Monthly Archives: March 2013

Florida, high and low

John Pennington has written a post about SEC parity that serves as a pretty good retort to Bret Bielema’s Big Ten bravado.  One point in particular jumped out at me:

When you think of the best football programs in the nation, Florida probably comes to mind.  But the Gators have lost four or more games six times in the last 13 years.

Pennington sees that as evidence of how tough the SEC is, and that’s a fair observation.  Also, to Florida’s credit, let’s not forget a couple of national titles tucked in that time frame.  But the other thing that indicates is a level of inconsistency that, to my mind, is surprising, given the advantageous recruiting base the Gators start with year in and year out.  How much of that can you pin on the coaching?  The Zooker is responsible for half of those sub-par years by his lonesome, Corch gets credit for a couple and Boom’s got one, too.  (For comparison’s sake, Spurrier had two four-loss seasons in twelve years at UF.)

Nothing snide meant here – let’s face it, the first comeback a Gator fan can throw at me is that Florida hasn’t had a losing season in any of those thirteen years, which is something we at Georgia can’t claim.  I’m just wondering if the SEC is really that tough or if Florida’s program has underachieved a bit.  What do y’all think?

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You’re not in the Big Ten anymore, son.

I guess Bret Bielema thinks this is a clever argument, but…

“The reason the SEC is talked about all the time is one team, because of their dominance. But I didn’t come here to play Alabama. I came here to beat Alabama.

“You can take Saban’s record when he was at Michigan State and when he was a coach in the Big Ten and put it against mine, and he can’t compare.”

The SEC finished with four teams in the top ten last season.  I can’t wait for somebody to start comparing Bielema’s and Saban’s SEC records after this season plays out.

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Friday morning buffet

The tidbits, the tidbits!

  • So how’s that whole Dream Team thing working out?
  • Malik Ramik Wilson progresses at inside linebacker.
  • Of all the lists I’ve seen, this is certainly one of them.
  • Mike Gundy almost left Oklahoma State for Tennessee because of non-conference scheduling.
  • Tony Barnhart wants you to know something:  “The SEC West is the toughest division in the toughest college football conference in America. This is not debatable.”  They don’t call him Mr. Conventional Wisdom for nothing, folks.
  • Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker claims Alabama jammed him up with the NCAA.  Is there anything to that?  John Infante says the Tide had the means, but there’s no way to know about the motive.
  • Todd Gurley was banged up at the end of last season… not that you could have known from his production on the field.
  • Jeez, this is a creepy story.

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Your daily dose of Dawg porn

Artie Lynch peddles the good stuff about Tray Matthews, who really does seem to be the early sensation of spring practice:

“He hits everything even when we’re not supposed to be hitting,” tight end Arthur Lynch said. “He’s just a physical kid, and he doesn’t talk much. He loves to compete. He kind of reminds me of Shawn Williams, but even more explosive. And Shawn was a pretty heavy hitter.

“For (Tray), his ability as an 18-year-old to make plays against SEC veterans is pretty impressive.”

You know what I like, brother.

And remember – just because it’s porn doesn’t mean it can’t also be accurate.  Shawn Williams’ comparison of Todd Gurley to Trent Richardson may have had us rolling our eyes early, but by the end of the year it sure looked like Williams knew what he was talking about.

Grantham’s throwing Matthews out there, so he must see something he likes, too.  Does a true freshman safety really have a chance to start against Clemson?  I’m skeptical, given Grantham’s track record.  So Matthews’ progress bears watching.

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And now, it’s what they did on their spring break time!

And so, the urine cup finally drops.

Over/under on suspensions?

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Thursday morning buffet

If you’re hungry, grab a plate.

  • Georgia Southern is moving to the Sun Belt Conference.  That’s good news for Georgia, as it means there will be one less FCS opponent on future schedules.
  • Evidently, we think college players shouldn’t be paid, but college coaches should be paid more.  Weird.
  • Speaking of paying college players, this is some well-played snark from the AJ-C, of all places.
  • The media’s strange fixation with what it thinks Jadeveon Clowney ought to be doing with his football career goes in a new direction.
  • John Infante thinks a little sunshine would work wonders on SEC oversigning.  Methinks Nick Saban could care less about that.
  • March Madness usually inspires some really stupid thoughts about what college football can take from the basketball tourney, and CFN delivers, in spades.
  • If you’re a Vol fan living in a certain place, Charlie Pierce describes how the Georgia-Tennessee water war could lead to your worst nightmare.

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“Why did they cover that up?”

Would it surprise you to learn that the NCAA hasn’t been totally forthcoming in its whitewash self-investigation of its behavior in the Miami/Nevin Shapiro matter?  Yeah, well, me neither.

The NCAA investigator who took over the University of Miami case last May attempted, as her fired predecessor did, to use Nevin Shapiro’s attorney to help build a case against Miami – a detail curiously omitted from the NCAA-commissioned report detailing the NCAA’s improper handling of the case, according to an email exchange between the parties that was relayed to me by two people.

Meanwhile, UM also will allege that NCAA investigators lied to interview subjects by claiming that other people interviewed made comments they never made, in order to trick the subjects into revealing incriminating information they otherwise might not have, according to multiple officials familiar with the NCAA’s case against UM and former coaches. UM believes such behavior is unethical, and it clearly is.

Somehow, shockingly, the second investigator’s behavior never made it into the report that the NCAA’s hired legal guns prepared.  Should it have?  I think you have your answer to that question with this:

Ken Wainstein, from the Cadwalader law firm, e-mailed on Wednesday that he was busy on a personal matter and could not immediately explain why Hannah’s behavior was omitted from his report.

This evening, Wainstein e-mailed again after our story hit the wire. He did not offer a specific reason for not including it in his report but said that “after Mr. Najjar left the NCAA, Ms. Hannah became responsible for the U. Miami investigation.  As we explained in evaluating Ms. Hannah’s conduct, Ms. Hannah had not been involved in the initial arrangements with Ms. Perez and believed that there was nothing amiss and that it had been blessed prior to her involvement.

“We understand that she provided questions and areas of interest for Ms. Perez to use in preparing to interview Mr. Sanchez in July 2012, similar to how Mr. Najjar had provided questions in advance of Mr. Allen’s deposition.  Mr. Sanchez was never deposed, however, for a variety of reasons including logistics regarding service of a subpoena.”

The NCAA declined to comment.

For the record, that would be no answer, non-answer and no answer.  But don’t blame the man at the top for a little sloppiness.  Evidently, that’s below his pay grade.

In an ESPN interview this week, NCAA President Mark Emmert insisted that once the NCAA found part of the UM case had been mishandled, “I’m confident we did exactly the right thing. We did it the right way…

“For those saying, ‘Fire Emmert!’it’s like saying if the assistant coach did something wrong, fire the [university] president.”

Helluva show you’re putting on there, Mr. Emmert.

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