Daily Archives: December 16, 2018

Getting swaggy with it

In the post-Bobby Dodd era, Georgia Tech has beaten Georgia at about a 30% clip, so at some point you can expect Geoff Collins to beat Kirby Smart, just like the genius upset Mark Richt’s teams a couple of times.

The difference appears to be that where as Johnson was merely smug after a win, Collins promises to be much more publicly obnoxious about it.

Don’t get me wrong; I think that’s a good thing.  COFH could use an injection of spice from the Tech side.  Sipping from a jewel-encrusted “Swag Chalice” could be just what the doctor ordered to help get that hate on.

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“You’re going to see a lot of kids skipping.”

I know it’s stating the obvious, but the trend of student-athletes missing bowl games to get an early stat on draft preparation is not as much to do with a kid being there for his teammates as it is about control and money.

With regard to the former, that’s why there’s nothing more amusing than listening to coaches mourn about lack of commitment by selfish players while at the same time… well, you know.

If there is one thing coaches cannot do without, it’s control — specifically roster control. It’s why we witnessed so much consternation in the transfer reform process. It was the coaches who came up with the term “free agency” when transfer reform amounted to something significantly less.

No one, then, should be surprised when the players in this instance are looking out for themselves.

“Will it impact [bowls] in this age when people are looking for a reason not to go instead of go? Yep,” Waters said. “But at the end of the day, the bowls have been impacted by coaches leaving for years. If we talk about leadership and leading by example, what’s the example when a coach leaves his team? What’s the difference when the kids leave? It’s kind of hard to throw rocks at kids when the people we trust to lead them are doing the same thing.”

You mean like this?

As far as money goes, if college football wants its players to stay instead of prepping for a pro career, there’s an obvious solution — pay ’em to stay.  Now, granted, the math probably doesn’t add up to do that for some minor bowl game, but what happens when the coaching stakes are bigger?  Probably some version of this.

Next trend?

Skipping a playoff game.

Scenario: A Clemson (or Alabama or Oklahoma or Notre Dame) draft-eligible player with NFL dreams has lost his starting job to a younger player and prefers NFL prep drills to lots of practices and two games worth of injury risk.

This is not “if” but “when,” and college coaches losing their usual precious leverage know it.

Critical mass comes when the first healthy star on a College Football Playoff team waves goodbye to campus and hello to an agent’s signing bonus.

That’s when the NCAA starts allowing significant “extra” payments to playoff-bound football players.

Money talks and it’s not like schools in the playoff can’t afford it.  The fun part will be listening to how they rationalize making the payments.

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“What exactly is the plan here?”

It may be a sign of sanity coming from the UT fan base to admit what appears obvious from the outside as Pruitt’s search for a new offensive coordinator has bogged down.

Barring a total unmitigated disaster for the coordinator spot—which would be very hard to do considering even Will Friend and Joe Osovet have decent track records—the plan for Pruitt still includes four years to prove himself. If the hire is a success, everyone forgets this discussion. If it is not, he will make a tough decision, probably after the third or four year. If it has gotten to that point, it is likely that Tennessee has not won enough over the past couple of seasons. That next hire would be the make or break hire.

It might be cliche, but taking the balanced view of the coaching search is probably the most accurate one. There is not mass chaos behind the scenes, nor is there an elaborate master plan. It is a first-time head coach learning lessons about program management.

What’s missing that would make that an even more accurate observation is acknowledging Fulmer’s role in the process, but baby steps, you know…

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