Daily Archives: April 25, 2014

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.

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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?

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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.

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