Daily Archives: May 23, 2012

Phil Steele’s 2012 Preseason All-SEC teams

Without any further ado, here they are.


  • As to Georgia, if you blink fast, you’ll miss that Steele only has a total of three Dawgs on all four of his offensive squads:  Murray, Crowell and King.  That is sobering.  It’s a better story on defense, as the Dawgs tally eight total, including three first-teamers.  (I was going to bitch about Ogletree being third team until I saw Clowney only made second team, so I’ll just shut up.)  I’m not surprised at the Dawgs being skunked on special teams – heck, they had everybody on last year’s list and look where that got ’em.
  • More broadly, it’s interesting that Steele left Tyler Bray off his list entirely.  And it’s probably because of the injury, but in my humble opinion Justin Hunter’s a first teamer all the way.
  • TAMU placed five offensive players on the list and two defensive players.  Missouri:  two on offense, two on defense.  For comparison purposes, that’s better than Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Mississippi did (each with two) and similar to Mississippi State (four) and Auburn (five), and Tennessee’s and South Carolina’s (somewhat surprisingly low) six.
  • For all the talk about how Corch left the cupboard bare for Muschamp, Florida has nine players on the list.
  • And you know you want to know this.  Total offensive and defensive players:  LSU 13, Alabama 12.

I’ll probably have more after I chew on it some.


UPDATE:  Year2 does all the comparative math I was too lazy to do.  With nice looking charts, to boot.



Filed under Georgia Football, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water, SEC Football

Mark Bradley knows how to fix the ACC.

I admit it’s possible that he’s deliberately being stupid as a trolling device, but assuming that he’s sincere, man, Bradley’s post about how all is not yet lost for the ACC is one incredibly moronic undertaking.

Start with this:

The ACC needs to tie itself to a big new bowl. This part is true. Indeed, this is essential. The chance of the champions from the SEC and the Big 12 being omitted from the presumptive four-team BCS playoff is small; the chance of  an ACC titlist not making the final cut is rather larger. (No ACC team has played for the BCS title since Florida State in 2000, which was so long ago that Mark Richt was the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator.)

To be considered viable, the ACC cannot have its champ landing in, say, the Champs Sports Bowl. Nobody knows how the postseason matrix will look two years down the road — will existing bowls become part of the BCS tournament? — but the ACC can’t wait. It must find itself a worthy partner. That partner need not be the Big East, the least of the Big Six football leagues. Better for the ACC to forge an alliance with the runner-up from the Big Ten or the Pac-12 or even the SEC than to be doomed to a decade of playing Cincinnati.

Nothing says conference validation like agreeing to have your best team face off against somebody else’s runner-up.

Moving on, Bradley’s advice for FSU is to stay put.  Its president knows best, y’all:  “Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas A&M left the Big 12 at least in part because the Big 12 is not an equal share conference. Texas has considerably more resource avenues and gains a larger share (and I say this as a former dean of the University of Texas at Austin).”  Except Barron’s wrong about that – the Big 12 is an equal revenue share conference.  One that’s generating more TV revenue per school than FSU’s current home.  Oh.

Finally, even though everyone knows the conferences are ruled by football TV money, Bradley thinks the ACC should seek its salvation by doubling down on its last expansion move.

Swofford should go hard at Kansas and Louisville, schools that graced the 2012 Final Four and that play creditable football. That would stretch the ACC map deeper into the Midwest — and into the Kansas City and Louisville television markets — and would make this the basketball league to end all basketball leagues.

That “Kansas plays credible football” is the part that makes me wonder if Bradley’s just trolling here for sport.  But aside from that, all you’d end up doing by following this advice is to make the ACC into the Big East, redux.  (You know, the conference that Bradley is telling Swofford to avoid like the plague.)  If basketball was the glue that Bradley believes it to be, Pitt and Syracuse wouldn’t have left their old conference in the first place.  And while I’m at it, here’s one more question:   how do you reconcile the ACC’s better academics – remember, that’s a reason for FSU to stay – with Louisville’s admission?

I think Bradley needs to stick to his Paul Johnson is a genius in all ways material.  Even that’s less stupid than this piece.


UPDATE:  By the way, Mark, this is how bad things have gotten for the ACC.

… Del Conte said that the once dead Big 12 “now has schools like Florida State, Clemson and Miami trying to get in.”

Yep.  The AD at TCU, which was a proud member of the Big East about fifteen minutes ago and before that was holding court in the mighty Mountain West, is now looking down at some of the ACC’s crown jewels.


Filed under ACC Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

What happens in Athens stays in Athens.

Considering what SOD had to say in defense of signing Deion Bonner

“He kept a great attitude and a great outlook, and I saw someone who made a bad mistake and appears willing to learn from it and to let it make him a better person. So we were willing to take a chance on Deion. Part of character is not saying ‘I only want perfect people.’ We’re all flawed and we all make mistakes. The question is: Do you have the character to learn from it and get it right?”

… I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about this situation.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Crime and Punishment

Man the lifeboats, boys! It’s every mediocre program for itself!

While I think the “interest because of strong academics” part of this story is complete bullshit, I’m not surprised in the least to hear that Georgia Tech is rumored to be putting feelers out.


Filed under ACC Football, Georgia Tech Football, It's Just Bidness

It was nice while it lasted.

When I talk about college football steadily evolving from a fan-oriented game to a TV broadcast-oriented game, this is the kind of stuff to which I refer.

Money rules, tailgates drool, so to speak.


Filed under College Football

‘What in the world are we doing?’

Shorter DeLoss Dodds:  Just because I’ve talked with Notre Dame about joining the Big 12 doesn’t mean I’m in favor of conference expansion.

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Filed under Big 12 Football

Envy and jealousy: puttin’ the Irish down

When it comes to political blogging, I tend to follow folks on the basis of the quality of their writing as opposed to the quality of their ideology.  Right now, my favorite political blogger by far is Charlie Pierce.  Pierce has also been a sportswriter (and still pens on occasion at Grantland, if you’d prefer to skip the politics) and that will sometimes show up to make a point.

Which is why I enjoy the lede to this post so much.  You don’t have to agree with his politics to get a kick out of the insult.


Filed under Envy and Jealousy

The most important game of the season

I had lunch with a good friend yesterday and at one point the conversation turned to Will Muschamp and the Cocktail Party.  My thoughts were that, sure, he wants to win the game because of what’s at stake, but he doesn’t seem to approach it with the same arrogance that Corch and Spurrier did (before you ask, I have no label for Zooker’s approach).  Muschamp doesn’t seem to have the chip on the shoulder that possessed Meyer and the OBC.  Both took Georgia personally.

Will is a Georgia grad and even if he’s loyal to his employer, he’s not ever going to be consumed in the same way as his predecessors were.  I don’t see him calling time outs in the fourth quarter to rub a massive lead in or calling junk plays late in the game to set a new scoring record in Sanford Stadium.  He’s fiery, sure, but he’s not a dick.

That’s why you get the tepid stuff reported above.  It’ll make for some nice locker room material, I’m sure, but it comes across as rote.

And that’s why I think there’s a real opportunity this year to change the psychology of the series.  I know there are many of you who think Florida’s dominance is about the locale, the bye week, the weather or the plane trip, but for me, it’s much more basic than those.  The Gators have been in Georgia’s head ever since Spurrier managed to plant them there.  Richt’s got to exorcise that demon this October.  It won’t be easy – the Dawgs haven’t won back to back games against Florida since 1989 – but it’s doable.

One reason it’s doable is because of Muschamp.  I believe that.  Another reason is the way the Dawgs won last year.  Despite a horrible special teams performance and an Aaron Murray who disappeared for much of the second half, they managed to overcome a large first half deficit and control the game down the stretch.  And they capped it with a gutsy call that for me stands as the kind of play you must have the balls to call in a series like this.  (Dial ‘er up to the 1:19:03 mark.)

It was a win with meat on it.  It was the kind of win that should help get Georgia – the players and the coaches – out of the old mindset.  This time, it’s not a game they should go to merely hoping to win.  It’s a game they should believe they can win.  But I don’t think you cement that attitude unless you can win again this fall.

And that’s why it’s Georgia’s biggest game of the year.

True, South Carolina is the bigger short-term threat to a defense of the East title.  However, Florida has too many resources at its disposal not to return eventually to the place it’s occupied over the past two decades.  But if Georgia is ready to quit getting out of the Gators’ way, that doesn’t mean Florida will dominate the East.  It’s time to flip the series.  The Party starts now.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football