Daily Archives: February 15, 2016

Amateurism, in 140 characters or less

I don’t think even Mark Emmert has put it this bluntly.

Thank Gawd collegiate sports administrators and coaches live their own lives by that credo.

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Gettin’ off the Gus Bus

This is quite the chart.

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If you prefer it in words, here you go.

Two years ago, Gus Malzahn was in the national championship game. Now, he’s seen five assistants leave this offseason, three for comparable jobs.

Co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who is a former Auburn player, left for the LSU wide receivers job on Sunday. Malzahn moved quickly, reportedly hiring Kodi Burns, but there’s been an exodus of assistants over the past two seasons at Auburn.

Good thing Rodney Garner’s stuck around.

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UPDATE:  Remain calm, Auburn fans.  All is well.

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The next Saban trend

Alabama just hired an assistant coach.  The thing is, there are already nine assistants on staff there.  So

As part of the move, Crimson Tide assistant head coach and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal is expected to move to tight ends and tackles coach, per the sources. The addition of Key would mean Alabama coach Nick Saban would have to move another current assistant to another role to comply with NCAA rules that limit an FBS coaching staff to nine assistants.

Roster management – it’s not just for student-athletes anymore!  At least nobody loses a scholarship, right?

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The Lexicon abides.

I finally got off my butt and updated the Lexicon with a new entry (look under “G”).

Which got me to thinking… obviously, that item will be an endless source of discussion for trolls here, but with a new staff in place, you’d think a lot of the old topics are now defunct.  What’s a troll to do now?

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(Defensive) backfield in motion?

Seth Emerson mentions something in his early look at Georgia’s cornerbacks:  “The other thing we don’t know is whether the new staff will want to pick starters and roll with them, or go on a week-to-week basis, as Jeremy Pruitt did.”

Pruitt did that, I assume, out of need more than general philosophy.  His first year was marked by a shortage of talent and his second by an infusion of green talent.  Mixing and matching from week to week was a logical approach both from a motivational standpoint and simply in order to get a handle on the best allocation of his resources.

But as the depth chart indicates, there is some experience and stability for Tucker to work with, certainly more than Pruitt had.  Does that lead to a change of approach?

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Will Smart play for 2017 in 2016?

This post over at Gridiron Now has a fairly breathless lede that got me thinking.

Jacob Eason has to be the starting quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2016. The evidence to support this argument is overwhelming and it is not even close.

Even if I disagree with the premise there – and with an entirely new staff, it’s a pretty safe assumption that I do – the question raised is what’s Kirby Smart playing for in 2016?  Is this season going to be approached as a pure reboot of the program?  Or is his goal to have Georgia in the hunt for a division title and a trip to Atlanta?

The East, quite frankly, looks like a mess, at least in February, so I’m not sure writing off a season merely to get Eason’s feet wet is in the best interest of the program, as the author suggests.  A 7-5 season in a weak division would be a real slap in the face of the fan base and wouldn’t leave Smart with a great story to sell recruits.  (Although I admit if that happened, it would be fun to observe the heat thrown in McGarity’s direction.)

Of course, if Eason rolls into September as the program’s best option at quarterback, then this is all moot. And it’s not as if there haven’t been teams that have enjoyed success with a first-year starting quarterback. But kissing off a year just to get your quarterback of the future ready?  I don’t see the wisdom behind that.  I sort of doubt Smart does, either.

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One man’s second chance is another’s second choice.

Dan Wolken looks into Boom’s second chance at South Carolina and finds that Muschamp’s gonna Muschamp (“What did I learn? You need to score more points. It’s real simple. We’re not splitting the atom.”).  As amusing as that revelation is, it’s not the most enjoyable part of the piece.

This is:

That’s why when Spurrier abruptly retired halfway through last season, Muschamp would have seemed an unlikely and uninspired choice to get the program back on track.

South Carolina, in fact, first targeted Houston’s Tom Herman and was so far down the road toward an agreement, according to two people familiar with the process, that the school’s administration had essentially shut its search process down.

Those same people, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity, said Herman’s mind changed after South Carolina lost to The Citadel on Nov. 21 and it became clear the next coach would have a massive rebuilding job on his hands. Herman decided to stay at Houston for a deal worth nearly $3 million per year and, presumably, wait for a more high-profile situation.

Houston a more attractive option for a head coach than South Carolina?  Why, Gamecock fans, I think you’ve just been insulted.  You finished second in a two-team race, but at least you’re leaving with a very nice parting gift.

That left Muschamp, who had the endorsement of Spurrier and was favored all along by South Carolina president Harris Pastides, whose comfort level was bolstered by the endorsement of high-level administrators in the SEC office.

Call it Steve Spurrier’s final legacy.

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