Daily Archives: March 27, 2020

So predictable

Hey, guess what, guys?

Hope y’all enjoy the current transfer waiver process, ’cause it’s still got legs.

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When you’ve lost Herbstreit…

Literally.

 

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UPDATE:

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Looking back (not in anger)

Here’s a fun way to waste your morning — Josh’s detailed review of the offense in last season’s Notre Dame game, video clips and all.  Enjoy.

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The 2020 balancing test

One thing that’s going to be interesting to watch over the summer is how 2020 regular season scheduling takes shape.  Certainly, there are issues such as player preparation and, on a more basic level, when schools themselves will be opened, but, college athletics being what they are, there’s another fundamental issue in play ($$).

“It’s a whole new ballgame if we find ourselves not playing football, because it affects everything we do,” Bowlsby said. “It affects the largest portion of our TV contract. It affects the largest source of campus revenue, which is live gate. Anything that I say regarding finances, we have to make the assumption that we’re going to be back to playing football in the fall. And if that doesn’t happen, then the underpinning of what we’ve known as normal goes away and we’ll have major changes to make.”

If he sounds concerned, it’s only because he is.  And before you think they can always try to salvage a shortened season by reducing it to conference play, consider another key data point.

 

That ain’t chump change, especially in a year when revenues are already being choked back.

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Another peek at the roster

Seth Emerson posted a piece ($$) a couple of days ago, ranking the position groups on Georgia’s roster by talent (i.e., recruiting rankings) and experience.

You’ll have to read it for the deets, but I wanted to share the overall data:

Returning production

1. OLB: 100% of tackles, 100% of TFL, 100% of sacks
2. DB: 77.7% of tackles, 86.2% of TFLs, 80% of sacks
3. ILB: 72.2% of tackles, 72.4% of TFL, 100% of sacks
4. WR: 68.9% of receiving yards
5. DL: 62% of tackles, 66.1% of TFLs, 75% of sacks
6. OL: 36% of starts
7. RB: 33.3% of rushing yards
8. QB: 8% of passing yards
9. TE: 7.4% of receiving yards

You might want to filter that through Bill Connelly’s lens, but the gist is what we’ve all surmised this offseason:  Georgia’s defense is going to be stout.  And while the offensive news isn’t nearly so cheery, as Seth notes, Kirby’s done some pretty good shoring up at quarterback and tight end this offseason, as Newman’s yardage numbers last season are close to Fromm’s and the same can be said for McKitty’s compared to the two departing tight ends.

Positional recruiting rating average

1. OLB: .9589 average player composite rating (average of 4.14 stars)
2. RB: .9548 (4.4)
3. ILB: .9505 (4.14)
4. OL: .9353 (4.13)
5. WR: .9351 (4.0)
6. DB: .9300 (4.00)
7. DL: .91705 (3.64)
8. TE: .9094 (3.8)
9. QB: .8745

Hmmm… outside linebacker is the most talented position group and it also returns 100% of last season’s production.  Is that good?  I’m thinking that’s good.

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Where have all the good times gone?

Dan Wolken wonders if college athletic departments, after an unprecedented period of rising revenues and expenditures, are about to be presented with the check.  The first response he gets is so telling about our times:

“One of the byproducts we’re facing is people who have lost 25 or 30% of their net value of their portfolio or their retirement funds, that’s going to have some impact on us,” said Utah State athletic director John Hartwell, who finished a $36 million project in 2016 that added 24 luxury suites and more than 700 premium seats to the Aggies’ football stadium. “You could have someone who was buying a suite and 10 club seats but may say, hey I don’t need those extra seats anymore. I think we all have to be prepared for that, but we’re trying to be as proactive as we can. We’re making sure we try to touch base with all of our donors to keep them engaged.”

They’ll worry about the folks in the cheap seats later.

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Top of the pops

Barrett Sallee lists his top ten games to see in 2020 here.  Topping the list is:

1. Georgia at Alabama, Sept. 19: The last two meetings between these two heavyweights have been barn-burners: Alabama’s walk-off win in the national title game three seasons ago and the 2018 SEC Championship Game that served as a de facto national quarterfinal. Mac Jones has the inside track to win the starting quarterback job for the Crimson Tide, and Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman will likely be on the biggest stage of his life in Week 3 for the Bulldogs. Buckle up. This one will have a ripple effect across the entire college football world.

I can’t help but wonder if this winds up being the season opener for both schools.  Either way, it’s going to be a compelling match up.

Sallee has the Cocktail Party eighth, by the way.  I blame Kyle Trask for that.

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“At this point, our medical facilities are closed…”

Man, you’ve got to feel for Dominick Blaylock.

The injury in the SEC championship game in Atlanta ended the promising wide receiver’s freshman season, but left him ample time to make a recovery in time for the 2020 season.

That rehab came under the watchful eye of Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson and staff in Athens until recently.

The novel coronavirus pandemic shut down spring practice at Georgia before it began and with classes now only online, players like Blaylock are working to come back from injuries in their hometowns.

“At this point, our medical facilities are closed,” Courson said through a UGA athletics spokesman. “We are communicating regularly with our student-athletes and coordinating medical care as needed on an individual basis, whether that be home programs developed specifically for them or arrangements in their hometown. Our sports medicine staff is available to help coordinate any medical needs our student-athletes may have during this period.”

Courson is awesome, of course, but there’s only so much watchfulness he can provide from afar.

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Musical palate cleanser, out of nowhere edition

Oh, nothing to see here, just a 17-minute song that Bob Dylan decided to drop on us without notice.

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