Daily Archives: March 9, 2010

In the matter of Leach versus…. Tuberville?

We all know one of the words best used to describe Mike Leach is “quirky”, so nothing coming from his direction should be that surprising, but, still, how do you explain what this is all about?

… Meanwhile, Leach’s attorneys have subpoenaed documents from Frenship Independent School District. They are seeking any correspondence between F.I.S.D. and Texas Tech University and/or Tech’s new head football coach, Tommy Tuberville. Court documents imply that Leach’s legal team is especially interested in any conversations about enrolling members of the Tuberville family in the school district.

The only thing I can think of that may be relevant is timing – when did Tuberville know he was getting the Texas Tech job, in other words.  You wonder if somebody is going to be chasing after Tommy with a subpoena soon.

God, please let this case go to trial.  We’re talking potential epic here.

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This is news… in Idaho.

President Obama has time to meet with the President of El Salvador, but not the Boise State football team.

Orrin Hatch is so not voting for health care reform.

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Hugo Chavez’ plans for North American canine domination

I gave you early notice.

Now he’s got a toe hold.

Today, Iron Dog. Tomorrow, Hairy Dawg. (AP photo)

Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

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Not. Bitter. At. All.

Hey, any time somebody wants to kick Kevin Ramsey to the curb, I’m down with that.  So, you go, Dunta Robinson.

Q: You’re an Athens native. Why didn’t you go to the University of Georgia?

A: Georgia really didn’t recruit me. They recruited me hard my junior year and sent me a few letters my senior year. … . So that’s something that I’d like to ask (head coach) Jim Donnan and (assistant) coach (Kevin) Ramsey because they were there at the time. If anybody gets that answer from them, please let me know.

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More of that 2010 doom stuff…

Phil Steele’s got a post up at his blog about which college teams will lose the most to this year’s NFL draft.

He starts with this premise:

After several years of research I have found that almost 7 out of every 10 teams that rank among the top in the NCAA in players drafted struggle the next year and have a weaker record. I call it the Draft Day Party Hangover Effect.

The bad news is that Georgia suffers from the 19th biggest binge on his list.  The good news is that there are several teams on Georgia’s schedule, along with some other SEC schools, which will have partied harder:

  • Florida, 1st
  • Alabama, 5th
  • Tennessee, 6th
  • Georgia Tech, 8th
  • LSU, 9th
  • Ole Miss, 16th

It’s interesting to tie this into Steele’s list of returning starters in the SEC.

OFF
DEF
ST
TOTAL
Arkansas
9*
7
2
18
Georgia
10
6
2
18
Mississippi St
7
8
2
17
South Carolina
8*
7
2
17
Auburn
7
8
1
16
Florida
6
7
2
15
Kentucky
5*
7
1
13
Tennessee
4
7
2
13
LSU
6*
4
2
12
Mississippi
4
6
1
11
Vanderbilt
5*
5
1
11
Alabama
8*
2
0
10

Florida loses a bunch of talent, but is upper-middle of the pack in terms of returning starters.  That would suggest to me that the falloff may not be as severe as some predict for the Gators in 2010 – although there will be some.  Alabama, on the other hand, looks like it faces a more daunting task than perhaps is acknowledged.  And I’m surprised that LSU isn’t being scrutinized more about its numbers.

Anyway you look at it, the math for Tennessee basically sucks.

Then there’s Georgia Tech, about which Steele has this to say:

Georgia Tech has had 22 players drafted in the last ten years which ranks them 8th in the ACC. This year that number could significantly change as the Yellow Jackets could lose as many as 5 players to the draft including highly regarded WR Demaryius Thomas and DE Derrick Morgan who both have the opportunity to get drafted in the 1st round this year.  RB Jonathan Dwyer will probably go in the 2nd round while FS Morgan Burnett will probably go in the 3rd round easily giving the Jackets their most points in over a decade!

So the Jackets lose their most talented bunch of players in more than ten years, but they do return the most starters in the ACC.  Paul Johnson, also.  Smells like back-to-back conference titles, right?  (Please make sure your sarcasm detectors are turned on.)

I’d say the good news outweighs the bad, if you’re a Georgia fan.

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Tuesday morning buffet

Better stuff than what they offer in the Remerton jail…

  • Well now, a coaches-who-need-to-win-now list that doesn’t have Mark Richt’s name on it.  That’s refreshing.
  • The Dread Pirate Leach is set to be deposed this week.  That should be entertaining.
  • Here’s the real reason for Urban Meyer’s leave of absence.
  • You can’t help rooting for Richard Samuel’s success with the position change.  Of course, you also can’t help but wonder why it took so long to happen.
  • Maybe the problem for the Big XII’s continued survival isn’t Texas, after all.
  • It takes a special kind of loutishness for a typical football fan to claim some sort of moral superiority in the wake of the Mettenberger arrest.  Unless you’re a Georgia Tech fan, of course, in which case it just comes with the territory.
  • Factoid of the day, via Mr. SteeleFlorida is #3 overall in the SEC in draft picks the last 10 years with 50 (Georgia #1 with 55).

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