It’s not what you think, but it’s a good read nevertheless.
Daily Archives: April 16, 2012
Stephen Hill announces his early departure from Georgia Tech to the NFL, only to hear his head coach question his judgment.
“I was surprised, but in this day and age, that’s what a lot of those guys do,” Johnson said in a recent interview. “I wouldn’t say it caught me totally off-guard. I was surprised, but nothing really surprises me anymore.”
Fast forward a few weeks. Now Hill is projected as a first day draft selection and that of course means total vindication for the theory that the triple option offense is a proven way of developing pro talent at wide receiver.
“A lot of people want to be negative and say it hurts them and they don’t get developed. But the feedback that I’ve gotten is that they [are ready for the NFL]. The offense kind of turns them into a complete player, and they can see all of that on tape.”
So Johnson doesn’t watch much tape. Tech fans can rest easy knowing that somebody among this bunch is ready to become the next first round draft pick and that high school receivers all over the country will be taking a closer look at the Jackets from now on.
As much of an unabashed proponent of openness and transparency as I am, I can’t say I blame Greg McGarity for feeling like this:
“I think I’ve got a good pulse of what’s going on internally, and I don’t sense there are team-related issues that are of major concern,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “We’ve got some spots where we need tightening up, but that’s true with every program.”
But McGarity is aware of the perception.
“We’re getting beat up a lot — and maybe we can do some things where we don’t have to get beat up so much,” he said.
Elaborating: McGarity said Georgia may begin a practice of not announcing any disciplinary action of players, unless there’s a legal issue that would make it unavoidable.
“If you announce that somebody has violated team policy today, you have to read about it for five months before the first game,” McGarity said. “Do we need to put ourselves in that position?”
Schultz says the problem is that information like that tends to leak out to the media anyway – a compliant Alabama media begs to differ with him on that point, by the way – but I suspect the bigger problem here is that such a policy would dramatically cut down on the number of AJ-C posts on the subject. The paper’s fish for hits marketing approach would take a hit. (To be fair, the AJ-C is far from the only local media outlet which devotes plenty of attention to the subject. It just tends to be the most sarcastic.)
McGarity’s also got a point that the internal reality of program discipline may very well be quite different from the public perception, but that comes with the territory of what people tend to pay attention to. Regardless of whether you hear about it once or five times, bad news sells.
As far as controlling the message, though, if Schultz’ opening paragraph is an example of how McGarity’s done that by being open with the information, I can hardly see how keeping quiet could produce worse results. Schultz’ whole piece is a self-refutation of his argument.
Like I said, this isn’t what I’d like to see McGarity do. Less information is bad for blogging. But I get where the man is coming from.
UPDATE: Elkon raises the obvious question about how much any of this should matter in the first place.
… As I learned when I wrote about Georgia’s drug policy, UGA’s strict approach to marijuana use is the result of a school-wide effort to deter drug and excessive alcohol use. Mark Richt did not implement the policy based on a belief that casual marijuana use is bad for team morale or on-field performance. Indeed, he is not the one who implemented the policy in the first place. If that would have been his rationale, then Florida’s experience under Meyer would completely refute it. As it is, Hayes’ article should be mandatory reading for someone like Jeff Schultz, whose angle on Georgia football seems to be that the police blotter reflects that Mark Richt has lost total control over the team and the loss of control is affecting results on the field. Meyer managed to win a pair of national titles with off-field issues that put Georgia’s scooter issues to shame.
Spring practice is over and we enter the 40 years in the wilderness part of the college football calendar, so here’s a little something to put a smile on your face. It’s Petra Haden’s a cappella cover of “I Can See For Miles”. I’m guessing you’ve never heard The Who sound like this before.
As you can tell, everyone’s having a great time with it. Haden actually put together a cover of the entire “The Who Sells Out” album in that style, if you’re interested.
If you enjoyed that, here’s a bonus clip:
I can imagine how this G-Day discussion went.
… The starters on offense — particularly a line with three new starters — had reason to be encouraged when it marched 75 yards on its second drive, capped by a 6-yard Ken Malcome touchdown run.
“I think the past week and a half, two weeks have been awesome for the offense,” said quarterback Aaron Murray, who completed 7 of 17 passes for 112 yards and hit Tavarres King for a 33-yard touchdown. “I’m very happy with how the spring ended.”
Jones said defensive coordinator Todd Grantham told the starting unit that they were playing too laid back after that drive.
The next time Murray was in, Jones pressured him on an incompletion. Nose guard John Jenkins got his right hand up to knock down a Murray pass. Sanders Commings delivered a crowd-pleasing hit on Marlon Brown and Cornelius Washington dropped Malcome for a 2-yard loss.
May his in-game suggestions work as well once the season commences.