Amari Cooper, with the best one-sentence criticism of amateurism you’ll ever read: “I don’t know if it’s ever a bad idea for people to want to get paid for something they do.”
Amen to that.
If you’ll recall, Joe Alleva seemed mighty pleased at how inhospitable the last expansion of Tiger Stadium would make the place for visiting fans.
It looks like his master plan is working. A month before the start of the 2o14 season, six of seven visiting teams – Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Kentucky and Ole Miss – all returned tickets to LSU.
He’s a regular marketing genius, alright. The sad thing is that he’s one of the people whose job it is to figure out how to keep attracting fans to attend games.
Smack dab in the middle of a fun interview you can read over at Dawg Post, Todd Gurley names Isaiah McKenzie as one of the freshmen who’s caught his eye this summer.
Interesting exchange between LSU and Florida beat writer brought something to mind I hadn’t thought of before. Start with this observation:
On paper, the move to Roper’s scheme seems to be a no-brainer, raising the question of why Muschamp did not do it until now.
That one’s easy – Boom’s a branch off the Saban coaching tree, where fast paced offense is anathema. Controlling the game is a defensive coach’s mindset.
The better question is why Muschamp is making a dramatic scheme change now. I’m not sure if this is being offered as an explanation for that, but I can’t help but wonder if something like this is running through the back of his head.
What is the mood toward Will Muschamp? Do Florida fans want him to fix the program or are they ready to move on?
Based on feedback during Will Muschamp’s speaking tour in the spring, Gator fans respect his passion and commitment but want results this season – or else.
Most fans, as well as UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, are giving Muschamp a bit of a pass for 2013’s 4-8 finish. Florida’s lost 17 players to season-ending injuries, including quarterback Jeff Driskel and star defensive tackle Dominique Easley in September.
But the Gators’ struggles on offense have been persistent and created a boring brand of football not seen in Gainesville since the Doug Dickey Era in the 1970s.
Muschamp hired a new offensive coordinator, Duke’s Kurt Roper, and hopes the move from a pro-style offense to a up-tempo, shotgun-centric attack pays immediate dividends. Anything less than than eight wins and a lot more offensive fireworks will lead to calls for Muschamp’s job from all corners.
So a four-game improvement in wins won’t be enough to mollify the fan base and Foley? There needs to be a little offensive pizzazz in the mix? Even if it cuts against the grain of Muschamp’s instincts? Hmmm… this is starting to remind me more than a little of the way Tuberville went through offensive coordinators until he crashed and burned with Tony Franklin.
Hell, let’s get the joint jumping with a little Los Lobos. From their underrated The Neighborhood, here’s the roots-rockin’ “Jenny’s Got A Pony”.
Speaking of underrated, how come nobody makes much of how good their guitar work is?
Ohio State’s Gene Smith is all in with Jim Delany’s vision of Big Ten expansion.
“I know that change is hard,” Smith said. “The reality is that the Big Ten needed to change in order to position ourselves for the 21st-century model of intercollegiate athletic competition.”
21st-century model? What’s that, Gene?
Peel away from the emotional tug of tradition and view the latest expansion by the now 14-member Big Ten through the prism of economics.
That is how Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith sees this season’s addition of Maryland and Rutgers, schools located in Mid-Atlantic states, to the Midwestern-based league.
“From a business point of view, it makes huge sense,” Smith said. “This is a business deal. This is about money. Everybody wants to dodge that; I don’t. It’s about the stability of our conference for the long term.”
Nobody’s dodging that. Except when they’re fighting player compensation.
You’d better get ready for a lot of this as preseason camp opens:
“Here’s to hoping UGA can put a defense on the field vs. Clemson!” former Georgia punter Drew Butler tweeted Saturday after backup linebacker Davin Bellamy was arrested for DUI, which should trigger a two-game suspension. “We need 11 guys..might have to settle for 10 or less at this pace.”
In all, eight players who were on the Georgia roster in January are no longer including safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, dismissed after two suspensions for violating Georgia’s drug policy.
There were three players dismissed, three transfers (Wiggins, linebacker Paris Bostick and receiver Uriah LeMay) and two medical disqualifications (defensive lineman De’Andre Johnson and linebacker Brandon Burrows).
But we should be used to hearing things like that before an opener with Clemson.
That’s great news for the defending Southeastern Conference champions, who were supposed to struggle early on.
They had a new offensive line. They were without injured defensive starters Will Thompson and Kentrell Curry. Eight other Bulldogs were suspended by coach Mark Richt. And that’s not counting the embarrassing Ring-gate episode where several players sold their rings from the school’s first SEC title in 20 years.
Whatever Richt came up with to prepare his team in 2003, let’s hope he bottled some of it. It’s about time to break it out again.