Daily Archives: April 25, 2014

Dubai is compelling.

Just so we’re clear here..

… fan interest doesn’t qualify as a “compelling reason”?

Steve Patterson really is a national treasure.



Filed under College Football

“Now that we went 4-8, we’re out of control.”

Agent Muschamp insists he’s got a handle on things.  And Mike Bianchi is in his corner.  (Gratuitous, but wholly expected Corch shot: “When Urban Meyer was coaching UF to national championships, Gator fans scoffed at those of us in the media who pointed out the number of Meyer’s players who were getting arrested. Only in Meyer’s final days – when the program started to unravel and Meyer ultimately bailed out – did fans turn on him.”)

Damn, if Boom didn’t exist, we’d want to invent him.  He’s on track to join Reggie Ball in the Georgia Opponents Hall of Fame.


Filed under Gators, Gators...

The Fridge

One guess whose supply this is.


Filed under Georgia Football

Michigan gets Houstoned.

Just when you think the NCAA can’t get any NCAA-ier, it does.

A ludicrous situation on so many levels, stupidity like this has the effect of making you sympathetic to the union argument.




Filed under The NCAA

More scheduling angst

Okay, back to cynical mode.

One of the questions Seth Emerson addresses in his most recent mailbag is what’s going on with conference scheduling, in particular the fate of the crossover divisional rivalry games.  Part of his answer intrigues me.

Slive is good about not showing his cards, but if I had to guess he’d personally vote to go to nine games, which would keep the two major cross-division rivalries. But if he doesn’t get the votes for that – and I’m not sure the votes are there – then I know Slive is sensitive to the perception that he would be presiding over the end of two more storied rivalries. Slive doesn’t like that Texas and Texas A&M don’t play anymore, nor that Missouri-Kansas has ended. Those aren’t necessarily his fault: Missouri and Texas A&M wanted in the SEC, and those were the consequences. But losing the Georgia-Auburn and Tennessee-Alabama rivalries would be more on Slive’s watch.

Now, first, I don’t doubt Seth’s guess about Slive’s preference there.  If you’re not a head coach or an athletic director, a move to a nine-game conference slate makes way too much sense.   In terms of broadcast inventory and attractiveness to the playoff selection committee, it’s close to a no-brainer for a conference commissioner who’s paid to look at the bigger picture.  Slive’s always been pretty good at leading his presidents where he wants them to go, so I can see him pushing an expanded schedule as a compromise between the block that wants to keep the permanent cross-division rivalries and the one that wants to ditch them.

But what if he’s not convincing enough?  It’s pretty clear there’s a lot of resistance to adding that ninth game from the coaches and the ADs.  And the restrained comments we’ve heard on the Georgia side about the Auburn game lead me to think our administration already knows the votes aren’t there to keep the status quo.  So those of us who want the Auburn-Georgia series to be maintained have to hang our hats on Slive’s concern for his perceived legacy?  I know Seth speaks pretty clearly about what appears to be on Slive’s mind, but, dang, so much tradition has already been trashed on Slive’s watch – true, not all his fault – that I question if there really is a bridge too far here.  There are plenty of ways to rationalize the decision if it comes to that.

I don’t know; maybe the compromise will be to stay at eight games, keep the two permanent cross-division rivalries intact and let every other cross-division matchup float.  That’s a scheduling nightmare – for one thing, it will mean long stretches when Georgia doesn’t play certain teams from the West – but as the current mess in basketball indicates, the SEC seems to have a great deal of tolerance for nightmarish scheduling.

What I feel certain of is that fan preference isn’t driving this bus.  I’m just hoping they do enough to let us have a comfortable seat on it.  After all, we’re the ones paying for the ride.


UPDATE:  If Slive is looking for some more ammo for an argument to go to a nine-game schedule, he might want to take a look at this.


Filed under SEC Football

“Once you’re a Bulldog, you’re always a Bulldog.”

As easy as it is to wax cynical about so much of what goes on in college football, there is something authentic about Mark Richt that is always worth appreciating.


Filed under Georgia Football

Four months and two days away

CFN has a list of all the action for the first week of the college football season.

Can it get here soon enough?


Filed under College Football

The only coach who could ever reach me

The OBC gets a little Old Testament on his players’ asses:

Toward the end of spring practice this year, sophomore receiver Pharoh Cooper looked back too early on a pass route, prompting Spurrier, the son of a Presbyterian minister, to pipe up, ‘Pharoh, you know what happens when you look back?’ ”

In the Book of Genesis in the Bible, Lot’s wife looked back on Sodom and became a pillar of salt.

“He does a really good job of relating to whoever you are,” Thompson said. “I’m a Christian, and any time he can relate a Bible story to something we’re doing, he’ll do it. He’ll call Kane Whitehurst ‘Abel’ sometimes, off-the-wall stuff, and you think he’s crazy.

“But you always listen.”

Between that and Dabo’s exercises of the spirit, it makes you wonder if any atheists play football in South Carolina.


Filed under The Evil Genius

Another day in Amateurism Land

Did you think I was gonna say Paradise there?

There’s so much stuff swirling around the NCAA and college athletics at this moment that it’s just easier to bullet point the suckers:

  • The Northwestern players cast their votes for unionization today.
  • But those ballots are going to be sealed for a while because yesterday the NLRB voted to hear Northwestern’s appeal of the Regional Director’s ruling.  As Andy Staples notes, the NLRB vote is a much bigger deal than what Northwestern’s players do.
  • Meanwhile, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors gave its blessing to the restructuring of how the division is governed.  But, as the chair of the board noted, “The model we sent to the membership today is not a final product.”  The proposal has to go to a final vote in August, and while some areas like full cost of attendance scholarships, continuing education and medical care, insurance and the ability to pay for expenses for family members on trips have been green-lighted for big school autonomy, other categories of autonomy sought by the Big Five were tabled for discussion by the board.  And they haven’t fleshed out the voting process yet.  So here’s something the NCAA has struggled with for two years and is still an unfinished product.  Does it seem like it’s a little rushed?  Gee, I wonder why.
  • Meanwhile, the branding continues.  Will a football game be scheduled in Mexico City before the NCAA gets its final act together on governance?


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Look For The Union Label, The NCAA

What a mess we have at left guard.

Otherwise known as four out of five ain’t bad.

Richt said Georgia probably will go with one of two starting lineups on the line that both include Andrews at center and Pyke at right guard.

One lineup would also have Theus at left tackle, sophomore Brandon Kublanow at left guard and Houston at right tackle. The other would include senior Mark Beard at left tackle, Houston at left guard and Theus at right tackle.

If Theus is indeed the best offensive tackle on the squad, and he looked clearly improved at G-Day, then playing him at right tackle isn’t the best utilization of his talent.  But the coaches recognize at this point that they may not have a choice.

Richt is surprisingly sunny about the o-line’s prospects…

“I think we’re going to be very good up front,” Richt said. “We won’t be this dominating bunch of maulers, but they’re very well-coached, they know what they’re doing, they get their hat in the right spot, they run their feet on contact. They’ve got a little meanness and toughness about them. If you do that, you’re going to create some space for these great backs and create some time for the quarterback to throw it. I think we’re going to be in good shape.”

… and there’s been some chatter that there may be some help coming with this year’s freshman class, but I don’t think the hesitation over the makeup of the line is because there’s a wealth of options at left guard and I’m skeptical of a true freshman lineman being a significant contributor on an SEC team.  What I’m afraid of is that the uncertainty at left guard drags Friend and Bobo into doing more personnel shuffling during the season than they’d like.

This team is loaded at the skill positions.  Mason looks like he’s going to be a capable manager of the offense, maybe more.  Bobo knows what he’s doing.  All the elements for a productive offense are in place.  You’d hate to see what could be a strength, or at least a point of stability – after all, if you’ve settled on four guys as your starters, what you’d really like to do is plug ’em in to their spots and go – wind up limiting that production.


Filed under Georgia Football