Monday morning buffet

Welcome to the working week, people.

  • Matt Hayes talks to all the SEC coaches (except for Nick Saban, who rates his own interview) about the league.  No real surprises – you’ve got your typical mixture of coach-ese (Meyer:  “This is the only league in America where… every fan base, is put together with the intent to go win the conference.” Every fan base?  WTF?), repetition (how many times is Spurrier going to tell that Doug Johnson-didn’t-prepare-in-1997 story this summer?) and, of course, Richt on the hot seat.  I did like Miles’ response to the hot seat question, though:  “The whole (hot seat) notion is crazy. But that’s today, that’s America. We want it now.” U-S-A! U-S-A!
  • Mike Hugenin takes a look at nine programs trying to compete for a conference title while breaking in a new quarterback.  The one name on his list with zero prior college experience?  Aaron Murray.
  • ESPN’s Pac-10 beat writer takes a look at three reasons why you shouldn’t write off Tennessee’s chances in its opener against Oregon.  Reason number two seems the most compelling.  Tennessee may not be deep on the defensive side of the ball, but the Vols are certainly not without talent.  And the new defensive coordinator did a fine job controlling Oregon’s offense at Boise State last season.
  • The problem for Tennessee in that game is how the offense is going to produce points with a newbie QB at the helm.  The quarterbacks coach isn’t going to spend time changing anybody’s mechanics, though.
  • Blitzology looks at some 3-4 blitzes and various ways to attack an offensive line’s blocking schemes.  It will get you excited.
  • Jerry Hinnen makes the case for the SEC to add a ninth conference game to the schedule.  I’m all for it, but you know the coaches would hate it for all the obvious reasons (too hard!  unbalanced home/away isn’t fair!) and the ADs probably wouldn’t be too thrilled at the prospect of losing a home game in certain years without some meticulous planning.

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11 responses to “Monday morning buffet

  1. ConnGator

    Rather than add a ninth conference game why not have a rule that all SEC members must play (at least) two non-conference games against BCS teams? Or even in addition to the ninth game.

    I am all for better games. It was great playing Miami in ’08, even though I could not watch it live due to a power failure in Connecticut.

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  2. Go Dawgs!

    I love Coach Richt. The Richt-on-the-Hot-Seat meme is beyond old at this point, and it’s also beyond ridiculous.

    That said, Coach, you’re going to have to get a new line when people ask you about it. For the first month, your “is that true? I didn’t know” bit was funny. Coach, reporters read other reporters’ articles, and when you keep pretending not to know that the rumor is floating around out there, it doesn’t make you look good.

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  3. Dawg93

    I’d love to see the SEC go to a 9-game conf. schedule for all the reasons in that article.

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  4. Mike

    The good Senator writes;

    “The problem for Tennessee in that game is how the offense is going to produce points with a newbie QB at the helm.”

    Is this not a problem for UGA also?

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    • At least Aaron Murray has been in the program for a couple of years now. The Vol quarterbacks don’t even have that much experience.

      They don’t have an offensive line, either.

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      • Mike

        True that about the OL. But neither QB has ever taken a college snap. Till they both do that, it will be a crap shoot which is better.

        But to your point, having a good OL in front of a new QB can make up for a lot of inexperience.

        UGA has just got to hope the new defense will keep games close so the offense will not to have to win many games

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    • Puffdawg

      …as well as Florida.

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      • Mike

        As I am fond of reminding UGA fans, the Florida QB has taken many college snaps, more than a few of those against UGA

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  5. anon

    Our AD doesn’t seem to have a problem giving away a home game every other year with the stupid Florida game in Jax…

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    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      +1.

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      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Oh, one more thing. If the UGA-FLA game stays in Jax and the SEC goes to 9 conference games a year (5 home/4 road some years and 4 home/5 road other years) doesn’t that mean that there will be years where the Dawgs play only 3 SEC home games and 6 SEC road games? That sure would be a big help winning the SEC East, wouldn’t it? Just sayin’.

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