Daily Archives: January 17, 2018

Throw momma from the train.

So, this popped up in my Twitter feed today…

That is essentially free agency.  That is also a long way from either the status quo, or even what’s been discussed as a potential change to the status quo.  Yet this is coming from an anonymous NCAA official who sounds confident it’s likely to happen.  What on earth is going on?

Well, it’s the NCAA, so you know the first thing I’m thinking of as motivation.  Evidently Brian Cook had the same flash as I.

The grad transfer rule already sucks out loud for lower-level schools. Creating open season on every all-conference football and basketball player turns the MAC into a collection of JUCOs, essentially. It’s far worse for competitive balance than paying kids would be, because you get to swoop in on anyone you missed and yoink them. You’re also inviting kids to leave whatever degree program they’re in for sports, damaging your hoary claims to academic integrity.

But it would eliminate a set of arguments against amateurism, so full speed ahead. Because keeping the money is all they care about.

I know I’m a cynical guy.  (Brian Cook may be the only college football blogger I can think of who’s even more cynical than I am.)  Yet, somehow, the NCAA consistently manages to surpass the worst I can attribute to it.  That’s some talent.

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In for a penny…

Sure, why not?

If there are a bunch of UCF fans willing to spend on this — they don’t call ’em “vanity plates” for nothing, you know — why shouldn’t the state step up and separate them from their money?  Somebody’s gonna.

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‘This makes a lot of sense.’

Jesus, I don’t know what depresses me the most about this article, that there’s consideration to move Finebaum’s show to Atlanta, that “the city leaders want it”, or that Finebaum would have plenty of other options if things with ESPN don’t work out.

In any event, I think I’m heading towards another just shoot me moment.

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Is it Isaiah Wilson time?

One of the most highly ranked signees in Georgia’s lauded 2017 class never saw the field.  In this day and age, that was unusual.

Wilson was the No. 16 overall prospect nationally in 2017 by the 247Sports Composite. Fourteen of the top 15 players saw action as true freshman, with only Stanford quarterback Davis Mills redshirting.

His position coach had a reason for that.  He wasn’t ready.

Wilson, from Poly Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y., had a hard time in the August heat in preseason practices after arriving last summer. Wilson “wilted a little bit,” coach Kirby Smart said at the time.

“He wasn’t ready to play,” Pittman said. “Pretty simple. He wasn’t there yet and by the time we felt like he was heading in that direction it was late in the season so we decided to keep him there, but we’re pleased with all the guys we signed last year.”

No shame in that, and the big thing there, anyway, is that Pittman now thinks he’s good to go.  This may be one factor for the change of heart:  “Wilson was about 354 pounds when he signed and was listed at 345 pounds by Georgia on the roster but said he was down to 327 by the end of the season.”

A kid about whom several of his teammates noted early on moved well has dropped almost thirty pounds under supervision?  Yeah, I’d kinda like to see how Wilson looks now…

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UPDATE:  Here’s Netori Johnson’s redshirt story.  Conditioning for high school offensive linemen is a big story, which makes Andrew Thomas’ success last season that much more impressive.

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Good hands

It was the first thing I noticed about Terry Godwin when he hit the field.

Doesn’t appear to have changed…

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Today, in you can’t make this stuff up if you tried

I’m starting to think Junior’s just trolling the hell out of everybody now.

Never one to shy away from unconventional moves, FAU coach Lane Kiffin chose 24-year-old Charlie Weis Jr. to be his new offensive coordinator, OwlAccess.com has learned.

The hiring will make Weis the youngest current coordinator at the FBS level, and likely the youngest coordinator in modern college football history.

Two chips off the old block.  I guess I’ll have to quit referring to the Laner as Junior.  Too confusing.

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BREAKING: Georgia Tech will be in the CFP conversation.

This is as close as the Jackets will get, though.

Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury will be one of the six new College Football Playoff selection committee members, multiple sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

If Georgia’s in the hunt for the playoffs again, the Stingtalk threads about this move ought to be epic.

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