Daily Archives: December 10, 2019

A.B.C., no matter who’s coachin’.

That was quick.

And the need for speed is spelled out in Seth’s tweet.

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UPDATE:  Here’s the official version.

Note the twin titles.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting

“The apathy surrounding the program was too much to overcome.”

This ($$) is so, so good.

… The key piece to this puzzle is Kiffin. Everything that comes along with him is a bonus — or a side effect, whichever you want to call it.

He is a 44-year-old lightning rod in the sport with a track record that borders on the ridiculous, from breaking NCAA rules by sending recruiting hostesses to visit high school prospects while at Tennessee to deflating footballs while at USC to sending numerous tweets that cross the proverbial line. He has said he’s matured and learned from his experiences, with a nod to the value of coaching alongside Saban in particular, but he has never really muzzled himself. His personality and his candor are what make him polarizing, but they also make him must-see TV and a must-follow on Twitter — especially when his teams are good but most definitely when they aren’t. They are what keep him in the national spotlight, whether he’s in Boca Raton or Tuscaloosa.

Now the Lane Kiffin show, as unorthodox as it may be, comes to Oxford. The fans are already rushing to get in their deposits for tickets, with the start of a new season still 10 months away. The show that starts right now is the point.

Junior was hired for the attention he’ll bring.  Coaching success is almost secondary.  But I’ll bet you one thing right now:  if he succeeds at Ole Miss, he’ll be the coach they hire in Tuscaloosa to succeed Saban.  The Laner is probably the one dude in the country who wouldn’t be intimidated in the slightest about succeeding a legend.  Hell, he’d be playing with house money at that point, anyway.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the first time he makes Greg Sankey uncomfortable.

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Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin

It’s always about control.

Nick Saban, poor baby:

“We’ve always had sort of a mutual respect for how we sort of take each other’s people,” Saban said to Belichick of their relationship. “It’s one thing that I always try to emphasize to the guys: what I have a tough time with, aight, is we’ve had however many guys who have worked here who are at Georgia, Tennessee — whoever, wherever — is when they get those jobs, and in most cases you’ve helped them, is they have a hard time understanding why they can’t take your people.

“I’m gonna help you get a job, [only] so that you can take what I’ve tried to build here and destroy the continuity of what I have? It’s amazing how some of the assistants don’t understand why that’s not a good thing.”

Good thing for Nick Saban, that is.  And I have a feeling Smart and Pruitt understand exactly why.

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Filed under Nick Saban Rules

Shade, sooey!

Man, Sam Pittman came out with a hot take at his presser yesterday.

Sounds like somebody’s not fully committed to will imposition.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

If at first you don’t succeed, you’re probably qualified to be an athletic director.

If you wonder why I feel like most college athletic directors are generally clueless when it comes to hiring/firing decisions, here are just a few recent snapshots to ponder:

Hard to argue with this conclusion:

Does this really strike you as a pattern of guys who have the first clue as to what they’re doing?  Colorado State’s probably the closest to being rational, but, then again, Corch as a consultant?  Only thing he’s got insight on is that he had a couple of those guys on his staffs.  I’m sure he’s gonna step right up and say he made a mistake hiring them.

Mandel’s also right about this.

Ordinarily I’d say clueless and pressured is no way to go through life, son, but this is college football we’re talking about.  If things don’t work out, they’ll just pay the buyout and make the same mistakes again in hopes that they get lucky next time around.

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Filed under College Football, General Idiocy

My Week 15 Mumme Poll ballot

Screenshot_2019-09-30 (1) Senator Blutarsky ( MummePoll) Twitter My last ballot of the season looks exactly like its immediate predecessors.

  • Clemson
  • LSU
  • Ohio State

Those three teams separated themselves from the pack a few weeks ago and, for me, nothing’s changed.  Hopefully, that’s going to make for what should be a fantastic CFP.

Time spent on my ballot?  Two minutes, tops.

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Filed under GTP Stuff