Daily Archives: October 13, 2016

I came for the hurricane, but all I got was this lousy road game.

By now, you’ve heard the Florida-LSU impasse has been broken, with the schools agreeing to swap home games this season and next.  It seems like a sensible solution, but the road getting there was anything but, based on some of the quotes and observations I’ve seen tonight.

So, in the end, Foley and Alleva were engaged in an epic pissing match that Foley’s mismanagement created that ended when Sankey made a threat that could have been put out there for public consumption before last weekend, which might have gone a long way towards getting Foley’s head out of his ass proactively.  Well played, Commish.

And Foley backed down, not for the good of the conference, but because the SECCG threat carries more weight against Florida this season than LSU, given the relative strength of the two divisions.  How he didn’t see that coming in the first place escapes me.

It’s not like Alleva’s done himself a lot of favors, though, when you look at how LSU’s 2017 schedule now shapes up.

There’s actually a fifth road game, at Mississippi State, plus a neutral site game against BYU to add to the mix.  That’s some gauntlet.

By the way, do Gator season ticket holders get a refund?

The SEC really covered itself in glory on this one.

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“I have faith in our kickers.”

This really is an amazing stat.

Blankenship is 1 of 2 since taking over before the Ole Miss game on Sept. 24, but the Bulldogs are still looking for the their first field goal of 30 or more yards this season[Emphasis added.]

There are only five other D-1 programs in the same boat.  Wowzer.

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Understatement of the day

Dan Wolken, on the SEC’s impasse over the unscheduled Florida-LSU game:

It’s quite apparent now that in circumstances where arms need to be twisted in the SEC, commissioner Greg Sankey does not command the same level of deference as Slive.

‘Ya think?

How likely is it he’ll reach that level before November 19th?

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Mama, I’ve still got ‘dem third-down conversion blues.

Bill Connelly doesn’t paint a pretty picture here.  The big problem seems to be that, on average, the defense is leaving offenses with a shorter distance to convert than most teams.

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Chantastic news!

Feel the Georgia Tech fan base’s enthusiasm.

There are about 1,500 tickets remaining for the Nov. 26 home game against Georgia Tech, according to Tim Cearley, who heads up Georgia’s ticket operations. The Georgia Tech tickets go for $95 each.

They are available because Georgia Tech returned some 2,000 tickets from its allotment for the game.

Nice effort, rivals.  They oughta make a new rule for this series by requiring the home team in the next game to surrender an equal number of seats from every returned ticket as the visitor.  We could use those extra seats at BDS.

And before I get some smug comeback from a Tech fan, there’s no excuse for not selling out a conference game in Sanford Stadium, even if it’s due to the visitor’s returned tickets. So get on that, Dawg fans. That being said, even a few seats short, there will still be well more than twice as many fans watching Vandy in Athens as there were in Atlanta a few short weeks ago (41,916).

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About that whole dysfunctional staff thing…

Mike Ekeler doesn’t exactly look back on last season in Athens fondly. (h/t)

Despite a powerhouse pedigree featuring some of the most renowned football programs in the nation, one thing mattered above all else to Ekeler.

“I’ve worked at some of the greatest schools history-wise in the game,” Ekeler said. “But what it boils down to is people. You can be at the University of Georgia and be miserable if you’re working with shitty people. I really enjoy my work environment and the players here.”  [Emphasis added.]

I’ve said it before — when they write the book about Mark Richt’s last year at Georgia, it’s gonna be something else to read.

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UPDATE:  A carefully worded retraction…

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Musical palate cleanser, Nobel Prize edition

Well, this.

Hells, yeah.

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“We fully expect him to play for us on Saturday.”

This may be something worth keeping an eye on for next Saturday.

Fortunately for Vanderbilt, its most consistent offensive weapon should suit up against Georgia this weekend.

Junior running back Ralph Webb is expected to play after suffering an apparent ankle injury a loss to Kentucky last weekend, Commodores coach Derek Mason said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference.

Georgia fans can tell you something about nagging apparent ankle injuries, Vandy.  There’s a big difference between suiting up and being your old self.

To say that Webb is the linchpin of Vanderbilt’s offense may be an understatement.  So far this season, he’s generated 682 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns on the ground. Both put him among the top running backs in the conference.  The rest of the team combined has less than 200 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.

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Sometimes, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

Nick Saban, like pretty much every coach at a powerhouse program, doesn’t like the idea of an early signing period.  Kirby Smart, who sat at Saban’s knee for many years — how do you think he feels about it?

“I’m not a big person that’s in favor of moving up the signing day or having an earlier signing period,” Smart said on the SEC coaches’ conference call on Wednesday. “You can argue some positives. Just like anything, there’s good and bad to both. But when the whole thing’s considered in totality, I just don’t think it’s something that going to be good for the kids, good for the players. I just don’t see it that way.”

Ah, yes.  The tried and tested “it’s not good for the kids” defense.  Straight out of the Saban playbook.  Funny how giving recruits more options is a bad thing.  Kirby should ask Roquan Smith how that worked out for him and Georgia.

On the players’ end, if a recruit signs with a school in June or December, the staff he commits to could experience turnover. Those who recruited him to that school could be gone. Ideally the prospect would commit to the school and not the coaches, but that’ll never be the case when dealing with highly persuasive recruiters who do a good job of selling themselves as coaches and their programs.

The same situation creates difficulty for staffs who stay intact. If a top target is a heavy lean to a program when the two early periods come and go and the staff decides to sign someone lower on the board to fill a need, it puts the coaches in a tough spot should the more highly-thought-of prospect change his mind and want to attend their school.

Smart sees the early signing period as merely an acceleration of a process he says he already sees as “rushed” in the first place. Having been an assistant coach for the past nine years gives him an unique point of view in that regard.

“Nobody really knows what will happen if you decide to have an early signing period,” Smart said. “I think there’s a lot of ramifications that we can’t foresee. Sometimes, when you’re not out there in the recruiting world and you’re not day-to-day traveling as an assistant coach, going out and recruiting, you don’t see what happens to kids who change their mind, coaches change jobs.”

C’mon, Kirby.  This isn’t that hard.  If you’re a top tier recruit who’s concerned about possible staff turnover, don’t sign until February.  You know every major program chasing you will hold a spot open for you until the last minute.  But if you’re not that kid and a program you really like extends you its hand earlier and you want the peace of mind a commitment brings, go for it.

The problem with an early signing period isn’t for the recruits.  It’s for the coaches who prefer the flexibility down to the last second of being able to pick and choose.  They don’t welcome the inconvenience an early signing period brings, pure and simple.

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A healthy Nick Chubb makes everybody happy.

This is exactly what went through my head when Chubb tore off that nice gain on the first play of the game last Saturday Sunday.

“He broke that one and I was like, ‘Oh crap, it’s on today,’” center Brandon Kublanow said. “So that was a lot of fun and always good to see Nick out there.”

Kublanow was referring to Chubb’s second quarter run that wound up being his longest of the day, but it didn’t take that long for me to see that, even more than was the case in the opener, his health has returned.  If we think that losing him to injury in last year’s Tennessee game took something out of the team’s mojo for the rest of 2015, what does having Chubb back do for their psyche for the rest of 2016?

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