Category Archives: Georgia Tech Football

“Personally… that’s what I’ve been talking about for years.”

What Al Gore is to the Internets, Paul Johnson says he is to the elimination of national signing day.  And exactly for the reasons you would expect.

“It would cut all the (crap) out of it. All those people who think they have offers would find out that they really don’t have offers. You know, if somebody walked in your school and said ‘You have an offer,’ the kid could say ‘OK, where is it? I’m ready to sign it.’ This would stop all this foolishness.

“And it would work the same way with the kids saying ‘Yeah, coach, I’m committed.’ The college says ‘OK, here’s your scholarship. Sign it.’ The kid says ‘Well, I don’t want to sign right now.’ Well then that kid is not committed. If a kid didn’t want to sign, they wouldn’t sign. And if he did sign, it’s binding. It would stop all this ‘He’s a soft commit.’ It’s not a commit, it’s a reservation.’

It’s not that he expects to gain an advantage on the recruiting trail from it.  He’s just personally affronted by the puffery.

Not that that makes it a bad idea.

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Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting

Friday morning buffet

Enjoy the morning’s offerings.


Filed under Academics? Academics., Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, It's Just Bidness, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water, SEC Football, Stats Geek!

A question about the Georgia-Georgia Tech series

This is directed to those of you who advocate discontinuing the Georgia-Georgia Tech series.  Take a look at this chart:

Mark Richt is 5-0 against a major conference opponent that’s 31-19 (62% winning percentage) against all other power conference opposition over the past five seasons.  That record includes Richt’s two worst teams in thirteen seasons, mind you.  As we enter an era when strength of schedule becomes more important than ever, other than to gain a temporary moment of smug satisfaction, why on earth would you want to give that away?

Bonus question for the subset that wants to schedule Georgia State or Georgia Southern instead:  are you out of your damned minds?


Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

“Well, as per NCAA rules, we asked for permission…”

“… to visit with (Carter), but unfortunately that permission was denied by Georgia Tech…”

Yeah, that one’s a basketball call, but I see no reason the Tech AD’s logic – if you want to call it that – wouldn’t apply in a football setting:

“Our practice has typically been to (not grant permission) to the ACC schools and anybody you play in a given sport every year,” he said. “We play Georgia every year. This is not something which is so much a Georgia thing as it is we compete against them every year. That’s a pretty standard industry-wide practice.”

In his transfer, Carter was restricted from transferring either to Georgia or another ACC school. Given that he would have to sit out two years if he were to transfer to another ACC team, it’s essentially a restriction against Georgia.

Still, Bobinski said, the policy is not airtight. If an athlete were transferring due to a coaching change or if there were extenuating circumstances such as a family situation, the school would be willing to adjust the restriction list. However, “none of that applies in this case,” Bobinski said.

That is why he didn’t see Georgia’s 2009 release of Daniel Miller from his letter of intent in order to play at Tech as comparable. Miller left Georgia due to a coaching change, Dennis Felton’s firing, and had yet to play.

“It’s a completely different deal,” Bobinski said. “Robert’s been a big part of our program for two years.”

Um… if it’s “a pretty standard industry-wide practice” to block a player from transferring to a school you face every year, then what difference does it make whether the kid’s suited up for you yet?

Again, the fault here lies more with the bullshit transfer protocol than anything else.  The NCAA is enabling Georgia Tech to behave as it is.  Also, again, it sucks for Carter more than anyone.  But players don’t need a union or some other way of making their voices heard, right?


UPDATE:  I know you’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that Mark Bradley has weighed in with another classic piece, entitled “Tech won’t let Carter go to UGA, and I understand”.  That he manages to do so without taking even a moment to consider the situation from the player’s standpoint – it’s all about this:  “It’s bad enough when a guy leaves your program; it’s worse when you have to face him.” – is about what you’d expect.  But it’s not even the dumbest point he makes.  This is:

Surely Georgia would have gnashed its canine teeth if LSU, working behind the former Bulldog Zach Mettenberger, had held its late lead in Sanford Stadium last fall. (Mettenberger had been dismissed from the football team and wound up in Baton Rouge after a JUCO stint.) It’s no fun seeing a guy who accepted your scholarship and wore your uniform playing against you.

Did Bradley miss the Auburn game?  And what difference does that make to Robert Carter, Jr.’s future, anyway?


Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, The NCAA

Seventy years of excellence

I’m not sure what I most like about this – the methodology, the list itself or the conclusion – ah, let’s go with the conclusion.

Simply put, I think there is no better than a 20% chance we get a better coach. Only 2 of 10 coaches have been demonstrably better as far as team performance than CPJ: Dodd and O’Leary. But I think even if we got another Dodd or O’Leary, the chance is good that they would be lured away by $10Ms to go to a factory. The game of football has changed and Dodd was disheartened at the end about GT’s chances. So the upper end estimate of getting a better coach is 20%.

In other words, at Georgia Tech, you can’t do that.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Stats Geek!

Tuesday morning buffet


  • It’s the details that make the Jameis Winston arrest story special:  “A Leon County Sheriff’s Office deputy said Winston ordered three pounds of steamed crab legs with Old Bay seasoning and one pound of steamed crawfish with Cajun seasoning and then left the store, according to the incident report released this afternoon.”
  • Oklahoma plans a stadium expansion that will cost between $350-400 million.  Because, the kids.
  • Mike Leach thinks Mike Leach would be crazy to leave Wazzou.
  • I have no idea what this column is supposed to show.
  • As much crap as we throw the genius’ way, he deserves credit for this.
  • Here’s a recruiting loophole I bet gets closed in a hurry.  And let Georgia State’s head coach explain competitive balance to you:  “We’re not going to recruit the same person, you know? There’s no way. The Sun Belt doesn’t recruit against Penn State. Let’s face it: I’m not competing for kids against Penn State, or Georgia and Alabama. I’m just not. Nor will we ever. It is what it is.”  Gee, I’d hate to see player compensation get in the way of that.
  • Mark Schlabach’s post-spring top 25 makes me wonder if Florida is the new Notre Dame, conventional wisdom-wise.  And TAMU at fourteen?  Hmmm…


Filed under Academics? Academics., Crime and Punishment, Georgia Tech Football, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness, Mike Leach. Yar!, Recruiting, SEC Football

Thursday morning buffet

Grab a plate, folks.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Look For The Union Label, Recruiting, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics, The NCAA

Hell hath no snark like a genius scorned.

More as a shot towards his team’s fan base than the kid, Paul Johnson refers to the now-departed Vad Lee as “an Internet legend before he ever played a game”.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

Tuesday morning buffet

Eat; you look hungry.

  • StingTalk is always good for a chuckle“We should be getting great press about how there were over 2000 people huddled under the eaves for an off season scrimmage in the middle of a 45 degree torrential downpour, which was the actual truth. That’s a positive trajectory for Tech sports.”  Bless your heart.
  • It occurs to me that it won’t be that hard to figure out the fair market value for college football players’ memorabilia, if it ever comes to that.
  • And here’s a handy guideline to all the major stuff currently on the NCAA’s plate.  Yeah, Mark Emmert can handle that.
  • This is actually a pretty good idea.
  • Mike Slive says nobody’s talked to him about lowering the mandatory number of varsity sports required to be a Division I program.  (Jim Delany punches his speed dial after reading that.)
  • Atlanta wants to host college football’s national championship game in 2018.
  • Good stuff from Jeremy Fowler – anybody tells you they know what the consequences of unionization will turn out to be is making it up right now.
  • Michael Elkon wonders how the mix of special admissions for college athletes, increased athletic demands on those same kids and the “scholarship ought to be compensation enough” concept can be sustained.


Filed under Academics? Academics., BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Georgia Tech Football, It's Just Bidness, Look For The Union Label, The NCAA

The dark side of Chantastic

This is so sad that I can’t even bring myself to mockery.

Way to go, genius.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football