Monthly Archives: August 2008

Recruiting karma can be a bitch, too.

This is what happens when you go the extra mile for seventeen year old high school seniors that you’ve just gotta have in your program.

Clemson has two talented veteran tailbacks in James Davis and C.J. Spiller, yet the Tigers’ first carry of the season went to true freshman Jamie Harper, a recruiting promise by coach Tommy Bowden. Alabama linebacker Cory Reamer stripped Harper, the Tide recovered at the Clemson 31 and converted the fumble into three points. “If he’s here for three years, that’s a thousand plays a year,” Bowden said. “If he’s here for 3,000 plays and I offer him one, that’s a pretty good tradeoff.”

Even if it contributes to blowing a shot at a MNC run, I guess…  and Tommy’s presuming he’ll be there for those next 3,000 plays.


UPDATE: The OBC comments. Why am I not surprised?



Filed under Recruiting, Tommy Bowden: Male Model

Get ’em while you can.

Paul notes here that the demand/cost for a Georgia Southern ticket was unprecedented in his experience.

Based on this post at The Business of College Football, it doesn’t look like prices are going to be any more favorable for the Central Michigan game.

Central Michigan at Georgia Football Tickets 3:30 PM at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA
Upper Level Sideline 336 $74.00
Price is up from two weeks ago. These are not good seats.
Price survey taken 8/31/08

Granted, next week isn’t a very strong week in college football.  But that’s the highest priced ticket in his survey.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

Yesterday’s one-liners

Observations and questions from what I saw from Saturday’s games:

  • Is Nick Saban underpaid, or is Clemmins overrated?
  • I really like Chase Daniel’s game.
  • But I don’t think Missouri has a national title caliber defense.
  • Just how wretched is the ACC going to be this year?
  • When’s the last time Michigan lost two straight home openers?
  • This has not been a good week for the new coaching hires.
  • When your team loses to a school whose starting QB notches a 15 for 40, 161 yards performance and whose name is Taylor Bennett, that ain’t good.
  • I’m glad my trip to Charlottesville fell through.
  • If Dave Wannstedt isn’t the most overrated head football coach ever, he’s at least in the top five.
  • At least we won’t have Hawaii to argue about this season.
  • 13 of 27, 85 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, against Louisiana-Monroe.  Man, that Tony Franklin spread offense is hell on wheels.
  • Ty Willingham, dead man walking.


Filed under College Football

Mark Richt doesn’t care what you think of his football team.

Before anyone hyperventilates about how yesterday’s game wasn’t the exercise in total domination that he or she expected (and, believe me, that was a sentiment I heard expressed regularly at the game and on the call-in shows afterwards), take a look at this:

1st Quarter GSU GA
Georgia at 15:00 GSU GA
Blair Walsh kickoff for 70 yards for a touchback. 0 0
Georgia Southern at 14:57 GSU GA
1st and 10 at GSU 20 Lee Chapple pass incomplete to Tim Camp. 0 0
2nd and 10 at GSU 20 Lee Chapple pass incomplete to Samair Baker.
3rd and 10 at GSU 20 Lee Chapple pass complete to Darell Norman for a loss of 4 yards to the GeoSo 16.
4th and 14 at GSU 16 Charlie Edwards punt for 50 yards, returned by Asher Allen for 9 yards to the Geo 43.
DRIVE TOTALS: GeoSo drive: 3 plays -4 yards, 00:56 GeoSo PUNT
Georgia at 14:04 GSU GA
1st and 10 at GA 43 Matthew Stafford pass complete to Kris Durham for 4 yards to the Geo 47. 0 0
2nd and 6 at GA 47 Knowshon Moreno rush for 14 yards to the GeoSo 39 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at GSU 39 Knowshon Moreno rush for 1 yard to the GeoSo 38.
2nd and 9 at GSU 38 Matthew Stafford pass complete to A.J. Green for 36 yards to the GeoSo 2 for a 1ST down.
1st and Goal at GSU 2 Knowshon Moreno rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. 0 6
Blair Walsh extra point GOOD. 0 7

That’s about as pure a start as a team can have, isn’t it?

Now, let’s go to the next offensive series, which gets capped with this:

4th and 5 at GSU 36 Blair Walsh 52 yard field goal GOOD. 0 10

That’s right, the true freshman kicker with his first collegiate attempt flat out nailed a 52 yard field goal that easily would have been good from another five yards out.

At that point in time, Mark Richt decided to treat the game as a glorified scrimmage.

Georgia at 3:22 GSU GA
1st and 10 at GA 20 Joe Cox pass incomplete to Mohamed Massaquoi. 0 10
2nd and 10 at GA 20 Joe Cox pass complete to Knowshon Moreno for 16 yards to the Geo 36 for a 1ST down.
1st and 10 at GA 36 Richard Samuel rush for a loss of 1 yard, fumbled, recovered by GeoSo Chris Covington at the Geo 35.

Yep – Matt Stafford received a breather before the first quarter was over.

Georgia, the #1 ranked team in the nation, played ten true freshman:  three defensive backs (Williams, Boykin and Commings),  a running back (Samuel), a linebacker (Dowtin), a placekicker (Walsh), two offensive lineman (Jones and Glenn), a defensive lineman (Tyson) and a wideout (Green).

There were four first time starters on the offensive line.  Despite that, Georgia racked up 535 yards on a mere 59 offensive plays (9.1 ypp).  Was it a little sloppy at times?  Sure, except for Moreno, who managed three rushing touchdowns on only eight rushing attempts – the third of which came on a carry to the outside when he scored while being hobbled with cramps – and is absolute money on screens.

It was 38-0 midway through the third quarter.  GSU racked up 185 of its 290 total yards after that point in the game.

It was a rerun of last year’s Troy game.

So, in all deference to Quinton, whose observations about the game I’m in general agreement with,  the question isn’t whether the Dawgs looked like the number one team in the country yesterday.  It’s whether the Dawgs performed in a way to indicate that this isn’t a team that’s worthy of being considered a legitimate national title contender over the course of the season.  I didn’t see anything to suggest that’s the case.  Relax, people.  Things will settle in.


Filed under Georgia Football

Metaphor of the day

With 11:30 left to go in the game, Uga VII celebrates his first day on the job with a nap in his house.

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White punks on dope

Make it stop.  Please.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

More on those SEC TV deals

So, just how big are those new TV contracts?  Per Tim Stephens of the Orlando Sentinel, pretty damned big indeed, thank you very much.

… Every SEC team reportedly would be guaranteed at least $15 million annually from TV. Which means Vanderbilt, which hasn’t been to a bowl game since 1982, now would pocket more from TV than Notre Dame, which has its own deal with NBC at a reported $9 million a year for football. Add in the local contracts and a team like Florida (10 years, $100 million from Sun Sports) could pocket an average of as much as $25 million per year for the life of the deals. Translation: Florida could earn more yearly in TV revenue alone — before it sells the first ticket, collects the first booster dollar or sells the first t-shirt or wins the first game — than the vast majority of non-BCS teams have to work with, even being heavily subsidised.

Best of all, they don’t have to share with anyone outside of the conference.

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Know thyself, Georgia edition

The Quad makes Georgia its pick for #2 in the country, seeing the Dawgs facing off against Southern Cal for the MNC.

It’s a complementary piece, as this passage on Mark Richt indicates:

… Though largely overlooked on a national basis, Richt is certainly one of the top coaches in the country. Since the start, Richt has had the Bulldogs among the top programs in the nation. After going 8-4 in 2001 (his debut season), tying a Georgia record for wins by a rookie coach, Richt led the Dawgs to a team-record 13 wins in 2002, a season that culminated in an SEC championship. Richt duplicated that feat in 2005, when he led Georgia to a 10-3 mark and its second conference title. There has been no down point for the Bulldogs since Richt took over, though one could point out the 9-4 mark in 2006 as a brief lull for the Georgia program. You’re doing pretty well when a 9-4 record, with a .500 mark in the SEC, signals the lowest point of your tenure. Only five SEC coaches have won 10 games or more in four straight seasons: Richt (2002-5), Bear Bryant (1971-74, 1977-80), Vince Dooley (1980-83), Phil Fulmer (1995-98) and Steve Spurrier (1993-98). How about that list?

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Thoughts on Georgia-Georgia Southern

I’m not gonna do the detail thing with this game – for that check out what Jody and Doug have to say – rather, I thought I’d just take a broader look at some things.

Realistically, this is not likely to be a close game.  Chris Hatcher is a sharp guy with a creative offensive mind, but this is a contest that will be determined by the “Jimmies and Joes”, and GSU is both very young and playing without eight suspended players.  Not a good combination.

So here are three areas I’ll be looking at on Saturday::

  1. The Georgia defense. What I like about Hatcher is that he plays with what he’s got.  In other words, he doesn’t have the luxury of a Mike Bobo who can recruit the players he thinks will best fit the scheme he runs, but rather molds his offense around the talent he has available.  Last year that meant a strong running attack;  this year, based on what I heard him tell Coach Donnan on Donnan’s radio show earlier this week, that means a steady dose of throwing the ball.  It’s a controlled passing attack designed to move the chains steadily.  That means the Dawg D has to play with discipline, which sometimes is a quality lacking in an early season game.  Honestly, though, what I’m most interested in evaluating is the level of talent that Martinez has at hand.  The G-Day game hinted at the speed, athleticism and depth of this group.  I’m looking forward to seeing what’s there.
  2. The freshman class. The official line is that we may see as many as ten freshman play on Saturday.  Just how good are they and what kinds of contributions are being expected from them?
  3. The mentality of being #1. We all know what the typical Mark Richt domination of a cupcake tends to look like – the game slowly builds into a 20-30 point mismatch, the dogs are called off and from there things kind of fade out.  Given what’s at stake this season, and given that Richt seems to be driven by that, do we finally see a team that goes for the throat of an inferior opponent and doesn’t let up?


Filed under Georgia Football

Thoughts from last night

Man, that felt good… comfortable chair and clicker in hand.

There really weren’t a whole lot of surprises last night.  I thought the two most impressive wins, for what they were worth, were Vandy’s and Wake Forest’s. Stanford, riding a +3 turnover margin, looked like it might be ready to step up from the land of the completely forlorn (so much for Mandel’s pick for surprise team in the country this year).  It sure was good to hear Uncle Ron’s voice last night, too.

In terms of Georgia’s future opponents which saw the field last night, I’m not sure how much to read into Central Michigan’s win, but it seems to me that an offensive juggernaut playing at home against Eastern Illinois ought to put up more than 31 points on the scoreboard.  Georgia Tech did what it had to do against a 1-AA opponent, which was play good defense and give the team a reason to believe Paul Johnson’s offense has a future.

And then there was South Carolina.  I thought it was a typical Spurrier rope-a-dope opener, which is to say, show as little as possible on offense.  It helped tremendously to face a hapless opponent like NC State, which boasts the worst looking offense from a BCS conference team this side of Starkville, Mississippi.  So while that 34-0 score looks nice, don’t forget that the Wolfpack finished off its ’07 season with a 37-0 loss to Maryland.

Then again, we were able to witness the birth of the Chris Smelley for Heisman campaign in Columbia last night, so there is that.  My big question for SC (can I say that?) is whether next week’s trip to Nashville turns out to be any sort of test for the ‘Cocks, instead of the usual kind of warm up Spurrier prefers prior to his game with Georgia.  Wouldn’t that be a hoot?


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