Lots of stuff to sample today.
- Mark Bradley scores an interview with Greg McGarity and it comes out about as you’d expect, as McGarity fences well with Bradley’s questioning. But it’s interesting to me that McGarity believes he won’t have a tough time pulling the trigger on Richt’s Georgia career, if things come to that, because he’s “had to do it five times already with very popular sports here — gymnastics, baseball, soccer”. Yes, your flagship athletic program is just like those others.
- And in another AD interview, Jeremy Foley describes the breaking point for the decision to fire Will Muschamp: “There was a lot of negativity that was going to be hard to overcome, especially in recruiting. This business is hard when a big ball starts rolling downhill and you have to catch it and roll it back up the hill.” That one I buy.
- A federal judge rejected the NCAA’s preliminary settlement in the concussion case, in part over concerns about the adequacy of the settlement amount. Cue the PR response: “NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the association is reviewing the decision.” Hey, at least there was a response.
- You’ve probably heard that Leonard Floyd won’t play in the Belk Bowl because he’s had shoulder surgery. Check out Richt’s comment: “We wanted to give [Floyd] the maximum amount of time to be prepared for his senior year…” Think they care about that if Georgia were in the CFP semis?
- Feel free to insert the usual “Mark Richt has lost control” snark here.
- This will come as a blow to Georgia fans yearning for Gary Patterson. The man was already making in excess of $4 million a year and TCU just gave him an extension with a presumed bump to that amount. Care to count how high you’d have to go to make him consider a move to Athens? (Assuming a Georgia Way discount, of course.)
- Bill Connelly explores the predictive value of second-order wins.
- Speaking of Bill, he estimates that he’s written something on the order of one and one-half million words this year. I am in awe, sir.
- Here’s an article on Bobo’s job interview at CSU, from the Colorado side. One point of interest: “The fact Florida, considered to be a deep-pocketed athletic department with considerable cash reserves, balked at paying McElwain’s $7.5 million buyout could have a chilling effect on upwardly mobile coaching prospects not willing to commit to making Colorado State their final stop.” Does that mean Bobo’s interest is an attempt to leverage more money out of Butts-Mehre, or does he offer to take a discount on his proposed CSU salary to get a manageable buyout amount? (Bonus question: which do you think Butts-Mehre would prefer?)