Monthly Archives: December 2010

For Georgia fans, one less hard call to make.

Here’s an example of how Greg McGarity gets it:

To some, it is a tough call: watching the third round of the Masters or attending G-Day. You won’t have to make that choice next April.

Plans are “being finalized” to move Georgia’s spring football game back a week to April 16, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity told me as we waited at Hartsfield-Jackson for a (delayed) flight to Memphis on Monday. The Masters will be played April 7-10.

The G-Day game has been played on Masters Saturday the past couple of years. McGarity figures G-Day will benefit in terms of attendance and media attention by avoiding a conflict with the Masters.

You’d think that was obvious, wouldn’t you?

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“I’m a Gator,” he said. “That’s what I am right now.”

It sounds like Will Muschamp’s got some serious internal recruiting to attend to.

When your clearest option for transfer is Division III football and you can’t rule that out entirely, that’s not exactly a vote of personal confidence for the regime change.

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Thanks, dad.

There is something wonderfully ironic about this.

Around this time in 2009, Texas Tech wide receiver Adam James was about to wrap a productive season with the Red Raiders that would see him grab a career-high 17 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown.

But for the 2010 season, James was moved to tight end and has so far managed only two catches for 26 yards and no touchdowns with just the team’s Ticket City bowl game against Northwestern on New Year’s Day remaining.

Maybe Tuberville believed the best chance for protecting Master James’ fragile health was to limit his exposure to on-the-field contact.  No word yet on Craig James’ reaction to his thoughtfulness.

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“But we’ve just gotta come out here and look at it as a business opportunity.”

If you’re looking for reasons why 2010 turned out to be a lost season for Georgia football, here’s a good one.

… When the season started, Georgia hoped to have Ealey and King as a potent tandem. They talked of each rushing for 1,000 yards. Instead the Bulldogs will end up having had each available in only seven of their 13 games.

What is striking now is the tone of the coaches.  I don’t want to say that they’ve written Ealey and King off entirely, but it’s pretty clear between yesterday’s comment from Richt about King (the current Quote of the Day), Bobo’s mention of how close the coaches came to taking the redshirt off Ken Malcome and Ealey’s own awareness that he’s in competition with the redshirted Malcome and a player who hasn’t even committed to Georgia yet to be next year’s number one back that the coaches aren’t married to this year’s top two.

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Uncommon sense

The next time you hear somebody make an argument which is essentially based on an assumption that your typical 18 to 21-year old student athlete is a fully mature and thoughtful human being, you might want to point out to that person that not one but two sets of college coaches found it prudent to block their players from having access to a place that’s seen more than 3,000 people die this year as the result of a drug war.

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Trying to recapture the old Gailey magic

This image may be the best sports metaphor of 2010:

Even the Air Force mascot had enough sense to flee the scene of the crime at yesterday’s Independence Bowl.

With the loss, Georgia Tech is on an impressive run.

… Tech finished with a 6-7 record, its first losing season since a 5-6 campaign in 1996. It lost five of its last six games and has dropped its past six bowl games, including the last three under Johnson.

It’s gotten bad enough that Paul Johnson, Mark Bradley’s resident genius, is looking back at the Gailey era with what sounds like a certain amount of nostalgia.

“I want to fix this and get us back to where we belong, where we’ve been,” Johnson said.

Chantastic!  As a Georgia fan, I’m down with that.

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UPDATE: If you’re a Tech fan, Paul Myerberg has a depressing observation for you.

… Far from taking another step forward in Paul Johnson’s third season — history had shown the third year under his watch to be a turning point — Georgia Tech enters the winter nursing its wounds, eyeballing a cloudier future at the tail end of a 6-7 finish, the program’s first sub-.500 campaign since 1996.  [Emphasis added.]

Maybe the program is bigger than the coach.

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UPDATE #2: Per the Wall Street Journal, TV viewers don’t like watching the Jackets any more than the falcon does.

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Setback? What setback?

Can somebody explain why this is a problem for Christian LeMay?

Four-star quarterback Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C., has been ruled ineligible for the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. LeMay practiced with Georgia recently, which made him ineligible to participate in a high school all-star game. This is the latest setback for LeMay, who did not play as a senior following a suspension from his high school.

I mean, he’s disqualified from some trivial high school all-star game that’s no doubt put on primarily for the benefit of recruitniks, but the reason he’s disqualified is because he practiced at the school he intends to enroll at next month.  In other words, it’s all systems go for the kid and Georgia.

Now, maybe it’s a shame that Rivals has one less player to opine about (or sell subscriptions about), but I don’t think that’s LeMay’s problem at this point.

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Envy and jealousy, cranky old man edition

If you look up the definition of curmudgeon in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure you’ll find Frank Deford’s mug there, but this is still a good shot:

… Everybody is in a funk about college football because of the stupid BCS. And the guy who won the Heisman Trophy was arrested for stealing a laptop at Florida and is playing for Auburn only because his father couldn’t sell him to Mississippi State. Oh well, be grateful for small favors. The likely MVP in the NFL is an ex-con.

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Win-win.

I’m not sure what I enjoy most about this story – that James Willis, after being given a shot at defensive coordinator by his long-time head coach Tommy Tuberville, is walking away from his mentor, that Tuberville learned about the move from third parties instead of from Willis directly, or that Will Muschamp’s first coaching hire at Florida may be the guy who masterminded a defense which ranked No. 116 out of 120 major-college teams in total defense and last in pass defense in 2010.

It’s all good, though.

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Ice, iced baby.

Wes Byrum’s heroics notwithstanding, it’s interesting to see there’s one bit of conventional wisdom that may actually have some validity to it.

… But a study published in September by a University of San Diego professor has delivered the worst news of all to kickers: Icing works. Really, really well.

Nadav Goldschmied, an adjunct professor at the university’s psychology department, examined field goals over six seasons, 2002 to 2007. He identified 273 attempts that he considered “pressure” kicks, those attempted in overtime, or with one minute or less remaining in regulation when the kicking team was tied or trailing by 3 points or fewer.

Of the 163 field-goals attempted when a timeout was not called before the kick, 80.4 percent were successful. But in the 110 cases when the kicker was iced, the success rate dropped to 66.4 percent, a difference that Goldschmied — and probably every coach in the N.F.L. — considers significant.

I’d like to see what a similar study for college football presents.  I can’t imagine that college kickers are less immune to pressure than their pro counterparts are.  If anything, I’d expect the opposite.

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