Daily Archives: November 18, 2020

Alex, I’ll take “Existential dilemmas for Kirby Smart” for $200

Yeah, Kirbs, ask Bo Pelini how it goes when you follow your heart there.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Where’s PETA when you really need ’em?

“Rocky Top” on repeat is the very definition of cruelty.

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

“Quietly”

Y’all, Tennessee’s gonna Tennessee.

Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer quietly received a two-year contract extension in May while preparing his department for financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fulmer’s extension had, until now, gone unreported and was not announced by Tennessee.

The extension means Fulmer’s contract runs through Dec. 31, 2023.

You, of course, know what that means.

The contract extension increased Fulmer’s buyout. If UT fired Fulmer, it would owe him 50% of the salary remaining on his deal. That would put Fulmer’s buyout at $1.35 million on Jan. 1.

Fulmer, 70, is steering an athletic department through a financial challenge. The athletic department has projected a $40 million loss in revenue because of the pandemic.

Financial prudence, for the win!  Why on earth does a seventy-year old at his alma mater need a contract extension?  Answer:  why not?

The SEC, where it just means spending more.

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, It's Just Bidness

Today’s stat of the day

Via Seth Emerson ($$):

In fact, Georgia wide receivers have combined to break only three tackles following receptions this season. Yes, only three in six games.

Holy crap.  Lack of top-end speed or quarterback accuracy issues?  I vote both.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Your 11.18.20 Playpen

Between last night’s firing of Krebs, the shenanigans in Wayne County, Michigan, Rudy Giuliani’s stab at playing lawyer in Pennsylvania and the crazy shit going on in our state, the events of the last 48-72 hours have been hard to keep up with.

There’s been one common thread, though — Trump’s insistence that there’s been widescale voter fraud, without which he would have won re-election.

So, I thought we’d do something a little different with this week’s Playpen.

Feel free to opine on your take, or anything else that suits your fancy, in the comments.

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Truly a team effort

This tweet of Josh’s really encapsulates what I’ve observed from this season’s Georgia team.

The 2020 version of Georgia simply isn’t built to deal with teams that sport prolific offenses.  Those teams have done damage in the passing game and the Dawgs haven’t gotten enough production from their quarterbacks to keep up.

That’s it.  That’s the tweet.

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Money talks

Kirbs is just sayin’.

The upcoming portion of Georgia’s football schedule is far more opt-out row than murderers’ row.

Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt are the next three tests for the No. 13 Bulldogs, and all three of those programs have been ravaged by players choosing to punt the remainder of this coronavirus-altered season. Gamecocks cornerbacks Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu announced their decisions to opt out Tuesday, with Mukuamu having intercepted three Jake Fromm passes in South Carolina’s 20-17 double-overtime upset of Georgia last season in Sanford Stadium.

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart questioned some of these moves following Tuesday’s practice.

“I think it will be measured when they get to the next level,” Smart said. “Some pundit or critic would say, ‘That’s easy for you to say. They need to worry about their NFL careers,’ but I’ve learned that those NFL careers are not for long, especially for guys who aren’t first-rounders.

“If you’ve got a bona fide first-rounder, that’s a completely different subject, but that’s not the case in a lot of these opt-outs.”

“Our kids care about each other, and they want to win,” he said. “They want to have a productive season. At the end of the day, they want to improve their draft stock. How does it really look to opt out to train and not play? All of the general managers we talk to are going to talk about that.

“What are they working out for? We don’t know if there is going to be a combine or a pro day. What we know is that we play Mississippi State on Saturday, and that’s a showcase to go do what you can do.”

I’m just spitballing here, but what if kids who aren’t likely first round picks had some kind of real financial incentive to remain in school instead of being tempted by the bright lights of the NFL?

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Filed under The NCAA, The NFL Is Your Friend.

Larry Scott’s uphill battle

A commish can dream, can’t he?

The College Football Playoff management committee will discuss delaying the 2021 event when it meets Wednesday afternoon, according to sources with knowledge of the agenda.

The move to formally discuss a delay — it’s on the agenda — came at the request of Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott but, sources said, does not indicate a change is imminent.

To this point, the committee has shown a strong preference for keeping the semifinals on Jan. 1 (the Rose and Sugar bowls) and the national championship on Jan. 11 (in Miami).

“They’re talking about anything and everything,’’ CFP executive director Bill Hancock said (via email) of the management committee, which consists of the 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick.

“Larry did suggest considering the dates of the games, which is certainly in the ‘anything and everything’ universe.”

When you can’t even get Bill Hancock to wax optimistic for you, that’s the definition of a lost cause.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Pac-12 Football

“The quarterback starter will be a game-time decision.”

Shot.

Chaser.

“Stetson was out there and able to go today,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said following the Bulldogs’ two-hour practice at the Butts-Mehre football complex. “He was able to do some things. And him and D’Wan (Mathis) and JT (Daniels) and Carson (Beck) all got work.”

So Kirbs is saying there’s a chance.

You know, in a way it’s kind of sad he feels the need to play mind games with the SEC’s worst offensive team.  On the other hand, there’s the possibility of black unis!

We live in interesting times, Dawg fans.  Or at least Smart wants us to think so.

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His-toe-ree

This strikes me as a good question.

You know what would make for a good troll?  CBS re-running classic games from their archives every Saturday at 3:30PM during next season.  I’d bet they’d stand a 50/50 chance of being better than the games ESPN shows in that same time slot.

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Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, SEC Football