Monthly Archives: May 2008

Have it your way.

Phil Steele’s got a cover for you.

Unless you’re an ACC fan.

Not my problem…

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A tale of two postseasons…

Mark Schlabach presents two D-1 futures:

… Want to know what the BCS will look like 10 years from now?

For the majority of college football fans, the perfect postseason would look something like this: The sport’s national champion would be crowned after three rounds of a thrilling eight-team playoff, which would fill stadiums from Atlanta to Dallas to Pasadena and captivate millions of television viewers. Notre Dame would no longer be given special consideration, and the expanded Big Ten, Pac-10 and Big East would stage conference championship games — creating a truly level playing field for the first time.

Want to know what the BCS is really going to look like in 2018? (Warning: If you’re a college football fan clamoring for a playoff, close your eyes.)

It’s going to look exactly the same as it does today.

Recent interviews with conference commissioners, head coaches and other college football heavyweights revealed an overwhelming opinion that little or nothing will change in the way the sport determines its national champion between now and the 2018 season.

Personally, I think we’ll have playoffs by then. The squeaky wheel (in this case, the steady media drumbeat for a playoff will drown out those who either oppose a playoff or don’t care) will get the grease eventually.

Plus, I’m a pessimist. And this quote is a major downer:

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, who became one of the BCS’ biggest critics after his undefeated 2004 team was left out of the national championship game, said selling tickets for playoff games wouldn’t be a problem.

“I think what will happen is 75 percent of the tickets would be sold to corporate America, just like the Super Bowl,” Tuberville said.

Now that’s something for college football to aspire to. It may not be what we deserve, but it’s what we’ll see in the end – and we’ll be assured that it’s progress.

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Aloha, Mr. Paterno.

JoePa channels his inner Jeff Spicoli.

“To be frank with you, I don’t know what the reasons are not to have a playoff,” Paterno said during a speaking appearance in Pittsburgh. “You can talk about missing class and all that kind of stuff, [yet] you see basketball go on forever. You have a lot of bogus excuses, but obviously the majority of people who have the say don’t want it.”

Bogus, dude.

Jeff Spicoli: What Jefferson was saying was, Hey! You know, we left this England place ’cause it was bogus; so if we don’t get some cool rules ourselves – pronto – we’ll just be bogus too! Get it?

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Georgia’s ten most memorable plays, 2007 edition

What’s the offseason for, if you can’t make lists?

Similarly to my ten best SEC games retrospective, I thought, starting tomorrow, I’d take a shot at listing the ten most memorable plays of Georgia’s last season. (And no, I’m not doing brackets.)

“Memorable” means just that. Sometimes plays stick with us because they happen at momentous times during the course of a college football year. Sometimes we remember the individual effort of a player to make something remarkable happen. And sometimes it’s the nature of the play itself that affects how a game – or even a season – turns out.

What I won’t include on my list are plays where Georgia was simply a fortuitous beneficiary, such as Oklahoma State’s bad snap on its first punt attempt of the season, or plays that might have been the difference in a loss, as was the case with Stafford overthrowing Moreno on what would have been a touchdown in the South Carolina game.

And I think we’ll skip the Tennessee game while we’re at it, too.

Feel free to toss in your favorites, as well.

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Apples and oranges

With the Football Championship Subdivision (the division formally known as Division 1-AA) expanding its playoff field to 20 schools, its members are struggling to adjust their schedules to accommodate the longer postseason. It looks like the bye week is going to be sacrificed.

Something else is going by the wayside: the twelfth game.

In the absence of an off week, the recurring idea of adding a 12th regular-season game seems all but dead. The message: FCS programs see more value in increased playoff opportunities than in the revenue of an additional home game, somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 in ticket sales alone at SDSU. [Emphasis added.]

That, of course, is the opposite of how the numbers work in D-1. I point this out not to say which is better or worse, but simply to note that this is one reason I discount the “all the other divisions have football playoffs, so why doesn’t D-1″ argument. The financial structures are completely different.

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One of a kind

As part of its ongoing “BCS at 10″ series, ESPN today looks at how the SEC has fared during the BCS era.  There are lists of top programs, games, moments and players.  Roy Kramer gets to pat himself on the back.

And then there’s one reference to someone who’s none of the above.  From the “Top 10 Moments” list comes this:

9. Georgia gets out “hobnail boot” in epic win over Vols: In one of his more memorable calls in a career full of memorable calls, Georgia legendary play-by-play announcer Larry Munson bellowed in 2001 that “We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot,” after David Greene tossed the winning TD to upset Tennessee, 26-24.

He’s the only announcer mentioned.

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Coaches and the troops

More on that trip by Richt and five other head coaches to visit our troops:

As the visit wound up, Richt told Frost to contact the football offices of any of the coaches if he wanted to go to any one of their games.

“OK, roger that,” Frost said.

Afterward, Richt marveled at Frost’s attitude.

“He sure didn’t act like he was feeling sorry for himself,” Richt said. “He seemed to have no bitter feelings. … I think those guys were more happy to see us because we cared about them than they were any kind of football fans. They weren’t. They appreciated that we cared enough to show up.”

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UPDATE: The AJ-C talks to Richt.

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And now for something completely different…

I believe I’ve found the perfect accessory for breaking the mood at the next Nick Saban press conference (warning:  NSFW).

(h/t Gizmodo)

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Rivals’ power rankings

Rivals has its 2008 power rankings up for the top 25 at each position group, along with head coaches and coordinators.

Although nobody from Georgia heads any of the lists, there’s plenty of representation to be found: Richt at #6 (the highest ranked HC without a MNC ring); Bobo as the #13 OC; Martinez as the #12 DC; Knowshon ranked #2 at RB, behind OSU’s Wells; Stafford at #5 among QBs (and check out that factoid on Pat White); Geno Atkins as the #12 DLman;  Ellerbe ranked as the #14 LB.

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“That’s the best part of football, playing the games.”

Former University of Georgia senior athletic director Dick Bestwick takes on Rep. Neil Abercrombie and a certain unnamed, but easily identified, university president on the subject of D-1 football playoff in this opinion piece.

I never cease to be amazed and amused at the way politicians – both elected and self-anointed – seem to have all the answers on issues they basically know nothing about. Most recently, several of them have weighed in on the subject of college football playoffs, once again – and as usual – with an obvious lack of understanding of what they’re talking about.

One of these folks, who once proposed cutting back the number of regular-season games, now calls for an eight-team playoff. Since he never played the game, or any other team sport, he doesn’t realize football players don’t mind playing 12 games…

“One of these folks”, eh?  I wonder who he’s got in mind.

He’s got some cold water advice for Abercrombie.

… As for U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii – one of the members of Congress pushing for a federal probe of the BCS -lamenting Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West teams not having a chance to be in a national playoff game: He needs to realize that isn’t because of the BCS, but because those conferences comprise schools that don’t have the same resources or potential to get enough of the kind of players it takes to win a national championship. Having a playoff isn’t going to change that. These conferences have never had any consistent contenders for a national championship, and doubtfully ever will. The Pac-10 and Big 12, as they always have, will continue to dominate recruiting in that part of the country, producing the kind of teams that have a chance to win a national championship. The only national title ever won by someone from outside the BCS was Brigham Young University in 1984, and it took unusual circumstances for that to happen.

Actually, the WAC and Mountain West should be happy with the BCS since they are virtually ensured a game in one of the BCS bowls where they can get their only big bowl check. Without that connection, they would have to be settling for checks from games like the Poinsettia and Humanitarian bowls. Payouts for those were $750,000, rather than the $17 million the University of Hawaii and the WAC got for the BCS Sugar Bowl.

And then a little bit more for that unnamed president.

… Rather than playoffs, the publicity-seeking politicians and hypocritical college presidents could better use their “bully pulpits” to find a way to take some of the loot from the bowl games to provide the blue-collar parents of the majority of players with some expense money to see their sons play in the bowl game. Since the players are the ones responsible for there being a game, it stands to reason that a $1,000 expense check for their parents to attend the game should be the least done for them.

I have to believe that would be much more appreciated by the players than rewarding them with a four-, eight- or 16-team playoff system that enriches everyone but them.

I dunno, Dick.  Remember it’s a “work week” for presidents, too.

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