All kinds of interesting news turning up on Twitter this afternoon.
Nash Nance, useful idiot.
Mark Richt’s got reason to feel that way. All of his rising juniors, Orson Charles excepted, have opted to stay for their senior year.
Some terrific quotes from the presser:
I think it’s okay to get a little excited, Dawgnation.
Tennessee lures Sal Sunseri away from Alabama with a three-year, $2.4 million contract to become the Vols’ new defensive coordinator. (Every single assistant coach that’s signed on at UT in the last month has gotten a multi-year deal, which makes you wonder what AD Dave Hart will be doing if SOD doesn’t turn in a respectable 2012 season.)
Anyway, about Sunseri’s numbers:
Sunseri’s $800,000 salary makes him the third highest-paid assistant in the SEC behind Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and newly hired Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, although several guys are in line to get raises.
Several guys like the ones who coached the second-best and fifth-best defenses in the country. It’s a profitable time to be a good DC in the SEC. Didn’t we just go through this with Auburn and Tennessee a few years ago?
Hate to say I told you so (“I bet Obama knows when the title game is scheduled”), but I told you so.
They’re from the NCAA and they’re here to help.
In its presentation to the NCAA Board next month(warning: PDF link), the Resource Allocation Working Group – chaired by University of Georgia President Michael Adams – will recommend cuts to the number of athletic scholarships that a school can offer in both college football and college basketball. Here’s a breakdown of the reductions:
- FBS football scholarships from 85 to 80.
- FCS football scholarships from 63 to 60.
- Men’s basketball scholarships from 13 to 12.
- Women’s basketball scholarships from 15 to 13. (Note: These scholarships will be reapportioned to other women’s sports.)
Look out world, the Grand Poobah is in charge! Like all good leaders, the man knows you need a crisis before you can exploit it.
Spoken like a man whose athletic department is losing money hand over fi… wait, what?
I’m guessing this is Mikey’s brilliant idea on how to pay for those $2000 stipends Emmert is pushing. And if that proposal doesn’t go through, so what? He can always spend the extra money on a bowl party. But for the have-nots, this is little more than a drop in the bucket, as least as far as the money goes.
As for runaway trains, wait ’til Adams gets feedback from the big football schools.
Seth Emerson takes a stab at predicting next season’s two-deep on offense here. My overall impression? Georgia looks to be fine at the skill positions and anywhere from a work in progress to downright scarifying on the line.
The good news is that if Gurley verbals today, the backfield looks pretty stout – stout enough that Emerson predicts a few more offseason departures may be in the works. And it’s gratifying to see the depth that’s been developed at wide receiver. Tight end won’t be the strength it was this past year, but it will still be important.
And that’s because the line still looks shaky (how many years in a row have I said that now?). I think Theus is close to a lock to start, simply because I don’t think there’s anyone else ready to play the position competently. And if Beard turns out to be ready to play, my bet is that Burnette moves to center, because I’m not sure Andrews is big enough to handle the position. Right tackle makes me a little nervous, too.
Not that his opinion matters one whit more than does mine, but Mark Emmert is a fan of the plus-one.
NCAA President Mark Emmert would support a four-team playoff in college football — as long as the field doesn’t grow.
After giving his annual state of the association speech Thursday in Indianapolis, Emmert acknowledged he would back a small playoff if that’s what Bowl Championship Series officials decide to adopt.
The reason he doesn’t want the field to grow? It’s because D-1 players are a bunch of pussies.
… He gave a thumbs-down to a full-blown playoff, which the conferences likewise largely reject.
“I’ve always said trying to move toward an eight-team playoff, (to a) 16-team or whatever permutation, I think is highly problematic,” he said. “Simply because, in my opinion, that’s too much to ask a young man’s body to do in an extended period of time like that. It adds too many games. It intrudes into the school year. It’s just too high a burden, I think.”
His concern is touching. His logic not so much. Why isn’t it too high a burden for the five-round FCS tournament?
I bet I know what would change his mind.
… Emmert has long said he expected changes to the BCS system and has repeatedly offered to help the BCS debate if they want it. The NCAA licenses bowl games, but does not run them. It also has no direct authority over the BCS system.
Give the NCAA control over the football playoffs and Emmert will have those kids whipped into shape in no time at all… well, in the time it’ll take to renegotiate the TV contracts.