Daily Archives: February 28, 2016

Not goin’ away any time soon.

The Associated Press is reporting that the Title IX litigation against the University of Tennessee could take two years to play out.

I don’t think it’s possible to schedule enough pressers to counter two years’ worth of negative recruiting, Booch.  Not that you won’t try.

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, See You In Court

Damn it, Kirby.

It’s February.  You had one job to do:  entertain us.  But, nooooooo.

There will be no war of words between Kirby Smart and Jim Harbaugh.

Smart was asked if he had any kind of reaction to what Harbaugh, Michigan’s head coach, wrote on his personal Twitter account. After Smart stated his concerns for Michigan and other programs holding spring practice in states such as Florida, Harbaugh’s take was that Smart shouldn’t insinuate he’s breaking a rule.

Smart, who was hired by Georgia in December, elected not to take any kind of bait Harbaugh was throwing his way.

“No reaction,” Smart said following an hour-long speech he gave at the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia’s football coaches conference. “To be honest with you, I’m focused on what we can do at the University of Georgia to get better. That’s the most important thing to me, getting better there.”

Correct response?  Sure.  Boring as hell, though.  Doesn’t Kirby want to live in PAWWWLLL’s world, even for a little while?

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Filed under Big Ten Football, Georgia Football

Bucking the trend

It’s not just that Georgia saw its point production fall so precipitously from 2014 (41.3 ppg, good for 8th nationally) to 2015 (26.3 ppg, 85th nationally).  It’s that it managed to do so during another season of record setting offensive production.

While you were watching (from the stands), sleeping (during another late-night Pac-12 game) or actually crunching the numbers, the most notable college football record of the modern era was set. Again.

The national scoring average increased to a record 29.65 points per team in 2015, according to official numbers compiled by the NCAA for CBS Sports. This is the fifth time since 2000 the scoring record has been set, and it shatters the previous record of 29.5 points set in 2012…

That previous scoring record in 2012 was not only broken but shattered. The three-tenths of a point increase per game is the biggest one-year increase in the record since 2001.

All-time highs were also set in yards per rush (4.51), total offense (411.56 yards), yards per pass (7.30) and yards per play (5.76). Average rushing yards (178.33) were the highest since 1980.

Interestingly, scoring production was down in the SEC, better than three points per game. Then again, Georgia had a lot to do with that, as it finished below the conference average.

There were plenty of reasons for that – Chubb’s injury, spotty quarterback play, poor production on third-down all played a part.  So did Richt’s decision after the Florida game to play extremely conservatively on offense after the Florida debacle, although scoring actually ticked upwards once the Dawgs got past the three toughest defenses they faced last season.

The point here isn’t to reopen old wounds.  It’s that Chaney’s job out of the gate may not be as daunting as it looks, especially if Chubb is able to return at some point this season. To get some idea of how much scoring production fell off last year, 2015 marked the first time since 2006 that Georgia didn’t manage to exceed the national scoring average. (Coincidentally, Mike Bobo wasn’t the offensive coordinator either of those seasons.)

It’s too much of a stretch to think everything that troubled Georgia’s offense last year can be fixed in one fell swoop by a new staff.  But if they can get a handle on just a few of the problems, it’s not unreasonable to expect an offense that once again is on the right side of the national scoring average.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

If it makes you feel good, okay.

Shorter Tom Barton, the editorial page editor of the Savannah Morning News: Georgia fans should totally disapprove of Donald Trump for something he didn’t do.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

“If it’s in Jim’s head and he wants to do it, he’s going to do it.”

Get ready for plenty of pictures of Michigan players having fun in Florida.

Entertainment for current players. Harbaugh has said Michigan will spend time at the beach, the pool and on the putt-putt golf course while in Florida when not practicing. Snorkeling, jet skis, spring training baseball games — that’s all likely permissible. The Power Five conferences’ deregulation of the NCAA rulebook in 2014 changed the rules so this type of entertainment can occur.

NCAA Bylaw 16.7 allows for “reasonable entertainment” to players — but not cash — in conjunction with practices or competition. This is the bylaw Michigan State used to send its men’s basketball team to Arlington, Texas, to watch its football team play in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

This is now the bylaw Harbaugh will use to troll everybody on social media as Michigan enjoys spring break. God only knows what Harbaugh will do to thumb spring break in the nose of critics.

That’s a pretty good counter to the “how’s the weather up north?” shtick.  As well as inviting to kids being sold the benefit of going through the spring practice grind on campus.  It’s like bowl week in March.

Your move, NCAA.

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Filed under Big Ten Football, Recruiting, The NCAA