Daily Archives: June 14, 2011

“I’m on drugs. No comment! Thank you!”

This is freakin’ brilliant.



Filed under It's Just Bidness

Mark Richt and the new math of oversigning

The man cuts to the chase:

… Here’s what he said: “Oversigning. I’ll just say this. You guys can figure it out. 85 on scholarship, ok? If 15 guys leave, how many do you have room for?”

Richt said it wasn’t a trick question.

“Fifteen,” one reporter said.

“Thank you for being brave enough to answer that question,” Richt said. “How many are you allowed to sign?”

“Twenty-five,” he was told.

“Is 25 more than 15?,” Richt said. “I don’t know if you catch my drift of what I’m trying to say. …All I’m saying is you can still oversign with 25. If you only have 15 and you sign 25, you still sign more than you got. The question is everybody’s integrity. That’s the question. Are we all going to do things in the right way.  [Emphasis added.]  I think everybody’s trying to do that. It’s not an easy thing to manage. It really is not.”

Richt said if you “sign right to the 85 number,” on signing day, by the time preseason practices start in August, attrition could bring that number down to 79.

“It’s not as simple as everybody wants to make it,” Richt said.

Can you legislate integrity?  If you can’t, isn’t the next best approach to incentivize for it?


UPDATE:  Of course, if you’re someone like Michael Adams, you can pompously intone that you’re all about “putting the student first” and hope that takes care of the matter.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

Guess what?

Blair Walsh has a chance to eclipse the all-time SEC scoring record now held by Billy Bennett.

How cool would it be if he did so with a game-winning kick?


Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football

Mike Bobo, please read.

Chris Brown nails it with this post.  Particularly this:

… Designing an offense is all about structure. Constraint plays, like the bubble, work when the defense gives you the play by their structure; same for play-action passes over the top. When I say these are defensive cheats, I mean they aren’t the base, whiteboard defenses you expect, because defenses — both players and coaches — adjust to take away what you do well. But you want to go to your core stuff, so you build your offense off of that, and each constraint play forces the defense back in line, right where you want them. That’s the beauty of football: punch, counterpunch.

Successful play calling isn’t about keeping the offense balanced.  It’s about keeping the defense off-balance with the plays you call.


Filed under Strategery And Mechanics

Better get used to it.

Lots of confidence on the other side of the fence for Georgia’s season opener.


Filed under Georgia Football

Tuesday brunch buffet

Watch out for the bugs.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Academics? Academics., Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting, Stats Geek!

Oversigning: turning a bug into a feature.

Lord, this is a devious suggestion (which is why I approve of it, of course):

… This disconnect between theory and practice is better legislated at the conference level. Far from ensuring the SEC maintains a competitive advantage, it offers a chance for conferences to create their own competitive advantages. While some may call it negative recruiting, there’s nothing morally wrong or impermissible about informing prospects and their parents/guardians that one conference offers more protections to student-athletes than another.

If that idea gained traction, it could turn around the race to the bottom. Imagine if conferences got creative:

  • A rule that allowed for an appeal to the conference office when a scholarship is cancelled or not renewed.
  • A rule requiring conference schools to renew scholarships within the first week of school, almost creating two-year scholarships.
  • A rule limiting the ability of conference schools to refuse permission to contact other schools under certain conditions

If every change is quickly reduced to a national rule, there is no way for conferences to differentiate themselves. And with the passage of Connecticut House Bill 5145 to go along with California’s AB 2079, we’re getting close to providing prospects with the tools necessary to make an informed choice between these different options.

We don’t find it to be a problem if one state has lower taxes but another state has cheaper health care and better roads. Both are taking different approaches to the same goal: attracting people and businesses. Solve the baseline national problem, and then give conferences the incentive to develop more student-athlete friendly rules.

Let’s see how Nick Saban would deal with that.

Okay, I’m being a little tongue-in-cheek here (Brian Cook thinks Infante’s proposal is full of fail because recruits’ egos get in the way of logic, for example), but seriously, why don’t Big Ten schools use the SEC’s oversigning policy as a recruiting tool instead of just whining about it?


Filed under Recruiting