Daily Archives: April 12, 2016

Delusions of grandeur

No one knows what it’s like to be the sad man…

Hope that’s the last time he says that about this G-Day.

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UPDATE:  Hey, it’s even sadder.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had made a Freedom of Information request for correspondences between UGA and potential music artists but was informed Monday none existed.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the media has started trolling McGarity.

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They recruit this state.

This is pretty amazing stat, when you think about it.

And yet somehow Georgia Tech can’t recruit its way out of a paper bag.  Chantastic.

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Nick Saban never had a law named after him.

Raise your hand if you thought an early distraction in Kirby Smart’s career would be him spending time denying his role in the passage of a state law on records disclosure.

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But I thought robots never died.

Saban acknowledges he’s getting Spurriered on the recruiting trail these days.

“I’m not looking to get out. I’m really not, even though I know that’s going to start being talked about more now,” said Saban, who’s entering his 10th season at Alabama. “What I have noticed is that it’s the first time people are starting to say to recruits, ‘He won’t be there the whole time you’re there,’ because of my age. Does that really impact your ability to stay good? I don’t know. But if it did, it would make you say, ‘Well, what’s up with this?’ My philosophy is that I’m going to be here for as long as I feel like I can be effective, impact the players, help them be more successful in life and continue to have a successful program.”

Honestly, I don’t know what the big concern there is.  After all, whenever Saban walks away, Junior will be waiting in the wings to provide a seamless transition for Alabama football.

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Maybe a little more show than he’s letting on

Kirby lets his inner fan out.

Before you get too excited, this is what a quarterback competition in Athens sounds like.

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UPDATE:  Elaboration here.

• Lambert: “Greyson handles the offense so smoothly. He communicates really well, he’s probably the most mature and he handles the huddle really well, which is important in a pro style system, to be able to communicate, fix people who are broke, do the right things so he does a nice job and he’s very level headed, not real emotional.”

• Ramsey: “He’s thrown the ball, he’s made some impressive throws and he’s made some plays with his feet which is critical from differentiating him from the other guys. He’s had a couple of opportunities in two-minute drills to take off running, to create a little bit of space if the rush breaks down and take off running. There are certain coverages on running quarterbacks you can’t make and if you try to make them on him he can expose you, he can take off running.”

• Eason: “Jacob has really come along well, he’s progressed and has picked up the system. He’s made some very, very good throws and he’s made some bone-head throws that look like he should still be in high school, which technically is where he should be right now. He’s flashed at times. It’s an interesting race because each guy has a different dynamic and bring a different dynamic to the table. We’ve got to decide which dynamic fits our team best.”

Sure sounds, at least at this early date, like Lambert is holding his own out there with the new staff.

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Don’t cross the streams.

The most inevitable thing you’ll see today about Georgia football…

… has nothing to do with, you know, football.

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UPDATE:  Okay, the second-most inevitable thing you’ll see today about Georgia football. Here’s your new champ.

I’m sure somebody can explain how this helps recruiting.

 

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When it comes to the o-line, the more, the merrier.

One under the radar thing I really, really like about the new staff is how aggressive it’s been about using invitations to kids as preferred walk-ons to beef up (see what I did there?) the numbers on the offensive line.  Here’s the latest such move:

As recently as a few weeks ago, Dunwoody offensive lineman Daniel Gothard was headed to play for the University of Pennsylvania in the Ivy League. That was until the coaching staff at the University of Georgia saw his highlight tape.

Although Gothard has only been playing football for two years, the Georgia staff swooped in on the 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman with an offer to play for the Bulldogs as preferred walk-on. On Sunday night, Gothard accepted…

“We were told the reason Georgia made the offer was that, having only played for two years, and the fact that he placed fourth as a heavyweight in wrestling in the state this year, they looked at the trajectory of his growth in two years and they believe that the sky is the limit,” Gothard said.

Daniel Gothard will be joined in the trenches by two other preferred walk-on offensive linemen in Allen Williams and Sean Fogarty. The Bulldogs staff has been busy trying to add serious size to the offensive line.

While there’s certainly no guarantee they hit a home run with all of these kids, if even one of them turns into a functional SEC offensive lineman, they’re ahead of the game, and at very low cost.  One other thing is clear – when it comes to wanting to get bigger on the line, they’re not kidding.  I suspect in another year or so we’ll be past the day when we’ll see a kid weighing less than 300 pounds starting for Georgia on the o-line.

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My, aren’t we sensitive.

Maybe I’m missing something here, but I’m having a hard time seeing how this is a shot against the Southeast.

The NCAA’s decision to ban satellite camps was faced with harsh criticism throughout the coaching community, but Stanford coach David Shaw didn’t seem upset about the new rule.

He actually used that rule to insult the intelligence of SEC country.

Shaw said via SB Nation:

“I’m great with whatever college football says, because it doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t make sense for us to go hold a camp some place where there might be one person in the entire state that’s eligible to get into Stanford.”

Stanford’s prestigious academics obviously impact its recruiting. But Stanford also recruits nationally, and the Southeast is a major part of the Cardinal’s recruiting footprint.

As the article itself goes on to note, Shaw has twenty kids on his roster from our neck of the woods.  I know he’s a college football coach, but I assume he can count the difference between one and twenty.  Then again, I’m from the Southeast, so what do I know?

I guess we should count on USA Today trying to hammer him at the next press conference about why he’s insulted an entire region of the country.  I just wonder how many of the journalists who’ll question him on that could meet Stanford’s admission standards.

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The SEC and the young people

Hugh Freeze runs smack dab into the law of unintended consequences:

When Hugh Freeze coached at tiny Lambuth University, he sent coaches to work camps at bigger schools. He did the same when he coached at Arkansas State. In the camps Freeze has run since becoming the head coach at Ole Miss, he has stood before hundreds of campers and reminded them that while only a few of them will be recruited by the Rebels, all should work hard because coaches from Arkansas State, South Alabama and elsewhere would also be working with campers. Those schools, Freeze would remind the campers, also offer scholarships.

Monday morning, Freeze’s phone rang. On the other end was a coach wondering if he was no longer allowed to work the Ole Miss camp. The coach worked at an FBS school, and Freeze realized that coach would be banned by a rule passed Friday. The SEC—Ole Miss’s league—and ACC had spearheaded an effort to ban satellite camps. Since such camps were created by coaches from one college working a camp at a host high school or college in a recruit-rich area, the rule banned any FBS coach from working a camp that wasn’t on his own campus. The NCAA Division I management council voted, and the ban is effective immediately. Freeze realized quickly that the ban had a serious consequence he hadn’t considered. In keeping Michigan coaches from working camps at high schools in Alabama, Florida and Georgia and Oklahoma State coaches from working camps at a Division III school in Texas, the schools also had banned Bowling Green coaches from working Ohio State’s camp and Arkansas State coaches from working the Ole Miss camp…

It says something about the ham-fisted construction of this rule that one of the coaches from one of the leagues that championed it is already expressing regrets. Freeze wants to find a way to change the rule so coaches from Group of Five schools can still work camps in conjunction with Power Five schools. “I would love to continue that,” Freeze said Monday. “I just don’t want satellite camps for the Power Five. I am for non-Power Five schools being able to attend and evaluate.” Freeze agrees with the intention of the rule—just not the unintended consequences. He does not think his coaches should be able to work a camp in Houston, smack in the middle of Texas A&M’s recruiting territory. He does, however, think South Alabama coaches should be allowed to work the Ole Miss camp.

C’mon, Hugh, don’t those coaches have families, too?

This stuff makes me want to laugh… until I listen to what Greg Sankey lets come out of his mouth.

Sankey said this topic has been a concern long before Jim Harbaugh brought his Michigan camps to places like Prattville, Ala. What he called “recruiting tour events” first pinged the SEC radar back in 2011.

Sankey also downplayed the idea this legislation limited the opportunity of athletes to discovered by college coaches. He pointed to the ever-increasing staff positions within programs related to identifying and recruiting prospects.

Sure thing, Greg.  Lambuth University is positively crawling with support staffers, just like Alabama.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who planned satellite camps for this year, came out in opposition to the new rule. He told Cleveland.com that “probably hundreds of scholarships” were tied to these events. It’s not about the big schools, he said, but smaller programs like MAC schools who benefitted.

Sankey doesn’t agree. These satellite campers were a trend, he said, that would only fall further down the rabbit hole with larger concerns arising in the future.

“In fact, if you look at what may have happened, it would have not remained constant had the council not acted,” Sankey said. “We would have had dozens and dozens of events, particularly in large metropolitan areas and there would have been pressure on young people to attend those events.”

Oh, no.  Not that.  If anyone is going to pressure those young people, it’ll be SEC coaches, or nobody at all.

And the commissioner was just getting warmed up on his favorite topic of helping the young people.

Rather than the notion that things have been taken away, rather than continue to migrate football recruiting away from the scholastic environment” and recruiting calendar, “I think the council action is entire appropriate and consistent” with the council. If there is talk about extending recruiting calculator, that should come up, but “let’s not go” way of other sports and get away from scholastic setting…

You mean like mid-week night road basketball games?  Or bowl practices during exam period?

Oh, wait… you mean like this.

Sankey is asked about programs limiting players from transferring to certain programs. “I am concerned about the current transfer structure.” Believes there’s a lot of national concern about it.

Concerns about transfer structure: “We have to have an intentional conversation about the variances that exist in sport.” “We need to talk about the academic impact of transferring.” Also: “The ability to have too much or the appropriate or sufficient level of oversight is the one that seems to be the lightning rod.”

I have to give Sankey credit for one thing.  He’s much more fluent in bullshit than Mike Slive ever was.

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Today, in great moments in journalism

Okay, it may not be Woodward and Bernstein, but, honestly, you’ve gotta give Marc Weiszer a major tip of the cap for using an open records request to get the details on Kirby Smart’s day lobbying the state legislature to change the open records law.  I love it.

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