Daily Archives: June 13, 2022

We’re all sensitive people.

Some people really need to get a fucking life.

The morning after Alabama football coach Nick Saban alleged Texas A&M’s football program “bought every player on their team,” Texas A&M University President M. Katherine Banks and Director of Athletics Ross Bjork told SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey the conference should consider suspending and fining Saban for his comments.

Through an open records request, On3 obtained an email, co-signed by Banks, that Bjork sent to Sankey on May 19. Bjork and Sankey also had multiple phone conversations that morning, according to the email exchange, and Sankey and Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher reportedly spoke on the phone prior to Fisher’s now-infamous press conference.

“We write to express Texas A&M University’s disappointment and outrage at the recent statements made by Alabama University [sic] Head Football Coach Nick Saban that ‘A&M bought every player on their team-made a deal for Name, Image, Likeness,’” Bjork and Banks’ email to Sankey stated.

“Coach Saban’s statement was a blatant violation of SEC bylaws regarding sportsmanship. More significantly, without citing any facts to support his statement, Coach Saban is accusing every, single player in Texas A&M’s recruiting class and current football team of violating NCAA NIL guidelines and Texas state law.

“Coach Saban’s statement is false, beneath the dignity of the SEC, and corrosive to the fabric of sportsmanship in college football as a whole and especially within the SEC. We expect the league to take strong, public action against Coach Saban and the University of Alabama to demonstrate that such unprofessionalism and disrespect for Texas A&M’s student-athletes, coaches, and the university as a whole, will not be tolerated. A public apology from Coach Saban to Coach Fisher, Aggie Football, and Texas A&M University is a good starting point, but the league should also consider monetary and participation penalties against Coach Saban.

“Thank you for your concern and prompt attention to this serious matter.”

A hit dog will holler, amirite?

On the day of the phone calls, email exchanges and the press conference Fisher called in response to Nick Saban’s comments, Sankey traveled from New York City to Birmingham. That morning, Fisher told Sankey on the phone that he intended to hold a press conference, according to Sankey’s email to Bjork that afternoon, and Sankey told Bjork he had “cautioned [that the press conference] should not violate the same sportsmanship policies cited below.”

Yeah, that worked out well.

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Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time.

Geez, Finebaum is really dogging the Clemson fanbase.

“There is no doubt after reading social media (Wednesday), the most insecure, paranoid fanbase of college football in America is Clemson. The Clemsonites take it to a whole new level. It’s one thing if you’ve never won a national championship. … But these guys have won two in recent years and they are just so desperate for attention. They are so desperate for adulation. They are so desperate to be loved.”

He did have a message for Clemson fans, though.

“I just laugh at Clemson fans,” he said. “Get over yourself, OK? You’re not that important. This 2022. College football has left you behind.”

That should make for a fun show this week, which is all PAWWWLLL!!! really cares about anyway.

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Filed under Clemson: Auburn With A Lake, PAWWWLLL!!!, Social Media Is The Devil's Playground

“We had really good players at Georgia.”

Sure, it’s good salesmanship for Dan Lanning to link himself to last season’s national championship, but I think there’s a little more to it when he mentions Georgia.

For example, take a look at this clip about some of his scheme design.

He starts off with some NFL tape, but things get fun when the clip hits the 1:25 mark.  That’s when Lanning goes to the Georgia Tech game — always a good start — and keeps referring to the Dawgs as “we” and “us”.

You can’t help but wish the guy a lot of success after the opener.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

What is this “EPA” you speak of?

Allow Josh to explain.

EPA is one of the stats which we will reference a lot on this site as we break down not only the X and O’s of the game, but add to the context with some advanced stats.  It stands for “Expected Points Added” and all you need to realize is that is give a number to each and every play’s result based on:

  • Down
  • Distance
  • Field Position

An offense wants a high number for a play and opposite is true for the defense. A play has an “expected value” based on the conditions of the play.  A 3rd and 11 from your own 19 isn’t expected to add as much “value”  as 2nd and 3 inside the opponent’s red zone.  An offense that can convert a 3rd and 11 on a consistent basis will have a higher average EPA and will likely be one of the more explosive offenses.   Ohio State ranked #2 in Offensive EPA in 2021 and 1st in Points Per Game (46.3).  That is the picture of efficiency.  Georgia had a EPA average of .302 which was good for 17th in all of FBS (10th in Power 5) and 11th (38.7) in Points per game.  That points to efficiency, high valued plays tend to put points on the board.   Teams which you wouldn’t expect to see, but had both high average EPA and PPG.

  • UCLA 6th in EPA/33.4 PPG
  • Oregon State 8th EPA/ 34 PPG
  • Virginia 9th EPA/35.3 PPG

These teams were statistically efficient and put up a lot of points, but not elite in actual points.  Alabama was 19th in EPA but 3rd in PPG… that tells us that they depended on bigger plays, and made a lot of them.  A Heisman Trophy winner and two NFL 1st Rounders will do that.  But, it isn’t ideal.  The 2021 Alabama (.299 EPA)  offense wasn’t near as efficient in terms of EPA  as the 2020 (.450 EPA) truly elite offense.

And here’s an illustration of Georgia’s eight biggest non-scoring EPA plays last season:

They’re all good plays, no doubt, but they’re also a reminder that we’re gonna miss James Cook a little this season.  But I digress…

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Not dead yet

Georgia Tech recruiting, that is.

With no four- or five-stars in the class as of yet, “relentless” is a relative term.

This may be the best definition of an optimist you’ll ever see.

Betting on Coach 404 to survive past this season?  Bold strategy, Cotton.

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Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting

That summer feeling

Meanwhile, from Clemson:

What’s pathetic is that the Manning family doesn’t have the money to pay for Arch’s vacation.

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Filed under General Idiocy, Georgia Football

A handy fall primer

He ain’t wrong.

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Filed under College Football