Monthly Archives: June 2009

Programs! Get ‘yer programs!

The Anti-Orange Page has posted a gallery of Georgia football program covers from the 1940’s.  Take a minute or two and wade through ’em.  It’s an enjoyable collection.

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Kiffin watch: Lane, you ignorant slut.

Mike Hamilton looks upon Junior’s rash of flashy secondary violations and declares it to be so much piffle.

Hamilton does not believe Kiffin’s calculated actions have included intentional acts of committing secondary violations.

“Where I would become concerned is if we have a consistent pattern of secondary violations, or if we get to a place where I believe we have intentionally violated the rules,” he said. “But I think we are talking about mistakes that have been made along the way. I don’t think in any situation there was an intentional violation of a rule.”

The Laner’s defense is that shit happens, sometimes.  Or that quantity matters more than quality.  Or something else, if you’ll give him a moment to ponder some more ways to spin.  But, there’s nothing er, um, planned, if you will.

… Kiffin admits he has made some mistakes, but he does not believe the number to be over the top.

“We’ve had some secondary violations, but I don’t believe it’s an inordinate amount,” he said. “They aren’t deliberate, but unfortunately they happen.”

Rich Brooks thinks that’s a bunch of BS.

Kentucky head football coach Rich Brooks doesn’t believe that self-reported, secondary violations are always inadvertent missteps.

He believes there may be more afoot as some programs try to get an upper hand in recruiting.

Brooks called for changes in enforcement, saying that will keep the amount of secondary violations from growing.

“The only way that will change is the conference office or the NCAA may have to take more stringent action on those that are having – quote – secondary violations because everybody that is a head coach or a recruiting coordinator in this league understands what the rules are,” Brooks said. “Something really should change.”

When you’re putting the term in scare quotes, that’s a pretty good indication of scorn.  SEC Media Days are gonna be a blast this year.

Plus, you have to wonder what’s getting said about UT’s recruiting practices in private these days.  And if Junior’s talk about everything he’s done being part of a purposeful strategy to raise the school’s profile will come back to haunt him.

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Saturday morning buffet

Rise and shine, campers.

  • The SEC – it’s not your father’s three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust conference anymore.
  • You’ve gotta love the hypocrisy of Spurrier and Hyman in this article.  Truly craptastic.
  • And Spurrier gets a bonus now if his team just manages to show up, academically speaking.  Thus continues the inexorable march towards excellence in Columbia.
  • Now the NCAA will track APR by coach.  And some coaches want to know if the data can be tracked by presidents.  Heh.
  • So, Florida International is dumping its cheerleaders and band.  It’s a good thing that Fox is getting out of the college football broadcasting business – if that became a trend, God knows what the Fox producers would have left to train their cameras on.
  • Is something getting ready to happen at Dawgbone?

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Fall is sacred.

I’m grateful to Junior for one thing.  By hiring away (now discarded) strength coach Mark Smith from South Carolina, he forced Spurrier to hire a replacement, Craig Fitzgerald.  And Fitzgerald, by God, is a freakin’ stickler for scheduling.

South Carolina’s football players get a break today from the summer strength and conditioning program.

But there will be no rest for Craig Fitzgerald.

The Gamecocks’ new strength coach will report at 5:30 a.m. to Palmetto Richland, where doctors will induce his wife, Mary, into labor. The couple, which is expecting its second son, should be home in time for Fitzgerald to make Monday morning’s weightlifting and running session.

“My wife’s pretty good (at) scheduling,” Fitzgerald said. “She has them in the summer, so we don’t miss workouts or anything.”

Now that’s what I call dedication to the job.  Way to crank ’em out, guys!

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Maybe he’ll wear a jersey during the hearings.

Senator Orrin “this isn’t just Utah that’s being treated unfairly” Hatch popped up on Washington Times Radio to reiterate his belief that the BCS violates antitrust laws… and to talk about Utah.

“The University of Utah was the only undefeated team last year, and they didn’t have a chance in the world of competing for the national title, and then they get there and defeat one of the teams that was No. 1 for most of the year. They killed them,” Hatch said.

It’s the courage to rise above personal concerns and focus on national issues that makes Hatch the political giant he is.  Or at least thinks he is.

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UPDATE: I almost missed this related whine from Utah’s gymnastics coach.

“I find it a bit ironic that the commissioner of the SEC expresses a concern about opportunities for student-athletes to compete for a national championship, yet supports the BCS system which eliminates that opportunity for so many,” said Utah coach Greg Marsden, who has been an advocate of changing the gymnastics championship format for about 10 years.

Man, these guys can milk it, can’t they?

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UPDATE #2: And the hits just keep on coming, comrades.

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Summertime…

It’s the offseason, folks, so much of what’s going on in Athens is outside of the public eye – or even the coaches’ eyes.  But Tim Tucker’s got some quotes from a few of the players about what’s going on in summer workouts.

There’s still a lot of the we’ve-got-a-lot-to-prove and we’re-working-harder-than-ever quotes in the post, but I found it interesting to hear from Tavares King that Branden Smith is working out at wide receiver and looking like he might contribute some there this season.  Of course, it’s a long way to September…

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UPDATE: Marc Weiszer shares some more observations from the players.

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What are the odds?

Steele’s got the odds to win the (Mythical) National Championship this year as posted at the Las Vegas Hilton up at his blog.

I can live with Georgia coming in at 60-1.  After all, at fifteenth on the list, that’s about where they’re appearing in the preseason polls [insert snarky comment here].  But Notre Dame showing three times more likely to play in the big one?  That ain’t right.

I’ll say it again.  If we don’t get a dream season out of the Dawgs this year, I really hope the consolation prize is a trip to a BCS game for them to play the Irish.  Maybe Jimmy can get some tips about playing one-handed from his brother.

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