Daily Archives: February 15, 2013

Bad timing

Damn it, wasn’t this was supposed to be scheduled for Knoxville in September?


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Gators, Gators...

Big play Gates

Football Study Hall‘s Charting Project bears fruit with this post about big plays on offense in 2012-3.  There are lots of tasty statistical goodies tucked in there about calls and formations, but one thing in particular I wanted to point out is… well, if you’re going to talk about big plays, which FSH defines as plays that gained 40+ yards, you’re gonna be talking about Georgia, and sure enough, there’s a clip of Georgia’s longest gain from scrimmage of the season.

Yes, that was a great call at the perfect time, and it was fun watching Conley take it to the house.  But what really seals the deal for me on that play is Kenarious Gates hustling ten yards past the line of scrimmage to lay one helluva block on a Nebraska safety (!), leaving the middle of the field about as wide open as you’ll ever see.  I’m hard-pressed to think of a better effort from a Georgia offensive lineman last season.  Honestly, that might have been my favorite play of the year.


Filed under Georgia Football

Paging Orrin Hatch!

You think we’ll hear anything from the fairness folks about this?

Dannen said this move by the Big Ten could be “significantly impactful” on FCS budgets.

“To me, it’s a $500,000 budget hit, and that is significant,” Dannen said. “It impacts our ability to generate money in football. It closes the ranks, it closes us out a little bit more. I understand why it’s happening, but at some point in time, the owners of these institutions — not just stakeholders, I’m talking owners, the state of Iowa — at what point in time do they step in and say, ‘You know what, the interests of a few as such a disservice to the whole that we have to start thinking about the whole again.’

“Money transferred between state institutions is different than money being paid to someone outside the state of Iowa.”

That’s actually not a bad argument to make to a state legislature.  I wonder what would happen if Iowa passed a law requiring its D-1 schools to continue scheduling football games with Northern Iowa.  It sure wouldn’t make Jim Delany happy.


Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness, Political Wankery

Nothing is more important to the NCAA than the NCAA.

Maybe you didn’t know this, but the NCAA doesn’t allow people with a nonviolent felony conviction to coach at NCAA-certified basketball tournaments.  That’s a recent change from its previous position which only barred those who had a violent felony conviction from coaching at those.  You get some bullshit about how the move was made to protect kids, but dial up the video at this link to the 4:55 mark and listen to the NCAA hack explain what’s really behind the decision.

Here’s to another lawsuit I hope those pompous toads lose.


Filed under The NCAA

You got to spend money to make championships.

To what should be nobody’s surprise, Michael Adams thinks Georgia spends enough money on its football program, thank you very much.

Adams is comfortable with what UGA has done to provide the football program with the financial means to success. He made the point when asked about the renewed confidence in the direction of the team.

“Winning helps everything,” he said, with a laugh. “I think there’s confidence in the building blocks that are in place here. Look at the facilities, look at the practice fields, look at the stadium additions, look at what we’ve done to be competitive with assistant coaches. (We) may not be the top in every little category, but across the board I’m not sure anybody provides any more total support than we do. … One of the things I’m proud about is you build great programs brick-by-brick and stone-by-stone over a period of time.”

Of course, it would be helpful if everyone else running a football program saw things the same way.

The subject of regulating the staff size of football programs – in other words, the amount of off-field, quality-control type coaches – has been a hot one recently. Adams said he proposed limiting the non-coaching staff positions “in certain sports,” but it was voted down.

“I haven’t changed my view,” Adams said. “It’s all about balance. You don’t control this. But you manage it. You can’t control it all, but you can manage it, and we’ll see where some of it goes.

The problem is that Nick Saban doesn’t have time for Adams’ shit.  He sees the NCAA’s liberalization of the recruiting rules and is off to the races.  You can almost sense the glee in Tuscaloosa over Steele’s hire (if Saban lets anybody show that).  As Scarbinsky lays it out,

Steele was known as one of the best in the business in that area while he was coaching. He was one of the first assistants Saban hired at Alabama in 2007, and he was a big part of building and running Saban’s recruiting machine.

That machine got up and running so quickly and effectively that, at the end of its first full year of operation, it landed the 2008 class that, with its full body of work complete, has to be judged one of the best in modern history.

Imagine how well Steele will be able to keep the talent flowing into Tuscaloosa now that he doesn’t have to worry about actual coaching.

This is the door the NCAA opened in January when the Division I board of directors, as part of a sweeping package of reforms, eliminated the rules defining recruiting coordination functions that must be performed only by a head or assistant coach.

In theory, programs will be allowed to hire an entire staff, beyond the coaching staff, to do nothing but recruit on campus, to send out the unlimited number of calls, texts, mailings, etc., to prospects that the new rules also will allow. On-field coaches will remain the only off-campus recruiters.

He goes on to note that “(i)n practice, not many programs beyond Alabama will be able to hire someone the caliber of Steele to direct those efforts.”  True, but don’t forget about the programs that could afford to hire someone like Steele, but choose not to do so because they are run by folks who think they’ve already authorized enough spending.

And remember that the next time you want to bitch about Saban coming into Georgia and signing away a couple of high-profile recruits from Richt.


Filed under Georgia Football, Michael Adams Wants To Rule The World, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting