Daily Archives: May 12, 2014

Time served.

Damn, Jimbo, you could at least make an effort here.

Heisman winner Jameis Winston will face no further punishment in football resulting from the celebrated crab legs incident, Noles coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday.

“He won’t,” Fisher told two reporters during the first day of the ACC spring meetings. “His punishment went through the school and through baseball.”

Fisher added that he didn’t consider penalizing Winston because, “He’s in baseball right now.” Noles baseball coach Mike Martin indefinitely suspended his closer after Winston was cited late last month for shoplifting crab legs at a local supermarket. Winston was reinstated after serving 20 hours of community service.

“If he would have been in football only, he would have been suspended from football activities only until we took care of all those things,” Fisher told reporters. “To him, that’s [missing baseball] just as devastating. To me too, I like baseball.”

So which program would have taken the hit if Jameis had lifted the crab legs for a July Fourth picnic?

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Will the last defensive back standing please turn off the lights?

This is getting comical.  Almost.

I sure hope the coaches know something about the cornerback situation we don’t.

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Reconsider, baby.

For some reason, Donald Remy isn’t getting through to Judge Wilken.

Perhaps he should strenuously object.

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UPDATE:  He did!

In a written statement Monday, NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy disagreed with Wilken’s decision to not reconsider her summary judgment order.

“It is core to the NCAA and its member institutions that schools offer a broad base of sports, for women and men, regardless of whether those sports generate more revenue than they cost to support,” Remy said. “The NCAA will continue to fight against any rule that allows schools to pay men’s basketball and football players at the expense of providing college opportunities for hundreds of thousands of male and female student-athletes.”

Or colleges could cut their budgets for athletics administrators.

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Are the Chiefs trolling part of our fan base?

John Dorsey, their general manager, on their fifth-round draft pick:

“He’s a winner,” Dorsey said. “He’s been a winner at every stage that he’s played between high school and college. [He’s] ultracompetitive and smart. What I like about him is when there are big drives to be made late in the game, this guy made those drives. He didn’t always win them, but he made those big drives at the end when it really counted. If you want to put some statistics in there, he’s got multiple records in the SEC, which is as good a conference as there is in today’s football. He performed at a very high level.”

Obviously, this is a man who never watched any G-Day tapes.

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Stay thirsty, my fans.

Johnny Football celebrated his first round draft status by buying everyone of drinking age in his favorite bar in College Station a beer and a shot.

I can think of worse ways to say thanks.

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Sad news

R.I.P., Clisby Clarke.  You were a DGD.

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Cindy, you’re gonna need a nicer slipper.

Playoff-busting is going to be a much higher mountain to climb than BCS-busting ever was.

At least until the next time the playoffs expand.

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Is less patience a virtue?

I gotta admit, Seth Emerson hooked me from the get-go with this:

Shaq Wiggins liked to sing. During practice last year it wasn’t unusual to walk by Georgia’s defensive backs, often lazing about during a drill, and hear the dulcet tones of Wiggins, the freshman cornerback, belting out a tune.

It’s his intro to a larger point, one that’s entirely expected after the news of Wiggins’ departure from the program.

Either way, there is a larger trend: High-profile transfers and a dismissal have now replaced off-field incidents as an issue on head coach Mark Richt’s team.

Yes, arrests and suspensions have continued, but arrests have been relatively minor — the lone felony charge the past four years was later dismissed — while the suspensions are largely self-inflicted. Georgia’s drug policy, and its harsher discipline for failed marijuana tests, are chiefly to blame.

The amount of quality players leaving the program, however, is not easy to dismiss.

Well… yes and no.

Certainly it hurts losing a bunch of kids who could have been contributors this season in what looks right now like a depleted secondary.  But as Emerson goes on to note, context matters, too.

Let’s be clear: Many of these dismissals and transfers had to happen. Wiggins’ situation is a bit cloudier, but with many of the recent situations, Richt and Georgia are to be commended for taking a harsher stance than many of their competitors.

The result has been more transfers and less serious off-field problems, as well as better locker room chemistry. Yes, Georgia is still the butt of jokes from Steve Spurrier and some media types, but those closer to the program know this is a tighter ship now.

Hard to fault Richt for engineering that.

Several years ago, Richt had a change when it came to dealing with discipline. Gone was the Bobby Bowden philosophy of rehabilitating players under your watch. The rash of arrests between 2007-10 forced the change.

“I’ve probably had a little less patience than I’ve had in the past,” Richt said in July of 2011.

Wiggins’ situation isn’t discipline-related, but it, too, is understandable in the context of the sea change on the defensive coaching staff.  It wouldn’t surprise me if he isn’t the last to have a change of heart, either.

In the end, all of this reinforces my belief that the most important lesson Mark Richt has had to learn in the past few seasons is roster management.  As bad a cumulative effect as the departures may have this season, imagine how much worse they’d be if coupled with the severe reduction of numbers the program was facing in, say, 2011 or 2012.  If recruiting is the lifeblood of any successful SEC football program, it’s because quantity is as important as quality.  Staying on top of that 85-scholarship limit is the best way Richt can manage to be less patient and still prosper.

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“He’s supposed to have somebody around him 24/7.”

After reading this story, it’s certainly easier to understand why Jameis Winston behaves like Jameis Winston.  His dad sounds like a real pip.

Speaking from his home, where four of Winston’s football trophies sit on the floor and photos and framed newspaper clippings cover the walls of the living room, Antonor Winston says he feels comfortable with his son’s blunder. His only advice would be that Jameis Winston should have called the store when he realized he’d forgotten to pay. But he also says he is working with the school on how to manage his son’s notoriety.

“He’s supposed to have somebody around him 24/7,” says Antonor Winston. “He a Heisman Trophy winner so (he’s) definitely not supposed to be by (himself).”

… Antonor Winston says few have experienced what his son is going through — winning the Heisman and a national championship as a freshman…

“It’s just a different standard for (Jameis) and Johnny (Manziel),” says Antonor Winston.

True ‘dat, Mr. Winston.  Ask yourself if your son would have dodged the four bullets the way he has if he weren’t a gifted athlete.

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When you’ve lost East Texas, football…

When it comes to long-term consequences, this story should scare the people in charge of college football even more than the concussion suits do.

“From a safety aspect, you can’t teach a kid everything he needs to know in two weeks,” said Chase Palmer, a school board member who played football at Marshall, referring to how long coaches had to get their seventh-grade teams ready before their first games.

However subtle, the change in thinking reflected in Marshall’s decision about football may signal trouble for the N.F.L. — and the sport more broadly. ESPN reported in November that participation in Pop Warner football declined nearly 10 percent from 2010 to 2012. Every young athlete steered away from football contributes to a gradual erosion of the sport that is, by far, the most popular in the United States. This happened to boxing during the past several decades after it became associated with brain damage.

I’m sure the NCAA will get right on it.

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