You know, in most of the civilized sporting world, when the big kahuna gets a vote of confidence in a time of trouble, we mock it by adding the term “dreaded”.
When Mark Emmert gets a vote of confidence from the NCAA’s executive committee, we mock it by adding the term “seriously”.
Jesus, people, how many times do I have to say this? It’s one kid in one recruiting class. It’s not the end of the world. And it’s sure not big enough to make asses out of yourselves.
Meet Georgia’s latest entry in the Fulmer Cup sweepstakes:
Georgia reserve tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith was arrested Friday night on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report of a crime.
University of Georgia police chief Jimmy Williamson said that Flournoy-Smith filed a police report with UGA in the last few days about stolen textbooks.
“He went through this whole story of his books being stolen,” Williamson said. “We started looking into it and it was determined that the books were not stolen. He had taken his own books down to a local book buying company and sold them back to them.”
Kid screwed up. The good news is that no scooters were involved.
The bad news is that Jimmy Williamson will always be Jimmy Williamson.
“As long as I’ve ever worked for the University of Georgia police, if somebody files a report of any crime and we designate resources to look into it and we conclude that these people knowingly falsely filed a report then we’ll prosecute, we’ll take out a warrant for filing a false report,” Williamson said.
I figure we’re about one step away from this scene.
I know he meant well, but all cocknfire’s exercise here did was to remind me of how worthless all these coaches hot seat lists really are.
First, unless it’s based on data coming directly from the decision maker(s), a hot seat list is little more than meaningless speculation. After the ’97 season, Jim Donnan got an under the table raise from Michael Adams; by 2000, he was gone, because Adams was unhappy about a three-game losing streak to Georgia Tech, despite the fact that Donnan kept winning at least eight times a season. Who saw that coming? (I’m not even sure Adams did until the very end.)
Second, sometimes there’s more to an evaluation of a coach’s longevity than wins and losses. The perceived heat on Mark Richt after his two bad seasons was likely mitigated by the football program’s continued financial success.
Third, at its heart, the whole hot seat thing is too damned arbitrary to be useful. It’s not exactly hard to come up with a standard that could make any coach come up short. Could anybody in the SEC survive an Edwin Edwards test? What coach could get away with shooting a man in Reno just to watch him die? (Well, maybe Saban, if he did it to ease an oversigning logjam… ah, probably not.) I keed, but the point is, in a conference where a coach got fired two seasons after winning a national title, there’s always something freakish that could happen at any given time. So why bother worrying about it? Best keep this stuff where it belongs, in a Bleacher Report slide show.