Daily Archives: August 24, 2018

The redemption tour starts NOW.

Corch, trying to convince humanity he possesses a conscience:

Next step will be training himself to shed a tear on command.

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UPDATE:  TFW someone asks you to apologize, but your heart’s not in it…

That dog’s not gonna hunt, Corch.

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Slow times in Gainesville

Go, Gata!

All the buzz first-year UF coach Dan Mullen tried to create during the offseason has fallen on deaf ears – at least at the ticket window.

With next Saturday’s season opener at home against Charleston Southern on the horizon, a school official said the Gators have sold 58,000 season tickets, including 18,500 to students.

This is down around 9,000 season tickets overall, based on figures provided last August when UF was on pace to sell 50,000 season tickets to non-students.

Man, Dan, what’s the problem?

This season, visits from Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and surging South Carolina, coached by former coach Will Muschamp, highlight the schedule. Beyond Charleston Southern, the non-conference schedule features Colorado State and Idaho, schools located two time zones away.

Fans also have to pay a little more to watch the Gators. Following McElwain’s 10-win debut season in 2015, the school raised ticket prices.

Booster season tickets went go from $300 to $330 for the Gators’ seven home games. Students pay $140, up from $105 to $140 – or a $5 increase per game.

Honestly, that’s really not very different from what we’re facing in Athens this season.  Ditto the bitching about stadium WiFi not being up to the younguns’ standards and the Swamp needing updating.  So I guess that leaves us with the usual suspect.

For now, Mullen and the Gators will look to win fans over by winning more games and scoring more points following eight years of offensive futility and two four-win seasons during the past five years.

That would probably be a good place to start, yes.

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Imagine what a little experience might do.

I wonder if there’s another coach of late who’s done that in his first two seasons.

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Soon

Ah…

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These people, ctd.

You know, if I were an Ohio State fan today, at the top of my wish list would be a fervent desire for anyone associated with the Smith debacle to keep their fricking mouths shut.

So much for that.  Thanks, asshole.

Oh, wait… Gene Smith’s attorney wants to weigh in?  Oh, okay… I mean, how much could it hurt?

… Despite digging deep, the investigators concluded Urban misspoke and did not lie to anyone.

So, why the sanction? Well, isn’t it obvious? The country was lathered into a frenzy based on erroneous information and a long delay and OSU needed to appease the lynch mob that had formed as soon as the unproven allegations were made.

As a result, two great men fell on the sword for a University they dearly love. And both men faced a room full of reporters and admitted they failed in their duties to better manage and react quicker to a troubled employee even though they had no idea about the information that has since come out about some of the things he may have been doing.

Those are the facts.

Two men who don’t deserve the public flogging but who agreed to take one for the team so this great University can move forward with all of its amazing athletic and academic initiatives.

I do not think great means what you think it means, brother.  I’m guessing since you deleted the post after getting some feedback over it, you don’t, either.

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Beyond 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes

Quite the problem Georgia Tech’s AD faces:

Tech is encountering an aging fan base, resistance to season-ticket purchases, the ever-improving option of watching from home, the recent preponderance of the dreaded noon kickoffs and frustrations of fans with new policies restricting what can be brought into the stadium. Not to mention the difficulty of building enthusiasm for a team that didn’t make a bowl game in two of the past three seasons.

The good news is that season ticket sales are similar to 2016, a year like this when Georgia isn’t on the home schedule.  The bad news is that last year, when the Dawgs did play at BDS, marked the lowest average of ticket sales since 2012.

Hard to believe Paul Johnson isn’t more compelling.

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The bottom line lesson of Ohio State’s message

In the wake of Urban Meyer’s relative slap on the wrist from the OSU administration, I saw a lot of Internet outrage comparing his three-game suspension with the hits A.J. Green and Todd Gurley took over receiving outside compensation.

I get the anger, but I think the analogies are somewhat misplaced.  Green and Gurley ran afoul of the NCAA’s amateurism protocols.  Agree with those or not, they were in place when the incidents occurred and the punishment, while draconian, was consistent with what the NCAA does to protect its cash flow.

Corch’s situation was with his employer.  If you’re looking for an analogy that’s way more relevant, try this one on for size.

I’ll give you an even more cynical take.  Meyer’s predecessor was fired for lying.  The difference here?  Well, let’s just remember when Tressel was let go, Urban Meyer was a free agent, working for ESPN.  There’s nobody comparable waiting in the wings right now.  Draw your own conclusion from that.

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The narrative that won’t die

Jeez, Athlon, give it a rest.

Future Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier — legendary both for this coaching acumen, which included the most prosperous era in South Carolina history, as well as his trash-talking ability — once quipped that playing Georgia early in the season was a boon for the Gamecocks.

While the nature of Spurrier’s trash talk does not apply in 2018, successor Will Muschamp and his South Carolina squad could benefit all the same from a Week 2 showdown. The defending SEC champion Bulldogs head into 2018 with quarterback Jake Fromm, but Kirby Smart’s left replacing several key players integral to last year’s title-game run. Gone are Roquan Smith, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, among others.

Meanwhile, South Carolina returns one of the most experienced lineups in the SEC, building off a surprise nine-win campaign in 2017. With Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley poised for a star season, look for South Carolina to capitalize on the early growing pains Georgia faces and perhaps spring the most important SEC upset of September.

You done there?  Good.  Allow me to retort.

The last time Steve Spurrier saw Georgia in September, well, let’s just say he didn’t feel like quipping afterwards.

And as far as that returning one of the most experienced lineups in the SEC thing goes, according to Phil Steele, the ‘Cocks return exactly one more starter than does Georgia.

South Carolina’s a quality team, it’s an SEC road game and any given Saturday — I get all that.  But for once, how about relying on some real analysis instead of mailing it in with that lazy crap?

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Keeping up with the Buckeyes

I swear, it’s almost like Maryland resents Ohio State sucking all the oxygen out of the media tent.

Before he resigned from his post as the University of Maryland’s athletic director, Kevin Anderson intervened in a sexual misconduct case involving two student-athletes, which a university statement said showed a “serious lack of judgment.”

In 2017, Anderson authorized the use of $15,000 in funds controlled by the athletic department for legal representation of two football players accused of sexual misconduct. Later, he did not follow orders from the university administration to cut ties with the lawyers, according to the statement, and the administration conducted an internal investigation into his actions.

The information about the payment, which was obtained by The Diamondback through a public information request and interviews with sources familiar with the matter, provides details about the months leading up to Anderson’s departure from the university, which had previously been shrouded in mystery.

It gets better.

The attorneys began representing the players in June 2017. About two months later, then-executive athletic director Damon Evans — who had not been consulted in the decision to hire the attorneys — notified the administration of the payment, and the university president’s office directed Anderson to cut ties with the attorneys, according to the statement. The next month, they learned he had not done so, prompting an internal investigation…

Anderson could not be reached by The Diamondback prior to publication. In comments to The Washington Post later Thursday night, Anderson said: “That report is inaccurate.”

Pffft… kids, running a student newspaper.  What do you expect, right?

Um… not so fast, brother.

On August 29, 2017, university administration first learned that the then-Athletic Director directed the hiring of an attorney, who had been representing two student-athletes in a sexual misconduct case for approximately two months. The attorney had been promised funds controlled by the Athletic Department to represent the accused.

This was brought to the attention of the President’s Office immediately by the then-Executive Athletic Director after first learning of the arrangement when the lawyer submitted an invoice to the department. The President’s Office, the Office of General Counsel, the Athletic Compliance Office and the then-Executive Athletic Director were not involved in or consulted on the original decision made to hire and pay the lawyer. Protocols requiring General Counsel to retain outside counsel had not been followed in the hiring.

In response, the President’s Office immediately directed the then-Athletic Director to cut ties with the attorney.

NCAA bylaws allow member institutions to pay for legal counsel for proceedings that might affect a student-athlete’s eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics. However, the decision to hire this lawyer showed a serious lack of judgement in a sexual misconduct case, given the university’s commitment to a fair and impartial handling of all such matters.

On September 27, it came to the attention of the President’s Office that its previous instruction to cut ties with the attorney had not been followed. The President’s Office directed the Office of General Counsel to immediately launch an internal investigation to determine why this had happened.

A sexual misconduct scandal and a dead player, all in one summer.  Helluva conference you’re running there, Delany.

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Friday morning buffet

Today is the gateway to the first college football weekend of the season.  And there was much rejoicing…

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