Daily Archives: June 16, 2013

Forget it, Jake. It’s Gainesville.

This is a pretty simple story.

So Morrison hit him.

At this point we can expect cries of outrage, serial AJ-C clucking, early season suspension… um, wait.  That’s not Athens.

His arrest on a misdemeanor charge, even one with details as ugly as this, is unlikely to produce more than an indefinite suspension from Will Muschamp, and Morrison is unlikely to miss games because of it. It is a safe bet that Morrison lawyers up (with Huntley Johnson) and gets a deferred prosecution arrangement from a court.

Morrison might even say he regrets the incident occurred.

As the French say, plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.  Except for Huntley’s bank account.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Gators, Gators...

Even Rogers Redding has got soul.

Here’s something you probably didn’t know.

Quietly behind the scenes last year, the arbiters of college football’s rules used a panel that reviewed hits to the head in light of concussion concerns. The idea by College Football Officiating, LLC: Days after dangerous hits occur, recommend to conferences what, if any, punishments they should hand down to players.

The decisions were not binding from the four-person panel, which consisted of national officiating coordinator Rogers Redding and conference supervisors Bill Carollo (Big Ten), Jim Blackwood (WAC) and Jim Jackson (Ohio Valley). The results played out that way across college football.

Well, if by “played out”, you mean the panel reviewed hits and made recommendations, okay, fine.  But if you mean the conferences accepted those recommendations, not so much.

According to Carollo, one play the panel recommended for a suspension was Alabama defensive end Quinton Dial’s blindside hit to the head of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray after an interception in the SEC Championship Game. Slive acknowledged the play was “controversial.”

The SEC did not suspend Dial for his next game, the BCS Championship Game, and said any subsequent action would be handled internally by Alabama. Carollo brought the Dial hit and about a dozen other plays to the NCAA Football Rules Committee as examples of launching and hitting defenseless players.

“In my opinion, it should be an ejection for hitting a player above the shoulders,” Carollo said. “I’m not criticizing the (SEC officials) for not throwing the penalty. Sometimes it happens. That would be a good example of a defenseless player who got hit high and was targeted.”

Yes, you read that correctly:  a Redding-chaired group went somewhere that Mike Slive, who has repeatedly claimed to have targeting on his mind, refused to go.  That’s leadership in action, friends.

I’ve got two thoughts about this.  First, letting the cat out of the bag now is pretty gutless on the panel’s part.  Making this information public when the decision was made would have had greater impact.  Slive, at the least, would have been forced to defend his decision, which would have made for some interesting contortions in logic, given the two suspensions for targeting he had handed out before.

Second, there’s a part of me that suspects one reason Slive likes the new rule is that it takes the decision out of his hands and puts it in the hand of the officials, which also serves to put all the blame from whatever parties feel aggrieved on them.  Or, as one of the other panel members puts it, “Conference commissioners are pretty powerful. But more and more they’re saying, ‘Whatever you guys tell me, I’m doing it.'”

Sadly, this is what passes for accountability these days.


Filed under SEC Football

Okay, O’Bannon, now you’ve really done it.

You’ve gone and done pissed off the NCAA into counting a few chickens that haven’t hatched yet.

If the NCAA prevails in an lawsuit pertaining to the use of college athletes’ names and likenesses, it could take what it says is an usual (sic) step in anti-trust cases: It may try to recover millions of dollars in legal expenses from the plaintiffs’ lead law firm, the NCAA’s chief legal officer told USA TODAY Sports on Friday…

“Ordinarily, successful antitrust defendants do not recover fees. Here, the unfounded change in the theory may result in the NCAA seeking its fees from the Hausfeld firm,” NCAA executive vice president and general counsel Donald Remy said via e-mail.

Shockingly, plaintiff’s counsel had no response.  I guess that means they’re not dismissing their claim.


Filed under The NCAA

This is NOT a musical palate cleanser.

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to add any further commentary to a song penned by one Sonny Bama that has the lyric “Nick Saban and Jesus, yeah, that’s our guys.”

But don’t let me stop you.


Filed under Whoa, oh, Alabama

Running back beauty is only skin deep.

Maybe I’m just getting overly sensitive in my old age, but I find some curious phrasing in Edward Aschoff’s take on Phil Steele’s running back rankings.  Sure, Georgia’s first and Gurley and Marshall are a formidable duo, but he tempers that with the observation that “(t)here isn’t much behind these two…”  Meanwhile, number two Alabama seems just fine, even though one back is coming off a serious injury and uber-recruit Derrick Henry has his own injury issue to deal with.

I know ‘Bama signed half of the entire national class of backs this year, but it’s not as if Georgia did poorly in that department with Turman and Green.  So what’s with the depth crack?


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles