Wednesday morning buffet

Try it, you’ll like it.

  • Sporting News ranks the ACC coaches and Paul Johnson comes in at number two.  I don’t know if that more a reflection on Johnson or the conference.  (Personally speaking, I’d give Jim Grobe a lifetime achievement award for Wake Forest winning the ACC.  Is there another coach on the list who could have pulled that off?)
  • Will Muschamp doesn’t think much of Tennessee’s lack of academic prowess.
  • This is not new, but since they brought mat drills back this offseason, maybe it’s worth another look.
  • Surprise, surprise“College football players suffer knee injuries about 40 percent more often when playing on an artificial turf versus grass, according to a U.S. study.”
  • Jerry Hinnen’s look at the SEC East, post-spring practice is worth a read.  (I’ve thought the same thing he mentions about South Carolina’s pass defense.)
  • This is pretty cool.
  • I’m sure Tommy Tuberville is ecstatic that Kevin Scarbinsky’s let him off the hook for Auburn football.
  • Nick Saban is right about this, even if it is a little self-serving.  (Hell, it’s not as if what Delany and Scott want isn’t, aiight?)


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24 responses to “Wednesday morning buffet

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    I think the Sporting News is right. I’ve always thought Paul the Johnson is number two.

  2. Go Dawgs!

    I agree that Jim Grobe deserves a busload of salutations for his achievements at Wake Forest, but Paul Johnson probably could have won the ACC at Wake, too. After all, he won the ACC* at Georgia Tech, and they don’t have a lot of the football advantages there that they do at Wake.

    • Cojones

      Didn’t they forfeit that championship by playing an ineligible player?

      • Russ

        According to the people that govern this stuff, Tech didn’t win the ACC in 2009. Also, Colorado was the 1990 National Champion.

    • shane#1

      Jim Grobe is a throwback. He redshirts his freshmen, ” We can’t recruit the kids that could start as freshmen.” He coaches in a small {6500 undergrads} private school with outdated facilities and a small stadium. Academic requirements are high and the academic program is tough. Grobe said “I wouldn’t want to coach anywhere else. These kids make good grades and give me no trouble at all off the field. They want to play football and graduate. I wouldn’t want the headaches that coaches at some of the bigger programs have for any amount of money.” I admire a man that knows his place in life.

  3. TennesseeDawg

    Reasoning for CPJ ranking #2 seems to be leading the ACC in rushing not winning. Any time that runs the ball nearly every play should lead the conference in rushing.

  4. Spike

    Wow. 6-0 vs. Army. Wow. 2009 ACC title, that was vacated. Wow. 0-4 bowl record. No wonder he is #2.

    • 81Dog

      well, it IS the ACC. It’s all relative, I guess. He may the dog with the second freshest breath, so to speak.

  5. Bulldog Joe

    “The 2009 league title still looks good.”

    Uhh…what ACC title?

  6. Bulldog Joe

    The third best coach in the ACC got seventy points hung on him in his last game.

    It says all you need to know about the ACC.

  7. charlottedawg

    One of the many reasons that Tech is such an absolute joke is that they are middle of the pack in the hands down worst former AQ bcs conf. The ACC has not beaten an AP top 5 team in 5 years, has a total of 2 BCS bowl wins, and until last year had never recieved an at large BCS bid. Put it this way we as a school have won the same # of BCS games as the ACC has won as a conference and the ACC has more schools on NCAA probation (3) than BCS wins, Tech being one of those schools. The ACC is a joke, from an athletic standpoint they have Duke and Carolina basketball, that’s IT.

  8. Macallanlover

    You have to wonder if the Sporting News even has a writer that has ever crossed the Mason Dixon line after reading that article. When I lived in the northeast for a couple of years it was hard to even find a few folks who knew the tream mascots or colors for CFB teams, much less the key position players or coaches. Yeah, Jim Grobe is a helluva coach and person, PJ isn’t either of those (and I felt that way before he became the latest GT sacrificial lamb.) The real question mark among ACC coaches to me is Jimbo, I have been really surprised at how slowly he has come out of the gate.

  9. Doug

    Only reason Johnson is #2 in the ACC is because the rest of the conference has experienced such massive turnover the past few years. Even with only four seasons at his current position, he’s still tied for fourth-longest tenure in the league.

    Should guys like Jimbo Fisher and Mike London continue to improve their programs while GT continues to run in place, though, Johnson stands to fall a few notches.

    • Uglydawg

      PJ’s lofty ranking is not a statement about the coach or the confernce. It’s a statement about the lack of knowledge of a sportswriter.

  10. UGA70

    The comparative tool for college football attendance is very cool. UGA is most comparable to LSU in attendance consistency, even though LSU is larger. OSU and Michigan are very consistent and obviously larger stadiums. Tennessee’s attendance is interesting as well as UF’s.

    • Cojones

      “Compelling” is the word for the attendance figures. How can FU (101+%) and Ore (109+%) exceed that average of 100% over 6 yrs? Tenn”s dropoff is amazing!

  11. AlphaDawg

    GTs attendance numbers the last 2 years are lower than the 2 years prior to the mythical ACC championship year. WTF Over?

    • Cojones

      You might want to move “Over” immediate to the “F”. Makes good sense either way.

  12. tludlam

    Do we still completely falsify our “official” attendance figures? I’m pretty sure we go with tickets sold rather than actual turnstile numbers.

    • Normaltown Mike

      if we counted the number in attendance on a big conference game, the fire marshal would have a fit.

    • John J. Rambo

      Newsflash…the only programs that don’t do it that way are the ones who sell beyond capacity.

  13. Cojones

    With a 58.8k capacity stadium and over 109% attendance, the Beavers have over 5k fans standing each game? I flat out doubt those figures.