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Really, this says so much about one of Smart’s strengths, roster management.

Nobody knows if Crumpton’s going to work out, obviously, but I’d rather see the staff tackle stuff like this proactively than sit back and wring their hands mid-season if none of the returning options works out.

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Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary.

Sometimes necessity is simply the mother of doing what’s needed.

Both of those are indications to me that Smart intends to infuse whatever talent is coming in with the highly rated ’17 class that is SEC ready sooner rather than later.  It’s certainly going to make for an intense and interesting camp next month.

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UPDATE:  One other piece to the special teams puzzle isn’t about the players.

“As far as areas of concern for this team, special teams will be No. 1. We’re going to try and change things up from a special teams standpoint, as you guys know, from a quality control. Scott Fountain (formerly at Auburn) us, who I thought did a tremendous job at Auburn. He brought a lot of inside to our program and coaches. He’s going to help us be better in special teams practice, organization, and just the things that we do. We HAVE to improve in that area…”

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Odell!

A familiar face returns.

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“I’m not going to be the Twitter police.”

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley decided to take a little pride in his team on social media and promptly got the kind of feedback that makes you proud to be a fan of college football.

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley made some waves in the offseason, giving a few confident thoughts about how his team stacks up with national champion Clemson. Predictably, this got him a fair share of flack on social media.

And a couple unlikely users led the way.

“It was crazy,” Bentley said. “These two elderly ladies always killing me on it. That’s part of the reason you stay off Twitter.”

Only in America.

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Today, in GTP book plugs

If, like me, you are a grizzled veteran of the UGA Internet world, you’ll be more than interested in reading Rob Suggs’ latest opus, Sax Attacks!, which promises “a full and fascinating history of the Dawgvent itself”.

Hmmm.  I wonder what the over/under is on Rolo mentions.

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Preseason practice opens today. You’ve got questions.

So does Seth Emerson.  So does MaconDawg.  So does Jason Butt.  And Marc Weiszer.  And… well, you get the picture.

Me?  Well, I’m kicking back and chillaxing.  I know they’ve got this one in the bag.  After all, Greg McGarity finally came through on the indoor practice facility (thanks, Jeremy!), which is what was holding back the program from its destined greatness.  All those pain in the ass bus rides and weather concerns are a thing of the past.  It’s onwards and upwards from now on, peeps.

Thus endeth the morning’s snark.

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“We need someone we can trust to watch over all of college football.”

I got an email request over the weekend to put up a mention about Bill Connelly’s May post about nine fixes for college football (“Bill Connelly For College Football Commissioner“) to see what kind of discussion it might generate here.

To kick things off, I have to admit I wasn’t that overwhelmed by the package Bill came up with when I first read his piece.  There was nothing wrong with his student-athlete proposals (which is a good thing, because the minute college football names a commissioner, the jobs of every antitrust attorney suing the NCAA get a whole lot easier), and as long as anyone can come up with ways to shorten the games that don’t involve changing the rules, I’ll certainly listen.  The relegation stuff, though, is straight out of the fever dreams of soccer fetishists who think it’ll drop easy and clean into a world where schools field other sports besides football, those football teams don’t play round-robin conference schedules and, well, where there are five power conferences.

As for playoff expansion, I’ll say it again:  college football’s unique power and greatness lies in its regional appeal and its emphasis on a meaningful regular season.  The bigger the postseason, the more both of those factors are undercut.  For me, it’s not an improvement.

College football’s problem isn’t that it’s boring or that we’re sated.  It’s that the people running it are consumed with how much money they can make from it.  The issue with that is the entities writing the checks want things that aren’t necessarily compatible with keeping what’s great about the sport great.  Operating in a short attention span world, ESPN craves novelty and selling a national product.  The Jim Delanys of the college football world think they’re smart enough to balance their product on the knife’s edge between what Mickey wants to pay for and what we longtime fans want to watch.

Trust me, they’re not that smart.  And while Bill’s a damned smart guy, I’m far from certain he’s got all the answers, either.  Ultimately, though, it likely doesn’t matter, because I doubt Jim Delany’s listening to him any more than he is the rest of us.

And with that, I’ll open the floor.  Hit it in the comments.

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