Friday morning buffet

Sample the wares, friends.

  • Somehow, College Football News has managed to fashion a list of the top twelve running backs in the SEC without bothering to include Washaun Ealey’s name on it.
  • Just what the SEC needs“The NCAA plans to study whether the on-field head official should be in charge of overturning calls via instant replay instead of a replay official in the press box.”
  • We’re not even in June yet and 37 of The Sporting News’ top 100 recruits have already given verbal commitments.  The NCAA needs to come up with an early signing rule.  It can’t be that hard.
  • If Derek Dooley agrees to this, he’s either desperately foolish or foolishly desperate.
  • There are fan bases whose trash talk I can accept, but Louisville?
  • Despite the economy and the mediocre football season, the Georgia athletic department did quite well this past year, financially speaking.
  • Which should be a reminder about the engine that’s driving all of this expansion talk…


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23 responses to “Friday morning buffet

  1. RusDawg

    It looks like they thought they put him in there cause they just call him “Ealey” under Caleb’s blurb as if they have already mentioned him…..


  2. RusDawg

    …and the Loiusville comments also have the “Richt on the hot seat” canard….


  3. JC in Powder Springs

    Dooley has no choice but to accept Brown’s terms. The fans would go nuts if he turned the Brown bros. down.


    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      There has to be a way he can do it w/o looking like a total cave-in and losing the respect of the rest of the team. I wonder what Vince would do?


  4. Sefdawg

    Wow, it only took six posts to get a “hot seat” mention.


    • Vindexdawg

      Most of those Louisville fans seem pretty witless. One of them claimed that we only agreed to schedule them after Kragthorpe took over in 2007 and pulled their program down into the dirt, although in my opinion it was way overrated to begin with. The series with Louisville was actually scheduled in 2006 when Petrino was HC before he got his case of happy feet and made a move that many of us would rather forget. I was not happy about it then, I was not happy about it after he left, and I’m not happy about it now. I think we should have gotten a better opponent. But as we are only a year and a few months away from playing it, the time for buying out of it, if such existed, has long passed. So they’ll play us in Athens and we’ll go to their rinky-dink 40K pizza roadhouse. However, if that thread on their board is any indicator, I have no doubt that their nutty fans will be chattering like that up to the start of the 2011 season.


      • kevin

        They’re delusional if they think we are backing out because of the competition with them (which has been on the decline since this thing was scheduled). It’s only a rumor because of what’s swirling around with the Chick-Fil-A classic these days.


  5. Puffdawg

    Seriously about the hot seat crap. The weird thing is they acknowledge (as do UGA fans) that he should not be on the hot seat. What they fail to realize is that the unjustified perpetuators of this myth are trying to fill column space during a slow offseason. I wonder if those idiots realize that just three years ago, UGA was ranked #4 in the country on the last week of the season when #2 AND #3 lost. There was a precedent for #4 to move up, but of course we were unlucky there. And as recent as two seasons ago, we were ranked #1 in the country (and two of our three losses that season came to a team that was #1 all season and another team that finished #1). CMR is not on the hotseat and will be back at UGA even if we go 0-11 this season (there I go getting all hypothetical on ya).

    And for those jackasses to think we are scared? Are they kidding? They would be the 9th best team on our schedule that season. That would be an off week for us. Get real. As the UGA guys on there pointed out (and abruptly ended that retarded thread), if UGA dropped the game it would be to pick up Miami. Let’s see, we are scared to play Who of L, but we are going to replace them with the universally well known easier win, Miami. Haha, happy April Fool’s Day. I think it’s safe to say if you go on the net and claim other teams are cancelling a series because they are scared to play you, you probably have a low self esteem. See GT for reference.

    I love how CFN is including “whatever his name is” from Vandy in the same breath as Herschel. Nice comparison. CFN has always had a flair for the dramatic and often times comes up short on logic and details.

    Sorry for rants, but that Who of L nonsense got me fired up this morning.


    • Puffdawg

      In case any Card fans venture to this board, it should be noted that I am not a fan of talking crap about upcoming games, but I thought a little perspective might’ve been in order. I think Strong is an excellent defensive coach and I expect good things out of him at UofL. But it remains to be seen how he transitions into being THE guy and how well he can adapt to running an entire program instead of just a defense. We’ll see. Needless to say, we ain’t scared.


  6. The Realist

    Barry Alvarez, HOF, took over a Wisconsin team that hadn’t really amounted to squat in the previous six or seven years in 1990. His team went 1-10 that year. After back-to-back 5-6 seasons in 1991 & 1992, He took his team to their first Rose Bowl since 1963.

    If you start at his first really successful year in 1993 and go forward nine years (I’ll get to this in a moment), his coaching record is 73-33-4. A 0.664% winning percentage, winning the Big Ten & the Rose Bowl three times.

    The four years succeeding those first nine tally up to a 34-18 record, bringing his total for the last thirteen years of his career to 107-51-4, with no national titles, three conference titles, and three Rose Bowl wins (8-3 bowl record overall).

    I blather on about that to bring Mark Richt’s coaching career into perspective. Sure he inherited muuuch more than did Barry Alvarez. But, Mark’s record of 90-27 (0.769%) in his first nine years far outshines a hall of fame coach’s first nine years with a legitimate team. Alvarez never had to contend with a conference championship game. Richt’s teams have played in three, winning two. They’ve played in three BCS games, winning two.

    If Richt keeps his average pace of 10-3 seasons, it would take eight more years to lose as many games as Barry Alvarez’s teams did in his most successful thirteen years of coaching. Richt’s record would be 170-51 compared to Barry’s 107-51-4.

    With all of that being said… Can any rational human being really consider Mark Richt’s job in jeopardy when he has at least equaled, if not totally outperformed, a hall of fame caliber coach?

    If you want to take it a step further, Vince Dooley won 6 SEC titles in 25 years of coaching. Dooley’s career coaching record was 201-77-10 (0.698%). Dooley won 2 SEC titles and 0 national titles in his first 12 years. He didn’t win his national title until year 17.

    For Richt to amass 77 losses, he would need to coach 17 more years, which would basically match Dooley’s tenure. If he were to do that (which I highly doubt… I think he’ll get bored and move on with his life), he would have 260 wins… 59 more than Dooley.

    So, Richt is on pace to be better than Coach Dooley who is revered nearly as much as Munson. Can any rational person really say that Richt is in trouble, considering he is on pace to be the best coach Georgia has EVER HAD? If the best Georgia has ever had isn’t good enough, then who exactly is?


  7. 69Dawg

    I’m slowly getting used to our team being dismissed by the media for 2010. The WWL on their College Football Live show has not mentioned us except in the negative. The best example was they were touting an LSU DB as being one of the 2010 greats and asked him who was the hardest WR he had played against, guess what he said AJ Green and the host was confused. The DB explained that AJ didn’t wait for the ball, he attacked the ball. The host responded with well if he is so good how come he ONLY caught 4 against you in 2009? Remember one of those was a TD. The DB actually was defending AJ against the SOB host.

    We are the Rodney Dangerfield of CFB.


    • kevin

      Ha! Thanks for sharing. Would never have caught that since I refuse to watch WWL. Interesting anecdote.


  8. MT

    The officiating change should never happen. The biggest difference right now is that theoretically every play in college is reviewed by the booth, while in the NFL you have to challenge to have a play looked at. Plus the perceived homerism/bias of the on-field refs would get magnified by 10x.

    The Big East is probably bringing up the suggestion due to attempting to axe the extra official and extraneous booth equipment to save $$$.

    I personally hate how the NFL officials seem to ref questionable plays with the assumption that they will get reviewed and am overall happy with the current NCAA review process.


    • Macallanlover

      I agree, the college replay system is far superior, imo. My only complaint is the “irrefutable video evidence” stipulation, much like the “reasonable doubt” provision in the judicial system, it has become a reason to not make the right call. If it is 95% probable on review, make the call that way.

      In super slow motion, and stop action, the only reason to take the time is to get it right; stop hiding behind having it perfectly documented. that is the way 95 refs out of 100 would have called it with the same look, that is good enough for me. Silly to spend 4-5 minutes and then allow what appears to be a bad call to stand to protect the on-field official’s call to stand when he didn’t have the same information. No disgrace to be overturned under those circumstances.

      Speaking of time involved, if it is only to be overturned when the video evidence is indisputable, what the hell takes five minutes? I understand stopping the game to review a play from 2-3 angles, but that only take 45 seconds or so. If it is too close to call, restart the game and move on. I have often wondered if the booth review crew can hear the audio on the telecast and know what the announcers are telling the millions watching, they always give their opinion in advance of the official announcement. For the record, I don’t think they should have that audio influence them.


  9. Ward Eagle

    I think Mario Fannin will be near the top of that list by the end of the year.

    Given the opportunity over the past few years, Mario has put on some shows.


  10. I am very much a Butts & a Dooley fan & admirer.
    That does not change the fact that CMR is the best HC the Dawgs have ever had.