exceptions. That’s the same for every institution; I guarantee that every school does bring in exceptions.”

Sheley’s got to be kidding. USC has changed its admissions process based on unsubstantiated reports in the media and coaches’ complaints? Maybe so, but here’s where it ultimately stemmed from:

“When (Athletic Director) Eric (Hyman) first came in here, he could not believe how good the academic credentials were of our Special Admits. ‘These are Special Admits?’ he asked, and I explained to him that they’re not at-risk kids. He said, ‘That’s crazy – these kids should not be Special Admits.’ So from that day, we started looking into the whole process, which was pretty cumbersome. He championed it the whole time. Eric does things very thoughtfully, thoroughly and transparently.”

I bet he does. The fix is certainly thorough. Whereas Georgia and Clemson don’t have quotas for special admits, South Carolina does.

Of the 55 special admits allocated to athletes, 25 are assigned to football. Sheley says that football is the economic engine that drives the athletic department. Twenty-five is the same number of athletes that the NCAA rules allow a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision institution to award athletics financial aid for the first time each year. [Emphasis added.]

In other words, if Steven Orr Spurrier wanted to enroll an entire freshman class of special admits, the mechanism is in place to do exactly that. But, there’s good news for USC supporters (of the school’s academic mission, not the football team). In his first three classes, he only had to take 84% of his signees as special admits.

It’s good to be the economic engine.

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Punditry roundup

With the basketball postseason underway and Georgia on Spring Break (which means no spring football), it’s a slow news day… so we’ll take a look at what some of the leading lights in the media have to offer.

  • TSN’s Matt Hayes lists his top 25 players in college football today.   Moreno checks in at #4, ahead of Tebow (!).  Stafford makes an appearance at #21.  Ohio State is his only school with three on the list.  The SEC leads all conferences with seven.
  • Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not sure Dennis Dodd is doing Urban Meyer any favors by making P. T. Barnum comparisons.  Which, of course, is not to say that such comparisons may be warranted.
  • Yeah, I know this is an opinion piece about the basketball program, but it expresses a common enough mindset applied in all sports that I’ve never understood – namely, that a retention decision about a coach who’s been running a program for a number of year can come down to one play.  Mind you, I’m not expressing an opinion about whether Felton should stay or go.  I simply don’t understand the logic behind Kaltefleiter’s assertion that a successful bank shot against a fairly mediocre team (which beat Georgia in Athens a week ago) makes Damon Evans’ decision more difficult.
  • Speaking of Felton, I can’t imagine it’s helpful to find yourself referred to as Chan Gailey’s “blood brother”.

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