A little heavy on the SECCG servings, but I doubt you’ll mind.
Let’s clear the decks with some tasty hump day nourishment:
- Ole Miss hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record this season, but CFN says that’s about to change this Saturday in Athens… because the Dawgs didn’t lose to Kentucky.
- Mark Shurtleff surrenders; Bill Hancock yawns.
- Florida feels good about its defensive showing against Georgia. It should.
- You want Georgia to be more like Alabama? Here’s one way that’s happening.
- Coaches Hot Seat Blog does a best of Erk post.
- Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Richt: “You kind of find yourself pulling for him when you’re not playing him.”
- The Rebel Black Bears play fast on offense, and some Dawg defenders see Nick Saban’s point about that. But not Christian Robinson: “If they’re beating us, then we need to figure out a way to stop it,” Robinson said. “That’s not a safety issue. That’s a defensive issue.”
- The NCAA announces its new enforcement structure, with an emphasis on “conduct breaches that seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of the NCAA Constitution”. The most interesting development is that head coaches will be presumed guilty – “if a violation occurs, the head coach is presumed responsible, and if he or she can’t overcome that presumption, charges will be forthcoming.” No doubt JoePa is turning over in his grave.
A few tempting morsels set out in the buffet line for you this morning:
- We all know the hundred-dollar handshake has long been a part of doing bidness, but you don’t often hear of it spoken about publicly.
- Steve Spurrier goes for his 200th collegiate coaching win this Saturday. As he’s 45-0 against non-BCS opponents, he won’t break a sweat getting it.
- “I hope you budgeted extra money for defending (NCAA) violations.” You get one guess whom that quote is about.
- Uncle Verne offers a few thoughts about the early SEC season here.
- For some inexplicable reason, Jeff Long thinks a “Red Out” for Arkansas’ game against Alabama is a good idea. Go figure.
- Bruce Feldman’s ten most surprising stats of the early season has some good information. The UCLA numbers are eye-popping.
- Georgia-Missouri was a big hit, TV-wise.
- This is non-football related and definitely NSFW, but it’s the funniest thing I’ve come across on the intertubes in the last week.
I wish I were shitting you here, but sadly, I’m not.
College football became a national phenomenon because it supposedly served the values of progressivism, in two ways. It exemplified specialization, expertise and scientific management. And it would reconcile the public to the transformation of universities, especially public universities, into something progressivism desired but the public found alien. Replicating industrialism’s division of labor, universities introduced the fragmentation of the old curriculum of moral instruction into increasingly specialized and arcane disciplines. These included the recently founded social sciences — economics, sociology, political science — that were supposed to supply progressive governments with the expertise to manage the complexities of the modern economy and the simplicities of the uninstructed masses.
Football taught the progressive virtue of subordinating the individual to the collectivity. Inevitably, this led to the cult of one individual, the coach. Today, in almost every state, at least one public university football coach is paid more than the governor.
And Babe Ruth was famously paid more than the President of the United States, George.
This is some bizarre stuff. For one thing, as Jonathan Chait notes, it’s not exactly like college football thrives in progressive hot beds. In fact, the reality is pretty much the opposite of that. For another, if you want to talk about sports and the modern regulatory state, you would find a better example of that with Will’s beloved professional baseball, which is chock full of examples such as public financial support of stadiums, a sweeping antitrust exemption and the Supreme Court-supported reserve clause (now discarded). Not to mention that whole Red Sox-Yankees thing.
Face it, George Will thinks you’re all a bunch of pinkos for reading this blog.
(h/t Ed Kilgore)
I don’t care what your political leanings are, this is just wrong.
President Barack Obama doing the Gator Chomp on Sat at Gator’s Dockside in Orlando (AP)
It’s getting closer. Here are a few tidbits to keep your appetites whetted:
- The SEC, trying to fashion an in-stadium experience that TV viewers can be proud of.
- Your NCAA dollars at work. Since Legends and Leaders are already taken, can I suggest renaming the two parts of Division I as “Mo’ Money” and “Less Money”?
- While we’re on the subject of money, it looks like the cash cow that is the Tennessee athletics department is running on fumes. It may not be fair, but another mediocre year in football likely means SOD is out the door. UT simply can’t afford the status quo.
- Justin Smith Morrill, the unsung father of American college football.
- Sunday Morning Quarterback is resurrected. That’s a good thing.
- Here’s a look at how every school in the AP Top 25 got its nickname.
- You can find a summary of the SEC quarterback situations here.
- Non-football related, but here’s a Freedom of Information Act request we can all support.
- Bruce Feldman takes a look at a very cool new website, XandOLabs.com.
- Even when it doesn’t involve playing in Jacksonville, Mark Richt keeps tabs on the weather.
You know, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m as critical of the NCAA as anybody. And I’ll also admit that I’m not at ease with the process that led to the Penn State sanctions.
But I’m not insane about it.
Whatever evil Joe Paterno and Penn State officials failed to stop, the 112 wins are wins.
Where will the NCAA draw its line? What other wrongs that have nothing to do with victories on the playing field will the NCAA address by nullifying the hard-fought wins of innocent student athletes?
The lesson the NCAA is teaching young people — that history and truth don’t matter if enough powerful people don’t want them to matter — can be as injurious to society as the cover-up was to the victims of Sandusky.
When you’re at the point where you’re equating vacating college football wins with enabling a serial child rapist over a period of years, it’s way past time to seriously question your standards of personal morality. Or, as I said, your sanity.
All I can say is that I hope that’s the worst thing I read for a while.
I’m opposed on general principle to naming streets and monuments after living people, but even by that standard, this is truly a WTF proposal.
You can run, but you can’t hide, college football fans.
ESPN will kick off an effort to allow more political ads on college and NFL football programs in October and November, according to a report…
… Thus, in the crucial two months before the November election, viewers can expect their shotgun formations and weak-side blitzes to be occasionally peppered with pitches for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, among other candidates.
Be still, my heart. Stay close, my clicker mute button.
Hey, you think anybody will use Craig James as a spokesman?
(h/t Awful Announcing)
The man is oblivious to what’s really going on.
“However, I got involved as a Congressman because this isn’t just an extracurricular activity, it is a billion-dollar, interstate industry that impacts many public schools which are funded with taxpayer dollars,” he said. “This is not just about on-field competition, it’s about compensation. I believe that a playoff will go a long way to restoring fairness to both.”