Daily Archives: April 18, 2017

Butts-Mehre’s next nightmare?

I don’t think this current scenario is ultimately going to play out by the time the dust settles at next February’s signing day, but I sure would pony up a penny for Greg McGarity’s thoughts if Miami crushed recruiting in the next class and Smart didn’t.

Maybe it’ll be the subject of a future The First Word.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

Ask, don’t tell.

Kirby’s getting all General Zod on the media now.

Hopefully, the beat writers won’t have to wait 90 days for an answer.

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If you like this year’s home schedule…

you’re gonna love 2018’s.

Georgia’s home and non-conference opponents for 2018 are now known.

The new team on the list is Austin Peay. The Governors replace Murray State on the schedule and represent one of four non-conference home games for the Bulldogs. The other three are Middle Tennessee State, UMass, and Georgia Tech.

… Sanford Stadium will only host three SEC games. Those will be against Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Auburn.

I wonder if we’ll be arguing about ten wins being cheap next year.  To keep the fan base excited, they’re gonna need a bigger Wifi.

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UPDATE:  Eh, it’s all good.

“Having seven home games will be great for our team, community, and fans,” head coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “A mix of outstanding conference teams, a traditional rival, and out of conference teams we seldom play will make for an attractive season schedule.”

Gee, what’s that liquid running down my leg… rain, you say?

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G-Day plea

Damn, it’s tough to ignore when the players play the “do it for the kids” card.

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You can’t win if they don’t play (for you).

Does recruiting matter?  In the SEC?  Are you kidding?

It’s almost a requirement to win an SEC championship that a school is located in a state considered among the best nationally producing high school talent. It’s why 81 percent of the 84 SEC football titles (including the last 18 straight) to date have been won outright or shared by schools from the state of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana, all fertile recruiting grounds.

Whatever else you want to say about Kirby Smart, he knows where the primary focus of becoming a successful head coach starts.  And that’s why if he can keep it up, he’s got a legitimate chance of achieving that success.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting, SEC Football

“The new rules clearly benefit college programs.”

Fresh off a successful vote to add an early signing date for football recruiting, Bob Bowlsby suggests a 60-day signing period in the fall might be possible.

That might give Saban’s Coke bottle the chills.  Then again,

“We’re dealing with a very entrepreneurial group,” Bowlsby said of the recruiting culture. “There will certainly be lots of thoughts on how to gain an advantage and how to work the system … There’s only so much you can do relative to how individual student-athletes are going to announce their choices.”

True ‘dat.

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Filed under Recruiting, The NCAA

This is what a false economy looks like.

The Texas football team has new lockers with a 43-inch television monitor rather than just a standard nameplate.

Per, bruh.  Times 85, that clocks in at a modest $892,500.

Wretched excess in the era of amateurism, for the win.

How many Longhorn players do you figure would rather have a check for $10 grand and a regular locker instead?

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Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA