Daily Archives: June 5, 2012

Name that caption: ¡Arriba!

I think you know what to do with this.

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We’ll always have Shreveport.

The SEC and the Independence Bowl… just like George Costanza.

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Meanwhile, in today’s episode of “I blame Bobo”…

Chris Brown mentioned something yesterday that led me to do a little research over at cfbstats.com.  It turns out that if you look at the yards per offensive play metric, Georgia has been consistently better than average during Bobo’s term as offensive coordinator.

Here’s how it breaks down, conference-wise, over the period 2007-2011 in conference play:

  • 2011 – 4th
  • 2010 – 3rd
  • 2009 – 1st (with Joe Cox!)
  • 2008 – 2nd
  • 2007 – 3rd

Last year’s average was the lowest of the period, but it was offset by running more plays than any other SEC team.  Overall, not too shabby.  And before some of you go there, here’s how Georgia’s ypp conference standings look over that same time for games against ranked opponents:

  • 2011 – 4th
  • 2010 – 5th
  • 2009 – 2nd
  • 2008 – 2nd
  • 2007 – 4th

No, that doesn’t make Bobo a certified genius.  But it suggests that he gets enough playcalling right for an offense to be able to move the ball consistently – provided little things like turnovers, special teams play and porous defensive support don’t get in the way.  I expect that for some of you, mileage may vary on this, though.  Have away at it in the comments.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Things are not always what they seem.

As you read articles comparing the size of the Big Ten’s and SEC’s johnsons revenue distributions, it’s worth keeping John Pennington’s caveat in mind.

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Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness, SEC Football

Et tu, WWL?

I mean, seeing as Corch used to work for you and all, this seems a tad on the snide side.

Coaches, especially those at BCS schools, generally have three years to get things rolling or they get booted. That doesn’t seem to be the case at Florida because of the state of the program Muschamp inherited from Meyer. It’ll take at least two seasons for Muschamp to re-establish discipline…

I guess that makes it official.

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First Craig James, now this.

I have no idea whether this blogger spat over the new postseason format is contrived or not – it’s ESPN, after all, so that could go either way – but mocking Southerners for our love of Chick-fil-A (“Perhaps that will placate the SEC loudmouths who couldn’t pull themselves away from Chick-Fil-A long enough to bother reading the actual specifics of what the Big Ten proposed”) is beyond the pale.

Methinks an apology is in order, WWL.  And while you’re at it, you could bring Uncle Ron back in an act of contrition.  Forgive, forget and kill two birds with one sandwich, so to speak.

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UPDATE:  Spencer Hall, my hero.

DON’T EVEN TRY IT. The Senator is right: if the ESPN Big Ten bloggertariat wants to do this, it’s not even a starter to begin with Chick-Fil-A, and worse to build a defense on anything Jim Delany’s said, ever, about anything. Like this weak shit:

Some in the South also took thinly veiled shots at Delany.

No, no, no. People like us called Jim Delany and the presidents of the Big Ten the petrified chunk of food blocking the alimentary canal of college football, or if you like the spiny, calcified kidney stones stuck painfully in the uretha of college football’s glorious pee-hose. [/takes huge bite of Chick-Fil-A sandwich you probably have to drive 200 miles to get.]

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Shiny toys and learning specialists

There are a couple of posts from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s blog definitely worth your attention.

  • Two UGA doctoral students have published a study that suggests a change of conferences is good for a school’s academic health:  “On average, colleges that moved to a new league saw about a 3-percent decrease in their admit rate (meaning they became more selective) and a 5-percent increase in their admission yield rate (more admitted students enrolled) three years after joining the new conference. The ACT scores of incoming students increased by more than .29 points. And the colleges saw a net gain of about 130 applications per year three years after their moves.”  It appears that media attention about the shiny toy of a new setting pays off in more ways than just getting a bigger TV check.
  • It’s no secret that plenty of student-athletes entering big time college football are woefully unprepared for the rigors of academics on their new level.  In response, many schools have stepped up their academic support for those kids.  How much of what is being done for student-athletes is something that can be translated over to the general student population?  If the answer to that is plenty, should that change schools’ admission policies?  (And make sure you read the article linked in the first sentence of the post.  It’ll get you.)

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Cocktail Party unilateral disarmament

Can’t say I understand the reasoning behind this decision, although I guess I understand now why it hasn’t been adopted as league policy before.

You think Nick Saban is going to pass up the opportunity to do so at the Chick-fil-A… ah, never mind.  No way.

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UPDATE:  You want a reason?  Okay, Greg McGarity’s got one for you.

“It’s very difficult to do that on the road, as far as personnel and tickets involved,” McGarity said. “Right now, it’s such a difficult ticket for that game, and you would need in the neighborhood of 500-600 tickets for recruits that you would have to free up. Obviously, those seats would have to be good seats.

Georgia gets approximately 40,000 tickets for the game, and has sold out its allotment for the last 20 years.

“Who do you take those recruiting tickets from? You’re not going to take your top boosters and bump them,” McGarity said. “That’s a lot of tickets. And what’s the final number? All of sudden, if you have [a top recruit] come in and you can’t accommodate them, what do you tell them? There’s just more flexibility when you’re at home, and you already have your support staff and amenities in place on your campus.

“I don’t think either institution is in a position right now to go down that road.”

Translation:  it’s too much hard work.

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