Daily Archives: April 29, 2020

Summer time, and the attending is easy.


“Fluid” is something of an understatement.  We’ll see.


UPDATE:  ‘Bama ain’t lettin’ Georgia jump the gun, no sirree.


Filed under Academics? Academics., Georgia Football

Your 4.29.20 Playpen

I continue to shake my head over broad pronouncements about the coronavirus and its effect on the economy, particularly the declarations that the worst is over, or that we’re simply going to have to take risks to revitalize the US economy for the simple reason that most of the folks making these declarations don’t know enough about either the virus or the economy to be authoritative.  I don’t see how anybody does.

Take this nugget as an example.

Who wants to open up elective procedures to the level they were at last year?  Not me.  Having a few butts more in a Waffle House right now isn’t going to have anywhere near the same kind of impact as doing that.

Maybe turning the economy around is more complicated than you think.


UPDATE: Everyone losing their patience with my sense of caution ought to read this Amanda Mull piece.

At first, Derek Canavaggio thought he would be able to ride out the coronavirus pandemic at home until things were safe. As a bar manager at the Globe in Athens, Georgia, Canavaggio hasn’t been allowed to work for weeks. Local officials in Athens issued Georgia’s first local shelter-in-place order on March 19, canceling the events that usually make spring a busy time for Athens bars and effectively eliminating the city’s rowdy downtown party district built around the University of Georgia. The state’s governor, Brian Kemp, followed in early April with a statewide shutdown.

But then the governor sent Canavaggio into what he calls “spreadsheet hell.” In an announcement last week, Kemp abruptly reversed course on the shutdown, ending many of his own restrictions on businesses and overruling those put in place by mayors throughout the state. On Friday, gyms, churches, hair and nail salons, and tattoo parlors were allowed to reopen, if the owners were willing. Yesterday, restaurants and movie theaters came back. The U-turn has left Georgians scrambling. Canavaggio has spent days crunching the numbers to figure out whether reopening his bar is worth the safety risk, or even feasible in the first place, given how persistent safety concerns could crater demand for a leisurely indoor happy hour. “We can’t figure out a way to make the numbers work to sustain business and pay rent and pay everybody to go back and risk their lives,” he told me. “If we tried to open on Monday, we’d be closed in two weeks, probably for good and with more debt on our hands.”


Filed under GTP Stuff

Pity the poor Emmert.

Jesus, this is shameless.


UPDATE:  So, just how shameless is Emmert?  Well, just ask his own organization.

Yeah, it’s a real shame there’s all that antitrust litigation against a group that’s violating antitrust laws.  I can see why Emmert laments limiting the NCAA’s ability to price fix.


Filed under It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant, The NCAA

Your Daily Gator asks, and is answered.



Jamie Newman is a popular name in the pro-scout circle, and for good reason after rising in the Wake Forest record books last season. Now he’s at Georgia, where he should be the top quarterback in the SEC entering the season. He completed nearly 61 percent of his passes and threw for 2,868 years and 26 touchdowns at Wake Forest despite losing his two best receivers late in the 2019 season.

Georgia’s offense is set up perfectly for Newman to excel, and adding his ability to pick up yardage on the ground (he ran for 78 yards or more in four games last season) might make him the most dangerous quarterback in the country.  [Emphasis added.]

Will the preseason All-SEC voting melt Buddy’s brain?  One can only hope.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football

“It doesn’t look like high IQ football.”

Welp, if you’ve got forty or so minutes to revisit Georgia’s offense in last year’s Notre Dame game, here you go:

There’s plenty of blame to go around for the dysfunction, but I’m reminded of something I wrote in my Observations post:

Georgia was outplayed at times and was definitely outcoached. What it wasn’t was out-athleted, and that’s why it prevailed. I know Kirby’s happy with the win — hell, so am I — and he’s happy that his team manballed just enough to get it done, but this was not one of the staff’s finest hours.

Some of you are probably tired of my finger pointing, but as a position coach, James Coley did not serve Jake Fromm well.  Fromm’s mechanics are all over the place and his reads, which were a strength of his in 2018, weren’t consistent.  Not sticking with the up-tempo pace in the second half didn’t help, either, although I suspect that was more from Smart than his OC.

What do you guys see there?


Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Friendly advice for the Portal Master™

This is some quote:

But Meyer also acknowledged that his former assistant needs to get a win in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

“He’s gotta beat Georgia,” Meyer said. “I’ve been in that game. Steve Spurrier, who’s a dear friend of mine, he made that game miserable for Gators because he never lost to them. And I’d sit in that Sawgrass Hotel in my hotel room and I’d be damn near just sick getting ready for that game. … You had to win that game.”

Sounds like you had real fun, Corch.


Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

Today’s ‘rona roundup

She’s from the government and she’s here to help:

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Maybe that’s what’s got Ole Miss AD Keith Carter checking the calendar.

Ole Miss athletics director Keith Carter said Tuesday he is hoping to bring student-athletes to campus by July 1.

That timetable, Carter said, would allow for an on-time start to the college football season this fall. Any delays past July 1, Carter said, would make it precipitously more difficult to begin the season as scheduled.

“I just feel like there’s some momentum,” Carter said Tuesday during an interview on the Oxford Exxon Podcast. “Will we be playing football Labor Day weekend? I can’t say that yet but that’s our hope and that’s what we’re going to continue to push for.”

Carter said bringing student-athletes to June likely won’t happen. He said getting student-athletes to campus July 1 is the date he’s targeting internally.

“That would give us a great opportunity to get ready for September and have a somewhat normal fall,” Carter said.

You may notice he says nothing there (or in the rest of the piece) about students returning to campus at that time.  Then again, that’s not his problem.  This is:

Carter said Ole Miss is going to have to tighten its belt from a budgetary standpoint, noting the athletics department is fine through June 30. After that, especially in a scenario where there’s no football season or a delayed football season, difficult decisions would have to be made.

What’s the day after June 30?  Oh, that’s right.  Ah, well, sacrifices will just have to be made.

Carter said Ole Miss has had conversations with medical experts “basically every day since this thing started.” Carter said Ole Miss is formulating plans for “an in-depth process” to get athletes back to campus, including testing.

“I don’t know that it would mean a 5-day or 10-day or 14-day quarantine, but certainly we would be very diligent in making sure we’re doing the right thing bringing these groups back,” Carter said, adding coaches would need 6-8 weeks to get athletes ready for competition.

At least they’ll be well-intentioned about quarantining the kids so the checks will keep rolling in.  That’s nice.

By the way, Carter says his SEC peers have been talking about this several times a week.  Seth Emerson asked Greg McGarity about that ($$) and got this in response:

“A July 1 return would be wonderful, and we believe there will other options presented as well regarding return to play,” McGarity said. “We just have to follow the guidelines established by the medical professionals, as well as State of Georgia and University System directives.”

Somehow, I doubt that’s all Greg will be following as crunch time gets closer.

If you’re looking for a timetable from somebody who doesn’t have a vested interest in keeping ESPN’s checkbook open, here’s what California’s governor had to say yesterday.

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I don’t offer that to say who’s right or wrong here, but merely to point out it’s very likely there are going to be competing timetables in play.  That may or may not matter for the regular season, especially if that’s reduced to conference play only, but it sure as hell will for the postseason, a most lucrative time for college football’s athletic directors.  Will things get contentious?  Probably.


Filed under College Football, The Body Is A Temple

The most significant draft choice in UGA history

It appears that the AJ-C’s Michael Cunningham has fallen victim to one of the classic blunders — the most famous of which is “never drink bleach to prevent being infected with a highly contagious disease” — but only slightly less well-known is this:  “it’s not Kirby Smart’s job to prove he can turn out a quarterback that NFL teams want near the top of the draft“.

It’s really not, no matter how much you want to fetishize Jake Fromm’s draft position over Georgia’s wins and losses during his three years in Athens.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Here it comes.

Get ready… for something.


What is Emmert’s latest gambit supposedly going to look like?  According to this ESPN report, here’s where the NCAA’s working group is starting:

  • Allow student-athletes to make money by modeling apparel as long as that apparel doesn’t include school logos or other “school marks.”
  • Allow athletes to make money from advertisements. Athletes would be allowed to identify themselves as college athletes in advertisements, but would not be allowed to reference the school they attend or include any school marks in the advertisement.
  • Prohibit athletes from marketing products that conflict with NCAA legislation, such as gambling operations or banned substances. Individual schools would also be allowed to prohibit athletes from marketing products that do not line up with the school’s values.
  • Allow athletes to hire an agent to help procure marketing opportunities, so long as that agent does not seek professional sports opportunities for the client during his or her college career.
  • Require athletes to disclose the details of all endorsement contracts to their athletic department. The working group would recommend further discussion about whether a third party should be involved in overseeing these disclosures in a way that prevents endorsement deals from becoming improper recruiting enticements.

Before you get too worked up, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.  First, the working group is careful to label that little more than a list of “possible changes”.  Second, as the ESPN article notes, “(t)he working group’s recommendations are not guaranteed to remain the same in the nine months before NCAA leaders are expected to vote on new rules…”.  No shit, Sherlock.

What that leaves Emmert with is the opportunity to talk about robust proposals with a straight face, while pleading behind the scenes with Congress to bail his ass out.  Sounds like a plan!


UPDATE:  Man, did I call this, or what?

“As we evolve, the Association will continue to identify the guardrails to further support student-athletes within the context of college sports and higher education,” said Val Ackerman, commissioner of the Big East and working group co-chair. “In addition, we are mindful of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education, college sports and students at large.  We hope that modernized name, image and likeness rules will further assist college athletes during these unprecedented times and beyond.”

The board also discussed the potential challenges to modernizing rules posed by outside legal and legislative factors that could significantly undermine the NCAA’s ability to take meaningful action. As a result, it will engage Congress to take steps that include the following:

  • Ensuring federal preemption over state name, image and likeness laws.
  • Establishing a “safe harbor” for the Association to provide protection against lawsuits filed for name, image and likeness rules.
  • Safeguarding the nonemployment status of student-athletes.
  • Maintaining the distinction between college athletes and professional athletes.
  • Upholding the NCAA’s values, including diversity, inclusion and gender equity.

The NCAA should call this “robust guardrails”. It would look good on a t-shirt, right?


UPDATE #2:  By the way, if you think this gets NCAA Football back, guess again.

They are scared of group licensing.  And if you want to know why…

A player’s union?  Over their dead bodies.


Filed under The NCAA

“They’ll be fine.”

Fretting over the unsettled state of Georgia’s offensive line?  Sam Pittman advises you to chill, man.

“There’s plenty of talent on that line there even though they lost several kids but they recruited well like Georgia always does,” Pittman said. “Xavier Truss is a kid that’s got a lot of talent. They’ll be fine. They’ve got a really good offensive line coach there. They’ll be fine.”

Pittman said the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Webb is a valuable piece because of his versatility to play guard and center.

“Of course, I’m sure they’ll find a place for Clay Webb to play and Tray coming back there, that’s a key,” he said. “I’m not positive what they’ll do at left tackle but they sure had a great signing class. If they have to go with the young kid like we did with Andrew, we did and went to the national championship game.”

So there.


Filed under Georgia Football