Daily Archives: November 26, 2012

I just can’t quit you, baby.

There’s a fine line between whining and fixating and Spurdog’s about to cross it.

Surely he jests.  Are we honestly supposed to believe he hasn’t seen a single goddamned thing written about Georgia’s schedule in the last two weeks alone?

It’s getting close to the point that I want Georgia to win the MNC not for the title itself, but just to see if the OBC’s head really will explode in the offseason.

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“Hello, this is Harvey Updyke. Can I speak with Mark Schlabach?”

I mean, damn, what do you do when you get a phone call like this?

… Just ask Harvey Updyke, the infamous Alabama fan who allegedly poisoned the beloved trees at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner after the Tigers won the 2010 national title. He made an unsolicited telephone call to this humble correspondent from a psychiatric facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sunday night.

Updyke said he has been a patient at Taylor-Hardin Secure Medical Facility, where doctors are evaluating whether he’s fit to stand trial on criminal charges for poisoning the trees. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to charges that include criminal mischief and desecrating a venerable object. Updyke’s trial was supposed to start in October, but the case has been delayed indefinitely.

So for now, Updyke will worry about Alabama’s chances of winning it all again.

“I think Alabama can run it on Georgia,” Updyke said. “The key to that game is who doesn’t make mistakes, just like a lot of them. I feel confident that Alabama can run it on them.”

Updyke said he was able to watch the Crimson Tide rout Auburn 49-0 in Saturday’s Iron Bowl on TV from his hospital room.

“I thought it was great,” Updyke said. “I got to watch it. When I was in the Auburn jail, they wouldn’t let me watch [Alabama]. I missed the LSU game and the others.”

There’s not a chance he’ll miss Saturday’s game in Atlanta.

I hope somebody’s keeping a close eye on Russ’ Kibbles ‘n Bits.

I wonder if Schlabach told Updyke he’s picking Georgia to win.

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There are a lot of programs looking for one-dimensional coaches right now.

The Hive does unintentional comedy.  Killing, Jerry.  Killing.

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Dana Holgorsen ❤ Charlie Weis.

Feel the respect.

Seriously, is there anybody in college football who likes Weis?

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Envy and jealousy: a fitting epitaph

The ultimate comment on Chizik’s dismissal comes from Ivan Maisel, who absolutely nails it with this paragraph:

The Tigers started out as a team yearning to be mediocre and never improved. In fact, by the end of the season, Auburn set school records for ineptitude. The Tigers lost to their biggest rivals, No. 3 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama, by a combined score of 87-0. An Auburn coach could be forgiven many things, several of them prosecutable, before he could be forgiven those losses.

If you picture that as the preacher’s few choice words as the dirt is being shoveled over the coffin, it really works.

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Dink NeSmith’s wet dream

Okay, it’s not exactly a doubling of his salary, but if NeSmith’s keen insight into what motivates Mark Richt is on target, we ought to be able to sit back, relax and enjoy Georgia’s effort Saturday night.

It’s in the bag, right?

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Okay, so now you tell us.

A couple of hindsight is always 20/20 stories for your amusement:

First, we learn that the high school coaches nearest to SOD Country never had much use for the guy, because he didn’t have much use for them.  There’s a lot of hurt feefees on display, as well as sour grapes.

“I didn’t like that staff, to be honest,” Price said. “I grew up in this state and I would go to the games about every week and wanted to support them. I’m a Tennessee fan, but we never heard anything from them. Not even a visit just to introduce who was recruiting our area or a call or anything. It was like they didn’t care whether they had any relationship with us at all, so how would we ever feel good about sending a kid there once we had one they wanted?

“I’ve been coaching a long time and dealt with a lot of coaches at every level, and those guys were the worst as far as feeling like they wanted to work with you or have any relationship at all with the high school coaches.”

Sumbitches!  And here’s the best part:  “The lack-of-communication complaint was echoed by all 37 coaches who responded to the poll, and each said the staffs under former coaches Phillip Fulmer and Lane Kiffin seemed to care more about building a working relationship.”  Hey, great!  And how did that work out for Tennessee?

But that’s mild stuff compared with Kevin Scarbinsky’s don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-in-the-ass farewell to Gene Chizik.  It’s a classic of the genre.  Even if just half of what’s in there is true, it’s hard to see how Jay Jacobs still has a job this morning.

My favorite part:

Newton, Fairley and the seniors received plenty of credit for the national title. So did offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, whose attack set school and SEC records. People close to Chizik believe he felt slighted in the afterglow even though he deserved and earned praise for his steady hand as allegations of recruiting violations threatened Newton’s eligibility.

Chizik seemed to change after the national title. It’s not uncommon for coaches to write books after that kind of season, but his – “All In: What It Takes to Be the Best” – was far more about him than about the team.

I guess they should have read his book more carefully.  They can probably get a cheap copy of it now, though.

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Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Gene Chizik Is The Chiznit, Recruiting