The chafing dishes are open for business.
- It’s official. Booch goes to ‘Bama: “With that announcement came the predictable, obvious and necessary jokes. The coach with the five-star heart is joining a program with five-star players. The man who coined the phrase “champions of life” is now a member of the national champions. A former SEC coach is now going to be getting coffee for the greatest coaching legend of our generation.”
- Auburn’s shitty finish to last season “left a chip on our shoulder”? What, you’re mad at yourselves for crappy play? Does that mean you’ll take it out on each other in spring practice? Geez, Malzahn can’t even do motivation right.
- Evidently Jon Fabris was at spring practice yesterday. I hope they kept him away from Rodrigo Blankenship, who definitely does not need a directional kicking challenge.
- There’s a new professional football league on the horizon that intends to play in the spring with players who don’t make it on NFL rosters. I mention this because of one marketing element I wholeheartedly endorse: there will be no TV timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials. Praise Jesus and let’s hope it turns out to be the start of a trend.
- Jacob Eason speaks (h/t): “Honestly I couldn’t tell you. But if I’d not gotten hurt and I finished out the season I doubt we’d be talking right now. But that’s the thing about football. It’s an injury-related sport, things are going to happen and it did but I couldn’t be in a better spot.”
- Jason Butt drops an intriguing note in his story about Natrez Patrick: “Patrick’s December arrest marked the third time he was booked on a marijuana-related charge. In the past, that would have been automatic grounds for dismissal. However, Georgia’s drug policy changed recently to allow for certain offenders who are dealing with addiction not to be subject to removal from the team.” We’re not living in Michael Adams’ world anymore and that’s a great thing for Georgia football, not to mention it’s a more enlightened way to deal with kids struggling with addiction problems.
- Dan Mullen explains that paying college athletes wouldn’t work because they’d have to pay taxes… you know, like every other hard-working American — including Dan Mullen — already does, which would put them in a financial hole. Sounds rough. (It’s also probably bullshit.) Rhetorical question: would Mullen be able to overcome his scruples if at some future date players got paid?
- Drew Lock on Derek Dooley’s new offense: “It’s more complicated of an offense but I do think it’s easier.” Whatever you say, Drew.