Daily Archives: September 19, 2013

Two words: Jimmy Sexton

Okay, I wasn’t going to post anymore today, but I simply can’t resist this.

A few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship, a University of Texas regent and a former regent talked with Nick Saban’s agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing Longhorns coach Mack Brown, The Associated Press has learned.

And this is so Jimmy Sexton:

Whether Sexton initiated the contact with Texas is unclear. He did not return a telephone message from the AP on Thursday. Alabama spokesman Jeff Purinton also declined comment.

Hall said a person he would not identify called him, unsolicited, and proposed an introduction to Sexton.

The only thing missing is a bone to throw Houston Nutt.

Needless to say, it would be a lot of fun to see this story develop legs, especially during the season.  But I’m not holding out much hope of that.

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Anticipation… is making me wait.

Saturday will be a bit of culture shock for the Georgia defense – so far this season, North Texas takes almost thirteen seconds longer to run a play than Clemson.

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UPDATE:  Ignore me for the rest of the day.  I’m going to.

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What does Bret Bielema’s contract tell us about Butts-Mehre?

About what we’ve always known, I’m afraid.

The basics are these:

The first-year Arkansas coach will make $2.95 million annually, with on-field and academic incentives totaling up to an additional $700,000 each year. Bielema’s contract runs through Dec. 31, 2018.

According to a USA Today database updated July 1, 2013, Bielema would be the 12th-highest paid head coach in college football, according to terms of his contract, and fourth-highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference.

Notice that “fourth-highest paid” mark?  One of those other three ain’t Mark Richt.

Richt will make a guaranteed $2,811,340 a year under his new deal, which is just about what he was making previously. His deal runs through the 2016 season as previously announced.

So Arkansas’ new head coach is making more than the most senior head coach in college football’s toughest conference.  And making it for a longer period.

Now, you can congratulate Greg McGarity for his shrewd fiscal management (and no doubt both he and his superiors are pleased) and you can assume that Richt is indeed content enough with his current gig to leave money on the table… but what if things change, as indeed they will some day?  What if Richt entertains a serious, higher-dollar offer from another school?  And for those of you who would cheer such a possibility, what makes you think that a school that pays its head coach less than Arkansas pays its man is going to be willing to step up financially and pay your dream choice the kind of bucks it will take to lure him to Athens?

Buck up.  Maybe they can entice him with stories about the growth of the fabled reserve fund.

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UPDATE:  Marc Weiszer reminds me that I missed the last raise for Richt.  His $3.2 million base is higher than Bielema’s.  So at least Butts-Mehre is keeping up with Arkansas.

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What do you do when “4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 cokes” loses its allure?

Why, you offer the tickets at half price.

At the rate this is going, in a couple of years I expect Tech to offer to pay you to come to BDS.

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“We’re gonna talk about us, and not Alabama.”

If you don’t read anything else this week, make sure you read this Bruce Feldman piece about Texas A&M’s preparation for last Saturday’s game of the century.  It’s as good as that kind of work gets.

I can’t imagine that many programs that would give the national media that kind of access leading up to a huge game.  How confident a coach do you think Kevin Sumlin is?

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Thursday morning buffet

Rise and shine, campers.

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How bad is Mark Emmert?

Bad enough that I have to agree with what John Feinstein writes about him.

Gah.  I need a drink.

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Youth must be served.

Tray Matthews unburdens himself.

Matthews was still able to make the start at Clemson, making four tackles and assisting on four more. But he didn’t feel like himself, saying he was playing “scared,” both because of the injury and the first-game jitters.

“Going out there I was hyped, I was tensing up. I was like, it’s my first game I don’t wanna mess up on TV. That’s kind of the reason I don’t think I played as fast as I can,” Matthews said. “I don’t want to mess up. I’m on the big screen, if I mess up they’ll be like: Dang, Tray Matthews did this, he did that. But now I’ve made my mistakes, I’m ready to go out and play my game.”

Indeed, he felt more comfortable the next week against South Carolina. But he was actually less productive, at least on paper, only recording four tackles, all assists.

Head coach Mark Richt said the preseason injuries “definitely set him back,” particularly a player who likes to hit hard and make big plays.

“Getting hurt when he got hurt was tough. There was a lot of time he missed,” Richt said. “I think it definitely slowed down his progression.”

Another thing slowing Matthews down, or at least in the back of his mind, are the new targeting rules. He hasn’t been flagged for anything yet, but he’s aware of what could happen, whether it be a 15-yard penalty or even an ejection.

“I can’t hit like I used to, or like I want to. Now I have to lower my target,” Matthews said. “When you’re reacting to somebody catching the ball, you’re not thinking about getting low or doing all this. You’re just thinking about hitting them. And my first target was the head and the neck-chest area. Now I don’t know if I’ll be able to make that (hitting) impact I used to make, but hopefully I can still.”

That’s a lot of thinking going on there.  (And with regard to targeting, it’s something I worried about a month ago when I read this.)  There’s no way that can’t be having an effect on playing speed.

Matthews is far from alone with regard to that.

The 6-foot-1, 229-pound Carter, who enrolled early and took part in spring practice, is still getting comfortable in the system. Just like fellow freshmen inside linebackers Tim Kimbrough, Johnny O’Neal and Ryne Rankin.

“The checks, the adjustment,” Carter said. “That’s one thing Amarlo and Ramik are good at. They see it and [snaps his fingers] and it clicks. With us, we see it, know it, it’s on the tip of our tongue and then we need to get it out. We just need to spit it out faster so we can get everybody lined up.”

Is it any wonder we’re seeing misalignment and bad pursuit angles?  I get the sentiment here – “He can play,” Herrera said… “They’ve just got to put him in.” – but that’s the approach that gets you burned by good, experienced offenses.  Like Clemson and South Carolina, to name a couple.  The coaches know they’ve got to develop some depth behind Herrera and Wilson because they’re wearing down at the end of games.  (Herrera sucking it up to make one last stop on the goal line against South Carolina may be the best effort play of the season.)  But how much time can you give a kid who is still uncertain about where to line up?  And they really don’t have that luxury in the secondary.  Matthews has to play.

Best thing that can happen for this defense right now is a big third quarter lead against North Texas on Saturday.

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