Is there some sort of “I report. You decide.” award for Georgia beat writers? Because if there is, Marc Weiszer just won it for his skeptical take on the team’s recent history with regard to summer workouts.
Daily Archives: July 8, 2013
Even if you’re part of the Haz A Crayon crowd, you ought to find this Chris Brown post on Georgia’s top passing concepts of interest.
The people running college athletics would like you to believe that they politely listen to suggestions from their broadcast partners, as they fondly refer to the folks showering them with money, but in the end make their own decisions, because that’s the kind of independent, courageous people they are.
Yeah, right. Exhibit “A”:
Conference realignment “worked both ways,” says Alabama athletic director Bill Battle, the founder of Collegiate Licensing Company.
“I think it was networks saying, ‘You can make a whole lot more money if you do this,” Battle said. “And I think it was conferences back some time ago saying, ‘With television eyeballs, there is an opportunity if we can expand in these areas that it makes sense to command more money from the networks.’”
What a happy coincidence! So was this:
Swofford said his conference’s talks with ESPN on Pitt and Syracuse were “limited and of a more general nature,” relying heavily on internal analysis alongside television consultant Dean Jordan. One source with knowledge of the moves said the conference approached ESPN on an “objective analysis” basis.
“We’ve never considered it our place to make specific direction or make specific recommendations to anything,” ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming Burke Magnus said. “Nobody has ever come to us and said, ‘I’m going to give you three schools, which two are the best?’”
The (old) Big East, now the American Athletic Conference, turned down an ESPN offer of roughly $130 million per year in May 2011. Pitt was one of the schools to reject the deal in a presidents’ vote.
Pitt left roughly four months later.
Make sure to read the whole thing for a good chuckle, as the denial runs thick. The contortions in logic from both sides (ESPN’s guy gives holier than thou a shot that’s just as unconvincing as what the collegiate suits have to say) are epic.
I don’t know how 300-pound Toby Johnson will do against opposing SEC offensive lines, but I’ll admit he sure can pull off a mean backflip.
Just something to keep in the back of your mind as Opening Night approaches:
- Offensive plays of 20 yards or more, 2012: Georgia, 3rd nationally
- Opponent plays of 20 yards or more, 2012: Clemson, 109th nationally
By the way, offensively, Clemson was no slouch in that department, either, as the Tigers finished right behind Georgia. At least the Dawgs were somewhat respectable on defense last year, finishing 53rd. But there are a lot of guys on that side of the ball who are gone now.
Me, I’m seeing a pretty wild game shaping up.