Daily Archives: May 22, 2018

Turnover margin

Considering the number of D-1 football programs in the state of Florida, this is an amazing little factoid:

Miami’s Mark Richt is already the dean of FBS head coaches in the Sunshine State…

As was the case in Georgia, too.  I wonder how many other coaches over the past two decades can make a similar claim.



Filed under ACC Football

Comedy is hard.

Now this is funny.

Larry Culpepper, the former concession vendor and self-proclaimed inventor of the College Football Playoff, is getting a second chance courtesy of Nick Saban.

Typically reserved for coaching staff, Saban’s wildly successful coaching rehabilitation program is making an exception for the recently unemployed Culpepper. According to sources close to the program, Culpepper will serve as the Crimson Tide’s assistant hydration consultant and share a room with intern analyst Butch Jones.

Treatment coordinator Lauren Harris said Culpepper will undergo a standard orientation program before he is allowed onto the field or contact with any of the players. He is also required to assist Butch Jones with his daily routine of washing and waxing Nick Saban’s vehicle.

“First and foremost, Larry will not be allowed to serve Dr. Pepper or any other beverage that isn’t water or Gatorade to our students and staff. That’s actually not a new rule. We had to put that in place when Kiffin was here,” explained Harris. “Larry will also be required to take a vow of silence because he is incredibly annoying.”

See the difference, fans of “dilly, dilly”?

Only thing missing is a Coke bottle crack, but I digress, probably.


Filed under Nick Saban Rules

Forget it, Jake. It’s Cupcakeville.

For those of you who insist that conferences still matter more than the national title hunt…

You can probably guess where that’s going.  Sigh.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs

“… a unique scheduling opportunity”

This is what happens when you tire of paying ever higher guarantee fees.

The Florida Gators and USF Bulls have agreed to a three-game series in football, beginning in 2022 in the Swamp.

UF announced the two schools also will play 2023 in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and again in Gainesville in 2025.  [Emphasis added.]

That Florida is doing this should tell you we’re not in Jeremy Foley’s world any more.  Color me a little surprised.


Filed under Gators, Gators...

Mr. Conventional Wisdom’s take on this year’s SEC East race

I know you’re on pins and needles, so let’s not waste another minute teasing you.

About Georgia, he says,


Who they will beat: at Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, at LSU, Florida (in Jacksonville), at Kentucky, Auburn.

Who they will lose to: at South Carolina.

Analysis: Georgia has a lot of rebuilding to do, especially on defense, but they are going to rebuild with very talented players. So the best time to play the Bulldogs will be early. I went to Columbia twice in the spring and the Gamecocks are very much looking forward to Georgia’s visit on Sept. 8. Georgia gets upset at Williams-Brice Stadium and then runs the table to the SEC East championship.

I guess what it takes to beat the Dawgs these days is to be very much looking forward to playing them.  Remember, you heard it here first.


Filed under Georgia Football, Mr. Conventional Wisdom, SEC Football

Starting to get noticed

Historically speaking, I don’t think many folks have viewed Sanford Stadium as one of the most hostile environments in the SEC.  Maybe that’s slowly changing.

Al.com asked 19 SEC players at the NFL combine to list the hardest places to play.  Of the 28 votes cast by the 19 players, Alabama and LSU tied for the most with seven apiece. Auburn had four and Georgia three.  Sure, that ain’t much, but it’s a beginning.  A sample comment:

Jamarcus King, South Carolina

Pick: Georgia

Why: “Because the fans were really into it. When we played them, that was really the first week they were the No. 1 team. The fans were there and loud.”

It’s about us.  And as folks in South Bend witnessed, we travel well, too.


Filed under Georgia Football

Throw the damned ball, Chaney.

This may surprise you a little.

Godwin actually shouldn’t.  He’s had the best hands on the team since his arrival.  But, boy, has Hardman been coming on.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

The evolution of Mark Richt’s roster management

In light of some of the comments I read in response to yesterday’s post about Richt’s offensive philosophy, I thought this was interesting enough to share.

Whereas in his Athens days, Richt’s propensity for leaving his roster numbers well short of the 85-man limit was the result of a deliberate reluctance on his part to overpromise when it came to making offers, this seems way more driven by the calculus of how to fill out a roster with what works best in the here and now.  I’m not saying whether that’s the best approach, but I sense that it’s driven by a realization that he’ll never have the resources to match what the likes of Alabama and Georgia do in assembling (and reconstructing) their rosters.

All of which leads me to wonder how much longer the transfer rules are going to allow Saban to get away with stuff like this.


Filed under Recruiting

A Saturday that will live in infamy

I’ve gotta admit this is a good question.  In fact, let’s do a reader poll.

If you want to be a smartass about it, no, the first loss doesn’t have to occur in 2018.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

Tuesday morning buffet

A little of this, a little of that and pretty soon you’ve got a full buffet.

  • Kirby puts the brakes on the “Deangelo Gibbs is back” talk.
  • If you’re interested, there’s already a lot of movement on some of the early lines for the first week of college football.
  • Florida and TAMU are sponsoring what is sure to be called the Freeze Rule.
  • Here’s a look at the number of quarterback pressures generated by SEC defenses last season.  You’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that Alabama led the conference.
  • It sounds like Todd McNair’s attorneys outsmarted themselves.  No doubt the NCAA will take a win any way it can get one, though.
  • Is it just me, or does it seem like those endless preseason watch lists come out earlier and earlier?
  • Wait a minute — it is a “possibility” that Stetson Bennett could earn a scholarship if he stays with the program?  Thought this kid was a dead lock, SEC-ready beast.  Kirby’s sales pitch: “I certainly respect what he has done this far for the University of Georgia and he’s a really good student as well. We’re selling him on the University of Georgia education.”  Not seeing a lot of playing time in there, but then I’m not as good at reading between the lines as some of you guys are.
  • Florida won the SEC All-Sports Award for a 12th consecutive year and for the 26th time in 27 years.  Georgia, by virtue of having the best showing in women’s sports, finished second.


Filed under College Football, Georgia Football, SEC Football, See You In Court, Stats Geek!, The NCAA, What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas