Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Game changer

Be still my heart.  The ACC is apparently pursuing something I mocked the other day, according to Tech AD Dan Radakovich.

Regarding a possible bowl alliance for the ACC champion, Radakovich said that will be a topic of discussion for a conference call of league athletic directors this week. He said that league associate commissioner Michael Kelly has been working on “trying to set something up similar to what you had seen announced last Friday with the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12.”

“Similar” is an amorphous term.  Unless you think matching up against Boise State in the Orange Bowl every year is something that will change D-1 football as we know it.

One thing to keep in mind as these lock-ins proliferate – if the postseason does go to a plus-one format, the more bowls that match up teams based purely on conference affiliation and not rankings, the harder it’s going to be to achieve a consensus on the top two teams after the bowl games are played.  Now there’s a formula for stability.

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“That’s OK, though … because it’s all just a bunch of talk.”

Chris Low runs through the OBC’s greatest hits.

The Dawg fan who threw the cup of tobacco spit at Spurrier in ’95 needs to step up and take credit.  He’ll never have to buy a drink the rest of his life.

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Excellence!

Honestly, this is so Georgia.

Georgia football coach Mark Richt’s revamped football contract won’t include a salary increase, but it will reward Richt with larger performance-based bonuses for on-field success.

Athletic director Greg McGarity told the Georgia Ahletic Association board of directors this morning that Richt’s salary “will basically stay where it is right now,” at about $2,8 million a season.

The contract is being extended three years through the 2016 season, but is still not finalized and won’t be voted on today at the meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Lake Oconee.

McGarity said all of Richt’s performance bonuses “have increased 100 percent.”

He said Georgia will be “rewarding excellence.”

Whatever.  It’s a split-the-baby contract approach for a coach who’s sincere in his position that he has no interest in leaving Athens.  No controversy.  And they still haven’t got the damn deal done.

It ain’t because they’re starving, either“UGA will finish the year with a profit of about $2.3 million, largely the result of having more football home games.”  McGarity’s quality scheduling, for the win!

Note that Grantham’s deal also hasn’t been finalized yet.

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UPDATE:  When in doubt, blame the lawyers.  Because, you know, nobody outside of Athens uses lawyers to negotiate contracts.

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Don’t bury the plus-one, ’cause it’s not dead yet.

About a month ago, I posted this, about the postseason debate between the conference commissioners:

… While I don’t believe they’ll throw up their hands and stick with what they’ve done – that’s not where the money is, after all – it would surprise me less and less if they don’t fall back on a true plus-one, a title game after all the bowls are played in which the top two teams face off, as their default.  The fans get a new shiny toy, the schools get another game from which to generate revenue and the commissioners get to put off all the hard decisions that can’t reach agreement on for another day.  Which will no doubt come.

Guess what?  The plus-one is still ticking.

“I’d say before Friday that idea of a plus-one didn’t have much traction, but I think the announcement on Friday’s a game-changer,” Scott said. “We’re pretty far down the path on four-team playoff options, but given the very positive reaction to what the SEC and Big 12 have done, it’s possible that (a plus-one) could get some traction.”

Scott’s not the only one saying that.

“At this point in the process, the discussion and momentum seems to surround a four-team, three-game approach,” Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “As we continue to focus on finding an option that leads to a consensus among the group, we’ll have to see if that involves the consideration of other models, including the simplified plus-one.”

You can see why it’s attractive as a short-term solution.  It preserves the bowls’ importance.  It lets the lock-ins with the Rose Bowl and the new Big 12/SEC bowl game serve in many years as national semi-final games.  But it still throws a lifeline to the Big East, ACC and the mid-majors (as well as the rest of the BCS bowls).  And it adds one more postseason game to the mix.  Cha ching!

Most importantly, nobody has to make any hard decisions about selection committees, game sites or eligibility.  That’ll make Notre Dame happy.

Problem is, what they’re left with is an unstable mess.  There will still be situations when there will be a huge debate over which teams should play in the title game.  And there will be all the attendant problems with which teams get into the playoff pool – the eligible bowls – in the first place.  In other words, this approach doesn’t really settle any of the issues which have led to the situation the decision makers find themselves in now.  It simply puts off judgment day, albeit with an additional check for the trouble.

A month ago I said it wouldn’t surprise me if they wound up adopting the plus-one as the new format.  Now, I’d say it’s at least 50-50 they do.  A month from now I’ll probably be saying I’ll be surprised if they don’t.

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UPDATE:  While some sound as if a consensus is still uncertain, Michael Adams says the SEC is about to wrap things up.

Adams said the SEC presidents had a “lengthy” teleconference last Thursday, and he expects plenty of “substance” to be discussed at next week’s SEC meetings in Destin, Fla. Adams indicated that the main issue is the SEC’s position on the changing landscape of the college football postseason. The presidents are approaching a “unified” take on the playoff, according to Adams, which should be voted on and announced next week.

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SEC! SEC! SEC!

From Jon Solomon’s victory lap over the SEC’s emasculation of the ACC:

The ACC can’t even cheat better than the SEC. North Carolina got a bowl ban, Georgia Tech vacated its 2009 ACC title, Bowden lost too many wins to keep pace with Joe Paterno, and the jury’s out on what happens to Miami.

The SEC? South Carolina salvaged its 2010 SEC East title and its future despite NCAA violations, and Alabama and LSU staged the first BCS Championship Game between two teams on NCAA probation.

I bet Mike Slive kvells like a proud papa about that.

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Welcome to the SEC, boys.

Check out this chart from Tony Barnhart’s piece on what Missouri’s and TAMU’s offenses have to look forward to this season:

SEC’s Top 10 defenses in 2011
Ranking Team Yards per game Returning starters
No. 1 Alabama 183.86 5
No. 2 LSU 261.50 5
No. 3 S. Carolina 267.69 6
No. 5 Georgia 277.21 10
No. 8 Florida 299.54 10

As Barnhart notes, Missouri plays four of those teams this season.  Texas A&M will see three of them.  Should be fun.  The offensive coordinators for both schools know they’ll have to scheme like crazy to handle the pressure.

“We have to do what we do best, but we won’t be able to throw it 60 or 70 times per game,” said Kingsbury, whose team opens SEC play by hosting Florida on Sept. 8. “We’ll have to be creative in some of the things that we do.”

The problem, in a nutshell, said Yost, is that SEC defenses are too big to move and too fast to outrun.

“What we try to do is put people in space and to get the defense in positions they don’t want to be in,” said Yost. “Based on what I’ve seen there are very few SEC offenses that can just blow people off the ball and run it. The defenses are too good.”

What the article doesn’t address is how well the defenses for those two teams can keep pace with other SEC defenses do.  I’m really intrigued by how this will all play out this season.

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Envy and jealousy: congradulations!

The lede to Paul Myerberg’s preseason analysis of Kentucky made me laugh:

Congratulations are in order for Kentucky. For the whole basketball thing, of course, but don’t forget this: Kentucky is no longer the 11th-best program in the SEC – or 12th, if we believe Vanderbilt can continue building upon James Franklin’s debut. Yes, congratulations: you did it, Kentucky. Today, after Mike Slive and the league’s decision-makers added Missouri and Texas A&M, the Wildcats are the 13th-best program in the 14-team SEC – or 14th, dead last, under the same conditions as above.

Just wait ’til the SEC expands to sixteen.  That’ll show ‘em.

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