Honestly, I don’t know how Urban Meyer recovers from this.
Two sources connected to the investigation said the likely recommendation is a suspension for Meyer. Drake and the board could also opt for a “time served” punishment since Meyer has been removed from football activities for more than two weeks.
That’ll teach him a severe lesson. At least the school isn’t apologizing for taking Meyer away from prep work.
Over at The Athletic (you know, you really should subscribe), you’ll find a lengthy piece on Mark Richt ($$), where he says — surprise! — he never wanted to leave Athens.
Now, some of you may choose not to believe that, but you know who did? The people at Miami who interviewed Richt for that job after he was fired.
“His interview was very boring, just to be quite honest,” Vilma says. “There was really not a lot of energy, and in the middle of the interview he kind of apologized because he was still kind of getting over being fired by Georgia. He didn’t expect that to happen.
“I took that as something really positive, because everything that he was saying, No. 1, was genuine, and No. 2, it showed he is committed to the long term. Like, he wanted to stay at Georgia until he retired…”
Not that I expect that to change many minds, but, what the hell, thought I’d share.
Weirdly, just after getting asked again in the comments, I got the FP link. Invites have been sent out for you to sign up if you’ve participated before.
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Format is unchanged. I’ll get the first week picks up as soon as they’re available. Good luck!
UPDATE: Week One picks are posted, so dive in.
One more thing as a follow up to my post yesterday about that anonymous poll of coaches that seemed to be tilted — pure coincidence, no doubt — against African-American head coaches.
As Bruce Feldman ($$) notes,
Said one of the anonymous coaches of Taggart: “He was only at Oregon for one year, and it’s not like he really transformed that program — and that’s a place that’s won for a long time. Not that he isn’t good — he’s won. But usually when you get a job like Florida State, it’s because you’ve won some championships or done something really amazing.”
The guy Taggart followed at FSU, Jimbo Fisher, had never coached a game before he got the job replacing Bobby Bowden.
Well, in its own way, isn’t that really amazing?
If you haven’t seen this clip before, it’s a real treat. I don’t think it requires an introduction.
This is the kind of thing that makes college sports so special.
Vanderbilt is upset the rest of the world won’t let it keep clipping coupons on a beach somewhere.
“Vanderbilt University is incredibly proud of the on-field and off-field accomplishments of our student athletes, and the coaches and staff who support them. Over the last 10 years, they have won four national championships, 14 conference championships and nine Coach of the Year awards. Our football team has played in five bowl games after a 26-year drought. Last year’s graduating seniors finished their Vanderbilt careers with more than 1,600 total wins, two national championships, eight Conference Championships, 31 postseason appearances, and included 17 All-Americans and 45 all-conference recipients. Academically, our student athletes have earned over a cumulative 3.0 [grade point average] every year for the past 13 years,” the statement read. “All of this achievement is supported by a loyal and dedicated fan base that is critical to our overall success. We will continue to invest in our student athletes and as we contemplate a capital campaign for the university, athletics will be a significant part and will include efforts to raise funds for improvements to athletics programs and facilities, including the football stadium.”
Hint: when they say “We will continue to invest in our student athletes”, they won’t. If you read the fine print carefully, the school’s commitment level is the equivalent of thoughts and prayers — an effort will be made to raise funds, but no mention is made of what actual improvements are contemplated.
That’s how the beach clippers do it, dears.
I mean, where was this contract provision twenty years ago?
Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer can be fired for cause if he fails to report misconduct as mandated by university rules.
I wonder if they can make the Knoxville PD abide by the same provision.