Daily Archives: September 14, 2010

For once, it really IS the media’s fault.

I am absolutely flabbergasted by something Gregg Doyel reports (h/t Boys of Old Florida).

… I just found out why college football is plagued by a preseason coaches poll, a poll that sets the tone for the entire season and is probably going to lead — four months later — to Boise State riding its Holiday Bowl resume into the national championship game.

What did I find out? I found out that it’s the media’s fault.

More to the point, it’s USA Today’s fault.

The coaches wanted to eliminate the preseason poll last year. USA Today, which operates the poll, talked them out of it.

This is not a guess. This is a fact. I just hung up with USA Today deputy managing editor Jim Welch, who relayed that story to me. Last year the American Football Coaches Association commissioned the Gallup World Poll to study its poll and to make recommendations for improving it. One of those recommendations, Welch said, was to do away with the preseason poll — and to not release its first poll until a month into the season.

“The coaches seemed to agree with that,” Welch said.

So why didn’t it happen?

“We don’t view that as a good idea,” Welch said.

Holy Mother of Crap.  For what is probably the first time in the history of the Coaches Poll, they were actually going to do the right thing… and then bowed to a media agenda.  (Doyel notes that the AP feels the same way about its preseason poll.)

Here’s the thing that really rankles:  how many of these same assholes who “want to plan pages around it”, as the AP sports editor refers to the agenda, bitch and moan in their pages about how unfair the polls are in deciding who makes the BCS?

I guess as long as they’ve got something to write about, they’re happy.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

The myth of a seamless transition

For those of you who disagree with my assessment that Georgia’s defense was likely to struggle early because of the scheme change and were profoundly disappointed in the way the defense performed in Columbia, some of Mark Richt’s comments from today’s presser might be enlightening.

… Nose tackle DeAngelo Tyson, who played every snap at South Carolina, did so even after getting treatment during the game for a knee sprain. He also admitted he got tired.

The reason Justin Anderson and Kwame Geathers, two bigger nose tackles, didn’t play was because South Carolina was in a three-receiver set almost the entire game, and in Georgia’s nickel package, Tyson is the nose.

But Richt said they were working on changing their personnel package, so the bigger nose tackles will be in there.

Richt also said the defensive line has to “drop anchor” a bit more. There were too big a seam for the linebackers to try and make plays…

This is a work in progress, folks.  Grantham is going to be feeling his way around personnel issues for at least the first third of the season.

One thing I like about what Richt has said after the loss is that there’s not just room for improvement, but that he and the staff expect it.  That’s a definite step up from the “in the arena” talk we got after last year’s Tennessee debacle.  This week, we’ll see where it leads.  As Richt says, Arkansas is a big game – not simply in terms of wins and losses, but also in demonstrating that attitudes and expectations are changing for the better.

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Justice in Knoxville

It’s no surprise that Da’Rick Rogers walks out of court, but you’ve got to love this note:

… Defense attorney Don Bosch says by performing the community service, Rogers isn’t admitting guilt. Instead, he wants to prevent teammates who witnessed his July 9 arrest from having to testify at a hearing.

How convenient for everyone.

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

Class move

Georgia has elected to broadcast the Idaho State game on WSB TV instead of going the pay-per-view route.

“This free-of-charge broadcast is a way to give back to our fans throughout the state,” Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity said in a statement. “We believe making the game available on WSB TV and its coverage area is a way to show our appreciation to Bulldogs around our state.”

Well played, sir.

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Next time, try a better scam.

Maybe Chris Hawkins should have signed A.J. to a one-day professional basketball contract with a $1000 signing bonus.

Best of all, he could have framed that, too.

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If Chris Rainey’s calling, pick up the phone.

Otherwise, he gets kinda upset.

Christopher Rainey, 22, of Lakeland, a wide receiver for the Gators, was charged with aggravated stalking of a woman he has been dating on and off for about three years.

Gainesville Police said the incident began when the woman fell asleep and missed a call from Rainey.

Officer Jesse Bostick said Rainey went to the woman’s home and she talked to him for about 10 minutes, then told him to leave. According to Bostick, Rainey sent a text to the woman that said “Time to die.” The woman called police after receiving the text.

I’m so looking forward to the next Red and Black editorial about how Urban Meyer keeps his players’ behavior under control.

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UPDATE: Events like this are what God created Twitter for.

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UPDATE #2: You mess with Chris Rainey, you mess with Gator Nation.

The alleged victim appeared in court as well, and indicated that she was not afraid of Rainey and her intention was not to have him arrested.  Instead, she’s concerned over the media coverage the arrest has garnered.

“People all over the country have been calling my cell phone,” the woman said. “I’m not afraid of him. I’m more afraid of all the repercussions.”

By the time they get done with this in Gainesville, she’ll be the one facing charges.

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UPDATE #3: I guess this means Steve Addazio isn’t taking Rainey’s calls, either.

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The best laid marketing plans

Here’s a logo deal that might be something Greg McGarity would like to revisit, at least before Victoria’s Secret gets Damon Evans to do an embarrassing promotional video (he’s got experience).

(h/t Darren Rovell)

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