The portal — you can’t live with it, you can’t live without it.

Shot ($$).

“Do you want an honest answer on that? I can give you the stock answer, which is indifferent. But as every coach in the SEC wouldn’t admit, it’s based on who they can get with how they want that rule,” Smart said. “It’s a selfish world out there and every guy is trying to do what gives his team the best chance to win.”


“I do know this, that I’m for the portal,” Pittman said. “I think if a kid doesn’t want to be on our team then he doesn’t need to be on our team, and it’s not because of me, it’s because of his teammates. So I’m all for that. At the end of the day, if they don’t want to be here, then they need to go somewhere else.”


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12 responses to “The portal — you can’t live with it, you can’t live without it.

  1. classiccitycanine

    I wish Kirby had said what Pittman said. Not a good look for Kirby.


    • originaluglydawg

      He did preface it with “Do you want an honest answer?”. Let’s face it, it’s the honest truth. I admire him for not trying to BS everyone.
      I’m told by some HS coaches that Kirby’s no BS and sincere approach to kids is one of his big recruiting edges.

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    • Russ

      I don’t think it’s bad at all. He’s honest, and everyone thinks that anyway.

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  2. originaluglydawg

    Those are thoughtful and honest perspectives from two good men.
    Sam Pittman’s remarks make perfect sense. If a kid doesn’t want to be there, it’s wise to wish him vaya con dios and all of that.
    It’s the inevitable (and already happening) meddling that concerns me.
    I’d like to hear some thoughts from the likes of CKS, Saban, Mullen etc. on how meddling could be policed, controlled, addressed, etc.

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  3. W Cobb Dawg

    Shouldn’t there be a disclaimer about the student getting a good education in there? Looks like everyone (except maybe Emmert & co) has given up the pretense of calling them ‘student athletes’. Now they are ‘players’ and nothing more.


    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      “…everyone…has given up the pretense of calling them ‘student athletes’”

      I have been a college football fan and a Georgia football fan for over 50 years now and for the entire 50 years the only reasons any coach (outside of the Ivy leagues, maybe) has cared about academics is 1) to sell recruits interested in academics, and then 2) to keep them eligible to play. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t serious students on a football team. Georgia, e.g., has had several players who became lawyers, doctors, business executives, and at least one Rhodes scholar (Jeff Lewis). But I would say these people took advantage of their educational opportunities, and not because coaches ‘coached’ them in their studies.

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  4. Greg

    thinks we will eventually see more parity because of it…..I’m indifferent with it, but they didn’t ask me.

    There is an argument for both sides.


    • Derek

      I see the opposite. Middling players falling to middling teams. Players that got passed over during recruiting moving up. I think it makes it easier for the top teams to stay on top and harder for the next tier to move up.

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      • originaluglydawg

        Agree, and with the expansion to twelve teams, there will be more temptation for players on a talent laden roster to make a “lateral” move. Instead of having to go down to a lesser program to play in comparative obscurity (Bama, UGA, etc. may have a “no vacancy” sign out), there will be more teams to flow to.


        • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

          With 12 teams in the playoff I can easily see the 5 star #3-4 RB at Bama transferring to UCF and still be in the playoff only as the star of that team instead of a backup for Bama.


  5. siskey

    I listened to the Cover 3 podcast episode yesterday where Bud Elliot said that a lot of players who are transferring are doing so as walk-ons at their new school. I doubt that is the case with the intra-SEC transfers (at least for the most part) but my guess is that as this becomes more common knowledge this may have a chilling effect on many transfers.

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