Monthly Archives: March 2010

Sorry, but I couldn’t resist.

For all my faithful readers who continue to insist that the Dawgs are at a marked disadvantage for the WLOCP because Florida sees it as another home game, I have proof – proof, I tell you – that you’re wrong.

Check out this quote from Florida punter/emergency quarterback Chas Henry:

“If we have two guys go down, what do we do if we’re on the road at LSU or Georgia?” Henry said.  [Emphasis added.]

Evidently the Florida players think Jacksonville is located in Georgia.  Maybe Coach Richt should take a page out of the same playbook and convince his guys that Florida’s really a home game.  He could hardly get worse results for trying, right?

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Wednesday morning buffet

Lots of tasty goodness to tempt you with today -

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Mark Richt brings out the contrarian in me sometimes.

The big story today is that Coach Richt is spending more time with the offense and in the quarterback meetings.  But after reading his quotes in this post at Hale’s blog, I’m far more intrigued about the opposite – that he’s spending less time with the defense.

“I was actively coaching the quarterbacks in the very beginning. After some time, Mike was coaching them and I was basically an observer. It had been that way, and then I’d say the last maybe two or three years, I was not just sitting in every single meeting. I’d spend more time looking at defense or whatever. Now I’m just going to get in the offensive room where I feel I can add the most value from the knowledge I have of coaching over the years, and I’ll spend time with the defense after scrimmages and after games watching film with them as they grade and things of that nature. Same with the kicking game.”

Let’s summarize.  The head coach has decided he can afford to spend less time being involved with the defense that’s being coached by three newcomers, including a new coordinator who’s installing a scheme that’s a fairly radical departure from what he’s had in place since coming to Athens than he did with a bunch that for the most part had been with him from the inception running a scheme that had been in place since 2001.  Hmmm.  Why do you think that’s the case?

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UPDATE: David self-kibitzes about his initial post here.  He makes some solid points in doing so.

I hate to disagree with David a little bit here, but my sense is that Richt felt he had to involve himself more in the defense the last two or three seasons because it was clear that the results on the field were diminishing.  In other words, the change is less about the new guys and more about the old ones.  It was something he didn’t want to do, but it was clearly a buck-stops-here approach.

Now that he’s made the change, he’s going to sit back, relatively speaking, and see what the new defensive coaches are able to achieve.  In so doing, he allows himself to get back to what he loves the most.  As David put it,

Richt said he has not missed a single offensive team meeting or individual quarterback meeting this spring, and that will continue into the season. From what he says, he’s not running the meetings, but he’s getting a firsthand feel for how the meetings are run and how the players respond. He’s closer to the action now, and it really sounded to me more like that’s what it was about for Richt. He missed being there.

I think that’s right.  I don’t think it’s about Bobo much at all.

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Best horse-out-of-the-barn policy decision of 2010

It’s not even close.  The new attendance policies for Southern Cal practices include the following:

Among those not permitted access to practice are agents (such as athlete agents, marketing agents or financial advisors to athletes) or their employees, representatives or affiliates.

Amazing that you have to put something like that in writing in the first place…

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Couldn’t we have kept this our little secret?

Why does Brian Cook hate Georgia fans?

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Together again. Thanks, ESPN.

Looks like Tuberville and Saban are hooking up in 2012.

Texas Tech appears likely to play Alabama in the Red Raiders’ 2012 football season opener, Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said Monday.

Myers said Dave Brown, a vice president of programming for ESPN, ”brought us together on this.’’

“We’ve agreed to do it,’’ Myers said. “I think Alabama’s agreed to do it. But we haven’t gotten down to signing a contract or anything like that.’’

The deal would be for one game at a neutral site — in this case, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Myers said.

“Coach (Tommy) Tuberville is aware of the game and is in support of playing it,’’ Myers said. “I understand (Crimson Tide coach Nick) Saban is also on board for it. We’re in the talking stages, but we haven’t gotten down to talking contract with it yet.’’

Fear those fingers, ‘Bama fans.
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UPDATE: Not so fast, my friends.

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Kiffin watch: euphemism of the day

That would be “frayed relations”, as in

Sources said it was unlikely Tennessee tailback Bryce Brown would be allowed to transfer to USC because he would need to permission from Tennessee.

Brown, the No. 1-ranked prep player in the nation in 2009 when Kiffin signed him, is attending classes at Tennessee but is not participating in spring drills.

“I’d be shocked if that happened,” a source said, citing the frayed relations over Kiffin’s January departure to USC. … [Emphasis added.]

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