Wednesday morning buffet

Hope you like Gator, ’cause there’s lots of it.

  • Randall Cobb has apologized to Kentucky fans.  The funny thing is, if you check out what Kentucky bloggers post about, Cobb’s rant had a point.
  • Gary Danielson has an interesting example about why college football needs a playoff to keep the SEC East relevant:  “Georgia is a perfect example this year. What if they run the table? They basically could be SEC champion but nothing else.”
  • This writer suggests that one reason Spurrier left Florida after the 2001 season is because Jeremy Foley slipped a note under Spurrier’s office door, telling him what changes to make on his coaching staff.
  • Gary Crowton has to be grateful that there’s a more embattled offensive coordinator than he these days:  “Firesteveaddazio.com is heating up. Someone placed an ad on craigslist.org for a new offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators.”
  • Here’s more learning curve talk about Georgia’s defensive improvement.
  • The NCAA is looking into runners.  Good luck with that, fellas.
  • Could we be looking at the first possibility of a coach being Richted “Addazio, meanwhile, is probably a goner if this year keeps going terribly. In fact, I’d wager that a loss to Georgia where UF scores 10 points or less would spell the end of his tenure.”
  • And from there? “… Most discussion of possible replacements for Addazio will focus on the obvious shiny candidates: Dana Holgorsen at Oklahoma State or Mark Helfrich from Oregon, for example, will both command eyeballs from Gator fans desperate to flee the Addazio Disaster Area…” Hmmm… that almost sounds like an admission that Corch isn’t the offensive genius we’ve been led to believe he is.

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38 responses to “Wednesday morning buffet

  1. NCT

    I think that might be Granthamed instead of Richted.

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  2. Go Dawgs!

    What Danielson leaves out is that if Georgia runs the table, we’d be SEC Champion and *deserve* nothing else. Sorry, kids, I’m just as excited about the possibility that the ‘Dawgs have put it all together as the next guy, but you don’t deserve to win a national title if you drop four games in a row, including at least one to an inferior opponent, and probably more than that. Mississippi State and South Carolina certainly don’t seem to be the embarrassing losses they felt like at the time, but we still should have won those games, and could have. Colorado? Sheesh. So yeah, Gary, we’d just be thankful for a title and a trip to the Sugar Bowl. Any hopes we had for anything else died in the Arkansas game, and rightfully so.

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    • Brandon

      +1, yeah we are a great example of why there does NOT need to be a playoff, no team needs to sniff the national championship that had the first month of the season that we had, otherwise you can kiss the meaningfulness of regular season games goodbye.

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      • Brandon

        BTW, the SEC Championship and a BCS bowl bid would be plenty for me this year, thank you.

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      • Kevin

        Agreed. I think if you ask, a majority of SEC and UGA fans would say we don’t deserve to play for the title this year if we run the table.

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        • Go Dawgs!

          And, another thing, how proud would you be if this Georgia team DID end up as the national champion? Because there are FOUR groups of people that you couldn’t even wear your championship t-shirt around without getting made fun of. Think LSU fans talk about their 2006 BCS title when there’s a Kentucky or Arkansas fan around? Heck, many of them want to fire their coach because the championship wasn’t as satisfying to them as it should have been. Speaking only for myself, if a four-loss Georgia team ever got fitted for a national title ring, I’d buy a t-shirt, and still wonder what might have been.

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          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            The SEC refs would never allow UGA to run the table on the rest of its games. Hell, at least 2 existing UGA losses were as a direct result of bad calls by SEC refs.

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      • AmpedDawg

        I’m a fan of the playoff movement. That being said, I agree that it would be somewhat of a downer for a team with three or more losses during the regular season to win the national championship. UNLESS that team was Georgia and it was 2010 and they lost 4 games in conference, lost to Colorado, and lost to Tech – that would be just fine by me.

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    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      Yep. Danielson strongly implies UGA would be undeserving of an SEC title. But isn’t this exactly the risk one would run with a playoff system? The possibility that an undeserving team, a “Cinderella Story”, might upset a better, “more deserving” team?

      Also, Danielson also implies that Mike Slive should be unhappy with the current BCS format. Why in the world would Mike Slive be unhappy with the current format?

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  3. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    The “learning curve” was expected, but this is really encouraging …

    The Bulldogs are allowing 75.5 fewer yards per game and 10.3 fewer points than after seven games in 2009, but then-coordinator Willie Martinez’s defense also dealt with a turnover-prone offense. Opponents scored 71 points off 17 turnovers last season at this point, compared to seven points off seven turnovers this year.

    So last year we gave up 4.2 pts / turnover and this year it’s 1 pt / turnover … redzone fumbles have something to do with that but that’s still impressive.

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    • Brandon

      All turnovers meant in the last few years of the Willie regime was that the opponent scored faster. If the Defense was still under Willie’s tutelage we would have gotten BLOWN OUT by South Carolina and Arkansas and these last two games would have been shootouts, how would everybody feel then?

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  4. Biggus Rickus

    To Danielson I say: And your point? Since when did the SEC Championship become a consolation prize? Do you think Georgia would actually DESERVE a shot at a national title with four losses?

    Listening to Jacksonville sports radio has been fun this week. They had Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun) on the show this morning and basically bitched for ten minutes about how Brantley kind of sucks, Burton runs the offense better even without any passing threat, the receivers and line are terrible. My favorite was Dooley talking about who else Florida could lose to: “Georgia, South Carolina, FSU…Vandy?” Good times.

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  5. I’ve got no love for Florida and/or Visor Boy, but I wouldn’t believe Peter Kerasotis if he wrote that water is wet. That clown lives in a world all his own (and actual Gators will tell you the same thing).

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    • Oh, I know.

      The idea that Foley told Spurrier to make staff changes – which in essence would have been an invitation to Spurrier to leave – is ludicrous. Foley’s not that stupid. Not only that, but if it were true, that plus the disastrous Zook hire would have gotten Foley run out of Gainesville by irate Bull Gators (because you know there’s no way Spurrier would have kept that quiet).

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      • Russ

        I don’t know if it’s true or not about Foley and Spurrier, but my Gator friends certainly believe that Foley somehow ran him off.

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        • HVL Dawg

          Before this week I’d never heard the story I’m about to repeat, but … my source is the brother of one of SOS’s long time assistant coaches at the time SOS quit.

          The story is that Foley told SOS to apoligize in writing to Bobby Bowden about something said. SOS said “I’m outta here”- which is kinda the same as “10-2 isn’t good enough anymore.”

          Whatever.

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        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          I thought the Foley insult occurred when SOS tried to come back and Foley told him that he would have to go through the interview process like everyone else. Maybe there’s another insult here which happened before.

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    • Mike

      The more commonly offered (and more believable) scenario was the #1 thing Kerasotis wrote.

      In addition, there might have been some tension between Spurrier and Foley stemming from Spurrier’s very public Docketgate comments and Foley trying to downplay it. Spurrier was frustrated that he was not getting the backing of the administration.

      My lizard heart believes Spurrier when he says that after coaches spend 7-8 years in one place, it is usually time to move on.

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  6. Bryant Denny

    Any chance that Addazio is just the closest guy to the street and gets thrown under the bus?

    I mean, despite Tebow being over publicized, he was a great player. Wouldn’t he kind of highlight the example of Jimmys and Joes beating Xs and Os?

    The fact is, he inherited Leak – a very good college QB – and was on the front end of the Wildcat-type package with Tebow. Back in 2005 – pre-Tebow – we all wondered how is O would fare in the SEC. Tebow took it to the top of the Bell curve and now it’s on the back end.

    Have a good day,

    BD

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  7. Dante

    Yet another Georgia team came out of the gate unprepared. No, we don’t deserve a shot at the national title. We don’t even really deserve a shot at the Sugar Bowl IMHO but the rest of the SEC East is bad enough that we still have that shot. When you lose to a bottom-feeder Big 12 school who is about to defect to the PAC-10, you don’t even deserve to call yourself SEC Champions. I hope we pick up this year and run the table and get a nice bowl out of it, but I won’t pretend that Georgia is something it’s not right now.

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    • mike

      yep. It’s frustrating. Being unprepared for at least one game a season is a staple of CMR’s coaching career.

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      • Will Q

        Name me a coach whose team looks prepared for every game.

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        • mike

          Saban. Meyer. Brown.

          CMR has taken his eye off the ball and at least once every season and it’s cost us a national championship at least once.

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          • Biggus Rickus

            Alabama lost to LA-f’ing-Monroe Saban’s first year. Florida has looked as ill-prepared as anyone in America this season. And Mack Brown? Seriously? Have you ever watched Texas play?

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          • Ausdawg85

            Nonsense…even Mack Brown takes immediate credit for failing to have the troops fully prepared when speaking to the press after a UT loss. No different than CMR.

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          • D.N. Nation

            You apparently haven’t watched Florida this year.

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          • Will Q

            Saban? Meyer? Brown?

            South Carolina. Miss. St. UCLA.

            As I’ve said since the unfavorable comparisons of Richt to Saban and Meyer began: When they’ve been around for more than five years, we’ll talk about whether they are better coaches or not. I think that Meyer is proving my point this year.

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          • Macallanlover

            I rest my case about the ignorance of CFB fans. This may, or may not, have been Exhibit A, but it would definitely be a key part of any case.

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          • AmpedDawg

            mike – you need to think before you post:

            Saban was 34-24-1 at Michigan State and in 5 seasons won 9 games one time and the remainder won 6 or 7 games. In five seasons at LSU he won 10 games or more only twice compiling a 48-16 record. Did you watch the Alabama v. Utah Sugar Bowl? Maybe the least prepared and most uninspired team I’ve seen.

            Mack Brown is career 217-103-1 as a head coach. With all the talent in the State of Texas, he’s managed one national championship and two conference championships in 12 seasons. How many times did his Texas teams gack in the Red River Rivalry? How about the 2001 B12 championship game against Colorado? The list with Mack Brown goes on. His nickname of Coach February early in his career at Texas speaks for itself.

            Urban Meyer is a little more difficult, but unlike Saban or Brown he wasn’t able to get a national championship undefeated even with GPOOE (remember losing to Ole Miss in the 2008 season when Ole Miss hadn’t won a conference game yet that season?).

            Your point about Richt is both ludicrous and unsubstantiated. The Dawgs in most years other than 2002 would have played for a national championship despite having one loss, including years like Florida’s 2008 national championship and both of LSU’s titles.

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  8. mike

    How dare you impugn Corch??!?!?!

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  9. Bryant Denny

    You can spin Danielson’s comments any way you want.

    You can say a team is not worthy of being champions because of multiple losses – i.e. the “our regular season is better than any other sports’ regular season” approach.

    Or you can argue that the BCS system leaves out teams that hit their stride later in the system.

    Georgia’s season kind of reminds me of Bama’s 1990 season – Stallings’ first. Started 0-3 I believe and finished 7-5 and conference champions. Played in the Fiesta Bowl and got spanked by Schnellenberger and U of L.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Tennessee won the conference that year, with Florida ineligible. However, that Bama team did start 1-3 and finish 7-4 in the regular season before going 10-1 the next year and following that with their kick-ass defense and national title in ’92.

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      • Bryant Denny

        I need to have my fan card revoked.

        Although, the revisionist in me helps me fit in with our fan base. 🙂

        Bama was part of the tri-champs of 1989. And did get stomped by U of L in the bowl game after the 1990 season. Finished 7-5.

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  10. Dog in Fla

    Now that Tennessee and Vanderbilt have solved our coaching problems until the next loss, it’s nice to learn how coaching problems at Florida have been solved/worsened:

    klgator: foley “slipping a note” under spurrier’s door??? One of the funniest things ever!!! Message boards are amazing! You sure it wasn’t a post it note?

    CDog: Actually Foley posted an anonymous comment on a Gator message board that he wanted Spurrier to throw it downfield more often and take a few shots at the end zone.

    cocodrilo: Foley slipped a note under Spurrier’s door because Spurrier had a sign on the door, with a big arrow pointing down, that said, “Slip notes under here.”

    That sign is now gone, and the door has been replaced with a door that reaches the floor

    Swamper: My sources tell me that Foley was spotted at the Gainesville Office Depot yesterday purchasing some multi-color note cards. Could this mean something?

    cocodrilo: For some reason the note under the door makes me think of the note on a jar in Young Frankenstein, which read “Abnormal Brain – Do Not Take This Brain.”

    Vito: The best Foley/Spurrier story I remember was after Zook got fired, Foley allegedly told Spurrier if he wants to interview for the job he needs to send in his resume, and Spurrier shot back “go look in the trophy case.”
    Probably BS, but a good story nonetheless.
    http://www.gatorcountry.com/swampgas/showthread.php?t=170825#ixzz12vLhZVl7

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  11. mike

    Anyone who mentions Mark Helfrich being a hot commodity — let’s just say that all they’ve done is look at a list of offensive coordinators and said to themselves, “Well, that team’s offense is good, so this guy would be a good head coach.” It would be like saying, “Hey, Denard Robinson is going great at Michigan. That OC, Calvin Magee, must be great.” As with RichRod at Michigan, Chip Kelly calls the plays at Oregon.

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