Daily Archives: December 30, 2014

Here’s something Mark Richt hasn’t lost control of.

Felony charges for computer hacking?  You’re at Georgia Tech!  You can do that!

A Clarke County grand jury recently indicted a Georgia Tech student for allegedly hacking into the University of Georgia’s computer network to post a message prior to the annual rivalry football game between the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets.

His indictment came after an investigation by UGA Police, so it looks like Jimmy Williamson’s troops finally did some righteous work.

As always, you can count on StingTalk for a little comedic relief.



Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

Boom’s number one ranking is already in jeopardy.

Will Muschamp’s top of the salary heap position may last about as long as Melvin Gordon’s single-game rushing record did.  Texas A&M is reportedly trying to obtain the services of John Chavis by offering to make him the highest paid assistant coach in the country.  Even if he doesn’t accept the offer, you can bet that LSU will have little choice but to sweeten his deal accordingly.

Of course, Greg McGarity pays no attention to things like that.


Filed under It's Just Bidness

He speaks for me.

Hutson Mason says what I’ve thought.

Mason was asked to sum up Georgia’s season in one word. He thought for awhile, then offered a somewhat downbeat answer.

“For me personally I think it’s disappointing, because we had two games that we shoulda and coulda easily won,” he said. “Just my opinion, there’s one game where we showed up and just flat-out got beat, and that was down there in Jacksonville. But when you look back at the (other) two losses that we had it’s frustrating, because you saw the opportunities that we had where we could have won the game. So you look back at the season and think, Man, we could have been very, very special.”

Second straight year, at that.  But where I could excuse the falloff from the promise of September, 2013, by the unraveling of the offense due to a rash of injuries, this year’s got nothing more to point at than a lack of team focus at the worst times.  I don’t know how you fix that, but I could do with a little less “we could have been” going forward.


Filed under Georgia Football

Name that caption, smiling SOB edition

Boy, this is some grin.

(TODD SUMLIN — tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com)

Maybe Petrino just spotted a cool looking motorcycle in the NASCAR garage. Your thoughts?


Filed under Name That Caption

Alabama can relax.

Jim Harbaugh’s contract turns out to be a 7-year, $5 million per year deal.  No need to rush out and give Nick Saban a raise tomorrow.

The Republic is saved.


Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness

Some Belk Bowl thoughts

Usually, it’s a sad day for me when another Georgia football season wraps up… and that’s the case for today, except that my sadness is tempered by a bit of fatigue from all the drama and whining we’ve been subjected to, especially after the Tech loss.  (Not that I expect any of that to fade away afterwards.)

Anyway, on to a little pregame discussion, minus the personalities.  Here’s what the key advanced stats from Bill and Brian tell us about Georgia and Louisville:

Advanced Stats Georgia Louisville
F+ Overall 7th (27.6%) 16th (19.9%)
F+ Offense 8th (14.4%) 42nd (4.2%)
F+ Defense 22nd (10%) 5th (16.1%)
F+ Special Teams 11 (3.2%) 88th (-0.9%)

Damned shame Isaiah McKenzie’s suspended, no?

Team Speed Kills lists five key things to watch:  (1) Louisville’s quarterback situation; (2) Georgia’s offense vs. Louisville’s defense; (3) turnovers; (4) special teams; and (5) Louisville’s offensive line.  That’s a good list.  Let me go into number two a little bit more.

Take a look at Louisville’s run defense game log.  Then take a look at Georgia’s running game log.  I don’t think you have to be a genius to see that something’s gotta give there.  The Louisville defense only allowed one opponent to rush for more than five yards a carry; Georgia cleared that hurdle in all but three games this season.  If Georgia can’t run the ball, that’s going to force the offense into a place it would prefer not to go, given Louisville’s penchant for snatching interceptions at a ridiculous rate.

As far as Georgia’s pass rush goes, Louisville was pretty awful on the sacks allowed front.  Its 36 was next to last in the ACC.  (By comparison, Georgia only allowed 15 this season.)  True, Leonard Floyd is out, but Lorenzo Carter appears to be a more than capable replacement – and besides, Georgia figures to be in a 4-2-5 set up for much of the game, meaning that Pruitt would either be using Floyd in the Star position, or not having Floyd or Carter on the field all the time.

With that in mind, my most underrated aspect to the game is Damian Swann, who figures to go out playing at the position he’s best suited for.  Most overrated?  Intangibles.  Yes, the more motivated team generally wins games like the Belk Bowl.  But – 10 wins, Grantham, Bobo gone, Petrino, erasing the bad taste of the Tech loss, pissing matches with athletic directors – who the hell knows what’s going to motivate the two teams today?

Just relax, have fun today and play your game, fellas.  Give us something to enjoy until G-Day.


Filed under Georgia Football

Spend like a champion.

I just thought I’d throw out some numbers for you to absorb and react to.

First, Jon Solomon put together this handy chart showing what the four schools in the CFP spend on athletics.

Category Alabama
Ohio State
Ohio State
Florida State
Total Revenue $143,776,550 $139,639,307 $115,271,040 $91,382,441
Athletic Revenue Increase (2005-13)* $81,489,358 $49,938,328 $75,264,435 $34,805,508
Sports/Number of Athletes 21 sports/563 athletes 36 sports/1,003 athletes 19 sports/454 athletes 20 sports/515 athletes
Annual Debt Service for Athletic Facilities
(pct of university’s total annual debt service used for athletics)
$15,980,449 (30%) $15,882,000 (5%) $19,243,594 (34%) $0 (0%)
Potential Cost of Attendance Stipend to Players $4,332 (in-state)
$5,662 (out)
$4,691 (in-state)
$5,411 (out)
$2,430 (in-state
and out-of-state)
$4,124 (in-state)
$5,720 (out)
Football Ticket Sales $36,199,233 $46,317,719 $21,604,651 $17,611,185
Donations to Athletic Department $34,233,035 $22,204,606 $46,627,597 $18,894,097
Direct Institutional Support $5,791,200 $0 $0 $0
Student Fee Revenue $0 $0 $1,524,045 $7,859,734
NCAA/Conference Payouts $23,855,929 $23,635,519 $19,123,125 $19,814,702
Broadcast, TV, Radio, Internet Rights $10,926,979 $1,962,000 $120,000 $355,000
Royalties, Licensing, Advertising and Sponsorships $11,203,182 $12,714,758 $7,139,035 $11,859,646
Football Camp Revenue $584,616 $574,771 $248,312 $0
Nike 2014-15 Contract Value $3,570,000 $4,164,014 $2,985,000 $4,400,000
Football Scholarship Costs $3,632,607 $3,243,001 $3,057,727 $3,120,676
Football Coach Pay* (From 2014) Nick Saban
Urban Meyer
Mark Helfrich
Jimbo Fisher
Football Coach CFP Bonuses $200,000 (semifinal appearance)
or $300,000 (championship appearance)
or $400,000 (championship win)
$200,000 (semifinal appearance)
or $250,000 (championship appearance)
$175,000 (semifinal appearance)
or $200,000 (championship appearance)
$75,000 (semifinal appearance)
$200,000 (championship game appearance)
$200,000 (championship win)
Football Assistant Coaches Pay* (2014) $5,213,400 $3,592,025 $3,277,584 $3,386,000
Football Support Staff Pay $2,896,666 $2,587,481 $1,481,515 $1,141,275
Football Recruiting Expenses $983,721 $564,152 $674,755 $425,796
Athletic Department Medical Expenses/Insurance $2,346,604 $1,787,936 $1,216,954 $1,483,445
Athletic Department Money Transferred to University $5,934,130 $8,279,172 $0 $3,706,921

The figures are from the 2012-3 fiscal year, but you get the gist.

The first point to take from this is that even in the new era of a four-team playoff, it takes money to make money.  It’s all well and good to talk about a Moneyball approach to building a football program, but that’s a lot easier said that done, especially because it’s hard to build a sufficient reputation to crack a top four pool if you aren’t a member of a P5 conference.  Would that change much with playoff expansion?  If the postseason were opened to all conference champs regardless of ranking, sure.  But in the meantime, you’d better be raking in the dough if you want to go to the show.

And how does Georgia compare?  Not too badly, if you go by the numbers submitted to the NCAA.  Total revenues are bigger than FSU’s.  (Note that football turned an almost $50 million dollar profit, which means the rest of Georgia’s athletic programs combined to lose something like $16 million.)  Outside of Alabama’s excess, coaching salaries don’t seem too out of line.  Georgia’s football recruiting budget is about $600,000, which also seems to fit.

You can find details on items like debt service, revenues from ticket sales/contributions and student fees, along with money transferred to the university here.  Again, nothing particularly egregious jumps out in the comparison.

Just for yuks, there’s this, too.

Looking at all this, it seems fair to say that money isn’t Georgia’s problem.  Agree?  Disagree?  Let me know in the comments.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

“How can you not root for a guy like that?”

I’m not a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, but I’d definitely sympathize if any of them told Matt Hayes to take this column and stick it straight up his ass.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Media Punditry/Foibles

Taking chippiness to the next level

Whoever says bowl games are meaningless hasn’t met Texas A&M staff member Michael Richardson.

Although perhaps he will soon be called “former” Texas A&M staff member Michael Richardson.  Woody Hayes might approve, but I doubt anyone else will.


UPDATE:  Now it’s “former”.


Filed under General Idiocy

“We’re gonna continue to do what we do offensively.”

When it comes to the coming offensive coordinator hire, Mark Richt expects the new OC to be true to his (new) school.

“As far as we’re gonna be very serious about running the football, we’re gonna be very serious about play-action pass, we’re gonna be very serious about being able to drop back and throw the ball as good as anybody. We’ll still have the ability to use fast tempo. All those things will be in place.

“The skill sets that we’ve recruited for, they have nothing to worry about, because we’re gonna use them to their fullest.”

And why shouldn’t he?  Georgia’s offense has been the best in school history the past couple of seasons.  A radical restructuring shouldn’t be in the cards, at least not for some of the flimsy reasons I’ve seen expounded by Internet experts.  Georgia uses a system that built on what Richt brought with him, that he’s comfortable with and that’s taken in a few wrinkles to adapt to changes in the way the game’s being played now.  And as Richt points out, Georgia’s offensive recruiting is based on what’s working.

If you’re looking for a cautionary tale about the consequences of shaking things up and then not buying into the results, look no further than our friends on the Plains.  Two of Auburn’s last three head coaches lost their jobs in large part because of changes at the offensive coordinator position that either the rest of the staff couldn’t accept or because the new man couldn’t work effectively with the personnel already in place.

I’m a big believer in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” theory of play calling.  Seems to be an equally effective approach for choosing a coordinator to run your offense.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics