A week before the season starts, a Clemson offensive lineman who has played 17 games in the last two seasons, with five starts, announces he’s transferring. He’s one of the four kids Swinney had suspended for the opener, so it’s not a new loss, but, still, doesn’t that sound like something that would have happened in Athens last season (or even this spring)?
Category Archives: Clemson: Auburn With A Lake
Dig in, dig in.
- Here’s a lede you don’t see every day.
- Clemson has lost its top returning rusher for the season.
- If it’s the year of the running back in the SEC, here’s why.
- Tony Barnhart ranks this year’s SEC road schedules in order of toughness.
- SEC schools step up fan engagement! (One guess on what’s missing from the list.)
- I read this and can’t help but wonder why, if it’s true, schools keep moving up to D-1.
- Really cool piece on the read option pass, but, looking at the replay of Nick Marshall’s pass to tie the Iron Bowl late, I’m amazed at how Auburn barely dodged being penalized for either Marshall crossing the line of scrimmage or linemen being too far downfield.
Jump right in, peeps.
- I guess this ESPN piece is saying that Mark Richt’s played a lot of freshmen because he’s lost control of something.
- While you’re reading Myerberg, here’s his preview of #15 Clemson.
- Speaking of the Tigers, their defense is preparing for Todd Gurley.
- Here’s Bovada’s list of regular season over/unders on wins for SEC teams.
- Phil Steele gives us his list of teams overrated and underrated in the AP preseason poll. Georgia shows up at #5 on the underrated list.
- The AB-H guys are also on Dawg Sports Radio. Their first offering is worth a listen, if only to hear Chad Simmons talk about Jeremy Pruitt’s recruiting style. (Dial it up to the 20:20 mark for that.)
- Check out Mark Richt’s winning percentage on the road after a bye week.
- “If you’ve got a quarterback, you’ve got a chance.”
Dial up the latest Seth and Gentry Show to around the 32:17 mark and hear a pretty good breakdown from one of the Clemson beat writers on where the Tigers stand and how they’ll likely match up with Georgia in the opener.
Sounds like his two keys for the game are Todd Gurley and Georgia’s pass rush. Agree? Disagree?
UPDATE: Speaking of Todd Gurley, key…
Only one man has run for more than 151 yards and a score on Brent Venables, in 10 years as a defensive play-caller. His name is Todd Gurley.—
Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) August 18, 2014
Another day, another buffet line.
- David Climer publishes his list of SEC stadiums, in order of best fan experience. Georgia checks in at number two.
- Speaking of SEC stadiums, somebody at Texas A&M has a sense of humor.
- Jesse Jackson, oy: “Nick Saban’s check comes from our work.”
- Will Muschamp personally delivered a season ticket package to a couple who’ve had them for 47 years. No word on whether he offered to pick them up and take them to the games this year.
- Roll Bama Roll thinks Georgia ought to be able to take care of business against Missouri, “unless Mark Richt chooses this game as his annual faceplant.”
- Here’s a look at existing ACC rivalries. As you can probably guess, all the recent movement has made a hash of that.
- Here’s CBSSports.com‘s SEC preview. Not a lot of consensus there.
- On the other hand, Bill Connelly is pretty impressed with South Carolina.
- And here’s Clemson, halfway to Georgia.
A little later in the day, but just as tasty.
- John Pennington argues that the SEC Network may actually work against national exposure for the conference’s schools at first. I understand the point he’s trying to make, but I think he forgets that SEC schools have benefited from national exposure on CBS for many years now.
- Here’s a nice Xs-and-Os preview of the Clemson-Georgia game. The author thinks it’ll be “all about Clemson’s ferocious defensive line vs. Georgia’s all-world backfield.” Agree or disagree?
- Phil Steele has nine sets of power ratings he uses to evaluate teams. One of those sets has Georgia going undefeated; another four call for an 11-1 season.
- College football players want NCAA Football 15 back.
- Bobby Petrino compares the ACC Atlantic to the SEC West. I guess that’s his way of telling Louisville fans not to expect any division titles.
- Jimbo Fisher said Jameis Winston was not subject to more discipline for shoplifting seafood at a supermarket in April, because, as he was punished by the baseball coach, double jeopardy attached (“… you don’t punish a guy twice for the same crime.”). Kinda like a Law and Order episode minus the Lennie Briscoe quip.
- Be still, mine heart.
Need something to get over the World Cup elimination blues? The buffet’s here for you.
- CFN says this season will be a success for Tennessee if the Vols have a winning record. Sad, but true.
- Clemson is paying its coaches SEC-type money.
- Sonny Vaccaro takes a victory lap.
- Here’s a nice postscript to the Tyrone Prothro student debt story.
- Math? Nobody said there’d be math.
- Porn for the Sports and Grits guys: How TCU’s defense works. (No Dick Bumpas reference, though.)
- The NCAA decides to take another pass at the North Carolina academic scandal.
Hey, you get hungry on the weekends, too.
- ESPN will broadcast the top games of 2013 throughout July. It looks like the SEC – and Georgia – will be well represented.
- This probably doesn’t help Jonathan Mincy’s chances with winning the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy.
- Indiana University announces that it will establish a “10-point student-athlete bill of rights.”
- Todd McShay, bringing the Dawg porn.
- Here’s a good breakdown of a player Georgia will see in the opener, Vic Beasley.
- “But now Auburn faces a dilemma”? Pundit, please. It’s a dilemma entirely of the school’s own making.
- Florida announces the formation of a Fan Advisory Council. Be still, my heart.
- Paul Myerberg really thinks Tennessee, his #68 team, is going places. Just not this year.
- David Hale notes that three ACC teams lost their leading passer, rusher, receiver and tackler this offseason, which is quite rare (only happened twice in the past six seasons). The good news is that Georgia plays two of those teams.
Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- Did you know that Clemson’s Frank Howard once threatened to sue over a piece Lewis Grizzard wrote about him?
- I always love it when somebody else does the heavy lifting for me, so, thanks, Tyler, for counting the number of scholarship players currently on Georgia’s roster.
- Barry Alvarez sez, “To keep fans in the stands, you have to keep up with the technology, so they can continue to use those things in the stadium.” You could always beef up the home schedule, Barry.
- Hunter Atkinson’s high school coach says the kid’s family has endured a backlash from third parties as a result of his withdrawal from Georgia. Stay classy, people.
- Troy’s Larry Blakeney suggests an interesting proposal for paying players – a stipend based on academic performance, paid to student-athletes per hour passed with a C or above.
- Marc Weiszer talks to Danny Ware about a Knowshon-Gurley comparison.
- High school quarterback being recruited by Georgia has this to say about his first conversation with the head guy: “… The SEC is the biggest in college football. I was super excited to talk to Coach Richt. I was a little nervous. I had never talked to a coach that big before. It was awesome.”
- Amateurism, first half of the 20th century style.
Just because it’s June doesn’t mean I can’t fill a few chafing dishes for you.
- I’ll go into detail later this summer about it, but perhaps this is the best thing Georgia’s secondary has going for it this season.
- Bitcoin is going to sponsor a bowl game. Will it hand out a virtual trophy?
- The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Aereo case may impact how we watch the NFL, but keep in mind what’s written in this piece could also apply to CBS and its contract with the SEC.
- Here’s the Post and Courier’s preview of the Clemson-Georgia game. And here’s the preview of the South Carolina-Georgia game.
- One reason the schools fear Jeffrey Kessler’s lawsuit: one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys used to be an associate director of enforcement for the NCAA.
- Believe it or not, ESPN preseason rankings have Georgia’s secondary as seventh best in the conference.
- Gene Chizik predicts a 10-2 season for Auburn, with losses to South Carolina and Alabama.
- Vanderbilt checks in at #74 in Paul Myerberg’s preseason roundup.
- College coaches try to figure out the best way to utilize the new rules on summer supervision. (Brian Kelly knows what to do, but if he told you, then he’d have to kill you.)
- “We’re guessing that many people would agree that college president or medical school dean is slightly more beneficial to humanity than being a football coach.” Depends whom you ask, I suspect.
- Bill Connelly looks at this year’s Clemson Tigers team and comes away impressed, particularly with that defensive line.