Category Archives: Recruiting

“And we all know why.”

To the surprise of no one,

Pre-registration for Georgia State’s football camp is well ahead of last year’s pace.

Penn State coach James Franklin and his coaching staff will be on hand for the June 10 sessions, something that Georgia State coach Trent Miles’ camp website advertises.

Miles said there were 40 or 50 campers who signed up ahead of time last year.

“This year we’ve got a few hundred,” Miles said.

If Miles pulls in even one commitment he wouldn’t have gotten before, isn’t it worth it for him?

Just wait ’til next year, when Notre Dame lends a hand.  Assuming the NCAA doesn’t pull the plug on this, that is.

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Filed under Georgia State Football, Recruiting

Wednesday morning buffet

Some things to take your mind off… well, you know what.


Filed under Big Ten Football, College Football, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Political Wankery, Recruiting, Science Marches Onward, SEC Football, Texas Is Just Better Than You Are., The Blogosphere

Summer camp blues

In one sense, I’m a little amused by the firestorm that’s arisen over James Franklin’s end run around the summer camp rule.  The SEC coaches are pissyNotre Dame thinks it’s a swell idea, too.  It’s even given ESPN’s bloggers the chance to wax righteously indignant over Houston Nutt’s 37-signee class.  Again.

Fun times, indeed.  (And when can we expect Corch to announce an appearance?  You know he’s got to be kicking himself for not coming up with the idea first.)

But ultimately, it’s futile for the SEC to wage this fight.  The NCAA isn’t going to do anything about it, especially in the new age of autonomy.  And the coaches up north are going to keep at it, because here’s where the talent is.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

Friday morning buffet

The tidbits just keep on coming.


Filed under ACC Football, BCS/Playoffs, Big 12 Football, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting, SEC Football

Welcome to Georgia State!

Boy, if SEC coaches are upset about James Franklin’s summer camp incursion, this is really going to send them over the deep end.

I’m guessing Georgia State is one Sun Belt opponent Georgia won’t be in any hurry to schedule.


Filed under Georgia State Football, Recruiting, SEC Football

Thursday morning buffet

The shipment from Destin has arrived.  Dig in.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, BCS/Playoffs, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, Political Wankery, Recruiting, The Body Is A Temple

Euphemism of the day

You know how we like to say around here if they tell you it’s not about the money, it’s about the money?  Well, see if you can catch the common theme here

Not everybody is for the early signing period, but SEC coaches voted 14-0 to have it the first Monday after Thanksgiving if such a day is established.

“I think it’s a great idea,” LSU coach Les Miles told reporters in Destin, Fla. “It’s all based on trying to serve the student-athlete. If he’s grown up, wants to go to LSU or Missouri or wherever, his father and mother have gone to school there and he’s been unofficially on your campus a bunch of times, then let’s give him an opportunity to sign early.

“Let’s not change the recruiting calendar, and let’s not create a bunch of difficulty based on that. We’re really only trying to serve those young men who want to come to your school.”

The early signing period would apply to recruits who don’t take visits to other schools.

… and here.

To Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, it clearly makes sense for the league.

“It’s one that keeps our calendar pretty consistent. It allows the guys that have been committed to their school to sign with that school,” Mullen said. “It also protects the student-athlete as best as possible.”

At least Mullen had the sheepish decency to cover that with an “as best as possible” qualifier.

Look, this has almost nothing to do with student-athlete welfare and everything to do with making life easier for head coaches.  A kid who wants to sign with dear ol’ State U and nowhere else is gonna be there at Thanksgiving and he’s gonna be there in February.  The only positive an early date brings for him is that he won’t get screwed out of a scholarship if he gets hurt over the holidays.

How good is this for the SEC coaches, though?  Let me count the ways.

  1. It cuts down on in season recruiting trips.  (“We want to coach our players in season,” Richt said.)
  2. It’s a money saver.  Coaches wouldn’t have to invest in recruiting trips to re-recruit already committed prospects.
  3. “Mullen also said that the SEC’s proposal would protect the schools that don’t want to lose those recruits with months remaining before they sign their national letters of intent.”  You may say you trust the word of that gifted athlete you really want in your program, but if you have any doubts – or simply don’t want to tempt your competitors – why take a chance?
  4. It undercuts the ACC’s early signing proposal and keeps a handle on summer recruiting.  (“Some of us would like to have a little sanity in our lives,” Richt said.)

The reality is that if you’re a power school in a power conference, an early signing period makes little sense.  You’ve got the resources at hand to scratch and claw over every five-star stud you’re interested in.  So whatever new signing day wrinkle you’re going to sign on to is going to have one very important feature to it – serving the student-athlete conveniencing the head coach.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

“They’re recruiting our guys anyway.”

It’s a credit to Mark Richt’s sanity that he finds the time off more valuable than a conference rule change that would allow him to reciprocate James Franklin’s “guest coach” appearance at a Georgia State camp this summer, but I bet this is one rule the SEC thinks hard about revising.  Either that, or the SEC pushes to have everyone play by the same set of rules.  Not every coach is as understanding as Richt.

And in a related note… competitive disadvantage, bitchez!


Filed under Recruiting

Wednesday morning buffet

Lots of specials from Destin today…


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Look For The Union Label, Recruiting, SEC Football, The NCAA

Sunday morning buffet

You still get hungry on a long holiday weekend, so here you go.

  • I guess Georgia’s bad luck with offensive linemen follows some of them even after they leave.  Hope he recovers.
  • If I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect Kansas State was deliberately trying to provoke a challenge to the transfer rules by the way it’s handled Leticia Romero’s transfer request.  A union would be worse for her, though.
  • Can the early signing day for football proposal be saved?
  • Now the sharks are really beginning to circle around the antitrust litigation.
  • Fresno State’s Pat Hill knew what was coming a decade ago:  For Fresno State to make the cut, Hill said, the university would have to grow its fan base and invest in infrastructure (i.e. a 70,000-seat stadium) so the big boys could literally not afford to leave the Bulldogs behind.
  • At Georgia, athletics spokesman Claude Felton told the Times-Union the school is against selling alcohol at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field when the Bulldogs play Florida and “would not be in favor of alcohol sales in Sanford Stadium at this time.’’  So you’re saying there’s a chance?
  • This pretty much sums things up:  The NCAA is a product of its own membership. Then again, LSU doesn’t want non-football playing Marquette to have the same voting rights when it comes to deciding how it does business.
  • Thirty-six teams will be banned from the 2014-15 postseason because of sub-par scores on the newest Academic Progress Rate, which was released Wednesday. Not one of them comes from a power conference.”


Filed under Academics? Academics., Georgia Football, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, The Body Is A Temple, The NCAA