Jesus, just stop.
Yeah, I’m sure Greg Sankey’s gonna jump all over this.
Jesus, just stop.
Yeah, I’m sure Greg Sankey’s gonna jump all over this.
Holy Mother of Crap, you’ve got to watch this just concluded Jimbo Fisher press conference to believe it. He didn’t just burn bridges between him and Saban, he nuked the entire planet from orbit.
SEC Media Days gone be spicy.
Georgia athletics reported an operating surplus from its fiscal year 2021 NCAA financial report of $46,341,763, more than double any other department nationally. [Emphasis added.]
I see that Josh Brooks is carrying on one policy from his predecessor.
“As we indicate every year, the NCAA Membership Financial Report is straightforward, but distinctly defines revenues to include non-operating funds related to capital projects and interest income from investments but excludes operating departmental contributions to the University and non-operating current capital project expenditures,” Georgia athletic director Josh Brooks said. “Therefore, the balance shown does not reflect the full financial picture.”
Say what you will about the tenets of “The NCAA should take into account that we spend some of our profits every year”, dude, at least its an ethos.
The Big Ten brain trust, just like their SEC peers, is wrestling with how to rejigger conference play in the soon to be world of post-divisional college football. And, sure, just like them, there’s some lip service being paid to what their fans might want and how it would be nice if the member schools faced each other more often.
There’s also Job One ($$).
If there’s a consensus among Big Ten administrators, it’s that any alignment — with or without divisions — should aid the league’s efforts toward College Football Playoff qualification. The current CFP framework includes four teams, and the Big Ten has not qualified more than one team in any of the eight years. The current iteration expires following the 2025 season, and an expanded CFP could include 12 teams.
Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle said he and his colleagues “have to operate with a sense of urgency” but also want to see how the CFP unfolds before switching formats.
“What I would hate to see is for us to make a series of changes,” Whitman said. “I’m in favor possibly of a single round of changes. But I’d hate for us to make a round of changes now and then the CFP, or whatever succeeds it, makes a change and then we have to make another round of changes. I think our fans, they like tradition, they like predictability. Hopefully, we can get to a point where we can make a decision about whether to make a single round of change and then move forward.”
“We don’t know what the CFP will look like,” Smith said. “Some of us believe there will be expansion. So, what does that mean? The other part of this is we’ve got to be careful because what we’ve built is pretty solid. When you think about the championship game, its attendance and think about our viewership…
“Whatever helps us make the most money” may not qualify as a tradition, but it’s certainly predictable.
A panel of writers from both CBS Sports and 247Sports ranked the top 65 head coaches in order and here’s how they saw the two after Nick Saban:
“Even Kirby would agree with that”? Eh, I wonder if he would, at least in private.
Anyway, would you agree with that?
Welp, they went and did it.
Division I will waive the annual signing and initial counter limits for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years, allowing schools to provide aid based on the overall roster limit of 85 scholarships for FBS football programs. In FCS, schools will be allowed to offer aid up to the annual equivalency limit of 63 scholarships.
The combination of the new one-time transfer rule and the extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19 has resulted in increasing numbers of players entering the transfer portal — but no corresponding increase in available roster spots for potential destinations, thanks to a rule capping initial counters in each class at 25 players per year. Previously, there was no way for programs to add players if they had already signed the maximum allowable number of players for that class.
“Some schools hadn’t given out all their scholarships and felt constrained by the annual limit,” D-I Council chair Shane Lyons said in a statement. “This temporary change provides schools more flexibility and adds opportunities for incoming and current student-athletes to receive aid.”
As for the possibility that certain coaches who will remain nameless will take advantage of the new rule to clear more roster space than ever in order to sign monster recruiting classes? Evidently, that’s why the new rule is only temporary for now.
The Football Oversight Committee will monitor transfer trends over the next two seasons, anticipating that coaches will attempt to run off players to replace them under these new rules. That committee will then be able to make a determination on what to do with initial counters after the waiver expires.
Boy, does that sound like a horses already out of the barn situation.
College football is racing headlong into a coaching crisis. Experience is headed out the door. Men who have been in the game for decades have had enough of a taste of the new model of college football to know they don’t like it.
Asked point blank if he expects an exodus, Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said, “Oh, absolutely.”
“There are certainly a lot of coaches throwing up their hands and saying, ‘This is ridiculous. This is absurd.’ And it is,” Berry said. “It is completely off the rails.”
That’s what revolutions are supposed to do. Revolutions upend the old way of doing things. The old model, where a coach went into a living room and promised Mama he would see to it her baby got a college degree, is about as relevant as black-and-white television.
“The idea of actually having a conversation about the academics at the school?” Berry asked. “That’s just a waste of time because nobody wants to hear anything about the school…
Yes, coaches being paid millions are threatening an exodus from the profession because nobody wants to talk about academics with the guys who specialize in convincing their players to take a course load best suited for not interfering with practice time. Todd, quit pissing down our legs and telling us it’s raining.
If you’re interested, over at RockMNation, there’s a gushing — and I do mean gushing — preview of this year’s Georgia team to read.
… And when they take over a new program and get a peek under the hood, they can be struck by what they see.
Take Florida’s walk-on program.
“It’s alarming,” Napier said. “We only had 13 walk-ons.”
That’s less than half of what similar programs aim for. Never mind that most walk-ons won’t ever play a meaningful snap at an SEC program. That’s not the point. This is: With so few walk-ons, plus injuries and attrition via the portal, Florida didn’t have the number of players it needed to field multiple teams in practice. Without a full third- and fourth-string, first- and second-string players missed out on valuable reps.
“It’s significant for the development of the team because this is a repetition game and you learn by doing,” Napier said.
I’m starting to get the impression that Dan Mullen left something to be desired as a program’s CEO.
I’ve had the privilege to work in collegiate athletics for more than 20 years, 11 of which have been at the University of Georgia. I love Athens. I have three boys that attend Clarke County schools. Athens is woven into the fabric of my family’s life, so I was both saddened and disappointed to hear that an Athens-Clarke County commissioner recently made inaccurate, overgeneralized, and hurtful statements about our football student-athletes in a public meeting — statements that she has continued to defend in subsequent comments.
… The fact is, most of our student-athletes excel in all aspects of life, and while that does not excuse any instances of wrongdoing, it certainly underscores the fact that those transgressions tend to be the exception — not the rule. The insinuation that a disproportionate number of our athletes are committing violent crimes is not only grossly inaccurate, but also woefully inappropriate and reckless. The idea that an overgeneralized, hurtful, and inaccurate statement should be accepted because it was in response to sarcastic quip about players drafted in a small room, is distasteful and careless. Misinformation and divisive rhetoric made public in any way is irresponsible, particularly coming from an elected official, as it provides a spark that can and has spread quickly.
Somebody from UGA needed to let Melissa Link know her comments about the football team were over the top. Well said, sir.