Monthly Archives: July 2011

Doom, doom, doom…

Steve Spurrier may remain optimistic about South Carolina’s chances in the wake of his program’s offseason problems (ask Mark Richt how that works out, dude), but can he withstand the awesome force that is Negative Grohmentum?

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What’s a Commodore to do?

A new head coach I’ve been most impressed with is Vandy’s James Franklin.  Stepping in and trying to revive a moribund program in the nation’s toughest conference ain’t easy in the best of times, and Vanderbilt’s 2010 season was anything but that.  Still, at least in the short run, Franklin has struck me as being up to the task.  He’s done some clever promoting (the walk-on videos I’ve posted are a good example of that), brought some needed energy to the program and, most importantly, recruited on a level I never thought the program was capable of achieving.

Which makes this a pretty sad bit of news.

The hiring of football Coach James Franklin and a hard marketing push have not translated to increased season-ticket sales at Vanderbilt.

About 11,000 season tickets have been sold, approximately 1,500 off last year’s pace.

That is despite an intensified focus on marketing, which will increase over the next month.

I’m not a Vandy fan, and I still find that depressing.  Not that I expect sellouts overnight, or fail to remember that the fan base did get a little excited during Vanderbilt’s bowl season.  But to see ticket sales drop below the level of the Robbie Caldwell season?  Sheesh.

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Heavy mental

Interesting quote from Oregon assistant coach and former Nebraska starting quarterback Scott Frost about offensive philosophy:

“The big thing is this: It helps greatly when an offense has a definite mentality to it. It helps greatly when you have a defined personality and set of standards. When I was at Nebraska, our calling card was we were a tough, physical team. Everybody knew it. We knew it. We were proud of it. We embodied it. We embraced it. We loved the fact that we were going to try to completely beat up a defense. Nobody wanted to play us because of the physical nature of our team.

At Oregon, to a man, everybody on our team has bought into the fact that we’re going to play fast, we’re going to wear you out, and we’re going to attack you. There’s absolutely no hesitation. I think when you have that kind of personality as a unit, offense or defense, and everybody knows the common goal and mission, then I think it’s really easy to get everybody on the same page and be successful. When people don’t know exactly what they want to do, they struggle.

It’s easy to point to that and say that’s what’s missing at Georgia, because… well, because that’s what’s missing at Georgia.  But here’s what I’m wondering:  in the abstract, if you were to ask Richt and Bobo what they want the personality of their offense to reflect, what do you think they’d say?  And what would you like them to say?

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Thursday morning buffet

If you’ve got an appetite this morning, grab a plate.

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Pac-12 Football, SEC Football, Stats Geek!

Better get there on time.

It looks like the Georgia-South Carolina game will get off to a breathless start, if the new Sanford Stadium scoreboard has anything to say about it.

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Filed under Georgia Football

Envy and jealousy: Arrogant Nation is back.

Over at Lost Angeles, Zack gets his Southern Cal groove on:

… First of all Larry Scott, don’t call it the Pac-12.  Until we can play for a title game, it’s the Pac-11.  Or the Pac-10.5 if you are being honest about UCLA’s contributions in football.

That one made me laugh.

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“This isn’t a place that’s trying to break rules.”

Except, of course, when they are.

Sobering/amusing thought:  what kind of recruiting classes would Tech be pulling in if the Jackets weren’t bending the rules?

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Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting, The NCAA

The buck stops there.

As cynical butt-covering moves go, North Carolina’s decision to part ways with Butch Davis during the week after ACC Media Days concluded (who needs that pesky media scrutiny, anyway?) and before fall practice starts (as Tony Barnhart put it, “North Carolina has decided to get out of the football business for a while”) ranks right up there with Michael Adams’ and Vince Dooley’s decision to sacrifice the Georgia men’s basketball team’s postseason in the wake of the Jim Harrick scandal.

Matt Hayes has it right.  This is a call that was inevitable as soon as the NCAA became Ohio State’s enabler by allowing that school to pin the entire problem on its head coach.  It’s the path that Tennessee is taking, as well.  In Mark Emmert’s world, it’s all about plausible deniability for the administrators and tough luck for those kids who actually played by the rules only to get burned when it turns out that the head coach they trusted didn’t.

At this point, any athletic director with half a brain is going to set up a firewall between himself and the head coach.  Oh, sure, there will be any number of compliance people who will be sent around wagging fingers at coaches about following regulations.  But there will also be plenty of blind eyes turned to what those coaches are doing when the compliance folks aren’t in the room with them.  So when the shit inevitably hits the fan, those ADs and the presidents they work for can blink their eyes vapidly at the NCAA investigators, claim they had no idea what was going on and swear they’ll get rid of the rogue bad apple.  And it’ll work.

Nice system you got there, NCAA.

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Profiles in expediency

You know, it’s thinking like this that can cost an undefeated team a shot at a national title:

Texas Tech had to drop a team from the nonconference schedule because the Big 12 wanted to play a round-robin conference schedule. That team just happened to be non-BCS heavyweight TCU. Tubs, of course, admitted that Tech dropped TCU because TCU “isn’t the type of team we need to play now.”

I guess Tuberville figures that to be the man, you gotta beat the cupcake.

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Necessity is the mother of creative playcalling.

Is Mike Bobo getting ready to shock the world?

I’ll settle for surprising Boise State.

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