“I talk to Will a lot,” Smart said earlier this month. “We bounce ideas off each other of what he’s doing, what’s worked, what hasn’t worked. We always share information. He’s a very trustworthy friend when it comes to information when it’s not competitive information.”
If CBS grabs the broadcast of the Georgia-South Carolina game this year, I can hear the Verne gushing already.
The topic of satellite camps inevitably crosses over into the topic of undue time demands placed both coaches and student-athletes, especially in reference to Harbaugh’s decision to hold a week of spring practice at Florida-based sports factory IMG Academy.
Last week at its own spring meetings, the Pac 12 proposed a rule to prevent its own institutions from holding similar type events during the period of time traditionally deemed as “spring break” for colleges around the country.
The proposal was part of a 22-page report that, according to CBSSports.com, identified particular time demand issues for student-athletes, and included other smaller proposals such as forcing schools to designate “rest days” with no required athletic activities, as well as three days off per week during the offseason.
The SEC could follow suit and create its own parameters and restrictions on when and how student-athletes are allowed to be utilized during team offseasons, with the potential for much stricter language in an effort to help push the topic to the NCAA stage next winter.
“Undue time demands placed both coaches and student-athletes…” You gotta love equating the two there.
… Hot flash to the NCAA, the fans don’t care or understand your laws. What the fans that pack Vaught-Hemingway Stadium want to see on a Saturday afternoon is a good game. And preferably a win.
You think people who pay $1,600 for four season tickets care if a player’s family got an extra $800 at the airport or not? You think the vast majority of those same ticket holders care if Laremy Tunsil or CJ Hampton are driving around with a loaner Nissan Titan or Dodge Challenger? Most people would say “It’s not my car. It’s not my issue. I just want to see a win over Alabama for the first time in my life.”
Hot flash to the Oxford Citizen, Ole Miss is a member of the NCAA. The NCAA is the schools’ creation. When you’re bitching at the NCAA, you’re bitching at Ole Miss. Which, of course, is kind of detail the fans that pack Vaught-Hemingway Stadium don’t really want to think about.
Man, all these student-athletes getting caught drinking and smoking weed. If they could only be more like their peers… oh, wait.
On any given day in America, roughly 1.4 million college students between the ages of 18 and 22 — or more than 1 out of every 8 American undergrads — will drink alcohol, according to new data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Those who partake will consume an average of about four drinks each — just below the five-drink threshold that defines binge drinking. Of course, many of them will drink more than that. Many will drink less.
Other young people will opt to alter their consciousness with different substances. Roughly 900,000 college students, or 1 in 12, will get stoned…
The point here isn’t to condone the behavior – rule breaking is rule breaking, after all – but merely to question whether a take no prisoners zero tolerance approach really is the wisest, considering the general population these kids find themselves immersed in.
Maybe we could start with not holding surprise drug tests of players on their first day back from spring break. Hell, the Jim Harbaugh approach to spring break at IMG Academy makes more sense than that.
My last MPC was from Dusty Springfield, so it seems appropriate to follow that with a cut from Shelby Lynne’s 2008 Springfield tribute album, Just A Little Lovin’. The vibe is totally different, but the result is still compelling.
Take, for example, my favorite cut from the album, the closer, “How Can I Be Sure”, the Rascals’ hit. (Dusty covered it, so that’s why it’s there.) Lynne totally inverts the song, delivering it with an intimacy that’s almost too much. The sparse arrangement, just her accompanied by acoustic guitar, match the mood perfectly.
As a bonus, here’s a little studio prep for the song.
By the way, this is another album for which computer speakers simply don’t do the recording acoustics justice. It’s superbly recorded. Along those lines, you should read the piece Lynne wrote about why she refused to record the album digitally. It’s a real hoot.
I was born in ‘68. Mama and Daddy had albums. I grew up listening to their vinyl. I have discovered that having a vinyl collection is so much cooler than having an iPod. Now, I have an iPod and I admit they are genius especially for travel and convenience. But they aren’t really any fun. I don’t call up my friends and say “Hey why don’t y’all come over and bring your computers and let’s have a party”? Hell no! I say bring pot, wine and vinyl. That’s sexy. It’s really a great excuse to get together and listen to music. Everybody takes a turn looking through the collection and it’s interesting to see what each person plays. The vinyl way is just me. I think if if we all listen to more music together, it really doesn’t matter how we do it. Music will save us all just like it always has. We feed our souls with it. Vinyl just creates a little more discussion for us. You get to look at the covers, the liner notes, sometimes the lyrics are included. Plus you can roll a doobie on it. That’s hard on an Ipod.
If you agree with her sentiments and you still spin vinyl records, you definitely ought to have this in your collection.
“And Georgia fans, don’t be turds. Enjoy this. Soak it up. It’s awesome. If you don’t win this year, it’s still not a failure. It’s a heck of a run. Back-to-back in the Playoff era hasn’t been done. So, to ask for a third I feel like it’s gluttonous. I feel like it’s not OK. But we’ll be in the mix.”-- David Pollack, On3.com, 5/9/23