Daily Archives: January 4, 2019

He gone, too.

Adios, Isaac Nauta.

Hey, at least he played in the bowl game, amirite?

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UPDATE:  Make it three.

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UPDATE #2:  Four.

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UPDATE #3:  Honk if you’re leaving Athens.

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UPDATE #4:  One more gone.

I guess Kirby’s got himself some maneuvering room on signing day now.

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Gain a backup quarterback, lose a defensive coordinator.

This is cold.  He didn’t even put his name in the transfer portal.

It’s also a fantastic hire by Riley.  Grinch did a great job at Wazzu.

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Point/Counterpoint

Keith Marshall, who, the last time I checked, also played running back for Georgia (and while doing so, left pieces of himself scattered on various playing fields), pretty much goes all “Jane, you ignorant slut” on Tim Worley with this:

Double standards are a bitch, y’all.

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He gon?

If you’ve been waiting for a certain shoe to drop, according to an Ohio State site, it’s a-happening.

Former 5-star quarterback Justin Fields will be transferring to Ohio State.

Multiple sources confirmed the plans to Lettermen Row on Friday morning, indicating Fields is expected on campus with the Buckeyes later in the afternoon and set to move in this weekend ahead of the resumption of classes, clearing the way for him to participate in the offseason program and spring practice.

Vaya con Dios, Justin.  Hope you enjoyed New Orleans.

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UPDATE:  If you’re looking for someone more authoritative…

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UPDATE #2:  And one more.

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Blitzed into oblivion

So, the Fromm bashing that eventually quieted down a few weeks after the LSU game has picked back up, I see.  No, Jake didn’t have a particularly good night in New Orleans (maybe it’s something in the Louisiana water), but you know who had a worse night than he did?

The offensive line.

I don’t know how the same bunch that held its own against Quinnen Williams and his Alabama d-line mates could have fallen so far against Texas, but fall off a cliff they did.  It looked like none of Georgia’s linemen had ever seen a blitz before.  Not that they had to be outnumbered to wilt…

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Over at UGAsports.com, Dayne Young uses that as an example of a Fromm failure, although he does note that Georgia’s o-line played its worst game of the season.  It’s true that a couple of receivers break open as the play develops, but, damn, Fromm’s already running for his life by then.

That’s what happens when the guys you’ve trusted all season long to keep your ass upright get overwhelmed.  I worship the ground Sam Pittman walks on, but this was not one of his finer moments, that’s for sure.

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Is Georgia Tech getting serious about recruiting?

I used to tell my brother, the Tech fan, that Tech could do a lot worse than to bring Lance Thompson back.  Thompson coached under Saban and has a reputation as a great recruiter.

Well, Thompson’s at South Carolina.  That being said, Geoff Collins may have done better than Thompson, if this news is true.

Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key, a Georgia Tech grad, is expected to join coach Geoff Collins’ staff, according to two people familiar with the situation. Key has been at Alabama for the past three seasons after coaching 11 seasons for Central Florida.

Key was a four-year starter at right guard for the Yellow Jackets (1997-2000), playing for coach George O’Leary, for whom Key coached at UCF. He was there with Collins for two seasons (2008-09).

It appears that Key will continue to coach the offensive line. It’s possible that he could be granted an additional title, such as associate head coach.

At Alabama, Key has contributed to the Crimson Tide’s dominance of college football, helping Alabama win a national championship, two SEC championships and reach the College Football Playoff championship game three times, including this Monday’s game against Clemson.

Alabama offensive linemen have been named All-SEC (coaches) six times in his three seasons. At UCF, he was named a national nominee for the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant coach in the country, from 2012-14.

Further, Key has a reputation as an excellent recruiter. He is No. 2 in 247Sports’ rankings of recruiters for the 2019 class.

I say better, because not only is Key a very solid recruiter, he’s an excellent position coach.  For Georgia Tech, his hire would be something of a real coup and perhaps a sign of things to come.  After all, the Jackets have left a lot of money on the recruiting table since Paul Johnson took over, especially after he lost Giff Smith to the NFL.

I wouldn’t say this presages Georgia Tech becoming a top ten recruiting program.  Nor will Collins surpass Smart on the recruiting trail.  Tech still has and will continue to have too many limitations as a program for that to happen.  Key ain’t in Tuscaloosa anymore, that’s for sure.

But I can easily see a committed GT football program cleaning up enough in state — even if the genius ignored it, let’s not forget there’s a ridiculous amount of in-state talent even after Georgia signs its kids — to raise its national recruiting rankings from the high forties/low fifties where it’s languished to the mid-20s.  Given the current state of the ACC, there’s a lot of hay to be made with that kind of talent base.

If Collins is good with roster management, and don’t forget he spent time with Dan Mullen at Mississippi State, he could field a competitive team that jumps up into the national picture every so often.

Sure, it’s too early to say anything definitive, but things could be getting a little interesting on the Flats.

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Buying in

If there’s no money in P5 football, why is Houston doing this?

The University of Houston obliterated the pay scale for football coaches at schools outside the five power conferences on Thursday when it disclosed the details of its contract with newly hired Dana Holgorsen.

The five-year deal’s basic value is a total of $20 million, and Holgorsen’s pay for the 2019 season is currently set to make him the highest-paid football coach at a Group of Five public school by $1.1 million…

Houston will provide Holgorsen up to $4.5 million, not including standard fringe benefits, to cover the salaries of 10 assistant coaches, a strength coach and other off-field support, operations and recruiting personnel “deemed necessary to successfully operate the Football program.”

“Successfully operate”, eh?  What that means…

If Houston’s football team is invited to join a Power Five conference, the university will renegotiate Holgorsen’s deal. In addition, if Holgorsen is the head coach when the school accepts such an invitation, he would get an additional $1 million payment two years later as long he doesn’t leave or get fired for cause.

I keep saying it, but it’s easy to throw money at a problem when you don’t have to pay the hired help.  That’s why these guys are so smart.

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