Daily Archives: February 26, 2009

Mark Bradley goes fishing.

Traffic must be sagging lately at the AJ-C sports page.

I evidently don’t share Mark Bradley’s value system, but all I can say is that anyone who can generate a list ordering the SEC coaches by level of obnoxiousness and rank Mark Richt as more irritating than Steve Spurrier really can’t expect to be taken seriously on any sports opinion he might offer going forward.

Geez, how stupid.

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Thursday morning buffet

If the pickings have seemed a little slim this week, today looks to have bucked that trend:

  • I know the author of this post meant well, but it comes off kinda sadly.  The question is, at this point in time is that more a reflection of Spurrier or Gamecock football?
  • The Tennessee coaching staff comes roaring back in part two of Jerry Hinnen’s Tiger-Vol face off.
  • Meanwhile, this guy’s managed to stay under the radar.  I know it won’t happen, but it would be funny if he won more games this year than either Junior or Chizik.
  • Jeff Owens gives us his list of his top five all-time Georgia football players.  It’s a good one, but my feeling is that any such list that omits Hines Ward could always be improved.
  • It’s one thing if Gator fans are whining because their school missed out on signing Aaron Murray and Orson Charles.  But if Urban Meyer is this pissy about something like that, good grief.
  • And while we’re on the subject of the Gator Nation, +1 for this header.
  • ESPN.com’s college football meme of the week is reasons to love/hate college football.  I’m not linking to any of their stuff, but in that spirit, here’s one reason why I really love college football.
  • Oh, and back to Orson Charles for a sec.  If you’re wondering how Tennessee has managed to inject itself into the race for his commitment, maybe it’s because the Vols seem to be clearing the decks at tight end.  If Junior doesn’t sign him, you wonder who’s left to man the position for the Urnge.
  • And a third Orson Charles note:  ESPN’s Bruce Feldman blogs that Charles, who is still considering UGA, has seen this article by David Hale or heard about it in one shape or another.  However, Feldman doesn’t mention exactly who has brought it to the kid’s attention.  Sometimes it’s not the tale but who does the telling that matters most.
  • How do you know when they’re serious about ethics reform in Alabama?  When a proposed ethics bill would limit gifts of free college football tickets from lobbyists.

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The art of oversigning, or too much is never enough

Andy Staples has a piece up about oversigning that will have you shaking your head about one Houston Nutt.  Everybody knows the Nuttster signed 37 kids to letters of intent with Ole Miss a couple of weeks ago, and while the general reaction is a little tut tutting along with some muttering about grayshirting and Jucos, perhaps his strategy deserves further scrutiny and criticism based on something that happened with last year’s class.

… Sometimes, however, the numbers don’t work. Nutt’s 31-player class in 2008 included a quarterback/defensive back from Sherwood, Ark., named Hunter Miller. Last summer, it became clear the Rebels had more qualified signees than they had available scholarships. Nutt asked Miller to grayshirt. Miller declined and asked to be released from his letter of intent so he could walk on at Arkansas. Reached this week, Miller’s mother, Dawn, said she would rather not comment except to say that there were no hard feelings and that “everything worked out best for Hunter,” who has since transferred to a junior college to play baseball.

Oops, sorry.  Best of luck to you, kid.

Maybe the Nuttster needs a mentor to sharpen his game.  Staples does a nice job of mapping the route Nick Saban took to clear space to get his 2008 class of 32 signees accounted for at Alabama.

… Two players (receiver Chris Jackson and kicker Corey Smith), enrolled in January 2008. Because Alabama has two scholarships left in the class for the 2007-08 academic year, Jackson and Smith’s scholarships counted back to that class. That brought the 2008-09 number to 30. Meanwhile, athlete Devonta Bolden, defensive end Brandon Lewis and receiver Kerry Murphy failed to qualify academically, bringing the number down to 27. Running back Jermaine Preyear, nursing a shoulder injury, accepted a grayshirt, bringing the number down to 26. During the summer, receivers Destin Hood and Melvin Ray signed professional baseball contracts, bringing the total of incoming freshman for the 2008-09 class to 24.

But that was only part of the equation. Alabama still needed to shed existing scholarships to stay under 85. During the offseason, the Tide lost defensive back Tremayne Coger (transferred to Jacksonville State), offensive lineman Patrick Crump (quit football), defensive end Jeremy Elder (arrested on a robbery charge), quarterback Nick Fanuzzi (transferred to Rice), receiver Tarence Farmer (transferred to Wyoming), linebacker Jimmy Johns (arrested on cocaine dealing charges), linebacker Zeke Knight (medical hardship) and cornerback Lionel Mitchell (medical hardship for back injury).

You can’t tell the (former) players without a scorecard.

On the other hand, Mark Richt gets a pat on the back from Staples.

… Georgia coach Mark Richt refuses to oversign for two reasons. First, he wouldn’t want to run out of scholarships for qualified players. Second, he would not want to run off current players who have eligibility remaining to keep the Bulldogs under the 85-scholarship limit. “We could always get into a situation where we oversign, but there’s no way I could look at a kid and his parents and say, ‘We had some room, but now we really don’t.’ I just think you have to be careful,” Richt told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Signing Day. “I don’t want to oversign, then tell one of the kids we’ve already got, ‘You’ve got no value to us’ and toss him aside. I’m not going to do that.”

Yeah, that whole tossing-aside thing… if you get the feeling that there probably isn’t much margin for error for certain Rebel football players these days, it’s because there probably isn’t.  (Look out!  It’s the dreaded “violation of team rules”.)  Given that one of the Nuttster’s shiny new signees is a kid who got the bump from his previous school for using a dead person’s credit card, you have to wonder how nefarious was the behavior of those two non-starting miscreants to earn their coach’s wrath.

The answer, of course, is just enough.

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