Daily Archives: January 14, 2020


Some of y’all can bitch and moan all you want about Georgia’s chances next season.  Me, I’m gonna be over here savoring Jake Rowe’s depth chart projection for the 2020 defense.


Filed under Georgia Football

It just means more ($$).





Filed under SEC Football

You give stats a bad name.

Somehow, LSU finishes third in ESPN’s FPI rankings, behind the team it just waxed by seventeen.  Even Sagarin’s computer managed to get things straightened out in its last list of the season.

Well done, Mickey.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Stats Geek!

Today, in timing is everything

Every time I see shit like this, I think of A.J. Green and Todd Gurley losing significant chunks of a season and get mad all over again.

Tennessee has self-reported an NCAA violation that involved a football player advertising the sale of a replica version of his jersey on Facebook.

The incident was among seven Level III and Level IV violations that Tennessee reported over the last six months. The reports were obtained Monday through a public records request.

The Facebook-related violation involved a player permitting the use of his name and image to promote a commercial project. The player wasn’t identified.

After the player made the post, which has since been deleted, a Facebook friend of his paid the player $300 for four jerseys. The player said the jersey manufacturer was an acquaintance of someone from the player’s hometown.

The player said he intended to give the $300 to that acquaintance but could never reach the jersey manufacturer to confirm shipment.

The buyer was disappointed over the delay in receiving the jerseys and contacted school administrators on Dec. 4. Compliance officials then determined a violation had been committed.

The player paid the compliance office $300, which was refunded to the buyer. The player and the buyer were Facebook friends but didn’t know each other personally. The player also had no direct contact with the jersey manufacturer.

The player received education on the rules and was held out of athletic competition until the NCAA reinstated him on Dec. 19.

So, Nameless Urnge Player was suspended on December 4 and reinstated on December 19.  How convenient for everyone concerned.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, The NCAA

And what might have been

As a Georgia fan, one of my lesser regrets was that Mark Richt and Georgia let SEC officials bully them into abandoning the no-huddle offense Richt ran at FSU.

But if you think Richt was a little ahead of this time with that, you ain’t seen nothing yet ($$).

An interesting side note from Shockley: Georgia did use some zone read and even run-pass option plays back in that 2005 season, way before it was popularized. But they only ran it a few times a game because it was so new.

“We had huge success off it,” Shockley said. “It was part of Bobo and coach Richt putting it into our offense, but because it was so new they were still learning how to block it, how to call it, and all that kind of stuff. We used it sd [sic.] more of a change-up than what it is today, which is a part of everyone’s base offense.”

Jeebus.  Can you imagine what Georgia’s offense might have looked like if Richt had embraced that wholeheartedly a decade ago?  Damn.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

What might be

If you’re a Georgia fan, Mark Schlabach kinda buried the lede in his first Way-Too-Early 2020 CFB rankings.

Outlook: Georgia fans who weren’t happy with the team’s offense in 2019 will get their wish with a complete face-lift. Fromm, a three-year starter and most accurate passer in school history, is off to the NFL draft, along with three starting offensive linemen. Sophomore Cade Mays decided to transfer to Tennessee. Georgia scoured the graduate transfer market for a starting quarterback, and Wake Forest’s Jamie Newman has enrolled in classes at Georgia and will participate in spring practice. Changes are expected on Kirby Smart’s offensive staff as well. Keep an eye on former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken.  [Emphasis added.] Georgia’s defense carried the load in 2019 and should be stout again, especially with safety Richard LeCounte, linebacker Monty Rice and cornerback Eric Stokes electing to return. The Bulldogs open the season against Virginia in Atlanta and play at Alabama on Sept. 19 and against Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, on Oct. 31.

Schlabach is fairly well connected in Athens, so take it for what it’s worth.  (I might also mention this isn’t the first time I’ve heard Monken’s name mentioned, so take that for what it’s worth, too.)

If you’re looking for some background information on Monken — and, given that he’s been around for a while, there’s plenty of that — this summary is as good a place to start as any.

Monken is not a traditional “Air Raid” coach, at least not in the sense most think when they hear that phrase. If you watch his offense at Oklahoma State or Southern Miss it bears almost no resemblance to what you’ll see from Mike Leach and his disciples.

Monken runs more of a spread offense that is built around throwing the football, but his offense is more balanced. While his offenses always lean heavy on the pass, the ability to be effective running and throwing the football is what makes them so explosive. The threat of the run also makes his pass offense more dynamic.

What I like most about Monken’s offense is that he will attack the entire field with the throwing game. His Oklahoma State offense attacked down the field quite a bit, but on every snap you had to be prepared to defend every zone, short to deep, inside and outside. Monken will attack with vertical stretch concepts, horizontal stretch concepts and he’ll run some triangle concepts that are a big part of the West Coast offense.

Monken also attacks with the play-action and screen game. His screen game attacks inside and outside, and will go to backs and receivers. He’ll get his running backs the football many ways. In 2011-12 his top back was Joseph Randle, who caught 71 passes in two seasons under Monken. In 2015 at Southern Miss, his top two backs combined for 79 caches and 799 yards.

I could live with that.


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Fabris Bowl Pool results

It’s only fitting that the season ended on a tiebreaker.

Screenshot_2020-01-14 Fun Office Pools

Congrats to revdawg, who came awfully close to nailing the tiebreaker on the button.

And, that’s a wrap.  We’ll be back at it in about nine months.


Filed under GTP Stuff

SEC Power Poll, final edition

Welp, another season is in the books.  Top of the conference was more than solid, but the bottom was putrid.  My gut feeling is that the spread between the two was worse than usual, but that hasn’t stopped ADs from shelling out the big bucks… in fact, it’s probably encouraged it.

Anyway, here’s how the SEC shaped up from my perspective.

  1. LSU.  It’s refreshing to type something other than Alabama here.  The Tigers definitely earned the top spot.  Do they have an encore in them for next season?
  2. Georgia.  You know, for a team with such a shitty offense, the Dawgs sure managed to knock off a lot of ranked teams this season.
  3. Alabama.  I’ll believe the dynasty is dead for good when it really is, and that ain’t yet.
  4. Florida.  Second best in the East and five bucks will get you something nice at Starbucks.
  5. Auburn.  Biggest question about this team is whether the narrative will be “Auburn will be great in 2020” or nah.
  6. Texas A&M.  With the bowl win, the Aggies managed to beat one ranked team all season, so you’ll have to pardon me if I don’t swallow all the “TAMU will be a 2020 dark horse team” blather coming out now.
  7. Kentucky.  If you want to argue that Mike Mark Stoops deserved serious consideration for SEC Coach of the Year honors, I won’t push back.
  8. Tennessee.  Never underestimate the allure of November for the Vols.
  9. Mississippi State.  Joe Moorhead, we hardly knew ye.
  10. Missouri.  What a grim year for the Tigers.
  11. Ole Miss.  What does it say about an SEC program that it’s truly excited over the second coming of Junior?
  12. South Carolina.  Boom comes off his most disappointing season at Columbia and proceeds to resurrect Mark Richt’s offensive staff as a cure.  Bold strategy, Cotton.
  13. Vanderbilt.  Whatever you want to say about Muschamp’s staffing decisions, they still beat bringing Ted Roof back as an SEC defensive coordinator.
  14. Arkansas.  Remember the line in Moneyball about “Then there’s fifty feet of crap. And then there’s us.”?  Welcome back to Fayetteville, Sam Pittman.


Filed under SEC Football

Adapt or die

Man, when you’ve lost Nick Saban…


Filed under Nick Saban Rules, Strategery And Mechanics