Minor Dawg porn offering

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.

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Will Muschamp, for the people

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.

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Musical palate cleanser

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?

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“It’s the best deal in the country.”

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.

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Getting back in a 2003 frame of mind

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.

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Gator haterz

Shelley Meyer is tired of those mean message board people.

“Well, what I learned was that Florida fans, there’s a lot of them and people want to brag on their team,” she told the website. “They want to be able to brag on their team. Now, when we first went down there and we were winning and we were winning those national championships, Urban was the best thing ever.”

And now?

“But here is my perception (about Florida fans): I think they feel like they were kind of left at the altar. They feel a betrayal, even though they were so mad at him about how our last season (2010) went. You can’t please them…

“… So, the people who are critical of us, it’s not the people who know us. It’s the people who aren’t even around the program. They just want their team to win, and whoever can get their team to win, that’s who they’re for. And if you can’t do it or if you left them, then they’ll hate you.”

In other words, Gator fans, you shouldn’t take things so personally.  Because you know Coach “Seat 37F” never did.

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“Everything is about a bowl game and getting back to that.”

Butch Jones, you have a point.

“It’s hard to believe that there isn’t an individual in Tennessee football’s football program right now from a players’ standpoint [that's] participated in a bowl game.”

Just because it’s hard to believe doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it, though.

Make sure you catch the sidebar list of 17 of the 40 high school players Tennessee signed in 2011 and 2012 who left the program before exhausting their eligibility.  (No wonder Al Wilson can’t bring himself to mention SOD by name.)

I miss Mike Hamilton.

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