Tuesday morning buffet

Eh, there are always a few tasty morsels ready to fill the chafing dishes.

  • Here’s a handy guide to the new rule changes.  (h/t)
  • If you’re interested, here’s a little more detail on the low blocking zone rule change.  After hearing the talk there about tight ends, I wonder how much Georgia will be affected by this.
  • This probably won’t help BYU’s chances of joining the Big 12.
  • Admittedly, this has nothing to do with college football, but I simply couldn’t help myself by linking to it.
  • Big talk from Hugh Freeze“It hasn’t stolen our joy at all.”
  • Wonder who the best and worst coaches are in close games?  Here you go.
  • Pro Football Focus gives a preseason look at North Carolina.  They’re fairly impressed, although at least Kirby won’t have to worry about defending an athletic quarterback in the opener.
  • Thomas Brown on Mark Richt“When he released the opportunity to be the OC and call the plays and take over the head coaching role only (at Georgia), it took some of the competition out of him.”


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40 responses to “Tuesday morning buffet

  1. Jared S.

    The Thomas Brown quote is telling, but kind of old news. Richt has already pretty much said as much — and it’s what many had been saying for years. I’ll be watching Richt’s tenure at Miami with a great deal of interest to see if he can put together a winning formula. I’m really interested to see if he can start pulling down top 10 recruiting classes there.

    • Jared S.

      I’m surprised to see Nick Saban running middle-of-the-pack in the SEC rankings of coaches’ win percentage in close games (.548) compared to Richt’s tenure (.610). I guess that means Richt had a lot more losses by more than 1 TD and when Saban loses it’s often a close loss. So that makes sense.

      • DawgPhan

        that didnt take long.

        nice work.

        Also acceptable was “Saban doesnt play in that many close games because he is so awesome”.

      • Greg

        Richt had 77 games decided by 1 TD or less and lost 30 of them. That’s a ton of close games for a team that consistently brought in top 10 recruiting classes – an average of a little more than 5 per year with 2 of those being losses. Meanwhile, Saban has only been involved in 31 games decided by 1 TD or less at Bama. That disparity is accentuated further by the fact that Bama is playing in a significantly better division from top to bottom. They generally haven’t messed around with inferior competition – they put them away as they should. In UGA’s case, there were far too many games over the years where we were hanging on for dear life against an undermanned, inferior opponent. The number of close games is much more telling than the win percentage when looking at the Richt numbers versus Saban.

  2. heyberto

    I like what Richt is doing in Miami. I think guys like T Brown and his son Jon are in a great position, and Richt is really good at teaching. I don’t think teaching someone to be the play caller and taking the job is a bad thing. I think it worked out really well with Bobo, and I think the Schottenheimer situation was very eye opening (obviously)… but Richt needs to bring in someone and show them how he does it as opposed to hiring someone that really doesn’t know his system. I think it’s an exciting time for Miami, and for Richt. I’m excited to see what happens down there.

    • W Cobb Dawg

      Respectfully, I actually see the situation much differently. Bobo took about a decade of o.j.t. before paying dividends by becoming an above average OC, although he was a good recruiter and QB coach during those long developmental years. Our O was average and vanilla during the years CMR was doing the play calling. Not sure why anyone would expect CMR to turn into a top play caller now. Thomas Brown and Jon Richt are unproven. I think it’s a huge gamble whether they pay off, particularly in the short term. Brown’s resume? He’s been fortunate to land at two schools that already had at least one outstanding RB on the roster, and what does he know about OC responsibilities?

      I agree it WILL be very interesting to see if CMR’s O can do better than Coley’s O of the past 3 years. Ya know, Coley was an OC at Miami, FSU, and an assistant under saban with the Dolphins. We’ll see if a revitalized Mark Richt and unproven assistants Jon & Thomas Brown can top what Coley did.

      • Russ

        I agree about Richt’s playcalling, I thought it was very generic/boring when he was calling plays. Why do you think Billy Bennett set that career FG mark? If we didn’t score with a big play, we’d drive down for a FG. While it took a little bit Bobo to come into his own as a playcaller, ultimately I think he was much better at it than Richt. I guess the bad thing for Richt is that it apparently took away some of his passion/involvement.

  3. sUGArdaddy

    The first thing I thought about when reading the BYU deal was, “Don’t they already have Baylor and TCU in that conference?” They’ve kind of already jumped the shark. It’s kind of a ridiculous notion, unless we’re going to make all private schools play in their own conference. I don’t think we all have to agree on social and political issues to compete against one another (see: olympics).

    I’m all for freedom and equal rights, but are we going to kick BC and maybe Duke out of the ACC? What about Vandy? They have a divinity school. Should Notre Dame be allowed in the CFP and ACC? Lord, we need football to get here soon.

    • DawgPhan

      They should be allowed in any conference that would have them.

      The federal government should not provide grants or approve student loans to any student attending schools that preach hate or violate title IX.

      Let BYU exist without federal funding if they want to be bout dat life.

      • SouthernYank

        “Preach hate”.

        Christ. Yep, football does need to get here soon.

      • Normaltown Mike

        BYU requires the following of ALL students (though they waive church attendance for non LDS):
        Be Honest
        Live a chaste and virtuous life
        Obey the law and all campus policies
        Use clean language
        Respect others
        Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
        Participate regularly in church services
        Observe Dress and Grooming Standards
        Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

      • I always enjoy when the nebulous, all-powerful, and over-arching “Federal Government” gets to play moral arbiter. The “Federal Government” is required by the Constitution to not discriminate on the basis of religion. What you wish the federal government to do is that very thing. BYU has every right to discriminate on the basis of its faith as a religious institution whether I agree with what they believe or not. The “Federal Government” does not have the right to discriminate against BYU or the students that wish to attend there because the “Federal Government” doesn’t agree with the way they interpret what they believe.

        • stoopnagle

          I think you’re a bit mixed-up there, but I’ll leave it to the lawyers to parse it all out.

        • DawgPhan

          Then they shouldnt take government money. It’s pretty simple. If you take federal funds, you should have to follow their rules. If you dont want to follow their rules, dont take their money.

          • Your point is moot. BYU thrives without federal funding. They have one of the lowest tuitions available. For a non-LDS student, tuition is $5,000 per semester as a private university. Half that for LDS students. They do not need (nor receive afaik) federal grants, and student financial aid is for the student not the institution. Not giving financial aid to a non-LDS student because they want to attend a school that happens to be LDS is nonsensical.

    • stoopnagle

      TCU, Duke, and Vandy are religious in their founding and maintain divinity schools, but they’re more or less secular institutions at this point. Baylor, well, yeah. What can you say?

  4. VoxDawg

    “… it took some of the competition out of him.”

    Isn’t that truly the heart of the case against Richt, post-2006?

  5. Tebow can’t be serious. The hardest thing to do in sports is hitting a major league fastball. Michael Jordan, one of the greatest athletes ever, couldn’t do it. Stick to TV Timmy.

    • What Fresh Hell is This?

      He’ll be fine, he’s been working out with Sidd Finch.

    • stoopnagle

      If the GPOE was going to play sports and not be a QB, he could have been the greatest H-back in history already. There’s something in the Good Book about pride, isn’t there? Did he skip that part?

    • WarD Eagle

      Michael Jordan had one of the worst swings in baseball, but was a good HS pitcher. He was well recruited to pitch.

      Tebow hit .490 his senior season and would’ve been drafted if he’d wanted.

      • Macallanlover

        But that ship has sailed, about ten years ago. Even if his HS performance translated to high level professional baseball, the gap is too wide for him to recover. Waste of time. I like and respect Tebow but he needs to let it go, athletes really miss the adoration and let that pursuit make fools of them later in life. The sunset isn’t all that bad, ride toward it.

        • WarD Eagle

          He’s arguably an NFL caliber athlete today, then he’s very much an MLB caliber athlete. Otherwise, yeah. But kudos to him, he’s making $ doing what he does.

    • Tybee Dawg

      In case Tom Hanks didn’t hear the news, Timmy, I will say this for you: “There is no crying in baseball!”.

    • Walt

      Tebow could probably have a pretty good career as a gay porn star.

  6. hassan

    There is a new unsportsman like conduct rule for coaches. Is that to be known as the Boom rule?

  7. Tim Tebow is the greatest baseball player that ever played in college, LOL.

    • That ever walked this earth, haha.

      • Uglydawg

        Tim Tebow is a good man.
        Don’t understand the hatred…well…actually I do.

        • dawgtired

          Offend people with your life style, have different political views or religious views…or just play for the wrong team…they will hate you. It’s human nature. Shoot, try going around healing people of their illnesses…it will get you hung on a cross…or run out of town anyway.

          • Speaking only for myself, Tim Tebow doesn’t offend me in the slightest. Quite the contrary, he’s an admirable person.

            But the Tebow slobbering we’ve been witness to for a decade? That’s a different story.

            • Uglydawg

              Yes..but we should loath the slobber mouths, not the object of their slobbering.(try spelling “slobber” as a descriptive, plural noun…
              “Slobberers” ?

  8. W Cobb Dawg

    There’s Something About Timmy…

    Major league’s first pitcher to get caught using corch’s hand-made hair gel on a spitball (in lieu of petroleum jelly or saliva). And that’s not pine tar he’s massaging the bat with, either. You read it here first!

  9. Debby Balcer

    The blocking rule will be interesting to watch. Hopefully players knees will be safer but I would imagine it will be called a lot at first, it is hard to unlearn something

  10. PTC DAWG

    On a side note regarding your new purchase..did you see this?