Category Archives: Media Punditry/Foibles

Oxymoronic header of the day

“Dealers argue ethics of college athlete autographs” – sounds just like jumbo shrimp.

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There’s always more grist for the Gurley mill.

Man, the Todd Gurley thing must have really struck a nerve with Jeff Schultz, who’s written a third column on the matter in less than a week.  If his first could be characterized as blame Gurley and the second as the same for the NCAA, this one has more of an “if a tree fell in the forest” philosophical bent to it.

But there’s another part of the equation in the matter of suspended Georgia running back Todd Gurley few are talking about, and it would be foolish to ignore, especially given the NCAA’s recent tendency to stick its finger in the air: Even if Gurley did break rules and even if there’s evidence to support suspending him for up to the rest of the season, would they do that?

Well, the NCAA didn’t in the Newton or Manziel situations, so it’s not like there’s not a precedent for that.  But that’s not the real question here.  The real question is even if Gurley did break rules and even if there’s evidence to support suspending him for up to the rest of the season, if the NCAA didn’t do that, would Jeff Schultz write another column about it?

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Sooner or later, he’s bound to find the guilty party.

Shorter Jeff Schultz:  Now that I’ve blamed Todd Gurley, let me disregard my earlier finger wag and blame the NCAA.

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“I think past Alabama teams would have had just as much trouble as this Alabama team.”

Gary Danielson ain’t backing off his tempo talk.

“I think what was proven in this game right now is all this stuff about tempo is garbage…”

But he finally seems to be coming to terms with what spread, pass-first offenses bring to the table.

“There are a lot of factors here. The willingness of teams to go to the spread and throw the ball on early downs, not having to go toe-to-toe with superior athletes at Alabama at the line of scrimmage has an effect. The fact that the SEC has gotten all this publicity and has recruited so well, top to bottom, the games are just tougher.”  [Emphasis added.]

If he’s right, Saban’s got a few more tough games left to play.  Best brace yourself, Phyllis from Mulga.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Another day, another buffet.

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Monday morning buffet

If your appetite is whetted, have you some.

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Trolling a troll

Bill Connelly provides a little context for the performance of the man Michael Cunningham is extremely impressed with.

S&P+ is typically quite volatile at this time of year (my own ratings are why Ole Miss is so damn high, too) and one team benefiting from that is Louisville, which has had, from a raw data standpoint, one of the most successful defenses in the country so far. The Cardinals rank fourth in Defensive S&P+, and while that wouldn’t be the biggest reach in the world — they ranked 10th in Defensive F/+ last year, after all, and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham did have some success at Georgia before a 2013 fade — they have gotten what are probably a couple of artificial boosts.

First, Louisville has played Wake Forest. As long as raw data plays any role, even a minor one, in the ratings, playing Wake Forest is going to be good for you. The Ville held the Deacs to 100 total yards (1.8 per play) last Saturday, and while that’s certainly not bad … well, UL-Monroe held Wake to 94 yards (1.9 per play) in the season opener.

Maybe that just means Richt should have hired UL-Monroe’s defensive coordinator instead of Pruitt.

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