Monthly Archives: June 2010

In just 15 short years, Boise State…

I was going to make a snarky comment about how a certain game from 2005 was missing from the list in this post, but after a careful reading, I think there’s a bigger point to be raised:  has any program managed to gain national prominence as quickly as Boise State has on such a thin resume?

This is a team that’s made its bones on dominating a weak regular season schedule year after year (as far as I can tell, BSU boasts exactly one regular season road game win against a BCS-conference opponent – a game that didn’t make that list for some strange reason – rarely plays a ranked school during the regular season and since 2001 has only played two BCS-conference opponents in the same season once) combined with two BCS wins against one of the most notorious postseason underachievers of the past decade and another mid-major program.

And, hey, good on ’em for getting where they are.  But when I compare BSU’s resume with what programs like Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech have done to become national contenders, it’s not as strong.

Which isn’t to say necessarily that the Broncos don’t deserve to be on the national stage this year.  But if they don’t beat get Zabransky’d by Virginia Tech in this year’s opener, perhaps those holding the program out as élite shouldn’t be too surprised if there’s a fair amount of disagreement about that evaluation.



Filed under It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

Life with Father

The DaVaris Daniels recruiting saga – more accurately, the Phillip Daniels saga, since dad is the one doing all the public posturing – grows more uncomfortable by the day.  I’m by no means a recruiting guru, so maybe someone who is can explain whether Phillip Daniels’ stance is a reasonable one.

… This is about Phillip Daniels’ frustration with the recruiting process, specifically with regard to his alma mater. He believes the Bulldogs should have offered his son by now based on his high school production, his video and the fact that Phillip Daniels is his father.

Meanwhile, we know Georgia is fully aware of DaVaris Daniels. The Bulldogs are actively recruiting him. He has been invited to past and upcoming camps, though he has yet to attend any.

Georgia, of course, can’t comment on recruits per NCAA rules. But clearly it must have some sort of reservations or else they would have offered by now.

The reservations seem to center around not having seen DaVaris Daniels in person to evaluate him.

… The main holdback seems to be the fact that DaVaris Daniels hasn’t been on a visit or attended a camp at Georgia. That, Phillip said, has been an issue.

“Their Junior Day, we got a letter the week it was happening inviting him,” he said. “With my schedule, that’s not good. I’m in D.C. at least four days a week. Between his schedule and my schedule there’s a lot of conflicts. I’ve got to have some time to work things out. But all they have to say is, ‘Phil, can you bring your son down?’”

You can’t question Phillip’s devotion to the program and that’s certainly to his credit.  DaVaris seems to have the credentials to play at a big-time D-1 program.  But you have to wonder if this public airing of grievances is in the best interests of either the program or the player, no matter how well-intentioned.  After Texas Tech, I can’t imagine there’s a coach out there that isn’t privately concerned about any parent willing to push his perceptions of a son’s treatment to the press.  Here’s hoping that this situation works out to everyone’s satisfaction.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

Today’s extended metaphor: In sickness and in health

Here’s one of the weirder analogies you’ll hear from the recruiting trail:

Safety Pat Martin from J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, S.C., took a visit to Tennessee last weekend. He left Knoxville favoring the Vols. In fact, he fell in love so much with UT that he “married” the Vols.

“I see it as this: Tennessee is my wife, the other schools are my girlfriends,” Martin told “It’s going to take a lot to get me to divorce my wife. I’ll be back to Tennessee twice in July, once early and later in the month.”

Dude, just beware.  Those long-distance romances can put a strain on any relationship.

And it’s not like your wife hasn’t done her share of flirting before.

So Tennessee has had its midlife crisis. It purchased that sports car, dyed its hair, lusted after the young blond. It was fun while it lasted, I suppose. Now Tennessee has to pick up the pieces: reconnect with an old friend — put Phil Fulmer’s name up somewhere, anywhere — clean last season from the memory banks and move forward with a new flame, this one more willing to connect for the long-term than last year’s flavor of the month.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Recruiting

The next statue in Gainesville

You know, if you wanna say John Brantley is one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC going into the season, well… it’s a stretch, but at least you can try to justify it by arguing that the conference lacks experienced, talented players at that position.

But when you put forward the idea that he’s one of the top fifteen quarterbacks in the country – right now – you’re just angling for a new Lexicon entry.

I’m leaning towards the GPOOPTE™ (Greatest Player Of Our Post-Tebow Era).  There are some bandwagons you can’t jump on too early.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Gators, Gators...

A preseason ranking that’ll catch your eye.

In Jeremy Fowler’s mind, mediocre 2009 season + redshirt freshman QB in the SEC = 64th best team in the country.

At least he’s ranked Georgia higher than Kentucky.


UPDATE: Pre Snap Read’s Paul Myerberg isn’t favorably impressed.


UPDATE #2: My bad – Fowler didn’t assign the rating.  His cohort Andrea Adelson takes the credit for that.  She sees Georgia as a 6-6 team this season.

Andrea Adelson:
they also have to play arkansas and auburn from the west, too. i think those 2 teams are better than UGA. miss state is better, and a tough place to play (ask UF). georgia tech will be able to win this year.

There’s plenty more at the link, if you want it.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

The devil you know…

Although Boise State’s departure leaves the rest of the WAC on shaky ground, I don’t see how going independent is a viable option for Hawaii.  Football scheduling, as the linked article notes, would be a nightmare in the middle of the season (don’t forget that UH found itself in a deep hole in 2007 when two D-1 schools bailed out on playing the Warriors).  And even Notre Dame gave up on going it alone in all of its other sports programs.

The scariest part of going that route, though, would be Hawaii’s total reliance on ESPN for its survival.

… While UH receives upwards of $2.5 million for its TV and pay-per-view rights, it would likely have to strike a wide-ranging deal with ESPN if it were to consider going independent. When June Jones was the UH coach, he floated the idea of selling ESPN on a last-game-of-the-night package for UH home games, a concept that has long had appeal at UH but is currently prevented by the school’s rights being tied to the WAC agreement with ESPN.

ESPN’s cooperation on a couple of fronts would be important for any UH bid for independence since without the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, which ESPN subsidiary ESPN Regional TV (ERT) owns and operates, the school would have no conference affiliation to fall back on for a postseason bid.

In addition, ERT owns and operates the Diamond Head Classic basketball tournament, which UH hosts.

That gives a whole new meaning to “independent”.

(h/t Her Loyal Sons)


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

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.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, College Football, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics