The revenge of Agent Muschamp

I don’t know if you caught this little tidbit from Wolken’s article, but behold Greg McGarity’s percieved chief adviser in the search for a new head coach:

McGarity, who has been Georgia’s athletics director since 2010, has never conducted a coaching search of this magnitude. He previously worked under Jeremy Foley at Florida, and it is expected he would lean heavily on Foley’s advice should he find himself in the middle of a coaching search.

That’s a pretty neat trick, if you’re Foley.  Maybe he can recommend Steve Spurrier.

Just shoot me now.  Please.

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  1. That graph and the one either immediately before or after it is why I’m in such a funk as a UGA fan. Wolken says sources have said McGarity is a fan of Dan Mullen and that scares the shit out of me.

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    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      Could be worse. The article also says we might also look at Jim Mora, Jr. Would be interesting. I’ve never seen a large-scale riot on campus before.

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    • Mullen would be a great hire.

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      • D.N. Nation

        It’s not 2010.

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        • DawgPhan

          sometimes I wonder if someone of these folks even watch college football.

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          • Biggus Rickus

            I’d be somewhat skeptical of Mullen, but he has done more at Mississippi State than anyone in a very long time.

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            • Otto

              MSU had a smaller budget than Vandy when he arrived. Mullen and Pruitt would be an interesting combo. Mullen’s problem has been keeping a DC at MSU.

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              • Cousin Eddie

                Pruitt will not make the end of the season. Him or Richt one will be gone and Moorhead likes Richt.

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                • Otto

                  I think he will last the season if nothing more than to not pay for breaking the contract. The question is does Richt send him packing 1st or if McGarity gets the green light to let Richt go. McGarity doesn’t like Richt. I’m not sold on Moorehead having Richt’s back 100%. Tarkenton was the 1st big donor for the IPF and has been known to dislike Richt. It would be interesting to know where others stand. Follow the $$$.

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                  • Mayor

                    If it comes down to Pruitt or Richt having to go, as far as I am concerned bye-bye Mark. Pruitt’s problem is he wants to win and everybody else on the staff just wants a paycheck, particularly the head coach.

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                    • ugafidelis

                      Haha Mayor that’s funny.

                      It amazes me when folks say that a coach in a program doesn’t want to win. That’s like sayin that a buck doesn’t really want a doe when he’s in rut.

                      Come on man, I know you’re still pissed about not spiking the ball in ’12 but take your emotions out of it and that last thought makes no sense whatsoever.

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                • Dog in Fla

                  That’s only because Mark let’s him ride shotgun in the F-150

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      • Derek

        For how long is it that you want us to lose? I thought it was just all of this year’s games. Now I’m not so sure.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Mullen is also a protege of Dickhead. That, in itself, is more than enough said.

          He was hired by a school that allowed Jackie Sherrill to bite the balls off a cow.

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          • Dog in Fla

            Darn it, Scorpio, get the important facts straight. Jackie didn’t bite the balls off a bull, he had somebody else do it:

            “Coach Jackie Sherrill apologized yesterday for allowing the castration of a bull in front of his Mississippi State football team, and the school’s president promised that such an incident would not occur again.

            ‘Even though I was not involved in the procedure that took place, I take responsibility,’ Sherrill told his weekly news conference. ‘If this incident was in any way not perceived as proper by those who love Mississippi State, then I apologize.’

            The bull was castrated in front of the team on a practice field before Mississippi State defeated the Texas Longhorns, 28-10, on Sept. 5. Later, Sherrill said he allowed the procedure because it was educational and motivational.”

            http://www.nytimes.com/1992/09/16/sports/sports-people-college-football-sherrill-apologizes-for-incident.html

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    • lakedawg

      Dan Mullen can not carry CMR jock strap. One of the most confused side line coaches around.

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      • Dog in Fla

        On the other hand, the circumference of CMR’s head is not expansive enough to support its own weather system such as the one Dan’s head has

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    • WHB209

      Interesting action at the VT airport yesterday. From Athens to VT and back
      3 hours and the plane is owned by a law firm. (Blasingame, Burch, Garrard and Ashley, PC)….. Do they want Richt at Virginia Tech?
      Damn if I know….

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    • ugadawgguy

      Yeah, if Mullen is the end result of all this, I don’t think we’ve begun to see the meaning of the word “downturn.” Georgia’s heading for several years of mediocrity, at best.

      And by “mediocrity,” I mean “.500 seasons.”

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      • Russ

        Obviously, change is coming. But I worry that all the “Settling for mediocrity” folks will see what that term really means.

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  2. No, we will hire a search firm. Or promise it to an up and coming HC but then leak the hire before he has time to tell his team.

    Or offer it to a former coordinator and then deny that we did so.

    The Georgia Way.

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  3. Quick: name the best McGarity hire so far:

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  4. Rick

    Why do people think coaching searches are difficult? They aren’t. 90% is how big your wallet is, and after that it’s a crapshoot. If we fire Richt, there’s roughly an 80% chance we will replace him with someone far worse.

    Then we can fire McGarity for allowing this to happen, hire a competent AD, and hopefully have a winning program around 2020-2025.

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  5. Raleigh St. Claire

    This is what happens when you have multiple weak leaders at the helm. McGarity and Richt as a combo couldn’t be worse in tumultuous times. Let’s hope Jere is as good as he has seemed.

    Relying on history here is misplaced in my opinion. The college sports landscape has changed dramatically. We’re swimming in new waters.

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  6. Please don’t say Kirby Smart. He already turned us down once. Besides, isn’t he too tied to Daddy Saban’s hip to consider going anywhere…

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    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      I’ve been anti-Kirby too. But I’m beginning to think he might be a good fit.

      *He’s one of the few people I can think of we could bring in who can recruit and coach a defense as well as Pruitt.

      *He would also likely keep a pro-style offense, which could keep Eason et.al. in the fold.

      *He’s no riskier a hire than any of the other names being bandied about.

      Of course, if the newspapers are to be believed, Pruitt’s leaving because the “Alabama Way” clashes with the Georgia Way. But maybe the Georgia Way will leave with Richt.

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      • Those are all good points. And you hit on one of my biggest concerns regarding all of this in how do we keep that 2016 recruiting class intact.

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      • Will (The Other One)

        Or he’s a blonde Will Muschamp.

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      • kevinsauer

        your first point is a red flag, as it seems that’s a major issue right now re: pruitt’s impact and influence internally. why would B-M want to bring another pruitt in, sounds like they hate having him there. and once the house has been cleaned, those decision makers will be the ones left behind. the same ones who take issue with pruitt now.

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        • Will (The Other One)

          Plus, you’re just not going to out-Alabama Alabama.

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          • Dog in Fla

            Truer words have never been spoken. However, Auburn continues to try to do it each year

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            • Scorpio Jones, III

              And with some success, now and then.

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            • Will (The Other One)

              Well, actually no. The two times they’ve won (and last year when they came close for 3.5 quarters) they went with a spread/run option scheme that’s 180 degrees from Bama.
              What I mean is you don’t beat Bama by playing the same game they do. Florida tried it under Muschamp.

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              • Scorpio Jones, III

                So if you don’t run an offense that Bama likes to play against, then the wins don’t count?. Or should I point out that Tommy Tuberville was 3-4 against Bammer…running basically the same offense?

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          • No One Knows You're a Dawg

            Not going to out-Saban Saban. But Saban is 64, which used to be considered old. Course Kirby may be the unofficial coach-in-waiting at Bama.

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      • dawgman3000yeah, and the co

        That is the most convincing argument for hiring Kirby Smart I’ve seen or heard so far.

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  7. charlottedawg

    Has anyone ever seen a season implode this quickly? How the hell did we go from 4-0 to the program being shaken to it’s foundation. Even what i had considered richt’s greatest strength, being a easy boss to work for and having all his guys at least trying their best has completely gone out the window.

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  8. Bulldog Joe

    Good idea, Greg.

    Kentucky’s head coach recommended Ron Jirsa.

    That worked out great… for Kentucky.

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  9. @gatriguy

    Get the fuck away from the Saban tree. Go to Houston and don’t leave until we get Herman. Just my two cents. YMMV.

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  10. Castleberry

    Senator,
    However this plays out, I guessing the Blog Stats will surpass 40 million before the smoke clears. Coincidentally, I’m thinking the buyouts, new contracts, and IPF will surpass the same number.
    Some say life begins at 40 million.

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  11. Spike

    Coach Bobo is holding on line 1..

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  12. Chuck

    “Sources say”… meh: For all we know the ‘sources’ are posters on blogs who don’t know anything, but feel the need to say something.
    Best case would be to see this thing get turned around, but if that can’t happen, let Richt go, and give Pruitt the keys, imo. He’s got the fire in his belly that Richt had when he came.
    And the drug policy stuff we suffer under? Blame that on Adams – nobody else thought that was a good idea, but it’s politically difficult to put that genie back in the bottle.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      If I may, “but it’s politically difficult to put that genie back in the bottle.” The drug policy is just one of several genies it will be hard to get back in more than one bottle.

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  13. MEd_Dawg05

    Comment removed by administrator.

    This is the second time an unsubstantiated rumor about the coaching staff has been posted by someone who’s a first time commenter here.

    Keep the bullshit out of here. I’m serious.

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  14. I am deathly afraid of McG’s cheapness and complete disconnection from reality to ever have hope he would make a competent head coaching hire,

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  15. AB

    McGatory will complete the staff with Mullen at HC, Schotty OC, and Muschamp as DC.

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  16. DawgPhan

    say something once, why say it again?

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  17. Glenn Radford

    Coaches are over rated we should have a “free range” team, give participation trophies and put the money spent on coaching staff on Xanax and booze

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  18. DawgPhan

    This aint no party. This aint no disco. This aint no fooling around…..I aint got time for that now.

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  19. 1) Jimbo Fisher (not a serious candidate)
    2) Mark Dantonio (likely not a serious candidate)
    3) Justin Fuente – four years experience as HC. Turned moribund Memphis into something.
    4) Tom Herman – Urban Meyer tree, may be coveted by USC, only 1 year as HC
    5) Jeff Brohm – 2nd year as HC at WKU. Knows offense.

    Others that I wouldn’t trade Mark Richt for:
    Larry Fedora, Dabo Swinney, Dan Mullen, Jim Mora, James Franklin

    Others that I would trade Mark Richt for:
    Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Gary Patterson, Art Briles, Jim Harbaugh, Bill Belichik, Vince Lombardi’s reanimated corpse, Bill Walsh’s reanimated corpse

    Others that I would consider trading Mark Richt for:
    Bill O’Brien, Chip Kelly, Genghis Khan.

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  20. doofusdawg

    My only requirement is that any new head coach has the smarts to be accepted as a freshman student at UGA. That eliminates many on the list. Jimbo and Mullen specifically. Still thinking that Mike Bloomgren would fit the bill. We could get him for probably $3 million with a graduated payment scale which would help offset buyouts of current coaches.

    I would fire adgm and give Derek Dooley a serious look at ad. These leaks in the national media sound way too much like quotes.

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  21. Jared S.

    JOHN GRUDEN! (joke)

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  22. 3rdandGrantham

    Just curious—are any of you secretly enjoying all of this? I don’t mean enjoying it from a viewpoint of some warped mindset, in which you like seeing others fail. I mean from a viewpoint that perhaps this FINALLY might be the impetuous for change that so many of us have been clamoring for.

    I kinda hate to admit it…but I’m liking the current disruptions taking place, sans the losses.

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    • The only way this has an eventual happy ending is if it blows up the old order at B-M completely. The odds on that are slim.

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      • Will Trane

        Agree Senator. It takes a major, I mean a major event, to take out old dinosaurs.
        But CMR has made the UGA title hopes extinct anyway. So it does not matter…except at other SEC schools.
        Winning pays the bills, or have the B-M group not figured that out in 10 years or 10 more.
        Are you glad you paid that kind of money this year to see Schottenheimer’s offense score. Stats do not lie. Plus if you had an eye you could see it to some degree in the first 3 games. That is why Pruitt was cranked up in the UT game and Vandy game.
        Really does not matter. It is the Georgia way of being second rate.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        I don’t know. I’m far from a so-called insider, but I’m hearing about a total overall of the AD.

        Much as we all rejoiced about the myriad changes that took place in the AD last off-season, more positive changes to come with the team itself very well could be a good thing. After all, we’re finally getting an IPF…that alone tells you that the Georgia Way might be on its knees at this point.

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      • That’s where I’m at. While it would be nice, I have no misgivings that even this level of dysfunction will result in a full house cleaning which is the only way I see the disease being cured.

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      • Mayor

        Congrats on that statement, Senator!! I think the odds on that happening are better than you think, though. What it would take is the very top guy that everybody obviously would want to say: “I’ll take the job but I want full control and all these guys over here have to be gone.” The powers would do it then.

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    • DawgPhan

      no this is much more fun when it is the other guys team.

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    • lakedawg

      Am sure you are enjoying seeing the Dawgs being shot at by every enemy we have. You probably are big Ky, Barn, Sou, and Tech fan rest of year. Got the feeling you are in for a huge disapointment.

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  23. Will Trane

    have it on good source, tarkenton will be in the booth to help schotty on Saturday. good luck.

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    • Will Trane

      I like what is happening. It begins to draw the line in the sand for following seasons. If CMR stays and so does Schotty, well, it had pretty well be lights out re wins.
      Smart will go to VT or USC. Pruitt will follow him. He is not worried.

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  24. sUGArdaddy

    The name for AD is simple: Matt Stinchcomb. He’d quickly become one of the sharpest young ADs in the nation. In this day and age, you need an AD that understands media more than just about anything else. He’s 38-39 years old. He’d be awesome. He understands college athletics and academics.

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    • Dog in Fla

      I vote for CPADawg. He’d be awesome.
      First, as a CPA he knows money.
      Second, he’s got inside info on where the plane crashed.

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  25. The Hand of God

    He’s gone. There’s no way he survives this. The “one more year with an ultimatum” never works and will set the program back an extra 2 years. You have to move on at this point. But like any divorce or the dividing up of an estate, everything’s always polite and friendly until we start talking money. I can only hope the administration doesn’t let that get in the way of an amicable separation. And just to be clear, I’m not anti-Richt. Never have been. He’s a good man and a good coach, but 15 years at one place, in this league and in this era is probably too long. I know we’re reading the will while he’s still breathing, but this is big business and it’s ugly. That being said, Senator, who do you like? Not crazy about Mullen or Smart. Smart has never really even been a coordinator. But he can recruit, and that’s 75% of the job. Give or take 20%. I just don’t see how the right guy couldn’t clean up in this state. Gruden would be the choice for me and he’d succeed. I have no doubt about that. But they’d have to pay him Saban money to not bolt for the NFL after a year or two. I’d roll the dice and overpay for a good seven or eight year run with Gruden. But that probably makes too much sense. Who else? I know I’m going to get laughed at for this, but how about Herm Edwards. The guy can coach defense and I just have to believe that he’d be a great recruiter. He brings energy and enthusiasm and he can sell himself. And let’s face it, for the most part these aren’t mental giants we’re recruiting. They’d buy in to what he’d be selling. Look @ Junior. Say what you want about him, but if he’d had stayed at UT, he’d have turned it around. Recruits loved him.

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  26. Chickamona

    I would just caution folks than an awful lot of these articles being written this week have some pretty thin journalism in them. Even the Emerson-Towers piece used passive voice to say “Richt has been issued a directive” but avoided saying who issued it. And the quote referred to above about “it is expected that McGarity would lean heavily on Foley’s advice” is another un-sourced line. Who expects it? Someone actually in the know or just someone speculating with no real knowledge? Given that McGarity hasn’t actually made a high-profile hire, we truly don’t know what he’d do and I doubt this source does either. “Hey Fred, if I have to fire Mark, first call is to Jeremy down in Gainesville. Just file that away.” A lot of this stuff wouldn’t fly if being written about anything more than an intercollegiate athletic team.

    I’ll admit to having serious skepticism about McGarity’s ability to hire a coach based on rather uninspired returns so far on his other hires, so I think it is more than reasonable to have some concerns about his judgment and ability with regards to that. But I also don’t know that he is dumb enough to consult our biggest rival’s athletic director on the most important hire of his career and highest profile coach in his department.

    Given the day’s roller coaster of Pruitt rumors and everyone else’s “sources’ I’d just caution folks to have a jaundiced eye on some of the more inflammatory or provocative rumors.

    I think there is plenty of real smoke to this fire that there is no need for any embellishment

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    • lakedawg

      Best comment have read this week, Chick!

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    • diving duck

      They are writing multiple articles based on ‘sources’. Fire be damned we’re gonna make some smoke. I would enjoy the sport more if there were no entitled beat writers. The conclusions they draw and run with from their ten minute viewing where the coaches know they are being watched is awkward to read.

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    • Charles

      Ed. Zachary.

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  27. GaskillDawg

    Whatever happens, just don’t mess with Mark Fox. He is building a really nice basketball team.

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  28. Glenn Radford

    Mommy make the bad man stop

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  29. Mary Kate Danaher

    I just hope that the Dawgs roll out the black jerseys on Saturday. That way we can mix in the “fake juice” posts along with everything else.

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  30. shane#1

    I hate all the talk in mid-season, but maybe the talk will unite the team and they will fight for CMR’s job. Fifteen years is a long time to be at one program and Richt taking a job at a place like Miami might be best for him and the UGA program. When leaving USC Pete Carroll said that Bill Walsh always told his staff that ten years was long enough for a HC to stay at one place. The front office and the fans get tired of the Coach and the Coach gets tired of them.

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  31. wetdawg

    I just heard from a reliable source that CMR and Pruitt were just arrested by Athens Police for smoking joints while riding a scooter in an alley….”Pruitt refused to give his name” and couldn’t produce any form of id” one officer was overheard telling another officer………

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  32. jtp

    The staff was intact as they went to practice today.

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  33. AusDawg85

    A lot of talk about us having a #1 ranked recruiting class. And now a lot of unsourced negative rumors. Coincidence I’m sure (and really, it may be, but do you not think certain programs out there are not already pouring gas on the fire?)

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