Daily Archives: November 16, 2016

Band of brothers

You may have heard that an Oklahoma player has left the team in mid-season and announced plans to begin preparation for the NFL draft.  While I’m not here to condone his decision, I can’t help but roll my eyes about Mike Stoops’ righteous indignation over it.

“Quitting on your teammates is hard to take, as a coach,” Mike Stoops said. “That’s everything we stand for — our commitment to one another and, for whatever reason, that wasn’t there for him…”

This, from a guy who once played as a scab when NFL players went on strike and when criticized for doing it, responded by saying, “I don’t give a damn what they think. I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody, and deep down, I think they know that. But if they feel that way, fine, don’t ever talk to me again”.

Is there a more consistently followed coaching mantra than do as I say, not as I do?

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Skullduggery afoot?

Wonder what this is all about…

Wake Forest is investigating how documents pertaining to its game plan might have ended up in Louisville’s hands before last Saturday’s game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

“We are concerned that there was some type of security breach,’’ coach Dave Clawson said Tuesday. “I have shared it with Ron Wellman, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure all of our information and data is more secure moving forward.’’

Wellman, Wake Forest’s director of athletics, said Clawson told him of the possible breach on Friday, the day before the Deacons’ lost to the fifth-ranked Cardinals 44-12. Wellman said a member of Wake Forest’s traveling party found the documents at the stadium.
… although not as much as wondering why Petrino might feel the need to stoop to that in a game against Wake Forest.

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Musical palate cleanser, 2016 just keeps trucking on edition

RIP, Mose Allison, The Who’s favorite jazz musician.

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Bulldogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

An alert reader passed something on to me from the pages of the Dawg Vent some of you may find of interest, given our recent discussion about the number of noon starts Georgia has seen this season (and may likely see again in 2017 with that challenging home schedule).

– Early kickoffs are from Noon-1:59 pm. Mid-afternoon are from 2 pm-5:59 pm. Night is anything after 6 pm.
– Teams in EST average more early kickoffs than those in CST.
– We have had 14 early kickoffs in the last four seasons. Nobody else has had double digits.
– A team has gone a full season without a night game only twice. Us this year and Mizzou in 2014.
– Six different schools have had a season with no early kickoffs. Auburn has had two such season, and LSU has had three. In fact, LSU’s game this week with Florida is the first time they will kickoff in Death Valley before 2 pm in 4 years (and it may be longer, I didn’t look at kickoffs before 2013).
– Lowly Vandy has had as many mid-afternoon kickoffs as us and 9 more night games.
– Most teams aren’t playing their cupcake games at noon.
– Looking at the numbers, there is no way you can say schools don’t have any influence over kickoff times. In 2014, LSU never kicked off before 7 pm all season except for their bowl game. Kentucky gets more night games than other teams in EST to accommodate Keenland. We obviously ask for noon games or are passive and get all the noon games nobody else wants.

It’s even more graphic in a, er… graph.

nooner

Now some of this is the result of not generating an attractive enough product in the last couple of seasons to garner more broadcast interest at later times.  But, in all honesty, the same could be said for several other conference schools.  Georgia is the only team depicted there with the Early bar being higher than the other two.

As for the conclusion drawn, that would be a pertinent question to ask of Greg McGarity.

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East is east, and West is west, and never the twain shall meet… except…

Kinda lopsided, SEC.

Cross-divisional showdowns within the SEC continue to be overwhelmingly troublesome for the Eastern side. Western Division teams are 9-2 against the East this year and 33-8 since the start of the 2014 season.

Those totals include the results of the past two SEC championship games, when Alabama throttled Missouri and Florida by the combined count of 71-28. The West has snagged seven straight SEC title games overall, with Alabama claiming four, Auburn two and LSU one.

Alabama hasn’t lost to an East team in six seasons.  Wowser.

There is one East team holding up its end of the deal, though.

6 Straight seasons with a victory over an SEC West team for Georgia after the Bulldogs beat Auburn 13-7 on Saturday. No other SEC East team will own victories over SEC West opponents in even the 2015 and 2016 seasons if Florida doesn’t beat LSU this week. The SEC East is 2-9 in interdivision games this year.

Auburn, they couldn’t have done it without you.

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“It’s not like we don’t practice it, I can tell you that.”

North Carolina didn’t have an interception against Georgia in their opener.  Nine games later, the Tar Heels still don’t have one.

The Tar Heels have played 10 games. They have two games left in the regular season. And here in mid-November, more than three months after the start of preseason practice, UNC is still seeking its first interception.

The Tar Heels’ interception-less streak might be the most bizarre statistic of the college football season. Among the 128 teams that play at the FBS level – formerly known as Division I-A – UNC is the only team in the country without an interception.

Every other team has at least three interceptions. One-hundred and eight teams – including every other team in the state, and in the ACC – has intercepted at least five passes…

That’s about as unusual as you might expect.

If you’re wondering about the history, and about the last time an FBS team went an entire season without intercepting pass, then, well – you’re not alone. Jeff Williams, an NCAA official who is in charge of the official NCAA football record book, couldn’t identify when it last happened, or if it has happened.

Williams spent part of Tuesday searching through the NCAA’s statistical archives. He looked through records for every season between 1989 and 2016, and he couldn’t find an instance of a team finishing a season without an interception. Records before 1989, he wrote an email, do not include every FBS team – only the leaders in a statistical category in that given season.

“I have to believe it has happened before,” Williams wrote, “but clearly it hasn’t happened in the last 25 (plus) years. I think it’s safe to say that every FBS team since at least 1991 has had at least one interception during the season.”

This week they’re playing a triple option team that’s attempted less than 100 passes all season, so the odds aren’t good the run will end.

The strangest part of this is that they weren’t bad at all last season with picks, and several of those players returned this year.

Just last season, they intercepted 17 passes, which ranked tied for 14th nationally. Players who accounted for more than half of those interceptions returned, including M.J. Stewart, the cornerback who led UNC with four interceptions last season…

College football.  Go figure.

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Malzahn’s Kryptonite

Danielson made a big deal out of Kirby Smart’s experience defending Malzahn’s offense, but in reality, Saturday was more of a continuation of Georgia’s good work than merely that.

Of the six games in which Auburn has failed to register at least 300 yards of total offense under coach Gus Malzahn have come against Georgia. The Bulldogs held the Tigers to their puniest output in Malzahn’s tenure at 164 yards in a 13-7 victory over Auburn on Saturday. Georgia was the first team to hold Malzahn’s Tigers to fewer than 300 yards during their 2014 visit to Sanford Stadium, when Auburn gained 292 yards in a 34-7 loss. In 2015, Georgia held Auburn to 275 yards in the Bulldogs’ 20-13 victory. LSU and Alabama limited the Tigers to 260 yards last season, which had been Auburn’s low under Malzahn until Saturday’s game. Georgia held Auburn without a first down in the second half on Saturday.

Not so tough without that rabbit’s foot.

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