Daily Archives: June 14, 2011

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

This is freakin’ brilliant.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Better get used to it.

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

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Tuesday brunch buffet

Watch out for the bugs.

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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?

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Tough times demand tough contracts.

In poker, we’d call this a tell.

Gene Chizik’s contract no longer stipulates that an investigation triggered by Auburn, the SEC or the NCAA gives Auburn the right to suspend his pay during that period. Auburn’s football program has been investigated by the NCAA in recent months.

That’s one of several changes located in the fine print of Chizik’s contract that Auburn released today…

But since it’s Auburn football, we’ll just call it a vote of confidence.

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All these questions!

I’m sure most of you have seen the roundtable discussion on Georgia that College Football Zealots hosted the other day.  It’s a fun read.  The most interesting question posed was the first one.  Here’s Groo’s take, which I think is the position most Georgia fans would pick:

1- Which game is more critical for Georgia to win: Boise State or South Carolina?

Clearly South Carolina. There will be the national spotlight and the whole tone-setting angle on the Boise game. Fine, I buy that. But it’s still not a conference game against one of the likely contenders for the divisional title. Put it this way – a loss to Boise still leaves the conference crown and a BCS bowl on the table (just look at Boise’s first victim last season). A loss to South Carolina after beating Boise not only takes away much of the momentum from a big season-opening win; it also puts the Dawgs in a big hole in the SEC East race just two weeks into the season.

Allow me to retort:  I’m not so sure it’s that clear.  I don’t read that question as being “if the Dawgs could only win one of their first two games of the 2011 season, which would you choose?”  (If it were, I’d pick the South Carolina game, too.)  It was which win would matter more.  And my feeling right now is that’s the win over Boise, precisely because of the reasons that Groo cites.

This team is coming off a lackluster season capped by a terrible bowl game performance.  It’s going to walk out on the field of the Georgia Dome needing to prove to a lot of people that it is a relevant program, but mainly it needs to prove that to itself.  If Georgia loses to Boise the way it lost most of its 2010 games – a combination of mistakes and bad timing along with poor conditioning and an inability to finish – I think it’s going to have a very hard time gaining traction for the rest of the year, including that South Carolina game.

Fortunately, I think Mark Richt knows how important the opener is to his program and his career.

Meanwhile, over at CFN, Russ Mitchell tangles with another question about the Bulldogs.

Russ Mitchell: On which team has the most riding on the OL position?

Georgia. The Bulldogs have had considerable talent the past five seasons, as evident by how well they have recruited and the number of players they have launched into the NFL.

And yet Georgia football has failed to live up to expectations in four of those seasons – capped by a disaster of a year in 2010 (6-7). If but one unit is to be singled out for these letdowns, it is the UGA offensive line.

In fact, we’ll take it one step further: no single unit in the SEC has underperformed expectations more this past half-decade than has the Georgia offensive line.

Ouch.  And Stacey Searels’ reputation takes another hit.  (It’ll take a bigger one if Friend manages to do a good job with the thin bunch he has to work with this season.)

I will say that the biggest challenge the Dawgs face with the OL isn’t going to come from the starters.  It’s all about the depth, which, sad to say, seems virtually nonexistent at present.  One or two members of the first unit get dinged up and things could get very scary.  Compared with that, my worries about other areas of perceived weakness (wide receivers and secondary) seem almost trivial.  So, yeah, I think Mitchell is right about what Georgia has riding on the o-line.

And CFN’s Brian Harbach has even more questions.  Here’s his hot seat one:

1) How many games does Mark Richt need to be back in 2012?
This one has a two-part answer because there are two scenarios for Richt to be back in Athens in 2012. The first scenario is to win the East, no one would argue that an Eastern Division title is not enough for Richt to keep his job. If you don’t think a trip to the SECCG is enough, there is no pleasing you as a fan and there is no coach who can please you either. The other option is to win double digit games, 9 wins or fewer makes things murky but a ten-win season you can sell pretty easily. BTW, Georgia is capable of both those two tasks which is why if they don’t meet either one of them Richt will be gone.

I think both those scenarios are right.  But I’m also of the belief that Richt can survive with a nine-win season (likely even eight) which doesn’t include a trip to Atlanta if the team shows real improvement… and beats Florida.

Agree?  Disagree?

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“Who are we, Tennessee?”

This one’s gonna sting a little.  (Click on the link below for the complete quote.)

Gabe doesn’t lack for confidence, that’s for sure.

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