Daily Archives: July 23, 2019

Yeah, they good.

I know that, generally speaking, preseason watch lists aren’t worth the paper the PR announcement is printed on, but still, this is a nice confirmation of what we already think about Georgia’s offensive line.

Three Georgia Bulldogs have been named to the 2019 Outland Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced on Tuesday.

Named to the list are junior offensive guard Solomon Kindley, junior offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, and redshirt sophomore Isaiah Wilson.

The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation’s best interior lineman as voted by the FWAA. Georgia leads the watch list this season with three players while 15 other schools have two representatives.  [Emphasis added.]

That Sam Pittman is a bad mother…

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ND scheduling news

To no one’s surprise…

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Today’s question of the day

It makes too much sense for the NCAA, so no go.

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Miiickey, you got some ‘splaining to do.

So, ESPN does another one of those pointless exercises designed to stir up response, and guess what?

It works.

The reason?

One team surprisingly absent from the Running Back U top 10 is Georgia, which has had its share of talented runners over the years. In the past four years, the likes of Sony Michel, Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley have rumbled their way through Athens, but a lack of star power in the first half of the BCS era held the Dawgs back.

Wut?

You can add Holyfield to that list, but Marc’s point is still made.  ESPN’s stat dudes need to do some re-calibrating.

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“What can you learn if you keep winning?”

If Tua thinks losing to Clemson was a good thing for Alabama, I can only hope that he learns another valuable lesson in this year’s SECCG.

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“There are folks who could use a scholarship more than our guys need a TV in their locker…”

Former LSU defensive back Eric Reid reacts to yesterday’s news of the school’s lavish new football facility with a dose of reality.

One has everything to do with the other, and it’s out of whack.

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Toughness never goes out of style.

If there’s one reason why I don’t think the coordinator change is going to result in a significant shift in Georgia’s offensive philosophy, it’s this:

Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses told reporters Wednesday that games against Georgia were his toughest. He cited the Bulldogs’ wear-you-down offensive style to the point Moses felt like he was “in a brawl.” His comments serve as evidence to Georgia and Alabama being on similar, if not exact, levels of pedigree — based on current state, not history. But surpassing that has been elusive for Smart after two tries.

That had to give Mr. Impose Your Will a stiffy.  And why the hell not?  Georgia’s offense under Smart has remade itself into, if not the most, certainly one of the most physical units in the country.  After working so hard to achieve that, he’s not going to let Coley give that away.  At most, I expect nothing more than some minor tweaking around the edges, but at heart, this offense will remain what we’ve seen from the past two seasons.

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“Professional college athlete”

I know some of you believe that the existence of a viable professional option for high school players would mean that the NCAA would be relieved of the pressure it currently faces maintaining its amateurism model.  This piece in The Athletic about the nascent Historical Basketball League ($$) suggests another possibility.

By drawing some of the best high school recruits to the HBL and away from college teams, the HBL could eventually compel the NCAA to change its “amateurism” policies that limit scholarships and endorsement monies for players, more quickly and regardless of what happens in the court and state legislatures (beginning with California) on these fronts.

As evidence that competition matters, O’Bannon in his book points to the competition for college-age hockey players, who can choose to attend college or go pro in the Canadian Hockey League. He notes that over half of the hockey players in the NHL come from the CHL, compared to just 30 percent from NCAA colleges. Because of this competition, the NCAA’s rules regarding high school hockey players meeting with agents – forbidden for football and basketball players – are much less restrictive, and far more sensible. High school hockey recruits can be drafted and meet with their teams to have “candid discussions” (O’Bannon’s term) about the player’s future: whether it makes sense to play for a while in college, all the time on scholarship, and then go pro with the team that drafted him, or turn professional right away. Hockey players also can talk to the team that drafted them (and which holds exclusive rights for five years) throughout their college careers to assess whether they are ready for the next level. The key point is that hockey recruits are treated differently, O’Bannon argues persuasively, because hockey players have a viable alternative to improving their game while in college.

Competition from the HBL, therefore, can be expected to compel the NCAA to adopt a similar system, or go several steps further, because the HBL’s salaries will be substantially higher than the $400/week that the CHL pays its players.

To believe that there won’t be significant pressure on the NCAA to adapt to a world where high school athletes have a choice of where to play after graduation strikes me as somewhat naive.  Why would schools like Duke or Kentucky shrug and walk away from chasing high level talent all of a sudden?  And, given its track record, why would the NCAA ignore them, or risk lessening the attraction of its crown jewel, the men’s basketball tournament?

Maybe I’m wrong about this, but I don’t think this is nearly the slam dunk some of you believe it would be.

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