Category Archives: The Adventures of Zook

Sunday morning buffet

Settle down with a few tasty morsels:

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Filed under Big Ten Football, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, The Adventures of Zook

Oh no, I’ve said too much, I haven’t said enough.

In honor of Independence Day, I thought I’d highlight a couple of football coaches who’ve recently exercised their freedom of speech.

In response to Tommy Tuberville’s recent opinion that the Big XII Conference was doomed, the Empire struck back.

The Big 12 issued the reprimand on its athletic website, saying Tuberville’s comments were a “violation of the Big 12 Conference’s Principles and Standards of Sportsmanship, prohibiting public criticism of members.”

“Tommy Tuberville’s comments were unfortunate, and contrary to the very strong feelings of unity expressed publicly and privately by the Big 12 Board of Directors and athletic directors,” Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said in a statement. “Coach Tuberville has admitted that his comments do not reflect his true feelings of respect for the conference, its leadership, and his excitement about its future and has apologized to the conference and its members.”

Tuberville was vacationing in Alabama on Friday and could not be reached for comment. Tech athletic spokesman Blayne Beal said the Big 12 asked the school not to comment on the issue.

The Big 12 concluded its statement by saying, “This will serve as the final decision and comment on this matter by all parties.”

The conference also sent Tuberville this thoughtful gift to commemorate the occasion.

Meanwhile, in this great land of ours, there are always coaches like the Zooker who are willing to speak their mind.

The former Florida head coach was a guest on The Paul Finebaum Radio show earlier this week and when asked if the SEC was a “better conference” than the Big Ten, Zook said:

“At this time, it probably is but I think there’s teams in the Big Ten Conference just as well as there’s teams in the Southeastern Conference that can play against anybody.

The biggest thing that I’ve noticed is that maybe in the Southeastern Conference there’s a few more big guys that can run, but trust me there’s some awfully, awfully good players in the Big Ten Conference as well.”

No word yet on any official comment from Mr. Delany, who at the least you’d expect could offer some context for the Zooker’s remarks.


Filed under Big 12 Football, The Adventures of Zook, Tommy Tuberville - Mythical National Champ

Thursday morning buffet

Those margarita hangovers are a bear, aren’t they?

  • A spring game attendance chart for your perusal, if you’re so inclined.
  • The Zooker goes to the Middle East.  I wonder if our troops know anything about sleeping fast.
  • Brian Cook equates bowl expansion with the housing bubble.
  • Here’s an excellent rant about ‘Bama’s bye week battle.
  • If you’re the Mountain West commissioner in a conference expansion-talk age, you’ve got to be feeling a bit helpless these days.
  • Stewart Mandel says the new Florida defensive coordinator is “moving the Gators to more of a 3-4 scheme”, which is the first I’ve heard about that.  Any of GTP’s Florida readers care to enlighten me about it?
  • If ULaLa’s beat writer should be taken at face value – “Personally, I think the Cajuns can find a way to win all of their non-conference games in 2010 (at Georgia, Oklahoma St on ESPN2, at Ohio and at Ole Miss).” – we’ve all been missing who this year’s BCS party crasher will be.


Filed under College Football, Gators, Gators..., It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football, The Adventures of Zook

Monday morning buffet

College football’s dead period has begun in earnest.  You need to eat to keep your strength up:

  • This may be the dumbest conference expansion/realignment speculation piece I’ve read yet, as it completely ignores the primary motivation behind any (potential) movement – the almighty dollar.
  • Sounds like the Zooker has the Illinois faithful fired up “Very small crowd at the spring game. I’d say about 2,000 total, the smallest I can recall.”
  • Feel the sarcasm“From that hyped 2006 recruiting class (ranked No. 5 nationally, proof of Charlies Weis’ greatness, foundation for multiple BCS titles), there were two players picked: Sam Young and Eric Olsen, and both went in the sixth round.”
  • Doc Saturday breaks down Ryan Mallett.
  • Evidently it’s not to early to begin speculation on who might be the top pick in the 2011 NFL draft.  Plus, there’s a familiar name on the list.


Filed under Charlie Weis Is A Big Fat..., College Football, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football, The Adventures of Zook

Friday morning buffet

Grab a plate and fill ‘er up.

  • Lord knows I’ve thrown my share of barbs in Stephen Garcia’s direction, but are we really supposed to believe that he’s a bad enough quarterback that his head coach is prepared to bench him in favor of a true freshman?
  • How good was Drew Butler last year?  So good that his position coach is concerned about what might happen if he punts much better:  “I don’t know that you want him to punt too much farther than that because you end up outkicking your coverage too much.”
  • Meanwhile, the Zooker is worried about excessive celebrations… sort of.  Maybe sometime in the future.
  • So what do Oklahoma fans think about their team playing its biggest rival at a neutral site located in the other school’s state?  Per the AD“… I can tell you, unequivocally, as an athletic director, 9-to-1, I hear — maybe more than that — the vast majority of our fans favor keeping the Red River Rivalry right where it is, the Cotton Bowl Stadium, year after year. I know that.” Hmmm… maybe it’s not that hot in Dallas that time of year.
  • Here are the revised recruiting assignments for Georgia’s coaching staff in the wake of the changeover.
  • More Big Ten “whither expansion?” talk and the potential consequences for college football.
  • Georgia Tech’s #1 wide receiver has one career start in thirteen games.  And he doesn’t get to practice with his starting quarterback until August.


Filed under Big 12 Football, Big Ten Football, College Football, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting, The Adventures of Zook, The Evil Genius

Friday morning buffet

If you’re looking for something to fill in the time before you have to check your brackets…

  • Richard Samuel moves inside.  I continue to be impressed with Grantham’s mindset – it’s focused on deploying the talent where it fits best, instead of balancing a depth chart.
  • I love this spring practice quote“It’s been two months since I hit somebody,” Gator offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert said. “I just want to go out there and run around with my helmet on.” At its heart, that’s what college football is all about.
  • Vol fans, this is why winning the recruiting rankings ain’t always what it’s cracked up to be.
  • I hope we’ll always have the Zooker“Don’t want to be the bad guy. Want to be the good guy. I want to put an arm around a guy and say, “Hey, he really does love you.” That can get confusing sometimes.” You said it, Coach.
  • Yeah, he’s out of a job and suing his former employer, but life could be worse for Mike Leach.
  • More Georgia spring practice observations here.  It sounds like Bobo has plenty to work with.
  • And Rodney Garner adapts.  Again.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, College Football, Georgia Football, Mike Leach. Yar!, Recruiting, The Adventures of Zook

Tuesday morning buffet

Grab that plate, campers, and dig in.


Filed under College Football, Georgia Football, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water, The Adventures of Zook, Tommy Tuberville - Mythical National Champ

Wednesday morning buffet

Niblets from around the world of college football for your sampling pleasure:

  • “last-ditch” and “exciting”.  Somehow, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the Zooker.
  • Just how many SEC defensive coordinators are going to need to put Mark Richt on their Christmas card lists, anyway?
  • Mack Brown says no to ESPN.  Good on ‘ya, Mack.  Fight the power.
  • The Fiesta Bowl continues to be investigated for some questionable political contributions, which is somehow going to lead to a playoff.  And a pony.
  • This seems like an appropriate venue for a pirate to bide his time. (h/t EDSBS)
  • Clay Travis says the sooth, and foresees a bleak 2010 SEC season.  Unless you’re, like, totally into Nick Saban.
  • It seems to me that if Tim Tebow succeeds as a quarterback in the NFL, it’s going to be because of his personal determination and the ability of a pro QB coach to remake his game.  If that’s the case, that doesn’t say much for all the BS Meyer laid on us during last year’s preseason about getting Tebow NFL-ready.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, ESPN Is The Devil, Mike Leach. Yar!, Political Wankery, SEC Football, The Adventures of Zook, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

Only the defensive coordinator knows for sure.

How does a site calling itself, that publishes every rumor about coaching hires known to man, completely miss on the Vic Koenning story?

I have to admit that I woundn’t mind if Georgia hired Koenning at this point, if only to hear what would come out of the Zooker’s mouth as an explanation.


UPDATE: Koenning takes the Illinois job, says that there was some “dialogue” with Georgia.  That doesn’t sound like a job offer in my book.  It sounds more like Richt is testing the waters and gauging the interest of potential candidates.


Filed under Georgia Football, The Adventures of Zook, The Blogosphere

Thursday morning buffet

Simple, hot and tasty, so grab a plate.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Big Ten Football, Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators..., It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, Strategery And Mechanics, The Adventures of Zook, The Body Is A Temple, The NCAA