Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Clowney Effect

Bill Connelly’s tongue goes in cheek for a description of what that is:

Issue: South Carolina returns only one of its top five running backs, and the ground game was really only above-average at best, even when Marcus Lattimore was healthy.

Response: Jadeveon Clowney.

Issue: South Carolina also returns only one of its top four receiving targets from a passing game that was explosive but not incredibly efficient.

Response: Jadeveon Clowney.

Issue: South Carolina must also replace its top five linebackers, not to mention stud safety D.J. Swearinger and stud end Devin Taylor from a defense that was perilously thin last year.

Response: Jadeveon Clowney.

That’s how you garner a #3 preseason ranking from The Sporting News.  Bill isn’t quite so convinced that such a case has been made.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Stats Geek!

“I’m kind of an eight-team person.”

Count Texas AD DeLoss Dodds as another person who doesn’t think a four-team playoff is big enough.  Why? Well…

… He argued that an eight-team playoff would lessen the controversy over teams not included in a four-team field.

“I think there’ll be a lot of conversation about the fifth team and who didn’t get in and an 11-1 team that didn’t get in because somebody’s 12-0 that maybe wasn’t quite as good as 11-1,” he said. “If you take eight, you’re not going to have that. The ninth team is going to have a concern, but it’s not like the fifth team.”

I wonder if Mack Brown will agree with that the first time Texas is sitting at Number 9.

There is no way the four-team format is going to make it through the entire term of the new contract.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs

“But there’s a cost associated with that.”

It’s a darn shame there’s not a national championship in thriftiness, because Georgia could retire the trophy.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

A Catholic, a Southerner and a douchebag in a bow tie walk into a bar…

In this PC age, how Gordon Gee still heads a major state university is a mystery to me.


Filed under Big Ten Football

“You can’t regulate integrity.”

Word comes from Greg McGarity that the SEC is considering the possibility of the conference implementing a conference-wide substance-abuse policy, with a possible vote by its presidents tomorrow.  While the author of the piece thinks the devil’s in the details (“How frequent are the tests? What exactly constitutes a positive test? Would the SEC hire an outside company to conduct the tests or leave it up to the individual schools? Would all the testing methods be identical or just the penalties?”), I’m gonna put my money down on our old friend competitive advantage as the real sticking point.

Based on the substance-abuse policies obtained by ESPN from the schools’ official websites or through public records requests, a student-athlete at Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and LSU is dismissed after a fourth positive test, while the remaining 10 SEC schools dismiss a student-athlete after only a third positive test…

… Some SEC athletic directors and coaches, who didn’t want to be quoted, think that certain schools have “competitive advantages” based on how frequently — or infrequently — they test or how many games student-athletes miss for positive tests.

For example, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi State require student-athletes to miss 10 percent of their regular-season contests after a first positive test, while the remaining 11 SEC schools don’t suspend a student-athlete for a first offense.

Punishment for a second positive test also varies greatly among league members. At Missouri, a second positive test results in only a seven-day suspension, compared to Auburn and Kentucky (suspended for 50 percent of the season) or Vanderbilt (a one-year suspension).

McGarity and Adams are the ones pushing this hard, according to the article, so you can bet this isn’t about relaxing Georgia’s drug standards to level the playing field.  So let’s just say that when I hear Les Miles play the fairness card in this area, maybe I’ll start to believe the conference is having a Come to Jesus moment on the subject.  In the meantime, it’s every school’s integrity for itself.


Filed under SEC Football

SEC schedule concerns, clear as mud

Again, given the variety of agendas on display, it’s no surprise that the SEC is sticking with the eight-game conference schedule for now.  But in the same breath, most folks sound like Will Muschamp.

“Personally, I think we’ll end up moving to nine (conference) games eventually,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “My personal opinion (is) you create an SEC Network, at the end of the day, it’s going to be driven by the dollar, and having those games is going to be important, and having enough quality games on television promoting a nine-game SEC regular season, in my opinion, will eventually happen.”

In the meantime, the official position of the conference is incoherent.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said it’s doubtful the 2014 schedule will be finalized this week at the league’s spring meetings. He’s declined to weigh in on whether he’s in favor of going to nine conference games. But he didn’t hold back on the importance of SEC schools upgrading their nonconference schedules.

“I don’t want us playing four games that mean less,” Slive said. “I made that very clear.”

In other words, coaches don’t want the added burden of another conference game on the schedule, ADs don’t want to lose a seventh home game, but the commissioner expects his  member schools to upgrade their non-conference schedules by adding another tough game that would most likely be negotiated on a home and home basis.  If there’s a logic to this, it escapes me.


Filed under SEC Football


Just shoot me now:

Justin Connolly, the ESPN senior vice president who will take the phone calls from screaming coaches or athletic directors every time some caller to Paul Finebaum’s radio show makes mention of a “bagman,” seemed perfectly at ease Wednesday with his decision to unleash Finebaum and his pigskin-loving version of Howard Stern’s Wack Pack on the SEC’s branded network. The choice, which proves once again that ESPN understands better than its competitors that people love college football and love to argue about college football, also proves something else.

This conference network will look nothing like the Big Ten Network or the Pac-12 Networks. “At the end of the day, we want to differentiate the network,” Connolly said. “We don’t want to just fill our days with re-airs of live-event content. What Paul does is bring some appointment television and some wow factor.”

What’s the old expression – lie down with pigs, get up smelling like garbage?  Only I don’t know if that pertains to the SEC, or those of us stuck paying the cable subscription fees supporting that nonsense.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil