Daily Archives: June 10, 2013

And now, for you conspiracy theorists…

If you’re somebody who, for whatever reason, thinks SEC refs have it in for Georgia, then this John Pennington post should be right up your alley.


Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football

Steele on Georgia, 2013 edition

You can find the link to his preview of #9 Georgia here (note the link there downloads as a pdf).  It’s chock full of stuff and it’s certainly not an unreasonable analysis, as this comment about the offensive line indicates:  “With the way this unit has gone I’m not sure how to interpret this, but the line returns intact w/101 car sts and should be one of the top O-lines in the country.”  I feel ‘ya, Phil.

If you’re looking for predictions, he calls for Georgia to win the SEC East again.  But the most interesting tidbit I’ve gleaned so far comes from his statistical analysis of last season.  I’ve mentioned before that Steele puts a lot of stock in a team’s yards per point metric.

Steele makes a very big deal out of yards per point (YPP).  You can read a breakdown of it here.  Essentially, it’s a measure of offensive and defensive efficiency – the lower a team’s offensive YPP is, the more efficient it is at scoring and the higher a team’s defensive YPP is, the better it is at making its opponents less efficient on offense.

Take a look at Georgia’s defensive YPP numbers.  From 2008 through 2011, they ranged from 12.7 to 14.9.  Last season, that number jumped to 18.2.  That number isn’t Sabanesque, but it’s a big swing in the direction of the elite.  And that’s in a year when SEC offenses improved generally and Georgia’s run defense had its ups and downs.  Maybe Grantham didn’t impress us last year, but it looks like he did alright.



Filed under Georgia Football, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water

Advice to the new kids on the block

Fellas, as you show up in Athens this summer, remember this:  nobody is out to get you.  And if you think it’s weird that beat writers and police chiefs have to go out of their way to issue denials like that, well, you’re probably just being a little paranoid.

That being said, if somebody with a badge asks you for your middle name, it’s best to be forthcoming.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

So this is what “integrity, growth and development challenges” look like.

Gee, it’s funny how the latest proposal for reform of college athletics looks just like the same old wish list.

As envisioned by Lopiano, new reforms would include:

■ Granting the NCAA a limited anti-trust exemption, thus freeing the organization from the threat of lawsuits. The NCAA would then possess greater power to enforce rules.

■ Capping salaries of coaches and athletic administrators, thus reducing the incentive to act unethically and re-directing revenue to (gasp) the school.

■ Removing tax-exempt status for athletic departments that bolt the NCAA, thus killing the we’ll-police-ourselves (wink-wink) rebellion within college basketball.

■ Making players who enter a school under special admission exceptions ineligible as freshmen, thus enhancing academic integrity.

Pretty sweet deal for the NCAA, no?  And we need this because it turns out to nobody’s surprise – except the idiots running college athletics, of course – that school presidents are inept at handling college athletics.  Rest assured, though, Lopiano, who evidently wants to make sure she’s counted among the idiots, has just the bunch in mind who can fix everything.

To fill the vacuum, Lopiano calls for congressional intervention. The U.S. Congress should appoint an independent board to run college athletics. “Because presidents are too afraid to take charge,” she said.

Yes, she’s serious.  So is this guy.

Welch Suggs Jr., a former associate director for the Knight Commission, told The Associated Press that the essential issue is determining the role of athletics on a college campus.

“If it’s to be a big-time American spectacle, like the NFL or Major League Baseball, then no way,” said Suggs, now an associate professor of journalism at the University of Georgia. “It makes absolutely no sense for academic leaders to be in charge of it. But if you want it to be a part of higher education and a function of the collegiate experience, someone has to make sure people in athletics know they’re part of the educational process and not just a commercial business.”

I’m sure Demarius Rancifer agrees completely with that.  How strange that the folks pitching reform never seem to have much to say about student-athletes who live up to their end of the educational process.  Maybe it’s because they feel it’s an area where the presidents are doing their jobs.


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

The many sides of James Franklin

Vanderbilt’s coach may go ballistic with his peers from time to time, but when it comes to recruits, he prefers just to chillax.

“Vanderbilt. Me and Coach (James) Franklin were in the office, and he was blasting some team music. I believe it was like Tupac. He was doing a little singing along to it, and getting kind of crunk. He was basically acting like one of us.”

Here’s guessing Shaq Wiggins learns that Franklin’s personality is a little more, um, complicated before Georgia’s trip to Nashville this year.


Filed under James Franklin Is Ready To Rumble, Recruiting

Thanks for the memories.

Tyrone Prothro can’t use this photograph of his iconic catch against Southern Mississippi…

without paying Alabama for it first.

An Alabama official “pretty much told me that there’s a different process to go through now; that I would have to go online and purchase my own pictures,” said Prothro, who added he did not go through the process.

If you remember, Prothro suffered a career-ending injury in the fourth quarter of a game in which his team was leading by several touchdowns.  Though he did receive a lovely parting gift for his service.

Maybe the school figures Prothro owes something for the scholarship.  Either that, or it’s amateurism, for the win.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA