Monthly Archives: March 2021

Red and black, Aussie style

G’day, mate.

Bound to happen sooner or later.  Deets, if you’re interested:

Brett Thorson, a 2022 punter from Australia, has been a big target since the staff was alerted on him a few weeks back and it paid off on Wednesday when he verbally committed to Georgia.

Thorson, the 12th commitment for Georgia this cycle, says it was the Dawgs’ staff and his lead recruiter Todd Hartley that made this decision easier for him.

‘Right from the start coach (Todd) Hartley made me feel like a part of the family and that trend followed when talking to coach (Scott) Cochran and coach (Kirby) Smart as well,” Thorson said. “They made a big effort in their personal time due to the time difference between Australia and the United States and I really appreciated that. That along with the history of the program, the chance to compete for a national championship, further my education, and playing at the University of Georgia made it an easy decision for me.”

He will be a part of the 2022 class and will be a mid-year enrollee he says.

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The law, in all its majesty

The Alston oral arguments are underway right now.

Question:  if you had to pick the Supreme Court justice who would be the first ever to mention the transfer portal, whom would you choose?

Answer in comments.

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UPDATE:  I just…

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“Marco! Don’t go on Twitter!”

Marco Wilson thought about turning pro after the 2019 season, but decided to come back to Florida because, in part, “I really wanted to beat Georgia because I didn’t want to go 0-3 against those guys.”

Well, he got that.  But he also got this:

On third-and-10, Johnson threw a pass in the flat to Kole Taylor, and Wilson and Tre’Vez Johnson closed in fast. Taylor tried to hurdle them, but Johnson grabbed him high, and Wilson, who was on his knees, took hold of Taylor’s legs. They stopped him 6 yards short of the first down, and for a heartbeat, Wilson had helped save the game. But as he finished the tackle, Taylor’s size 14 Nike popped into Wilson’s hand.

Wilson was elated yet surprised. In 15 years of football, he’d never had someone’s shoe come off and into his hand.

“In that type of energy, what did people expect?” Wilson said. “Like I was going to hand it back nicely to him? I was super excited and I threw it. I didn’t purposely do it; it was just a reaction. It went pretty far. I mean, I didn’t think it would go that far. But it did.”

It might’ve gone unnoticed had it been a simple fling. But the shoe went at least 20 yards, and almost hit an official.

Referee James Carter announced the penalty.

“After the play, unsportsmanlike conduct … throwing an LSU player’s shoe 20 yards down the field. That’s his first unsportsmanlike conduct foul of the game. Automatic first down.”

Fair trade?

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Your 3.31.21 Playpen

If stupid is as stupid does, which of these two geniuses wins?

Mr. A?

When police showed up at Garret Miller’s Dallas home earlier this year to arrest him on charges that he had participated in the Capitol riot, his wardrobe spoke for itself.

The 34-year-old unemployed man, who allegedly forced his way into the U.S. Capitol building and threatened a congresswoman and a police officer, was clad in a T-shirt emblazoned with a photograph of former president Donald Trump and text declaring: “I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021.”

(Hard to believe someone that sharp doesn’t have a job.  Also, the only thing that would have made this better would have been for one of the cops to have worn an “I’m With Stupid” t-shirt when they perp walked him to the police car.)

Or Mr. B?

A mafia fugitive has been caught in the Caribbean after appearing on YouTube cooking videos in which he hid his face but inadvertently showed his distinctive tattoos.

Marc Feren Claude Biart, 53, led a quiet life in Boca Chica, in the Dominican Republic, with the local Italian expat community considering him a “foreigner”, police said in a statement on Monday.

He was betrayed by a YouTube channel in which he showed off his Italian cooking skills. The videos never showed his face, but the tattoos on his body gave him away, they said.

(Gotta sing, gotta dance, gotta cook.  I hope he keeps it going in prison.)

Anyway, the floor is yours.  Comment away.

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Is the NCAA looking for a scapegoat?

I mean, it’s understandable, in a sense.

The N.C.A.A. is embroiled in perhaps the most crucial stretch of its long relationship with Washington, where top government officials have increasingly voiced doubts about the management and restrictions of college sports.

On Wednesday, the 115th anniversary of the N.C.A.A.’s founding under pressure from President Theodore Roosevelt, the Supreme Court will hear the association’s appeal in a case about caps on certain benefits for student-athletes. This summer, around the time the justices could announce their ruling, a Florida law is scheduled to take effect and allow players to profit off their fame, disrupting the uniform rules that have regulated college athletics for generations.

Those potentially seminal developments were brewing before this month’s N.C.A.A. basketball tournaments demonstrated unequal treatment between the men and women competing in them, prompting new outrage from members of Congress. And, encouraged by Huma, star athletes at both tournaments called attention to what they condemned as overly restrictive N.C.A.A. rules that have remained in place even as the industry’s financial might swelled.

The confluence of events could ultimately push Washington toward a few outcomes, including national protections for student-athletes or sustained scrutiny on the N.C.A.A. from Capitol Hill and the Justice Department. What lawmakers say is already clear, though, is that the N.C.A.A.’s political standing has eroded in recent years, diminished by protracted internal debates and bipartisan, coast-to-coast pressure for changes that benefit athletes.

I doubt that qualifies as times that try men’s souls, but, still, an existential threat to a business model is an existential threat to a business model.  So, if you’re someone at a school in a P5 conference that’s concerned about what kind of hit your bottom line might be taking, there’s a certain logic to… um… creating a little separation between you and your front man.

NCAA president Mark Emmert has long passed the point where the failures of his tenure register as shocking news. Emmert has been so ineffective and so unpopular for so long that leaders within college athletics have long given up hope that he could evolve into a functional leader.

So when Emmert became the face of the equity issues between the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments last week, it only further entrenched opinions among leaders around college sports.

… Yahoo Sports spoke to multiple commissioners who estimated that there’s at least an 85% disapproval of the job Emmert is doing among college commissioners. Among Division I athletic directors, his support is about the same. And those estimates are considered conservative. All are quick to point out that his job is hard and thankless because it lacks unilateral power, but there’s a consistent message that they want more for the $2.7 million he was paid in the last reported year.

One major conference had an athletic directors conference call recently where the unhappiness with Emmert was so unanimous that the athletic directors all agreed to take their issues with Emmert to their president.

Ooh, look, Martha!  The natives are getting restless.

Don’t get me wrong.  Mark Emmert is a contemptible human being.  But he’s been doing what the schools that are paying him millions want him to do.  He may be a shitty messenger, but it’s the message that generated the political reaction.

That being said, I don’t think there will be a moment’s hesitation if it’s deemed necessary to hand over Emmert’s head on a platter in order to move forward on a new amateurism platform that keeps the cash flow rolling.

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“Burton screamed in pain… and had to be helped off the field.”

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— You can’t get players hurt in spring practice if you don’t have spring practice.

The football gods are screwing with us now.

Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton suffered a knee hyperextension in practice on Tuesday and had to be helped off Woodruff Practice Fields.

The injury was confirmed by Chris Claiborne, Burton’s coach at Calabasas (Calif.) High School. It was characterized by him and others who have been in contact with Burton as “not too serious.” However, he is expected to miss the rest of spring practice.

No other information was immediately available.

It could have been worse, and I’m glad he’ll be back, but, damn, maybe they need to put the receivers in bubble wrap for the rest of the spring.

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UPDATE:  Breathe.

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The Pac-12’s got a new mission.

And academics got nothin’ to do with it.

The Pac-12 presidents are open to hiring a commissioner who would transform the conference’s business structure and implement a model used by professional leagues, according to the job description published by the search firm assisting the process.

The description includes the following passage:

“While historically intercollegiate conference offices have been focused on sport operations and the business of the ‘collective,’ the Pac-12 is open to a more modern conference structure and approach which can be seen in several professional sports leagues.”

Now one thing professional sports leagues have in common is that they pay the hired help.  So that’s certainly one possible take from the corporate gobbledygook.  Of course, the other one is simply “whatever we decide, it won’t be to hire another Larry Scott, thanks.”  I’ll leave you to decide on the more likely interpretation.

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Say what you want about the tenets of amateurism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

Just a reminder that the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments for the Alston appeal.  You can read a good summary of what’s at stake here, but here’s a succinct reminder that, when push comes to shove, amateurism abides:

If Alston wins, would that mark the end of amateurism?

No. “Amateurism” is a label used to define a set of NCAA rules that govern college sports and that, by prohibiting certain types of commercial opportunities, attempt to distinguish college athletes from professional ones. These rules have changed over the years—including through reforms sparked by Ed O’Bannon’s litigation—and will continue to evolve, regardless of the Court’s forthcoming ruling. Nothing will “end” amateurism as much as change it.

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Down and dirty

There’s a good piece today from Andy Staples ($$) about how the NCAA is trying to come up with an effective sanction when a football team fakes an injury to slow down the tempo of a game.

This is his starting point:

It seems nothing is easy in college football, and a solution for this is an example.  Nobody wants the on-field refs to make the call (for one thing, they can’t see what happens when a player goes to the sideline).  An automatic rule to keep out any injured player for an entire series if it led to an injury timeout risks discouraging injured players leaving the field.  (“According to Steve Shaw, 81 percent of players who come out of the game in an injury timeout miss at least six plays.”)

Staples says the NCAA appears to be coalescing around a different approach.

A solution may come via the targeting rule. According to NCAA rules, if instant replay is not available, a targeting penalty can be reviewed after the game. That’s where this injury framework could fit.

In this situation, a school or conference could request a review sometime after a game, which would go to Steve Shaw’s officiating committee. That group would then make a determination and recommendation.

As you can guess, the devil’s in the details.  What entity enforces the recommendation?  What is the nature of the penalty, assuming some body wants to enforce it?

“I would say, in a lighthearted way, we’re still all ears,” Steve Shaw said. “If you’re sitting at home tonight eating dinner and something pops into your head about a creative solution for this, we’re definitely all ears.”

Sounds like a solution is right around the corner.

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Meet the front seven

Josh and Graham do their spring deep dive on Georgia’s front seven.

Honestly, they had me at Jordan Davis, but check out Devonte Wyatt’s production:

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I love Adam Anderson’s game, but, damn, he’s got some big, big shoes to fill this season.

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Bottom line:  Georgia’s got a stout front seven to work with, which is a good thing, because that inexperienced secondary is going to need whatever help it can get.

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