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.
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.
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
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.
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.
For example, talked with Mark Richt last month about roster size. He said there's no point in signing a HS player you're not sure about when you might find better quality on transfer market now. Only reason to be at 85 is if you have 85 guys you really like. https://t.co/ShzCa0nrjw
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.
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.
“When I was playing college football, my priorities were girls, football and then school,” said Mark Richt, who led the football programs at Georgia and Miami before he retired from coaching in 2018. “Now it’s going to be money, girls, football, school.” — New York Times, 5/8/21