Daily Archives: December 11, 2020

Et tu, Junior?

Honestly, this is almost cruel.



UPDATE:  This, on the other hand, is flat out hilarious.

If Tennessee winds up playing in a bowl game this season, its football staff won’t collect bonuses off the appearance.

Tennessee’s nine football assistants and its strength coach signed contract amendments this week to waive any bowl bonus for this season that their contracts otherwise would entitle them to receive.

Knox News obtained the contract amendments via a public records request.

By those 10 staffers waiving a bowl bonus, the athletic department will save $324,870.

Coach Jeremy Pruitt also will not receive a bowl bonus this season under the teams of the contract extension he received in September.

300 grand will buy a lot of cupcakes.



Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Recruiting

The most 2020 moment of 2020




Filed under Freeze!, The Body Is A Temple

Additional Mizzou thoughts

A series of random tidbits and observations:

  • Given the level of opposition during their three-game win streak, you’d think the Tigers would be showing marked improvement in their offensive stats as time went on.  While that’s certainly the case with the ground game — the last three months’ average yards per rush figure has climbed from 3.65 to 4.46 to 7.18 — that hasn’t been so with Bazelak’s passer rating over that time.
  • That being said, Missouri sure isn’t shy about throwing the ball.  The offense is averaging 41 pass attempts per game during the win streak.  It’s also running the ball almost 37 times per game, which adds up to a heckuva lot of offensive plays per game.  By comparison, Georgia is averaging about 60 plays per game over its last three, and allowing opponents about 67 plays per game over that time.  In other words, tempo control will be something to watch.
  • Over at the Mizzou site Rock M Nation, there’s a preview post looking at some advanced stats that will need to go the Tigers’ way in order to have a shot at the win:  (1) “The Tigers will need to keep the rushing success rate under 45% and their standard downs success rate under 40% to force Georgia to do the thing that they’re slightly less good at: passing.”; (2) “If Missouri is at least +2 in the turnover department they’ll have a chance.”; (3) “… the Tigers will need 8 to 10 explosive plays to help create scoring opportunities or tilt the field to put Georgia’s offense in bad positions.”; (4) “All I’m looking for is a better third-down conversion percentage than Georgia; it’s not a guaranteed recipe for victory but it will be a good sign if it can happen.”; and (5) “If the Tigers hit their season-average of 4 points per trip they’ll need to generate at least 10 scoring opportunities OR average 7 points over 5 scoring opportunities.”
  • My thoughts on those five?  (1) Monken has shown a propensity since Daniels was inserted into the starting lineup of taking what the opposing defense gives him; (2) Missouri’s turnover margin, at minus-3, is worse than Georgia’s, so a +2 might be a tad overly optimistic; (3)  As I mentioned previously, both teams have been solid limiting big plays this season, with Georgia first in the conference at yielding plays of 20+ yards, which means I think explosive plays are going to be tough sledding for both sides; (4) I can’t argue with that one, but as my previous post noted, Daniels has been deadly on third downs (and honestly, Bennett wasn’t bad on those, either); and (5) See my point about tempo, above.
  • I was nervous about this already, and Jake Rowe makes me even more so:  “The Bulldog linebackers, both inside and outside, are going to be challenged and Mizzou has the weapon to do it in Tyler Badie. He has hauled in 23 passes for 314 yards and three scores this year and has a 100-yard game to his credit against Vanderbilt. His speed and quickness could give the Bulldogs problems.”  I hope Rowe hasn’t misspelled “will” there, but I’m not sure.
  • Matt Hinton notes the extent to which Arkansas shredded Missouri’s defense last week: “This time around the Tigers are more concerned with their defense, which was just ripped to shreds by Arkansas for a season-high 566 yards (292 rushing, 274 passing) in a 50-48 shootout.”  Mind you, that was with Franks’ backup getting his first start of the season after having attempted a whopping two passes beforehand.  On the other hand, Matt is probably right that Georgia isn’t going to run the 84 plays the Hogs did.
  • One last point from the RMN post:  “It’ll be interesting to see if Georgia comes out ready to play after a forced bye-week or if they’re more interested in getting back home during a cold a rainy day in Columbia.”  It’s a fair point and it’s one reason I’d like to see Daniels and the receivers shoot off some more fireworks, to get the team excited.  I’m sure Kirby knows he needs to find a way to keep his team motivated, but whether they’re listening is another story.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Moar small sample size

Now, here’s a stat that’ll make you sit up and go, “whoa!”.

JT Daniels has to keep it going on third down He’s 11 of 12 on third down in is two games for 150 yards and two touchdowns. That’s good for an eye-popping 306.67 passer rating. Seven of those 12 throws have been third-down conversions…

For context, for all quarterbacks with a minimum of 15.0 pass attempts on 3rd down, the top passer rating is 213.60.

Is that sustainable this week?  Welp, I admit sustainable is a relative term, but Mizzou currently sits 81st nationally in defensive passer rating on third down, so, yeah, I’d say there’s a decent chance JT keeps moving the sticks when they need him to.


Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Chill, NIL.

Another day, another college athletes’ compensation bill drops.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who chairs the chamber’s Commerce Committee, announced Thursday that he has introduced a bill regarding college athletes’ name, image and likeness activities.

The measure would force certain changes that the NCAA already seems ready to make, then largely give the association protection from antitrust challenges to those changes.

Wicker’s standing with a committee through which any such legislation likely would have to travel gives this bill considerable weight, but with a couple of critical caveats.

The bill is almost certain not to receive a mark-up during the final weeks of this session of Congress, which will be dominated by year-end spending bills and COVID-19 relief measures. Then, if Georgia’s Senate run-off elections give Democrats control of the chamber, Wicker would be replaced as committee chair. And Senate Democrats, including Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, have said they are interested in a much broader set of changes on behalf of athletes than Wicker’s bill offers.

Wow, Georgia.  Think of the power we hold right now.

What Wicker, who showed a keen grasp of the issues at a hearing this summer, is offering is essentially what the NCAA has been asking for.

It also includes a provision that says the NCAA, a conference or a school could prohibit athletes from having NIL deals before they enroll at a school — and the bill defines the word “enroll” as meaning “to receive passing grades … for completing courses … comprising not less than 12 percent of the credits required for graduation” from the school. That’s roughly one semester’s worth of classes.

In addition, the bill would give the NCAA, conferences and schools protection from antitrust challenges to any changes they decide to make to their NIL rules before the measure goes into effect, as long as those changes don’t end up “unduly” restricting athletes’ NIL activities. The bill calls for the creation of an independent entity that would handle a variety of oversight activities, including handling grievances from athletes concerning restrictions on their NIL activities.

In short, the bill essentially would insulate the NCAA from lawsuits that might otherwise rise from the NIL rules changes the association appears headed toward adopting in January.

Georgia or no Georgia, I doubt Biden would sign off on something that lopsided.  We’ll see, though.


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

“We could have a 3:30 ABC game and a game on SEC Network at 4 and a game on ESPN at 4…”

Say goodbye, folks.

ESPN and the SEC announced Thursday that they have reached a 10-year deal beginning in 2024 that will make the network the exclusive rights holder of SEC football and men’s basketball.

The deal provides the network, including ABC, up to 15 premier football games, including the SEC championship game and rivalry games such as AlabamaAuburn and FloridaGeorgia.

… Beginning in 2024, ABC will air an SEC game every week, including a regular late-afternoon kickoff, and will have the option to feature an SEC game on ABC’s Saturday Night Football for the first time.

“So Saturday night, prime time on ABC is the highest profile window, the biggest stage in terms of college football. And we love the fact that we can now bring the ABC platform into the mix, starting in 2024,” Pitaro told The Associated Press.

So, looks like we’ll be swapping Gary for Herbie.  Be still, my heart.

Anyway, we know why this deal is going down.

The SEC’s 10-year contract with ESPN/ABC will allow member schools to make an even larger financial investment in athletics and trigger the next round of battles between the Big Ten and SEC for dominance of the college sports landscape, increasing the possibility the two leagues leave the rest of the Power Five in the dust.

ESPN/ABC will pay the SEC “in the low $300 million range” annually, according to Sports Business Journal, a significant increase on the $55 million the league makes per year from its contract with CBS.

“More money for buyouts,” thought Jimmy Sexton, as he headed off to bed last night.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, SEC Football

No hard feelings, bruh.

Judging from this…

… Jamie Newman’s departure has led to more hard feelings from the fan base than his former teammates.  (Although I do wonder if the lack of a space between the “a” and the “part” is a Freudian slip.)


Filed under Georgia Football

Inject this directly into my veins.

Jeremy Pruitt makes for the best headers, doesn’t he?


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

Stay classy, Geoff.

Coach Collins showed his ass last night.

Yeah, the game was chippy and the refs sucked, but that’s no excuse for Coach Waffle House to take it personally.

Afterward, Tech coach Geoff Collins had a terse meeting at the center of the field with his Panthers counterpart, Pat Narduzzi.

Collins extended his hand for a shake but quickly snatched it away and left Narduzzi looking befuddled.

“I told him, ‘Hey, you’ve got a great team,'” Narduzzi said. “He said, ‘Baloney,’ or some other nice words, and walked off. I don’t know. I thought it was a good game.”

Collins insisted that he didn’t intend to get into it with Narduzzi.

“I was just focused on getting our guys over to the band to celebrate,” Collins said. “I don’t even remember what I said, to be honest with you.”

I’ll bet.

Needless to say, the outrage on Stingtalk is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

Damn, I wish COFH were a thing this year.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football