They’re in Atlanta this year, so I guess we’ll see how well the Saban fanatics travel. Here’s the order of appearance:
MONDAY, July 16
Kentucky – Mark Stoops
LSU – Ed Orgeron
Texas A&M – Jimbo Fisher
TUESDAY, July 17
Arkansas – Chad Morris
Florida – Dan Mullen
Georgia – Kirby Smart
Ole Miss – Matt Luke
WEDNESDAY, July 18
Alabama – Nick Saban
Mississippi State – Joe Moorhead
Missouri – Barry Odom
Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt
THURSDAY, July 19
Auburn – Gus Malzahn
South Carolina – Will Muschamp
Vanderbilt – Derek Mason
Kirby follows Mullen. Maybe we’ll get another sharp crack that day.
I rate that as 100% TRUE.
… show ’em this.
But Fulmer’s back now!
Walking to my seat before the game, I checked out the wall at the Rose Bowl’s Court of Champions commemorating the bowl game’s history, so it’s extremely cool to see the latest addition.
It’s not a national championship trophy, but it’ll do until one comes along, I suppose.
UPDATE: My buddy DC Weez sends this along.
Interesting post here exploring the subject of how much of an advantage a bye week gives to P5 head coaches with four-plus years at their current post.
Answer: not much.
Of the same 28 Power head coaches mentioned above, only 7 (or 25%) have a better record coming off a bye week than they do in conference play.
It means that 75% of the most entrenched Power head coaches have a disadvantage, relative to their league record, after a week off.
With regard to those seven, the author did find one statistical correlation.
Though the seven exceptions appear to be as random as their counterparts with a disadvantage, they are bound by a common statistical thread – not one has a winning record at their current post against ranked opponents.
Petersen is 7-10 vs. the Top 25 at Washington, Kelly is 14-17 at Notre Dame, Malzahn is 14-16 at Auburn, Cutcliffe is 5-20 at Duke, Whittingham is 12-21 at Utah, Kingsbury is 2-18 at Texas Tech and Doeren is 2-11 at NC State.
The bigger the advantage a coach has coming off a bye, generally the lower his record is against the Top 25. Washington’s Petersen, who is 6.5% better after a week off than in Pac-12 play is 41.1% against Top 25 foes. Compare that to NC State’s Doeren who has a 22.5% advantage after a bye vs. a 15.4% record against ranked opponents.
I’d be interested in seeing the flip side to this — namely, what are the records of those P5 coaches against opponents coming off a bye week? (Particularly when it comes to Paul Johnson.)
If you’re a Georgia fan, the news that Mike Patrick is retiring from broadcasting should bring one moment immediately to mind.
Todd Blackledge’s reaction is classic.
Answering the question of why there aren’t more home-and-home series with quality opponents on Georgia’s schedule, Seth Emerson delivers an explanation that is both succinct and depressing.
So why doesn’t Georgia do more? Frankly, at this point it doesn’t need to. There isn’t much competitive or economic motivation for Georgia to change its scheduling strategy.
All the rest is commentary.
Let’s face it: it’s basically impossible to write a best-of-recruiting piece about the 2018 class without having Georgia’s footprint all over it.
Tennessee returns the SEC’s worst offense, brings in a new offensive staff with a different scheme in mind and has personnel questions up and down the roster. Not exactly a recipe for success in 2018. Then again, if Pruitt’s defense can shut out every opponent, there’s not much to worry about, amirite?