Daily Archives: August 5, 2010

That hot seat just keeps getting hotter.

Marc Weiszer reports that the NCAA released single-year Academic Progress Rates for Division I head coaches in six sports, including football and basketball, today.

This will get your blood boiling:

UGA’s Mark Richt’s ranks 1st among SEC fb coaches with 966.8 average APR.

There’s got to be somebody out there who can do better than that.

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Filed under Academics? Academics., Georgia Football

It’s like he never left us.

I was getting ready to post something on what a comfort it is to see Ron Franklin’s name on the ESPN announcers guest list for 2010, but I’ll let Spencer Hall say it instead:

FRESH BREEZE. Is his exile over? Did he submit to the obscene, unspeakable sexual torture rites administered by ESPN higher-ups in torchlit cloisters by men in opera masks and red robes? Paris is worth a mass, and having Ron Franklin back would be worth a ruined ass, since he is listed as a returning announcer and, if there is any justice on this harsh prairie of existence, will be calling games of significance (i.e. not late November Big 12 games) on Saturday afternoons.

That ESPN still has Mike Patrick and Craig James calling some SEC night games is an obscenity, but progress is always an incremental thing while disaster happens all at once. We all know that’s still Ron’s seat, and everyone else is just keeping it warm for the Silver Fox’s magnificent ass.*

Ditto on being subjected to Craig James instead of Uncle Ron, but I’ll take what I can get from the WWL.  (Especially if it doesn’t involve Pam Ward’s voice.)

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How’s this for dirty?

Stewart Mandel dips into his mailbag and gets “dirty” with some of his readers:

… My hope with the Nutt-Masoli piece was that readers might take a moment to rethink what truly constitutes “dirty” in this day and age. It’s been an eventful off-season for scandal-related headlines, and as I wrote in the lead, I’ve noticed fans throwing around the d-word with reckless abandon, demonizing coaches and programs based mostly on blanket assumptions and innuendo. Listening to some of the revisionist history out there about Pete Carroll‘s USC tenure, you’d think he was handing Reggie Bush money out of his own wallet, which couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re going to accuse someone of being “dirty,” it really ought to be for something of his own doing.

Which makes you wonder why he didn’t take the chance to weigh in on the Elliott Porter story.  Miles’ mistake here isn’t one born of sloppiness (like mismanaging the game clock), but rather as the result of a conscious decision to oversign coupled with a certain amount of arrogance in expecting a kid to accept a decision to greyshirt after signing and moving into his dorm room.  Yecch.  Even worse, because of that timing, that kid now has to obtain a waiver to be eligible to play anywhere else this season.  Double yecch.

Miles will no doubt get flayed alive on the recruiting trail for this and justifiably so, but, Stewart, where’s the outrage?

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Rashomon in cleats

From the People-See-What-They-Want-To-See Department:  compare Year2′s retrospective look at Tim Tebow in Florida’s passing game last season…

Perhaps more than anything else, the issue was the way that Tim Tebow tended to get laser-locked on to Riley Cooper and Aaron Hernandez to the exclusion of his other receivers. If they weren’t open, more often than not he’d take off and run. In the past when that happened it was with Percy Harvin, and that tended to work well enough. That’s because it was Percy Harvin.

This kind of thing was all too common last season after Tebow’s concussion. He didn’t get it while scrambling, but rather while standing in the pocket. He never was quite comfortable in the pocket again (understandably) until the Sugar Bowl, and his lock-on syndrome with Cooper and Hernandez only got worse. Florida’s offense was still effective enough to win all but one after the concussion, but it never had a chance to live up to its preseason billing.

… with the way Denver Post sportswriter Woody Paige sees that same player’s ability to read the field:

A good friend of mine is a college football coach who recently went to a clinic held by former Florida Gators offensive coordinator Dan Mullen. He said Tim Tebow is a great leader, a great physical talent, but just can’t process information quickly. That doesn’t sound too good — seeing that the NFL is all about reading defenses and processing information very quickly. Do you have any inside info regarding Tebow’s ability to read defenses at the snap of the ball?

— Alex, St. George, Utah

Woody Paige: Thanks, Alex. Great question. Josh McDaniels told me months ago that one of the major attributes Tebow possessed that impressed the coach was his ability to read defensive linemen and linebackers. Scott Loeffler, the quarterbacks coach at Florida (who formerly was in the NFL), agreed with that assessment.

McDaniels said he questioned Tebow about various alignments and defenses, and Tebow unquestionably knew how to read defenses.

I genuinely believe McDaniels in this case. He wouldn’t have put so much stock in Tebow if he didn’t believe the rookie was capable of recognizing defenses at the snap of the ball.

After Mullen left Florida to become the Mississippi State head coach, he was quoted as saying that Tebow was the best in the country at moving the ball “but won’t beat you with the big play” after the loss of Percy Harvin and a couple of other Gators who left the previous year.

I have gone back and studied the statistics, and the Gators had the 10th-most sacks allowed in the Southeastern Conference during the regular season. I think most people remember the big sack in the Kentucky game that resulted in a Tebow concussion, but the defender was on top of him from the blind side before he could react. Honestly, he didn’t get much pass protection last year at Florida and ended up much of the time just taking off and running.

Obviously, some of this is driven by the narrative you need at the moment – Tebow is in every Gator fan’s rear view mirror now, while he’s become the great hope in Denver – but I would think anyone who watched SEC football last season without a fan’s perspective on the matter would recognize Year2′s analysis as being more reality based.

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Battered fan syndrome

How else can you explain this?

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Crime and Punishment