Daily Archives: July 28, 2011

Thursday morning buffet

If you’ve got an appetite this morning, grab a plate.

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Pac-12 Football, SEC Football, Stats Geek!

Better get there on time.

It looks like the Georgia-South Carolina game will get off to a breathless start, if the new Sanford Stadium scoreboard has anything to say about it.

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Filed under Georgia Football

Envy and jealousy: Arrogant Nation is back.

Over at Lost Angeles, Zack gets his Southern Cal groove on:

… First of all Larry Scott, don’t call it the Pac-12.  Until we can play for a title game, it’s the Pac-11.  Or the Pac-10.5 if you are being honest about UCLA’s contributions in football.

That one made me laugh.

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“This isn’t a place that’s trying to break rules.”

Except, of course, when they are.

Sobering/amusing thought:  what kind of recruiting classes would Tech be pulling in if the Jackets weren’t bending the rules?

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Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting, The NCAA

The buck stops there.

As cynical butt-covering moves go, North Carolina’s decision to part ways with Butch Davis during the week after ACC Media Days concluded (who needs that pesky media scrutiny, anyway?) and before fall practice starts (as Tony Barnhart put it, “North Carolina has decided to get out of the football business for a while”) ranks right up there with Michael Adams’ and Vince Dooley’s decision to sacrifice the Georgia men’s basketball team’s postseason in the wake of the Jim Harrick scandal.

Matt Hayes has it right.  This is a call that was inevitable as soon as the NCAA became Ohio State’s enabler by allowing that school to pin the entire problem on its head coach.  It’s the path that Tennessee is taking, as well.  In Mark Emmert’s world, it’s all about plausible deniability for the administrators and tough luck for those kids who actually played by the rules only to get burned when it turns out that the head coach they trusted didn’t.

At this point, any athletic director with half a brain is going to set up a firewall between himself and the head coach.  Oh, sure, there will be any number of compliance people who will be sent around wagging fingers at coaches about following regulations.  But there will also be plenty of blind eyes turned to what those coaches are doing when the compliance folks aren’t in the room with them.  So when the shit inevitably hits the fan, those ADs and the presidents they work for can blink their eyes vapidly at the NCAA investigators, claim they had no idea what was going on and swear they’ll get rid of the rogue bad apple.  And it’ll work.

Nice system you got there, NCAA.

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Filed under ACC Football, The NCAA