Daily Archives: February 1, 2021

Today, in doing it for the kids

Shot.

College football players sustained far more concussions during practices than they did in games, medical researchers reported on Monday, a finding certain to add to the years long debate about regulating training regimens across the sport.

… The authors of the new study, published in JAMA Neurology, a peer-reviewed journal, found that 72 percent of the concussions they reviewed over five college football seasons happened during practice. And although preseason training accounted for about one-fifth of the time the researchers studied, they found that nearly half of the concussions occurred during that period.

Chaser.

The report will fuel the longstanding debate about safety in college football, but changes do not appear to be imminent.

Surprise, surprise…

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Last shot for the NCAA?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on NCAA v. Alston on March 31.

Given the way the prevailing political winds are blowing, this may very well be the best chance the NCAA will have to hold the line on amateurism.  Oral argument ought to be interesting, to say the least.

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Blows against the narrative

Boy, I didn’t expect to see this take on my Twitter feed today.

All true.  Not that I wouldn’t have liked to have seen what Fields would have done in a Monken offense, but that’s not the hand Kirby was dealt at the time.

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A little more on returning production

One more tidbit from Bill Connelly regarding returning production that I found interesting, especially in light of all the talk about how the transfer portal is loaded with players:

Unfortunately, Bill’s work is now locked behind an ESPN paywall, so I don’t know how many SEC he projects meet that threshold, but I can’t imagine it’s too many (remember, from yesterday’s post, the top four SEC teams are in the bottom five of either offense or defense).

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About that schedule…

I thought Georgia’s 2021 schedule was manageable, but after reading Jake Rowe’s ranking of the games, sheesh, even the cupcakes are weak.  A few highlights:

  • Charleston Southern didn’t play a game in 2020.  They lost to South Carolina in 2019 by a score of 72-10.
  • Tennessee, seventh on the list, is described as an opportunity for a blowout win.  On the road.
  • Auburn is listed as a tougher game than Florida.

There’s the overall picture, as well.

The schedule sets up well for the Bulldogs. Only one team has a bye week before playing Georgia and the Bulldogs share that open date with Florida. There are also no back-to-back road games and it will only take five weeks for UGA to play as many home games, three, in 2021 as it did in 2020.

Georgia plays just four true road games due to the presence of two neutral site matchups on the schedule and two of those road games, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech, are ones where the Bulldog faithful tend to show up in numbers and take over the stadium. The other two road opponents, Auburn and Tennessee, are in transition with new coaching staffs.

To say the least, it sets up nicely.

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CFN’s early SEC rankings

Pete Fiutak takes a stab at a very early set of SEC rankings here.  His list looks like this:

EAST

  1. Georgia
  2. Florida
  3. Missouri
  4. Kentucky
  5. Tennessee
  6. South Carolina
  7. Vanderbilt

WEST

  1. Alabama
  2. Texas A&M
  3. LSU
  4. Ole Miss
  5. Auburn
  6. Arkansas
  7. Mississippi State

My first thought at seeing that is, the bottom of the league is as weak as it’s been in a while.  In the East, it’s even worse than it looks because of new coaching staffs at Tennessee, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.  Even Auburn, though, which certainly has better personnel than those three, appears to be knocked down a spot because of the coaching change.

My second thought is that, for now and on paper at least, I don’t think we’re gonna hear a ton of postseason chatter about how Georgia and Alabama face legitimate threats from other teams in their respective divisions.  The main reason for that is there isn’t a transcendent quarterback threat at another school that’s close enough in other areas to make a run at a divisional title.  (Matt Corral is a legit threat, but that Ole Miss defense is another story.)  Obviously, if someone bursts out of nowhere, that could change, but for now, things are what they are.

Third, and sort of related to the first, there are a lot of teams there that face massive roster rebuilds, and when you combine that with their 2021 recruiting classes, it appears some of those rebuilds are going to take time, a lot of luck in the transfer portal, or both.

In short, if you thought the conference’s strength was stratified in 2020, it’s headed in the same direction in 2021.

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Monster of the midway

This is for every Dawg fan who’s bummed about the news that Arik Gilbert has decided to turn himself into a Gator.

That’s a helluva consolation prize, if you ask me.

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Musical palate cleanser, singing shotgun edition

If Who’s Next isn’t the greatest rock album of all time, it’s damned close.

This popped up on my Twitter feed.  Here are the boys laying waste to “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, live in 1971.

Daltry’s primal scream at the 7:50 mark is worth the price of admission.

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