Daily Archives: May 10, 2021

Asking for a friend

If this happens…

… does that mean Kirby is still just like Richt?

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Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call.

Mark Emmert is coming.

NCAA President Mark Emmert told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday that he will be meeting in Washington next week with senators and congressmen concerning legislation based around college athletes ability to make money from use of their names, images and likenesses. The meetings have taken on greater urgency as the number of states enacting related laws with effective dates of July 1 or sooner has grown to six in recent weeks.

No shit.

But time is running short for a bill to get through Congress and the White House by July 1.

“It obviously gets harder with every passing day because of just the timelines of getting things done on short notice in the Congress,” Emmert said. “And Congress is, of course, busy with a whole bunch of other things — big picture issues — that vastly exceed the world of college sports in America.”

It was hard a year ago, Mark.  Excellent leadership on your part.

“We — meaning the NCAA, the members, (the association’s governing) boards, schools, me — we’ve made commitments to our student-athletes that we would have an opportunity for them to monetize their name, image and likeness by this coming school year,” Emmert said. “… We’ve got the rules drafted. The only thing that’s needed now from the NCAA’s side of it is, is a vote. And we need to get that vote done. … There’s no reason why we can’t do this, and I’m confident we will.”

Actually, there appears to be a reason why.

The precise timing for when that vote will occur remains to be seen. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said his conference and others in the Power Five have been advised by their attorneys to wait for the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Alston case “just to make sure, in an abundance of caution, that we don’t do something that’s going to be contrary to what the court mandate is.”

A ruling is likely to come later this month or in June. The Alston case does not directly pertain to NIL, but the justices could address the NCAA’s authority to make its own rules in certain areas without facing antitrust lawsuits.

These dudes continue to think they’re about to get an antitrust exemption any minute.  It’s a strategy, I guess.

But you’ve got to love this:

He said that absent a federal law, “probably the next-best position is to have both the state laws in some areas and an (NCAA) rule that governs for the people who don’t have a state law” that would loosen NIL rules.

And Bowlsby said, in that scenario, the association and the schools likely would simply have to live with the differences between state laws and NCAA rules. If the NCAA wanted to undertake a legal challenge to state law, he said: “It’s going to be difficult for the association to do that without the schools in that state joining the suit, and no institution is going to sue their own state legislature.”

There is literally nothing in those above quotes that wasn’t true a year ago.  And yet, here we are.  If you were a member of Congress, would you feel any sense of urgency to get something done?

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“All the pieces are in place…”

Seth Emerson’s Georgia preview ($$) is a fair look at the current state of affairs regarding Kirby Smart’s program.  Which is to say there aren’t a lot of surprises for anyone who’s followed the program at least fairly closely.  You should read it all, but I’ll leave my summary to a chart…

… and a quote.

One opposing SEC coach offered up his thoughts on the Bulldogs to The Athletic on condition of anonymity:

… On why Georgia hasn’t won the big game the last couple years: “When I look at Georgia, it doesn’t seem like they’re able to get over that hump for whatever reason. I do know there’s a lot of people that go to Athens for reasons other than football, which can attract a certain type of kid. Maybe the kids that are going to Alabama, where there’s a little less to do, explains why their full focus is on football. At Bama all the players care about is winning.”

With regard to the former, damn, that’s a lot of ground to make up on interceptions, but the skill positions look stout.

As far as the quote goes… well, have you been to Tuscaloosa?  LOL.

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“Who ya got: Corral or Daniels ?”

SEC StatCat does a nice breakdown on the conference’s top two returning quarterbacks.

You can read the details at the link, but essentially what he calls into question is Daniels’ deep ball accuracy.  That’s not exactly a surprise; we’ve all noticed Daniels’ mechanics need work in that regard.  The good news is that between being a year removed from the injury and having plenty of time to work on his footwork under Monken’s direct supervision, the odds are pretty good that he improves.

In any event, at least early on, you have to think Ole Miss and Georgia have a leg up offensively on the rest of the SEC because of whom they return at the most important position on the field.

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Columbia preview

Pete Fiutak takes an early look at South Carolina and likes what he sees… sort of.  He’s predicting a 5-7 season, “… but this is still a program that went 2-8 last year, 4-8 in 2019, and went through four losing seasons in the last six.”  Between Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, Missouri, Auburn, Clemson, there are six obvious losses on the schedule, so there isn’t a huge margin for error there.

Fiutak believes there’s a whole lot of talent coming back, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say when you’re calling a 5-9 receiver from Georgia Tech the top incoming transfer, that may be a generous description of the South Carolina roster.

There isn’t a lot of depth there and the schedule after Vanderbilt (October 16) is just brutal.  The best thing the ‘Cocks have going for them in 2021 is the mediocrity of the division.  That may not be enough.

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About that secondary…

Josh and Graham are back with some tape and insights from G-Day.  Come for the transfer portal rumors and stay for the break downs.

Essentially, the latter will explain the former.  In other words, as you watch, remember that Georgia needs at least six contributors in the secondary to hold up against pass-happy offenses.  As of now, do you see six who qualify as such?

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