Welp, this is one way to deal with it.
Daily Archives: September 16, 2020
I’m not posting this to make a snarky point, but I really am intrigued by comparing these two quotes:
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that most of his team has contracted COVID-19.
“Not all of our players, but most of our players have caught it,” Orgeron told reporters. “I think that hopefully they won’t catch it again, and hopefully they’re not out for games.”
Asked later for further clarification, Orgeron said he didn’t know the exact percentage of players who have had the coronavirus.
“Hopefully that once you catch it, you don’t get it again,” he said. “I’m not a doctor. I think they have that 90-day window, so most of the players that have caught it, we do feel like they’ll be eligible for games.”
This was from Smart’s presser yesterday:
“I don’t know what long-term risk you’re referencing because every flu virus is associated with myocarditis. The research that’s been done hasn’t shown that COVID is a greater indicator of getting myocarditis than any other normal flu symptom. We didn’t actually check kids from when they got the flu and they had other viruses so now we’ve actually put ourselves in a better position because we’re testing the heart, EKGs, we’re doing ultrasounds, we’re checking everything now after this. It’s really much safer in terms of not wanting a player to get diagnosed or having myocarditis after having COVID, when before we didn’t do all those tests when we could’ve caused it. The key in what we all want is to not have a young man playing or performing or doing extra exercise while dealing with myocarditis. So how do you prevent that? You test. You research and you look at it. Ron and his staff have done a tremendous job with it. And we’re very fortunate at UGA to have a baseline test on every kid that’s come in here. so after they have COVID or antibodies for it, we’re able to test them and see what the differences are in their heart. So we’re very fortunate to be able to do that. Which makes me much more comfortable with the decisions.”
Coach O is a helluva recruiter, so I’m probably reading a lot more into this than I should, but if you were the parent of a recruit being chased by LSU and Georgia, which answer would impress you more in terms of making sure your kid would be properly looked after?
Might as well have said “too many Red Bulls”.
“It” being this.
You’ll have to pardon me for saying it, but Kirbs sounds a wee bit too coy with that. Because the reality is that JT Daniels isn’t yet cleared for game play. Yes, that’s old news at this point, but this isn’t.
How much does Smart want to gamble with giving reps to a quarterback who may not be cleared to play against Arkansas? Beats me, but he certainly is putting a brave face on the matter.
Smart said he’s relying on people he’s hired to make good decisions including the one at quarterback.
“Ultimately, that decision falls on me,” Smart said. “We didn’t have much of a decision last year. This year’s it’s been a lot more calculated in terms of reps and a lot more calculated in terms of what we do with each guy and how we develop each guy. They’re all in different stages of their careers. They’re all getting better. I would argue we’ve got a talented quarterback room in terms of depth. The important thing is getting the right one to lead this group.”
Smart reiterated that he expects Daniels to be cleared to play in the opener, but that is a decision for the medical staff.
“If we didn’t think he was going to be cleared than we wouldn’t be practicing him,” Smart said.
I wonder how telling that “We didn’t have much of a decision last year” comment is. Does he think the lack of competition significantly factored into Fromm’s 2019 drop off?
Anyway, at this point, it’s hard to think Mathis won’t be taking the first snap of the season in Fayetteville.