UT athletic director Steve Patterson may be the biggest jerk working in college athletics, but he’s not stupid. His announcement this week that, should things play out in the legal arena such that O’Bannon is the law of the land, Texas is prepared to pay its student-athletes $10,000 a year is a clever shot across the bow. It doesn’t cost him anything now to say it, it’s nothing he could avoid paying in the future if the courts rule against him, and in the meantime his athletic department will reap the benefits of his planting the first flag with a dollar sign on it in the minds of recruits. That’s well-played in my book, especially from a guy who’s been dismissive of the entire effort to compensate student-athletes more fairly.
But I doubt it’s the end of the matter. Not even close. He may be cracking open the door, but I suspect there will be other schools ready to push it far more open.
Long term, let’s face it: if there’s one thing that can trump demographics, it’s money. They may not be growing the five-star talent in the Rust Belt at the rate they way they are in the Sun Belt, but Big Ten money spends just as well down here. Besides, it’s good for BTN ratings.
Can you say bidding wars? I thought you could.
Another day, another buffet.
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A five-star recruiting prospect, accused of felony burglary, watched a University of Georgia athlete while she slept and continues to use the iPhone he denied taking from the dorm room she shared with other female athletes, according to a search warrant released by the Clarke County Clerk’s Office last week.
That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.
Police called Salomon’s high school coach Michael Tunsil, who said Salomon denied doing anything wrong and denied leaving the football players’ suite after they went to sleep at 3 a.m. But video surveillance from Busbee Hall from July 19 shows Salomon looking around on the first floor of Busbee Hall between 5:55-6:42 a.m., according to the warrant.
Just tell me this is no longer true.
Salomon, one of Florida’s top high school receivers for the Class of 2016, has scholarship offers from Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and LSU, among others. [Emphasis added.]
Surely Georgia is no longer interested. Besides, this kid’s not sharp enough for college.
As bad as roster numbers have gotten on occasion, I never thought I’d have to hear Mark Richt offer that as a serious observation.
This, too: “But we’re in desperate need of a great recruiting class in that area. I’ll say that.”
If you’re a highly rated high school defensive back, you’d be crazy not to consider a Georgia offer right now.
- Last Saturday marked the sixth straight conference game in which Florida failed to score more than two touchdowns in regulation play.
- I know this is tongue in cheek, but it reads like some of the comments I see here at the blog now and then.
- Ed Orgeron was reportedly offered the head coaching job at Nicholls State and turned it down.
- Forget who’s the #2 quarterback at Georgia… who’s the #2 tailback?
- Scott Albrecht takes a look at comparing recruiting and performance.
- Senator goes after Big Game Bob in a USA Today editorial.
- FSU’s got a weird sense of priorities when it comes to Jameis Winston: no football suspension for theft or allegations of sexual assault (hell, no investigation, for that matter), but a half game suspension for talking dirty. Is Jimbo Fisher getting tired of his antics?
- I’ve gotta give Russ Mitchell credit for one thing. When it comes to Georgia bashing, he’s one consistent fellow.
Several dishes are filled for your dining pleasure.
- With due respect to Groo, in reference to the playcalling on 1st and goal at the 4, it’s not that we forget how Georgia had scored its previous two touchdowns. It’s that we remember how the Dawgs scored their first touchdown of the second half.
- Selling the Fainting Goat: “I was talking to the guy across from me, saying, ‘Wow, there is some thick air down here in Miami,” Mays said.
- Who’s to blame for Kentucky’s less than stellar recruiting over the years? Would you believe Bear Bryant?
- I don’t know about you, but when I read stories like this, my first thought is Second Chance U.
- Evidently, tall cornerbacks are the thing again in recruiting.
- Jackie Sherrill thinks that 7-on-7 drills have had the biggest impact on college football in the last decade.
- And Derek Mason says, “Patton Robinette is our quarterback.” Except when he’s not.
Jeremy Pruitt is hard at work on the recruiting trail, chasing one of the best running backs in the 2016 class. He’s an Alabama kid, so it makes sense that Pruitt would be the one giving chase. But perhaps there’s an ulterior motive in play, too.
The SEC’s best want the 6-foot, 220-pound junior because he could play multiple different positions in college. Miller prefers to play running back at the next level, but is open to the idea of making the full-time switch to linebacker. He plays outside linebacker now for Madison Academy and a few schools feel he’d fit best on the defensive side of the ball.
So first Pruitt’s gotta recruit him to Athens. Then he’s got to recruit him to defense. Look out, Mike Bobo.