This is definitely the header of the day:
Craig James polls worse than Obama in Lubbock
Run, Craig, run!
This is easily the most over-the-top defense of oversigning I’ve read recently (h/t Oversigning.com). The author takes more shots at targets than I can keep up with in a brief blog post, but this one is all you really need to get a flavor for his rant:
… As I mentioned the other day, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution launched an attack on USC by blaming the school for the plight of LB Lorenzo Mauldin, who still remains committed to the Gamecocks but is now looking at other schools who will admit him as a non-qualifier.
But those stories are easily dismissed as the ramblings of a fanatical newspaper still bitter a month after National Signing Day about USC reeling in 11 elite prospects from the Peach State while Georgia signed zero recruits from South Carolina.
The AJ-C as a bitter, fanatical newspaper? Ho-kay.
If this is what winning a division title does for the Gamecock faithful’s mindset, look out world. I think I liked it better in the simpler days when they settled for insisting that Corey Jenkins was a Heisman Trophy candidate.
With all the interest we’ve taken in Georgia’ offseason strength and conditioning program this year under Coach Tereshinski, you might want to take a look at this post from a Washington beat writer about the Huskies’ S&C workouts. There are lots of details, much of which may not match up exactly with what’s going on in Butts-Mehre right now, but this overview sounds right:
… Lewis also talked about the value of off-season conditioning: “I think it’s so important this time of year because it really shapes your team. When you look at it, it seems like a long time between football seasons, but it’s really not because in between when you look at what goes on, you have finals week and spring ball and in a quarter system another finals week and then summer, so the amount of time you get with guys is so critical.
“That’s why January, February, March is so important to get as much out of these guys as you can. It’s not just physical but it’s also mental, getting them to learn how to finish. That’s a big mantra is finishing and competing and not letting (up) just because you are tired, learning how to work under adversity and work through it and be better than anyone else out there. I think that’s what is really important, and getting a message from the head coach and being on the same page and being around these guys all the time. (Steve Sarkisian) and I are on the same page with everything and it’s really drilling the message of the football program every day so that we are ready to compete and finish as a team.
“This is the first time they are all working together and being around each other with the loss of the old guys and a couple of additions of a couple of new guys. It’s a great time for them to start developing who they are, who are we? And this is a great time for that.”
UPDATE: And here’s some of what they’re doing at Cincinnati.