Daily Archives: October 31, 2017

Booch lives?

One can only hope.

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“That’s our identity. We’re going to come down and try to knock your head off.”

You read these quotes,

“I finally bought into what (head coach Kirby) Smart has been coaching, since he got here and what he’s tried to instill in us,” Godwin said. “To go out there as a receiver and show physicality, it puts a lot of fear in that DB’s heart. As far as a DB, they never know if you’re going to come block them or go out for a pass because you’re always being physical throughout the whole game. That kind of wears down the defense.”

… and your first thought is to brush them off as little more than the usual happy talk we’ve heard out of the program for years.  Then you consider what you’ve watched in the games this season and realize these guys really are buying into what the coaches are selling.

Remarkable, really.

The truly exciting thing about this is that the players see the results from making the effort.  In turn, that becomes a sustainable feedback loop, especially as subsequent recruiting classes come in without having to struggle through a culture change.  Nice.

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Today, in simple pleasures are the best

Sony Michel only had six carries against Florida, but it wasn’t because the Gators shut down Georgia’s rushing attack as they did last year.

Quite the contrary.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you block well for talented running backs.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Another clue to a special season

Amazing to read this:

Georgia is set to play its ninth game of the season Saturday with every starter healthy enough to compete.

A little bit of luck and maybe a strength and conditioning staff that knows what it’s doing make for a helluva combination.

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Filed under Georgia Football, The Body Is A Temple

The NCAA’s existential crisis

“We cannot go to the next basketball season without seeing fundamental change in the way college basketball is operated,” Emmert said. “The public doesn’t have sufficient confidence in any of us in terms of our ability to resolve these issues.”

The idea that Mark Emmert gives two shits about public confidence is almost laughable.

However, what he does care about is the NCAA’s revenue stream from men’s basketball.  It’s the organization’s lifeblood and if that’s taken away, well, there isn’t much need for the NCAA and even less for Emmert himself.  So don’t think this isn’t occupying much of his waking time right now (maybe even a few sleepless nights, as well).

Basketball is critically important to the NCAA because it gets most of its annual revenue — roughly $800 million — from television rights fees for its men’s basketball tournament. The college football playoffs, by contrast, are not run by the NCAA.

A failure to act, Emmert said, could lead to the end of the NCAA as a governing body and a move toward a “European model” under which football and basketball are entirely professionalized. That, he said, would have an undesirable ripple effect upon other college sports that are subsidized by football and basketball revenue.

Not to mention an even more undesirable ripple effect upon Emmert’s paycheck.  But I digress.

Read that second paragraph and ponder the implications.  The reality is that the NCAA and its member schools benefit tremendously from the current arrangement imposed by the NBA and NFL on player entry.  Yes, the pros get free player development and marketing, but the schools get an inexpensive talent pool that essentially has nowhere else to go to market its skills.

That’s not something they want to give up because it’s what drives their athletic department budgets.  Yet sitting back and doing nothing but waiting to see where events take them could be just as disastrous to their bottom lines.  That’s a tough call, especially for a bunch who aren’t nearly as sharp business-wise as they believe they are.

How this all works out I don’t know.  Some suggestions were offered,

Following Emmert’s comments, Knight Commission co-chairs Arne Duncan and Carol Cartwright outlined what some of those reforms could be: regulations for nonscholastic youth basketball; greater enforcement powers for the NCAA, including possible subpoena powers; a limited antitrust exemption that would give the NCAA protection from lawsuits in exchange for some federal control; and allowing athletes to benefit from the use of their names, images and likenesses.

… but the devil’s in the details, especially with an organization so resistant to changing its business model.  That being said, criminal indictments have an impressive way of focusing one’s mind.  On the other hand, this is Mark Emmert we’re talking about, so who knows?

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Why Georgia curb-stomped Florida

What a quote:

“The present affects the present. The past doesn’t affect the present,” Smart said. “Anything that’s happened here before, what does that have to do with this team? It has nothing to do with this team. They talked a lot this past week about owning their burden, the burden of being a highly ranked team, of being the favorite. I mean, own your burden with your work and let it pay off on Saturday. And they’ve done that.”

All the talk about travel and the weather has always been total horseshit, lazy excuses to avoid acknowledging the real issue — with Spurrier’s arrival, Georgia was rarely ready from a mental/emotional standpoint to match evenly with the Gators.

Of course, this kind of talk can be just as cheap if you can’t get your players to buy in and reset their mental outlook as a group.  As we saw on Saturday, Kirby got his team to do just that.  That in and of itself may be as an impressive job of coaching as I’ve ever seen at Georgia.

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The best player of 2017 is someone you probably haven’t heard of.

Bryce Love is having a ridiculous year at Stanford, rushing for almost 200 yards per game and averaging better than ten yards every time he carries the ball.

Yet that’s only the second best average in the Pac-12.

At the top is this guy.

Think about that stat for a minute.  Think of all the great players that have run through that conference just in the last 20 years.  (Southern Cal had two Heisman Trophy winners in its backfield at the same time.)

Tate leads the country in yards per rush, at 13.42.  He’s thirteenth in total rushing yards, despite only playing in six games.  He’s also rushed for eight touchdowns.

That’s impressive in and of itself, but it’s only half the story.  Because of the way passing stats are kept, he hasn’t played in enough games to be ranked (he will after the next one), but if he were, his passer rating of 187.54 would be good for third nationally and his 11.7 yards per attempt would lead the country.

Remember how exiting those Rich Rodriguez’ offenses are when he’s got a great quarterback to run them?  Well, that’s what he’s got now.  You may have to stay up late to catch his act, but you ought to try to do so.  Tate is an absolute blast to watch.

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