Junior is, ahem, rather full of himself. Still.
This from a guy who masterminded an offensive attack that scored fewer points against last year’s Georgia Tech defense than any school not named Presbyterian.
Chip Towers explores the offensive line’s future in the wake of Kolton Houston’s reinstatement.
Needless to say, both tackle positions are up in the air. Houston’s not game ready, Theus has to recover fully from that foot injury, Ward at 278 pounds looks to be too light to handle the SEC trench wars, and Gates and Beard are better suited to play at guard.
But this sure beats the situation we Dawg fans have been accustomed to. There looks to be some real depth this season. Yeah, I know, pinch yourselves.
Which is why I find the editorial comment in the header a bit puzzling. Bobo and Friend are going to start the best five. There’s nothing delicate about that task… unless it’s the part about getting used to having some real choices to make.
I must say I thoroughly enjoy this possible future:
Worst-case scenario: Florida’s lack of offensive punch finally catches up to it this fall. The Gators escape in the opener against the Toledo Rockets, a tougher-than-their-name-suggests foe from the MAC. Things don’t work out nearly as well in ensuing weeks, as Florida falls to in-state rival Miami and serve as the first signature win of Butch Jones’ tenure at Tennessee in Game 3. The Gators get their record back over .500 (3-2) following victories over Kentucky and Arkansas, but spend the last seven games of the regular season alternating losses (LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State) and wins (Missouri, Vanderbilt and Georgia Southern). A 6-6 record earns a bowl berth, but the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., is far from Florida’s idea of a “dream destination” for the postseason. And the Gators’ play bears that out, as they lose to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and their triple-option offense 41-10. People start to question whether Muschamp’s physical, grinding style is fit for a Florida program that was built on the foundation of high-flying offensive attacks. It doesn’t help matters that Meyer makes it to the national title game in his second season at Ohio State, either. The Gators’ sign an underwhelming recruiting class for 2014. And Florida fans have to live through an offseason of taunts from its two most hated rivals in Georgia (which won the national title for the first time since 1980) and Florida State (which won the Orange Bowl for the second straight year).
Damn, I’d pay good money to watch that happen.
NCAA president Mark Emmert agrees with major-college football commissioners demanding substantial change in the Indianapolis-based association and has called a summit of Division I schools in January…
… Within the past week, Emmert sent a letter to all D-I presidents, athletic directors, commissioners, faculty athletic representatatives and senior woman administrators asking them to save the dates of Jan. 16 and 17 for “an important milestone in which your participation is crucial.” The meeting will be held at the same time as the NCAA’s annual convention in San Diego.In the letter, Emmert called the “first-time Division I Governance Dialogue” a “critical meeting” that will cover “virtually every aspect of how Division I operates.”
Such drama! One little problem, though.
However obvious the public disapproval of Emmert is from college leaders, there’s even less faith in him privately. The prevailing thought is that the NCAA isn’t healthy and is not in a better position than when Emmert took over. Some have the feeling that significant conversation about new governance won’t happen until he’s removed. Others are pessimistic that the presidents ultimately in charge of Emmert’s fate are willing to make such a drastic move…
… There’s a notion that if Emmert survives the next three months or so, he could embrace the inevitable change, attach himself to it and potentially overhaul his current image of being inept and ineffective. But there’s a lot of skepticism, as he’s buried himself too deep and failed to show leadership on seemingly obvious issues the NCAA could legitimately impact, such as concussions.
Emmert was hired as a change agent, and it’s ironic that as the NCAA sits on the precipice of major change it could be done despite him or without him and not because of him.
Sounds like it’s gonna be a fun meeting.
Although I do have one question, based on this:
None of the changes being discussed, Emmert said, would affect the NCAA basketball tournament.
“Everybody’s very satisfied with where the tournament is right now,” Emmert said. “It’s something that’s performing very well for all of our universities and our students, and it’s obviously very popular in the country. … That’s one of the things everybody wants to presevere.”
One structural change being discussed is a subdivision within Division I of the power football conferences. Delany said he can see a situation where schools would compete in the same NCAA championship, such as the Division I men’s basketball tournament, “but provide a different package of benefits (for athletes) based on high resource vs. middle resource.”
Are these guys seriously suggesting a basketball tourney where some teams have paid players and some don’t? Good Lord, that’s a tricky proposition.