… I know the BCS is never going to be a fan favorite, and I’m not suggesting there might not be a better alternative, but… when South Carolina wins the College World Series after dropping two of three to Kentucky and East Carolina during the regular season then scored a total of one run in the SEC tournament, how can you make the argument that a playoff ensures a more deserving national champion?
Hey, David Hale said it, not me. But he’s right, of course.
If you haven’t thought much about the Chris Henry story, take a second and read Michael Felder’s post in response to it.
“What about the rest of us?” is right. With all the recent talk we’ve heard about academics and research in the context of conference realignment, there’s no reason college football can’t be devoting some of those resources and attention to finding ever better ways of protecting the health and well-being of players who sacrifice their bodies on the field for our entertainment.
This is only my 64th-best post of 2010. My apologies.
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It’s laudable that Ole Miss wants to update its mascot, but, damn, these are some lame options.
I don’t see how they can pass up an opportunity like this:
Diamond Dogs-era Bowie. Go glam. You’ve got the red hair. Just add a blue jumpsuit, throw some white in there and voilà, you’re in business with the school colors.
As a bonus, you could make for a helluvan entrance with this bad boy:
“Ahhhh… wham bam thank you ma’am” flat-out smokes “Enter Sandman”.
Mark Richt’s assessment of the new defensive scheme strikes me as being realistic:
“The 3-4 is a good aggressive, attacking style and it’s one where we have enough personnel to run it effectively,” Richt said. “The question is, how well will we do it, how many mistakes will we make along the way, and when we make the mistakes, what’s it going to cost us? On the other end, hopefully we’re going to pressure people enough to get them to turn the ball over more than we did a year ago.”
One thing to hope for is that the increased emphasis on fundamentals offsets some of the costs of mistakes from the change of scheme. Which is what I think Richt is getting at with this quote:
… Richt said the game plan for now is to build a foundation this summer, then throw as much of the new defensive playbook at the players as possible during the first few weeks of fall camp. About two weeks before the season opener, coaches will pare down the plays and come up with a game plan that will hopefully be a bit easier to implement on game day. For now, however, Richt said he’s taking more solace in the impressive approach his coaches and players have shown this offseason and worrying less about the new scheme.
“It’s not so much what you run as how you run it,” Richt said. “I think Todd has got a presence about him that guys respect, and I think we’re going to get after it.”
I’m not sure what’s funnier, watching the SEC pundits try to rank this year’s group of starting quarterbacks or their ranking of the coaches. Actually, skip that – with Finebaum’s howler of a column today, it’s the latter. Here’s what he has to say about his third-best coach in the conference:
3. Bobby Petrino (Arkansas): After a stunning 41-9 mark at Louisville, fans are still waiting for Petrino to put it all together at Arkansas. On paper, his record in Fayetteville (13-12, 5-11 SEC) is unimpressive. However, fans believe this could be the year the greatness of Petrino comes out again.
By that standard, Dan Hawkins is poised on the brink of becoming one of Finebaum’s five best coaches in America.
Here’s another special teams matter in Athens that looks to be settled.
… Logan Gray appears likely to continue his role of receiving punts in field-position situations where returns are not set up; his job in this capacity is to decide whether to fair-catch the punt or let the ball go.
For those of you who have your panties in a wad about exposing A.J. Green to injury by letting him field punts – a group that Mark Richt isn’t included in, by the way – how do you feel about putting your backup quarterback (at least for now) in a similar position?