Daily Archives: March 18, 2014

Mark Richt has lost control of the letter “T”.

(Photo: 11Alive)

It’s the crime of the century!

Georgia Tech officials say the letter “T” has been stolen from the Tech Tower.

According to Georgia Tech’s Twitter page, the letter was taken from Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Administration Building, which is also known as the Tech Tower, and police are investigating.

Now if somebody would just steal the “C”, we’d have an expression for how most people feel about the genius’ football program.



Filed under Georgia Tech Football

Today, in two Tweets

Really can’t think of a better way to sum up the day’s developments than with this:

Um… make that hiring Bruce Pearl.

And this.

True dat.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Georgia Football

Never leave a man behind.

The quality of Jimmy Williamson’s mercy is not strained.

A Georgia assistant athletic director who works in finance met with UGA police on March 3 to report the checks cashed twice and police began to investigate. Warrants were issued for the arrests of the players on Monday–after students returned from spring break–and a Clarke County Magistrate Court judge signed the warrant.

“We normally don’t take out warrants on students during spring break because we’re afraid they may get stopped,” Williamson said. “I don’t want one of them to get stopped for some traffic violation and then that county lock them up. We would do that for all students.”

Yeah, damn it.  If anybody’s gonna do any locking up, it’ll be Jimmy’s guys.  Woof, woof!


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football

Mark Richt has lost control of the hot seat meme. Again.

FSU fans say the darndest things.

The nation’s No. 1 prospect for 2015, defensive tackle Trent Thompson, admitted that he’s almost committed twice to UGA in a very revealing interview with 247sports.com’s Kipp Adams.

Thompson held off both times on the advice of his high school coach, adding “I do not want to commit early because I want to give everyone a chance. I want to see how their season goes and if Coach Mark Richt is going to still be there.”

Say what? Evidently there’s some negative recruiting going on in the Albany area with the high-prized recruit. Thompson told Adams that some hometown people want him to go to FSU. “They say if Georgia does not have a good season Coach Richt would probably leave.”

Hey, Trent, I heard FSU’s defensive coordinator might leave.  Oh, wait.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

“I don’t think anybody has any idea who is going to end up where.”

Boy, these opening of spring practice stories sure take on a different flavor today from when they were written, don’t they?

And doesn’t Damian Swann sound a little prescient?

Asked if the scheme was too complicated for last year’s defense, Swann said it depended on the player.

Sigh.  I sure hope there’s a little Dawg porn coming out of today’s practice.  I could use some cheering up.


Filed under Georgia Football

Checkgate and the NCAA

This would, hands down, be the cherry on top of the Checkgate sundae.

Besides having to report the matter because it’s a fraud, UGA was concerned with running into an NCAA compliance issue because players were receiving extra benefits.

If the NCAA sanctioned Georgia over this – and I’m not saying it will – but, damn.  Just, damn.

Although I have to admit I wouldn’t be totally shocked if it did.  The sad thing is that the athletic department actually had to worry about it.


Filed under Georgia Football, The NCAA

A grateful blogger thanks you.

I’ve mentioned to you guys before that there’s a pretty predictable pattern to visitor traffic here.  February is typically the month when things drop off and stay that way until fall practice gears up.  And while there was a drop in hits last month from January, it was still by far the strongest February in the history of GTP – up almost 50% from the next best February.  (If that’s a gauge of everyone’s interest in the program, Richt and McGarity ought to be psyched.)

Even better, though, last month generated the most ad revenue I’ve ever earned.  And I just wanted to say how much I appreciate that.  I blog for fun, so in a sense, what I receive feels like found money (although I find it spends the same as any other type of green).  But it’s still nice.  So thanks for visiting and clicking.


Filed under GTP Stuff

Tuesday morning buffet

I don’t know if there’s enough here to take your mind off this morning’s stupidity, but I’m trying.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, The NCAA, What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas

I may never criticize SEC non-conference scheduling again.

Baylor has scheduled a 2019 game against… a drum roll, please… The University of the Incarnate Word.

That’s not even the punchline.  This is.

UIW joins UT-San Antonio and Rice as non-conference 2019 opponents.  Between 2014 and 2019, Baylor has just two non-conference games scheduled against programs from the five power conferences: a home-and-home with Duke in 2017 and 2018.

As far as I’m concerned, those are sufficient grounds for the selection committee to keep Baylor out of the playoffs for the rest of the decade.


Filed under Big 12 Football

Mark Richt has lost control of Kirk Herbstreit.

Nice of you to shoot from the hip, Herbie.

After taking crap about his tweets from several quarters, Herbstreet backtracks clarifies his observations.

Little testy there, eh?

Here’s the thing:  insults aside, I can’t find fault with Herbstreit’s last point on its face.  Hell, I share the sentiment.  But – and it’s a big but – when’s the last time you saw him go off like that on another program or another head coach who suffered through multiple bouts of knuckleheadedness?  And again, all of this coming before any of us know exactly what’s behind this set of charges.  (Let us not forget how Williamson’s crew once arrested a Georgia player for failing to give his middle name.)  It’s a rush to judgment that may turn out to be embarrassingly premature.  But even if things turn out to be serious, Richt’s got a track record of dealing appropriately with that sort of conduct.  It’s not really necessary to spout off so carelessly like that so early.

There’s a reason why a lot of college coaches ban their players from Twitter.


UPDATE:  Kirk, he’s on the mother.


UPDATE #2:  When you’ve lost Jeff Schultz


UPDATE #3:  I’m inclined to give Herbstreit the benefit of the doubt here and say he stepped up and did the right thing.

Case closed.  At least until the next hasty tweet.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Georgia Football