This is what free market value looks like.

Jim Brown, one of the all-time greatest players in American football, today settled with video games maker Electronic Arts (EA) to the tune of $600,000, after he alleged that the company used his likeness in its Madden NFL games series without his consent.

Quite a bit more than the college kids got.

(Via one of my favorite h/ts ever.  He ought to know.)

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More schedule talk

David Ching has this to say about Georgia’s 2016 slate:

Final analysis: SEC teams rarely play two Power 5 nonconference opponents in one fall, but that’s what the Bulldogs will do with UNC in the opener and rival Georgia Tech in the regular-season finale. That said, Georgia’s slate is not especially daunting. The Ole Miss-Tennessee stretch is the only spot on the entire schedule where the Bulldogs play consecutive scary games. Still, there are four or five contests that are anything but gimmes. The good news for Smart is that Georgia gets three challenging opponents (Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech) at home. Further, aside from Ole Miss, Georgia’s other true SEC road games come against teams — Mizzou, South Carolina and Kentucky — that all fell short of bowl eligibility last year. However, the Bulldogs will play at Sanford Stadium just six times thanks to neutral-site games against UNC and Florida. ESPN’s Football Power Index rates Georgia’s schedule as the 16th-most difficult slate in the FBS, but that ranks eighth among SEC teams. By the conference’s lofty standards, this is a manageable first set of games for Smart & Co.

FPI bullshit aside, this lays out pretty nicely for the Dawgs.  If they can manage their way through the first five games with a winning record, the odds are pretty strong they’ll be headed towards at least a nine-win season.

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Endorsement of the day

Art Briles is a big fan of Gus Malzahn.

Over the weekend, Kam Martin announced via Twitter that he had committed to play his college football for Gus Malzahn at Auburn.  The running back chose Auburn over another contender in TCU.

Malzahn and Briles are good friends who, prior to Briles’ dismissal in the wake of the sexual assault scandal in the football program, brainstormed together this offseason.  When Martin received a release from his BU National Letter of Intent, he turned to Briles for advice, with his former coach advising him that Auburn would be “a great fit.”

“He helped me — I still have a great relationship with him,” Martin told 247Sports.com. “He just told me Auburn is a great fit for me with Coach Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff. He said if I was going to Baylor and he was there, it would be the same type of vibe (as at Auburn).  [Emphasis added.]

Interesting choice of words there, especially since they’re second chance sister institutions.

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Barking up the wrong celebrity fan tree

With all due respect, Ed Aschoff, no, no, no and …

a1avy3zceaa-b0o

hell no.

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Envy and jealousy, month of lists edition

CFN has its 1-128 rankings of college football coaches posted.  Its bit on Booch is classic.

37. Butch Jones, Tennessee Volunteers, 2013

Career Record: 71-44, School Record: 21-17

He’ll blow it.

Brevity is indeed the soul of wit.

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At least they got one.

Pro Football Focus lists its top 101 players in college football here.  It’s an interesting list, in that the site goes into extensive use of analytics to justify the selections.

If you take it seriously, then it’s a little depressing to see only one Georgia player there — Nick Chubb at No. 12.  For comparison’s sake, there are six SEC teams with more than one player.  And in terms of the schedule, note that Florida shows up with four players, while Tennessee and North Carolina each have three.

No, it’s not a be all and end all comparison.  Depth matters, obviously.  But if you’re a top tier SEC program that’s been chasing elite talent, it’s hard not to think it should show a little better on a list like this.

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The repackaging of Will Muschamp

I can’t imagine many college football coaches explaining their second go ’round.  I can’t imagine many college football coaches needing to explain their second go ’round.

Then there’s Boom.

But my father taught me that you’ve just got to get back up and work, and after months of intense rehabilitation, I managed to walk on at Georgia, where I earned a scholarship as a redshirt freshman and was named captain my senior year, in 1994. So you see: I’d been knocked down and then gotten back up long before Florida dismissed me as its coach in 2014.

I know that at South Carolina, I’m replacing a legend in Steve Spurrier. I also know that I was by no means a sexy hire. I told my new athletic director, Ray Tanner: Let’s not win the press conference; let’s win football games.

We did a lot of good things at Florida, had good kids in the locker room. We played strong defense and special teams. We simply had an issue on offense and that comes back on me.

So what does a coach do? For me, it’s always important to see new perspectives. I can reflect on my experiences working in the past for Nick Saban, Mack Brown and Tommy Tuberville. You learn what to do and what not to do…

Which evidently doesn’t include hiring the same offensive coordinator you had when you got fired at Florida.

Boy, is it going to be painful if Muschamp’s second act goes down like his first did.

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