Monthly Archives: March 2013

Your daily dose of Dawg porn

Artie Lynch peddles the good stuff about Tray Matthews, who really does seem to be the early sensation of spring practice:

“He hits everything even when we’re not supposed to be hitting,” tight end Arthur Lynch said. “He’s just a physical kid, and he doesn’t talk much. He loves to compete. He kind of reminds me of Shawn Williams, but even more explosive. And Shawn was a pretty heavy hitter.

“For (Tray), his ability as an 18-year-old to make plays against SEC veterans is pretty impressive.”

You know what I like, brother.

And remember – just because it’s porn doesn’t mean it can’t also be accurate.  Shawn Williams’ comparison of Todd Gurley to Trent Richardson may have had us rolling our eyes early, but by the end of the year it sure looked like Williams knew what he was talking about.

Grantham’s throwing Matthews out there, so he must see something he likes, too.  Does a true freshman safety really have a chance to start against Clemson?  I’m skeptical, given Grantham’s track record.  So Matthews’ progress bears watching.


Filed under Georgia Football

And now, it’s what they did on their spring break time!

And so, the urine cup finally drops.

Over/under on suspensions?


Filed under Georgia Football

Thursday morning buffet

If you’re hungry, grab a plate.

  • Georgia Southern is moving to the Sun Belt Conference.  That’s good news for Georgia, as it means there will be one less FCS opponent on future schedules.
  • Evidently, we think college players shouldn’t be paid, but college coaches should be paid more.  Weird.
  • Speaking of paying college players, this is some well-played snark from the AJ-C, of all places.
  • The media’s strange fixation with what it thinks Jadeveon Clowney ought to be doing with his football career goes in a new direction.
  • John Infante thinks a little sunshine would work wonders on SEC oversigning.  Methinks Nick Saban could care less about that.
  • March Madness usually inspires some really stupid thoughts about what college football can take from the basketball tourney, and CFN delivers, in spades.
  • If you’re a Vol fan living in a certain place, Charlie Pierce describes how the Georgia-Tennessee water war could lead to your worst nightmare.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, College Football, Georgia Southern Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting, SEC Football

“Why did they cover that up?”

Would it surprise you to learn that the NCAA hasn’t been totally forthcoming in its whitewash self-investigation of its behavior in the Miami/Nevin Shapiro matter?  Yeah, well, me neither.

The NCAA investigator who took over the University of Miami case last May attempted, as her fired predecessor did, to use Nevin Shapiro’s attorney to help build a case against Miami – a detail curiously omitted from the NCAA-commissioned report detailing the NCAA’s improper handling of the case, according to an email exchange between the parties that was relayed to me by two people.

Meanwhile, UM also will allege that NCAA investigators lied to interview subjects by claiming that other people interviewed made comments they never made, in order to trick the subjects into revealing incriminating information they otherwise might not have, according to multiple officials familiar with the NCAA’s case against UM and former coaches. UM believes such behavior is unethical, and it clearly is.

Somehow, shockingly, the second investigator’s behavior never made it into the report that the NCAA’s hired legal guns prepared.  Should it have?  I think you have your answer to that question with this:

Ken Wainstein, from the Cadwalader law firm, e-mailed on Wednesday that he was busy on a personal matter and could not immediately explain why Hannah’s behavior was omitted from his report.

This evening, Wainstein e-mailed again after our story hit the wire. He did not offer a specific reason for not including it in his report but said that “after Mr. Najjar left the NCAA, Ms. Hannah became responsible for the U. Miami investigation.  As we explained in evaluating Ms. Hannah’s conduct, Ms. Hannah had not been involved in the initial arrangements with Ms. Perez and believed that there was nothing amiss and that it had been blessed prior to her involvement.

“We understand that she provided questions and areas of interest for Ms. Perez to use in preparing to interview Mr. Sanchez in July 2012, similar to how Mr. Najjar had provided questions in advance of Mr. Allen’s deposition.  Mr. Sanchez was never deposed, however, for a variety of reasons including logistics regarding service of a subpoena.”

The NCAA declined to comment.

For the record, that would be no answer, non-answer and no answer.  But don’t blame the man at the top for a little sloppiness.  Evidently, that’s below his pay grade.

In an ESPN interview this week, NCAA President Mark Emmert insisted that once the NCAA found part of the UM case had been mishandled, “I’m confident we did exactly the right thing. We did it the right way…

“For those saying, ‘Fire Emmert!’it’s like saying if the assistant coach did something wrong, fire the [university] president.”

Helluva show you’re putting on there, Mr. Emmert.


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The Evil Genius vs. Mickey

Boy, talk about not having a dog in this fight.  Although I imagine the suits at ESPN had a nice chuckle over Spurrier’s empty Fox Sports threat.

I’m a little disappointed that Spurrier didn’t take a shot at Junior by name, though.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, ESPN Is The Devil, The Evil Genius

You only need five offensive linemen.

At 25-1, Bruce Feldman thinks Florida’s chances to win the national title are undervalued.  The Gators just have to nip and tuck a few places, and voilà!

… Yes, the Gators are coming off a clunker of a showing in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville, but they have a budding star in dual-threat QB Jeff Driskel, a good O-line and lots of speed on defense. They do need to have a go-to guy emerge at receiver and having some key guys to replace up the middle of their defense, but by all accounts Will Muschamp has recruited very well.

Um… that offensive line?  It’s in such bad shape right now that Florida may not be able to put on a traditional spring game.

Guard Jon Halapio underwent a scope on his knee in January. Tackle Chaz Green underwent a scope on his ankle around the same time. Tackles Trip Thurman and Ian Silberman are both battling shoulder injuries, and Muschamp said on Tuesday that Thurman’s “does not look good right now.” Guard Jessamen Dunker is indefinitely suspended as he faces charges of felony grand theft auto and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license.

Guard Max Garcia, now healthy, has battled back issues during the spring, and tackle Quinteze Williams was listed at defensive tackle last season.

Counting on fashioning a solid two deep out of that bunch and six recruits seems a tad optimistic to me.  But what do I know?  A lot of people seem to be much higher than I am on a Gator offense that, besides the offensive line flux, has real issues in the receiving corps, no depth at quarterback and must replace its workhorse tailback.

Maybe the Gators are destined to go +20 in turnover margin this season.


Filed under Gators, Gators...

The good stuff from scrimmage

Parsing the tea leaves from the reports of yesterday’s scrimmage, there’s justification for optimism in certain areas.

  • Tray Matthews seems to have made quite the impression for a freshman at a key position.  Chris Conley’s quote is pure Dawg porn:  “He’s fearless. He’s got a great sense of where the ball is going to be even if you can’t see it. He’ll be going the right direction even if there’s a misdirection play. His sixth sense and his football IQ is out of the roof as a freshman.”  But the coaches had Matthews playing with the first unit and he held up his end of the deal, so there’s more there than just teammate gushing.  Given the departures at the position, this could turn out to be a big deal.
  • Likewise, it was good hearing that Ray Drew had a dominant day.  (“From what I noticed, Ray Drew was really unblockable today,” quarterback Hutson Mason said.)  It’s his time to shine.
  • While the defense didn’t give up a run longer than 13 yards all day, it’s worth noting that Gurshall averaged better than 6.5 yards per carry.  Not missing a beat.
  • By all accounts, Mason looked like he knew what he was doing out there running the first team offense.  It’s what you’d expect, given his experience level, but it’s still good to have confirmation.
  • Speed on defense.  My favorite quote of the day belongs to Ramik Wilson“We’re much faster and quicker,” he said. “They’re throwing screens to Malcolm (Mitchell) and we’ve got our D-ends already out there. It’s crazy, our team speed.”

C’mon, G-Day, get here.


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The most reliable scrimmage stat of all…

… has to be the number of excuses/explanations Mark Richt comes up with to portray the reasons behind certain, er, shortcomings in offensive performance.

By my count there were:

  • the weather, which was the reason for all the drops and interceptions in the passing game;
  • the drops themselves, which was how LeMay’s brutally ugly 1-11 passing line was put in context;
  • situational plays, to explain the many sacks (“The amount of sacks shouldn’t be a reflection of a poor performance by the offensive line. Richt said a lot of them were in a third-and-long drill. Richt estimated about half of them happened there.”);
  • third-team rust, to explain Ramsey’s three picks (to be fair, Ramsey completed more passes for more yards than LeMay did); and
  • weather and situational calls, as to Marshall Morgan’s 1-3 day (“He made the one realistic yardage kick,” Richt said.)

All in all, it sounds like a typical spring scrimmage day.


Filed under Georgia Football

Just call him Mister Scrappy Mofo.

The difference between Georgia’s first and second string quarterbacks?  Aaron Murray gets amped up and throws interceptions.  Hutson Mason gets amped up and throws punches.

… Mason and linebacker Amarlo Herrera got into a scuffle during the scrimmage after Herrera slapped Mason on the helmet on a play.

“There was a little scuffle between them,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins recounted. “Hutson swung at him and Amarlo, he’s hot-headed, and he didn’t like that. So he started swinging back, and all six offensive linemen came running and squatted up on Amarlo. His helmet came off, and the defense came up.

“It was a short little scuffle. It was pretty fun. Everybody was just pushing everybody around, no hard blows.”

The heated exchange only endeared Mason to Georgia’s defensive players.

“He doesn’t back down from nothing,” Jenkins said with a laugh. “He tried to come at us a couple of times. We had to let him know, ‘you’ve got a black jersey for a reason. Don’t let us catch you in a red jersey.’”

Said cornerback Sheldon Dawson: “When they got into it, that was crazy, a quarterback with a linebacker. But he showed how tough he was, and that’s a good thing when your quarterback’s tough.”

Yeah, well, at least until he gets his clock cleaned by an opposing player who doesn’t have six teammates sitting on him.


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“It’s pretty clear to everyone that it’s headed to Cowboys Stadium.”

The first championship game in college football’s new four-team playoff is going to be played in Arlington, Texas, because it’s a site imbued with so much tradition Jerry Jones is willing to outbid one and all for the privilege of playing host.  (“Because Cowboys Stadium, which hosts the AT&T Cotton Bowl, is such an overwhelming favorite for the inaugural championship, several communities opted not to bid, sources said.”)

When it comes to college football, money is the only tradition that matters these days.  I give the whole farce of a bid process five years before they decide to make Arlington the permanent home of the title game.  On the bright side, that’ll give Bill Hancock another opportunity to assure us about how high quality the whole thing is.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Just Bidness