You know, this is exactly how I would expect the expression on Mark Richt’s face to look while speaking with PAWWWLLL.
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Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Georgia
“You can see that he has a clear understanding of everything that’s going on. From the NFL aspect of it to college football, he definitely knows how to intertwine the two and create a system that will meet and take our college offense to the next level.” — Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell
If Mitchell’s right, based on this little stat, that’s gonna be one helluva level.
I don’t know whether to call Dan Wolken’s assessment of Mark Richt’s job security (ranked 11th in the conference) lazy or nasty.
Within the coaching world, there’s a strong belief Richt will walk away from Georgia and go do missionary work if he sees the writing on the wall. Despite his consistency over 14 seasons, Georgia fans have largely grown frustrated with perceived underachievement (his last SEC title came in 2005). If he goes a third straight year without winning a weak East, Georgia could start itching for change.
The lazy part? “Georgia fans have largely grown frustrated with perceived underachievement…” That “largely” toss-in isn’t based on anything other than the perception of someone who evidently spends too much time listening to Finebaum and reading message board and blog comments. Like it or not, Richt’s gotten a huge financial commitment from the school in the last half-year or so and barring some unprecedented collapse, isn’t going anywhere. If Georgia merely slips up and lets Missouri in the door to the Georgia Dome for the third straight year, it’s hard to see how the administration doesn’t give him more than a year to try to get a return on the new investment.
The ugly part, of course, is the first sentence, which sounds like something straight off the recruiting trail.
It’s a weird world we live in where Richt’s personal morals are perceived as a sign of weakness, while the fourth-ranked coach on Wolken’s list can evidently slide on his program being connected to a federal investigation connected to allegations of improper responses to reports of on- and off-campus sexual assaults. Maybe someone should ask PAWWWLLL about it.
At $1,720, Georgia Tech has the fourth-lowest COA figure among all P5 schools, in large part because it doesn’t include travel expenses in its cost of attendance calculations.
Considering that it attracts students from all over the world, let alone the country, you might think that’s a rather significant omission.
Now that I think about it, though, I suppose it doesn’t cost that much to use a transporter to get to school.
You will be shocked, shocked to learn that despite college football programs across the country spending millions of dollars to upgrade cellular reception inside their stadiums, most of their fan bases couldn’t care less about that, at least in comparison to what’s important. (h/t)
The most recent support for this surprising result comes from a new survey by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators and Oregon’s sports marketing center. It asked almost 24,000 students across the country to rank the factors that influenced their decision to attend games. By far the most important was a student’s interest in that sport. By far the least important was a stadium’s cellular reception or wireless capability.
The study is so counterintuitive that it seems like it must be an outlier—except that it is supported by similar polls in places where college football is massively popular.
At Michigan, when the student government asked undergraduates why they go to football games, what they found clashed with conventional wisdom: Michigan’s students simply didn’t care that much about mobile connectivity. In-game Wi-Fi wasn’t as essential as lower ticket prices or better seat locations. Among the seven possible improvements to the game-day experience, in fact, students ranked cell reception last.
The Southeastern Conference, which led all leagues in average attendance last season, has come to the same conclusion.
Now you – especially if you’re one of those people who actually spends money to go to college football games – may react to this with an insightful “duh”, but to the geniuses charged with managing the sport, this evidently comes as a major surprise.
One of the shocking things that schools have learned is that football fans, including students, currently care more about clean restrooms than fast Internet. In the recently released Oregon study, which surveyed students across all five power conferences, fans ranked cellular connectivity last on their wish list.
Gee. It almost seems like they never attend games.
And these are the folks charged with college football’s future. Good luck with that, peeps.
“The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.”
So obviously, we can take this bad boy to the bank.
I guess ESPN was really impressed with G-Day.
One thing that’s gratifying about hosting this blog is the little tidbits that people send me now and then (h/t Tatum). Like this story about former Georgia Tech stalwart Reuben Houston.
A former star defensive back who dealt with a drug case while playing for Georgia Tech is facing new charges.
Reuben Houston, who once starred in the gold and white of a Georgia Tech football uniform and now is an aspiring rapper, sat in a jailhouse hearing room wearing a Fulton County Jail inmate uniform.
Documents say Houston is charged with trafficking marijuana and also faces a pair of gun charges, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
When Houston appeared in court, the judge told him he is not authorized to set bond for his case.
Houston’s attorney, Manny Arora, says the studio where several pounds of marijuana were found had four other people in it. When asked exactly how much marijuana police found, Arora said, “The police say 11 pounds, but that’s with all the packaging on it. So once we actually get an actual weight I’m sure it will be a little bit less.”
That’s Chantastic. After all, this isn’t Houston’s first rodeo.
You have to hope this doesn’t interfere with life after football for him. He’s got so much going for him these days.
Entertainment lawyer Steve Sidman, who can boast a client list of multi-platinum artists across the musical spectrum, says Houston’s prospects as Rapper Rico Richie have just taken off.
“He has a single called ‘Poppin’ that is doing just that,” Sidman said. “My friend and client has enormous, almost limitless, prospects as a rapper.”
Well, of course. Doesn’t everyone who matriculated at Georgia Tech?
By the way, it was good to see that the AJ-C was all over this story, wasn’t it? Er… um… you mean the AJ-C wasn’t all over it?
Welp, I have returned from the land of beautiful, cool mornings (48-degree, blue sky sunrises are damned hard to beat in July, let me tell you).
If you’re expecting a couple of breathless posts about what went down at Dawg Night while I was gone, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place.
However, you have my permission to get a little pumped up about preseason camp gearing up in two weeks. I’m know I’m ready.