“UGA no longer the favorite in East?”

If you’ve got about 28 minutes to spare, here are four takes on that:

FWIW, I am of the belief that the schedule gives Florida a legit chance to win the East, but it is very much going to come down to the Cocktail Party again, and even if I credit the possibility that Kyle Trask will be better with a season under his belt as a starter, I think Georgia’s defense will be… um, more better.  Besides that, it’s been 15 years since the team with more rushing yards has lost that game and I don’t think Kyle Trask is going to be the one to make up that difference in 2020.

And you?


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Oh, what could be

Does this constitute Dawg porn?

As much as Monken is expected to help the passing game, he has been no slouch when it comes to using the run game. In his third season at Southern Miss, one where the team went 9-5 after it had gone 0-12 the year before he arrived, the Golden Eagles posted a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Ito Smith and Jalen Richard. Both are currently in the NFL with Atlanta and Las Vegas, respectively. Joseph Randle posted a pair of 1,200-yard plus seasons under Monken at Oklahoma State while the Cowboys were doing a ton of damage through the air. It’s not a reach to state that Monken’s system is also running back-friendly.

Monken has also done a really good job of getting the running backs involved in the passing game as an offensive coordinator. Randle caught 43 balls at Oklahoma State in 2011 and 23 in 2012. Tyre Bracken caught 31 passes out of the backfield under Monken at Southern Miss in 2013 and Smith tallied 49 receptions in 2015. While with the Buccaneers, Charles Sims and Jaquizz Rodgers posted big receiving seasons under Monken. Using formations and motions to create mismatches is Monken’s forte and that might pay dividends for Cook.

Cook has played in 27 games the last two seasons, earning three starts in 2019, and making the most of his touches, averaging 6.6 yards per carry while also catching 24 passes for 221 yards, scoring four touchdowns in the process. But can he be more than just a situational weapon? Cook has only had more than eight touches twice in his career and they came in the first two games of his career. He would gain 73 yards on eight touches against Austin Peay and gain only 38 rushing yards on 11 carries against South Carolina. In 2019, Cook did not have a game with over six touches.  [Emphasis added.]

Borderline malpractice, but some of that is due to the number of plays Georgia runs on offense.  Here’s the year-to-year on plays per game under Smart:

  • 2019:  67.14
  • 2018:  65.92
  • 2017:  65
  • 2016:  70.69

Pretty consistent.  Some of that is no doubt shaped by blowout games when they’re milking clock (something, ahem, not characteristic of that 2016 season).  Plus, 2018 saw the offense average more than seven yards per play.  But 2019 saw that average fall about a yard per play and the clock milking led to a few games being tighter than expected.

Does Kirby Smart trust Todd Monken enough to let him unleash the hounds?


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

45% of the asses in the seats

Nice work, if you can get it.

Both Georgia and Clemson will receive the greater of $4 million or 45% of the net revenue from their game on Sept. 4, 2021, at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

Details of the Labor Day weekend game were obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in response to an open records request received Thursday.

The total income from the game will be the sum of total ticket sales (less taxes), sponsorship fees and media rights (if applicable).

In addition, 27,000 tickets will be purchased by each school with an additional complimentary tickets for each band and three luxury suites will be available for each school. There will be no charge for tickets to the luxury seats, but food, beverage and service will be at the school’s expense.

Boy, they’d better have the ‘rona licked by then.

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Don’t forget the other guy.

There’s another key grad transfer expected to bolster Georgia’s offense this season.

Just a reminder that Georgia’s TE corps managed a total of 23 receptions last year, the same number as McKitty.  Isaac Nauta managed 30 catches on his lonesome in 2018, so it is possible for a tight end to flourish, relatively speaking, in a Kirby Smart offense.


Filed under Georgia Football

We know what you are. We’re just haggling over your fee.



Close call there, Mike.  Imagine the pay cut you would have had to take if they had found you were a racist.


Filed under Mike Gundy Is A Man

Contingencies, contingencies

Nothing in this tweet comes as a surprise to me.

Screenshot_2020-07-02 Dan Wolken on Twitter One nugget I picked up today College football officials have quietly inquired w[...]

I didn’t name the category “The NFL Is Your Friend” for nothing, you know.


Filed under College Football, The NFL Is Your Friend.

If you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.

Welcome to the SEC West, Texas A&M!

The Texas A&M football program violated NCAA recruiting and countable athletically related activity rules between January 2018 and February 2019, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions. The head football coach also violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules.

… The university, head coach and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved penalty guidelines for Level II-mitigated penalties agreed upon for the university and assistant coach and Level II-standard penalties for the head coach. Those and other penalties, approved by the Committee on Infractions, are detailed below:

  • One years of probation.
  • A fine of $5,000.
  • A reduction in football official visits by 17 days during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • An off-campus recruiting ban for the entire football coaching staff for November 2019, which reduced the permissible evaluation days for the 2019-20 academic year by 19.
  • A seven-day off-campus recruiting ban for the football coaching staff for the 2020 spring off-campus recruiting period and a 10-day off-campus recruiting ban for the football coaching staff for the 2020 fall off-campus recruiting period.
  • The university ended its recruitment of the prospect.
  • A ban on recruiting any prospects from the prospect’s high school for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-222 academic years.
  • A six-month show-cause order for the head coach. The terms of the show-cause order include a previously served nine-day ban on phone calls, emails or texts with prospects in January 2020; a reduction in off-campus recruiting contact days by three for the December 2019 through January 2020 contact period; a ban on all off-campus recruiting activities for the fall 2020 contact period; additional one-on-one rules education; and a public statement from the head coach addressing the violations.

It’s a real shame Mike Slive isn’t alive to enjoy the fruits of his labors.  The Aggies fit right in now.


Filed under SEC Football, The NCAA

By their financial priorities, ye shall know them.

If you want to know why I whine so much about the finances of college football, here’s a distillation of the problem.

Screenshot_2020-07-02 Jon Solomon on Twitter Resharing this strong testimony by DionneKoller from the NIL Senate hearing If[...]

Funny, but I don’t think “doing it for the kids” means what they think it means.


Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness

“Newman has to be the pick right now…”

Georgia’s quarterback room may be more crowded, but Jake Rowe doesn’t think the pecking order has changed much.

Newman has to be the pick right now and until we hear differently, he’s our projected starter. He didn’t get spring drills to learn the offense but he did participate in all of the walk throughs and player-led throwing sessions prior to Daniels arriving last month. The 6-foot-4 235-pound triggerman is healthy and he has had over six months to build a rapport with his teammates. If Daniels doesn’t get the waiver, there’ll be an all-out battle for the No. 2 job with Bennett having the leg up going into camp. If Daniels does get the waiver, he’ll be the No. 2 at worst with a chance to win the No. 2 job. If Daniels were eligible right now, we’d still project Newman as the starter but the California native has time to make up ground.

Daniels is really good insurance right now.  Even if he gets the waiver, there’s still a question about his health.  2021 looks to set up nicely in either event.


Filed under Georgia Football

Lack of imagination

Part of the problem with the NIL debate is that the older generation doesn’t really understand how most college athletes are going to monetize their names.  Yesterday’s Senate hearing was a clear indication of that.

Screenshot_2020-07-02 Ross Dellenger on Twitter Sen Wicker is asking OSU president Michael Drake how many, of 22 football s[...]

Ummm… probably not.

Screenshot_2020-07-02 Tom VanHaaren on Twitter Just from a social media standpoint, w out looking at the roster, here's 7 O[...]

Wicker did a fine job on his own, too, in that regard.

Screenshot_2020-07-02 Jon Solomon on Twitter Sen Roger Wicker Without embarrassing her, what do you think (former UCLA gymn[...]

Answer here.

This is how Wicker thinks.

Screenshot_2020-07-02 Ross Dellenger on Twitter Sen Roger Wicker, an Ole Miss graduate If I had the money as a local busine[...]

My first thought upon reading that was “yeah, so?”.  My second thought was that there are probably more than a few Ole Miss players getting more than that already.  Which is why this was the stupid cherry on top of the sundae.

Screenshot_2020-07-02 Steve Berkowitz on Twitter Mississippi AD Keith Carter and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey tell Sen Capi[...]

Schools aren’t going to be compensated for the social media value individual athletes generate, so there’s nothing there to be pulled away.  Nor are those $100 handshakes going to have an impact on an athletic department.  As far as Nike deciding to spend $100000 on a stud athlete instead of a school — assuming for the sake of argument that’s the case, something there’s no real world indication for — isn’t that what the free market is supposed to be about?

And as far as threatening women’s sports, that’s a school’s call.  Nobody is putting a gun to their heads. We’re watching athletic departments across the country deal with declines in revenue because of the coronavirus.  I haven’t seen a single one slash women’s sports to the detriment of everything else; cuts, when they’ve come, have been widespread.

As I’ve said before, tying the fate of women’s sports to NIL compensation is simply an argument that college athletes have the financial burden of supporting an athletic department instead of the institution.  That is bullshit.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Political Wankery, The NCAA