Daily Archives: January 23, 2009

When Manning talks…

There’s an interesting quote in this Chris Low post about Archie Manning’s assessment of the GPOOE™ as a future pro quarterback.

The quote is from Archie himself:

“[Tebow] probably suffers a little bit because their system at Florida is different than what a lot of pro football teams do and different than what a Southern Cal or a Georgia does,” Manning said. “It’s not that he’s bad at some of those things. They just haven’t seen him do a lot of things professional quarterbacks are asked to do…”

If I’m Mark Richt, I’m printing a few of those suckers up and handing them out to quarterback recruits like candy.  “Archie says we’ll get you ready for the pros, young man” ought to go over pretty damned well.

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Blown away, indeed: the SEC’s nouveau riche

The AP makes it sound so innocuous.

Tennessee will pay more than $5.3 million to its football coaches in 2009…

The previous staff under Phillip Fulmer was set to make a combined $4.7 million in 2009.

That’s just a piddlin’ little $600K bump, right?

It is, until you break it down and realize that UT will be paying Junior a lot less than it was scheduled to pay Fulmer.  The rest will be going to the Bestest Assistant Coaching Staff Assembled In The History Of College Football Evah.

The Vols will pay their nine position coaches a total of $3.625 million in 2009, which includes a $300,000 retention bonus that defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will receive on Dec. 31 of this year.

That’s about $1.7 million more than Tennessee paid its nine assistants last season, although head coach Lane Kiffin ($2 million) is making $550,000 less than former head coach Phillip Fulmer ($2.55 million) would have made in 2009 under his old contract.

Alabama’s nine assistants were the highest-paid group in the SEC a year ago at $2.4 million, but Tennessee’s new salary structure blows that figure away.

That $300,000 retention bonus is classic, by the way.  How long had Daddy been on the job at that point, a couple of weeks?

They can’t spend that new TV money fast enough in Knoxville.  The AD is patting himself on the back for pulling out his checkbook…

“While our coaches’ salary model is unique, we feel it is a great model for Tennessee,” Hamilton said. “Coach Kiffin understands the power of putting together a great team, and he used the budget we provided to assemble what many will consider to be the best staff in America.”

… while others fret.

… Conservative estimates say there will be a $4.4 million reduction in faculty salaries across the board at Tennessee due to budget cuts.

“That was the figure we were working with before Christmas,” Nolt said. “The situation has gotten worse since then.”

So when Nolt saw the staggering dollar amounts Thursday being paid to the Vols’ new football assistants, his heart sank.

Yes, he realizes that the athletic department at Tennessee is self-sufficient and that the budgets are entirely separate. Yes, he understands that the athletic department already contributes money to the academic side. And, yes, he accepts that it’s an arms race that has gripped all of college sports and isn’t merely confined to Tennessee.

“But it’s still hard to take when we’re losing positions and colleagues all across the university because of the budget constraints we’re under,” Nolt said. “It’s a huge disparity, to see academics starved while there’s that kind of wealth in athletics.

“I don’t want to be perceived as somebody standing out there looking for a handout, because the athletic department does a lot of good at this university. I don’t want to downplay that. But to see coaches’ salaries go up like this and know how much we’re hurting here on the academic side, the central function of this university, that’s not right.”

Somewhat of a cheap shot?  Sure.  But in these times, it still resonates.  And it will resonate even more if Junior doesn’t get things moving in the right direction pretty quickly.

Of course, they can always spend more money on the next staff if that happens.

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UPDATE: Keepin’ up with the Kiffins.

This is what passes for creative bookkeeping in Columbia, I guess.

… That ripple has forced Hyman to get creative with assistants’ contracts. Hyman maintained his policy of awarding multi-year deals only to coordinators, although USC created titles to give three-year contracts to offensive line coach Eric Wolford (run-game coordinator) and safeties coach Lorenzo Ward (defensive coordinator).

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UPDATE #2: The Wiz points out those numbers don’t include what UT’s shelling out for its brand new strength and conditioning coach.

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Getting started on 2009

By now, I presume most of you have heard the news that the AB-H broke last night about the G-Day game:

Georgia’s spring football G-Day game on April 11 is scheduled to be shown nationally on ESPN.

The scrimmage at Sanford Stadium is the only one currently scheduled to air that day on the network, according to ESPN spokesman Mike Humes. The start time has yet to be determined.

I don’t see anything but an upside to this, as I posted last year.  Specifically, it’s a nice sales point to use with recruits in the next few weeks.

And just to get you fired up a little more, make sure you read David Hale’s post from yesterday with his football notes.  Here are some quotes:

Now, the line figures to have at least 10 potential starters in the mix for jobs next season, and Sturdivant said line coach Stacy Searels has put the onus for Georgia’s success on them.

“Coach Searels has straight up came up and told us that it’s our team now,” Sturdivant said. “We have to make the most impact on the offense because we don’t have a Stafford. We don’t have a Knowshon. We don’t have a Mohamed Massaquoi as the senior leader on our team. We’re going to have to step up and show everybody that we can play, and we are going to will this team to wins.”

On offseason workouts…
“We’re wasting no time,” Evans said. “I think this might be the hardest we’ve ever worked coming out of a December into January. Specifically, the tempo is much faster. Strength and conditioning coaches are hands on. They broke the workout groups down to six people in each position so they can focus more on us.”

On any motivation they take from Florida’s success…
“I feel that the score of 49-10 speaks for itself. Nobody wants to feel that 49-10 again. That’s pretty much what everybody is thinking about 49-10, every time we get in the weight room. If that doesn’t drive you, I don’t know what will.”

Me neither.

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