(About that header: I’m going to presume you’ve switched on your sarcasm meters.)
After my post yesterday about the statistical anomaly of Georgia’s 2009 turnover margin number, I thought I’d look for other statistical or situational nuggets that might suggest that the Dawgs’ prospects in 2010 aren’t as marginal as many pundits have already declared them to be.
So, consider this: Georgia’s two leading rushers in 2009 were Washaun Ealey and Caleb King. That, despite Ealey not seeing the field until the third quarter of the LSU game and King making his first appearance midway through the first quarter of the Arkansas game.
Ealey didn’t play in enough regular season games to qualify for inclusion on the list of leading rushers on the SEC’s stats page. Had he been there, he would have ranked sixth in yards per game and third in yards per carry. As it is, on the list of top returning running backs in the conference, he’s second behind the Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.
In other words, there’s no comparison between the shape Georgia’s running game is in going into the 2010 season and the shape it was in after Moreno left early for the NFL. That should be particularly good news for whomever wins the starting quarterback job this season.
Nah, as your uneasiness rises over the doings in Calhoun, this isn’t one of those “I heard from my best friend’s sister’s grocer who knows somebody who lives down the street from somebody who’s married to a teacher at…” posts to calm you down.
I’m just here to provide a little context, people.
- Brian Cook reminds us that, when it comes to the recruiting services, don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees.
- Be still, my heart: Former UT coach Phillip Fulmer will be featured as an analyst by CBS College Sports on signing day.
- More trees and forest stuff from David Hale here.
- I haven’t been able to find their 2010 projections posted anywhere, but it’s worth refreshing your memory with a look at Mercer University’s football recruiting prediction model, which boasts a 70% success rate historically.
- Speaking of the 2010 class, there are lots of fascinating tidbits about how it’s shaping up in this post at MrSEC.com. Here’s a sample: “Four SEC schools currently have more commitments from Georgia than from any other state: Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.”
Georgia’s turnover margin during the Richt era, per the NCAA stats site:
- 2009: -16
- 2008: -3
- 2007: +9
- 2006: -1
- 2005: +11
- 2004: -2
- 2003: +11
- 2002: -8
- 2001: +1* (*regular season only)
Richt has never coached a team that averaged a per game turnover margin greater than one – plus or minus – until the past season. And that includes two seasons with a freshman starting at quarterback.
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.
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.
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.
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?