Daily Archives: March 31, 2009

“It’s old news.”

USA Today’s Ray Glier reviews Behind the Hedges: Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia, which centers on the Michael Adams-Vince Dooley power struggle, but sounds like it turns over a lot more rocks than that.

See if this doesn’t get your blood boiling:

Among the details in the book:

• The school spent $138,000 for Adams’ presidential party in New Orleans when Hawaii played Georgia in the Sugar Bowl following the 2007 season, with $28,000 spent on a party Adams hosted at a popular New Orleans bar, Pat O’Brien’s. The money came from the school’s athletic association, according to the author, who reviewed previous reports of the party in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

• Don Leebern, a millionaire member of the state’s Board of Regents and an Adams’ ally, asked Dooley to make gymnastics coach Suzanne Yoculan an associate athletics director because the gymnastics coach at Alabama, a Yoculan rival, had a similar title. Dooley refused, and Barbara Dooley said in the book her husband’s decision to buck Leebern helped get Dooley pushed out as athletics director.

Yoculan’s gymnastics teams have won nine national championships. She and Leebern have a personal relationship.

• The book looks at the $250,000 Adams paid in a side deal to Donnan. The payment was never approved by the athletics board, and the audit by Deliotte & Touche said there was an effort to conceal the payment from the school’s athletics board.

• The audit report, which is included in the book, found that Adams’ family and friends received tickets to the presidential box at home football games under the guise they were major donor prospects to the university. The audit said Adams might have violated IRS tax code on taxable fringe benefits.

• Dooley said Adams wrote a letter to a high school basketball recruit taking credit for the hiring of Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick and calling Harrick a “long-time friend.” Dooley wanted to hire Mike Brey, the current Notre Dame coach, who was at Delaware. Brey cooled to the job. Later, Dooley said Brey told him he was so put-off by Adams during an interview that he could not work for Georgia.

Let’s just hope nobody gives Mike Anderson a copy of the book.

And the most telling paragraph in the piece?

Whitt, the book’s author, died in January of a heart attack. He had been urged to write the book by former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, a prominent Atlanta attorney and Adams critic. In the book, Bell, who has since died, said Adams used the athletics vs. academics angle to thwart any pressure from the Board of Regents and saved his job.

Let’s see, pissing off powerful people and hiding behind athletics bashing doesn’t strike me as the best recipe for success.  The release of this book is bound to stir up some powerful feelings.  We’ll see how long Adams can go with a “no comment”.

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You can take your head away from his butt now.

Things aren’t going swimmingly with the I-formation package at Florida’s spring practice.

”That I-package, I’m not sure how long that will be sticking around here,” Meyer said. “You want to have it in, but like I said four years ago when I walked on this campus, we don’t really have an offense. It’s an offense based on what we have, so we can run [the I-formation] all we want, but if the players struggle . . . we won’t run [it].”

Urban ain’t stupid.  Getting Tebow under center to make NFL scouts calmer is one thing.  Screwing up Florida’s offense is another.

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Turning the battleship around

Yeah, I know there are a ton of injuries, and, yeah, I know it’s just a spring scrimmage, but after you read a quote like this, you realize there’s a lot of work ahead shoring up the team psyche in Athens.

… A few big plays, including a 75-yard touchdown from Aaron Murray to Vernon Spellman, turned the tide after a strong start defensively, and cornerback Prince Miller said he was disappointed in how his team responded.

“I know on our end, we gave up some big plays,” Miller said. “We could have been better about being more vocal, being a team. Guys had good efforts, just overall we need to learn to be a team and fight through it.”

Even the head man noticed.

“I thought it was relatively even, kind of back and forth,” Richt said Monday. “We’ve got a long way to go yet, but we also saw a lot of good things. We’ve got to be able to handle adversity a little better on both sides of the ball. Things don’t always go the way you want in football, and you’ve got to be able to recover.”

None of this is to say that the situation is hopeless – far from it.  At least there’s general recognition that it’s a problem area that has to be addressed.  But for all the talk about being underdogs, having chips on shoulders and players leading themselves, it takes time (and a healthier team) to change bad habits and attitudes.

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Tuesday morning buffet

This, that and the other:

  • Jeremy Longo goes down. I guess we’re about to find out how many defensive ends you need to play a G-Day game.
  • Even better, from the same article we learn that the Dawgs are getting a head start on next season’s injury list, as incoming offensive lineman Austin Long underwent back surgery that will keep him out at least until bowl practice.
  • Spoilsport.
  • Houston Nutt, trend setter?
  • As far as  GPOOE™-related rants go, this is a pretty good one.  I particularly liked the coining of the term “Tebowism” – that’s got some potential.
  • This is definitely not cool.  On the plus side, at least he’s not a current player.
  • The NCAA may be about to find out that when it comes to a cash-strapped state weighing the benefits of hosting the rowing finals versus bringing in a significant new revenue source, it’s not much of a choice.

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