Monthly Archives: February 2018

Remember, it’s all about getting these fine young men an education.

Tim Brewster’s got a mighty subtle sales pitch for recruits looking at Texas A&M now.

(Jalen Ramsey strenuously objects, but I digress.)

It’s a job.  When the coaches care as little about the educational side of college football as the five-star kids chasing their NFL dreams, it’s a job.  Sorry, romantics.

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Filed under It's Just Bidness, Recruiting

Are we in the golden age of negative recruiting?

Dennis Dodd’s just sayin’, y’all.

College football seems to be one wiretap away from the obvious becoming public: The nation’s No. 1 college sport is as crooked, scandalous and cheat-ridden as its basketball counterpart.

That has sort of been forgotten as college hoops’ culture continues to be flayed in public.

We’ve known for decades basketball had a seedy under-the-table aspect to it. The recent revelations from the FBI and media reports of its investigation have filled in the details.

But to think college football is immune to such corruption would be foolish. The sport continues to be the No. 1 economic driver for college athletics. It’s just that we’ve been distracted lately.

Hey, you don’t want to be thought a fool, do you?  After all, think about it.

The temptation to cheat is certainly there as the structure of football and basketball have become more similar. Salaries, pressure and revenue have never been higher. At certain levels of college football, you even hear of a “going rate” paid for talented recruits. In other words, the amount of cash it would take to the get in the running for a five-star recruit.

With the influence of spread offenses, it’s possible — like basketball — to change the fortunes of a team with one or two players.

Consider where Clemson would be without Deshaun Watson or Oklahoma without Baker Mayfield. Take the deep threat away from Alabama during its current dynasty run. Would it have won titles without Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley?

Whoa… Watson, Mayfield, Jones, Cooper and Ridley had “going rates”?  Tell us more, Dennis.

Editor’s note: To be clear, these are just examples of recent impact players on major college football teams. No violations are being alleged.

Oh… wait, I get it!  No specific violations are being alleged, right?  Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, and all.  If I’m a superstar negative recruiter, I can work with that.  In the current climate, it’s not exactly hard to throw something out there and have it resonate.  And if you’re the subject of such a whisper campaign, how do you disprove a negative like that without making yourself look weak in the process?  Just ask Lyndon Johnson

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Booch and the glide path to rehabilitation

Really, this is almost perfect.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban has been in contact with former Tennessee coach Butch Jones regarding an offensive analyst position, sources told AL.com. Jones has visited Tuscaloosa and met with Saban in person, per sources.

One can only imagine how that interview went.  I don’t suppose Saban’s got time for that Champions of Life/five-star hearts shit, but what do I know?

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Today, in just askin’

I’ve asked this question a couple of times in the comments and been ignored, so I thought, what the hell, I’d make it the subject of a post.  (I ask in good faith, not rhetorically or snarkily.)

Here goes:  those of you who think that football and basketball players are fairly compensated under the current NCAA amateurism protocol, what exactly worries you about the free market?  After all, if they’re already getting what they’re worth, won’t an open market simply validate that?

Occam’s razor would suggest otherwise — why screw with a cartel if you don’t need to? — but I’m legitimately curious to hear your logic. The floor is yours in the comments section.

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UPDATE:  Those of you who have trouble figuring out how compensation would be valued in an open market ought to read this.

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Beef in the spring

If you believe the keys to playing winning football in the SEC are stout offensive and defensive lines, it sounds like Jeremy Pruitt’s got his work cut out for him.

Star offensive lineman Trey Smith is expected to miss at least some of Tennessee’s upcoming spring practices, according to multiple media reports.

Smith is dealing with a medical issue, according to 247Sports.com, which was among the first to report on the matter. The report did not specify Smith’s injury and said his family has requested privacy regarding his health.

The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Smith was the only offensive lineman to start all 12 games for the Volunteers last season after coming in as ESPN’s top-ranked prospect in the 2017 signing class, according to ESPN. He was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s Freshman All-America Team…

Pruitt implied during his signing day news conference this month that at least a couple of returning offensive linemen would be unavailable for spring practices. There are 13 offensive linemen listed on the spring roster — four of them walk-ons — but Pruitt said at the time that only 11 would be healthy enough for practice.

“We’d like to have 16 to 18 offensive lineman on scholarship,” Pruitt said.

This reminds me to a certain extent of the state of the Florida offensive line going into the Gators spring game a few seasons ago.  As I recall, that didn’t work out too well in the regular season, either.

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Musical palate cleanser, don’t ask me what I think of you edition

From the first generation of Fleetwood Mac, it’s the Peter Green-penned “Oh Well”, a song I spent many of my high school days listening to.

Green is also on the short list of greatest Jewish rock guitarists.  And, yes, indeed, it is truly a short list.

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“I will go to dadgum China for him if he’s a player.”

New coach’s plan to rebuild flailing program is to work as hard at recruiting as every other coach.

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Recruiting