Even on a slow news day, the buffet is there for you.
- Shattle Fenteng is ready to get to Athens. My guess is the feeling is mutual.
- Number 104 on Paul Myerberg’s College Football Countdown is Kentucky… which means he thinks Troy is a better team on Georgia’s schedule than the Wildcats.
- Speaking of slow news days, Tallahassee police released the surveillance video of Jameis Winston walking out of Publix with a sack of crab legs. Way to crack the case wide open, fellas.
- The weirdest preseason assessment of Georgia? Right here.
- If you’re a sports nut, unbundling cable probably won’t save you any money. Because, you know, ESPN.
- Nick Saban: “If it was totally up to me, I’d say you’ve got to play all 12 games in the Big 5″ conferences. He’s got that right.
- So what happens if O’Bannon beats the NCAA, anyway?
- Chase Stuart calculates that Texas A&M, with only three players, supplied the most draft value to the NFL this year. The Aggies won’t miss a beat, right?
- The ACC favors an early signing period for football.
Nick Saban tells assembled media to kiss his ass for asking a stupid question.
Gee, that’s unusual.
Or, an analyst is whatever Nick Saban says an analyst is. Duh.
You’ll have to forgive Saban for his mistake in language. On March 31 he described his role working with cornerbacks in individual drills as that of a “G.A.” under defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. It was a laughable moment, painting the 62-year-old head coach as the highest paid graduate assistant in the world, not to mention the fact he’s likely not pursuing a post-graduate degree on the side.
Hey, he was serious about that.
Leave it to Nick Saban to describe the job of the guy who was named the 2010 Rivals.com Recruiter of the Year, made $350,000 a year as an assistant coach at Washington and is the latest addition to the multitude in Tuscaloosa as “… an intern that helps us some in recruiting”.
I wonder if they use this on the recruiting trail.
Added Thomas, “That’s what my dad calls Coach Saban — the ‘god of college football.’
You gotta admit it’s a step up from being called Satan.
As you might expect, there’s a little extra union-y seasoning in the chafing dishes this morning.
- Not funny, Hutson: “A noodle arm like me, it’s takes quite a bit of effort for a kid from Florida that can run to get it out there,” Mason said. “I try to crow hop and throw it as far as I can so I don’t underthrow him because I’m going to hear it from (offensive coordinator Mike) Bobo if I underthrow him. “
- Nick Saban’s buying another recruiter.
- Vanderbilt is keeping an eye on unionization.
- Spurrier, on his players coming to him with a list of union demands: “Well, the NFL has a players association. They did that to their coaches and their owners. The owners and coaches said, ‘Yeah, OK, we’ll do that.’ They want to play, they don’t want anything unrealistic.”
- The Sporting News gives its list of the ten greatest Georgia players of all time.
- Going to Congress about unionization? Two can play at that game.
- The Tennessee legislature considered a bill that would have required all of Tennessee’s Division I institutions to pay 1% of revenue from tickets, merchandise, and broadcast licensing to a Student Athletic Trust Fund run by the state. Shockingly, UT opposed the bill.
- Chase Stuart suggests it may be time for us to take QBR more seriously. (It would be easier for me if ESPN didn’t pimp it relentlessly.)
- You’ve got questions? CAPA’s got answers.
- Predictably, Kevin Scarbinsky thinks an Alabama-Auburn playoff rematch would blot out the sun.
Auburn has bumped its salary pool for its nine assistant football coaches by nearly $1 million. Four assistants will make at least a half million dollars a year and no assistant will be paid less than $325,000, and yet…
The Tigers inched closer to Alabama’s figures ($4.463 million) with the latest raises, though the Tide have yet to release updated figures following the season and the arrival of assistant Lane Kiffin.
Nussmeier’s base salary last year was $680,000. Junior should be well north of that number.
Maybe Auburn can catch up with another SEC title.
In a world of college athletics that denies student-athletes access to representation and information so that they could make more fully informed decisions – maybe the most important one of their lives at that point in time – it only seems fair that Nick Saban proposes a little restraint of trade as an educational experience.
That it serves to help Nick Saban is merely an unanticipated coincidence, I’m sure.
Alabama’s linebackers seem a lot more sanguine about playing against the HUNH than their head coach is.
I don’t know if there’s enough here to take your mind off this morning’s stupidity, but I’m trying.
- Carvell discusses the one recruiting rule change nearly all coaches support. Makes too much sense for the NCAA, probably.
- Nick Saban says Alabama is still a “pro-style offense type of team.”
- Spring practice starts today. Field Street Forum has a tentative schedule, if you’re interested.
- For obvious reasons, it’ll never happen, but could Vegas do a worse job of picking seeds and eligible teams than the people running college athletics do? (“The committee is a bunch of frauds,” Salmons said. “The way they do this thing makes no sense.”) I don’t see how, and at least we wouldn’t have conflicts of interest to worry about.
- I guess the NFL thinks it isn’t settling things on the field sufficiently. And this is great: “… I’m not a fan of playoff expansion because I think it devalues the 17 weeks of the regular season.” Peter King is a funny man.
- Chris Low’s spring football summary for Georgia isn’t bad (even if it may already be a little dated because of today’s events).
- Ivan Maisel’s puff piece on Jim Delany, however… ugh.
- Nate Silver on the key stat the basketball selection committee relies on: RPI, as I’ve written previously, was “developed in 1981 in the era of the DOS prompt and the Commodore 64.” Hey, the football folks have to be more forward thinking than that, since they’re a completely diff… ah, hell, never mind.