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.”
When it comes to long-term consequences, this story should scare the people in charge of college football even more than the concussion suits do.
“From a safety aspect, you can’t teach a kid everything he needs to know in two weeks,” said Chase Palmer, a school board member who played football at Marshall, referring to how long coaches had to get their seventh-grade teams ready before their first games.
However subtle, the change in thinking reflected in Marshall’s decision about football may signal trouble for the N.F.L. — and the sport more broadly. ESPN reported in November that participation in Pop Warner football declined nearly 10 percent from 2010 to 2012. Every young athlete steered away from football contributes to a gradual erosion of the sport that is, by far, the most popular in the United States. This happened to boxing during the past several decades after it became associated with brain damage.
I’m sure the NCAA will get right on it.
On a more serious note from that Lorenzo Carter interview, you have to wonder what the coaches are telling the kids in Athens if they’re this blunt about it with the ones who haven’t stepped on campus yet:
What expectations do UGA’s coaches have for you this season? “They tell me I need to be ready to play. I need to get into shape. I think that’s a big problem up there right now, trying to get the players in shape so they can play fast for a long period of time. That’s what they let me know: That I’ve got to be ready to play fast.”
For once, it seems we’ll have a way to measure the summer happy talk. If we hear the players reacting positively to the way offseason conditioning comes off, their bodies won’t be able to lie about it.
Here’s to a chiseled August.
As a middle-aged man with an increasingly creaky body, I’m not gonna say this story gives me any pleasure, but it is gratifying to know that I’ve handled my share of couch-movings with less physical damage than Garrett Grayson suffered.
I missed this little note from Weiszer yesterday, but it’s interesting:
It’s not just the big guys. Pruitt mentioned senior cornerback Damian Swann as one of those guys who needs to get in better shape.
Ain’t nobody escaping the man’s public disapproval.
Well, except for the S&C coach: “Fatigue makes a coward out of everybody. We’ve got to get in shape as a football team. We’re nowhere where we need to be. We’ve got to improve on that. Coach T (strength coach Joe Tereshinski) will do that this summer.” (Cue the doubters.)
LSU is doing some work in practice with accelerometers to measure the force of collisions in trying to track any effect on player health. One early finding may be of interest:
The numbers, at first, puzzled Marucci and his staff. While offensive linemen led all position groups, collisions ranged greatly from one lineman to the other.
They finally realized why.
“Some linemen have better technique than others,” Marucci said.
Offensive linemen are taught to use their hands more than anything, especially in pass-blocking. Collins, for instance, has one of the lowest collision rates of any linemen. He’s an experienced veteran whom many expect to be a first-round NFL draft pick next year.
“He uses his hands more,” Marucci said. “He has better technique.”
Boy, talk about motivation for self-improvement.
Okay, it’s not a football story, and it encompasses a serious topic (“Treat women with respect.”), but as Seth Emerson relates, the Georgia men’s basketball program has some very detailed policies on how its players should conduct their love lives that I think you need to be made aware of. Specifically,
Don’t spend all of your energy in the bed all night;
Hicky’s (sic)/passion marks should not be ever noticed by coaches;
One. Not two or three girlfriends.
That may help explain why Fox’ recruiting never gets over the hump.
Now, back to football.
Malcolm Mitchell lasted all of one practice this spring.
The Georgia senior wide receiver suffered a left leg injury in Tuesday’s practice and will be withheld for the rest of the spring, the school announced Saturday.
Courson says he’ll be back by August, so it’s not the end of the world. And it’s not like Mitchell doesn’t know the offense. But it sure makes you worry how much of a contributor he can be in 2014.
when he says this about defending the HUNH:
“Based on all assurances, especially when you bring in medical people, they say it’s more of a conditioning matter than it is truly a medical item.”
Then, the question becomes what do you want to do about it? Do you have the NCAA step in to protect programs that don’t make a maximum effort to condition their players? Or do you leave it up to the schools to proceed along these lines?
Pruitt is looking for Georgia’s big defensive linemen to slim down also. Georgia lists linemen John Taylor, John Atkins and Chris Mayes at 336, 322 and 321 pounds, respectively.
“We’re trying to get some of our bigger guys down,” Pruitt said. “Personally, we feel like everybody’s heavy. We’d like to be a little faster. That’s just, I guess, out preference. Trying to slim up just a little, including the coaching staff.”
Defensive end Ray Drew said he’s gone from a high of 287 last season to 282 and hopes to get down to 275 by the fall.