February 9, 2009 · 6:10 PM
Somehow, I doubt this is the last time we’ll read something like this:
… UT issued letters of admonishment to Kiffin and Orgeron and provided the coaching staff with a review of NCAA legislation regarding official and unofficial visits.
“They understand that they must ask questions of the compliance office about anything ‘creative’ regarding campus visits,” UT wrote.
Yeah, as things go, this is pretty minor stuff (although by definition it’s gotta be more serious than what Junior accused Meyer of), but it’s just another indication that The Greatest Group Of Recruiters Evah Assembled aren’t too careful about what they’re doing with (to?) recruits.
I’ll bet there’s more “incorrect assumptions” where those came from. Junior, the first one you ought to think about junking is the one that led you to believe that Pete Carroll wrote the NCAA compliance manual.
One more thing: Ed Orgeron “involved” with a mock press conference? If he’s on that tape asking questions, there’s some major entertainment potential there. Put that sucker up on YouTube, stat.
February 9, 2009 · 7:57 AM
Jon Gruden thinks that referring to the GPOOE™ as merely the GPOOE™ is, well, an understatement.
Q: The spread is being run in high schools and colleges, is it possible it could be a base offense in the NFL one day?
A: “No question. The hard part is, you have to isolate the option. That’s why Tim Tebow is so interesting to me. He’s like Brandon Jacobs playing quarterback. He’s 250 pounds. He’s the strongest human being who’s ever played the position. Ever. He will kick the living [expletive] out of a defensive lineman. He’ll fight anybody. He is rare. Tebow is the kind of guy who could revolutionize the game. He’s the ‘wildcat’ who can throw. Most of the teams that have the wildcat back there, it’s Ronnie Brown, it’s Jerious Norwood, it’s whoever you want to say it is. This guy here is 250 pounds of concrete cyanide, man. And he can throw. He throws well enough at any level to play quarterback.”
Q: Most people are dismissing Tebow as a quarterback in the NFL.
A: “He can play quarterback in the NFL. When he was a high school senior, they played Armwood in the state championship game. I have tape. He has an 80-yard touchdown run that put them in the lead. When it flipped around, and Armwood had the ball, what position do you think Tebow was playing? He was playing nose guard — and he disrupted about 10 plays. This guy is totally different. He’s got Rich Gannon, Drew Brees, that kind of makeup as a team guy. What he said after the Ole Miss game, I said, ‘That’s my favorite football player I’ve ever seen in my whole life.’ I said, ‘I want Florida to win every game that kid plays from now on.'”
Of course, this is coming from someone who in the same interview says that he loves the way that Al Groh coaches, so we can’t totally dismiss the possibility that Gruden is brain damaged.
February 9, 2009 · 7:46 AM
but as far as Junior-hatin’ goes, this is a pretty good start.
February 9, 2009 · 6:51 AM
With all the attention we’ve been paying to various topics like Willie Martinez, Stafford’s, Moreno’s and Allen’s departures for the NFL and Junior’s bad case of hoof-in-mouth disease, it’s easy to overlook a few things of note.
For example, has anyone taken a good look at this year’s Georgia schedule? It’s no exaggeration to say it may be a bigger challenge than last year’s. Here’s why I say that:
- In 2008, the Dawgs started with Georgia Southern and Central Michigan, both at home. In 2009, Georgia begins the season traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma to play Oklahoma State and then returns to Athens to play South Carolina.
- Georgia had a bye after the fifth week of the ’08 season. In ’09, that bye doesn’t come until after the seventh week. (The good thing is that it comes before the WLOCP.) Georgia had a second bye week in ’08; there is only one bye week in 2009.
- Georgia’s non-conference schedule in 2008: Georgia Southern, Central Michigan, Arizona State and Georgia Tech. Georgia’s non-conference schedule in 2009: Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Tennessee Tech and Georgia Tech.
- Instead of using the game against the 1-AA opponent as an early season tune-up, Georgia won’t see the field against Tennessee Tech until the week after the Florida game.
- Just like last year, Georgia will go through a stretch without playing a game in Athens for over a month.
From an entertainment standpoint, it’s one of the best home schedules we fans have gotten in a while: South Carolina, Arizona State, LSU, Tennessee Tech, Auburn and Kentucky make up a pretty stout group. But from the team’s perspective, it’s coming at a pretty steady roar all season. I can see why MR was dropping hints last week that he wouldn’t mind seeing the Okie State game move up to a Thursday night.
UPDATE: Roll Bama Roll takes a look at Georgia’s schedule and finds it rather daunting. At least there’s no mention of Auburn as a tough game left on the back end of the schedule…