Saturday is shaping up not just as the Hot Seat Bowl (sorry), but as a battle of the walking wounded.
In addition to the losses it’s already suffered, Georgia may be facing injury problems at the position we dreaded the most in the preseason, plus Marlon Brown looks shaky. And Ole Miss has guys hurting all over the place.
Not that that’s stopped the Nuttster from dipping into the lexicon of mixed sport metaphors to describe his team’s preparation this week.
Nutt said the team went “fastball on fastball” a lot on Wednesday to get used to the speed of Georgia.
He sounds like a poor man’s Les Miles there.
By the way, while we’re on the subject of Georgia’s offensive line, you might want to take a look at this analysis of its early season play via UGASports.com. It strikes me as a bit rosy, but that may be because I’m still having trouble getting images of its play against Boise State out of my head.
Boy, the clichés about the head coaches will be coming hot and heavy for this week’s Georgia-Ole Miss game. All hot seat, all the time. Punditry is so creative, y’all!
If there’s a difference between the two, it’s that Mark Richt is riding a small amount of momentum into the game, so he talks about his Dawgs getting better. Meanwhile the debacle in Nashville has left the Nuttster channeling his inner Ben Franklin. He’s measuring rope.
“I know a lot of (our players) are down,” Nutt said. “They still have a tremendous amount of hope. They believe in this team. They’ll bounce back.
“What I’ve done is the past is really just hunker down with your coaches, your players. You hang on the rope together. You tie a knot on the rope together and hang on it together and believe in it that there will be some good things to happen to us.”
Let’s hope they’re both singing the same tunes late Saturday afternoon.
UPDATE: I think the Nuttster takes the early hot seat lead. They’re already running full page ads in Mississippi.
The Miami Sun-Sentinel channels its inner Pork Rind Jimmy, does a little judicious Googling, and comes up with this choice tidbit from a 2007 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette piece on the best of Houston Nutt’s cellphone conversations:
… On Dec. 7, Nutt had a 30-minute call with prominent Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. When he hung up, Nutt called his agent, Jimmy Sexton of Memphis, and then called Shapiro back.
Nutt also called Miami senior athletic director Tony Hernandez four times that day.
There are so many layers of wow here I hardly know where to begin. Nevin Shapiro had the juice to be part of the evaluation process for the new Miami head coach? And Houston Nutt knew that? And Jimmy Sexton added something that caused Nutt to call Shapiro again?
The only thing that would have made this more awesome would be if Miami had gone ahead and hired Nutt. Can you imagine the shitstorm the Nuttster would be dealing with today had that happened?
Start your day out with a few tempting morsels.
Here are some spring stories for you to nibble on.
I think it’s good that oversigning practices such as the ones Houston Nutt engages in are being questioned more often these days, as a more informed group of recruits and their parents are likely to make better decisions about the players’ futures.
And it’s going to take increased public knowledge influencing recruits’ choices to make a difference, because shame doesn’t work. You can’t shame the shameless.
The Nuttster’s got a serious thing for Mississippi moms.
Today’s theme is ego.
- Mark Bradley advises Paul Johnson to “get humble”. Yeah, whatever.
- Urban Meyer celebrated his team’s loss to FSU by blowing off the post-game interview on the Gators’ own radio network. Stay classy, Corch.
- I didn’t think it was possible, but this makes me feel sorry for the NCAA.
- According to one media report, Jon Gruden initiated contact with the University of Miami about its open head coaching position.
- Speaking of the Hurricanes, they’ve gone out and hired the same coaching headhunter that brought them the guy they just fired. Now there’s a formula for success at work.
- Houston Nutt wants everybody to know that the reason his name gets tossed out for open coaching jobs as often as it does has nothing to do with Jimmy Sexton… You can stop chuckling now.
- How about this as a weird fact? “Georgia is 2-0 under Richt when opponents run 90 plays or more. Texas A&M ran 92 in the Independence Bowl last year in a 44-20 Georgia win.”
- I never thought I’d hear this from a Gator fan: “Yea, Florida lost to its rival, but who cares?” That’s in the context of an article explaining why the FSU loss was a good thing for the Gators. Be nice if we saw the same thoughts after Jax next year.
- John Feinstein should have entitled his open letter to Gordon Gee “From One Asshole To Another”.
- People who think that TCU is going to face some difficult travel problems moving to the Big East tend to overlook how big a state Texas is.
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Based on my earlier post, someone is probably going to criticize me for spending too much time at Team Speed Kills, but there are two links there this morning from this post that I’ve got to share.
First, Houston Nutt actually had the gonads to say this publicly about Jeremiah Masoli coming to the Rebels:
“I told him, `Look, I don’t have a career record of recruiting criminals,’ ” Nutt said. “I said, `Do you realize I’ve got my career on the line? I got eyes on me for taking a thug, that’s what people are saying…’ ”
How quickly they forget. Or at least how quickly the Nuttster hopes they forget.
Meanwhile, the George Santayana “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it” Award goes to Paragon SC at Conquest Chronicles for this gem:
Trust me Lane Kiffin knows exactly what he is doing…
Oy. Dude. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that…