Daily Archives: January 24, 2019

We interrupt this football blog for the following message.

I… uh… don’t know what to think about this.

The Dude abides!

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If you can’t say anything nice…

I dunno.  What’s the Georgia Tech equivalent of “you don’t sweat much for a fat girl”?

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Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

You can’t put a price tag on Urnge mediocrity.

Don’t cry for Phil Fulmer, Knoxville.

Tennessee’s athletic department operated at a $6.5 million deficit during the 2018 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to UT’s annual revenue and expense report submitted to the NCAA and obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee via a public records request.

That operating deficit is due to the buyouts that stemmed from Tennessee firing football coach Butch Jones, his staff and athletic director John Currie.

By comparison, Tennessee operated at a $10.8 million surplus in the 2017 fiscal year, when it had only $1 million in severance expenses.

Tennessee reached a $2.2 million settlement with Currie in March after he was placed on paid suspension on Dec. 1, 2017. Phillip Fulmer replaced Currie as athletic director.

Jones and his staff were fired with time remaining on their contracts. Tennessee owed Jones a $8.26 million buyout due in monthly installments through the end of his contract, which expires Feb. 28, 2021.

After all, he’s probably got a nice buyout, too.

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You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone. Okay, maybe not so much.

Great question in Seth’s Mailbag today ($$):

Who is the most maligned former Georgia assistant coach? Brian Schottenheimer or Todd Grantham? We will also accept Willie Martinez.

If that isn’t a lead in for a GTP reader poll, I don’t know what is.

As you can see, I’ve added a couple more names.  (Age’ll do that to a guy.)  Kevin Ramsey, in particular, is a name older Dawg fans scare their kids with when they don’t follow direction.

If you pick “Other”, give us a name, of course.

Have fun!

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The opposite of Dawg porn

Jake Rowe’s “What Georgia needs to get over the hump in 2019” is, um, bracing.  While its overall tone is perhaps overly pessimistic, I can’t say that he doesn’t make some fair points.

More specifically, I think there’s enough returning talent in the secondary that they’ll be able to cobble together an effective pass defense, even in Deandre Baker’s absence.  But, yeah, they’ve got to find some answers on the defensive front.  There’s also some sorting out to do as far as the receiving corps goes.

One area he doesn’t mention is tight end.  I think Woerner is capable at receiving, but Georgia uses twin tight end sets a lot, mainly for blocking, and somebody needs to step up at the second spot.  At the moment, neither option for that has any experience to speak of.

But I’m not worried about the o-line.  At all.

Thoughts?

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Transfer portal blues

If you’re looking for a handy guide to who’s in there, here’s a link for that.

The portal isn’t what’s causing the Fran Frascilla’s of the world to hyperventilate, though.  All the portal does is let a player put his name out in a convenient database.  What’s really stirring the pot is how the NCAA has relaxed its transfer waiver policy.

“The membership wanted to put immediate eligibility back on the table,” said Dave Schnase, the NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs. “And so whether that resulted in a high approval rate, I don’t think membership knew. They just wanted to put that back on the table. And then the circumstances of each individual case would essentially dictate the approval rate.”

Immediate eligibility for all transfers was considered, but ultimately not included in the NCAA’s well-publicized reformation last year. New rules no longer require athletes to request permission from a school to transfer, just provide notification. Then the athlete’s name is entered into an NCAA-run database, the so-called transfer portal that notifies other schools the athlete can be recruited.

The new legislation, however, did not change the waiver guidelines. That modification was approved by the NCAA Division I Council in April , with few outside the process noticing.

Before the change, immediate eligibility for an undergraduate transfer could be granted only when a school could show extremely egregious behavior by the previous school. Otherwise, the most NCAA officials could grant was an additional year of eligibility, tacked on at the end of a college career.

A request for immediate eligibility can now be granted if the transfer was due to “documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete’s control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete.”

There is a lot of wiggle room in there for discussion.

Based on the early data, that’s an understatement.

Since last year’s change, NCAA data for Division I shows:

— 63 football players requested waivers and 50 were approved (79 percent).

— 55 men’s basketball players requested waivers and 33 were approved (60 percent).

— 39 women’s basketball players requested waivers and 30 were approved (77 percent).

I’ll say it again:  keep an eye on Tate Martell’s waiver request.  If it’s granted based on nothing more than a coaching change at his old school, that’s going to lead to a real sea change in college athletics.  And, as I also said, that’s kind of fair.

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Filed under The NCAA, Transfers Are For Coaches.

Back in my day, we treated players like shit.

Pity the poor working coach.

I guess it’s never occurred to Fran that winning and keeping players happy aren’t mutually exclusive.  Which is probably why he’s an ESPN talking head now instead of… well, you know… a basketball coach.  (A basketball coach who jumped for better offers twice, I might add.)

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Today, in lazy takes

ESPN’s look at Georgia’s biggest concern going into the 2019 is a load of crapola.

No. 3 Georgia: NFL departures on offense

Having quarterback Jake Fromm back for another season is great, but what about the cast of characters surrounding him? Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney left for Tennessee, and two of his top wideouts, Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman, have declared for the NFL draft. So did tight end Isaac Nauta and running back Elijah Holyfield. The only good news is that other than center Lamont Gaillard, everyone on the line should be back. — Scarborough

“The only good news”?  Scarborough, ever heard of a running back named D’Andre Swift? Word is he’s pretty decent.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Ho-kay, Hokies.

Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente isn’t having a good week.  He’s got six kids, including his starting quarterback, announcing transfers and Nick Saban’s laterally hiring his receivers coach.  All that comes on top of this:

Throughout last year, the Hokies saw a slew of departures on defense that weren’t because eligibility clocks ran out. They lost 12 players and roughly a whole defense’s worth of production and upside, plus co-coordinator Galen Scott in the spring. The losses included first-round picks Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds and defensive end Trevon Hill, who was dismissed during the season as the team’s leader in tackles for loss.

The head honcho’s reaction is straight out of the Booch “remain calm, all is well” playbook.

Yeah, that ought to do the trick.  A year or two more like that and Fuente may be following his receivers coach to Tuscaloosa as an analyst.

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The bar was so low, it was touching the ground.

The sad thing about this quote

“But I think the biggest thing was not, wow, there’s a helicopter,” Troup County coach Tanner Glisson said. “It’s, wow, Georgia Tech is serious about recruiting. That was the statement.”

… is that it’s not mockable, at least as far as Geoff Collins goes, because it’s so painfully true.

If the genius had given even half a shit about in state recruiting, he’d still be coaching at Georgia Tech.

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