Daily Archives: January 13, 2015

Well, that’s one way of looking at the season.

I’m starting to think the best way of assessing Georgia’s 2014 season is to wait and see how the next couple of years go, kinda the way you should evaluate a recruiting class.  If this program steps up and competes legitimately for SEC titles and national semi-finals slots, then it’s clear that this past season, with the coaching changes and all that flowed from them, was a foundation for better times and should be viewed positively as a result.

But if the program plateaus or even regresses somewhat in that time, it’s hard to take anything out of a top-ten finish other than an acknowledgement that it could have been so much more.



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“Join the club.”

Last night’s game was kind of meh, but I did enjoy this…

Whoa, Herbstreit!

This was also pretty hilarious.

I only wish the rest of the crew looked like Larry, Darryl and Darryl.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs

You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.

In the wake of the news that McClendon and Rocker are getting new titles and salary bumps, is anyone really surprised by this?

… Both promotions and the subsequent salary increases that will come with them are the result of competitive offers the coaches received from other programs.

Auburn, Rocker’s alma mater, tried to convince the former Lombardi and Outland award winner to come back and join the staff of new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp on The Plains. He joined the UGA staff just a year ago after working for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans the previous three years.

McClendon was offered the opportunity join Mike Bobo at Colorado State as an assistant head coach and continues to receive overtures from other SEC institutions.

This is why Greg McGarity shouldn’t beat his chest in public about rewarding assistant coaches purely on the basis of performance.  (Unless he’s talking about how they perform in job interviews with other schools, that is.) Because the market is like the honey badger.  It don’t care.

Seriously, it’s not like anyone’s gonna fault him for taking steps to keep valued staff in Athens.  The trick is knowing when the right time is to let the Garners and the Granthams go.  And McGarity’s track record on that looks pretty good right now.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

Pleading poverty

Andy Schwarz does a terrific job of exposing the bullshit behind the insistence that big time college athletics are almost universally run in the red.  (If the economics are truly that dire, why do schools keep making the jump to D-1 sports?)

Even better, he makes three proposals for more honest accounting.

Step 1: Split athletic departments into two parts, one for football and basketball, one for everything else.

In essence, this splits profit generation from how those profits are spent, and quickly disentangles the false connection between football profits and field hockey expenses.

If the two departments were split into, say, the Football and Basketball Department (FBD) and the Olympic Sports Department (OSD), the schools themselves (and Congress, if it so chooses) could make better decisions about whether FBDs were being run efficiently enough to generate sufficient profit, or whether the people in charge of the FBDs were wasting money, perhaps by paying themselves too much

Step 2: Cash accounting only.

Schools should use, and publish, cash-based accounting for their FBDs. No accrual accounting, no cost allocations, and no transfer prices. Unless an activity results in cash flowing out of the university (and not just from one university department to another), the FBD pays nothing for it.

Note: that means paying nothing for scholarships. Why? When the school charges the athletic department for a scholarship, no actual money leaves the university. The price it assigns for managerial purposes is ripe for funny-money bookkeeping…

Step 3: Provide honest incentives and use public scrutiny to keep things that way.

Once we have true measures of cash flow generated, schools should base the salary of their FBD directors on how much money they hand to the university in cash flow each year–or better yet, on a five-year average to avoid short-term gaming. To wit: the University of Texas’s FBD director could earn base pay of $50,000 per year, plus, five percent of all cash flow above a minimum target…

All of that is good.  When you’re spending public dollars, the more transparency, the better.  There’s one little problem, though.

Much as H.L. Menken advised that no one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the masses, I think it is nearly impossible to overestimate the power of profit-sharing on an administrator’s desire to show profits. Right now, if the choice is between handing your school $5 million in profits or $1 million in losses–and the latter lets you hand out raises to everyone in your department (including yourself) without affecting your tenure in any way–it’s hard to avoid the temptation to spend every dollar in your budget. Such is the oft-wasteful reality of use-it-or-lose-it budgeting: costs rise to whatever level is allowed.

Well, unless you’ve got a reserve fund to tend to, I guess.  But the overall thrust of what’s there is laudable.  If nothing else, it’s a valid platform from which to discuss meaningful reform.  When the Coalition to Save Collegiate Sports comes calling with its proposals, perhaps it’s a starting point worth raising in response.


Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness

Fabris Invitational Bowl Pool results

The season comes to an end, so now it’s time to crown our bowl pick ’em winner.  No tiebreaker on this one:

Selection Name
Tie Breaker Game
1 Cgpeltier Adj 26-13 26   35-31

Congrats to Cgpeltier.  You met the challenge and can lord it over us all offseason.

Until next time, peeps.

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Filed under GTP Stuff

They’re moving the game to the Georgia Dome!

No, not the Georgia-Florida game.  A home game.

Georgia is involved in talks that could result in another high-profile non-conference game, possibly at the Georgia Dome or the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium.

Color me puzzled.  It’s not as if Georgia doesn’t boast a perfectly lovely facility of its own in the neighborhood, as Groo has noted before.

And it’s going to mean giving up one of those precious home games that Richt and McGarity were thought ready to defend to the death.  Um, what’s that you say, Greg?

McGarity indicated it would come at the expense of a Georgia home game, which would impact business in Athens. But another big-time concert could help offset that, McGarity said, pointing to the Jason Aldean concert in 2013.

If that’s all it takes to make things right with the world, I’d gladly trade a concert at Sanford Stadium every other year for a nine-game conference schedule.  I bet most of the fan base would happily make that deal, too.  Think it through and get back to us, guys.


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When the legacy becomes more important than the crime

After all the insistence by Mark Emmert that it was necessary and all the outrage that led him to impose sanctions on Penn State without following any established NCAA rules because of the uniquely heinous transgressions that were committed, here comes the mulligan.

The NCAA, state officials, and Pennsylvania State University are in talks to reconsider the historic punishment imposed on the school stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, a step that could include restoring 111 victories stripped from the late football coach Joe Paterno’s record, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Also under consideration is a proposal to have the state and the university use the $60 million fine levied by the NCAA, the major organizing body for college sports, for child protection, said the sources. The sources asked not to be named because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

Details of the negotiations were unclear Monday, but the talks seemed designed to stave off a court battle.

Those of you who defended Emmert and his organization for ignoring the process shouldn’t feel foolish about this now.  You should have felt foolish about this a long time ago.  This is just one more piece of a kind.

In the end, you know what this is really about?

Sources say the terms being discussed include a provision under which Penn State would acknowledge that the NCAA had the right to impose the sanctions.

It’s about covering Mark Emmert’s ass.  And why not?  This has been a sad tale of the ends supposedly justifying the means from the start, so why shouldn’t it finish that way, too?


Filed under The NCAA, You Can't Put A Price Tag On Joe Paterno's Legacy

“It was like the shootout at the OK Corral.”

It sounds like there’s more to the circumstances leading to Jakell Mitchell’s death than we originally knew.

Testimony during the hearing showed that Hart and Mitchell both opened fire, and that Hart was moving away from Mitchell when the fatal shot was fired, said Treadwell.

Hart later tested positive for marijuana use, but toxicology results aren’t yet available for Mitchell, Treadwell said.

Authorities had not previously disclosed allegations that Mitchell was armed and opened fire, but additional evidence could be revealed during a preliminary hearing set for Tuesday in Alabama’s Lee County, where the killing occurred.

The probation report said a witness told police that Mitchell got into an argument with a brother of Tyrone Ware, who isn’t otherwise identified. The brother pointed a gun at Mitchell and fired several times, according to the document.

Treadwell said a statement by Hart and a police investigation showed that Mitchell fired several shots with a .45-caliber handgun, and Hart fired a .40-caliber weapon. The path of the casings fired by Hart was “streaming away” from Mitchell, he said.

Investigators found the gun Mitchell was using but the other weapon remains missing, Treadwell said.

If there’s anything to this, I’m sure there are Auburn fans ready to insist that Mark Richt has tolerated far worse behavior at thUGA.  Meanwhile, between the incident and Michael Dyer, is it fair to start asking questions about the gun culture surrounding Auburn football?


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Crime and Punishment