Daily Archives: September 15, 2022

Natty light

This is good.

Wished they’d have done this for the last one, but I’ll take it going forward.

I’m just sayin’.  😉

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs

About Stetson

I saw that Bud Elliott was taking some flak in the comments section the other day and was wondering what that was all about, as I think he’s pretty knowledgeable about college football.  Anyway, I did some digging and came across this, which seems like it would make good fodder for a post here:

I suppose some of you could get your hackles up over that, but from my standpoint, it’s amazing that he finds about half the P5, running the systems they already have in place with their current personnel (important distinctions), would take Stetson Bennett over the quarterbacks they have starting now.  A year ago, that number, let’s be honest, would have been zero.

Also, he’s got nothing but love for the job Todd Monken’s doing, and it’s impossible to argue with that.  Monken should have been a Broyles Award nominee last season.  If he’s not one this season, there’s something seriously wrong with the voting.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

An exercise in futility

Look, mom!  A US Senator is trying to stuff the genie back in the bottle!

One of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. Senate is reintroducing a bill to govern name, image and likeness (NIL) that would “preserve the unique amateur nature of college sports,” he says.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R., Miss.), the ranking member of the committee believed to hold jurisdiction over any NIL legislation, is proposing a similar bill to the one he introduced in December 2020. His legislation would legalize college athlete NIL by using a national standard of rules that prohibits boosters and schools from utilizing NIL in recruiting.

Rog, I hate to break it to you, but that “unique amateur nature of college sports” horse is already two counties over from the barn it escaped from.  Although I give you credit for giving the NCAA everything it had on its congressional shopping list.

The bill gives antitrust protection to the NCAA, schools and conferences in two ways. It prohibits former athletes from suing for retroactive NIL, and it explicitly notes college athletes should not be considered employees. The NCAA is fighting two ongoing court cases based on both of these elements.

Yeah, that’s going to be embraced by everyone.  Needless to say, this baby’s as DOA as his previous bill was.

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Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

It’s never easy succeeding a legend.

This is good, and when you realize it’s written by a Tech blogger, it’s even better:

1.) How hot is Geoff Collins’ seat right now? Would a win against Ole Miss assure him of another season at this point?

For starters, a few of our biggest boosters gave an absolutely flames interview at the end of last season regarding his future. One of our boosters actually volunteered to pay his entire buyout to get rid of him, but our AD who hired him, is betting his career on Collins having success this year. There is no way either of them get retained without at least 6 wins and a bowl berth, no matter how crappy that bowl may be. It’s hard to see a world where we don’t have a new AD and head coach next year, especially with our schedule.

Vegas had Tech’s win total at 3.5 this season, and I would’ve bet a mortgage payment on the under if I were a gambler. We have one of the toughest schedules in all of football this season, and our best players and coaches left this last offseason. Collins is a deadman walking.

Most of us fans are torn between wanting Tech to play well and win, but also wanting Geoff Collins fired into the sun. It took until Week 2 of Year 4 of his tenure for him to get his 10th win here. As you’ll see by the GT fan attendance on Saturday, his tenure has been pretty abysmal and created a lot of fan apathy.

In addition to the on-field product, he’s pretty hostile towards the local media, threw Paul Johnson under the bus repeatedly for his struggles the first couple of years, and he has a penchant for blocking everyone who says anything negative on Twitter. This job is over his head, and it shows.

Aaannnd… the topper.

2.) It seemed like GT had some success running the ball against WCU. What would be your offensive game plan this week if you were the OC?

My gameplan would be to install the flexbone this week during practice so as to burn as much time of possession as possible running the triple option and limit Lane Kiffin to 7-8 offensive possessions for the game.

Who’da thunk Coach 404’s lasting contribution to Georgia Tech football would be to make the fan base nostalgic for the Paul Johnson era?

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Filed under Georgia Tech Football

Same as it ever was

Matt Hayes:

Now, reality: Despite the record number of NFL Draft picks from last year’s Georgia team — including 5 from defense in the first round — there’s little difference between last year’s crazy good defense and this year’s group.

One NFL scout told me this week the Georgia defense, “looks like the same guys with different numbers. It’s uncanny.”

Nah.  It’s just good coaching, in the full sense of the word — recruiting, talent evaluation, player development, fundamentals and scheme.  Of course, if that were easy, everyone would be doing it.

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Filed under Georgia Football

TFW you realize you still need a scapegoat

Now, here’s a surprise.

An overwhelming majority of Division I athletic directors at the annual fall LEAD1 meeting on Wednesday expressed a “strong preference” to keep FBS football under the NCAA if it can be more streamlined and less bureaucratic.

Tom McMillen, the CEO and president of the organization representing the 131 athletic directors in the FBS, said there were a total of 105 ADs who participated in the closed-door discussions (about 80 in-person and the rest virtually), and that by a show of hands in the room, it was clear they prefer the NCAA continues its oversight of the most popular sport in college athletics.

Okay, I was joking.  I was always skeptical about all the ditch the NCAA talk, because the reality is that the organization, for all its crapitude, is basically the schools’ useful idiot.  McMillen provides a little of that when he says,

At the meeting on Wednesday, though, McMillen said outgoing NCAA chief financial officer Kathleen McNeely gave a presentation to the group that revealed the NCAA spends $65 million on various expenses such as catastrophic insurance, and administrative expenses.

“That does not include any extraordinary costs for legal,” McMillen said. “As you know, the NCAA is the legal shield. It’s a substantial number. I don’t think everybody knew that.”

I bet they did.  But I digress.  The real purpose the organization serves is to deflect attention from the schools when they take positions that are unpopular with the public.  There’s a certain value to that, and as long as the NCAA isn’t so inept as to make that too expensive, there remains a role for it to play.

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Filed under The NCAA

“The bandwagon sobered up in a hurry on Saturday night…”

Matt Hinton describes this week’s conventional wisdom on Anthony Richardson:

Hey, we’ve been saying all along the kid’s going to be good for a couple of five-exclamation-point plays every time he steps on the field. We never said they’re all going to go in the right direction.

… When it goes bad, it goes very bad. His talent is always going to inspire lofty visions of what he might become in the future. But for the rest of this season, at least, the Gators might as well reconcile themselves to the reality that they’re on the roller coaster with an enormously gifted basketcase.

To borrow an analogy from Forrest Gump, Richardson is the SEC’s box of chocolates.  From week to week, you’ll never know what you’ll get.

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Filed under Gators, Gators...

This year’s model

The new Nikes are here!  The new Nikes are here!

Yeah, yeah…

If that’s your thing, here’s what the ’22 edition looks like:

Unisex Nike Red Georgia Bulldogs Zoom Pegasus 39 Running Shoe

You’ll pay $140 for the privilege of sporting those.  What do y’all think?  Worth it?

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stylin'

Whatever works

Seth Emerson ($$) hits on something I touched on yesterday.

There’s only been one sack, but pressure is almost as important, so let’s go to the stats: Georgia has a pressure on 25 percent of opposing dropbacks through two games, which only ranks 81st at the FBS level. Last season, Georgia ranked 19th nationally at 33.2 percent.

Now you would’ve thought Georgia ranked higher last year, but some of the reduced rate is connected to what’s happening this year: Offenses know what they’re dealing with when they play Georgia so they try to get the ball out quickly. That especially makes sense this year if you’re Oregon and Samford — and now South Carolina — and you see a Bulldogs defense with two veteran edge rushers in Nolan Smith and Robert Beal, plus a defensive line that still has Jalen Carter but inexperience in the secondary. So attack those mismatches while not allowing the pass rush time to mess with those plans.

Seth goes on to point out that the strategy hasn’t been successful so far because the secondary has outplayed their lack of experience.  Also, this.

Well coached defense is well coached.  The bottom line is the bottom line and right now, Georgia’s defense is keeping opponents out of the end zone.  Whatever strategies opposing offensive coordinators are cooking up, they’re not working, regardless of the Dawgs’ pressure rate.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics

Beautification project PSA

If I have any readers who live in Tennessee, pay attention.

If you haven’t, go sign up.  Anything that would make that state look more attractive is a worthy goal.

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Filed under Georgia Football