Monthly Archives: January 2011

Envy and jealousy, hubba hubba edition

I got a chuckle out of this line from Andy Staples:

… Last year, I asked college football recruits to be more careful about what they posted on Facebook. What happens in the rural Mississippi strip club on an official visit probably should stay in the rural Mississippi strip club.

Words to live by, there.

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Filed under Envy and Jealousy

Today’s PSA – another edition of what makes America great

It’s two in the morning and you need some cheap beer?

Not to worry, Walgreens has you covered.

If anybody’s tried Big Flats 1901, please share the experience in the comments.


Filed under Uncategorized

Two out of three ain’t bad.

Demographics, baby:

What do individuals with post-graduate degrees, Republicans and Southerners have in common?

According to a survey by Harris Interactive Inc., those are the three top demographics for college football fans.

College football was least popular with Easterners, Hispanics and those without a college degree.


Filed under College Football

Are you experienced?

Phil Steele’s got his 2011 returning starters chart posted here.

Vanderbilt is the most experienced team in the country.  Auburn returns fewer starters than any other school, and by a wide margin.

Somehow I doubt any of that would matter if the two played each other this season (they don’t).


Filed under College Football

That ain’t no way to run a railroad.

A final note related to my two previous posts:

… Tereshinski says one factor that hasn’t gotten much notice is that because of construction, the team has been moved to a different weight room, and for the previous 18 months had been largely operating out of trailers. They didn’t have much room for equipment: No dip bars, no incline presses, and some other machines.

“Last year’s team was very limited, really because of the facility, of what they could get done,” he said. “So we were very weak in our triceps. We were very weak in our upper chests. So what happens is now that we have our full weight room capacities we’re really going to be able to develop our bodies fully. …

“That did affect this team. Because Georgia did not have anything that it was used to having. Now we have an unbelievable weight room, and we have everything we need.”

You can’t really blame that on the coaching staff.  In fact, I wonder how strenuously Richt objected to the timetable when it was presented to him by (I presume) Evans.  In the SEC these days, eighteen months of subpar training is pretty much a ticket to mediocrity… which, when you consider, is where the Georgia program has been the last two seasons.


Filed under Georgia Football

It’s real… and it’s spectacular.

Check out Gentry Estes’ photo tour of the Butts-Mehre renovation.

All I can say is wow.  No wonder recruits are paying attention to Richt this year.


Filed under Georgia Football

“We are training for football.”

Ordinarily, I’d brush quotes like this off as typical Georgia offseason sunshine pumping…

“I look at it this way,” Tereshinski said. “When December comes, I want to be able to sit in my chair and say I did everything I could in my power, in my mind and my heart and my soul, to make the Georgia football program better than I found it, when it comes to the strength and conditioning area.”

… except that the man radiates so much intensity about his business, even through a printed interview, I’m afraid he’d track me down and make me answer for it.

I just hope he’s making his players feel the same way.


Filed under Georgia Football

Wednesday morning buffet

It takes all kinds of things to fill a buffet.

  • This may be the most inane criticism of Gene Chizik you’ll ever read.
  • According to the Harris Poll, college football continues to hold steady as the third most popular sport for Americans.
  • Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne wonders if Texas’ new cable network with ESPN could conflict with NCAA recruiting rules about contact with high school prospects.
  • Lane Kiffin exploits a loophole in signing this year’s class.
  • Here’s how to measure whether a school’s offseason workout program is sufficiently intense.
  • Sometimes it’s not so much that the rich are different from you and me, it’s just that they’re bigger assholes.  (Not to mention that you have to question the judgment of a guy who throws a ginormous temper tantrum over not hiring Steve Addazio.)
  • Hugh Nall discusses Georgia’s coaching staff vacancy, among other things.
  • With all the excitement building over Florida’s spring, how soon is it before some pundit declares that Charlie Weis has remade John Brantley into the SEC’s second-best quarterback?
  • If that happens, Stan Drayton won’t be there to share in the buzz.
  • Record BCS revenues can only mean one thing:  PlayoffPAC is miffed“That imbalance [ed. - revenue distribution between the Big Six and the mid-majors] is unconscionable, given that it has no basis in post-season performance on the field and in the marketplace…” If the mids can match performance in the marketplace, why bother to stick around with the BCS anyway?


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, ESPN Is The Devil, Gators, Gators..., Gene Chizik Is The Chiznit, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, Political Wankery, Recruiting, The Body Is A Temple

Sometimes, it’s more than the Jimmies and Joes.

A depressing chart, via Doc Saturday:

If you need it spelled out, here’s what Matt observes:

… But that still doesn’t change the bigger picture: Those 13 schools alone have consistently produced a majority of the top five in the final polls, half of the top 10, at least half of the teams in the BCS and all of the national champions in the BCS era. (With Auburn’s triumph – thanks mainly to über recruit Cam Newton, the five-star headliner of a top five class last year – only two of the top dozen recruiting powers have failed to win a BCS championship: Georgia and Michigan. [Emphasis added.] Last year, Oregon was only the third team form outside of the group to even play for a BCS title, joining Virginia Tech in 1999 and Nebraska in 2001, and we might find the ’01 Cornhuskers were a pretty highly regarded bunch themselves if those numbers were available.)

I’m excited about the recent news on Georgia’s recruiting front, as much for what it indicates about a motivated coaching staff as for the potential talent infusion itself.  But if recent history is relevant, that’s only part of what needs to be addressed for Mark Richt to get things turned around this year.  If he can’t get the longstanding flaws suggested by Hinton’s data fixed, all he will have accomplished by signing a stellar 2011 class would be to leave a nicely stocked roster for his successor.  That’s not exactly the epitaph for his career at Georgia that Richt wants.


Filed under Georgia Football

There’s oversigning… and then there’s really oversigning.

This is interesting:

… The point of all this NLI talk is to show 2009-48 is not just a toothless rule, it really doesn’t limit oversigning at all. Bylaws and only limit NLIs to 28. The number of scholarship that can be doled out is still unlimited. Programs are still permitted to commit as many scholarships as they want, so long as the NLI is not attached. [Emphasis added.] The twins don’t limit oversigning, they just require some of the oversigned prospects to be free to walk, since the GIA commits the school to the prospect but not the prospect to the school. And by a quirk of NCAA rules, institutions are prohibited from mentioning that they have signed these additional prospects.

Now there’s a loophole just waiting to be exploited.  The question is by whom – the coach who’s seemingly run out of room in his signing class, the player who realizes that not signing an NLI allows him to maintain some degree of leverage in his college career or a player’s parent who sees this as an opportunity to explore a bidding process more than once (no doubt Mark Emmert and Mike Slive would cluck disapprovingly about that)?

My money’s on Houston Nutt.


Filed under Recruiting, The NCAA