‘Cause nothing says romance, Alabama-style like proposing at an A-Day game with some dude in an elephant suit looking on.
This year’s Alabama’s offense, which hasn’t even settled on a starting quarterback yet, is almost as good as an offense that featured not one but two Heisman Trophy winners? Wut?
Even Junior hasn’t made a claim like that.
Grab a plate.
- Tracy Rocker sounds pretty no-nonsense about his charges: “You produce, you stay,” Rocker said. “You don’t produce, next. It’s all about playing with the right combination and to get guys to produce with full-speed effort. That’s the most important thing. That’s what I’m working on up front is effort. Try to eliminate the MA’s (missed assignments) and go forward.”
- Bill Connelly looks at how the 2013 FBS teams ranked in order of their per-game difference between projection and reality as to offensive and defensive scoring efficiency. Georgia ranks 116th. He didn’t speculate how much of that to chalk up to luck, randomness or something else, but perhaps I need to dust off the ol’ “regression to the mean, bitchez!” meme.
- Another day in paradise on Finebaum. (Do any of his listeners actually care about basketball?)
- Athlon ranks the SEC head coaches. I don’t get how you can put Malzahn ahead of Miles, but that’s just me, I guess.
- Kirby Smart is coaching defensive backs again, drawing upon his experience at Georgia: “He just coaches us at a different level, trying to get us to understand it from his point of view because he played the position and he knows what’s going on…” They should be awesome in run support this year, if that’s the case.
- Today, Quayvon Hicks is Georgia’s only healthy scholarship tight end.
- One reason CAPA is going to Washington: “One obstacle in securing some of the protections we want is the NCAA is colluding and excluding opportunities for trust funds. To solidify an antitrust exemption would be to the detriment of player protections.”
- Malik McDowell has outlasted his momma.
- I missed this when it came out, but Pete Fiutak’s April Fools’ story about Herschel finding a loophole in the NCAA eligibility rules and announcing a return to Georgia is a fun read. Richt then joked, “If you can find an extra year of eligibility for Champ Bailey and Richard Seymour, we’d find a spot for them, too. ”
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As you might expect, there’s a little extra union-y seasoning in the chafing dishes this morning.
- Not funny, Hutson: “A noodle arm like me, it’s takes quite a bit of effort for a kid from Florida that can run to get it out there,” Mason said. “I try to crow hop and throw it as far as I can so I don’t underthrow him because I’m going to hear it from (offensive coordinator Mike) Bobo if I underthrow him. “
- Nick Saban’s buying another recruiter.
- Vanderbilt is keeping an eye on unionization.
- Spurrier, on his players coming to him with a list of union demands: “Well, the NFL has a players association. They did that to their coaches and their owners. The owners and coaches said, ‘Yeah, OK, we’ll do that.’ They want to play, they don’t want anything unrealistic.”
- The Sporting News gives its list of the ten greatest Georgia players of all time.
- Going to Congress about unionization? Two can play at that game.
- The Tennessee legislature considered a bill that would have required all of Tennessee’s Division I institutions to pay 1% of revenue from tickets, merchandise, and broadcast licensing to a Student Athletic Trust Fund run by the state. Shockingly, UT opposed the bill.
- Chase Stuart suggests it may be time for us to take QBR more seriously. (It would be easier for me if ESPN didn’t pimp it relentlessly.)
- You’ve got questions? CAPA’s got answers.
- Predictably, Kevin Scarbinsky thinks an Alabama-Auburn playoff rematch would blot out the sun.
The line is open.
- CFN thinks the Pruitt hire is swell.
- The next Georgia Tech stud is running back Travis Custis, who was a highly rated recruit in 2013 but had to sit out last season to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. I almost hope he pans out, just so he can provide a ready source to rag Tech fans about when they bring up academics.
- A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a large majority of the general public opposes paying salaries to college athletes beyond the scholarships currently offered. The public is split on unionization, though. Too bad there wasn’t a poll question about players’ being compensated for their likenesses. (h/t John Infante)
- Generally, I’m not in favor of parents blocking their sons from choosing where to play college ball. But when I see a quote like this – “… It would be nice to have an offer from Oregon because of their uniforms…” – I can understand where some mommas are coming from.
- Mark Cuban can see a future when the NFL moves some of its games to Saturday. That means war!
- Hugh Freeze no doubt welcomes this development at Alabama for recruiting purposes.
- John Infante sees college football going down the same road as college basketball if the coaches don’t get their act together and come up with a more comprehensive approach to reforming recruiting rules.
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Stay classy, Tigers.
Besides, young man, it’s not that you are Satan. It’s that you’re playing for him.
… but it’s still pretty amusing.
Five-star linebacker Rashaan Evans — by far the most-watched recruit for both Auburn and Alabama fans on Signing Day — stunned many in his hometown of Auburn by choosing the Crimson Tide. A huge win for Nick Saban and a big blow for the Tigers (who had been considered the favorite until recently), Evans is the No. 15 overall player in the Top 247.
How big a surprise was Evans’ decision? This appeared on Auburn’s site — complete with highlight video — as the state held its breath for Evans’ announcement:
Somewhere out in some trailer park, Harvey Updyke silently pumps his fist.
Here are a few things I couldn’t get to earlier in the week.
- AJ McCarron claims he knew the losses were coming because some of the younger players didn’t “buy in”. I’m not sure what that has to do with letting Auburn run back a missed field goal for the game winner, but whatever. Maybe they won’t buy in this season either.
- Texas had $165.7 million in operating revenue and $146.8 million in operating expenses for 2012-13. Good Lord.
- Barrett Sallee has an interesting look at a recruiting visit to Georgia. Best thing in there is Aron White talking about his official visit being the first time he saw people eating oysters.
- “Meanwhile, the Teflon Tide keeps rolling through what’s considered a wide-ranging list of clichéd violations alleged against them.”
- Kentucky is considering plans for a brand-new, privately funded $45 million football training facility.
- Chip Towers asks the musical question “Did Georgia’s defense get better as result of Grantham’s departure?”
- Jimmy Williamson, take notes.