Daily Archives: December 10, 2021


If you thought Alabama’s offense did a distressingly great job creating big plays in the SECCG, you’re probably not gonna like this stat:

And it’s not a cheap stat, either:  17 plays of 50+ yards, 10 plays of 60+ yards and 6 of 70+ yards.


Filed under Stats Geek!

Alex, I’ll take Target Rich Environments for $200.

Just another day on the Plains.


UPDATE:  Not with a bang…


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, The NCAA

Real men of genius

The newest face in the room, the commissioner of a league that hasn’t had a team in the CFP in five seasons, has a playoff proposal.

The newest Power 5 commissioner has another alternative to the riddle, one he has privately held for weeks and is now making public. An outsider to college sports administration, Kliavkoff enters with a unique approach. The former MGM Resorts executive believes commissioners should focus more on the long-term situation. There is no Playoff structure or contract after the current deal expires.

While unanimity is required to expand the Playoff before the contract ends, unanimity is not necessary to create a Playoff format in a new contract that would begin in 2026.

So what is Kliavkoff’s plan? A “subset” of the CFP Management Committee—the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame’s Jack Swarbrick—would agree on a model and “then others would have the right to join us,” he said.

Is he suggesting the Power 5 create the format?

“You guys can all determine for yourself what subset of those 11 people would have to say, ‘We agree,’ for that to become the College Football Playoff,” Kliavkoff said.

So, it sounds like he’s cool with the Alliance taking its ball and going home, without the SEC and Notre Dame in tow.  How compelling is this?

Bowlsby and Sankey continued their subtle digs at The Alliance, a three-league group of the Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten that formed after the latest realignment wave began. When asked if he’s miffed the Big 12 wasn’t invited to join the trio, Bowlsby shrugged. “I think they’ve got some work to do to demonstrate The Alliance is a force to be reckoned with,” he said.

The Alliance is seen by many as standing in the way of expansion. At least two of its three members have now publicly stated they are against the 12-team model that at least eight others support. The group also includes the three newest conference commissioners, something others have pointed to as a factor in the expansion process.

“We’ve got some new guys who don’t have a whole lot of sense of history. I don’t begrudge them that,” Bowlsby said. “It’s a lot to get up to speed on.”

When Bob Bowlsby is dissing you, it’s probably a sign.

And then there’s the one true thing, the rock upon which playoff expansion is built.

Supporters say these are stirring reminders expansion is needed and it would come with a significant financial windfall. A 12-team expansion in the final two years of the contract would generate an additional $450 million in revenue—some of which would be used for long-term athlete health care and family travel.

More important, though, a 12-team expansion would provide 16 extra postseason opportunities over those two years.

Are these guys so distrustful of each other that they’re prepared to walk away from that?  One can only hope.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs

It just spends more.

Just a reminder that crazy coaching salaries aren’t a brand new development

The majority of assistant coaches in the SEC are now making head coach money.

According to USA TODAY Sports’ annual review of coaches compensation, SEC assistants at public schools are pocketing almost $605,000 on average this year in terms of total compensation.

That’s nearly $140,000 more than the average pay for assistant coaches in the rest of the Power Five, and nearly six times more than the average pay in the MAC.

The salaries for SEC assistants have ballooned so dramatically in recent years that they are on par with head coaching compensation figures at many Group of Five schools.

The highest-paid assistant in the conference, Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko, would rank 66th among head coaches with his $2.1 million in total compensation in 2021. And the median pay for SEC assistants, $496,500, exceeds that of head coaches at four Football Bowl Subdivision schools: Akron, Bowling Green, New Mexico State and Louisiana-Monroe.

In total, 34 FBS assistants are making $1 million or more this year. And 16 are in the SEC.

There is no parity in college football.  There will never be parity in college football.  If anything, with the new TV money coming in to the SEC, as well as the new deal coming for the CFP, the breach will only grow wider.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, SEC Football

Tats and weed, man, tats and weed

Another NIL feel good story:

The decision by the NCAA to allow student-athletes to monetize their names, images and likenesses (NIL) while still in school was a game changer for many. While several high-profile college athletes endeavored to accept commercial offers, others found revenue streams from appearances, signings and their social media accounts.

Five Georgia football players teamed up to take advantage of their newfound NIL privileges to help others and created the DGD Fund, which raises money for five beneficiaries, each selected by one of the five Bulldogs, with all monies equally distributed.

In just three months, the DGD Fund has raised some $66,000 for the ALS Association, the American Brain Tumor Association, Hilinski’s Hope, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Happyfeat.

(h/t eethomaswfnc)


Filed under Georgia Football

The feeling when NIL is working

It’s probably gonna take ’em all that time to figure out how to incorporate the transfer portal into the game.


Filed under College Football

Congratulations are in order.

Pretty, pretty good, Mr. Davis.


Filed under Georgia Football

The Kenny Pickett rule

Now he belongs to the ages.

One of the season’s biggest fake outs has now been permanently banned — at least for the postseason. Reacting to Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett’s dazzling scoring run in the ACC Championship Game, the NCAA sent a rules interpretation Thursday that bans the so-called “fake slide” by ball carriers.

NCAA secretary-rules editor Steve Shaw sent an email blast to officials adding language to Rule 12-3-3 that deals with dead balls and loose balls.

The only thing that surprises me about this is how nobody at the NCAA thought this might be an issue before.  (And given that we’re talking about the NCAA, it’s only a mild surprise at that.)


Filed under The NCAA