February 15, 2011 · 12:30 PM
Florida State running back Jermaine Thomas has managed to get his bad self arrested twice in one week for driving on a suspended license. Spencer Hall thinks this should qualify Thomas for an automatic transfer to Georgia, where arrests for
petty driving violations driving Mudcat’s car come with the territory.
The funny thing is, had Thomas already been on Georgia’s roster when those arrests occurred, the Red and Black would be leading the charge to run his violatin’ ass out of town on a rail.
February 15, 2011 · 10:26 AM
Mark Bradley looks on Georgia Tech’s schedule, and despairs… for Tech’s opponents, all of which have “tons to prove”, are “negotiable”, or, best of all in the case of North Carolina, is “no longer seen as a rising star”.
Unlike Paul Johnson’s program, of course. Only the schedule holds the Jackets back.
Hey, at least the home game against Georgia now qualifies as “tough”. Could this state now have two programs on the rise? Be still, my heart.
February 15, 2011 · 9:39 AM
It’s been twelve days since Belin resigned. Where’s the fan base nervousness over no announcement of a replacement? Where’s the random wild speculation about candidates who stand as much of a chance of being hired as I do? Where’s the smug Mark Bradley column about how this proves Georgia Tech is the program on the rise?
Get cracking, people.
February 15, 2011 · 6:57 AM
We joke about how life begins in 1990 for the typical Gator fan, but it looks like we should include Urban Meyer in that group, too.
Meyer is being lionized for some critical comments about his former profession which he made in a radio interview the other day, but here’s the one that caught my eye:
“What I’ve seen the last five years is a complete turn in the integrity of the college coaching profession. It’s completely turned the other way. Right now, it’s not good because the risk-reward is ‘have at it, do what you’ve got to do get the great player, go win games and at the end of the day we’ll find out what happens down the road …”
A complete turn in the last five years? Obviously nobody’s taken the time to acquaint him with the track record of one of his predecessors.
And in 1995, on the NBC News program ”Dateline,” he said of his troubles at Florida (107 charges of rules violations and 59 sanctions): ”Did I violate some rules? Yes. Does that make me a cheater? If it does, yes I am. There wasn’t room for anything but winning. Nothing. Winning was the sole obsession, to a fault.”
Florida had to vacate its first SEC title because of improprieties which occurred under Pell. Funny how Corch sounds unaware of that.
February 15, 2011 · 6:41 AM
Thayer Evans’ “exclusive inside look” at Jadeveon Clowney’s recruiting is one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while. In it, you’ll find out that Clowney, who’s struggled academically and has a learning disability, received his first offer from Georgia Tech and that Alabama hired away Clemson’s defensive line coach just in time for him to deliver the perfect negative recruiting blow:
But Clowney wanted to hear Rumph explain why he left Clemson. “They can’t win there,” Clowney recalled Rumph telling him.
“We’re going to win here. I couldn’t promise you that at Clemson, but I can promise you that here.”
It didn’t convince Clowney. But it did lead to the best story of all.
In early December, Saban made his home visit with Clowney. The town was abuzz, with vehicles slowly streaming by Clowney’s mother’s house in hopes of catching a glimpse of the legendary coach. Inside, Clowney wasn’t that impressed.
“I don’t see no big deal like everybody else,” he said later. “They’d say, ‘He’s the king of all of football.’ The guy ain’t nothing but 5-5. He’s a short guy. Everybody’s going crazy on Nick Saban.”
During the visit, Saban touted Alabama’s graduation rate, its success in sending players to the NFL and playing Clowney at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Clowney and his family could hardly get a word in.
“Nick Saban’s going to take over and talk,” Clowney said. “He talked the whole time he was there. I was dozing off. He can talk. A lot. He talked for a whole straight hour.”
There’s a certain combination of cockiness and cluelessness that adolescent boys seem to be able to pull off. Clowney nailed it effortlessly there. He’s going to be a fun interview for the next three years.