Daily Archives: October 20, 2011

Rashomon in Nashville

James Franklin has obviously been watching a different game tape than the rest of us have seen.

“I think when you watch the tape, Logan, you can see he was running and he was trying to get his hat across (the front of Geathers’ legs),” Franklin said. “There was a point where, in my opinion watching the tape, he wasn’t going to be able to get his hat across and he should have pulled off and he didn’t. We explained that to him and we explained that to the rest of the team.”

Coach, please.  First Rule of Holes and all that.



Filed under Georgia Football, James Franklin Is Ready To Rumble

Thursday morning buffet

Dig in, before the buffet gets suspended by the SEC:

  • This season marks the first time since 1935 that there won’t be a night game in Baton Rouge.  It’s all about TV.
  • When I read opinion pieces like this, I wonder if I’m supposed to yearn for the simpler times when Georgia endured losing seasons.
  • Will Muschamp says John Brantley is “very sharp mentally”.
  • Oops“USA Today had installed Jacksonville State, an FCS team that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, as a nine-point favorite at UK this weekend.”  Turns out it was just a Danny Sheridan mistake.  He was probably distracted by his NCAA sources about Auburn paying Cecil Newton.
  • Notre Dame isn’t drawing the eyeballs like it used to.
  • Maybe this is what Derek Dooley was trying to do against LSU last year.
  • LSU can probably survive the suspension of two of its best players against Auburn, but against Alabama?


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics

“We have not been comfortable with the current system.”

For some reason, I keep getting this image in my head of Jim Delany reading a copy of this, crumpling the paper up and neatly tossing it in the trash can.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness

Meet your new favorite (soon-to-be) Florida Gator

He’s not enrolled yet and he’s a kicker, for gawd’s sake, but that’s not stopping Austin Hardin from dealing out the smack talk:

What will it take to improve: “At least give them a year to get a recruiting class in. That’s why I’m so excited to get down there is because I’m going to be a part of that new recruiting class coming in. … It’s Florida. It’s not like we’re not going to win championships. It’s not Georgia.”

Sounds like somebody’s panties are in a wad about not getting an offer from the in state school.


Filed under Gators, Gators...

The play that got Shawn Williams suspended

Here’s what the SEC had to say about that:

Williams’ suspension is the result of a flagrant personal foul which occurred at the 2:08 mark in the third quarter. The action is in violation of Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA Football Rule Book, which reads, “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.”

This action is taken in accordance with Southeastern Conference Constitution, Article 4.4.2 (d), which states that a student-athlete may be suspended if it is determined that the student-athlete has committed a flagrant or unsportsmanlike act.  [Emphasis added.]

What’s interesting here is that this suspension, unlike those of Geathers and Stewart, was discretionary.  As many folks have already noted, the SEC’s response to Williams’ action – and don’t get me wrong, the refs should have flagged him for a personal foul there – doesn’t jibe with its indifference to this set of flagrant/unsportsmanlike acts (which did draw at least one penalty flag).

So is this a sign that the SEC intends to get tougher with this sort of behavior?  Or is Franklin just that good at complaining?

One more thing while I’m on my high horse here:  why aren’t the officials getting more criticism about how they handled the game?  I think it’s pretty clear that both sides were guilty of chippy play that only seemed to intensify as the game went on.  Why didn’t the crew chief step in at some point to get the situation under control?  Instead, as soon as the clock struck zero, we were treated to the sight of the officials beating a hasty retreat as Franklin started his confrontation kick.


Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football