In retrospect, this might not have been the smartest way to promote the program, the soon-to-be fired intern in the public relations department thought.
Daily Archives: August 6, 2015
Blatant Homerism’s Allen Kenney was gracious enough to invite me to do a podcast about… well, about what’s wrong with college football these days. I kidded him beforehand that it would turn out to be the most depressing podcast he ever hosted and I think we lived up to the promise.
You can give it a listen here.
Every year when this comes out, I’m always a little saddened to look through it and realize Ron Franklin’s name is missing.
You may have noticed the migration of the Atlanta paper’s online Georgia coverage to a new Dawgnation site. Today, Bill King lets out one somewhat distressing bit of news (in this solid post about “no-show” games) – distressing at least if you’re on troll patrol.
The most noticeable difference for longtime Junkyard Blawg readers, besides the new address, will be a change in the commenting, which now will be limited to those who have Facebook log-ins. If you want to have your say here, you’ll either have to join Facebook or put something in the Junkyard in-box by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crap. One less outlet for the obnoxious. I just hope they don’t migrate here.
McGarity warns that the new indoor practice facility won’t be ready for the 2016 football season.
Greg McGarity confirmed as much Thursday morning. The UGA athletic director said that underground utility work and site preparation will take at least three or four months to complete, and that cannot commence until the Bulldogs have completed the 2015 season. Then the actual construction of the massive building, which will be located on the eastern-most side of the current football complex, will take at least seven to nine months to finish.
That means it will likely be well into the 2016 season – if then — before it’s ready for use.
“That was one of the negatives on the front end with this site,” McGarity said. “It’s a complex site. The other site, there was nothing to stop us out there. But that site was eliminated for a number of reasons. And regardless of where it went, there were going to be challenges from a site-development standpoint.”
I think that’s fine. Laying out notice now is the right way to deal with the situation. Besides, they’ll be able to show recruits the construction work as the place goes up, which is really what’s driving this $30 million decision anyway.
I get it. A head coach is the face of his program, for better or worse. So when the media looks at Athens, it looks at Mark Richt. And when Georgia doesn’t excel, that’s how you get to the ubiquitous hot seat meme. And when it becomes apparent that, for whatever reason, Richt’s seat simply isn’t that warm, you fall back on the underachiever label.
Andy Staples does a nice job of mashing up the two with this.
Now to be fair to Andy, whom I like generally, he doesn’t come right out and say where he’s pointing his finger. And given that he’s made solid points before about Georgia’s drug policy, it may be that he’s being nuanced by referring to the program and not just the head coach. If that’s the case, I can’t argue with his sound bite.
But even so, I think Andy’s missing the bigger picture here. Not that he’s alone in that. Other than Mark Schlabach, I really can’t think of too many in the national media who commented on the dysfunction surrounding the program at the time of the bowl game.
I’m aware I sound like a broken record on this subject, but the program is in a much different place now than it was seven months ago. And I don’t know how you can judge Georgia in August, 2015 by Georgia in December, 2014 standards.
If, as Andy asserts, Georgia is now the best job in college football, it’s a very recent development. Because I don’t know too many people who would savor working at a place where the higher-ups are undercutting you in the media and controlling the purse strings in such a way that your defensive coordinator is forced to come out and publicly complain about how that’s negatively impacting recruiting.
This isn’t to predict everything’s going to come up roses for Richt, or that people shouldn’t be held accountable for substandard performance. (I can hear the cries of “Richt apologist!” already.) But to me, the place to start here is whether Richt can successfully reinvent himself as the man running the show for the second time since 2009. As I posted here, there aren’t many programs I can think of that have dramatically remade themselves the way Georgia has since 2013, while retaining the head coach.
Ironically, I’m back at the same spot where Staples started. I agree it’s put up or shut up time. It’s just that I feel that way about the program as a whole, from top to bottom, not just the head coach. It’s a complicated tale that deserves more than simply citing a couple of stats about how much high school talent the state of Georgia produces year in and year out.
If this is a story with a boom or bust conclusion, it’ll probably get told in 2017 or 2018, based on how things shake out. But it’s worth telling now. Anyone want to give it a shot?
So there’s that, anyway.
Interesting piece from Jon Solomon – danger, Will Robinson, CBS! – about the role for advanced stats that college coaches accept. The answers, as you might expect, are all over the map. The header quote is from Nick Saban, who I picture as having seventeen interns compiling every piece of analytic data known to man, only to have the Sabanator brush most of it aside as shit he doesn’t have time for. (Still, it forces everyone else in the SEC to keep up.)
Then, there’s the Mark Richt approach to analytics.
Mark Richt, Georgia
Advanced stats he likes: Does not think Georgia uses them
“We don’t use it, not that I know of. I don’t know much about it.”
At least they don’t have to tap the reserve fund for that.