Daily Archives: March 4, 2020

Doin’ the o-line shuffle

Reading Anthony Dasher’s take on who Matt Luke goes with as the left tackle in 2020 — he suggests keeping an eye on Salyer — makes me wonder how much re-arranging we should expect on the line this season.

I’m not simply talking about new faces because of who’s left for the NFL.  I’m wondering how many bodies, like Salyer’s, wind up in different places than where they were.  I think Cleveland stays at right guard, but I’ve seen speculation about Hill being moved from center.

If there’s ever a time for shaking things up, it’s after a change at position coach and the departures of three starters.  How far do you think Luke goes?



Filed under Georgia Football

Young people these days

Coach of football program that changed conferences twice in less than a year is “disappointed” by the prospect of his players having a right to a one-time transfer.

“All the guys who become great, just like you guys, how did you become better? Through the process of learning how to write an article, how to do things, you went through all the goods and bads. There’s parts of being able to move that is good for guys, but there’s a lot more worse things because guys are going to transfer because it’s the easiest thing. That’s not what makes you good.”

The great thing is he honestly believes he should be taken seriously.



Filed under Transfers Are For Coaches.

Pot meets kettle.



Man, I’m looking forward to plenty more tortured football metaphors where that came from.  (And I still think Sessons is missing a golden opportunity to rag Tubs over 2004.)


Filed under Political Wankery, Tommy Tuberville - Mythical National Champ

Your 3.4.20 Playpen

Today’s Playpen is a twofer.

On the Georgia front, congrats go to Georgia’s men’s tennis coach for a remarkable achievement.

He’s had a helluva career, both playing and coaching, for the red and black.

And on the political front, this one had me chuckling after last night’s results.

I guess Trump was right.  A lot of people are tired of all the winning.

Have at it in the comments.


Filed under GTP Stuff

Today, in you’ve got to spend money…

Here’s another data point for those of you in denial about how McGarity’s support for the football program differs now from when Richt was the head coach ($$).

Georgia’s salary pool for its 10 on-field assistant coaches now rises to $6.45 million, based on current information. But it almost certainly will be above that: Defensive coordinator Dan Lanning was pursued by Florida State this offseason and it’s expected he received the promise of a raise over his $750,000 salary. Other raises could be afoot as well…

Still, there’s a starkly different mentality at Georgia than just a few years ago. Back when Mike Bobo was calling plays from 2012-14, statistically the most prolific period of Georgia offense in school history, his average salary was below $500,000. (To be fair, he got a raise up to $575,000 for those final two years.)

In fact, Georgia’s salary pool in 2014 was $3.22 million, ranking 13th nationally. That was the point when the school started to catch up: Mark Richt’s final staff had a salary pool of $4.45 million.

Or, to put it another way, Georgia’s novice special teams coach is making more than Richt’s seven-year veteran offensive coordinator did then.  Spin that as you like, numbers are numbers.  (Given what Richt was allowed to pay for Schottenheimer when Bobo left, it seems that even McGarity realized that.)

Face it, Richt’s loyalty to the school and his assistants’ loyalty to Richt allowed the athletic department to underpay for years until the market gap grew too large, even for B-M.  The end result was that we were saddled with an under-performing football program in his final years because the bottom line was more important.  And, no, old dogs haven’t learned new tricks.  They’ve just learned (or been desperate enough) to stay out of Kirby Smart’s way.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness


Talk about your glass half-empty/half-full situation:  Scott Cochran takes a modest salary cut to leave Alabama for Georgia, while Kirby Smart is paying a novice special teams coach considerably more than his experienced predecessor.

Actually, the real story is both sides are getting what they badly wanted.  Cochran moves into an on-field coaching job and Smart lands a guy he’s wanted to add to his staff since he became head coach.

If nothing else, you can’t say everyone involved doesn’t want this to work.  It’s as good a place to start as any.


Filed under Georgia Football

“The Velvet Rope Economy” and Butts-Mehre

From the perspective of someone who’s a long time season ticket holder, the way Georgia’s athletic department goes about its business may be disheartening and — who knows? — in the long run, counter-productive, but in the current economic climate, you can’t say it’s unusual.  There’s a book out now, The Velvet Rope Economy, that looks at how the market has segmented itself chasing the high-end buyer.

This is the opening scene of Nelson D. Schwartz’s new book The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business, which explains how everything Americans purchase — travel, leisure, education, and health care — suddenly got really good for the wealthy and a lot worse for the rest of us.

Income inequality has risen since the 1970s, and at the same time, companies have begun to cater to the only demographic whose prospects are growing. Fancy new sports stadiums with separate doors for box seat holders, VIP airport terminals, Uber Copters, and the privatization of everything from high school sports to firefighter squads are all examples of what Schwartz dubs the “velvet rope economy.”

“This pattern — a Versailles-like world of pampering for a privileged few on one side of the velvet rope, a mad scramble for basic service for everyone else — is being repeated in one sphere of American society after another,” he writes.

This isn’t about passing judgment.  The market seeks out efficiencies and right now the upper end is where all the economic growth is.  You’d be stupid if you owned a service-oriented business not to take note of that and find ways to market for that.

Which brings us to Georgia football.  See if this sounds familiar.

I was really struck by ballparks and how now there’s so many levels and so much space given to clubs, and the thousands of dollars that you have to pay to get these packages. There was a time when a baseball game was like this quintessentially American experience and now it’s become the province of the 1 percent or the top 10 percent. Ordinary fans are priced out.

That’s been going on for some time.  I remember being in a group that bought Braves season tickets back in the day.  Over time, we found ourselves adding more people to keep individual costs down.  How many folks do you know now who have baseball season tickets just for themselves now?

It’s the corporatization of commercial sports and it’s coming soon to a football team near you.  Butts-Mehre may not do everything well, but it’s a well-oiled machine when it comes to raising revenue.  That’s not going to stop any time soon, but it’s certainly worth asking at what cost over the next twenty years or so, when the next generation of fans would ordinarily be expected to step up and take their place supporting the program.  Does this sound like the sort of attitude the athletic department adheres to?

There are companies that don’t do as much segmenting and still do well, like Southwest. The Green Bay Packers have luxury boxes, but the experience still tries to preserve as much of the community experience as possible. In some of these institutions, you have more of that egalitarian spirit, and that preserves more of a sense for Americans that we’re all in it together.

From a lip service standpoint, certainly.  Will that be enough?  Let’s just say I’m not particularly optimistic.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness