Daily Archives: April 30, 2014

At least he didn’t blame Mark Richt for losing control.

Herbie weighs in.

All on the player.  Crickets on the institution.  Because?



Filed under Crime and Punishment, ESPN Is The Devil

Nice little program you got there, bro’.

Man, if there’s one thing worse than being mocked by Steve Spurrier…

… it’s being patronized.



Filed under Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, The Evil Genius


In the McGarity vernacular, time has told us one thing.

Georgia has played a second high-major opponent four of the previous five seasons: Oklahoma State in 2009, Colorado in 2010, Boise State in 2011, and Clemson in 2013. And Georgia has lost each of those games.

“While it might have been exciting to fans, it did not yield a championship,” McGarity said. “So one could argue that in order to put yourself in the best spot, what model works best.”

Presumably that model doesn’t include holding the program accountable for losing those kinds of games.  So we as a fan base can either be entertained by losses to power conference teams or bored watching beatdowns of hapless Sun Belt opponents, take our pick.  Man, I’m inspired.  Can I pay for my 2015 season tickets early?


Filed under Georgia Football

And the NCAA just changed the food rules, too.

Evidently this is a real thing.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was issued a citation Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs from Publix, a misdemeanor arrest, according to multiple sources. Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is a red-shirt sophomore for the Seminoles.

I’d hate to be the guy at Publix who turned him in.

You can commence with the snark now.


UPDATE:  A message from Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture (UF grad, too).


UPDATE #2:  Tomahawk Nation now reports it’s a punishment two-fer.

1:38 Update: Jimbo Fisher and Mike Martin have issued statements on Winston being suspended from baseball until he finishes his community service.

“I fully support Coach Martin’s decision and will also make sure that Jameis meets all obligations, which I know he will.” — Jimbo Fisher

“I am confident he will complete his community service obligation and the situation will be resolved soon.” — Baseball coach Mike Martin

Does that mean no football suspension needed?  Hmm…


UPDATE #3:  This wins the Internets.


UPDATE #4:  Oops.  Sorry!


Smart, Publix.  No need for a Tallahassee boycott.


Filed under Crime and Punishment

Further on down the road

Ed Aschoff has a prediction worth bookmarking:

Midway through the season, Georgia will spend four straight games away from Athens. The trip starts at Missouri and squeezes in that annual game in Jacksonville, Fla., against rival Florida. Add a trip to Arkansas and Kentucky, and the Dawgs will be world travelers. Expect Georgia to split that road trip.

Is that what we should expect?  If so, which schools beat the Dawgs in that stretch?


Filed under Georgia Football

Wednesday morning buffet

You keep emptying the chafing dishes, and I keep filling them up.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Recruiting, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics

“We have to show we do get better coverage to justify that extra cost of an official.”

On one side, SEC officiating coordinator Steve Shaw lays out the case for an eighth official in the era of the HUNH:

“People think we’re putting the eighth official in so we can go even faster (given the ongoing debate about up-tempo offenses),” Shaw said. “That absolutely is not the case. The expectation is the pace of the game, whether it’s seven or eight, will be very consistent across the board.”

Shaw said the SEC’s experiment is based on football’s changing complexities due to spread offenses. That’s a point echoed by other conference officiating coordinators. Football has become a numbers game — more teams throw the ball and more receivers run patterns –and officials are struggling to keep up.

Consider the math on a play if five offensive players go out for a pass. There are three officials positioned deep and two on the sideline. So five receivers (and potentially five to six defensive backs) are occupying five officials.

That leaves two officials — the referee and umpire — for the whole area around the pocket and line of scrimmage that involves eight to 11 players. Many officiating coordinators say the numbers don’t add up, especially given the emphasis on player safety, such as watching for personal foul hits on the quarterback.

“That’s a tall order,” Shaw said of two officials watching the balance of the players. “The early views are this eighth official helps us spotting the ball and managing the substitution process, but it’s also an extra pair of eyes to officiate.”

Shaw said the hope is the center judge can free the umpire from handling substitutions and allow him to better make his pre-snap reads. (Yes, officials are taught to read keys, too, just like defensive players.)

Makes a helluva lot of sense, no?  What could be so compelling as to keep some conferences, like Larry “ideally, we would all run the race on a similar course” Scott’s Pac-12 from entertaining the notion entirely and even keep the SEC from doing nothing more this season than a toe in the water experiment with only one eight-man crew a week?  C’mon, do you really have to guess?

One concern for conferences could be the economics of paying more officials. Schools and conferences will have to determine if the eighth official provides enough value to invest money into it as opposed to other officiating areas.

In case you’re wondering, SEC football officials are typically paid between $800 and $2,200 per game.

If the football gods have a sense of humor, this season they’ll arrange a blown call by a seven-man crew that wouldn’t have occurred with the eighth ref in a SEC game that costs a conference team a spot in the playoff.


Filed under College Football

“… that they cared about her because she assisted them with recruiting.”

I could be wrong about this, but I’m guessing the last thing Penn State needs right now is an assertion that its head football coach had contact with an alleged victim of a rape carried out by members of his football team.

Of course, we have no idea because “Vanderbilt and Penn State did not immediately respond to requests for comment.”  But it sure don’t look good from here.

Either Penn State conducted the mother of all background checks before it hired Franklin – because the rape case was already out there in the public eye – and feels it has nothing to worry about here, or it just crossed its fingers and hired the guy.  If it’s the latter, the school had better hope it’s not jumping off the cliff with its new coach.


Filed under James Franklin Is Ready To Rumble

Come to Grapevine for the vote, and stay for the… I have no idea.

So much to take away from this ESPN report about the playoff selection committee’s ranking plans:

  • Seven weekly rankings, beginning October 28th  – why?  I have no idea.
  • The committee will release a top 25 – why?  I have no idea.
  • The committee will meet in person, in Grapevine, Texas – why?  I have no idea.  (Okay, it’s a short drive from the airport.)
  • There will be some sort of formal recusal policy announced – why, if the members are all people beyond reproach?  I have no idea.

And Bill Hancock gives his blessing to Mike Slive (not that Slive needed it):

Two days after the SEC announced it will remain with an eight-game league schedule, instead of going to nine, Hancock said the selection committee won’t dictate how many conference games leagues play. The Big 12 and Pac-12 play nine league games, the Big Ten is moving to nine, and the ACC is considering going from eight to nine league games a year.

An eight- or nine-game league schedule “is not a big deal [for the selection committee], but strength of schedule is,” Hancock said.

You think the ACC heard that dog whistle?


Filed under BCS/Playoffs