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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It’s May at a college football blog, part two

One thing stassen.com does in the preseason is compile composite rankings of the projections from all the preseason college football mags.  Three are out — Athlon, Lindy’s and Street and Smith — so here’s what that batch looks like.

 

National Top 25

 

Rank Team Total
Points
Athlon Street
and
Smith
Lindy
1 Alabama 89 1 1 2
2 Clemson 88 2 2 1
3 Ohio State 83 4 3 3
4 Georgia 82 3 4 4
5 Wisconsin 73 9 6 5
6t Miami-Florida 72 6 8 7
6t Oklahoma 72 10 5 6
8 Washington 70 8 7 8
9 Auburn 65 7 12 9
10t Michigan 61 5 9 18
10t Penn State 61 11 10 11
12 Michigan State 60 12 11 10
13 Notre Dame 52 15 14 12
14 Stanford 49 18 13 13
15 Florida State 46 13 18 16
16 Virginia Tech 44 16 16 17
17t Boise State 39 19 21 14
17t Mississippi State 39 14 20 20
19 Southern Cal 38 21 15 19
20 West Virginia 34 22 22 15
21t Central Florida 19 20 23
21t Texas 19 20 23
23t Oregon 17 23 22
23t Texas Christian 17 24 21
25t Florida 14 17
25t Louisiana State 14 17
25t South Carolina 14 24 24

If that holds up, you’ve got a noticeable gap between fourth and fifth, which should make the selection committee’s job pretty obvious.  Which means it’ll be the Big 12 and Pac-12 getting shut out of the playoffs.  Makes me wonder how long Bill Hancock’s “all is well” shtick will hold up if that’s the case.

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It’s May at a college football blog, part one

Here’s an early look at SEC win totals, courtesy of South Point Hotel and Casino (last year’s records in parentheses):

SEC East

  • Florida:  7.5  (4-7)
  • Georgia:  10.5  (13-2)
  • Kentucky: 5.5  (7-6)
  • Missouri:  7.5  (7-6)
  • South Carolina:  7  (9-4)
  • Tennessee:  5.5  (4-8)
  • Vanderbilt:  4  (5-7)

SEC West

  • Alabama:  11 (13-1)
  • Arkansas:  6  (4-8)
  • Auburn:  9  (10-4)
  • LSU:  7  (9-4)
  • Ole Miss:  6  (6-6)
  • Mississippi State:  8.5  (9-4)
  • Texas A&M:  7  (7-6)

My first thought on seeing that is a general perception that the conference is still mediocre outside of Alabama and Georgia.  There are only three teams listed with projected win totals better than the 2017 results — Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas (Missouri’s 7/7.5 is a wash to me) — and all three can be categorized as being in positions where there’s nowhere to go but up.  (And even with that, I still think it’s a stretch to predict Arkansas, which has significant personnel issues and a new coaching staff, will wind up bowl eligible.)

My second thought is a corollary to the first:  if the 2018 season does play out like this, it’s gonna be one boring year for the SEC.

Other random thoughts:

  • Vegas is definitely less sanguine about South Carolina’s prospects than most prognosticators I’ve read.  The ‘Cocks do have an advantage in coaching stability over several divisional rivals this season, but the talent base isn’t that great overall and they’re embarking on an offensive journey that goes against the grain of everything Boom’s done since he became a head coach.  In some ways, this will be the most interesting experiment of 2018, mainly because I wonder what happens if things go south with the hurry up.
  • Auburn at 9 wins seems a little questionable until you remember that the Tigers open with Washington and play Alabama and Georgia on the road.
  • For all the talk about Pruitt and Mullen, Joe Moorhead is flying under the radar for the most part.  Ironically, Mullen left him with a decent amount of talent to work with this season and it will be interesting to see how Moorhead puts it to use.  The Bulldogs have Auburn at home, by the way, and if that game breaks in MSU’s favor, they could finish as high as second in the division.
  • I don’t think TAMU signed Jimbo to that ridiculous contract to win seven games a year, but what do I know?
  • Tennessee’s conference schedule, particularly at mid-season, is brutal, but I can see a path to six wins if Pruitt can hold things together after October.  If the Vols can beat West Virginia in the opener, maybe more than six wins…

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