Thursday morning buffet

Get ’em while they’re hot.

  • Are the NCAA natives getting restless about Mark Emmert’s leadership?  This article would indicate so.
  • John Feinstein thinks Mike Krzyzewski has the answer for the NCAA’s problems:  there should be three separate organizations, not one, running college sports.  Oy, vey.
  • Athens, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce invites Nick Saban to give a speech at its annual dinner.  A certain part of the Vol fan base objects.  But it’s worth noting that Saban’s on track to outdraw last year’s speaker by a margin of about 4-1.  That speaker?  Phil Fulmer.
  • As the Big Ten allegedly pursues a 20-school conference strategy, John Pennington points out why there’s little to suggest that’ll succeed over the long haul.
  • Smart Football takes a look at one of my favorite developments in offensive strategy, packaged plays.
  • David Ching tracks 70 players from Georgia whom ESPN ranked as top-10 in-state prospects between 2006 and 2012.  The results, as they say, may surprise you.
  • Greg McGarity is working hard on overriding those new NCAA recruiting guidelines.
  • But if that doesn’t work, Gentry Estes is confident “Georgia’s football program will do what it needs to do to keep up”.  (Although he offers no specifics as to why that’s so.)


Filed under Big Ten Football, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting, Strategery And Mechanics, The NCAA

22 responses to “Thursday morning buffet

  1. HahiraDawg

    Ching’s piece was quite interesting.


  2. Gerga Bulldougs

    So Jarvis and Scam’s carriers don’t count?


    • gastr1

      Right…because they transferred we pretend they did nothing ever? Strange way to track.


      • My thought exactly. If you are trying to show that recruiting is a hit-and-miss activity, then putting Newton and Jones as misses is horrendous methodology.


        • Normaltown Mike

          If the thrust of the article is that recruiting wars are overblown, then why would Georgia get credit for USC winning the recruiting war for Jarvis or UF for sCam?

          If the article is saying ESPN sucks at talent evaluation (unlikely) then your complaint makes sense.


          • If recruiting wars are overblown, then why does ESPN spend so much time covering them?

            The more I look at Ching’s analysis, the worse it gets. He has Crowell as a non-starter for UGA in 2011. Crowell ran for 850 yards that year; Aaron Murray was second with 111. He also has Xzavier Dickson – third for Alabama in sacks (had two in the SECCG) and sixth in TFLs – listed as a non-starter. If those guys are busts, then the standard for success is way too high.


      • Saint Johns Dawg

        I think the idea is they didn’t become eligible for draft with their recruiting class … which follows the premise that ESPN Top 10 players out of high school are more likely impact players early for the schools they sign with. As usual, the numbers beg to differ.


  3. Sanford222view

    Ching’s article makes me feel better about not getting many of the alleged top recruits from Georgia this year.


  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    So….does Ching’s piece seem to indicate recruiters should ignore ESPN’s attitude about a potential recruit (The misses did better). It also appears a recruit’s choice of school makes a big difference in future success.


  5. Football indeed should have a separate organization. NCAA just isn’t smart enough to match the wits of Saban alone to circumvent their rules. LOL


  6. 69Dawg

    Most organizations with diverse operations recognize the need for an organizational structure that can address those needs. The NCAA with the exception of it’s committee structure is at a loss. If they want to remain relevent they need to reorganize. Use the Coach K model within the NCAA. Have a Commisioner of Football, Basketball and non-revenue sports. All of these could report to Mr E but at least they should how to run the sport they are the head of and not be a damn ivy tower ex-college president that doesn’t know what shape the balls are.


  7. Will Trane

    Early, but once again Perno’s team starts slow. They play slow. Watch the highlights and tell me if you would not have issues with the shortstop and first base. First base thinks he must clued to the base. And if he can not get his glove and body out to shorten the distance on a runner…well down the line his lazy play will cost them some runs and pitching changes.
    Frankly, this staff at UGA for the past 3 season has been borderline at best.
    But McGarity does not have the courage to make a change. Perno talks about confidence…get tired of that word…how about hard work, focus, drills, execution, courage, committment…confidence…most over used word in sports…