Daily Archives: March 28, 2018

“We are planning as if the capacity shows up.”

More deets on how the G-Day seating plan is supposed to work:

Passes will direct fans to a corresponding section that will be near the gate they enter.

Gate 10, which is the entrance where construction is taking place under the Sanford Drive bridge, is the only gate that will be closed.

Brooks advises fans to enter the gate nearest the section they prefer to sit, and once in the assigned section there is no row assignment.

“Basically, there’s a science to it and we know from analytics the percentage of fans that will enter each gate through a normal football game,” Brooks said. “We take that method and that’s how we’re going to distribute the passes at each gate.”

Once passes in the 100 section are distributed, passes will be allotted for the 300 and 600 sections. Brooks said some parts of the 200 section will be available, but other parts of the section will be reserved. Normal use of the South Tower Sky Box suites will be used by suite holders and not available for fans…

On paper, at least, there does appear to be some method to the madness, but we fans won’t be sitting on paper.  Let’s hope they know what they’re doing with this.

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Today, in they’re already being paid

Does a recruit’s family making bank ruin college sports for some of you as much as the possibility of the recruit himself getting paid?

Asking for a friend…

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UPDATE:  I should have mentioned this in yesterday’s post about Katie Ledecky, but just remembered this NCAA rule exists.

12.1.2.1.4.1.2 Operation Gold Grant. An individual (prospective student-athlete or student-athlete) may accept funds that are administered by the U.S. Olympic Committee pursuant to its Operation Gold program. (Adopted: 4/26/01 effective 8/1/01)

Those amounts are as follows:  $25000 for a gold medal; $15000 for a silver and $10000 for a bronze.

All acceptable under the NCAA’s amateurism rules.  So, again, explain to me what we’re arguing about?

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Wednesday morning buffet

For obvious reasons, today’s buffet has a distinctly spring practice flavor.

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“This one is the Murphy’s Law of searches.”

It turns out that the paperwork released on the Tennessee coaching search totaled more than 8,000 pages.  Now that’s what I call a document dump.

I get the feeling that with each new story I read on this there will be people scouring every syllable looking for something even dumber than the last gem they found.

Dennis Dodd shares a bunch of ’em.  Check out a couple of my new favorites.

At one point, interim Tennessee coach Brady Hoke texted Currie in all capital letters. He urged Currie to ignore the “MOB MENTALITY” criticism former Michigan AD Dave Brandon went through.

Currie responded, “I’m sorry, who is this?”

Oof.  If Hoke had even a shred of self-awareness, he had to realize he would soon be packing his bags.

This may be the greatest sales pitch of 2017:

In one communication, a detailed PowerPoint presentation from an agent on behalf of Texas-San Antonio coach Frank Wilson contains this statement taking up an entire page:

Not a single UTSA player has been arrested since Frank Wilson became a head coach in January 2016.

Honestly, given the history of the UT program, I’m not sure that’s not more of a bug than a feature.

In any event, it looks I’ve got plenty of fodder left for slow blogging days this spring.  Thanks, Vols!

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The way to an offensive coordinator’s heart is through his stomach.

Charlie Warner’s Woerner’s got plans, ‘yo.

Then there are the tight ends, who have seen a steady decrease in catches the last few years. Since Chaney is remaining the play-caller but taking over the tight ends, they’re hoping they will benefit.

“I would hope so, yeah. I think that’s definitely the anticipation in the room is we would get the ball a little more next year,” Georgia tight end Charlie Woerner said. “Maybe we can sweet talk him, bring some cookies in for him. He’ll get us the ball a little more next year.”

(Upon closer questioning, Woerner said he thinks Chaney is more of a McDonald’s and sweet tea guy.)

Kidding aside, there’s some interesting stuff to parse in Seth’s article about the changes on the coaching staff.  Take, for example, what Mecole Hardman has to say about his new position coach:

When Georgia receiver Mecole Hardman was asked about Hankton, he first mentioned his new position coaches’ pedigree: He played receiver in the NFL, and it’s the only position he’s ever coached. He brings a technical expertise to the position.

“Coach Hank is a cool guy. A guy who’s been in the NFL. Knows what it takes to get there,” Hardman said. “He’s just giving his knowledge and experience to us to help us out and get us to the level we need to be at.”

Coley, after two years coaching Georgia’s receivers, is now back coaching quarterbacks, a position he has coached at the high school and pro levels.

“Coley is in a better spot where he’s at with the quarterbacks,” Hardman said.

Hmmmm… and I thought Coley did a pretty good job last year with the wideouts.

As always, it’s worth reading what Kirby says about what he was thinking.

“You can always look at yourself and say, ‘How can I improve?’” Smart said. “I think we improved our staff tremendously by retaining one of our best recruiters and best coaches in James Coley while also bringing an unbelievable personality and great background in Cortez Hankton. He’s coached in our league, knows our league, has recruited in our league. All we want to do is make our staff better, and that’s the ultimate goal is to improve each year, and that’s what I think I’ve been able to do. So I’m excited about that.”

It’s also not that Chaney and Coley have completely forsaken their former units. There’s enough overlap during practice, whether it be team drills or passing drills, that receivers and quarterbacks are working together, that Coley and Chaney might be talking to their former guys.

And Chaney ultimately remains the man in charge of the offense. That hasn’t changed.

“Chaney’s the OC, so he’s with everybody. The receivers, the tight ends, the quarterbacks, at the end he’s going to have the overall say,” Hardman said. “But Chaney, he’s trusting Coley and Coach Hank to do their thing. I think Coach Chaney’s more laid-back now and just letting everything play itself out. That’s good, because he’s giving the quarterbacks and Coley to do more things that they can do.”

Reading a little between the lines there, I think it’s apparent that Smart really didn’t want to lose Coley from the staff.  If Hankton is as good as advertised, this does look like a stronger group overall.  We shall soon see.

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