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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Same as it ever was.

If you think AJ Green and Todd Gurley were the first Georgia players who sold something, I hate to break this to you.

I don’t think Foster’s using the imperial “we” there, either.

Maybe Tim Worley should write him a strongly worded letter of warning.

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“After that, I think everybody started taking us serious.”

What the Air Raid and 7-on-7 football hath wrought:

The common refrain was that Tech quarterbacks under Mike Leach and other quarterbacks in similar offenses were products of the system. That the Air Raid offense Leach brought with him to Tech from Kentucky wouldn’t work in the NFL.

But that was then. This is the beginning of 2019, a now that includes Mahomes putting up 50 touchdowns in his MVP-level first season as a starter after spending three years under Kingsbury’s tutelage in an Air Raid-based system.

And now that includes 2018 No. 1 NFL draft pick Baker Mayfield completing nearly 64 percent of his passes and throwing 28 touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns a year after being drafted first overall despite standing just north of 6 feet tall and hailing from an offense run by a Leach disciple in Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley.

Mayfield and Mahomes have succeeded in their brief times as NFL quarterbacks because of their ability to make quick decisions and accurate throws, two characteristics needed to succeed in an Air Raid system.

It also helps that Mayfield (in the second half of the season) and Mahomes have been coached in the NFL by play-callers willing to use the plays they’ve been running in high school and college…

“As far as the Air Raid goes, the biggest thing for me is the NFL’s started to do it now,” Samford coach Chris Hatcher said. “And it’s amazing to me. To me you can look at that and it’s taken them a while to make that adjustment but that’s what the high schools are doing, that’s what the colleges are doing, that’s what the players are more suited to doing now and that’s why you see a guy like [Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff] and Mahomes becoming so successful. Andy Reid, he was [a grad assistant] at BYU under LaVell Edwards and that’s who [Hal] Mumme learned the base scheme from.”

Now that coaches like Reid and the Rams’ Sean McVay were brave enough to try once-exotic college concepts in the NFL, Mumme, who Leach coached under at Kentucky and Valdosta State, believes the copycat league will do what it does best.

“Maybe a fourth of the NFL’s kind of come on board, and they’ll all copy each other,” Mumme said. “You watch. Next year, it will be twice. It will be half of the NFL.”

I was admittedly skeptical of that a decade ago, but nothing succeeds like success.  It’s not just the scheme, either.  7-on-7 ball lets quarterbacks spend more time developing their skills within the scheme than ever.

“Because you can throw and catch — skill can be done all summer long,” Olin said. “You run your offense, and kids learn how to run routes. Quarterbacks learn how to throw.”

He had heard about 7-on-7 football from Bill Snyder, who was an assistant on Hayden Fry’s staff in the 1980s when Olin was coaching in Iowa. Olin’s first tournament was a four-team exhibition. After it was played, the goal quickly became a 32-team tournament. Rules were finalized, sites and insurance were procured and teams throughout the greater Houston area started signing up.

“I think that 7-on-7 leagues have helped a tremendous amount,” Washington State coach Mike Leach said of the growth of offenses stretching the field. “They were allowed to do it in California for a long time. As a matter of fact, California started them. And then, and Texas was actually quite stubborn about accepting them, and then when Texas did — another huge football state — then it exploded even more.”

We all kind of brushed aside what Mumme and Leach did at Kentucky, but twenty or so years later, it’s amazing how much influence the Air Raid has had over football offense, on every level.

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Today, in money well spent

Ohio State spent $1 million to verify that Urban Meyer lied about Zach Smith, a fact that most sentient beings had already figured out for considerably less money.

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