Daily Archives: May 29, 2019

The SEC on CBS, 2019 edition

Here you go.

Highlights of the 2019 schedule include:

(All Times ET)

Sept. 14

Alabama at South Carolina

3:30 PM

Sept. 21

SEC Doubleheader

3:30 PM

8:00 PM

Nov. 2

Georgia vs. Florida

3:30 PM

Nov. 16

SEC Doubleheader

12:00 NOON

3:30 PM

Dec. 7

SEC Championship

4:00 PM

Dec. 14

Army Navy

3:00 PM

Dec. 31

Hyundai Sun Bowl

2:00 PM

All other games are announced six-to-12 days prior to their broadcast date.

Following are the broadcast windows for the 2019 SEC ON CBS schedule:


Saturday, Sept. 14 3:30 PM ALABAMA at SOUTH CAROLINA

Saturday, Sept. 21 3:30 PM SEC GAME TBD


Saturday, Sept. 28 3:30 PM SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Oct. 5 3:30 PM SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Oct. 12 3:30 PM SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Oct. 19 3:30 PM SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Oct. 26 3:30 PM SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Nov. 2 3:30 PM GEORGIA vs. FLORIDA

Saturday, Nov. 9 3:30 PM SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Nov. 16 12:00 NOON SEC GAME TBD


Saturday, Nov. 23 3:30 PM SEC GAME OF THE WEEK


Friday, Nov. 29 2:30 PM MISSOURI at ARKANSAS

Saturday, Nov. 30 3:30 PM SEC GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, Dec. 7 4:00 PM SEC CHAMPIONSHIP

Dawg fans, note in particular that big open box at 8PM on September 21st.



Filed under SEC Football

Turnabout is fair play.

Been there, done that, Notre Dame fans.

Although Notre Dame’s Sept. 21 visit to Georgia is still four months away, the game is already shaping up as an all-timer from a demand standpoint. No game on the 2019 college football schedule is fetching a higher ticket price on the secondary market than the Fighting Irish’s first-ever trip to Sanford Stadium.

The cheapest seats available on VividSeats.com on Tuesday evening ran a cool $407, and that was to sit in the 600 level in the upper reaches of the 92,746-seat stadium. That asking price was $130 more than that for the next-closest game – the cheapest seats for Alabama at Auburn were $277 – and yet some sellers are asking far more for their tickets to see the Bulldogs host the Golden Domers. Of the 273 individual seats or sets of tickets for sale on Vivid Seats’ site Tuesday, 115 sellers (or 42%) were asking for $1,000 or more per seat.

Hey, the Braves are in town, too!  Maybe y’all can get together and take over SunTrust Park for a night while you’re here.


UPDATE:  You heard it here first.


Filed under Georgia Football, Notre Dame's Faint Echoes

Your 5.29.19 Playpen

My offering this week is a cause for celebration.

B’s Cracklin is one step closer to reopening.

The popular barbecue restaurant in Riverside has been shuttered since early March when a fire broke out in the pit area and left the building heavily damaged. At the time, owner-pitmaster Bryan Furman vowed to rebuild.

In April, Furman told the AJC that he was assessing two locations, and if either worked out, it would be a temporary measure while he continued to search for a new permanent B’s Cracklin’ location in Atlanta.

Furman has settled on a temporary fix for his barbecue joint. He has signed a lease at Emory Point, in the former Marcello’s Pizzeria spot at 1679 Avenue Place. This week, he will begin the paperwork process to seek necessary licenses and permits, including for a smoker.

Awesome news.  I’ve been jonesing for some of his hash and rice.  Can’t keep a good pitmaster down.

Feel free to discuss barbecue to your heart’s content in the comments.  Try not to drool much.


Filed under GTP Stuff

Playing the portal

You’ll love Andy Staples’ latest column for obvious reasons…

That there are two SEC programs acting this way instead of one should excite everyone within the league. Since splitting into divisions in 1992, the SEC has always been the most fun when two programs duked it out at the top. For much of the first decade after the split, those two programs were Florida and Tennessee. That was a little anticlimactic because Florida won so many of those matchups and because those games always took place in September. The ideal came in 2008 and ’09 when Alabama and Florida played in consecutive SEC title games that served as de facto national semifinals. But then Urban Meyer quit, came back and quit again in Gainesville and Alabama essentially ruled the league—with guest appearances by Auburn and LSU—for most of this decade. That changed when Smart got to Athens. Saban won the SEC West in his second year at Alabama. Smart won the SEC in his second year at Georgia in 2017 but fell to Alabama in overtime of the national title game. Last year, the Bulldogs led the Crimson Tide for most of the SEC title game but fell when backup quarterback Jalen Hurts led Alabama back in the fourth quarter (shortly before Hurts entered the transfer portal and got beamed to Oklahoma).

Georgia is going to have to win one of these to turn this into a true slugfest at the top—and LSU, Auburn and Florida still may have their say—but it appears these two programs are set up for an epic rivalry.

… but for my money, Andy’s point about the transfer portal is way more interesting.

Throughout this spring meeting season, the easiest way to get a millionaire football coach on his soapbox was to bring up the NCAA’s transfer portal. Most coaches are freaked out by the notion that they can’t control where players are allowed to transfer on scholarship.

At the SEC’s spring meetings on Tuesday, the waters were thoroughly chummed with transfer portal questions, but two coaches handled those questions differently than most of their colleagues around the country have. Alabama’s Nick Saban and Georgia’s Kirby Smart are playing a different game than most of their brethren, so it makes sense that their responses would diverge from the mainstream.

“I can’t tell you how many guys are in the portal,” Saban said. “We check it just to see if there’s anybody we would be interested in if we have a position of need.” Said Smart: “I don’t think there’s a major concern there. You’ve got 85 scholarships. You’ve got to work off your 85.”

Translation: Everyone wants to play for us. If someone leaves, it’s because they aren’t playing as much as they think they should. And if we do have an open spot, we know there are dozens of good players who would crawl across broken glass to get on our rosters. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and Ohio State’s Ryan Day can take similar stances because their programs are in similar places. Unlike many of their counterparts, they don’t consider the introduction of the portal—which remains the coolest name ever for an online spreadsheet—to be the start of the downfall of western civilization. Where their less accomplished, less creative counterparts see chaos, they see opportunity.

This was the point I was trying to make the other day with my post about Saban’s sanguine take on the transfer portal.  If you’re an elite recruiter selling an elite program, you’ve already come to the realization that it’s not worth sweating the portal.  In fact, you’ve already come to the realization that it’s a tool for making your roster management even more efficient.

On the other hand, if you’re someone who, say, has a name that rhymes with Mus Galzahn, the transfer portal is more of a challenge than a useful tool.  That’s all the more reason for Saban’s and Smart’s apparent lack of concern.  Hell, they probably deserve some credit for not being outwardly gleeful about it.


Filed under Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, Transfers Are For Coaches.

Man with a plan

One more thing Kirby had to say yesterday:

“Well, it’s a concern, but it’s not a concern to Georgia. I’m concerned about Georgia, but when you look at trends and things like that, you say, well what are we looking at 10 years from now? I don’t want to be looking there trying to schedule. You can’t do these schedules a year out, two years out. You’re going to have to build a long way out. Let’s say attendance is struggling. (inaudible) People want to see Georgia play FSU, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, whomever it may be.”

You read a quote like that and you realize what a complete joke Mark Bradley’s paean to Greg McGarity, Scheduling Guru, really is.  Smart’s comfortable thinking ten years down the road; McGarity can’t even find the value in putting together a master plan for Georgia’s facilities.  There’s more thought — more valuable thought — in that Q&A response than I’ve read in all of Greg’s columns and Bradley interviews combined.

I’ve never been a big fan of the football head coach becoming the athletic director, but in Kirby’s case I’m prepared to make an exception.


Filed under Georgia Football

He’s got you under his skin.

Kirby got an interesting question yesterday.

“Jimbo would have done the same thing. Jimbo is as competitive as they are. He’s going to recruit for Texas A&M and I’m going to recruit for Georgia. If we cross paths, we cross paths. I have no exception to what Jimbo says.”

Well, now.  Hadn’t heard about that kerfuffle.  So what, pray tell, did Jimbo say, exactly?

In the days leading up to the 72-hour signing period last December, Fisher and the Aggies had to fend off a late push from Georgia for Zach Calzada, a 3-star quarterback recruit roughly an hour west from the Bulldogs’ campus in Athens.

After A&M signed Calzada, Fisher had some strong comments about the battle that also led to some inferred points about Georgia coach Kirby Smart…

Georgia came in late on Calzada after freshman Justin Fields announced his decision to transfer. Fields landed at Ohio State. When Fisher was asked about Calzada last December, the A&M coach said some of the recruitment was “unnecessary and ridiculous” to the point of deception.

Fisher said he refuted any doubts and half-truths Calzada may have been told at the end of the process.

“There’s always a little twist to the story from the other side, you know what I mean, that always puts the doubt in their mind,” said Fisher, who also said he wasn’t a “dog-and-pony recruiter.”

Good to see it’s nothing personal.  I’m sure Jimbo’s never resorted to anything like that.

Elite recruiting, like politics, ain’t bean bag.  Kirby’s probably got a goal to make every rival program complain about his tactics.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

Wednesday morning buffet

Grab you some news:


Filed under Agent Muschamp Goes Boom, Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, The NCAA, The NFL Is Your Friend., Transfers Are For Coaches., What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas

“I did this not because something is broken…”

Yesterday, Greg Sankey announced that the SEC has retained the services of international accounting firm Deloitte to conduct a review of its football officiating.  Now, he’s tried to drape that call in the context of providing better communication with the public in the face of criticism about officiating, but I think there’s something deeper afoot.

I mean, let’s face it — there’s been loud and continuous griping about SEC officiating for years and the conference has done little in response, other than the occasional suspension for something truly egregious (hey, there, Mark Curles).  Now, though, Sankey would tell us that the times, they are a-changin’.  And make no mistake, he’s at least considering a level of accountability that certainly would be different.

His underlying rationale, though, isn’t particularly convincing.

“I believed then and I still believe we have as good a college football officiating program as there is yet we can still keep improving,” Sankey told The Associated Press. “And we started first looking at how do we communicate about officiating? And it was forward looking to this coming season that the nature of media, the focus on officiating, the fact there are commentators and broadcast booths giving opinions, sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re not correct. You don’t have complete information. Those are game changers for us.”

Last time I checked, the media’s been with us for a while, Greg.  And they’ve had no problem questioning calls publicly.

So, pardon the weak pun, what’s the game changer now?  It seems pretty obvious to me.

It is known the conference is concerned about the impact of new gambling culture might have on the game’s integrity. A year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states have the ability to legalize single-game gambling if they so choose.

Currently, one state in the SEC’s footprint (Mississippi) allows sports gambling. The NCAA continues to prohibit gambling by its athletes on any sport it sponsors, even if those athletes are of legal age.

Shaw has made clear the specter of gambling. He brings an FBI agent in each year to speak with his officials. Sankey said part of the review would deal with “conflict of interest” issues.

“Integrity is the bottom line of everything,” Shaw said last month. “… Gambling is a pervasive thing.”

No shit.  If there’s one clear cut existential threat to competitive sports, it’s the threat that the public loses faith in the product being competitive because of the perception that the game is rigged.  The belief that outcomes are being fixed is death.  If you’re a sports league, you have to zealously guard against that, no matter how trivial it may seem.  (That’s why Pete Rose isn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame.)

Don’t get me wrong.  If the SEC decides it’s in its best interests to bring more transparency to its officiating, there’s no downside to that.  Not only do we learn more about what happened, but greater accountability from those officials can do nothing but improve their performance.  (A regime like that would have lopped a decade off Penn Wagers’ career.)  But the idea that this is in response to the media hurting Sankey’s fee-fees is a bit misleading.


Filed under SEC Football

Not the Dan Mullen post you were expecting

Selfishly speaking, consider me intrigued by this suggestion:

If you’re a Cocktail Party fan, this makes a ton of sense.  Beyond that, it gets that ninth conference game on the schedule and gives schools the chance to make extra money by bidding out the sites for six neutral site games every season — all without affecting current home schedules.  It also keeps the four home/four away games balance in effect.

I’d drop a cupcake game for that in a heartbeat.  Not bad, Dan.


Filed under SEC Football