Numbers game

Those of you who were wondering yesterday why Kirby Smart might be facing a numbers crunch next year, allow the master of roster management to explain.

“Everything doesn’t mesh…let’s say we have five mid-years, which isn’t the case at all, but let’s say we have five mid-years that want to come,” Smart said. “We have to have a spot for every one of them to come, so every senior who elects to stay, we don’t have a mid-year spot. So, even though [seniors] won’t count towards the 85, we don’t have a spot for [mid-years] to come. We don’t really control what seniors stay, and we’ll certainly give them the flexibility, but if we have more mid-years that want to come than seniors who want to leave, we have a problem. I don’t think that all the things mesh real well, especially if you’re a program that has a shot at a lot of mid-years. What’s different about this year? Kids aren’t in high school, so why should [they] stay for [their] second semester? We’re looking at—and I don’t know about other schools, maybe they’re the same way—[but] we’re looking at the possibility of anywhere from 14 to 20 mid-year enrollees. Let’s say we have 20 mid-year enrollees who want to come—we don’t have 20 spots. Yet, the seniors won’t count next year, but they’re eating spots right now. It just doesn’t add up. It doesn’t make perfect sense, so it’s a dilemma that we have to deal with.”

Maybe it’s something that everyone should have seen coming for a mile away. The cap on 85 scholarship players won’t be lifted until the 2021-2022 season. In January, when the Bulldogs’ mid-year enrollees arrive, the limit is still 85 because they’ll still be in the 2020-2021 athletic year.

Okay, sure, that’s a challenge, but, let’s face it, if there’s one problem that’s in Kirby Smart’s wheelhouse, it’s roster management.  Bitch all you want about manball, but the man knows how to construct a roster.

That being said, it will be interesting to see exactly how the staff prioritizes personnel in the next two months.  We’re already seeing hints of it with the Senior Bowl invite acceptances and the early moves to enter the transfer portal.  We’ll get more when early signing day hits, I suspect.

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28 responses to “Numbers game

  1. Granthams Replacement

    I think Kirby will surprise us more than usual on who ends up on the 2021 team.

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  2. Ace Harris

    Me thinks there are going to be a few academic scholarships passed out, what say you!!!!

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    • Got Cowdog

      I thought the same thing. Back channel a deal with Academics to get the players on campus until the ban is lifted.
      I wonder how the quid pro quo would be handled. Bury it in the money the AA gives the University every year? Seems simple enough.

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      • wfdawg

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but if a player isn’t on athletic scholarship, he doesn’t receive university health insurance, which is important in the event of injury in spring practice. You might could talk a specialist into sliding over to academic scholly, but not a player who experiences contact.

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        • Got Cowdog

          That could be, but I wouldn’t think the walk-ons are playing uninsured. Do walk-on players count against the 85?
          There has to be some reason they’re not doing it already…

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          • wfdawg

            That’s a good point about the walk-ons. I’d like to think they don’t have to rely on personal insurance. I have a feeling we’ll get some more clarity on all this soon.

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  3. TN Dawg

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  4. armydawg

    He’ll probably break out the gray shirts again.

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    The HOPE scholarship gives him some room to maneuver for a while. Most schools don’t have that advantage.

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    • theotherdoug

      Yeah, he can offer a grey shirt for one semester where the cost is greatly reduced, and the full scholarship in the summer.

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  6. Derek

    Hey Landers! Coach wants to see ya. Now!!

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  7. MGW

    I should hope we see some clarification about this rule from up top to accommodate for this. I think it’s pretty clear they didn’t intend to prevent early enrollees when drafting the rule. If they did, then why? To make it interesting?

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  8. Dawg in Austin

    So do early draft entries not count for this? If that’s the case, then conservatively speaking, this seems likely to me:
    14 seniors – let’s say 13 leave
    2 transfers already, let’s add 2 more

    Seems fine.

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  9. CB

    Such an easy fix for the NCAA. The extra space starts in January. Solved.

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  10. Russ

    Posted this yesterday and it worries me a bit. We lost that QB from Mississippi because of something similar a few years ago (I know the Senator doesn’t like him but still the point remains). Overall, I think Kirby will figure something out but I wouldn’t be surprised if it costs us a recruit or two. Of course with everyone else being in the same boat, then maybe it’s just a wash. It will be interesting for sure.

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  11. Nil Butron is a Pud

    They should take the 14-20 mid-years and set up a travel squad to barnstorm the South – training them up, playing the local clubs, and bringing goodwill and joy to all those who can’t make it to Athens during these trying times. With an available coach at the helm to chaperone the lads in their misadventures, it’s a win-win. We could call it Secret Agent Muschamp’s Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings.

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  12. It sounds like Netori Johnson is in the portal.

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  13. 69Dawg

    Three dimensional chess is easier than this NCAA cluster-F.

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