Monthly Archives: January 2010

Many called; one was chosen.

More tales of open record requests:  here’s a look at the many inquiries the University of South Florida received in the wake of Jim Leavitt’s firing. (h/t The Wiz)

It sure would be interesting to see what turned up in Mark Richt’s mailbox for the open DC job.


Filed under College Football

Where’s the panic, I asks ‘ya?

I can’t believe the AJ-C hasn’t gone into full crisis mode over the revelation that Derek Dooley won’t have a new defensive coordinator in place until – gasp! – after national signing day.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting

Tebow and that ad: it’s the medium, not the message.

Let’s get the easy part out of the way first.  I’m not a conservative Christian, but as a confirmed libertarian, I respect Tim Tebow’s beliefs, support his right to air them publicly and think that the women’s rights groups that are lobbying to have the ad pulled are taking a mistaken approach to the matter.  Further, simply as a fellow human being, I admire Tebow for having the courage of his convictions.

That being said, I’m afraid I’m not buying this latest quote.

“I definitely didn’t think it would have this much hype — this much buzz — but, you know, it’s something I believe in and I’ll stand up for it,” Tebow said.

Dude, come off it.  You’ve been fawned over by the national media during your entire college career (actually, that started during recruiting, if you want to get technical about it).  You’ve been the embodiment of buzz.  To try to pretend that aligning yourself with an overtly political organization on one of the hottest button issues out there wasn’t likely to generate much attention is at best naïve and more likely disingenuous on your part.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Well, except for two things.  I was kind of hoping that Tebowmania would start to wane once his college days ended, but I guess that was naïve on my part.  And second, again as a confirmed libertarian, CBS deserves a helluva lot more grief than it’s getting for its decision to air the ad in light of its past practices.


Filed under Tim Tebow: Rock Star

Pants on fire

Houston Nutt could tell Texas Tech a thing or two about the wonders of Open Records Act requests.  Here’s the latest bit pried from the school:

Craig James threatened on Dec. 20 to sue the university if it did not investigate the actions of then-head football coach Mike Leach, according to documents filed Tuesday by Tech’s attorneys with the attorney general’s office.

The documents, filed as an appeal against an open records request made by the Avalanche-Journal, say James, father of Red Raider receiver Adam James, “indicated that litigation could ensue if TTU did not proceed to investigate Leach for the improper treatment of an injured student-athlete.”

“The threat did not appear to be an idle threat as the parent expressed genuine concern for the health and well-being of his injured child, as well as other student-athletes,” Tech’s letter says.

Pretty serious stuff – particularly the “other student-athletes” allegation.  Of course we know at this point from the complete lack of silence regarding mistreatment by Leach from any party other than the James family that it was a crock.  Which probably means this quote from Craig James’ spokesperson should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt:

“Craig James never threatened to sue Texas Tech University,” said the spokesman, Scott McLaughlin, in an e-mail through James’ public relations company. “Further, Texas Tech initiated its investigation of its own accord.”

If this ever makes it to court (and I strongly doubt it will), it’s obvious that the most entertaining part of the trial is going to be Craig James.  And it looks like both sides will see a need to beat up on him.  It should be just the thing to help launch a political career, don’t you think?


Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!

Sanity, at last

Chris Low pens a reasonable column evaluating Richt’s career.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Envy and jealousy: buyer’s remorse edition

If you’re a Vol football fan, this past week has seen the continuation of the Bataan Death March of bad news as far as it concerns Junior’s impact on the program he bailed on.  In response, you can either howl like a banshee, or you can resort to my preferred approach:  gallows humor.

Joel at Rocky Top Talk shows us how it’s done:

Yeah, so first Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron tried to swipe our mid-term enrollees and haul them off to USC. Then they took some of the coaches they forgot to invite to the party the first time around, including one who had to leave in the middle of the night without telling anyone. Yesterday, they took Joe Barry, a candidate for our open defensive coordinator position and convinced UT commitment Eddrick Loften to take a late visit to Southern Cal. I may have forgotten some. See? This is why you videotape every room in your house, so you have something to show the insurance adjusters.

At least it’s only a few more days ’til National Signing Day.


Filed under Envy and Jealousy

Wednesday morning buffet

Niblets from around the world of college football for your sampling pleasure:

  • “last-ditch” and “exciting”.  Somehow, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the Zooker.
  • Just how many SEC defensive coordinators are going to need to put Mark Richt on their Christmas card lists, anyway?
  • Mack Brown says no to ESPN.  Good on ‘ya, Mack.  Fight the power.
  • The Fiesta Bowl continues to be investigated for some questionable political contributions, which is somehow going to lead to a playoff.  And a pony.
  • This seems like an appropriate venue for a pirate to bide his time. (h/t EDSBS)
  • Clay Travis says the sooth, and foresees a bleak 2010 SEC season.  Unless you’re, like, totally into Nick Saban.
  • It seems to me that if Tim Tebow succeeds as a quarterback in the NFL, it’s going to be because of his personal determination and the ability of a pro QB coach to remake his game.  If that’s the case, that doesn’t say much for all the BS Meyer laid on us during last year’s preseason about getting Tebow NFL-ready.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, ESPN Is The Devil, Mike Leach. Yar!, Political Wankery, SEC Football, The Adventures of Zook, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

A set back for fans of directional kicking

That was quick.

Former Georgia defensive ends coach Jon Fabris has left his job as Louisville’s defensive line coach.

Fabris was a member of Mark Richt’s inaugural staff in 2001 and remained with the Bulldogs until this past December, when he was fired along with defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and linebackers coach John Jancek. The 52-year-old was hired by new Louisville coach Charlie Strong on Jan. 5.

It sounds like a family related decision on his part, so I can only wish him well in finding something that’s a better fit.


Filed under Georgia Football

Well, a defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator leaving for greener pastures?

While perusing this blog post surveying the current defensive schemes employed in the NFL (worth a look if you’re still checking into differences between various 4-3 and 3-4 schemes), I came across a comment that had me running to the Tech boards… and sure enough, it’s all over the place that Giff Smith is leaving Georgia Tech to become a member of the Buffalo Bills staff.

If so, that’s Chantastic.  Smith has been an excellent recruiter for the Jackets for a number of years.  We here at GTP wish him the best of luck in his new job.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

Tuesday morning buffet

Load up, folks.


UPDATE: Joe Barry chooses Junior over Tennessee.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Georgia Football, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, Mike Leach. Yar!, Recruiting, SEC Football, The NCAA, Urban Meyer Points and Stares