Monthly Archives: November 2013

Impatience is a virtue.

Sounds like we’ve got a starting quarterback and an offensive coordinator who have some getting used to each other issues to work out.

Old habits die hard.

“(The offensive line) knows that I like to keep things going a little quick,” Mason said. “It’s not like Oregon, but I just have a tendency from playing at Lassiter (in Marietta) where were we up-tempo and no-huddle offense, so just by my nature I’m a little faster than Aaron (Murray).”

… Not so fast, said offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, whose play-calling has helped the Bulldogs to average nearly 38 points an outing despite being without key starters. Bobo likes being able to control the tempo and change it to best suit the game situation.

“He’s maybe a little faster than Aaron is in practice and that might be just a little bit of his background and Lassiter,” Bobo said. “We’ll still control the tempo that will give us the best chance to win the ball game.”

We keep getting little hints that Mason’s got a headstrong side to him.  To some extent, I like that.  Aaron Murray casts a pretty big shadow over the quarterback position and Mason needs to show some firmness and demonstrate he’s his own man, capable of directing a talented offense.  As long as it doesn’t conflict with what Bobo’s trying to do, that can work.  Just need to make sure both have their oars rowing in the same direction.

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The late decided schematic advantage

Will Muschamp’s first offensive coordinator is throwing in the towel on his offensive genius reputation.

The wheels are in motion for Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis to bring in an offensive coordinator following this season.

The Journal-World reported Wednesday afternoon that KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard would step down after Saturday’s 11 a.m. season finale against Kansas State, and Weis confirmed the report Wednesday evening in a statement.

“Sunday, Tim Grunhard is stepping down as offensive line coach so he can spend more quality time with his family,” said Weis, who revealed that Grunhard’s replacement had already been hired but would not be announced until that coach “becomes available.”

Sources have told the Journal-World that Rice offensive coordinator John Reagan, a former KU assistant on Mark Mangino’s staff, will be hired to serve in the dual role of OC and O-line coach and bring his offense to Lawrence.

I never knew that “more quality time with his family” is a euphemism for “Tom Brady made me look a lot smarter than I really am”.

Fear not, Jayhawk Nation!  Weis can now turn his talents, such as they are, to leading the Kansas program to greatness.

The move would free up Weis to focus entirely on running the program as head coach, a role that entails recruiting, motivating players on the field and in the classroom, instilling discipline and challenging assistants in a variety of ways.

I know I’m pumped.

 

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The sound a 1-11 record makes.

Georgia Tech needs about eighteen different things to fall into place for it to have a shot at playing in the ACCCG (aka, Jim Donnan’s “The World’s Smallest Outdoor Cocktail Party”), so it can get its arse whipped by FSU and finish up another five-loss season in a relatively minor bowl game.  In other words, life is still Chantastic on the Flats.

But there’s still a chance to make chicken salad out of chicken shit, if you’re Paul Johnson.  You can beat your hated in state rival for the first time since W was still in office.  You’d think that would be a pretty big deal, no?

No.

So I asked Paul Johnson if beating Georgia would make this season special.

“I think that the Georgia game is a very important game,” he said. “Clearly, we want to win the game. But you need to get away from this (mindset of a) one-game scenario that it defines your season. It plays a part in it, but one game doesn’t define your season. I don’t care who it is. Do we want to win the game? Yeah, but I don’t know that it changes us wanting to win the ACC by wanting to beat them. You’re still disappointed if you didn’t do that.”

A long way of saying no.

This is why you can’t have nice things, Georgia Tech.  Johnson’s not being asked if he’d trade a win over Georgia for a division title.  He’s being asked if the Georgia game is a big deal.  That he feels the need to hedge his answer says that he’s not willing to accept the cost of a loss in a rivalry game.  Which makes him beaten before he’s started.  And don’t think an attitude like that doesn’t filter down to the players.

Jeff Schultz says Tech wins Saturday, in part because:  “While Georgia players are saying all of the right things, I’m just not sure this game is that big of a deal to them.”  If he really believes that, then he doesn’t get the rivalry anymore than Johnson does.  I guarantee you Mark Richt disagrees with both of them.

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#11

I got a ton of emails and other inquiries about whether I’d seen this piece about Aaron Murray.  It’s been widely disseminated, but on the odd chance that some of you haven’t read it, please take a minute to do so.  I can’t think of a more appropriate day to post the link.

It’s okay if you choke up a little as you read it.  I know I did.

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Gratitude

Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t post this every Thanksgiving.  It’s a classic.

As a middle-aged man, I’m thankful for all the usual things – a loving family, great friends, small-batch Bourbon, a lack of need for a product which includes a warning to call your doctor for an erection lasting more than four hours, etc. – but on a more topical note, I’d like to express my appreciation to Mark Richt and his program for two of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen in person.  It’s been a topsy-turvy season, one that’s not going to wind up where we hoped, but, damn, those games against South Carolina and LSU were tremendous.  Thanks for that, guys.

And thanks to y’all, too.  I don’t know if you noticed, but the hits tally for GTP crossed seventeen million yesterday.  Never in my wildest dreams, and all that.  I’ll modestly take some credit for the success of the site, but the blog wouldn’t be all that it is without what I think is the best community in the Dawgosphere.  You guys are great.  Now go stuff yourselves.

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Today, in Finebaum’s Profiles in Courage

Good Lord, even for Finebaum this is embarrassing.

Yes, let’s make sure we give thanks for Mike Slive having the courage to make the only move he could to break a TV deal that wasn’t measuring up to what the Big Ten and Pac-12 were getting.  I know I’m particularly thankful that the SEC has managed to sabotage its football and basketball scheduling as a result of that courageous action.  Slive is just like a fireman rushing in to a burning building to save a young child… except for the fire and the kid.

Gah.

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Mumme Poll, Week 13

New team at the top this week.

Rank Team Votes (Top pick)
1 Florida State 25 (14)
2 Alabama 25 (11)
3 Ohio State 25 (0)
4 Oklahoma State 24
4 Missouri 24
6 Clemson 22
7 Auburn 21
8 Michigan State 20
9 Stanford 18
10 Baylor 16
11 South Carolina 11
12 Arizona State 7
12 Wisconsin 7
14 LSU 5
15 Northern Illinois 4
16 Oregon 3
16 Fresno State 3

COMMENTS

  • It’s interesting how the number of voters has steadily dwindled this season, yet the ballot distribution remains credible.
  • Conference breakdown:  SEC – 5; Pac-12 – 3; Big Ten – 3; Big 12 – 2; ACC – 2; MAC – 1; MWC – 1.

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Look who’s shopping at the oversigning store.

Butch Jones may have just gotten to the SEC, but he’s been quick to embrace that “25-man signing cap is just a state of mind” attitude.

Schools can still backcount and grayshirt their way right past the 25-man “limit.”  Take Tennessee’s Butch Jones as the latest example.  He’s putting together a top five recruiting class in Knoxville as we speak.  His program appears to have room for as many as 30 signees in February (thanks to backcounting), but the Vols are already up to 33 commitments.  And they’re still out recruiting.  Jones offered up this tease to a booster group yesterday:

“If I can find a way to sign 35 guys, I’m gonna sign ‘em.  There is a plan in place.  It’s very strategic but it’s all gonna work out.  I promise you.”

The “secret plan” Jones has in mind is anyone’s guess, but it’s hard to imagine he’s found a loophole that’s not been taken advantage of by someone else somewhere else.

What is it with Tennessee coaches and plans?

Anyway, the idea that Jones has found a loophole in the signing rules that Nick Saban hasn’t… well, let’s just say I’m skeptical.  Pennington’s likely right to surmise that some of those prized recruits ready to show up in Knoxville next year are going to get a “not so fast, son” message pretty soon.  Or there may be a few medical issues cropping up on the current UT roster that will require some untimely retirements.  Or both.

You gotta break a few eggs if you want to make an urnge omelet.  Does anybody think the Vol fan base will care?  Hells no – anything Jones does that emulates Nick Saban is a feature, not a bug, in their book.

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Nerds win! Nerds win! Nerds win!!!!

Shit’s gettin’ real, Stingtalkers.

There is a comment thread titled “I am happy Aaron Murray got injured” on stingtalk.com, a Georgia Tech sports message board not affiliated with the school.

It was started on Sunday at 2 a.m. and has more than 130 subsequent comments on it. Some commenters are siding with the theme of the thread’s title and some are denouncing the thread.

Georgia receiver Chris Conley doesn’t need to go far to find motivation to go against the Yellow Jackets. He hears about threads and comments like on stingtalk.com and he looks at his Twitter mentions.

“But just some of the comments that were made about players on the team being injured, namely players that just got injured, it kind of pissed some people off,” Conley said. “It rubs them wrong. There’s not searching for motivation for this game.”

Georgia players are pissed off about something you wrote!  If you’re a faceless tool hammering on a keyboard, that probably generates more satisfaction than you’d get if your football team actually won the game.  Best of all, you can keep reliving the glory with your virtual mates in thread after thread after thread.  It’s nice to have something to cling to on those dark nights when somebody reminds you that your team has a winning percentage of 8.33% against Mark Richt.

The football team may not be winners, but every one of you online warriors can make that claim.  And you didn’t even have to suit up and take a hit on the field.  Boy, won’t that be a hoot to discuss at next year’s Dragon*Con.

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If the Gators got beat in the Swamp before 1990, would it make a sound?

When exactly was the last time Florida was a 26.5-point home dog in a football game?

The over/under is 44, which means Vegas believes the Gators won’t crack double digits on the scoreboard Saturday.  Yoogly.

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