Daily Archives: May 18, 2022

Boom, MFers.

Shot.

Chaser.

That was fast, Pac-12.  Not that it’s gonna matter.

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Filed under Pac-12 Football, The NCAA

And on the seventh day…

… well, I wouldn’t say Kirby Smart rested at the ceremony dedicating the $80 million expansion of the Butts-Mehre football complex, but he did make a surprising admission.

“Today is giving thanks for the facilities we’ve been able to get,” Smart told a crowd that featured fans, donors, state legislators and various dignitaries. “But we can’t be done yet. We will not be complacent. We will not sit idly and let others pass us by. It’s been a catch-up game for us for quite a long time. We feel like we have caught up, but now we have to maintain and continue to grow.”

Georgia’s “caught up” in the facilities race?  Damn, Kirby.  Maintain and continue doesn’t have the same edge when it comes to pushing donors, does it?

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Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

A conference schedule, if you’ll have it

Reading this Aaron Suttles/Seth Emerson ($$) revisit of where the SEC goes with conference scheduling once it grows to sixteen (prompted by the upcoming SEC spring meetings in a couple of weeks), I do think Greg Sankey will announce that the conference will do away with divisions.

I believe that to be the case because of two primary motivators:  a genuine desire to have programs face each other more often than is the current case and a genuine reluctance on the part of some coaches and ADs to adopt a nine-game conference schedule.  There is simply no way to reconcile those goals in the context of two eight-team divisions.  (As the two put it, “… it appears the conference office is expected to present to athletic directors that it’ll be a choice between keeping divisions or having scheduling variability.”)

I don’t know if that means pods or three permanent opponents or what, just that it will be something other than divisions.  And whatever they come up with, it’s important to recognize that the solution will come with its own set of tradeoffs.  Doesn’t mean it won’t be better or worse than the status quo, but certainly different.

I’m a two-division, nine conference game-schedule guy, because I do think it’s an easier sell to fans, but regardless of what they’re selling, we’re not the primary factor here.  Though, if there’s one silver lining to the dark cloud, it’s that we don’t have to worry about Greg McGarity’s scheduling concessions this time.

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Today’s edition of Dawg porn…

… is brought to you via David Ubben ($$), who asks a simple question:  “Why has no one ever thought to build an entire offense out of athletic tight ends who are almost impossible to cover and even harder to tackle?”

Like this, you mean?

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken is going to be able to do a lot of creative things with that trio this fall. Good luck to opposing defenses, nearly all of whom will lack a single player who matches up well with any of the three tight ends.

Not sure luck’s gonna have much to do with that.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Eyes on the prize

This is something.

Seventy percent of the time?  Wowser.

The only thing I can’t figure out is why nobody in Montana watches ESPN.

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Filed under Alabama, ESPN Is The Devil, Georgia Football

The usual suspects

The Nick Saban Relief Act is close to becoming a reality.

The NCAA Division I Council is expected to approve the elimination of initial counters this week, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger. Initial counters is the current rule in place that limits football programs to sign up to 25 players in a new signing class.

The change will allow Division I football programs to sign an unlimited amount of players per signing class so long as it stays below the 85 scholarship limit. The change would allow coaches to fill out holes on their roster — especially if there was significant turnover.

Well, there’s significant turnover, and then there’s significant turnover.

However, the change could have a downside. The rule change would give coaches the freedom to cut however many players they see fit because they now don’t have to worry about being limited in how many players they can sign. Programs could do a massive roster overhaul without any limitations.

Gosh, coaches “could” do that?  I thought some of you warned us that wouldn’t happen until players became full-fledged employees.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d accuse Nick of inventing the one-time transfer rule to get college football to agree to this.  That most schools are probably enthusiastic about it may turn out to be the greatest trick the devil’s ever played.

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Filed under The NCAA

The Big 3

You wanna talk about gaps?  Okay.

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Filed under What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas

When lawyers aren’t amateurs, amateurism ain’t cheap.

Turns out you can put a price tag on freedom.

Spending over 300 million dollars to wind up getting your ass handed to you by the Supreme Court of the United States sounds like it could be the basis for one of those Mastercard “Priceless” ads.  I kid, but it’s appalling to think what that money could have been used for if the NCAA didn’t have its head inserted so far up its ass.

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Filed under General Idiocy, See You In Court, The NCAA