Daily Archives: February 4, 2021

Will Kirby go a-portalling?

Based on this, it’s hard to believe he won’t scour the transfer portal for at least one DB.

That’s especially true at cornerback where, with the exception of seldom-used senior Ameer Speed, the Bulldogs won’t have a scholarship cornerback who’s been in the program for more than two years.

There’s talent on the roster. Redshirt freshman Kelee Ringo is a former five-star, yet he’s coming off shoulder surgery. Second-year performer Jalen Kimber is skilled but has played in only three games.

With the exception of the aforementioned Speed, Georgia’s other scholarship corners consist of second-year player Daran Branch, followed by true freshmen Nyland Green, Khamari Lassiter and Javon Bullard.

“They’re going to have to impact early, whether they can or they can’t,” Smart told Rivals’ Mike Farrell in an exclusive interview earlier in the day. “I can’t say whether they can or they can’t, because they haven’t really been in our system. They’re talented athletes, or they wouldn’t be coming to the University of Georgia and the SEC.”

Of course, there’s always the transfer portal.

Although he would not commit to taking the transfer route, Smart seemed to indicate the portal would be an avenue he would consider.

“Corner is our biggest need—bigger than, say, necessarily safety,” he said. “We’re going to have to figure out if these guys (current players) can play, because we’re in big-time need at corner as we start out this season.”

How long is it going to take for the staff to figure that out?  Asking for a Georgia fan…

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Post signing day, SEC tally

Here’s how the 247Sports Composite shapes up after yesterday:

Screenshot_2021-02-04 2021 SEC Football Team Rankings

And, a few observations:

  • Alabama’s class, not to put too fine a point on it, is obscene.  For perspective, the gap between Alabama’s class points and Georgia’s (third nationally) is the same as the gap between Georgia’s and Florida’s.
  • Saban signed seven five-star recruits.  The rest of the SEC combined signed eight.
  • Speaking of Georgia, only three teams in the conference signed fewer players than the Dawgs’ 20.
  • One of those is South Carolina, which, in signing only thirteen, managed to finish behind Vanderbilt.  I can only assume Shane Beamer is going to be hitting the transfer portal hard.
  • You know who’s thrilled about early signing day?  Josh Heupel is thrilled about early signing day.  At least for now, as two of UT’s top signees from then want releases.
  • The point gap between Alabama and Auburn exceeds 122.  Every team in the West finished above the Tigers.  South Carolina won’t be the only program scouring the transfer portal, methinks.

Anything you guys want to share, share in the comments.

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A look at Georgia’s 2020 playbook

If you are looking for a deep dive into what Todd Monken was calling last season, look no further than this.

Much of Georgia’s recent offensive modus operandi has functioned under the assumption it fields far better talent than its opponents. With the ‘Dawgs being overly bigger, stronger, and faster, the thought process was UGA didn’t need to get too cute to succeed offensively. Of course, that line-em-up+knock-em-down philosophy worked quite well against most of Georgia’s defensive foes. But its stale, predictable scheme prevented the program from taking a leap and maximizing its talent when playing against other elites.

While defense will probably always be this team’s backbone as long as Kirby Smart is in charge, this program has historically shown its on the outside looking in despite plenty of laudable seasons and standout players. Like his mentor, Smart knew changing course offensively was vital in the never ending arms race that is college football. Though the steps Smart took to reinvigorate his offense weren’t exactly the same measures Nick Saban took at Alabama, bringing in a respected mind from the spread world in Todd Monken helped establish the ‘Dawgs’ new offensive identity.

Year-over-year in SEC play, Georgia improved its TD Rate, 3-and-Out Rate, Explosive Play Rate, and overall Success Rate. Monken called less runs from under center or the pistol and the Dawgs’ RPO Rate nearly doubled against conference opponents. Despite being thought to have less talent in its 2020 run game, UGA’s Y/C and rush yards before contact both improved by a half yard. But, the most noticeable impact Monken had on this offense was his belief in stretching opponents vertically. In addition to numerous deep passing looks littering Georgia’s script, both Stetson Bennett and JT Daniels finished with the two highest average depths of target in the conference. Trust me, it’s not just the chicks that dig the long ball.

He’s got a ton of clips to check out, breaking down the playcalling.  Trust me, it’ll keep you occupied for a while.  Also, this.

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Jarndyce and Jarndyce, NCAA edition

Good Lord — until I saw this piece yesterday, I had no idea the NCAA and Todd McNair were still in court.

Sometime this spring, the 2nd District Court Appeal in California will determine whether a new trial will go forward after the judge who oversaw the first trial ruled that the jury did not have sufficient evidence for its ruling in favor of the NCAA and that the jury foreman, who is an attorney, should have been disqualified because their firm had previously done work on the case for the NCAA. If the NCAA’s appeal is denied and a second trial is granted, McNair’s case will stretch well past the 10-year mark.

The kicker?

One person familiar with the case suggested the NCAA has perhaps spent as much as $10 million in legal fees over the years fighting McNair…

I would venture to say the NCAA could have settled for a fraction of that amount, but that’s not how Emmert’s outfit is wired.

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Long, long road

Somehow, I missed this Patrick Garbin interview with former Georgia linebacker Demetrius Douglas, but came across it yesterday and had to share one passage with y’all.

UGASports: Can you explain further what we’ve heard before—that even 15 years or so after the first black players integrated the program, there still could be a strong sense of team division at Georgia because of race even as late as the 1980s?

Douglas: “I’ll give you my experience. I went from Ohio, where the street I lived on was a melting pot of all kinds of kids playing together and getting along—to College Park, where I attended a predominantly black school while playing on predominantly black teams. So, when I got to predominantly white UGA, it was strange to be playing with some white guys who had actually never had a black teammate before. With some of them, and even others who’d played with blacks before, there was often a feeling that although we were on the same team, we were separate.”

UGASports: And, you actually tried to “break barriers,” so to speak, between certain white players and black teammates, correct?

Douglas: “Yeah, I guess you could say I tried to break barriers (chuckling). So, one day while eating at our athletic dorm’s dining hall, I sat down at a table of white guys, who all instantly got up and moved as soon as I sat down. Well, to be funny, I continued to sit down with those same white players—and with one white guy in particular—and every time, he’d get up and leave. Then, me and a few other players started sitting down with the white player—and, each time we’d sit down, he would get up and leave without even saying anything. Around the time this was going on, I was out in Athens one night with several players, and this white player happened to be at the same bar. After having never talked to us when we sat down at his table, he finally spoke: ‘Why did you guys start sitting at my table?’ I first replied with, ‘We knew you didn’t like it,’ but then added that we mostly wanted to show him that there was little difference between us and him. ‘We’re just like you,’ I told him.”

UGASports: Did anything positive result from your interaction with the white player?

Douglas: “Man, it was unbelievable. Next thing you know, over a couple of beers, we (Douglas and some black teammates) became great teammates with not only this one particular white player, but other white teammates, as well. Suddenly, these white players supported us out in public—like when some fraternity guys would start calling us names, the white players would take up for us. These were the same guys who only months, maybe even weeks before, couldn’t even stand to sit and eat with us. Now, it was like we were more together, like a team.”

That’s from the late eighties.  After Herschel Walker carried the team to a national championship.  I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like for black players from the seventies integrating football teams.

Also, where the hell was Dooley when this was going on?

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YOU get a raise! And YOU get a raise!

Some of y’all saw the news yesterday about this.

UGA football defensive coordinator Dan Lanning is one of three assistants on Kirby Smart’s staff that got a boost in salary since the end of last season.

Lanning, who turned down a chance to become Texas defensive coordinator, got a $450,000 raise to bring his annual salary to $1.75 million, according to information obtained Wednesday by the Athens Banner-Herald in an open records request…

Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee got a $125,000 raise to take his pay to $800,000.

Tight ends coach Todd Hartley’s salary increased $50,000 to $450,000.

New defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae will make $500,000.

That’s $100,000 less than Georgia paid Charlton Warren who left as DBs coach to become Indiana defensive coordinator.

Yeah, that bad ol’ pandemic has really put a crimp in athletic department expenses.

On top of that…

If that’s not the highest salary in the country for an analyst, it’s gotta be close.  But that’s not even the most impressive part.  This is.

That’s over $21 million to a guy whose career record as a head coach is 55-51.  Cue the BoDeans.

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Welcome to the party, pal.

Iowa adds itself to the list of states looking to pass college athletes’ NIL legislation.

On Wednesday, state senators from Iowa introduced legislation to govern name, image and likeness, joining dozens of state legislatures scrambling to pass laws on the topic in what is sure to be a politically charged spring and summer in college athletics.

Iowa’s bill, which is bipartisan in nature, comes with a significant effective date. It would kick in on July 1, matching the earliest effective date of any state bill. Florida’s state NIL law, which passed last year, goes into effect the same day.

“Now that we’re seeing multiple states moving ahead, we want to make sure no Iowa athlete is left behind,” says the bill’s author, Sen. Nate Boulton, a Democrat representing Iowa’s 16th District, which includes the capital of Des Moines.

More like no Iowa football program is left behind.  There are probably a few more state legislative bodies doing the same math.

With Congress looking more and more like it won’t address the issue on a timely basis, it’s coming down to all of the NCAA’s eggs being placed in the Supreme Court’s basket.

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Speed kills.

Holy crap — this is a pic that’s been making the rounds on Georgia message boards:

Screenshot_2021-02-04 10241907 png (PNG Image, 1242 × 2208 pixels) — Scaled (42%)

Ringo, you may recall, is coming off rehabbing a serious shoulder injury.  And, even with that, he’s faster than Arian Smith?  Lawdy.

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