Daily Archives: February 5, 2021

TFW a beat writer knows his readers as well as he knows his subject

Seth Emerson ($$):

Let’s say you’re a Georgia fan who assumes that, in a year when everything from the roster to the schedule seems to set up for a special year, something will befall your team because something always does. Let’s assume, in other words, you’re a Georgia fan.

Yep.  Pretty much nailed it… er, us.

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Pay no attention to the fine print!

It’s amazing to think there’s a well-paid PR staffer who was convinced that was a good idea.

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Fill in the blank

No, it’s not Tennessee.

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Give the people what they want.

If Job One for Josh Brooks is making sure the flow out of the money spigot continues unabated, Job Two, keeping Kirby Smart happy, isn’t far behind.  And the early returns sound like Brooks is nailing that.

“I’m excited to work with Josh,” Smart said. “I’ve known Josh for a long time. He’s worked really hard for this opportunity. I know that he’s excited. I’m excited about working with him. His staff upstairs does a tremendous job. I think Greg did a great job leaving the situation in great shape, and he’s got a really good senior support staff which he works with. I think he surrounded himself with a lot of good people, so we’re looking forward to working with all those guys.”

I don’t have a problem with that.  I just hope Josh realizes, as his predecessor was unwilling to, that there’s a Job Three, and that’s throwing the fan base an occasional bone.  Maybe being really good at Jobs One and Two will give him the space to operate and pay a little more attention to those in need of a stroke or two.

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Euphemism of the day

When you cry wolf for a year about what the pandemic is doing to your finances, it’s kind of awkward to announce this kind of news:

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop the SEC from bringing in more revenue in 2019-20 than it did the previous fiscal year.

The conference announced Thursday that it had generated $657.7 million in revenue. That’s up $6 million from 2018-19 and averages out to $45.5 million per school across the 14 athletic departments in the conference.

The 2019-20 fiscal year ended on Aug. 31. The conference said the money comes from its TV contracts, bowl games, the College Football Playoff, SEC championship game, NCAA championships and the SEC men’s basketball tournament in addition to a “supplemental surplus distribution.”

Yeah, a “supplemental surplus distribution”, that’s the ticket.  Sounds humbler than the usual crowing about mo’ money.

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No way out

By the way, there’s one more interesting tidbit from that Dennis Dodd piece I linked to in the previous post.

A group of coaches support unionization as a way to get through the NIL debate, according to Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. The AFCA the 130 FBS head coaches.

“If there is no cap, then how do you regulate this? Because the cap is the only you can regulate it,” Berry told CBS Sports. “That’s why a lot of our coaches are saying, ‘Let’s just let them unionize. Let’s take the NFL model and apply it to college ball. That’s the only way you’re going to have some type of kind of guidelines and controls.’

“Many of our coaches are beginning to believe the only way to get through this. I don’t see a way out. I’ve talked to a lot of lawyers and all that kind of stuff. I don’t see a way out of this until you all the sudden they’re employees and you start playing them and allow them to unionize.”

That’s the likely end game after the NCAA is faced with cleaning up the rubble from political and judicial reaction to the amateurism status quo.  The coaches are just getting there sooner because they’ve either got direct NFL experience or know plenty of their peers who do.

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Striking while the iron is hot

Give Senator Chris Murphy credit for good timing.

In fitting timing, the College Athlete Economic Freedom Act was announced two days after EA Sports announced the eventual return of its popular college football video game. The bill would grant athletes the ability to enter into group licensing agreements, allowing their names to be used in such endeavors as video games and jersey sales.

… In an athlete-friendly provision, the bill grants college recruits open access to NIL rights, prohibiting the NCAA, schools and conferences from creating guardrails that restrict prospective athletes’ compensation. This concept touches at the heart of the raging debate over NIL, with the NCAA fearing that, without guardrails, schools will use NIL as a way to gain a recruit’s commitment. The legislation grants athletes the ability to retain agents to strike NIL deals and prohibits the NCAA from regulating any athlete representation—another sticking point with college administrators.

If you think that’s a coincidence, I’ve still got that oceanfront tract in Hahira I can be convinced to let go at a very attractive price.  Selling an NIL rights bill as a fix to getting a proper NCAA Football game back on the market is about as shrewd a move as you could make, politically speaking.

And Murphy’s bill has some pretty sharp teeth.

The bill gives the NCAA no antitrust protections and, in fact, includes antitrust penalties if college, conferences and the NCAA violate the law. Violators would have little defense or standing against an antitrust claim for denying opportunities for athletes. The bill grants athletes a private right of action to pursue civil action against violators and authorizes the Federal Trade Commission to enact “unfair or deceptive practice” penalties against violators.

The legislation does grant one provision that the NCAA has asked of Congress: it preempts state laws governing NIL.

Well, that’s comforting, if you’re Mark Emmert.

The bill, as even Murphy acknowledges, is unlikely to see any action for a while, given what’s on Congress’ plate at the moment.  But it does ratchet up the pressure on the NCAA.

Some of that language is included in the “College Athletes Bill of Rights” filed in December by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Until Murphy’s bill, Booker’s was considered the most athlete-friendly in terms of NIL.

Sources told CBS Sports that the NCAA may consider Sen. Booker’s bill “and work backwards” toward NIL legislation because it is so expansive. That was before Murphy’s bill was filed.

In the meantime, there are a host of state laws that will come on line this year that presumably will the the subjects of litigation.  The NCAA’s 2021 legal budget ought to be a blast to see.

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Today, in Dawg stat porn

Every time JT Daniels’ name appears on a national top five statistical list, an angel gets its wings.

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So, how’s that recruiting gap coming along, Gators?

Shot.

SEC East

1. Georgia Bulldogs

The bar is set at a ridiculously high level for Georgia recruiting, and Kirby Smart and his staff hit it. There’s the normal array of four and five-star guys with a little bit of something for every spot, but it’s all about Brock Vandagriff. If he’s not the best quarterback recruit of the 2021 season, he’s close. As long as he’s close to being as good as advertised, this is a class to keep the program’s national title expectations high.

2. Florida Gators

It’s not as good a class as the last few, but it’s close enough. No, this isn’t as strong as what Alabama and Georgia brought in, but it’s more than fine for what it needed to do. There isn’t a superstar quarterback signing – Carlos Del Rio is a good prospect, though – and there isn’t a ton for the skills spots, but the defense is loading up with a slew of excellent defensive backs to throw at the pass D problem.

Chaser.

They don’t call Dan Mullen the Portal Master™ for nothing, peeps.

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