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Wow. It’s never pretty watching somebody give up on his idol. Check out what Mark Bradley had to say about the game the genius called in last night’s less than scintillating loss to Virginia Tech:
This failure went higher than the starting quarterback. This wretched performance falls on Johnson. He designed this system. He recruited these players. He didn’t have them primed for this prime-time tilt, and near the end he nearly blew the game by himself.
Eight-plus minutes left, the Jackets down 17-10, fourth-and-2 at their 33: This is the place in a Tech game when we wits in the press box nod to one another and say, “Paul probably wants to go for this.” Only Johnson did more than want. HE WENT FOR IT. Knowing full well that failure would put Virginia Tech in position to kick the field goal that would ice the game, HE WENT FOR IT.
That’s a long way down from this. Hope Bradley can survive the pressure drop.
I’m not surprised or offended that the pundits in this clip are picking LSU to win Saturday, but I don’t know how you analyze the game without a single mention of Aaron Murray – especially with the way Dennis Dodd ends up, musing about who might emerge from the game as the potential SEC player of the year.
Interesting how the kid with the fourth-highest rated passer rating in the country is so easily dismissed.
Yes, this is dumb on so many levels.
3. Georgia did what Georgia does. This. THIS! This is why Georgia fans hate Mark Richt. Two weeks ago, I praised Mark Richt and declared him off the hot seat. I’m an idiot.
Just when Richt has earned the good graces of the Georgia fan base, he goes and acts like he’s trying to lose to North Texas. I know it was raining, but it was raining for both teams and you can’t expect North Texas to play nice, even if you are paying them roughly $1 million to be there. I mean, heck, “mean” is right there is their mascot – Mean Green.
Is it all Richt’s fault? Probably not, but who else is there to blame, really?
The final score – 45-21 – makes it look like Georgia won comfortably, but that is misleading. The Bulldogs had a punt blocked and North Texas tied the game at 21 in the third quarter. Then Georgia scored 24 unanswered points to make it look like a convincing win, which is the most Georgia thing any team can do.
This is why Georgia fans rant and rave about Mark Richt. They have no confidence in what that team will do, because it’s never done anything to give them reason to. A loss to LSU next week will get that hot seat burning again. I think Richt kind of likes it. What other explanation is there?
Well, that it’s idiotic to overreact to a 24-point win comes to mind.
Try as hard as you like, but a segment of the fan base bitching about Richt, or booing after a brain-dead special teams snafu does not a hot seat make. I’m afraid, though, that it does lead to the media drawing unfortunate impressions about us.
If you don’t read anything else this week, make sure you read this Bruce Feldman piece about Texas A&M’s preparation for last Saturday’s game of the century. It’s as good as that kind of work gets.
I can’t imagine that many programs that would give the national media that kind of access leading up to a huge game. How confident a coach do you think Kevin Sumlin is?
As far as I can tell, the only difference between SI‘s piece on sex at Oklahoma State and, say, your typical Bleacher Report boobtastic post is that there’s no slide show.
There’s also nothing alleged in SI‘s article that’s even close to being in the same solar system as a NCAA violation, so it’s hard to see what the point to it is. Other than sex talk, of course.
Gregg Doyel makes an idiotic argument.
If Alabama knew star offensive tackle D.J. Fluker was on the take, then the NCAA should throw the book at the Crimson Tide. Reduce their scholarships. Put them on probation. Take away, yes, the 2011 and ’12 national championships.
But only if Alabama knew — or should have known — that Fluker had jeopardized his eligibility by accepting money from a middleman.
Otherwise, what are we talking about here? We’re talking about a handful of alleged cheaters in this story, none of them named “Alabama.”
Fluker broke NCAA rules by taking money from a leech trying to get his hooks into a future NFL draft pick, if the allegations in this story are true. And if true, the leech in question — former Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis — broke Alabama state law by giving money to a college athlete. So did any agent or financial adviser Davis was representing.
That’s a lot of alleged cheaters and rules-breakers and criminals.
Know who didn’t cheat or break any rules or laws?
I’m not sure why I have to explain this to someone as enlightened as “My opinion on this form of “cheating” has evolved over the years” Doyel, but assuming that he still feels that schools that learn of a student-athlete who accepts payment from an agent while still playing college ball should suspend the player or suffer the consequences, he’s just incentivized the hell out of schools’ making sure they insulate themselves from knowledge of any agent dealings with kids on campus. Kick the can down the road will become the order of the day – what they don’t learn about players getting paid until they’re gone won’t hurt ‘em.
Georgia didn’t cheat or break any rules or laws when A.J. Green got paid for his jersey. Tennessee didn’t cheat or break any rules or laws when Mo Couch got something from the very same agents who dare to put Alabama in a bad spot. Funny how I don’t hear Doyel cry out that Couch’s coaches and teammates, who presumably are innocents in this, don’t deserve to be punished. Yet it’s Tennessee and Georgia, not Alabama, who have lost the services of players.
Do I think the underlying premise behind the rule is hypocritical and illogical? Sure do. But that doesn’t justify special treatment for Alabama. If you don’t like the results – and if ‘Bama gets stripped of a national title or two, I can certainly understand that many won’t – then change the rule. Don’t pick and choose who has to suffer, especially if by so doing you’ll encourage more blind eyes.
What’s the difference between a newspaper publisher and a college football head coach? You can shame the publisher.
Saban’s probably calling Steve Spurrier tonight to find out how to pull this off.
In 2011, University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier refused to talk to reporters while Ron Morris of The State — McClatchy’s paper in Columbia, SC — was in the room. The coach complained that the sports columnist was a “negative guy.”
Spurrier did the same thing a year later. “I don’t need any questions today,” he told reporterslast Sept. 22, then left. The coach, according to one sports site, quickly exited because he was feared Morris was planting questions with other reporters after being told by his own paper that he should keep quiet.
The 68-year-old football coach won’t have a repeat performance this year, though, because The State has told Morris he can no longer write about University of South Carolina Gamecocks football…
… Morris declined to talk to me, but others familiar with the situation — including former University of South Carolina and State staffers — described how The State’s publisher, Henry Haitz III, made his veteran columnist agree in writing that he would never again write about Gamecocks football or talk about the USC program on TV and radio shows.
The State hasn’t quit covering Gamecock football. Quite the contrary – the paper has hired a real pro to fill in.
In late August, The State added longtime Gamecocks football reporter and self-described superfan Glenn Snyder to its sports pages. (He’s a contract writer, not a staffer. Snyder previously reported for a publication that’s sent to USC sports booster-club members.)
“I’ve now seen 343 South Carolina [football] games in a row,” the 67-year-old Snyder told me. “I love the University of South Carolina. I love Steve Spurrier. …Coach Spurrier and I have become friends.” (He noted that Spurrier often drops his name during press conferences.)
Spurrier told me that he helped “Superfan” Snyder get his job at The State.
“I did call The State newspaper and put in a good word for him, and they hired him,” the coach said.
Morris may be an ass, but, man, that’s embarrassing all the way around.