Wednesday morning buffet

Feel free to indulge yourselves:

  • At least 26 schools are adding football programs between 2009 and 2013.  Why?
  • Georgia is 24th in ESPN’s preseason power rankings.  Just thought you’d like to know.
  • Speaking of preseason power rankings, did you ever expect to see Tennessee listed at eleventh in the SEC?
  • CBS Sports executive vice president of programming anticipates that TV viewership of SEC football may decline in the wake of the GPOOE’s™ departure.  Sad tears.
  • Tommy Tuberville closes Texas Tech practices to the public, citing the “element of surprise”.
  • Think the Gator media identifies with the program too much?  Check out this quote from Pat Dooley“… if Meyer had been hired from Bowling Green in 2002 and gone 9-3 Gator fans would have been all over him. So don’t talk about Zook’s tenure as a failure, but as a needed block in the foundation of the building we have today.” Who’s this “we” you’re referring to, Pat? (h/t ChicagoDawg)
  • Doc Saturday takes a look at my favorite fourth quarter college QB, Ricky Stanzi.
  • Pat Forde is pretty impressed with the SEC.
  • Heisman Pundit is kinda, sorta impressed with the SEC.  At least for the moment.  But check back with him.  Because something might change.
  • A sensible editorial about North Campus… which means it’ll be totally ignored by you-know-who.
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30 responses to “Wednesday morning buffet

  1. Cynical in Athens

    I cannot help but think of Georgia State adding football when I read the first article. It was already the state’s largest school, and they wanted to grow in numbers and revenue as well.

    It’s funny that the Hope scholarship has allowed lots of kids go to college that would not have before, and the schools are trying to soak up all the money from that they can, while totally ignoring the fact that the Hope scholarship is bankrupt, and the incredible rates of college attendance are going to drop precipitously over the next decade if the Hope is not capped.

    Just as the incredible building booms at Georgia College, Georgia Southern and Valdosta St. are not sustainable, nor will these fledgling football programs.

    A lot of folks at a lot of schools across America are going to get left holding the bag when their lottery funded scholarships get reduced, and there aren’t enough students or alumni to support football. Football is great when it makes money, but ask most Sunbelt schools how good football is to them.

    • Gen. Stoopnagle

      I’d bet most of Georgia’s colleges and universities (particularly State) will be OK once HOPE is bankrupt. First, the numbers of HS grads in Georgia is projected to continue an upward trend in the next half decade, at least, translating into a larger applicant pool for all state institutions. The building spree is in part HOPE driven, but it’s also driven by record numbers of students.

      Second, there’s a lot of debate about how much “access” HOPE provides, as opposed to “choice.” Many HOPE scholars are people who are going to attend college anyway, HOPE simply makes higher cost options available to them. Of course, there are some folks who likely wouldn’t attend without HOPE, but expansive federal aid for students will likely make up the slack (if the information problem can be overcome for those individuals).

      If I had to guess, I’d say State, Southern and Kennesaw will continue to do well and that more families will opt for more local institutions because of overall costs. What this might mean for UGA isn’t entirely clear. Many families opt for HOPE instead of spending those 529s at UNC or Vandy. Will they spend those 529s at UGA at a very reasonable rate of in-state tuition or will they perceive the prestige/price ratio differently?

      As far as capping HOPE, I wouldn’t hold my breath. It’s essentially viewed as a middle-class entitlement now which leads me to believe that alternative methods of funding it are probably on the horizon. That is, unless Georgia politicians grow a backbone which none of them currently can claim.

  2. ruteger

    Georgia is 24th in ESPN’s preseason power rankings, behind Arkansas, LSU and Auburn. But if you head over to ESPN’s SEC power rankings, Georgia is 3rd, ahead of Arkansas, LSU and Auburn. As Chris Low puts it, “There’s not a lot of difference in the third best team and eighth best team, which should make for an intriguing fall”. Indeed.

  3. Dante

    Element of surprise? Forget the spread. Tommy Tuberville is gearing up the Spanish Inquisition offense.

  4. jw

    Did anyone notice that Jeremy Foley got a hmm/urr Promotion/banishment to “Minneapolis” to cover the Vikings. Funny, if he was being promoted why couldn’t he stay in sunny Orlando and cover the Heat or Jacksonville Jags, TB Bucks, etc. they are both within 2 hours of Orlando. Nope, he had to get promoted all the way across country to the SNOW zone to cover the Vikings so he would be no where NEAR Urban or the UF program. just sayin.. don’t cross UM, bad dude…

    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      Has UGA taken the wrong approach with the media?

      The UGA sports information department is known amongst journalists as being among the most accommodating and professional in all of college athletics. Claude Felton is considered (and in fact is) one of the best in the business. Mark Richt is almost always respectful and polite when talking to the press. And the two times I think he was possibly less than completely respectful, he promptly apologized.

      And where has it gotten UGA (or “us” as Pat Dooley would say)? Georgia gets hammered in tag team fashion by columnists for the major local newspaper. Paul Finebaum invents out of thin air the idea that Richt is on some kind of hot seat. There’s the idiot in Dalton; and even the late, great revered David Hale felt free to take shots at the program, players and coaches on his blog.

      But its not just successful coaches like Myer and Saban who have been able to cow the press. Look at Derek Dooley. He’s treated the press with something approaching contempt and held access to players and coaches over the heads of the media, thereby limiting discussion of his numerous questionable moves.

      It doesn’t seem the press respects a coach unless it fears a coach. Perhaps Georgia should stop trying to be “the nice guys.” We all know where they finish.

      • Dawg93

        David Hale took “shots” at the program, players and coaches? As an avid reader of his blog, I beg to differ. I think you’re being a little overly sensitive.

        • No One Knows You're a Dawg

          I was thinking in particular of his in-game blog posts regarding UGA’s defense and special teams play. Not that what he said at times wasn’t true, but I have a difficult time imagining the beat reporters (or other media) for UF, UA or even UT making similar comments.

          The disregard, manipulation and outright hostility those programs show towards the press paradoxically results in more respectful coverage. The media, deliberately starved of info., is forced to compete hard for the few crumbs of info that are doled out. This causes the press to self-censor its coverage-and in some cases openly cheerlead for the program.

          I recall Hale noting that the Gator press contingent actually shows up for SEC Media Days wearing Gator gear. Why? Because they’re all walking on eggshells, hoping to get favorably notice by Urban Myer and praying they do nothing to incur his wrath and end up re-assigned by their paper to Minnesota.

          I prefer the professionalism of Felton and Richt, but that doesn’t seem to be the way to play the game now.

          • So you would gladly sacrifice the pillars of good journalism, integrity and objectivity, that were always displayed by Hale for the sake of more preferable UGA treatment in the media? If that’s your true belief, then I would argue that your priorities are far out of line, sir.

            Maybe you’d prefer that journalists start treating the Darfur situation like that or the atrocities that go on elsewhere in the world? Obviously I’m being hyperbolic here, but by implying that you prefer journalists that would walk the company line creates a very slippery slope in the world of reporting. Objectivity and integrity are all these guys have. Otherwise, they just become another hack like Finebaum/Bradley/Jim Rome. I’d rather journalists take the hard stance and tell me how things actually are no matter how offended I might get rather than paint a rosy picture of everything that’s going on.

            • Dawg93

              Auditdawg sums up my feelings on this perfectly. I’ll take a guy like Hale any day over those UF beat writers.

              And once we start playing like UF, maybe we’ll find our “treatment” from reporters a little bit more to our liking.

            • No One Knows You're a Dawg

              I think we are essentially in agreement as to the value of objective journalism. My complaint is that such journalism is under assault at certain programs-to the extent that the press, rather than discussing how things actually are, has either neutered itself or become a de facto cheering section.

              I didn’t mention David Hale to criticize him or his blog posts. As I said, they were often snarky but true. I was instead trying to make the point that similar behavior would land a reporter in hot water with the Powers That Be at certain other schools.

              I’m not arguing that a bullied media is best for the fans trying to obtain objective information about the program. I’m arguing that from the perspective of UGA, the “nice guy” approach, however professional, doesn’t appear to be the best way to obtain favorable coverage and in fact makes the media feel free to take shots (ala hack like Finebaum/Bradley/Jim Rome).

      • Go Dawgs!

        Incidentally, the “idiot in Dalton” got a better job. He’s now the “idiot in Gainesville (GA)”. It sometimes pays to say stupid crap for the sake of saying stupid things.

      • Sorry, but I think you’re going waaay over the top here.

        We’re sensitive to criticism of the program, but Georgia has gotten its share of love from the media over the years; after all, it was a consensus preseason #1 going into 2008.

        And using Adam Krohn – Adam Krohn! – to bolster your argument is pretty weak beer, IMO. Do even twenty people read him regularly?

        Finebaum’s pissed all over almost every SEC coach you can think of, with the possible exception of Spurrier. He’s your prototypical front runner. He smells blood in the water with Richt and that’s why he’s leading that charge.

        As for Dooley, he’s been getting some criticism from the media over his handling of Brawlgate. Just check out Chip Towers’ post from yesterday.

  5. JasonC

    Surprised I didn’t see any links to the GFOOE a few days ago.

    (F = Friar)

  6. The Realist

    The North Campus situation is a fustercluck. Hendley got it right in that development in other parts of the campus pushed tailgaters to North Campus to begin with. The powers that be had no foresight, and were left woefully unprepared for the amount of traffic that was forced to move to North Campus.

    Now, they have demolished the Hull Street parking lot, which housed at least a couple hundred tailgaters. Where are they going to go? Add to that the displaced North Campus refugees, and you have created one hell of a situation at 7:00 a.m. on Sept. 4th. When you remove tailgate groups from familiar surroundings, you find yourself with behavior that has been uncommon for that area… hence, the North Campus fiasco.

    As much as it pains me to say, pay for tailgating is the easiest way to keep out the riff-raff while letting responsible people do what they want. An additional revenue stream for a school in a budget crisis? I’m surprised this hasn’t happened already.

    • As I’ve said before, that’s coming. It’s just that Adams wants us to feel grateful when he imposes the charge.

      • Normaltown Mike

        I wouldn’t discount Adams’ interest in squeezing more money out of the AA.

        When people say he’s political, they don’t mean he wears a funny straw hat with red, white and blue stripes and an “I like IKE” button.

        It means he knows where the bodies are buried and who to twist to get what he wants. In this case, the AA is a cash cow and is not obligated to throw that cheese into his kitty fund (though Damon used to give about seven figures each year). Like Rahm Emanuel, he doesn’t want to let a crisis go to waste.

      • 69Dawg

        The tailgate situation has been going from bad to worst since at least 2001. I have never tailgated on North Campus. I was aways on Hull Street and the only time we had a trash problem was when we had night games. Last year was the perfect storm for North Campus and most of the tailgate areas. All those night games and all that time for people to drink and create trash and no additional trash containers. Adams has waited for years for this to blow up and now it has and he will be charging for North Campus space by next year. At least he is so shallow you can see right through him.

    • Scott W.

      Was it lack of foresight or exactly what they wanted to happen. I didn’t have a ticket to the Alabama game and I saw the complete mess that was left. Curiously though in all my years of tailgating someone (physical plant employees, various university employees) begin clean up while everyone is at the game. No one was on North Campus except the mess.

  7. What’s this “element of surprise” that Tuberville refers to? Does he plan on only running twice out of the power I every four downs rather than the standard three?

    I would assume the fact that Texas Tech is going to attempt to run the ball and play competent defense would be an element of surprise for anybody that’s followed that team the last decade.

  8. DawgByte

    … and now for something completely different.

    Any news on Bean Anderson at Nose Tackle? We’ve heard coaches praise Tyson and also talk about the shape Geathers is in, but nothing about Bean’s transition. The guy is a complete mystery to me. He’s a beast with incredible talent, but has just not quite materialized. I hope he finds a home at Nose and wreaks havoc on opposing OL’s. Any news on him?

    • What little I’ve heard so far is about what you’d expect – that he’s a work in progress.

      I think it’ll be a while before he emerges as a serious contributor at the nose position.