Your head coach is being coy.
This week, however, Richt isn’t ruling out using a backup quarterback to spell Hutson Mason. He’s not ruling it in either. His comments are rather oblique.
Asked Tuesday whether there was any plan to play Brice Ramsey in Saturday’s game, Richt answered: “A plan to? I don’t know. We’re just practicing everybody as usual and we’ll figure that out Thursday night as we talk.”
A night earlier, Richt answered a fan question about a quarterback rotation by saying: “That’s been done before. And there’s always the possibility for that.”
The most notable time it was done before was when David Greene was the starter and D.J. Shockley his top backup. It was mostly a success, and not done because Greene was struggling. Greene was actually very consistently good, but Shockley was a skilled talent as well and it was a way to get him experience.
“I was used to doing it at Florida State and then when I got here we did it with Shock because that’s kind of what I was used to doing,” Richt said. “But I don’t think Mike (Bobo) felt quite as strong about it so we kind of got away from it. But it’s not a bad thing to do.”
And the guy who’s game planning against you this week doesn’t think you’re any better than the true freshman he’s been trotting out – the one who went 8-of-25 for 85 yards with three interceptions in his last start and currently sports a passer rating of 74.04.
Those are not the sounds of people who are wowed by your performance to date.
I don’t know if this is a matter of semantics, or if these guys are serious about the distinction, but the selection committee continues its weekly mission of making me scratch my head.
In wide-ranging interviews with four committee members last week — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and former NCAA executive vice president Tom Jernstedt — none cared to compare conferences.
“At this point in the process, I don’t think in terms of conference strength,” Long said. “I think at the end of the day that’s something we’ll look back on and say [how relevant conference strength was.] … The balloting process we do will compare teams against each other and who they’ve played, and I think that’s less about conference than it is who they’ve played, even within a conference.”
“I don’t think there’s any need to make a judgment as to this conference is better than that conference,” he said. “You sit there and evaluate this team versus that team. Our obligation is to select the four best teams.”
If the SEC West plays out as the meat grinder it appears to be and those schools eat each other while continuing to destroy outside competition (no SEC West team has a loss outside the division yet), how is the strength of the conference not relevant to the selection committee’s deliberations?
Well, if the committee members are concerned about something other than spreading the wealth around to the power conferences, that is.
It ain’t rocket science.
That doesn’t mean he’s going to succeed, either.
I hope we’re not about to see a case of the cure being worse than the disease.
“I can just rip it more,” Mason said. “Sometimes there’s stuff I’m seeing and it may not be wide open. But at the end of the day you’ve just gotta give your guys a better chance.”
Is it just me, or is there a faint echo of “I kind of saw Norwood and was like, hmmm, but I decided to throw it anyway…” in there?
Vanderbilt is next to last in the conference in defensive passer rating, in case you’re wondering.
Can you imagine what the reaction would be if Georgia had punished Todd Gurley for being at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill?
I had no idea Brandon Kublanow is Jewish. And he’s facing a hypothetical scenario I constructed a long time ago. (Although if there’s a conference game you’d have to miss for the High Holidays, Vandy would seem to be the one.)
In any event, good yontif, man.