Wednesday morning buffet

You can never have enough buffet.

  • Here’s the complete list of players invited to the NFL combine.  Almost twice as many invitees come from Louisville as from Georgia, for what that’s worth.
  • Here’s a weird suggestion for a solution to the coaches leaving after signing day problem:  The only solution might be for the NCAA to require each team’s staff to be set before signing day…”  Aside from the almost absurd logistics involved in setting the framework for that, wouldn’t it violate antitrust law?
  • A couple of thoughtful posts at Football Study Hall about how to improve the metrics of football recruiting rankings:  one from Ian Boyd and another from Bill Connelly.
  • “I never really wanted to play in the NFL.”
  • Reactions to the Tony Ball to LSU rumors.  A little hasty?  Perhaps.
  • Who said this“I do think as I go around the league and look at some other places, we probably need to do some more in our locker room. I also said I don’t think that’s the reason that we’re not where we need to be.”
  • An ESPN SEC roundtable about coaches under pressure after signing day with no mention of Mark Richt?  Well, then.
  • Here’s a big surprise.

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67 responses to “Wednesday morning buffet

  1. Jack Klompus

    Good for Nordstrom. Sounds like he’s got brains and will keep them too.

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    • Gurkha Dawg

      Wow, too bad all CFB programs don’t have coaches and players like Rice. The quality of D-1 ball would decrease but so would a lot of other problems.

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      • Cojones

        Their band is more famous (and laid back) than their team. Great place for halftime entertainment and eating a cookie!

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  2. Merk

    Or they could just waive transfer/LoI rights to any kids that have a coach leave. it should be a situation where if Kid X wants to go to University Y afterwards, but they are full up on scholarships, then they can just wait for attrition or make the move the next season.

    This would impose the risk to these schools that they have several big recruits leave if they try to cover up coaching changes.

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  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    The statue is two feet taller than Joe. And seven feet taller than his reputation outside of State College. I am surprised the feet on the statue have not crumbled.

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    • Macallanlover

      I agree Scorp, the State Penn fans hit a new low in their defense of an administration who swept knowledge of rape under the rug and allowed a pedophile to roam the campus and showers, all in the name of protecting their “reputation”. Guess what your reputation is like now Auburn wannabes? Hard to get worse than what Auburn has tolerated but you have managed Pennsylvania. I really don’t understand why the NCAA ran from these people and reinstated the wins, there should at least be an asterisk for those who wish to not be associated with that decision. Joe, nor PSU, will never be regarded as Top Ten by me. And I was a Paterno defender before this scandal, after years of thinking he was a whiner for wanting titles handed to him for playing a weak, contrived schedule. Should have trusted my instincts about his character.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        Serious question. I know AU cheats like hell but have they tolerated anything approaching child rape.

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        • Macallanlover

          I honestly don’t know of anything that approaches child rape level, but I suspect the same mind-set that allows adults to sell their values for a W would guide both. When AU fans stood and cheered/defended the team and coaches condoning Fairley the Fairy’s actions in 2010 it was coming from the same area of the brain: the result justifies any means of getting there.

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      • You’re right on this: Paterno was simply a megamaniacal self-promoter given a wide base for promotion by the NYC media behemoth.

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      • Mayor

        As usual, you once again pontificate about things without even understanding the basics concerning the subject. The NCAA was in an unsustainable position legally in a lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania officials. The President of the NCAA had ignored the Constitution and By-laws of the NCAA and acted as if he were the Commissioner of the NCAA. By that I mean he did not have the authority to deviate from the system in place for imposing discipline on a member school. He had a token vote taken by a bunch of his cronies who also did not have the authority to have such a vote. The only legal way under the NCAA Constitution and By-Laws to deviate from the investigatory/enforcement system already in place is for a vote of all member institutions to take place, which could easily have been scheduled at the next national meeting which was months away. But Mark Emmert didn’t want to wait that long because he was leaving town for the London Olympics and he wanted the matter finalized before then. Plus, what if Emmert lost that vote? What then? So he trumped-up phony authority to force a “deal” down the throat of the new President of Penn State (who also was acting without proper authority) to accept the sanctions Emmert wanted to impose with the threat that Penn State would get the “death penalty” for football if the new Prez didn’t accept the deal. That’s why when a judge got involved, the NCAA was on shaky ground and had to settle. Personally, I think the Pennsylvania officials should not have settled and, instead, crammed it up Emmert and the NCAA with a red-hot poker in court. Likely everything the NCAA did would have been vacated and the NCAA also may have been subjected to huge monetary losses as a result. That’s why the NCAA had to settle. As I understand it, the case brought against the NCAA by the Paterno family is still pending and that may not bode well for Emmert and his crowd either. Whether you like or hate Penn State, what the NCAA did was the functional equivalent of a lynch mob. But then, you probably are in favor of lynch mobs. And I am sure that neither Penn State nor the Paterno family give a rat’s ass that Joe Paterno and Penn State “will never be regarded as Top Ten” by you.

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    • They can’t crumble, SJIII, because they already turned to clay in that final year of his reign. Give those fools two or three more years of 6-8 wins and the monument will be reinstalled in some other “less controversial” spot beside the stadium.

      By rights, it ought to be dropped out in one of the vast blighted parking lots where the star-struck enablers can loutishly mictorate over it.

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  4. Foley’ ice is getting McGarity thin.

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  5. Gurkha Dawg

    Paterno was a total failure as a leader of young men. When it came time to make the tough decisions he took the easy way out and ignored the situation, hoping it would stay covered up. What a POS. The fact that PSU fans would ignore this out of some school loyalty BS is unbelieveable.

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    • Bob

      Do you seriously think it would be different at Alabama or Nebraska or Ohio State or USC or even UGA if we found out a coaching icon had done something similar? I wish it would but Penn State’s fan base is no different than any others. I don’t like it. Fact is Paterno did a lot of good things as well and those fans will tout that and turn a blind eye to the other stuff. Don’t kid yourself…in Tuscaloosa it would be far more evident than in State College…especially if it were Bryant or Saban.

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      • Dooley remained relatively unscathed throughout the Jan Kemp ordeal.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        I agree that a large part of those schools fan bases would be saying the same thing. But I don’t know that for a fact. It didn’ happen at the other schools, it happened at PSU. You can’t criticize people for behavior they MAY engage in. The good things Paterno did count for nothing. Mussolini made the trains run on time and Hilter did many things the German people approved of early on. I don’t think you will find many people touting the good things those two did.

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        • Cojones

          Yeah. Mussolini gave his innerds to Italy. Hitler did a fine thing by committing suicide. People just don’t appreciate the little things.

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        • Cosmic Dawg

          Thank you – this revisionist equivalency business of “if he’d have kicked it into the end zone and Tech returned it 100 yards we’d be screaming he should have pooched it” is the biggest nonsense. You can’t say anybody did something wrong because in some alternate universe somebody can assign to you some anticipated response you never had.

          This in fact did NOT happen at another school – it happened at Penn State and Paterno knew about it and to hell with college football if we bleed it to the point we’re talking about putting a statue back up to what is basically an abettor of a child molester.

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    • The easy way out was chosen for Paterno in the End. He just up and died. (And I think this will only continue to enhance his credentials and the perceived slights against him coming from the Hero Worshippers).

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  6. Gravidy

    I know very little about antitrust law, but the notion that the NCAA could/would be able to mandate that specific individuals would hold specific jobs and specific universities for specific periods of time is either laughable, frightening, or both.

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  7. JCDAWG83

    LOL at the comment about no mention of pressure on Richt. There will never be any pressure on Richt at Georgia.

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    • Dawgfan Will

      LOL at this comment’s complete rewriting of history from 2010-2012.

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      • JCDAWG83

        Richt was never in any danger of being fired. Too many coach lovers sending in checks for that to happen.

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        • PTC DAWG

          IF your not lobbing insults at the Coach, it’s the fans…I don’t get it.

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          • JCDAWG83

            Since when are facts insults? Richt has never really been on any kind of hot seat. Georgia has a large contingent of fans who love Richt as much or more than they love the football program, it’s a fact. Donations went UP after the ’09 and ’10 seasons, no AD is going to put pressure on a coach when the revenue number is increasing. Richt is in no danger of being under pressure.

            Either you are mighty thin skinned or I must have touched a touchy spot that was a little too close to truth and made you uncomfortable.

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            • PTC DAWG

              We just disagree….and your broken record on this subject gets old, here and elsewhere…that is my take on it…

              We agree on many things, but the constant shots, not so much.

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            • Cojones

              You seem to be ignorant that the words “hot seat” were first used in reference to Richt by Finebaum and continually expressed as such by the AJ-C sports for several years.

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    • Mayor

      Actually, if you read the linked article carefully David Ching does make reference to Mark Richt and the “natives” being restless.

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      • JCDAWG83

        There is grumbling every year after the inexplicable losses and disappointing season, but the checks keep coming in. The only thing the BM crowd cares about are the checks. Richt has a job for life as long as he doesn’t get caught up in an embarrassing scandal and that’s not going to happen.

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        • Mayor

          I don’t think you’re right JC. If CMR has back to back losing seasons–look out. He’s used up whatever good will he had with a series of disappointing losses and end of game screw-ups going back several years. There is already a fairly large fire Richt contingent out there and the guy just finished a 10 win season. Remember when UT fans all thought Fulmer hung the moon? I see the CMR situation as somewhat similar to Phat Phil’s, the biggest difference being that Fulmer won a BCSNC-and even that didn’t save Fulmer.

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          • JCDAWG83

            I might be wrong, but I don’t think so. Richt got a raise and an extension after a season in which he lost to three of the team’s biggest rivals in games he should have easily won. I know he’s not going anywhere until he wants to leave.

            If he had back to back losing seasons, he would get some pressure but he would not be fired. It would take the wheels completely coming off the program and the schedule and our talent makes that very unlikely. Georgia is, and will always be, an easy place to recruit to so the talent will keep coming. Combine that with the relatively easy schedules the 12 game season gives and losing seasons will be hard to have for Richt.

            I don’t know why PTC thinks I’m taking a shot, I’m really not. I’m stating the reality of the situation.

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  8. PTC DAWG

    Adults and Twitter, marginal at best….kids and Twitter, forgetaboutit.

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  9. sj

    The statue of Joe Pa shows his right hand raised as in: ‘raise your hand if you are tired of talking about spoiled, entitled football recruits. Yes. You know, the ones who would never see the inside of a college classroom without a mop except for their physical skills. And now are ungrateful petulant symbols of selfishness and oppression by the system. Yes, the same system that leaves the average graduate over 100K in debt.’

    Or maybe he is just saying something that used to be innocuous like: ‘We’re number 1’.

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    • Cojones

      Always thought it would be interesting if someone would blowtorch the little finger off, add another index finger and dedicate the stature to the NCAA.

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  10. Russ

    So, is there anything to the rumor about Ball leaving or not?

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  11. Nashville West

    “The only solution might be for the NCAA to require each team’s staff to be set before signing day…” Aside from the almost absurd logistics involved in setting the framework for that, wouldn’t it violate antitrust law?”
    And perhaps the 13th amendment.

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