Daily Archives: June 13, 2016

This is the kind of post you get in mid-June.

Barrett Sallee looks at Georgia’s schedule and posits an optimistic, pessimistic and realistic scenario set as follows:

Optimistic: 10-2 (6-2 SEC) with losses to Ole Miss and Florida.

Pessimistic: 7-5 (4-4 SEC) with losses to North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida and Auburn.

Realistic: 9-3 (5-3 SEC) with losses to Ole Miss, Florida and Auburn.

I can’t quibble with his overall record possibilities, but Auburn being a more likely loss than Tennessee?  Not seeing it from here.  What do you guys think?


Filed under Georgia Football

Jeremy Foley is retiring.

Uh, Florida, if you’re looking for a replacement with plenty of experience and who knows exactly what to do in Gainesville from having worked with Foley for many years… well, I won’t be offended if you ask to speak with Greg McGarity.  Promise.


Filed under Gators, Gators...

He was just a little bit bad.

Yeah, file this under “Lessons Learned”.

Multiple sources told HornsDigest.com the Baylor board of regents on Monday will consider a one-year suspension for football coach Art Briles.

It’s unclear if there are enough votes to bring back Briles as football coach at Baylor in 2017. But the push to have the regents vote on a one-year suspension for Briles on Monday is being driven by some of the biggest big-money donors at the school – many of whom helped fund BU’s $300 million football stadium that opened in 2014, sources told HD.

Sources said Briles met with some key figures associated with the school last Thursday about the possibility of a one-year suspension as the Bears’ football coach. It’s unclear how Briles would feel about the move, sources said.

I take it for granted Briles’ feelings are the only ones that matter here.


UPDATE:  Even if you read the above with the Chip Brown discount – again, not an unreasonable approach to take, by any means – there’s also this.


Filed under Crime and Punishment

“He’s got nerve. And you’ve gotta have nerve. And sometimes that nerve works against you.”

Hoss, then there are the times it doesn’t.

“He’s got nerve. And you’ve gotta have nerve. And sometimes that nerve works against you.” – Then-head coach Mark Richt on McKenzie last year, after McKenzie’s 53-yard punt return touchdown proved the difference in the 20-13 win over Auburn. McKenzie was only in the game because Terry Godwin, who had been returning punts, was pulled from the role because he wasn’t doing a good enough job of yelling “Peter,” which was the signal for the other 10 players on punt return to get away from the loose ball. It’ll be interesting to see how the new coaching staff handles someone with so much upside – and volubility – in a key role.

If, by “interesting”, Seth means “the staff better damn sure figure out how to get the ball in McKenzie’s hands in the open field”, I’d say that’s about right.


Filed under Georgia Football

The adults in the room

It’s funny, but I often find the comments from student-athletes about the major issues facing college athletics to be far more thoughtful than those coming from the people running college athletics.

Now that I think about it, I should probably come up with a more accurate adjective than funny.


Filed under Look For The Union Label

The genius of courage

Georgia Tech’s AD is on a mission.

The sense that Georgia Tech’s teams can be winning more — athletic director Mike Bobinski thinks it, too.

“On an across-the-board performance level, I don’t know that we’re where we would like to be in anything at this point in time, or where I think we’re capable of,” he said.

He didn’t name teams, but finding examples isn’t difficult. Of the school’s two most prominent teams, one experienced its worst season since 1994 (football) and Bobinski replaced the coach in the other (men’s basketball). To address that and other challenges, Bobinski has led a project that was presented to the athletic-department staff Tuesday…

Bobinski said he saw the need for a comprehensive statement of mission, core values and goals…

Luckily for Bobinski, Paul Johnson’s already on the whole mission, core values and goals mother.

On how often Georgia Tech should play Georgia Southern: “Once about every 30 years.”

That’s so Chantastic.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football


For the 2015 fiscal year, the NCAA budgeted $6.7 million for legal expenses.  It wound up spending $25 million.  CFO Kathleen McNeely’s reaction to the disparity?  “I was naïve in believing that our legal fees would start to come down, I’m willing to admit that. It’s a litigious environment.”

No shit, Sherlock.  I wonder how that happened.

The dramatic increase in legal costs occurred amid an array of legal challenges, including the Ed O’Bannon antitrust case and a suit stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled on the O’Bannon case in August 2014, but the NCAA’s appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals occurred during 2015.

It’s like they expect to be able to do whatever they want without anyone objecting to it.  Including their own lawyers.

… She said that for the 2016 fiscal year, the association again budgeted $6.7 million for outside legal fees, and while she is not yet certain of what the final expense total will be, she said it could be more than $20 million.

As a result, she told the business managers, the NCAA’s fiscal 2017 expense budget includes $20 million for third-party legal fees “and we’re asking our attorneys to try to live within that.”

I’m sure representing the NCAA is a real privilege.



Filed under See You In Court, The NCAA

When they tell you there isn’t enough money…

Hey, remember when Jim Delany threatened to take his ball and go home by claiming he’d move the Big Ten to a Division III model rather than pay players?  He later attempted to distance himself from that sentiment.  Not that anyone in his right mind took Delany seriously in the first place.  After seeing numbers like this, why would anyone?


Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness

More SEC projections

The SEC’s sports information directors – otherwise known as the folks who cast 80% of the ballots in the Coaches Poll in its heyday – do an annual preseason vote for the Birmingham News of the conference teams.  Call it an early look at the conventional wisdom.  You can find their projections for the two divisions here and here.

If you’re too lazy to run through the slideshows, here’s how the final tally looks (SIDs don’t cast votes for their own schools):


  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Ole Miss
  4. Auburn (T-4)
  5. Arkansas (T-4)
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Mississippi State


  1. Tennessee
  2. Georgia
  3. Florida
  4. Missouri
  5. South Carolina
  6. Kentucky
  7. Vanderbilt

I can’t say there are any enormous shockers there.  The lower half of the East looks to be pretty bad, regardless of how the order of the bottom three eventually winds up.  I will say my gut tells me one of the schools out West will wind up being a surprise (not that I expect Alabama to fail to make it to Atlanta) and perform above expectations; I’m simply not sure which one it will turn out to be.


UPDATE:  You can see the SEC ranked 1-14 here.


Filed under SEC Football

Musical palate cleanser, guitar god edition

I mentioned in passing the other day in my Dave Swarbrick MPC that Richard Thompson was due for one.  Most of you are probably asking who the hell Richard Thompson is.

Well, I’ll tell you.  He’s a brilliant songwriter who was a founding member of British folk-rock’s greatest band, Fairport Convention.  Two of Thompson’s albums that he put out with his first wife, Linda, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight and Shoot Out The Lights, are among the finest rock albums ever produced, regardless of genre.

Thompson is also likely to be the best guitarist you’ve never heard of.

Back in my college days, I’d have friends who would dismiss my love for folk-rock, calling it wimpy and boring.  In response, I’d pull out a couple of albums and play some of RT’s work.  Invariably, I’d get reactions like, “hey, man, that’s good”, “I had no idea” and, of course, “got anymore?”.  (The highlight for me was when I caught one of my fourth-year roommates making the same demonstration to someone else.)

Anyway, here’s an example of his stellar work.  It’s a song he wrote in the late ’80s, “Can’t Win”.  It’s always been a guitar vehicle when he’s performed it live.  This is my favorite version of that.  The song takes a while to build, so be patient.  The fireworks start after the four-minute mark.

If you can’t say “wow” after that…


Filed under Uncategorized