Monthly Archives: April 2011

The “largest conflict of interest known to mankind”

This explains everything you need to know about Craig James’ continued existence on the air:

… ESPN vice president and director of news Vince Doria, a panelist and IU National Sports Journalism Center board member, called his network the “largest conflict of interest known to mankind,” referring to the fact that ESPN has financial relationships with leagues to broadcast games while also covering those games as journalists. But those deals, he said, don’t prevent aggressive coverage of those leagues.

I have no idea how these people can keep a straight face.



Filed under ESPN Is The Devil

Mark Richt is pissed off, and wants you to know it.

Georgia’s head coach brought along one of his personas to keep him company on this year’s Bulldog Club spring tour.  No, not Evil Richt.  Say hello to In-The-Arena Richt.

The interrogators’ voice was low, and only those around him could really hear it.

He was unhappy with Georgia’s running game, running backs, play-calling, a lack of scoring, not enough rushing, too much passing and the performance of running backs coach Bryan McClendon.

Mark Richt heard the man loud and clear, waited for him to finish and answered.

“I’ll tell you this, and you’re certainly close to an expert in football, I’m sure you are,” Georgia’s head football coach said as the 250-plus fans at the Macon stop of the Bulldog Club tour Thursday night at the Walnut Creek Shooting Preserve began to create a buzz.

And he dissected all of the elements that lead to a good running game, and then he noted that a team has to do more than just run the ball to win.

“I’ve seen teams throw the ball and win the national championship; I’ve seen teams run the ball and win the national championship,” Richt said. “Believe me, you can win the SEC doing it more than one way. Steve Spurrier, when he was at Florida, he chunked the ball, and he won how many SECs?”

And then the temperature rose a little bit more.

“I see your frustration, I understand your frustration,” Richt said, politely but sternly. “I wasn’t born yesterday, I’ve coached football for 25 years, so I know what the hell I’m doing, OK?”

That’s the sound of a man who’s discovered the warmth of the seat he’s perched on.

The coach didn’t reserve his ire for members of his audience entirely.  He also had a few choice comments for his tailbacks.

… Richt said in a one-and-one beforehand and during his talk that tailback is his biggest concern, and he was asked how to motivate often-in-trouble Washaun Ealey.

“All those guys have had ample time in my opinion to take a hold of it,” Richt said, pointing also to upperclassman Caleb King. “No one has. That’s been the most disappointing (thing for) me probably the last couple seasons is that, that position didn’t get solidified by somebody there who was capable.”

He said earlier that the position is more than open.

“The bottom line is we don’t have a tailback right now who deserves to start, in my opinion,” Richt said. “We don’t have a guy that’s proven that he can do all the things we’re going to ask that guy to do. There’s nobody that will stand up and say, ‘This is my job, I’m taking it and I’m keeping it.’ ”

Does Richt coach better with a chip on his shoulder?  We’re about to find out.


Filed under Georgia Football

Big Ten integrity at work

Here’s Jim Delany ringing in a happy new year for Ohio State:

… He said reports indicating he lobbied for the five suspended Ohio State players to be eligible for the Sugar Bowl are not true. He said he didn’t even know there was a precedent for such a delayed-penalty ruling until an NCAA official informed him.

And here’s Mr. Delany today.

You tell me – is there a difference between “lobbying” and “advocating”?  Because if not, somebody’s FOS.


Filed under Big Ten Football, Blowing Smoke

Oversigning power struggle?

Just one more reason not to expect much to come out of next month’s SEC meeting:

jbcarol (hogville)

Chris, what if anything will come of the “oversigning” movement apparently being spearheaded by some Ohio State folks?

Chris Low
  (1:31 PM)

We’ll find out a lot more at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., but I can tell you that a number of SEC coaches have made it clear to their ADs and to SEC commissioner Mike Slive that managing numbers in terms of scholarships has been one of the best things the SEC has done in football and a big reason the league has had so much success. In other words, the coaches will fight any kind of hard cap (similar to what the Big Ten does) in a big way.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

Here’s your real plantation.

Presenting Roger Goodell’s biggest nightmare (h/t Chris Brown):

… In the union lawyers’ world, every player would enter the league as an unrestricted free agent, an independent contractor free to sell his services to any team. Every player would again become an unrestricted free agent each time his contract expired.

Yeah, that free market’s a biotch, alright.

That’s the same mentality which prohibits college athletes from pursuing a professional living merely because of when they finished high school.

You want to do something concrete about student-athlete slavery?  How ’bout telling Goodall and the NFL owners they’re the problem…  Yeah, that’s what I thought.


Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness

“He washed his hands of me.”

When you’re someone who’s used to seeing certain behavior treated one way and then all of a sudden things go very differently, I can see how that would be a little disconcerting.

Also, given his track record, I’m not sure this is Jenkins’ best strategy going forward:  “My next step is to make the best decision I can make.”


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators...

Skin in the game

Urban Meyer, 2006:

”If they do that [rematch], there should be a playoff system next year,” Meyer said Sunday. “I think if that [rematch] happens, I think it’s over. All the presidents would need to get together immediately and put in a playoff system — like now!”

Urban Meyer, 2011:

Q: Now that you’re part of the network that broadcasts the BCS, are you a BCS guy? A playoff guy?

UM: “I’m a BCS guy. It’d be really difficult to put together a playoff system. The way the BCS does it is fine. To be honest with you, I go back and forth on it a little bit, but I kind of like the way it is.”

It’s not the change of heart that’s amusing here.  It’s that we keep asking coaches for their opinion on the subject.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Urban Meyer Points and Stares