Another one bites the dust for the Sugar Bowl.
Georgia will be without a third starting offensive lineman when it takes on No. 7 Baylor in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2020 (8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN). Fourth-year junior right guard Ben Cleveland will be academically ineligible to play in the game according to his father, Derek.
Cleveland struggled with a couple of classes during the fall semester per his father and was unable to earn credits for those, preventing him from being able to participate in the bowl game. He does, however, plan to return to school for his final season and he’s less than a semester from graduating with the credits he earned from the fall semester.
We’re about to find out just how vaunted that o-line depth really is. Good luck with that, Jake.
UPDATE: In the for what it’s worth department,
In case you were wondering…
Waffle House über alles.
I’ll be looking forward to hearing from the first kid who goes all “yeah, they offered me at UGA, but Waffle House“.
A month from now, we’ll be into the 2020 offseason, with a lot of free time due to no college football, so I thought it might be fun to get some book recommendations from the GTP faithful.
Try, if you can, to pick out authors who might not be too well known to most of us.
I’ll give things a start with Phillip Kerr, who wrote a series of books about Bernie Gunther, a private detective in 1930s Berlin, and the ethical problems of operating in an amoral and lawless society. Kerr recently passed away, but wrote thirteen books about Gunther that stretch over a period of time starting in Weimar Germany and extending into the 1950s. Great stuff.
Please share in the comments, gang.
First one of the day is from one of the biggest names in the class:
Have at it in the comments — your hopes, your dreams, your disappointments, whatever.
So, yesterday, Mark Emmert got to hang out with a couple of Senators who appear to be receptive to the concept of federal regulation of college athletes’ NIL rights.
Meanwhile, the guy who’s introduced legislation in the House to restrict the NCAA’s ability to prevent kids from getting paid, seemed none too pleased about the meeting.
He’s not happy.
Later, at an event here staged by the Aspen Institute, Walker said the NCAA has “refused” to arrange a meeting between him and Emmert, even though he has tried for one “multiple times.”
Walker added that he met with a lobbyist for the NCAA last winter and was immediately asked: “What do you think you’re trying to accomplish here?”
I wish he’d have given the guy the Auric Goldfinger response.
Anyway, if Emmert thought he would get a warmer take from the Senators, well, at least they sat down and talked. I’m not sure how much comfort he can take from this quote from Mitt Romney, though.
Romney also said he was concerned about differing rules across states, adding “there probably needs to be some kind of national standard or series of guidelines, although at this stage I don’t know what those will look like, and … one of the areas of my personal interests is to see a way not just for the very top athletes to be able to take advantage of the name, image and likeness – which is appropriate – but also athletes that are in sports not quite as visible.”
Looks like it’s gonna be a fun dance for a while.
It’s Early Signing Day, so I’ll have a post up later to discuss the official members of Georgia’s class of 2020.
In the meantime, a reminder of how things are on the recruiting front these days:
Rivals.com has 33 players in the Class of 2020 rated as five-star recruits. A whopping 22 of them have either committed, or are predicted by Rivals experts, to sign with just five schools: Clemson (6), Georgia (6), LSU (4), Ohio State (3) and Alabama (3).
That’s five schools getting two-thirds of the very best recruits in America.
And to think some of you still believe that paying college athletes would be bad, because it would lead to the top talent being concentrated at the richest programs.