Daily Archives: July 1, 2016

Common sense on a streak

Well, this is nice to see.

Kirby wants our asses in the seats.  No excuses.

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There’s winning, and there’s winning.

This is the most succinct postmortem of Mark Richt’s downfall I’ve read yet:

The skinny: In 15 years at Georgia, Mark Richt posted 10 10-win seasons. Ten. You know how many 10-win seasons Missouri’s had since it started playing football in 1890? Seven. Yet, 10 10-win seasons and a winning percentage of .740 wasn’t enough to convince UGA that Richt was the right man to lead the Bulldogs into the future. Richt could collect talent. He could win games but not the right games. Only nine teams in the power conferences won more games than Georgia last year – Clemson, North Carolina, Oklahoma, TCU, Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa, Stanford and Alabama –  but only two scores really mattered for the Bulldogs last fall. Only two scores sealed Richt’s fate:

Alabama 38, Georgia 10

Florida 27, Georgia 3

With a chance to earn a place at the big boy table in the SEC, the Bulldogs were outclassed in their two biggest games.

Hard to argue with any of that.

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If ignorance is bliss, then Oxford, Mississippi is one happy place.

Laremy Tunsil’s college teammates are shocked, shocked that he received improper financial benefits when they played together.

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Filed under SEC Football, The NCAA

Home grown

David Ching asks:

Which states have proven to be the most fertile recruiting grounds for SEC schools at specific positions?

That was the question we hoped to answer this week by breaking down the conference’s 3,762 signees between 2006 and 2016 by home state and position and then tallying the numbers.

Today we will examine defensive positions…

What will amaze you when you read his piece isn’t that Georgia is the state leader over that time, but the size of the margin in certain areas, like “Nearly one in five of the SEC’s defensive line signees (133 out of 712) hailed from Georgia.”

Holy crap, Dawgs.  With numbers like that, who cares about locking down the borders?  Just get your fair share of in state talent and you’d be kicking ass.

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Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.

Even in Division III

(h/t)

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“They just take abiding by the law and discipline very serious around here.”

While we’re on the subject of negative recruiting, how much do you think Georgia’s coaches face every day regarding local law enforcement?

I know this: Kirby cares. I heard there was a team meeting after he had to give Clay his walking papers and that Smart went off on the Bulldogs. He was none too happy to have to deal with these issues, much as he was not at all happy with the headlines splashed across the Internet on Thursday and last week.

I was talking on the phone to the mother of one of the Bulldogs’ new players the other day, not long after Clay was arrested. She asked me, quite concerned and sincerely, “is this always the way it is at Georgia?”

It always helps to have a receptive audience.

That being said, I’m not sure I agree with Towers that coaches need a financial incentive, either positive or negative, to avoid player arrests.  I’m guessing Smart’s already got plenty of motivation on that front.

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The spread and “gets you ready for the NFL”

This many years in to the spread era in college ball, and we’re still hearing stuff like this on the recruiting trail:

Coaches who run so-called pro-style offenses can use this to their advantage, telling quarterbacks that, by playing in a system with elements similar to the NFL standard, they can enhance their chances of becoming (and succeeding as) a pro. At Nebraska, for example, Langsdorf oversees a pro-style system, and earlier this year he helped the Huskers secure a commitment from one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the class of 2017, Calabasas (Calif.) High’s Tristan Gebbia. “I think the kids look at what they’re going to be doing, what they’re going to be asked to do in an offense, and so I think there’s an advantage to having some similarities to what they would do in college and in the NFL, and I think that is a selling point for us for sure,” Langsdorf says.

By contrast, coaches who run spread offenses often must combat the perception that their systems, no matter how successful against college defenses, will be an impediment to quarterbacks with dreams of playing in the NFL. Multiple spread practitioners spoke to Campus Rush about system classification being used as a means of negative recruiting. The idea—reinforced seemingly every year by NFL analysts, scouts and coaches—is that quarterbacks who come from spread offenses face a greater burden of proof in the pre-draft process than signal-callers with track records of operating pro-style systems.

Says Arizona co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rod Smith, “We’ve heard that: You don’t run a pro-style system. You don’t run a pro-style system, you’re more of a spread, you’re more this. How is that going to get you ready for the pros?” While conceding that it was “more three to four years ago than it was right now,” Clemson co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Scott, who helped lead the Tigers to the national title game last season, says he has heard a similar line trotted out. “Just guys that say, ‘You don’t want to go play in that offense because it’s a spread, gimmick offense, and it’s not going to prepare you for the NFL.'”

You recruit negatively because it works, I suppose.  The problem is that more and more these days the NFL is holding its nose and taking quarterbacks coming out of spread offenses – from Cam Newton to Jared Goff to (likely) Deshaun Watson – as high first round draft picks.  At some point in time, it’s going to dawn on NFL scouts and high school quarterbacks that the distinction has lost its meaning.  Unless, of course, you really believe the NFL is prepared to spend its money on a developmental league.  Yeah, right.

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