Daily Archives: February 21, 2020

Kirby don’t need no stinking wall.

Ian Boyd makes an interesting point in his post about 2020 recruiting.

Paul notes that the biggest schools in the SEC are now pursuing a national recruiting strategy, which has a bunch of second order effects. Instead of being content with a bunch of local 3/4-stars, LSU, Alabama, or Georgia will go into New Jersey, Texas, or California to have a shot at getting more blue chip 4/5 stars. Consequently, the extremely talent-rich South has some high 3/4-star recruits available to the rest of the SEC or whomever is positioned to clean up (generally the rest of the SEC).

He observes that with the change of emphasis at the top programs, lower tier SEC schools are signing better classes than lower tier Big 12 and Big Ten teams, but you know which other school I think stands to benefit greatly from that?  Georgia Tech.

Geoff Collins can make a good living signing three- and four-star in state recruits who aren’t being swept up by Kirby Smart’s program.  I think he’s shrewd enough to realize that, too.

There is some irony to that.  A decade ago, it was Georgia Tech that was trying to sign nationally, purportedly because it had to cast a wider net due to academics.  Now the situation is reversed — Kirby’s chasing kids all over the map and the Jackets are happily looking to sign talented local kids.  Or at least they should be.


Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting

The boys who cried wolf.

Oh, FFS.

Imagine a disgruntled five-star freshman dissatisfied with his dorm accommodations leaving after a season for a softer bed. Imagine two of the biggest dates on the college football calendar becoming the end of spring practice and end of fall camp. That’s when a potential glut of quarterbacks (or wide receivers or running backs or defensive backs) would hit the market after losing position battles.

Basically, imagine the transfer portal times 10.

It’s all on the table. It’s also a potential mess. The Big Ten originally proposed one-time transfer legislation last fall. On Monday, the ACC publicly supported the concept. Momentum seems to be pushing the issue toward adoption. The three remaining Power Five conferences (Big 12, SEC, Pac-12) were expected to discuss the proposal at their respective spring meetings.

“That’s going to happen, man,” a former member of the NCAA Council, who did not want to be identified, said. “I’ve been hearing murmurs. It seems unstoppable now.”

Imagine being so devoid of courage that you feel you have to offer a quote like that anonymously.  But I digress.

Fearmongering.  It’s what those in charge like to do every time a vested interest appears threatened.

Hell, P5 schools are making more money than ever.

Anyway, back to the one-time transfer rule.  Obviously, it’s a threat to coaches’ control over players, and, to be fair, Dodd is right to note there are related issues concerning things like APR and roster management for schools who face a sudden drain of their numbers that will have to be addressed.

That all being said, given the numbers generated by the transfer portal, the fears Dodd cites are likely overblown.  Per Max Olson ($$),

The transfer portal database for 2019-20 lists 170 scholarship players who have matriculated to their new schools. The actual number is greater than that — some compliance staffers haven’t logged all their new enrollees yet — but the 170-player sample is still useful for showing where players are ending up:

  • 43 players (25 percent) enrolled at Power 5 programs
  • 31 players (18 percent) enrolled at Group of 5 programs
  • 21 players (12 percent) enrolled at FBS schools as walk-ons
  • 75 players (44 percent) enrolled at FCS or Division II programs

Based on those initial numbers, you’re seeing one in four transfers fortunate enough to end up at Power 5 schools. More importantly: There are nearly the same number of players ending up on scholarship with FBS teams (74) as there are players going down to FCS or lower levels (75).

You know what’ll happen when the one-time transfer rule goes into effect?  There will be even more players out there looking for the same number of slots.  The reality is there are only so many primo spots out there in a given year and the one-time transfer isn’t gong to fundamentally alter that math.

Nobody likes being inconvenienced, true.  But inconvenience isn’t the end of the world.


Filed under Transfers Are For Coaches.

Another day in Pac-12 paradise

As if it weren’t already bad enough watching a middling Michigan State program poach its head coach, Colorado can’t even outbid Nick Saban for Steve Sarkisian’s services.

Steve Sarkisian has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Colorado head-coaching job and instead plans to remain at Alabama as offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN.

Sarkisian, the former USC and Washington head coach, had emerged as Colorado’s top target after interviewing for the job on Wednesday, according to sources, but informed Alabama coach Nick Saban on Thursday that he intended to stay in Tuscaloosa and is expected to receive a raise that will make him one of the highest paid coordinators in college football.

When you can’t make it financially worthwhile for a coordinator to take a step up at a P5 school, you got some real problems.


Filed under Pac-12 Football

Up, up and away

How do you know when an athletic department isn’t run like a business?

When it sells a plane used for football recruiting for $1.4 million in 2018 and decides less than two years later it needs to explore buying a plane to use for football recruiting.  And here’s Greg McGarity, doing his best word salad work about that:

“I expect to get with the president next month to talk about opportunities,” athletic director Greg McGarity said this week. “Our intention was to go through a couple of cycles and have a financial review at the end of those cycles to figure out what’s the best path moving forward in our aviation efforts. We just concluded that coming off this recruiting season. We’re going through that review which we had planned all along. We may continue to do what we’re doing or we may go down a different path.”

You can probably guess the punchline.

McGarity said in 2018 that investing in a new aircraft would cost $8 million to $10 million.

Do I smell a booster pitch coming?


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

Nice work if you can get it

Booch is now listed in Alabama’s online staff directory as “Special Assistant to Head Coach.”

Pretty fancy title for “go pick up my dry cleaning now, aight?”.

Of course, when Tennessee is cutting you a sweet $200k check every month for the next year, you can live with being a gofer.


Filed under Alabama, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

SEC Popcorn Wars: Junior vs. The Portal Master

Ole Miss flips a Florida commitment and, as you might expect, there’s jubilation in some quarters and “eh, we didn’t really want him” in others.

I have to admit this may be my favorite mix of SEC head coaches ever.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Gators, Gators..., Recruiting