You just have to chuckle at reasoning like this.
Currently, only head coaches or assistant coaches can participate in the selection and evaluation of recruits. The NCAA Rules Working Group has proposed that this rule be eliminated, allowing staff members now known as directors of operations or directors of player personnel to watch film of a prospect or to contact a prospect’s coach or guardian…
Some coaches interviewed for this story said that, should the current rule be eliminated, teams could form a staff position designed solely for the purpose of overseeing day-to-day recruiting operations, just as general managers in professional sports handle the evaluation and acquisition of talent.
Virginia Tech football Coach Frank Beamer, for one, said he thinks the rule change would allow the NCAA to spend more time worrying about serious infractions. It would also allow his assistants to spend more time on game preparation and player management.
“Rather than trying to say, ‘Who made the call? Was it this guy, or was it that guy?’ I think we’re getting into the more serious stuff that really does make a difference,” Beamer said. “Keeping that under control really makes it a level playing field.”
Well, except for Nick Saban. He’s too busy calculating how many more analysts he’ll need to add to the Alabama staff to keep ahead of everyone else when the rules change.
Tennessee missing a bowl for the second time in four years? No big deal. In fact, Derek Dooley needed the time he would have otherwise spent in preparation for the game to do better things.
But much of the work came in December. While the Vols’ season-ending loss to Kentucky kept them out of a bowl game, it also gave Dooley some time to set the framework for an offseason that would lead into his all-important third season in charge of the program.
“All of that time in December where you’d have spent some energy on bowl prep,” Dooley said, “[we] put a lot of time into sort of redefining our offseason and taking a hard look at some of the things we need to do differently going into next season.”
Maybe if the Vols finish 6-6 this year, SOD will turn down a bowl invite so he can divert that energy into more useful pursuits. Like preparing his resume.
Judging from this, though, he’s not using any of that energy to deal with certain players not following directions.
Dooley declined to go into Da’Rick Rogers’ reported absence from a portion of the offseason program. The receiver from Calhoun was absent for more than a week of morning workouts after an incident of insubordination to the strength and conditioning staff, according to reports and two sources inside the football program.
“I’m not going to go into all the individuals,” Dooley said. “We had a lot of guys that missed a workout or two for different reasons, whether it’s academics, whether it’s discipline, whether it’s injury. We had a ton of that. It’s managing 100 guys, and every day’s a challenge. I just don’t want to go into and revisit our last eight weeks.”
You get the feeling that if things get off to a rough start this season, the wheels could come off SOD’s wagon very quickly.
Here’s Jim Delany ringing in a happy new year for Ohio State:
… He said reports indicating he lobbied for the five suspended Ohio State players to be eligible for the Sugar Bowl are not true. He said he didn’t even know there was a precedent for such a delayed-penalty ruling until an NCAA official informed him.
And here’s Mr. Delany today.
You tell me – is there a difference between “lobbying” and “advocating”? Because if not, somebody’s FOS.
Mark Twain’s advice should be ringing in Bill Hancock’s ears right now.
… On the Sugar Bowl benefiting from Ohio State’s suspended players being able to play in the game: “I think even if those players had not played, the stadium was almost full and I think it would have been even if they hadn’t played. I think the national interest in the game would have still been the same. I just don’t buy that there was any benefit to the game significantly or to TV or to college football in general from them having been there as opposed to not playing.”
Delusional or cynical, take your pick.
Banishing Aaron Douglas from the southeastern United States and then watching him sign with a hated rival? Hey, it’s all good for Derek Dooley, master of spin.
“First of all, I wanted to release him,” Dooley said. “I didn’t want to deny a release, which is what we normally do. But I thought he needed to get away and I thought it was good for our team that he wasn’t close by, so I thought everybody benefited — that we just get away from the deal for a little bit. And I think it worked out well for our team and it worked out well for Aaron, so everybody should be happy.”
Dude, let’s be straight here – you forced the kid out and did it on terms where you hoped he’d sign with some school nobody in these parts would ever see. Instead, Douglas called your bluff and you’ll have the pleasure of facing him next year.
It should make for a great story on the recruiting trail… for Nick Saban. That should make Dooley happy, too.
Starting off what should be a fun week with a few things to nibble on:
- Dan Mullen rubs salt in the wound: “The game shouldn’t have been as close as it was. We had some opportunities to put that game away early, and we had some opportunities to put that game away late.”
- My first thought on reading this was “why wasn’t that the rule in the first place?”. My second thought was “I wonder what the SEC rule is?”.
- Mike Hamilton is a funny guy: “But this is far, far, far from a program that doesn’t have institutional control or is not trying to live by the letter of the law.”
- Eloquence like this deserves to be noted.
- Measuring the Tebow effect: “CBS’ SEC ratings had been on a roll. But Saturday’s Arkansas-Auburn game drew a 2.7 overnight, translating into 2.7% of the 56 urban markets measured for overnights — down 44% from comparable coverage of an Arkansas-Florida game last year.”
- Les Miles has a better winning percentage at LSU than Nick Saban did.
- There’s only one freshman quarterback in the top 35 nationally in passer rating – Aaron Murray at #19.
- Tim Brewster is the first coaching casualty of the season, and Minnesota’s AD has words of encouragement for whoever turns out to be his successor: “You’re not following Vince Lombardi here.”
UPDATE: Speaking of SEC officiating gaffes, the Wiz catches a good one from the UF-MSU game (watch the ref on the left).
Dan Mullen lays out the praise for his team’s opponent this week, our beloved Georgia Bulldogs.
“In my view of things, and their record might now show it, but they’re a top 25 football team in the country – easily — right now,” Mullen said on today’s SEC coaches’ teleconference.
Easily. Hoo, boy, ain’t that nice?
Except for one thing.
… Mullen, by the way, votes in the USA Today coaches’ poll. He did not have Georgia in his top 25 this week (none of the 59 voting coaches did)…
The Wall Street Journal looked at media guides to tally what college football players study. Included in their findings is this:
… Some majors seemed extra popular at specific schools, like the 16 starters at Georgia Tech who are majoring in management. (A team spokesman says it’s not easier than other majors, it’s just “really popular.”)
Sheer coincidence, I’m sure.
The buffet is not currently serving a suspension.
One more day…
- It sounds like the Oregon trip is destined to become the last of its kind, so savor it, Dawgnation.
- My kind of focus: “Richt again said his No. 1 message to his team this year has been fixing the turnover ratio. “Flip that stat and we probably win 10 or 11 games last year. Make them beat us. Let’s not beat ourselves.” Along those lines, he said, in practice players are disciplined for every turnover or penalty and then after practice their unit is also disciplined.”
- Easily the wettest I’ve ever been at a football game. It was as if God took a gigantic bucket of water and dumped it on Sanford Stadium. Fun game, in spite of that.
- Nobody blows smoke up your ass more than Houston Nutt: “We’re in the people-helping business.” Nobody.
- I hate to say it, but this is so similar to what we’ve heard out of Athens that it’s almost depressing. It’s certainly a reality check about our expectations.
- Some of the contributors at friend of the blog Saurian Sagacity have started a new blog here.
- Paul reminds me that it’s about time to start surfing the South Carolina message boards.
- Jerry Hinnen’s preview of the Auburn-Georgia game is definitely worth a read, even if you don’t agree with his ultimate game prediction.