Daily Archives: January 20, 2018

Mark Emmert, tower of courage

It appears we’ve come a long way from Penn State, baby.

So much for all that moral leadership bullshit.



Filed under The NCAA

Ya’ know, a lot of people are gonna miss Booch.

I can’t get enough of this stuff:

13 SEC teams have won their most recent game against Tennessee. The Volunteers do not have a 13-game conference losing streak, but they have lost their most recent game against each of the other teams in the SEC. Missouri is the most recent SEC rival that Tennessee has beaten, scoring a 63-37 victory over the Tigers on Nov. 19, 2016. Since then, the Vols have lost to each of the other six teams in the SEC East (including twice to Vanderbilt), and they haven’t beaten an SEC West opponent since topping Ole Miss 52-14 in 2010. During its 15-game losing streak against the SEC West, Tennessee has lost to Alabama seven times, Arkansas and LSU twice each and the other division members once apiece.

It’s pretty amazing what was squandered.

Let’s do the bad news first. Here are the teams that most egregiously underperformed their recruiting rankings in 2017.

You already know who’s first, because you a) saw the picture on top of this post, and b) did not spend the last five months living under a rock at the bottom of the sea.

  1. Tennessee (8th in recruiting, 107th in S&P+, 4-8). The Vols were terrible and fired Butch Jones with two games left in the season, despite Jones signing national championship-caliber talent. It takes something special to be as bad as Tennessee was after spending almost half a decade recruiting with the big dogs.

The downside to that, of course, is that Jones left Pruitt with something to work with.  Besides Champions of Life, that is.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

“I’m still a trust guy.”

Per Auburn’s prez, more than half of the money in Gus Malzahn’s new contract is guaranteed, which means that the buyout figure is at least $24.5 million.

AL.com reports that it’s way more than half the money.

AL.com has learned that 75 percent of the money in the contract is guaranteed, and while there are a few minor details to be worked out, that percentage is not still in negotiation. Like all the major details, it’s been agreed upon by both sides.

In other words, should Auburn fire Malzahn at some point in the next seven years for losing too many games, it would owe him 75 percent of the remaining value of the contract.

For example, if he were let go with three years and $21 million left on the deal, Auburn would owe him 75 percent of that amount or $15.75 million. That’s an approximation because the contract isn’t structured as a flat $7 million a year but as a graduated amount. The average is $7 million a year over seven years.

In addition, AL.com has learned there is no offset or mitigation language in the contract. That means the amount of money Auburn would owe Malzahn should it dismiss him would not be reduced by any salary he would make at his next job.

Holy shit, Batman.  And this for a guy who has to get past Alabama, LSU and Georgia every year just to make it to the SECCG.

That’s some trust, brother.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, It's Just Bidness

Today, in getting the band back together

John Jancek now works for Mike Bobo.

“I’ve had the opportunity to coach on the same staff with John at Georgia, and I’ve coordinated offenses that have gone up against his defenses,” Bobo said in a statement.

That’s the first time I’ve heard of a coach hiring a guy to make his offense look good in practice.


Filed under Blowing Smoke

Everybody’s broke.

Here’s how athletic department math works.

Always a college sports financial giant, the University of Texas athletics department has taken yet another leap. It had nearly $215 million in annual operating revenue and total operating expenses of $207 million during its 2017 fiscal year, according its new annual financial report to the NCAA.

It is the first time a Division I public-school athletics program has had at least $200 million in both operating revenues and expenses in the same year.

In addition to its operating expenses, the Texas athletics program reported making a separate $10.3 million transfer to the university. That type of transfer, beyond operating expenses, occurs annually at Texas. Over the past four years, the athletics department has sent a total of nearly $40 million to the university in this manner. So, arguably, from the athletics department’s perspective, the program operated at a deficit for 2017.  [Emphasis added.]

I’m not sure what there is to argue about there.  If I spend more money out of my checking account than I deposit, I’m in the hole.  But I digress.

The real point here is that when the NCAA and the schools whine about losing money, it’s a crock as long as the books are being cooked.  Arguably, they’re lying.  Arguably.


Filed under It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant, It's Just Bidness