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Daily Archives: August 21, 2021
Filed under Big Ten Football, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles
They run this state.
What a great shot…
Filed under Georgia Football
The flip side of setting the bar low
This ($$) made me laugh:
What’s one team from each Power 5 conference that you think will exceed expectations this season? — Andrew G.
Ari Wasserman: Here we go.
Georgia, SEC: It’s very easy to toss out the 1980 jokes or point out that it’s when rather than if Georgia ends up choking this year. When it comes to expectations, I think it’s fair to say that people expect Georgia to fall short. But when I look at the Bulldogs this year, I see one of the most talented teams in college football, one with a quarterback it can trust. Combine that with a very manageable schedule and the fact that Alabama lost a ton of talent after last year, and Georgia is the team I’m picking to win the SEC.
You can’t exceed expectations unless you crap all over them first.
Filed under Georgia Football
Talk about your foreseen consequences…
NCAA officials are moving closer to an immediate expansion of the annual 25-person signing limit as a way for coaches to replace players they’ve lost to the burgeoning transfer portal. The NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee is finalizing a proposal that would change the signing limit this cycle in what’s being described as a one-year waiver of relief until a permanent policy is created.
Multiple officials spoke to Sports Illustrated under the condition of anonymity given the sensitive nature of ongoing deliberations on the proposals.
A compromise is finally emerging among a group of proposals. Under the plan, schools can sign 25 new players while gaining additional signee spots for every player who transfers out of their program—up to a certain limit. The extra spots would be based on the number of players who enter the transfer portal under their own volition and would be capped at a figure, such as seven.
But not everyone agrees with the proposals. The annual signing limit in football has for years been an argumentative issue. It was originally implemented to disincentivize the trend of coaches cutting or pushing out scholarship players in an effort to over-sign high school players or transfers.
Earlier this year, West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons and other administrators expressed concern that replacing departures with additional signee spots will “repeat history.” They believe that coaches will exploit the change by pushing out players to create an additional spot for more talented athletes—a reason for the cap on replacements.
Shit, you think so? Here’s the tell:
However, in the compromise proposal, schools can replace only players who leave for the transfer portal on their own. Schools would not be able to gain additional spots for players dismissed from a team, pushed out by coaches or those who leave early for the NFL draft.
“Pushed out by coaches” is doing some seriously heavy lifting there. Like Nick Saban doesn’t know how to make a player feel like the transfer portal isn’t his best option.
What’s being proposed as a band aid for coaches who aren’t the best at roster management is going to turn out to be a bonanza for those who are masters at it. And five years from now, people are still going to be marveling at how much better the rosters are at places like ‘Bama and Georgia than elsewhere. This is a real genius move, fellas.
Filed under Recruiting, The NCAA, Transfers Are For Coaches.
Today, in “personal decisions”
The most Georgia thing that could happen this season is the Dawgs beat Clemson, get on a roll, only to have their season derail when half the team tests positive for COVID after the Auburn game.
Of course, it could be worse — if McGarity were still the AD and Auburn was faced with not being able to field a team against Georgia, he’d offer for our side to forfeit. (I keed, I keed… I think.)
Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, The Body Is A Temple