Daily Archives: July 20, 2011

And I was worried SEC Media Days were going to be dull.

Year2 has more details, if you’re interested.

Chizik is scheduled to speak tomorrow, by the way.

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your DVRs.

This should be awesome.

More details here.

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UPDATE:

Like I said, awesome.

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They shoot tailbacks, don’t they?

The Bataan Death March which is the Georgia running backs situation continues apace with today’s admission from Ken Malcome:

… Malcome may have already found his way on the field, but minor injuries and difficulty grasping the playbook have held him back. He missed 10 practice sessions in the spring due to a groin injury. He said it’s still an issue but believes he can play through it.

“The groin is cool now,” Malcome said. “I’m still getting treatment on it. I’m going to try my best to get it better for camp. Once you start running on it it’ll start hurting again, but I’ve just got to keep going.”

Oh, joy.  Now they’re down to two healthy running backs.

Does anybody know where Mudcat’s car is these days?  Wherever that is, I want Crowell and Samuel keeping a damned wide berth of the place.

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Justice Corch

I know I’m just a lowly blogger with a law degree and I know that living in this country over the past decade means witnessing an appalling retreat from our constitutional guarantees in the name of the Wars on Nouns (much of which has the enthusiastic support of people who like to bleat loudly about personal freedom, ironically), but I still wound up shaking my head over this exchange between the noted legal scholars Dennis Dodd and Urban Meyer:

CBSSports.com: What about subpoena power for the NCAA in its investigations? Is that something you’d welcome?

“Absolutely. The problem right now the investigation process takes five years, four years. USC can’t go to a bowl game. They [current players] were 14 years old, 15 years old when this was going on.

“The two areas that are missing in my mind are fear and lack of knowledge. Fear on the side of the coaches and lack of knowledge on the side of the NCAA. Why not combine the two? Every quarter you have a conference call [with coaches].’ What do you hear? What’s going on? We hear  about these recruiting services or camps or bumps. They put a memo together and send it out. ‘This is what we hear is going on. If you get caught here is the punishment.’ “

“You won’t catch everybody, That’s not the goal. You want to stop the behavior.”

So, we’re going to give a non-governmental entity the power to issue subpoenas.  Did either of these scholars stop to think that the NCAA isn’t bound by little niceties like the 4th and 5th Amendments?  And how, exactly, would the NCAA be empowered to enforce this?

This is what comes from serious people who believe something should be done without first engaging their brains.  Which is to say, it’s pretty typical thinking for our times.

(Thus endeth the rant.)

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Filed under College Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, The NCAA, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

Tentative 2013, 2014 schedules

SicEmDawgs has the details here.

2013 Georgia Football Schedule (Tentative)

  • 08/31 – at Clemson
  • 09/07 – at Vanderbilt
  • 09/14 – South Carolina
  • 09/21 – North Texas
  • 09/28 – at LSU
  • 10/05 – at Tennessee
  • 10/12 – Alabama
  • 10/19 – Open Date
  • 10/26 – Kentucky
  • 11/02 – Florida (at Jacksonville, FL)
  • 11/09 – Appalachian State
  • 11/16 – Auburn
  • 11/23 – Open Date
  • 11/30 – at Georgia Tech
  • 12/07 – SEC Championship

2014 Georgia Football Schedule (Tentative)

  • 08/30 – Clemson
  • 09/06 – at Arkansas
  • 09/13 – at South Carolina
  • 09/20 – Open Date
  • 09/27 – Vanderbilt
  • 10/04 – Tennessee
  • 10/11 – LSU
  • 10/18 – Open Date
  • 10/25 – at Kentucky
  • 11/01 – Florida (at Jacksonville, FL)
  • 11/08 – South Alabama
  • 11/15 – at Auburn
  • 11/22 – Charleston Southern
  • 11/29 – Georgia Tech
  • 12/06 – SEC Championship

I would say we are witnessing the McGarity-zation of the football schedule:  two open dates each season and a softer post-Cocktail Party schedule.  There are trade-offs, of course.

I really like slipping the North Texas and South Alabama games in before tough conference road games, though.

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And with that, he knew what he had to do.

Nick Saban’s ultimate “he doesn’t have time for this shit” story at Miami:

“It was funny, when I was playing for the Dolphins in Miami and we were having problems with penalties, I told Coach Saban, ‘Let’s make ‘em roll.’

“All of the other guys were kinda laughing. I was serious. I think it would’ve gotten the point across, but I guess you can’t really do that in the League.

“In college, you have the scholarship hanging over their heads. You can make the guys roll and throw up.

“Coach Saban laughed. He thought it was funny: ‘Are you (kidding) me? We’re going to have Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas and these guys out here rolling? They’ll tell me to go (do something that’s anatomically impossible).’ “

This is why I find speculation about Saban returning to the NFL funny.  He gets to combine the control college coaches have over their players with a little professional-style roster management.  It’s the best of both worlds, so why would he ever consider leaving?

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There’s such a fine line between motivation and excuse.

So if 2011 doesn’t prove to be the year when Paul Johnson gets his mojo back, how quickly do you figure the Tech faithful blame the NCAA for that?

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Nice double standard, ESPN.

Among the many laughable things contained in this ombudsman’s report absolving the WWL of any serious blame over how it reacted to excerpts from the Bruce Feldman-edited book from Mike Leach being published is this doozy:

… The first decision was whether to let Feldman participate at all in the book. Even though this decision was made before the Leach-James controversy, we can’t overstate what a bad idea we think as-told-to books are for independent journalists. Feldman covers NCAA football. By all accounts he is one of the best reporters on the beat. Leach was arguably one of the most innovative coaches on the job. In order to write the book, Feldman had to assume Leach’s point of view, right down to the cadence of the coach’s speech. How do you do that for a side job, then go back to the independent, more distant point of view for your day job?

… As the college football season heats up, ESPN must still figure out what Feldman can report on independently. When a reporter has a clear conflict, it’s standard in journalism to isolate that reporter from the conflict. Having authored a book in Leach’s voice, Feldman clearly can’t cover Leach, or Texas Tech, anymore. Leach’s former staffers, who are now spread far and wide — some of them now head coaches — make for questionable material too. Is the entire Big 12 off limits?

If helping Leach write a book indelibly taints Feldman’s judgment to that far-reaching an extent, you’d think that being the parent of a kid caught up in the same controversy and being the broadcast partner of that parent might have similar ramifications, too, right?

Surely you jest.

… After the Leach controversy boiled over with his suspension the last week in December, ESPN took James off the telecast — but not Patrick. ESPN’s rationale was that Patrick is a professional and his season-long work with James did not represent a conflict. Patrick’s professionalism notwithstanding, ESPN’s decision put him in an untenable position. In media, perception is reality, and it was clear the relationship between the two commentators could — perhaps should — raise questions for the audience. Word choices, phrases, even inflections are subjective. Everything Patrick said could be filtered through the subtext of “Would he have said that if he hadn’t been James’ partner throughout the past season?”

The circumstances surrounding Leach dictated that Patrick would have to discuss a controversy that had sparked heated emotions among many in the audience. And he fueled the flames late in the first quarter when, after ESPN showed graphics with statements from the university on the firing and a snippet of a Leach interview on why he believed he was dismissed, Patrick said of the reserve receiver, “There is Adam James, who is the young man who was actually punished for having a concussion.”

That comment articulated ESPN’s point of view for the audience: What happened? A player was punished. Who was the victim? Adam James. Who was the perpetrator? Mike Leach. What was the motivation? The player suffered a concussion. That thesis coincided with Texas Tech’s position, not to mention that proffered by Craig James. Clearly, there were various versions of what happened between coach and player, but Patrick’s statement offered no nuance. Opinion was stated as fact. James was “actually punished for having a concussion.”

So, while James was removed from a broadcast of a Texas Tech game, the restriction went no further than that.  And Patrick presumably is under no restriction at all.  I’d add a “so much for standards in journalism” here, but it’s hardly worth the effort.

ESPN is so big and so entwined in the world of college athletics at this point that conflicts of interest are part and parcel of its corporate DNA.  (Hey there, Longhorn Network!)  It’s difficult to see how the network could ever develop a consistent approach in response because it’s likely there will be too many instances where it will feel inconvenienced to do so.  (Presumably that’s the case with Craig James still playing a major role in ESPN’s college football coverage.)

So while your first instinct might be to cringe when Kelly McBride writes, “Feldman’s authorship of the book became untenable when Leach sued ESPN…” without batting an eye about Adam James’ daddy – who’s part of that very same lawsuit, remember –  being permitted to pontificate on a daily basis on all aspects of the sport for the same company, you might as well change that motion into a shrug.  Because that what the suits at Disney are doing.

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Somebody’s got to stir things up.

On paper, you’d think SEC Media Days looks like it might be a little duller this year than usual – no Phil Fulmer dodging process servers, no players who have sex lives Clay Travis might be inclined to dig into and no Lane Kiffin.

Enter Mike Leach.

… The most interesting coach coming to SEC Media Days just may be the most interesting coach in the world, but he isn’t even a coach, not technically, at least not at the moment.

That shouldn’t stop Mike Leach from stealing the show.

Leach will be in town to promote his book, “Swing Your Sword,” and he’ll be signing copies Thursday night at 7 at the Barnes & Noble at The Summit. Not sure if he’ll also sign daggers, eye patches and other assorted pirate gear.

Before that, Leach will be hanging out at The Wynfrey Hotel with a bunch of coaches who haven’t sued a school where they worked or the most powerful sports media organization in the world.

One good thing about not having a coaching job, or even having something lined up in the immediate future, is that you don’t have to mind what you say so much.  Like this:

… How many coaches would admit that not everyone in their profession is some kind of genius?

“The fact that someone coaches in the SEC doesn’t mean that he’s any smarter than someone who coaches at a small college or in high school,” wrote Leach, who was the offensive coordinator at Kentucky under Hal Mumme.

“Yeah, he might be smarter, but then again, he might not be. If some sheer unadulterated moron gets hired in the SEC, that doesn’t mean he’s automatically a smarter coach. It just means whoever hired him made a big mistake.”

Fun times, I hope.

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