Daily Archives: September 10, 2016

Just remember, Dawg fans…

All their goals are still ahead of them. 

Maybe Kirby won’t apologize for the win in the post-game presser. 

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Georgia – Nicholls (State) game post

I’m not going to waste your time or mine with a breakdown, or speculating about key matchups.  This is a meeting between a top ten P5 squad and a bad FCS team.  It won’t be close.

Which isn’t to say it won’t be interesting.  It’s Eason’s first start and we’re likely to see a few jersey numbers making their first appearances of the 2016 season.  But it’s very unlikely we’ll see a lot of new wrinkles in the game plan.  It’s a day for getting player reps and avoiding injuries.

I’m heading out in about thirty minutes.  If you’re going to the game, take care and enjoy another Saturday in the Classic City.

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Your weekly non-Dawg game comment thread post

It seemed to work well last week, so what the heck.  Although the price we pay for letting ESPN front-load opening week is having an entire slate of games today without a single matchup between ranked teams.

Here are a few games to opine about:

Kentucky

Florida

3:30 PM

Believe it or not, this is what passes for CBS’ SEC game of the week.

South Carolina

Mississippi State

7:00 PM

The winner will lead its division.  Ponder that for a moment, because it won’t last.

Arkansas

#15TCU

7:00 PM

Can Bert’s crew pull off the upset?

North Carolina

Illinois

7:30 PM

I mention this one because it’s in Georgia’s interest to see the Heels winning games.

Iowa State

#16Iowa

7:30 PM

Nobody pays much attention to this game, but it’s actually a pretty nasty rivalry.

Virginia Tech

#17Tennessee

8:00 PM

Let’s face it — if this game were being played anywhere but on a race track, it would be getting about a tenth of the attention it is.

There you go.  Feel free to blather about these, or anything else that catches your eye.

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“Just have people sit no matter what.”

Behold what passes as concern for the student-athlete.  (h/t)

Another mid-major head coach, who lost one of his best players to a BCS school this past offseason, told ESPN he would be “slowing down the graduating process” for his players in order to ensure that he doesn’t lose another to the high-major ranks.

When asked to elaborate specifically on what “slowing down the graduating process” would entail, he said instead of enrolling a player into a pair of summer school classes in two sessions, they might not have that particular player take summer school at all — or take just one class per session. Another prevailing thought is to put players in just the minimum 12 hours of classes each semester.

“What kid is going to argue and want to take more classes?” one mid-major coach said. “There aren’t many.”

The problem with your cynicism, fella, is that the kids who want to make use of the flexibility of the graduate transfer rule are exactly the ones who are going to want to take more classes. Which should lead to some amusing conversations down the road, to say the least.

The problem in a nutshell is this:

“I think that would penalize the kid,” North Carolina’s Roy Williams said. “Let’s face it: This is a great rule for the kids and a terrible one for the coaches that lose these kids. In principle, it’s OK. But it’s not very good for college basketball.”

Translation — when the going gets tough, coaches would prefer to screw principle.

There is a legitimate concern here, that of coaches actively engaged in chasing players at other programs.  But there’s an obvious tell, as well.  Note that all the proposals being tossed out involve penalizing graduate players by limiting their opportunities.  If the real problem is poaching, why not simply punish the coaches doing that?

 

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