Daily Archives: January 8, 2021

This isn’t rocket science.

In his Mailbag today in response to a question about how Kirby can keep the underclassmen who aren’t first or second round draft pick quality from leaving the farm early, Seth Emerson takes a couple of swings at a horse I’ve beaten to death ($$):

… Still, in (almost) every case you also have to consider whether that player was going to improve his draft stock by staying that extra year in college, a year they weren’t going to be paid.

That’s why allowing players to receive name-image-likeness money will be another win-win for players and colleges.

I mean, it really isn’t that hard.  If you care about these players staying home for the betterment of the program, I don’t see why you would not favor giving them an obvious incentive to do so.

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Can Josh Brooks follow in Kirby Smart’s footsteps?

If you didn’t see it, Seth Emerson ($$) wrote a smart piece (pun intended) about Josh Brooks taking the reins as Georgia’s new athletic director.  First, the background, and the context for my natural cynicism about the hire:

It’s easy to see how this looks: Georgia, a school that has almost always hired one of its own for big jobs, first promotes Josh Brooks to interim athletic director, says there will be a national search, and then gives Brooks the full-time job a mere six days into that interim tenure.

Brooks thus succeeds Greg McGarity, a Georgia graduate and Athens native, who had succeeded Damon Evans, who played football at Georgia, who succeeded Vince Dooley, the school’s legendary football coach.

The last time Georgia hired an athletic director with no connection to the school: 1963, when Joel Eaves was hired away from Auburn. So by merely promoting Brooks, who has worked at Georgia for the better part of the last 12 years, school president Jere Morehead — another UGA graduate who himself was promoted into his job eight years ago — has settled for more of the same.

That’s how it looks, at least.

With good reason.  A half-century legacy of never hiring outside the program?  How many other schools can claim a track record like that?

Like it or not, Georgia’s gonna Georgia.  Morehead is quoted as saying he chose Brooks after an extensive search inside and outside the program, but seeing as Morehead’s preference all along was for McGarity to stay in the job, I’m not exactly impressed with his representations.

That being said, it’s a fair comparison to make, as Seth does, to the Smart hire.  In other words, the process may be open to question, but there’s no reason Brooks can’t make his mark in the way that Kirby has.

Well, maybe.  Brooks faces booster pressure and also the financial pressure of keeping the books looking good in ways Smart never has.  And, of course, in some ways it’s easier to measure a football coach’s success than it is an athletic director’s, especially in the case of a school like Georgia, where poor hiring/firing decisions in sports other than football, one of Greg McGarity’s faults, are often ignored.

That being said, if Brooks can do a few things, such as up that hiring/firing track record, do more than give lip service to improving the game day fan experience and, generally speaking, keeping his foot out of his mouth, he’ll be a success, or, at least, a significant improvement.  He’s got my good wishes for that.  The best thing he’s got going for him is that in so many areas, a low bar has been set by his predecessor.

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The NCAA, staying on brand

Gosh, who could’ve seen this coming?

Just days before the NCAA is scheduled to consider landmark legislation to allow college athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness, there have been conversations among college presidents, conference officials and athletic administrators about delaying the vote until there’s more clarity about federal government action.

These people aren’t going to do anything substantive about college athlete compensation until they’re quite literally forced to.  Some state needs to move its effective date up for NIL legislation to next month.

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Second time’s a charm

Following Mike Bobo’s quick departure, Shane Beamer’s found his man ($$).

A high school quarterback and wide receiver, Satterfield has coached quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends at the collegiate level and last served as an offensive coordinator in the FBS ranks at Temple from 2013 to 2015.

Temple improved from 2-10 to 6-6 to 10-4 in Satterfield’s three seasons, although the Owls never finished higher than 60th in the nation in yards per play.

This is what you get when you have to shop for coaches at the discount store.

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Shaping up in 2021

Cool.  Now do the defensive secondary.

The Bulldogs have lost some key defensive backs at the end of the 2020 season. Richard LeCounte III, a three-year starter, is on his way out. UGA will lose its top three cornerbacks as well in Tyson Campbell, Eric Stokes, and DJ Daniel. Mark Webb, a senior and key two-year contributor at the STAR/nickel position, hasn’t yet made his intentions known for 2021.

Mark Webb?  He gone.

Sure, there’s tons of talent to draw on for replacements, but that is a lot of retooling to do.  I think Chip Towers provides a fair summary of where Georgia is right now.

… Georgia – as of Jan. 7 at least — will return nine starters on offense and six on defense from the 8-2 team that entered the postseason ranked No. 9 before defeating previously unbeaten Cincinnati (9-1) in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Looking forward, Georgia is eyeing an opposite situation of what it faced in the 2020 offseason. That is, a lot of talent back on the offense – notably at the quarterback position — and more of a rebuild on defense. There also is a 100 percent talent return in the area of specialists.

But the Bulldogs have absorbed their resident postseason hits. They lost four underclassmen to the NFL in outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari, cornerbacks Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes and center Trey Hill. Georgia awaits word from running back Zamir White. Six other senior starters with a chance to return have chosen to move on.

Of course, this isn’t to say the Dawgs are in bad shape going into next season.  Of course they aren’t.  That’s life in college football, especially for teams full of NFL draft-level talent.

That being said, remember the last time preseason conventional wisdom said Georgia’s offense would be well ahead of its defense?  That was all the way back in 2019.  In other words, you never know, even when you think you do.

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Scenes inside the Titanic

Come for the “Staffers say Fulmer’s also known to watch game film alongside coaches in the staff meeting rooms throughout the season.”

Stay for this:

Those departures bring to 11 the number of assistant coaches to bolt Rocky Top in Pruitt’s 37 months on the job. He’s lost coordinators on both sides of the ball, his strength coach and, most recently, confidante Will Friend to first South Carolina and then Auburn.

… On the field, Tennessee is seeing its top defensive back, Bryce Thompson, exiting early to test the NFL Draft and in-state running back Ty Chandler graduate-transfer from the program. The Vols are among the nation’s leaders with more than a dozen players in the NCAA Transfer Portal.

The Vols are gonna need a bigger boat.

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The difference between Georgia and Alabama, 2020 edition

If Mac Jones threw this ball, it’s a touchdown.

I’m not saying that to be snarky, or pessimistic.  I’m saying it to show how close things are at this point.

That ball was thrown by someone coming back from two surgeries after a serious injury, who had only seen the field for a month or so after being sidelined for the better part of two years.  With an offseason of rehab and reps with a skilled receiving corps, working with an offensive coordinator who drew up that play that got a wideout behind a pretty decent defense, that’s a gap that can be closed for 2021.

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Lies, and the lying liars who tell them

With one sentence, Bill Hancock may have painted his masterpiece.

Do I even need to say, “when they say it’s not about the money…”?  I didn’t think so.

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