Gus Malzahn tells The Athletic “We’re one of the most stable programs in the country.”
Stewart Mandel points out that if Auburn loses its opener against Washington, it’ll be on a three-game losing streak.
I don’t think that’s the kind of stable Gus had in mind.
Bruce Feldman has an interesting story up at The Athletic ($$) about how some kids in a group of 25 European football prospects on a two-week tour of U.S. colleges have landed scholarship offers as a result. One of them is the first European player to land an offer at quarterback from a P5 school, but what really caught my attention was the story about Kariem Al Soufi, a 6-4, 340-pound guard.
It seems the player caravan landed in Athens early on — you knew Kirby wouldn’t pass on an opportunity like that, right? — and Al Soufi worked out for Pittman. Here’s how that went.
He didn’t get an offer on the spot from the Dawgs, but, according to Feldman, “after some footage of that session was posted on Twitter, the Gators offered the massive lineman before he and the tour group even made it to Gainesville.” [Emphasis added.] Now, that’s influence.
By the way, Al Soufi didn’t commit to the Gators. He’s Virginia-bound.
Honestly, as a general principle, I can see the need for an AD to hire a search firm under certain circumstances. Greg McGarity, then, makes a valid point in defense of retaining one when Georgia went out to find a replacement for Mark Fox.
Turner “was outstanding,” McGarity said. “When he and I engaged on (March 10), he knew who would be in play and who wasn’t in play. I think that’s important. … Todd will say so-and-so’s not interested. They’re not movable. So and so might be.”
I recognize that plausible deniability from both sides is how the hiring game is played these days, so having a middleman as a cutout can be useful in that regard. Sixty grand to gauge the interest of two guys who weren’t even employed at the time of McGarity’s search, though? (And, for that matter, somebody didn’t read Thad Matta right.) Not seeing a lot of value in that. But Greg seems happy, which I guess is what’s important when you’re not socking the money away in the reserve fund.
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UPDATE: How about rain?
Jimbo Fisher doesn’t seem to have approved of Kevin Sumlin’s choice of decor.
“It’s like a damn nightclub in here,” Fisher told the magazine, which is on newsstands now. “This ain’t gonna be my office.”
According to the story, Sumlin’s old office had dark carpet and black walls, which doesn’t seem to be a vibe Fisher enjoys.
Sounds a tetch grumpy, if you ask me.
Man, if you throw a little UV-glow in the dark poster work in there, Jimbo, you could make it work. A little flash never hurts when you’re selling recruits.
This is certainly favorable news for the NCAA and amateurism.
A federal appeals court has backed an NCAA rule requiring most football players who transfer schools to sit out a year.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a lower-court finding that NCAA transfer rules don’t violate U.S. antitrust laws.
Monday’s decision was in a lawsuit brought by a former punter for Northern Illinois University, Peter Deppe. The ruling focuses on a requirement that most Division I football players who transfer to another school must sit out a year.
Deppe’s lawyers argued the Indianapolis-based NCAA enforces the rule primarily to ensure transfers don’t hurt the quality of the football and thereby cut into lucrative revenues. They say that makes it an unreasonable restraint on trade.
But the 7th Circuit rejected that. Its unanimous opinion accepted the NCAA’s concern that easy player transfers would undermine “the amateur character of college athletics.”
The reasoning doesn’t make any sense to me, but there’s no doubt a win’s a win.
With the news that Tennessee led the country in missed starts for two seasons, comes this moment of Booch:
Early in his coaching career, Jones conducted a five-year study of injuries to offensive linemen and found high ankle sprains to be the most common injury. But during his five years as Tennessee’s head coach, Jones could never pinpoint a cause or even a single recurring ailment to blame for all the games key players missed because of injury.
He even studied the grass at Tennessee in 2016 to try to determine what was causing the rash of injuries. [Emphasis added.]
Ya’ think? Gee, Butch, it wasn’t a problem when it was Georgia’s players who were getting hurt.