Daily Archives: June 29, 2021

If, if, if

Bill Connelly ($$) looks at how many “ifs” it takes for him to turn a team into a genuine national title contender.  There is only one “two if” team on his list and I’m not going to insult your intelligence by pretending there’s a question it’s anyone but ‘Bama.  Bill has four teams with three “ifs”.  Georgia is among that group.

Here are the three “ifs” he posts for Georgia:

  • If … late-year JT Daniels is full-year JT Daniels.
  • If … the receivers handle a change in weight class.
  • If … a renovated secondary holds up.

One thing all those items have in common is that Smart used the transfer portal to shore up potential holes in those position groups.

Also of note is that the offensive line didn’t make his if list.  In fact, Bill goes on to say the line is in good shape.

Where are you on “ifs”?

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Ixnay on the ILNay

To its credit, there is one thing the NCAA does really, really well:  abdication in the face of responsibility.

The Division I Council voted to recommend the Division I Board of Directors adopt an interim policy that would suspend amateurism rules related to name, image and likeness. The board meets Wednesday.

… With the NIL interim policy, schools and conferences may choose to adopt their own policies.

If this sounds familiar…

Most athletic department officials around the country assumed for much of the past year that the NCAA or Congress would eventually prescribe a set of nationwide rules to guide them through the specifics of what athletes can do and provide the infrastructure needed to enforce those rules. But attempts to pass a federal NIL law remain bogged down by partisan disagreements. And a previous, more detailed NCAA proposal that was nearly two years in the making was fully derailed just last week by increased concern that blanket restrictions on how players could make money could violate antitrust laws. In a confidential memo written late last week, the NCAA’s working draft of the interim NIL policy acknowledged that “the current environment does not allow for as much guidance as the membership prefers and to which it has become accustomed.”

As it became increasingly clear in recent weeks that help was not coming from above, schools were left scrambling to sort through the details themselves.

… it’s only because they employed the same strategy in dealing with last year’s pandemic crisis.  And while an argument can at least be made that COVID was unexpected, that’s not the case this go ’round.  Anyone with half a brain could see the train wreck coming.  And, boy, it’s gonna be a doozy.

By way of example, let’s dive down a rabbit hole. Louisiana’s state law, which is expected to be signed by the governor sometime this week, prohibits college athletes from endorsing alcohol. It’s clear that means an LSU football player could not appear in a Budweiser commercial, but could he endorse a local liquor store that also sells soft drinks and snacks? Could he endorse a Baton Rouge bar that doubles as a pool hall? What about a restaurant that serves food along with alcohol? Where do you draw the line? Schools will have to make the initial decision.

When an athlete (and potentially their agent) disagrees with a school’s decision to prevent them from cashing in on a certain opportunity, disputes could turn awkward quickly. Major disagreements will likely have to be resolved through the legal system. Rolling out the lawyers to battle your own athletes will be an unpleasant experience for schools and teams that are constantly locked in a hyper-competitive battle to recruit and retain talent.

But it won’t be the NCAA’s problem.  Well played, Mr. Emmert.

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The hard bigotry of high expectations

Josh tipped me off to this tweet that graphs recruiting ratings against a performance metric:

Georgia is below the line.  Yeah, there are certainly worse places to be on that graph (looking good, Texas!), but it’s clear that you get the “not bad, but not great” narrative because people expect more results from the Dawgs’ recruiting success.

Georgia’s problem is that it has to deal with the only team farther out to the right on that chart every season.

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Non-con romp

The sad thing about this list of the thirteen best P5 non-conference schedules is that there’s only one SEC team on it.

3. Georgia: Clemson in Charlotte, Alabama-Birmingham, Charleston Southern, at Georgia Tech. Outstanding schedule. A national power. An in-state arch-rival. Even the mid-major UAB is decent.

Even sadder is that in the end, it probably won’t matter to the selection committee.

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TFW somebody else gets to feed at the trough

Control freak resentment ain’t pretty.

“There’s a sense of, ‘How the hell is this going to work?’” UConn coach Danny Hurley told Yahoo Sports. “What exactly is going to happen? Am I going to drive by a car dealership seeing one of the players do a signing? What is going on here?”

The same thing that goes on when a coach endorses a car dealership, Danny.  Entitled much?

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Not impressed

This may be the greatest example of Dawgrading I’ve ever read.

Since taking over at Georgia in 2016, Kirby Smart has put together a 52-14 record.

He’s won an SEC Championship, a Rose Bowl, has played for the national title and won the SEC East three times.

Not bad. Not great.

The best part is al.com pretending it’s representing our fan base by yawning.

The 45-year-old former All-SEC Georgia defensive back has averaged 10 wins a season. Not bad. Not great if you’re a restless Bulldog Nation expecting not just to get to Atlanta and the Dec. 4 SEC Championship Game but to play and win a national title.

We’ve never had it so not great.

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