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Daily Archives: July 20, 2020
And here they go…
Might not have been the first name I would have thought of, but there’s no question the defensive backfield is a crowded place at Georgia.
UPDATE: If you’re looking for a current scholarship head count, here you go.
Per The Athletic ($$), about 46% of Georgia’s fiscal 2019 athletic department revenue came from football, one of seventeen sports. That percentage isn’t out of line with typical P5 finances. But that’s not the entire picture.
… At many institutions, most donations are considered non-specific. Ohio State lists $71,940 as football-related contributions but more than $26 million as unspecified. Iowa, which generated nearly $152 million in fiscal 2019, had $900,325 in football contributions but almost $34.4 million in non-specific donations.
While Iowa proudly offers 24 sports, most supporters give money based on the football program’s success. Football and non-specific revenue account for 87.9 percent of Iowa’s earnings ($133.7 million). Likewise, Georgia, which has 17 sports, reported $154.3 million in department revenue and $149.3 million (96.8 percent) either directly or indirectly from football.
You’d have to think that without football, those donations are going to slow.
Marc Weiszer raises a good point in this story. With the wait to get results for a COVID-19 test in Georgia nowadays running as much or more than two weeks, how can the football program meet the proposed P5 testing protocols?
Test results for the site in Athens operated by the Northeast Health District or its mobile unit typically take seven to 10 business days, Clarke County Health Department clinic manager Sarah Peck said Thursday.
Against that backdrop, the Georgia football team is preparing for a possible season where increased testing and timely results will be needed.
UGA has declined to provide answers about the frequency with which it is testing athletes and the turnaround time to get results. Athletic director Greg McGarity has deferred to longtime director of sports medicine Ron Courson for details including if players will be tested weekly once full contact practices begin, but Courson has not been made available to speak about COVID-19 related matters to the media since the pandemic began.
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
And if you simply allow the program to access testing resources on a satisfactory level to meet those protocols, while not doing anything to improve the general state of affairs, that raises a PR problem.
Ray, who spoke to UGA’s Courson about the issues regarding COVID-19 during the course of conference calls as part of the NCAA advisory panel, said he thinks there is a sensitivity within athletic departments about their place in communities that surround them.
“I don’t think they want to be accused,” he said, “of taking the right to healthcare away from anyone because they want to have sports.”
Sounds like this is going well.
I’m not sure it’s worth giving somebody who hosts a college football podcast (although he is a former ASU quarterback) too much credence on this subject, but I thought I’d pass it along on the odd chance that it’s an early canary in the coal mine kind of development.
Former Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter recently revealed there’s growing unrest among a few dozen players in the Pac-12 about the upcoming college football season and that level of worry has now made it to the league office in an effort to increase health insurance past graduation and ensure enhanced player safety this fall during a global pandemic.
Carpenter, who hosts a college football podcast and frequently appears on sports radio, wrote Friday in a string of tweets about a player group from the University of California that initiated these demands, that have since garnered support from other Pac-12 teams.
“Pac 12 football players have created a list of “demands” 4 the Pac-12/Universities 2 take into consideration, if the demands aren’t addressed/complied w/ the players R threatening to sit out the season..There is significant support growing among ALL 12 teams with 50 or More players on many of teams in support of this action/demands list,” Carpenter tweeted. “The initial idea was 2 create a players union, they decided time didn’t allow 4 this & figure the best way to create the change they want is 2 “boycott” the season.
“Things they r asking 4 is 50/50 rev share, 6 yrs insurance upon graduation, better Covid-19 testing & protocols etc etc…The player led group is being spearheaded at Cal Football & they have been holding phone calls with other Pac12 teams..There is some kinda of players only meeting/vote that will be taking place shortly.”
The 50/50 revenue split is a pipe dream, of course, but the health stuff is a touchier subject, you would think. (Again, assuming this is all true.) I’ll be curious to see if there are any credible developments on this. I sure would love to hear Larry Scott’s take on somebody threatening his business model.
The next time an AD tells you it’ll be non-revenue sport athletes that’ll suffer if, Gawd forbid, college football players should start earning something off their name, point ’em to this.
Steelemas came Saturday.
After I got it, I spent the first hour doing what I do every year: figuring out his take on the Dawgs.
His 2020 Preview isn’t too high on Georgia’s prospects. He does favor UGA to win the SEC East, but his preseason Top 40 has Georgia sixth, behind two SEC teams, Alabama (natch) and Texas A&M (!). His Power Poll has Georgia seventh, behind those two SEC teams and LSU.
There are several reasons I gleaned for that.
- Georgia finished fourth-highest in his NFL Draft Day Party rankings, although five of the top six teams are from the SEC. Georgia’s score translates into an 82% chance of the same or weaker record.
- Georgia finished 2019 with three net close wins. Less than 15% of teams with three improve their records in the following season.
- Defensive yards per play in 2019 was 21.9. 83% of teams that hit that number have the same or weaker records the following season.
- Georgia dropped from 36th to 120th on his Experience Chart.
- Concerns about the offensive line, noting the coaching change and only three returning starters.
- He projects almost no improvement on the offensive side of the ball, with points per game increasing just slightly to 31.2.
His national unit rankings are revealing.
- Quarterback: 16 (ranking doesn’t include Daniels, so you have to think it’s higher now)
- Running back: 14
- Receivers: 28
- O-line: 17
- D-line: 5
- Linebackers: 1
- Secondary: 4
- Special teams: 43
There’s only one Georgia player on his four All-America teams, Richard LeCounte at second team safety. LeCounte is also the only Georgia player he lists at first team All-SEC. There are 12 Dawgs total on his four All-SEC teams. (By comparison, Alabama has nine on his first team alone.)
In conference unit rankings, Georgia is in a six-way tie for first at quarterback, which, if you think about it, is a great way to show how mediocre the conference picture is at that position. Georgia is also first at defensive line and linebacker. Its lowest ranking, sixth, is at special teams.
If there’s one puzzling thing, it’s how little mention he makes of the change at offensive coordinator. He cites Monken’s resume, but that’s it.
It’s not a bad picture overall, but considering that Georgia was third in his 2019 Power Poll, it does come off as something of a let down.
Rivals has put together a six-part series on name, image and likeness rights for college athletes. If you’re interested, here are the links:
- Answers to biggest questions | NIL 101 – What it is and where it stands
- Who will make the money?
- How athletes build their brand
- What HS athletes think
- How colleges are handling this
- The most marketable college athletes
There’s a lot there. If you think NIL is inevitable for college athletes, then this particular observation should sink in, if you’re a football coach:
Imaginations can run wild and comprehending the complexities of Name, Image and Likeness, especially without NCAA legislation, can be staggering.
But Blake Lawrence of Opendorse offers an excellent analogy.
The former four-star linebacker who played at Nebraska and now runs the leading platform for athlete marketing from Lincoln compares NIL to any other part of an athletic program. That is what college coaches will have to wrap their minds around: Neglecting NIL will be like having poor facilities or outdated equipment.
“If you think about NIL as a new department within athletics – you have strength and conditioning, you have nutrition, you’ve got your training room, academics, life skills and now NIL,” Lawrence said. “When strength and conditioning became a thing, every school in the country needed a weight room. Within that weight room you needed equipment, you needed to have a standard of measurement of what is strong, what is fast, what is slow, what is weak and you needed to have a strength and conditioning coach.”
Back in my college days, I was heavily into buying British import records (thanks, JEM Records!) because I didn’t want to wait to get American releases of acts and artists I followed. That’s how I got my hands on Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True. I did the same thing for his follow up, This Year’s Model.
I liked Aim, and figured much the same for Model, so I wasn’t prepared for the shock I got when I dropped the needle on this bad boy.
“No Action” came roaring out of the gate and the album never let up. It’s one of the greatest opening songs on a rock record. What are some others you can think of?