First, it was the NFL worrying about whether college quarterbacks coming out of spread attacks could adapt to pro-style offenses.
Now, it’s the college coaches who are fretting.
David Hale blogged yesterday about Georgia’s mindset in the post-Stafford/Moreno era and provided this quote from Mark Richt:
So as the Bulldogs move into the third week of voluntary summer workouts, Richt said there’s a distinctly different mentality among the players without Stafford and Moreno aboard.
“They’ve really decided that they have to come together as a team and work their tail off and get after it,” Richt said. “You can’t sit there and rely on a Stafford or a Moreno to carry the team.”
There’s certainly something to that criticism. But let’s not forget that the 2007 squad did a nice job of surfing the wave that those same two (particularly Moreno) created en route to a seven game winning streak to finish out the season. Some years things mesh better than in others.
This may be the most brazenly naked attempt at pot stirring I’ve ever read. Truly embarrassing.
Are his ratings falling, or something?
Lane Kiffin, Tennessee – (And I don’t use this salutation lightly. I can’t stand calling anyone Dude, or Buddy, or Pal, or what I’m about to use, and I bring it out only for emphasis. Kids, please don’t try this at home.) Bro, if you’re going to be this much of a raging, bull’s-eye-on-the-chest asshat, you had better bring it out of the gate…
– Pete Fiutak, College Football News, 6/23/09
SN: Do you put on the television every night and wonder if Coach Kiffin is going to pop up, saying something new or doing something that makes news?
JC: We’re just focusing on us. That’s the main goal, to make things better for us and go into fall camp getting ready for the season. I don’t really pay attention to what’s going on.
SN: What do you make of how he’s been portrayed to the rest of the country?
JC: People go out there and they do whatever they do. Everybody’s going to make money for their jobs. We’re a family here, and we’re not making a big deal out of any of that.
SN: Do you think Coach has embarrassed the program or Tennessee with some of the things he’s done?
JC: No comment. Like I said, we just focus on what’s going on here.
– Q & A with Jonathan Crompton, Sporting News, 6/22/09
I don’t know how good a quarterback he’ll be this year, but Crompton knows how to keep his head down.