Monthly Archives: March 2020

“It’s unique times for us all…”

No spring practice worries Smart, particularly about one position ($$).

“There’s no substitute for reps, I feel, and you can’t argue that we’re not going to lose reps. We’re losing reps. I feel like he was starting to get some rhythm. He got to throw a lot with those guys in their own time that they elected. He did a good job. He and Stetson (Bennett) and Carson (Beck) and D’Wan (Mathis) would all go out there and throw with our wideouts. They were able to do some 7-on-7s, unstructured on their own with the team members. They did a good job with that but you know that’s no substitute for what they would have gotten in spring ball.”

All of Georgia’s quarterbacks are learning a new system.  Without spring practice to hone their skills, I would argue that Newman’s disparate amount of game experience compared with the other three on the roster makes him even more likely to be the starter, assuming the season ever gets underway.  You guys disagree?

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“The big part was hiring Scott…”

So, if I understand this Mike Griffith article correctly,

  • Kirby values Scott Cochran’s ability to relate to players (and, presumably, to motivate them) and his recruiting skills.
  • According to Smart, Cochran’s been involved on some level with special teams going all the way back to their days together at LSU.
  • The entire staff, including Smart, will be involved in coaching special teams.
  • “Ask anyone who’s been around him, Scott’s passion and energy is contagious,” said Smart. “Special Teams Coordinator is a great fit as he’ll be working with all position groups.”  Cochran’s title as “special teams coordinator” is meant literally and figuratively, it seems.

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Kings of spend

Tennessee:  For years, we’ve made wasting athletic funds on stupid contracts an art form.

Nebraska:  Hold our beer, you frugal bastards.

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Question answered.

Who’s coaching the quarterbacks?

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Therein lies the rub.

Talk about your devil is in the details proposal

The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to permit an additional season of competition and eligibility to all spring-sport athletes who were unable to complete the 2019-20 athletic year due to the coronavirus pandemic…

The financial aid flexibility gives schools the option to grant seniors equal or less financial aid than what they would have received in 2019-20. Schools have also been provided with the ability to tap into the NCAA’s Student Assistance Fund to pay for scholarships of athletes returning for an additional year who otherwise would have seen their eligibility exhausted.

The NCAA did not specifically address issues regarding housing and meals for these athletes.

“The council’s decision gives individual schools the flexibility to make decisions at a campus level,” said chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Penn, in a statement.

So, kids can stay and recover their lost season, but there’s no guarantee of any financial support if they do.

The cost of the scholarship is nominal, more like a bookkeeping entry, but schools do bear real expenses when it comes to items like room and board.  How much will they contribute to support college athletes in non-revenue producing sports?  Good question.

Ironically, the NCAA may help with that bookkeeping juggling act.

Of course, as Schwarz indicates, there’s nothing obligating a school to take that money and apply it to student expenses.  Given the current tough times, that’s probably going to make for some interesting decisions at certain athletic departments.

Is this an early road map to the scenario schools dread pondering right now, the cancellation of the 2020 college football season?  That’s an expensive proposition, even before you get to the prospect of giving athletes back a year of their careers.

College football as an enterprise accounted for $6.5 billion in revenue during the 2018-19 academic year, according to Andy Schwarz, a partner and consulting expert with California-based law firm OSKR. That’s an average of $51 million per school.

In general, 80 percent of FBS athletic budgets are made up of football revenue.

“Just the thought of it, I think we’re all thinking about [losing the season],” Georgia AD Greg McGarity said. “Now, what does that mean? That’s what is going to be defined here over the next two or three weeks.”

In the next two or three weeks?  McGarity strikes me as being wildly optimistic there.  I don’t see schools pulling the plug on their cash cow until the absolute last minute.  Or to put it another way,

Twice in the last week, Sankey has referred somewhat cryptically to “contingency plans.” Asked to define those plans on “The Paul Finebaum Show,” Sankey said, “Not yet, simply because the focus is on next year as scheduled. … There will be a time to figure out what that means.”

They’ll be figuring until they can’t figure any more.  And it’s a much tougher call than cancelling women’s track and field was.  Again, that’s all before you even get to the question of what to do about football players who lose the 2020 season.  Giving 70+ kids another year of athletic support when you face the loss of an enormous amount of revenue?  Well, let’s just say I expect there will be a few places at least that won’t be justifying their decisions in that regard by saying they’re doing it for the kids.

Hint one about that?

Sorry, college basketball players.

Hint two?  I’m already seeing suggestions cropping up to reduce the minimum requirement that Division I member institutions have to sponsor at least seven sports for men and seven for women to ten, total.  When the money crunch comes, they’ll be taking a piece out of everyone’s hides.

Will conferences set a flat rule for all members, or in turn leave it to the discretion of each individual school?  I have no idea, but you know Nick Saban has to be salivating at the thought of carrying a 100-scholarship roster.

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Your Daily Gator is ready to bet the proverbial ranch.

Vegas, to put it mildly, isn’t too impressed with Kyle Trask.

According to FoxBet, six Alabama Crimson Tide football players have 66-to-1 or better odds to win the Heisman Trophy next year, including quarterbacks Mac Jones (20/1)…

Jones sits with the eighth-best odds to bring home the coveted award. The only players with better odds than the redshirt junior are Ohio State’s Justin Fields (7/2), Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (5/1), Georgia’s Jamie Newman (7/1), Miami’s D’Eriq King (9/1), Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler (12/1), LSU’s Myles Brennan (14/1) and Auburn’s Bo Nix (16/1).

When Bo Nix is sporting better odds than your guy, it’s time to check the rear view mirror.  I can’t access FoxBet to find out exactly what Trask’s numbers look like, but it’s probably not a good sign when I can find 247Sports articles on this story at their Alabama, Georgia and LSU sites — but not the Florida one.

Obviously this is an egregious error, Gator fans.  Call your bookies, stat!

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TFW clickbait works

Honestly, even after I read this, I have no idea what Jeff Sentell is getting at with the comparison, but I’ll always check out an article when the header invokes the immortal name of Fred G. Sanford.

You ol’ heathen.

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Musical palate cleanser, coronavirus blues edition

You’ve probably heard about John Prine and Jackson Browne already.  Here’s another name I came across yesterday.

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This isn’t a Schlesinger song, but it’s a cover FoW did of a Ray Davies song that seems appropriate for the moment.

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In defense of Mark Webb

Last season, I dinged him in a couple of Observations posts for getting picked on in pass coverage (although he tightened things up late in the year), but he did have a lot on his plate.

Screenshot_2020-03-30 UGASports - PFF top returning Bulldogs Mark Webb

His run defense was excellent and PFF gives him a 90.5 grade for tackling.

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Blowed up on Rocky Top

Josh continues his yeoman’s work reviewing last year’s offense with this take on what happened in Knoxville here and here, but my favorite play from that game was this play from the defense:

 

From the first “oooh” you can hear in the background as Stokes delivers the hit to the ref’s block to help spring Crowder, to the way Crowder ducks under the oncoming Vol to finish the play, it’s really a perfect fifteen seconds of Georgia football.  Gotta love it.

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