There is so much about this story to enjoy.
Reports surfaced Saturday that Lakeland receiver James Robinson, a top Gators’ target with National Signing Day approaching Wednesday, was cited for possession of marijuana last weekend during his official visit to Ohio State.
In the state of Ohio, where marijuana possession has been somewhat decriminalized, possessing amounts up to 100 grams is considered a minor misdemeanor and violators will receive a citation and up to a $150 fine. There is no jail time and the incident does not become part of the defendant’s criminal record.
As dumbass moves go, taking weed on a recruiting trip ranks right up there with the best.
Corch dropped the kid like a hot potato, but Florida, as we all know, right now can’t be as choosy about whom it chases, and here’s a kid who didn’t get into enough trouble to require Huntley Johnson’s services to play for the Gators. (At least, not yet.) What to do, what to do?
Head coach James McElwain has had two current players cited for marijuana possession during his two seasons at UF. Running backs Mark Thompson and Jordan Scarlet both served one-game suspensions, so McElwain has show a bit of tolerance for this type of rules violation, since both players remained on the team and have been large contributors at times.
The man’s not even gonna break a sweat with this call.
You can trust Hugh Freeze, son.
Murchison said he was most concerned about the ongoing, and seemingly never-ending, NCAA investigation into the Ole Miss football program. Murchison was satisfied with the answers provided by Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze.
“Coach Freeze explained the investigation to me. He explained it well enough that I know to be smart about this decision,” he said. “Just what would be the worst that would happen. The worst thing would probably be a bowl ban, and it’s not likely to happen. That’s the only thing I had a question about, and they answered it. It was all right.”
I mean, if there’s anybody in America who’s had his finger on the NCAA’s pulse, it’s Hugh Freeze, amirite?
Hard to believe, but the Beatles’ last public performance came on this day almost fifty years ago.
Jeez, I’m old.
One reason coaches can probably live with an early signing period in December, despite some grousing, is because they’re making increasing use of an early signing period in January.
There may be a potential catch, though. At least if you’re a coach.
And for the players, it’s a jumpstart academically and in football for players. Fuente noted another potential long-term benefit for recruits.
“You’re talking about kids who have maybe passed 18 (credit) hours before they even get on the football field and play a game,” he says. “On the back end, it allows you to graduate earlier and opens up some options for those kids in terms of what they want to do. Part of that is why you’re seeing the graduate transfers (increasing).”
On the other hand, there’s a short term benefit for them.
Another potential plus: increased roster depth for spring practices — which is a semi-hidden issue routinely faced by college programs, given the departure of the previous season’s seniors (and sometimes players who left early for the NFL Draft, as well).
That sure didn’t hurt #93k last year.
Not many head coaches could lose three assistants in an offseason and not miss a beat, but I doubt that slows Nick Saban down much.
Alabama has lost a third offensive assistant since capturing its 26th Southeastern Conference football championship in early December.
Receivers coach Billy Napier, the former Murray County High School and Furman University quarterback, left the Crimson Tide this past weekend to become the new offensive coordinator at Arizona State. Napier replaces Chip Lindsey, who left the Sun Devils for the same role at Auburn nine days ago…
Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was named Florida Atlantic’s head coach on Dec. 13, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban tabbed offensive analyst Steve Sarkisian as Kiffin’s successor four days later. Offensive tackles and tight ends coach Mario Cristobal left to become Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator on Jan. 13, and Saban named offensive analyst Mike Locksley to the full-time staff three days after that.
The Laner may be a little overrated as a recruiter, but Cristobal and Napier are anything but. Still, Saban doesn’t sound all that concerned. Having a deep bench at analyst helps, I suppose.
Here’s hoping I enjoy these Booch vs. Kirby headers as much after the first Wednesday in February comes and goes.
… returning SEC quarterbacks fall into three parts.
Mr. Eason lies smack dab in the middle of the promising sophomores group.
6. Jacob Eason, Georgia
2016: 204/370 (55.1%), 2,430 yards (6.6 per attempt), 16 TDs, 8 INTs, 120.2 passing efficiency
The true freshman’s season was vaguely disappointing, not unlike the result for the Georgia team as a whole. His highs were high, but his lows were both quite low and too frequent. He did improve through the season, but he spoiled it with mediocre showings against Georgia Tech and in the bowl against TCU. He has all of the physical tools, but it may take him longer to put it all together than anticipated before last year.
Throwaway quarterback year, for the win.
Who knew that New Mexico State could turn out to be such a trendsetter for the state of Alabama?
Bless this man.
South Carolina head basketball coach Frank Martin opened a press conference this week with his own question.
“Just curious,” he said. “Why does anyone follow football recruiting? There’s got to be a better life than following committing and decommitting.”
When somebody who recruits for a living thinks it’s over the top, it’s over the top.
For safety reasons, the NCAA Sport Science Institute has recommended eliminating the popular two-a-day preseason practices and reducing contact at all practices, including limiting full contact to once a week during the season.
No doubt the Bear is turning over in his grave about now.
Here are the details:
- In-season practices: Allow three days per week of non-contact/minimal contact, one day of live contact/tackling, and one day of live contact/thud. Currently, the recommendation is no more than two live contact/tackling days. Live contact means tackling to the ground and/or full-speed blocking. Non-contact/minimal contact practices don’t involve tackling, thud (in which players hit but don’t take each other to the ground), or full-speed blocking.
- Preseason practices: Allow up to three days of live contact per week (tackling or thud) and three non-contact/minimal contact practices per week. One day must be no practice. A non-contact/minimal contact practice must follow a scrimmage.
- Postseason practices: If there’s two weeks or less between the final regular-season game/conference championship game and the bowl game, in-season practice recommendations should remain in place. If there’s more than two weeks, then up to three days per week may be live contact and three days of non-contact/minimal contact.
- Spring practices: Eight of the 15 allowable practices may involve live contact, including three that can be scrimmages. Live contact should be limited to two practices per week and not on consecutive days.
There is a caveat.
Of course, these changes are just recommendations. Even if the NCAA writes these guidelines into legislation, “you can choose to do what you want,” Hainline acknowledged. “But culturally, to ignore this public document that has such widespread endorsement, I don’t think it makes any sense from any point of view that you can point to.”
Especially if you don’t want to get your ass sued off.