Daily Archives: May 29, 2018

Nice transfer policy you got there, SEC. Shame if anything were to happen to it.

For gosh sakes, puh-leeze don’t throw Nick Saban in that briar patch, SEC!

Nick Saban remains against allowing graduate transfers to maneuver within the SEC without having to sit out a season.

But if SEC coaches want to change the league bylaws to allow grad transfers to move to another league school and play immediately, he figures Alabama will benefit more than most.

In other words, it’s a win-win for Saban. He either gets what he wants, or the policy will change in a way he thinks will benefit the Crimson Tide.

Saban believes changing the rule will create “free agency” within the league.

“If we allow that to happen within the league, I think it will benefit some schools more than others,” Saban said, “and I think we’re one of the schools that it would benefit. But I still am not for it.”

Right.   Funny how his ex-coaches don’t share his point of view.

Alabama finds itself in a similar situation this year. It is blocking offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy, a graduate transfer, from going to another school within the SEC. Kennedy, who has three years of eligibility remaining, reportedly would be interested in Tennessee or Auburn if he wasn’t blocked.

“There was a lot of silence in the room last year when (the amendment) was proposed,” said Smart, who is in favor of amending the rule. “And now all of a sudden, it’s got maybe a little more steam.”

Asked whether it’s fair that another SEC school would reap the benefits of a graduate transfer after the school he’s departing put in all the legwork to develop the player, Smart quipped that it’s no different from an assistant coach leaving to become a head coach at another school.

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt and Vols athletic director Phillip Fulmer have said they think graduate transfers maneuvering within the league should be free to play immediately.

If you’ve got the most talent, you’ve got the most talent to lose.

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Pay it forward.

Kirby, my man!

Kirby Smart agrees with Gus Malzahn when it comes to rotating rivalry games late in the season.

The Georgia coach backed the idea Malzahn suggested earlier this month, that the host or visitor of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry should not also host or be the road team in the same season for the Iron Bowl in Auburn’s case, or the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate game in Georgia’s case.

“Yeah, absolutely. If we get a chance to fix that and return the favor that we paid to them,” Smart said. “I hear about that a lot – obviously I wasn’t there – but about the two times there to travel back-to-back. I think if you can make it more consistent, it will balance things out, probably be helpful in the long run, but I got a feeling there’s more to than just us and them. It always affects so many other moving parts, but it would be nice to do that.”

Maybe it’s not as tough-sounding as you’d like, but it’s better than anything McGarity has put forth.  (Which is to say, nothing.)

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It never hurts to ask.

I’m not sure what it is about the SEC spring meetings, but they sure seem to bring out the snark.

He’ll be here all week, folks.  Try the veal!

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Not all penalties are created equal.

Interesting Twitter thread from David Hale:

Quick answer there would appear to be defensive penalties are more costly, but wait…

There’s a fine line between aggressive and undisciplined.  That’s what good coaching is for.

Unless you’re Georgia Tech, in which case it doesn’t matter.

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The Zen of Will Muschamp

So true.  So deep.

I hate it when Boom gets on my good side.

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Workin’ on it!

Here’s a list of five meaty topics which, if rumors are true, will be addressed at this week’s SEC spring meetings and their “likely resolutions”.  I use quote marks there because there’s a definite element of kick the can down the road to several of those.

Anyway, look at that list and tell me what you think is most likely to be resolved this week and what you think is least likely.  (I’d rank a change in transfer policy most likely and the high school misconduct policy least likely.  The gambling stuff is largely pissing in the wind, but I suspect they’ll get things started on that, at least.)

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Life after Stetson

In case you were wondering why Kirby was keen to retain Stetson Bennett’s services, as best I can tell from sniffing around the Intertubes, here’s who’s left after Fromm and Fields:

  • John Seter.  He’s a redshirt freshman.  At 6-3, he’s certainly taller than Bennett, and, like Bennett, he did pitch in with some scout team work last year.  That’s enough to make him the clear number three going into fall practice.
  • Christian Kerut.  He’s a true freshman from New Orleans who’s a little bigger than Seter.  He’s been through spring practice.  That’s enough to make him number four for now, because…
  • Matthew Downing.  He’s a local boy from Alpharetta who, like Bennett, turned down some small school offers to attend Georgia.  He’s enrolling this summer.

If that list doesn’t scream KIRBY’S LOOKING FOR A GRADUATE TRANSFER QUARTERBACK EVERY WAKING MOMENT OF THE DAY, I don’t know what does.  The irony here is that he’ll likely have to spend the scholarship he was reluctant to give Bennett to get a transfer in the door.  Such are the vagaries of roster management, circa 2018.

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