For those not making the journey to Nashville, here’s some new information that may be of interest:
Daily Archives: August 29, 2019
I know Solomon Kindley said it, but that quote makes me think of Izzy Mendelbaum.
Hope that’s not an omen.
Easily my favorite contract guarantee provision of 2019:
Florida A&M at Central Florida, Aug. 29: Florida A&M’s guarantee will be reduced by $20,000 to $350,000 if FAMU’s band doesn’t attend and play at halftime, weather permitting. UCF has agreed to provide parking near the stadium for up to six buses and an equipment truck for the band.
Hells yeah! And why not?
“It” being this:
… For the first time since 2006, every SEC football team has returned its head coach — perhaps as close as the notoriously demanding, overbearing and fickle conference can come to signaling some form of patience or contentedness.
Yet no one seems quite certain how 14 of the South’s most scrutinized men together achieved a measure of group job security, tenuous as it might be, found in no other Power Five conference this past off-season.
Well, this might have something to do with it.
Some said the big buyout costs tied to the league’s coaching contracts influenced decisions — as of April, according to a USA Today database, at least nine SEC head coaches had school buyouts exceeding $10 million.
Jimmy Sexton smiles knowingly. There’s a limit, of course, as a former head coach explains.
“Most of them have such big buyouts, they may get an extra year to see if they can get it going,” Spurrier said. “But if you lose two or three years in a row, they’ve got plenty of money, and they’ll have to make changes. It’s as simple as that.”
Shoot, at some places, losing several years in a row isn’t a prerequisite to a coaching change. All it takes is a little Saban envy.
Did I mention that Jimmy Sexton smiles knowingly?
The guys at Massey-Peabody unloaded a bunch of data yesterday and I thought I’d share some of it.
Note the projections for every SEC team on that list. Advanced stats have been pretty consistently showing that the SEC is the toughest conference in the country this season. Or, to put it another way,
All of which leads to this conclusion:
If you’re wondering why the Georgia-Vanderbilt game is commanding this week’s highest ticket prices on the secondary market, this might explain some part of that.
It’ll be something when crowd noise causes Vandy’s offensive line to false start.
A tale of two programs…
And that’s… Chantastic!
James Coley is coming out of the box and going down on the field this season.
There will be a new face on the sideline for the Georgia football team in 2019.
After former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney ran the offense from the press box the past three seasons, new coordinator James Coley and head coach Kirby Smart are leaning toward having Coley call plays down on the field this year.
“It’s what we’ve done in scrimmages and what he and I have talked about doing,” Smart said on Aug. 27. “We are open to looking at it different ways, but right now it’s probably what we’re going to do.”
It seems that part of the reason for doing so is to bring some additional energy to the game as it develops.
When he met with the media on Aug. 5, Coley didn’t know whether he would be on the field or not. But he did know that he wanted to “bring the juice” to the Bulldogs’ offense.
“We expect them to have energy and we feel like as a coaching staff, we have to reflect that and inspire that,” Coley said. “It’s loud, energetic, moving fast, constantly questioning them on the field.”
That mindset extends beyond the field as well. If he sees a player with his head down in the hall, Coley will yell at them, “Do you have any juice?,” usually inspiring a burst of energy from the player in question.
The cynic in me wonders if the move is in place so that, if need be, Kirby can get in the OC’s face about questionable red zone playcalling. Not that that will ever occur again, of course.
I’m no AD, but it seems like this isn’t the most welcoming move to make with the folks you want to turn into ticket buyers 20 years down the road.
Considering UConn is coming off a horrendous 1-11 season, that’s a boss move. Michael Adams would be proud.
Benedict is one of those guys who’s going to wake up in a decade or so and wonder what happened to the sport’s popularity.
Get over it, bruh.