February 28, 2021 · 3:12 PM
Would love to know what this is all about.
At this point, I kinda feel for the kid. Do what’s best for yourself, Arik… although we’re both in agreement that ain’t Florida.
UPDATE: This hasn’t aged well… and it’s just from this morning.
February 28, 2021 · 11:16 AM
Well now, Clemson no longer has eleven returning defensive starters for the opener against Georgia.
Kendrick is talented — he was first team all-ACC in 2020 — but apparently something of a head case, managing to be benched twice during the same season. There was some speculation that he would have turned pro, but…
Hmmm… redemption home. Is that in Auburn or Orlando these days?
February 28, 2021 · 9:46 AM
Was this the greatest game I ever watched in Sanford Stadium?
Honestly, it might be, if I thought about it hard enough. Certainly ranks in my top three.
That being said, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind whenever I see a clip of it, or even the second. The first is that I’ve never heard a louder home crowd than the one that was there for Georgia’s last (and fortunately successful) defensive stand.
The second was how Gurley’s injury was a foreshadowing of what was to come in Knoxville. Because of the offense, that 2013 team should have been hell on wheels all season, Grantham’s ineptitude notwithstanding. More than any other team Richt put on the field, 2013 Georgia was built to outscore every team it played, but it never got the chance after the Tennessee game. That sucks.
But that LSU game still rules.
February 28, 2021 · 9:33 AM
Is this good?
It is, but, in a way, it’s like finishing fifth in the national recruiting rankings.
Either SEC pass offenses were crazy good in 2020, or nobody’s pass defense was crazy good. Or maybe a little of both…
February 28, 2021 · 9:24 AM
Reader Alex sent me an email this week asking for a discussion on this:
Me, I watch that and see typical college kid dumbassery not worth a discussion, but Alex disagreeed with me: “… I’d be interesting in seeing what the lawyers and wannabe lawyers think happens with the lawsuit”.
So, be my guest and have at it in the comments.
February 27, 2021 · 10:20 AM
Every day, something else.
When head football coach Les Miles was the subject of a sexual harassment investigation in 2013 at LSU, the university’s former human resources director says he got a call he has never forgotten.
The call prompted the HR director, A.G. Monaco, to report the harassment allegations against Miles up LSU’s chain of command, including to two former LSU presidents, he said. But he said he saw no action from them, and furthermore, that a copy of the investigation never made it to human resources, in apparent contravention of university policy.
… The episode sheds new light on LSU’s handling of sexual harassment complaints against Miles, at the time a towering figure on campus, as university officials prepare to release a broader review of how LSU has dealt with such episodes over the years. The review, being led by the law firm Husch Blackwell, which was hired by the university, is expected to be made public late next week.
Monaco’s allegations suggest that LSU’s heralded athletic department worked to keep complaints about misconduct — involving both Miles and student-athletes — in-house, rather than freely sharing them with higher-ups on the academic side of campus.
Ummm… when did LSU’s athletic department become “heralded”? But I digress.
What’s the over/under on the number of stories that drop before the review is made public?
February 27, 2021 · 7:42 AM
I’m just gonna leave this one hanging out there for y’all.
February 26, 2021 · 2:38 PM
Boy, if there’s a “we hardly knew ye” story, surely it’s this one:
Georgia reserve wide receiver Tommy Bush is leaving the program.
The fourth-year junior told the Athens Banner-Herald he has put his name in the transfer portal.
Bush played in two games in 2018 and another in 2019, making one catch against Georgia Tech for a yard.
He said he dealt with a groin injury as a sophomore.
“UGA did a lot of good things for me, I became a lot better player,” Bush said. “They definitely helped me in recovery.”
Between the groin and being hit by a truck, he spent most of his time in Athens behind the 8 ball. Best of luck to you going forward, Tommy. Sounds like you’re due.
February 26, 2021 · 10:54 AM
So, not everything about the SEC just means more. At least when it comes to scheduling at Arky, Ole Miss and TAMU. No discounting ticket prices, though.
February 26, 2021 · 7:00 AM
The idea that, in a sport governed by less parity than any other, playoff expansion will blissfully lead to a time when Cinderella cracks the national title game barrier is pretty stupid. But apparently that’s the story they’re gonna tell to deflect from the real goal behind postseason growth.
Count Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick, one of the strongest voices in the playoff discussion, among those changing their tune. He wants the playoff to expand, and for many schools it can’t come soon enough.
“I don’t think sport is hurt when there are really strong programs,” Swarbrick said on The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday. “You want the Celtics and the Lakers good in professional basketball, you like the Dodgers and Yankees good in baseball. So I think when the Alabamas, the Georgias, the Notre Dames, the USC’s, whoever they are, get in periods where they are really good, I think that’s great for college athletics.
“What we can’t have is the sense that the other schools can’t make it in. And we’ve gotta make sure that the opportunity is real and schools feel like they can get there. So eventually an expanded playoff will hopefully create that greater opportunity.”
Sanctimonious twaddle. Making Alabama play an additional game against the eighth-weakest team in the CFP field is some opportunity there, Jack. But you’ll be cashing a bigger check, so it’s all good, I guess.
When they don’t say it’s about the money…
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