Daily Archives: October 30, 2018

Hope for the future

Check out Jordan Davis’ good work on this play last Saturday:

That’s one way to make an inside linebacker’s job easier.



Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

The opposite of toxic

Apparently, dead football players are merely collateral damage when you’re trying to build a ‘big time football program.’

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents is expected to recommend that football coach DJ Durkin and Athletic Director Damon Evans remain in their positions, according to three people familiar with the situation, but the job status for both athletic department employees could still be up in the air.

Nice conference you’re running there, Mr. Delany.


UPDATE:  The revised story is even more nauseating.

… According to four people familiar with the situation, the regents are strongly urging Loh to allow Durkin to return and Evans to continue in his role. One person close to the situation said it was made clear to Loh that if he didn’t follow the board’s recommendations, he’d be fired immediately.

In his meeting with the regents last Friday, Loh explained to the board why he felt the school needed to move on from Durkin.

“It was made clear that if he wanted to remain in his position, he had no option,” said one person close to the situation said. “He ultimately felt it would’ve been tremendously disruptive to the entire campus if he was to be terminated simple because he wouldn’t put the coach back on the field. . . .

“The board has no authority to hire and fire a football coach, but they made clear that returning DJ to the field was their highest priority.”

According to the story now, Loh will resign in June.

If you’re Durkin, you just got the full backing of the board of regents after one of your players died on the practice field.  At this point, what can’t you get away with there?


UPDATE #2:  This sounds promising.


Filed under Big Ten Football

Today, in let’s play Mr. Conventional Wisdom

You guys seem to get a such a kick out of fleshing out Tony Barnhart’s hot warm lukewarm room termperature takes on college football that I thought I’d turn that into a semi-regular feature here.

With that in mind, here’s today’s pearl of wisdom:

As we in Dawgnation have been known to say on occasion, finish the drill in the comments.


Filed under Mr. Conventional Wisdom

Numbers to ponder

A couple of statistical tidbits heading to Saturday’s game for your consideration:

Against the Gators, Fromm’s stat line on passing downs:  6 of 8 for 100 yards, no sacks and no interceptions.


Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football, Stats Geek!


Today, in money talks and bullshit walks:

The famous Clemson Tiger Paw could soon make its way onto advertisements for beer.

During the university’s quarterly Board of Trustees meeting this month, the trustees agreed to allow JMI Sports LLC, the official multimedia rights and corporate sponsorship partner for Clemson, to explore using the university’s trademarks in conjunction with a “drink responsibly alcohol related athletics sponsorship.”

In the past, the university has partnered with MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch for radio ads related to responsible drinking, but this will be the first time the school’s visual marks could be put to use.

Now, JMI Sports has university permission to talk to “branded malt beverage” companies to see if any want to strike a deal to use the Tiger Paw on ads, with the requirement that an educational “drink responsibly” message is visible, according to the plan outlined by JMI Sports.

Dan Radakovich, Clemson’s athletics director, is hopeful that a partnership will emerge which is beneficial to the university, the beverage company and JMI.

“I think in the collegiate landscape there are an awful lot of these partnerships at very fine institutions across the country,” Radakovich said. “They have been done very well and very tastefully at other other institutions.”

No doubt the paychecks will be very classy, Dan.  You’ll fig leaf your way through hypocrisy, too.

Radakovich emphasized that exploring a deal for advertising is “in no way a step toward selling alcohol in the stadium.”

Tom Stultz, the president of JMI Sports, said that no alcohol ads will be targeted to people under the age of 21.

Well, okay, as long as your hearts are pure, I’m sure this will further Clemson’s academic mission, which is what college sports are all about today.


Filed under Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, I'll Drink To That, It's Just Bidness

Throw Damon under the bus, a continuing series

Now it’s Evans’ predecessor throwing shade.

“It is also abundantly clear that the instability and void in leadership that was created by my abrupt departure led to a serious lack of institutional control,” Anderson said. “It is my sincere belief that the instability within the athletic department that began in September 2017 led to the devastating tragedy in May 2018. How the University leadership has handled the events of this past year will have a lasting effect on this University for years to come.”

… Anderson said he made note in the performance review of then-executive athletic director Evans — who eventually took over as acting athletic director before being promoted to a permanent job in late June — that Evans was negligent in his overseeing the football program.

Sure, Anderson’s got an axe to grind with the school because of his dismissal, but if you’re Maryland and you need a scapegoat… well, any port in a storm will do.


Filed under Big Ten Football

Million dollar “Yar!”

Maybe Mike Leach should stick to sports.

A rash of donors threatened to withhold millions in donations after Mike Leach, Washington State University head football coach, tweeted a fake video of a speech from former President Barack Obama in June, according to documents obtained through a Daily News public records request.

In the documents, several donors made it clear if Leach makes more “disgraceful” or “racist” comments, they will consider pulling back pledged donations and stop supporting the university.

Leach’s June 17 tweet stirred backlash on social media and was reported by multiple national media outlets. It also occurred the same week Leach sent an annual appeal to WSU fans to join the Cougar Athletic Fund and donate money to support WSU Athletics.

Timing is everything, Coach. How’d that work out?

The morning after Leach’s post, one donor threatened to withdraw a $1 million donation out of his or her will to the WSU Foundation if the university did not condemn the tweet. Several others followed suit. The foundation redacted the names of the donors.

“We are not happy with Leache’s (sic) racist twitter activity and are withdrawing our $1,000,000.00 plus estate proceeds we gifted to WSU in our Will (sic), unless there is a much stronger response coming from the University condemning his actions. Cougs are better than this and I am extremely upset by his actions and WSU’s tepid response,” one donor wrote in an email to the president’s office June 18.

According to an email from Trevor Durham, associate vice president for the office of strategic communications and donor engagement, to WSU President Kirk Schulz, the foundation identified at least 18 donors who required an email response in late July.

Public records indicate another 60 emails complaining about Leach were sent to the Cougar Athletic Fund – WSU’s fundraising arm for intercollegiate athletics.

In an Aug. 1 email from Raegan Harvey, Cougar Athletic Fund director, to Michael Connell, senior associate vice president of University Development with the WSU Foundation, Raegan wrote it was unfortunate Leach’s email went out after his tweet.

A donor emailed Jeff Pilcher, director of philanthropic engagement, saying he would rescind his $25,000 pledge to WSU and instead donate that money to his wife’s scholarship fund at Oregon State University.

“At this point, my estate plan calls for WSU to receive about 1.6 million dollars and I hope to keep my estate plan as is. However, this type of stunt is offensive enough to me that were something like it to happen again, I would be more than willing to rededicate that portion of my estate to Oregon State University,” the donor wrote.

“I will not give anything to WSU until Mike Leach is no longer associated in anyway with the university. He recently disgraced himself and the university by posting a patently false video that went beyond being merely despicable,” a June 25 email to the foundation read.

The WSU Admissions Office also received emails.

“You are supporting racism and the attack on facts by employing Mike Leach. And you are a university!!!! What is education without facts???” a June 23 email to WSU admissions stated.

And here I thought it was only ESPN and Nike that were suffering political backlash.  Where’s Clay Travis when you need him, ‘Murica?


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Mike Leach. Yar!, Political Wankery

“We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team.”

If you’re looking for an uncomfortable comparison between Georgia and Kentucky this week, how about matching this

Of the 26 offensive and defensive players listed by Georgia as potential starters against Florida, seven were seniors. Eleven were freshmen or sophomores.

… with this.

Kentucky, which can win the SEC East with an upset of Georgia this week, relies most on upperclassmen in the SEC at 2.7 percent and 3.1 percent of production in rushing and receiving comprised of freshmen, respectively.

If that doesn’t make you squirm a little, well… you’re not Kirby Smart.

“I was sitting in a meeting (Friday) night, and I’m sitting there thinking Mel (Tucker, defensive coordinator) is going to call out three guys as what we call signal-callers. We go over notes of the game and make them present them to the team. Jordan Davis stands up and goes over short-yardage goal line. Brenton Cox stands up and goes over the pass-rush plan. Tyson Campbell stands up and goes over the tricks and gimmicks. And I’m about to have a heart attack back there with these three guys. You’re used to your older guys being able to do those, and those (were) three true freshmen.”

I’ve said this before, but Stoops has built this Kentucky team the way Dan Mullen used to operate at Mississippi State, by gradually building up a competitive top-22 through judicious use of redshirts and player development to put a team on the field that would break through every few years to be nationally ranked and taken seriously.

It tended to be a great formula by MSU standards… until they played Alabama.  Let’s hope Kirby’s internalized the lesson there, because there is a certain element of men playing boys that’s a little concerning for a Georgia fan.


Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football

You can leave your hat on.

Just a reminder that ESPN’s meaningless programming the CFP selection committee is in session.

What a pointless “tradition”.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs

“That’s all of the motivation we need for this weekend.”

The Dawgs are certainly saying all the right things this week.  Should we believe they’ll be properly focused?

That is neither a rhetorical nor snarky question.  I know this game is for the division title, but I also know that Georgia has dominated this series.  Mindset has been the Dawgs’ bugaboo all year.  Kentucky is a tough enough opponent that going into Lexington hoping to roll the ‘Cats on talent alone is a risky approach.

That being said, I like what I saw in the second half in Jacksonville.  The team showed resiliency in the face of momentum swinging Florida’s way and gradually took control of the game.  Plus, Jake Fromm.

If the line gives him time, he’s a difference maker Saturday.  Maybe the difference maker.



Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football