Daily Archives: April 30, 2021

Today, in Mark Richt has lost control of Kirk Herbstreit

Just gag me with a spoon.

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Filed under Blowing Smoke, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

He’s got us under his skin.

Danny Kanell’s gonna Danny Kanell, y’all.  But, even for him, this is kind of sad.

Being troll-y isn’t easy.

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Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football

Why I care about the NFL Draft, part two

Quite simply, because stars matter, damn it ($$).

Of the 32 players selected Thursday night:

• Seven were five-star prospects out of high school
• Ten were four-star prospects out of high school
• 14 were three-star prospects out of high school
• 12 were rated as top-100 prospects

Some context:

• Yes, there were more three-star prospects drafted than five-star prospects. But you have to remember that there is not an even number of three-, four- and five-star prospects in each recruiting class. In a given year, there are roughly 35 five-star prospects and another 300 or so four-star prospects. That means the bulk of the nearly 3,000 college signees each year are three-star prospects or lower. A glance at the first-round results shows that more than half of the selections were four- and five-star prospects even though three-star prospects make up about 90 percent of those who sign in each recruiting cycle.

• That means roughly 10 percent of those who sign annually are four- or five-star prospects — but they made up more than half of the first-round selections Thursday night.

Math is hard, but it ain’t that hard.  There’s a reason Georgia’s recruiting budget is ginormous.

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Filed under Recruiting, The NFL Is Your Friend.

Florida fallout

For those curious how the Florida legislature came seemingly out of nowhere to pass a delay in the state’s NIL law taking affect, here’s a brief blow by blow:

Critics of the amendment describe it as a nifty political maneuver by high-ranking members of the Florida legislature, burying the NIL date change in a clutter of alterations to legislation governing charter schools, two days before the Florida legislative session ends.

The amendment was introduced in the Florida Senate by Sen. Travis Hutson on Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. Six hours later, it passed both chambers without any real debate over the two consequential lines in the 71-page tome changing the NIL law effective date.

Heitner and others contend that the NIL language was so buried that many lawmakers weren’t aware it even existed. Hidden among the amendment’s 20,000 words, on the seventh line of Page 66, are the two lines, the first citing Florida’s NIL law and the second changing the effective date.

Effective upon this act becoming a law, section of chapter 2020–28, Laws of Florida, is amended to read:

This act shall take effect July 1, 2022 2021.

In an interview on Thursday morning, Hutson says leaders of each of Florida’s chambers agreed to insert the NIL change into the amendment based on information from the Florida legislature’s education staff. The staff alerted lawmakers that the NCAA could punish Florida athletes for using a state law that, in some cases, differs from impending NCAA rules.

Sounds kosher to me.

However, NCAA president Mark Emmert told a group of athletes earlier this month that he would not punish athletes who earn NIL compensation by following their state law.

“If he puts something on paper, that would give us relief,” Hutson says.

I’m sure Mark Emmert will get right on it for you guys.

Meanwhile, the reaction from the state’s college football coaches was immediate and negative.

Pretty strong stuff.  But the legislature was just being prudent, fellas!

“We did not want our student athletes, if this law went into effect, to start profiting off NIL and potentially lose scholarships from the NCAA,” Hutson says. “We decided to do a one-year hold. It was an abundance of caution. We want our kids to profit from the NIL and that’s something we’re passionate about, but not at the chance they could lose the right to play.”

Now wouldn’t that be ironic?  There isn’t enough popcorn in the world to sustain me while watching the fallout from that happening.

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UPDATE:  Gosh, this didn’t take long.

In the South, state senator ranks lower than head football coach in the food chain.

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UPDATE #2:  Weirder and weirder…

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Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

Why I care about the NFL Draft, part one

Okay, the header is kind of a joke, sure, but I always love it when a mindless narrative takes a shot, like “Kirby Smart can’t develop talent”.

That certainly explains why Eric Stokes was drafted in the first round last night.  As well as this:

Yeah, ol’ Kirbs is just stealing money.

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Filed under Georgia Football, The NFL Is Your Friend.

Whoa, oh, Alabama

I’m sorry, but if this doesn’t make you laugh, there’s something wrong.

You know the old saying that we get the politicians we deserve?  Tubs looks like the exception that proves the rule.

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Filed under General Idiocy, Tommy Tuberville - Mythical National Champ

So much for no hard feelings

Dayum.

Then again, maybe he’s thanking Kirby for preparing him for not being a top ten pick last night.  Or maybe not.

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Filed under Georgia Football, The NFL Is Your Friend.