Shorter Verbatim Matt Hayes: “As much as it pains me to admit this perfectly imperfect sport must move closer to the look and feel of the cold, antiseptic NFL, it’s the only way to save it from itself.”
In other words, we have to destroy college football to save it.
There are times when I wonder if we deserve being able to enjoy things.
This is a rather curious thing to say.
Richt was asked just one question during his allotted 10-minute window on the weekly call and it was about whether the Bulldogs had settled yet on a starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Kentucky. He said that Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey are “repping most” with the No. 1 offense. He said that Bauta, who started against the Gators’ last week, “has gotten some work as well. We haven’t ruled that out.”
Then he offered this intriguing aside without prompting:
“Part of last week (here he pauses to laugh) was just the fact that some of the guys, I was just curious, if there was any secrets anymore, you know? And guys, somehow things always slip out through social media or whatever it is. So I was just curious if everybody could keep it under their hat.”
I don’t think that was meant to be taken seriously, but I also think Richt’s seriously overestimating the fan base’s sense of humor these days. Win a few games first – hell, score some points first – and maybe we’ll appreciate the wisecracks more.
This one’s mine, I think.
The NCAA’s release of its latest graduation rate figures on Wednesday allowed the association a chance to trumpet further academic progress by Division I college athletes.
It also allowed some coaches and athletics directors to celebrate the triggering of performance bonuses.
At least three Bowl Subdivision football head coaches – including Alabama’s Nick Saban – became set for bonuses of at least $100,000, and several AD’s picked up five-figure sums.
The kids work hard in the classroom and the adults get paid. Why, exactly? It’s not like Saban takes the tests or writes a paper. Saban’s boss, Bill Battle ($40,000 bonus), isn’t personally tutoring Alabama student-athletes.
We know why. It’s so the schools can point to this and trumpet that they’re really serious about academics. Funny, but I thought that was their stated mission in the first place. That their proof is tied to something with a dollar sign just shows what counts these days.