Daily Archives: May 1, 2018

From Richt to Smart to Chubb

I’m not sure if this makes me a Richtophobe or a Richtophile, but Nick Chubb’s comparison of his two head football coaches leaves as many questions for me as answers.

From Richt, he learned how to set priorities, and that “being a great man is more important” than being a great football player.

“He definitely was a strong man of faith,” Chubb said. “That rubbed off on us, how he approached every day and lived his life. Definitely a great man to look up to.”

But the culture under Richt — at least near the end of his tenure — was apparently not conducive to strong leadership among players. Chubb said the biggest difference with Smart was that he lets the team leaders call the shots.

“It was just more of a player-led team,” Chubb said. “Guys were finally fed up with losing so we kinda just took it over ourselves. Coach Smart was there and supported us and kind of led us in the right direction with doing that.”

Those leadership moments included calling players-only meetings and taking control at practices, per Chubb.

“Coaches didn’t have to get on anybody,” he said. “We’d get on them ourselves and hold everybody accountable.”

So Richt was a figure of admiration, but didn’t inspire the players to lead themselves, while Smart, who’s a notorious control freak (and in this context, I mean that as a compliment), let team leaders call the shots.  Um, sure.  There’s no doubt Smart got better results out of this team than late vintage Richt did, but I’m having a hard time seeing the grounds for it in Chubb’s explanation.  What am I missing here?



Filed under Georgia Football

“We didn’t come here to win six games, to win seven games.”

Behold, Jeremy Pruitt’s marching orders:

What Phillip Fulmer told Pruitt when Fulmer hired him

“He said, ‘The head coach at Tennessee is going to be judged by three things: Florida, Georgia and Alabama.’ So, where are we at compared (to those schools)? That’s how hard we need to work. And I knew that when I took this job.”

Combined score of those three games in 2017?  Opponents 92 – Tennessee 27.

I suppose it can’t get any worse.  So he’s got that going for him.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

Alex, I’ll take “Things I Never Thought I’d Hear A College AD Say” for $200.

Well, now.

I can’t wait until I hear somebody ask Mark Emmert what he thinks about that.

In the meantime, you can bet Jeffrey Kessler’s incorporating that into his legal argument.


Filed under The NCAA

Gators and Dawgs, living together

Duke Dawson, former Florida defensive back, reflects on having Sony Michel and Isaiah Wynn as his pro teammates:

While on opposite sides of the heated Florida-Georgia rivalry the last few years, Dawson said he is looking forward to playing with the fellow SEC standouts.

“Those two guys, great players. I’ve been looking at Sony since he was in middle school. Sony’s been playing on varsity since eighth grade so I kind of had a feeling who Sony was coming up,” Dawson said. “Isaiah, I don’t really know him, I didn’t know him at the time, but now I know who he is. I’m most definitely going to reach out to those guys and stay in contact with them. We’re teammates now. There’s no more rivalries. Until that week comes … trust me there’s going to be a lot of funny bets going on.”

I’ll be laughing as long as you’re on the losing end, Duke.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football

It’s the stars, stupid.

Every year, people get sucked into reading data like this…

… and jump to the conclusion that it’s proof recruiting rankings are meaningless.

Here’s what those folks should be looking at, instead.

For broader scope, let’s take a look at the entirety of the 2018 NFL Draft in terms of the draftees’ high school recruiting ranking in the 247Sports Composite.

2018 NFL Draftees

5-star: 19
4-star: 70
3-star: 106
2-star: 19
NR: 42

If one were to look at those numbers without an explanation, you’d see that 167 of 254 drafted players ranked as a three-star prospect or below. That’s 65.7 percent of all players drafted. But one also needs to consider the pool in which these players are coming from. To do, let’s take a look at the 2014 class, those players that would’ve been fourth-year seniors in 2017, along with the percentage of them drafted based on the 2018 NFL Draft.

2014 Class – 247Sports Composite

5-star: 33 (57.6%)
4-star: 296 (23.6%)
3-star: 1,541 (6.9%)
2-star: 1,666 (1.1%)

In other words, if you were a ’14 five-star recruit out of high school, your chances of being drafted by an NFL team were almost ten times more likely than if you were a three-star kid.

Last year’s draft numbers tell a similar story.

2017 NFL Draft

Five-star: 23
Four-star: 76
Three-star: 90
Two-star: 25
NR: 38

2013 Class – 247Sports Composite

Five-star: 35 (65.7%)
Four-star: 330 (23%)
Three-star: 1,790 (5%)
Two-star: 1,720 (1.4%)

Let’s face it.  Nick Saban and Kirby Smart aren’t killing themselves chasing the top high school talent because their goal in life is to finish first in the recruiting rankings.  It’s because there aren’t a lot of five-star recruits out there and the odds that any one of them will wind up being a major contributor are significantly greater.  Baker Mayfield’s recruiting ranking notwithstanding…


Filed under Recruiting