Monday morning buffet

Today is giving the lie to this being the quiet time in college football, so dig in.

  • We’ll miss you, Rennie Curran.  I thought this was the most interesting factor he pointed to in his decision to leave:  “And just the fact that we have a new defensive coach coming in which is a new system to learn and when you’ve lost guys on the defensive line – Jeff Owens, Geno, big Kade…”
  • Pete Carroll goes out with class“The Pete Carroll era in Los Angeles appeared to have ended late Sunday as the Los Angeles Times reported that Southern California players were informed of his departure for the Seattle Seahawks by a text message from an assistant coach.” How Petrino of him.
  • All of which makes this rant pretty apropos.
  • This is a damned good idea.
  • This, on the other hand, definitely isn’t.

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25 responses to “Monday morning buffet

  1. the players should be getting more than they are – they make a lot of money for other people.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    The rant about coaches is noble but legally incorrect. Unless Pete Carroll’s contract makes him pay damages for quitting (not likely) or actually forces him to work at USC for the contract term (less likely) he didn’t breach anything by leaving. The article is also philosophically wrong. If you can leave your job for a higher paying job or a job with better working conditions, why can’t a football coach. He has to be loyal to his family and himself too.

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    • I agree with you, for the most part.

      There is a certain amount of hypocrisy, though, in a man like Carroll stressing loyalty to a coach and a program from his players and then turning around and ditching same without even bothering to conduct a personal meeting about it.

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      • Boz

        Absolutely – see last year’s treatment of Sanchez in him leaving a year early.

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      • Hogbody Spradlin

        You’re right on too. See also Nick Saban (3 jobs in the last 5 years) saying assistant coaches shouldn’t make lateral moves. Okay for me but not for thee.

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  3. Kevin

    sitting back until you hear something solid on the Smart front, eh?

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  4. simpl_matter

    Why not, at the very least, purchase an insurance policy against a career-ending injury for each (starting) player? I might have heard it wrong, but I’m recalling $5k gives you a $1mil policy for one-season.

    This might even get some players to play harder!!

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    • That’s the norm for most of the superstars. I’m pretty sure both Knowshon and Stafford had multi-million $$ insurance policies with Lloyd’s of London. I believe the NCAA actually helps with this for players that assuredly have an NFL future.

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      • simpl_matter

        Yep. I’m thinking they should extend that to more than just the superstars (this comment is regarding the “damn good idea” link about paying players).

        How about that for a recruiting/motivation tactic!?! Your university gives it’s starting players a $1mil insurance policy; that would be one hell’uve a plus for you when a recruit was deciding where to go.

        Sure would’ve helped poor Decory Bryant…

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        • Nice reference to Bryant. I remember how disappointing it was when he hurt his neck that last time and couldn’t play anymore. I was still in school at the time and I remember a lot of people in Athens just feeling down for the guy. That insurance policy sure would have been nice for him.

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    • Ausdawg85

      Disability insurance does not quite work like that. Stafford can get a $1mm of coverage because it was fairly clear his future earning potential was that and more. A freshman 3rd stringer and even some “starters” (how to define that?)…not so much, so you could not get a policy for $1mm on “everybody”.

      The suggestion to offer more scholarship support makes a lot of sense by being more consistent. In fact, UGA could lead the way by simply promising some top scholarships…in most of the top sports…to be “until completion of a degree for life”. The marginal cost is very little, but probably runs afoul of NCAA definitions of # of athletes under scholarship. Would need to get that fixed, without permitting the “warehousing of players” that occurred in the past.

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  5. Irishdawg

    Carroll is a complete prick; those “nice guy” puff pieces from ESPN are garbage. His players learned via a text? What a gutless weasel.

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  6. Dog in Fla

    Leave Pete alone! When Microsoft made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, he became nothing more than a victim:

    ‘Pete Carroll had no choice….’Maybe they’ll understand,’ he said. ‘Maybe they won’t…’.
    Carroll, however, has no regrets. ‘I’ve given everything I’ve had,’ he said. There was never going to be a good time.’

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/usc/la-sp-carroll12-2010jan12,0,6308851.story

    And most importantly as Pete likes to say to all his haters…

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  7. Dog in Fla

    “when you’ve lost guys on the defensive line – Jeff Owens, Geno, big Kade…”

    Looks like wherever Kirby is next year, he will have to replace the defensive line starters…

    http://txedit.ny.atl.publicus.com/article/20100110/NEWS/100119991?tc=ar

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  8. Officially pissed

    I guess we can all give an official fuck you to Kirby Smart at this point. You will never be welcome back home again. Hope it is worth it.

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  9. Turd Ferguson

    I’m actually kinda surprised by how little I care about Kirby Smart’s decision to stay at Alabama.

    Throw some money at an NFL assistant, get him to Athens as soon as possible, and be done with it.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      I have always been skeptical about CKS coming to Athens. He is probably 2 years at most away from a HC job. 90% of the Tide D was Saban anyway. We are better off with someone who will stay for the long term and who brings a lot more variety of experience, like the NFL, to the table. (I realize CKS had some NFL experience it just wasn’t very good NFL experience.) From the perspective of CKS it makes sense to stay where you are (even if you have to put up with a megalomaniac) for a couple of more years then become a HC. I, for one, do not hold it against him.

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      • Phocion

        I’m with the Mayor on this one…I don’t think the move would have been a smart one for Smart. HC is likely in his near future and it will be a lot easier to leave Alabama for sucha position than it would his alma mater. (And what’s to say that without a decent DC for Richt that the HC job Smart leaves Alabama for isn’t at UGa?)

        *****

        Just a question here: Why not go after Orgeron for DC?

        – Plenty of Exp
        – Solid coach
        – Not likely to leave for an HC job anytime soon
        – He isn’t going to advance at his current place of employment anytime soon
        – Getting him takes away from a rival

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  10. Dawg N Suds

    Georgia people have become big Vikings fans this weekend.

    If it is Grantham, we have a favorable schedule which will give us time to install a 3-4 multiple-look defense in 2010.

    More NFL defenses are moving to this type of defense and it could draw in some young players who are thinking this through to the next level.

    However, we need to get more players to push our returning defenders for playing time and remaining recruiting time is running low.

    Go Vikings.

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Even though I am a Grantham guy and have been all along, I do not think we should limit ourselves. Now that the season is over for their teams I am all for at least talking to Dick Lebeau and Dom Capers. I like Paul Pasqualoni a lot, too. Somebody like that would be a tremendous coup. But you have to bring some SERIOUS paper to such a meeting. I do not think this is a crazy idea. Those guys may very well be tired of the NFL and want to teach young people–sort of passing on the secrets of wisdom. But you cannot expect them to do it for free.

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      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Paul Pasqualoni is now available. He got the ax at Miami. Some may say that makes him damaged goods. I say this is an opportunity to get one of the better DCs in the NFL.

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