“Just the genuine feel I got from them.”

Can’t wait to find out what graduate studies Blake Countess intends to pursue at Auburn.

I have to admit I hope this gives Jim Delany heartburn, though.

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We all know what you are. We’re just haggling over the fee.

The Georgia Way, in one picture (Photo via Associated Press )

When it comes to the disparity in COA numbers, it seems that Greg McGarity and Jay Jacobs are of one mind – it’s a recruiting advantage.

“I think we all agree in the conference it’s an issue,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told AL.com. “It does make a difference to some individuals; to some young men and some young women. I would hope the majority of the conference would love to see some consistency in those numbers.”

Tennessee ($5,666) and Auburn ($5,586) offer the most money for full cost-of-attendance not only in the SEC, but in the entire country. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs has no problems with his school’s high figure. In fact, he told USA Today in February he thinks the high number should be helpful in recruiting.

“At Auburn, we are going to have the best student-athlete experience in the nation,” Jacobs told AL.com. “We are going to do whatever we can within the rules to provide the best for our student-athletes.”

McGarity is at least honest enough to admit (1) if he was “at the high end, I might not be as concerned with it”; and (2) it’s not possible to have one number across the board in the conference.  So, what’s the end game with pushing for transparency, as Georgia intends to do this week in Destin?  In the end, that’s up to the lawyers.

“But what I think we are trying to do is find some legal way that is within the law where we can solve a problem that was probably an unintended consequence from this vast discrepancy you are seeing.”

There’s a lot of loaded stuff in that sentence.  But if he thinks shame alone is going to work… well, that would be an SEC first.

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The straw that stirs the drink in Georgia’s offense

Yesterday, in a post about solo tackle rates and Georgia’s offense, I said Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb are a couple of ridiculously talented running backs, because Georgia’s 2014 offense managed to be one of the most efficient in the country despite every team keying on shutting down its running game.

In that light, here’s an interesting observation from the man who just drafted Gurley to play for the Rams (h/t Parrish Walton):

“Here’s what it came down to for us,’’ said GM Les Snead. “Todd, for us, was one of those once-every-few-years talents, one of the best players we’ve seen come out in a while. We just felt he was somebody we couldn’t pass up. This wasn’t about Week 1 against Seattle, whether he’d be ready to go then; we will let nature takes its course on that. This was a long-term decision.

“One of the things we looked at was the team around him. I’m not sure about this, but it’s possible there might not be an offensive lineman who blocked for him at Georgia who will start at the next level, or play at the next level. When we looked at him on tape, we saw him playing against a lot of seven- and eight-man fronts, which is what he’s going to be seeing when he lines up for us. We saw him playing against not a lot of air, which is what he’s going to be seeing when he plays for us. So that translates pretty well.”

Now I think Pyke and Theus have a shot to play on Sundays, but that’s not really the main thing there.  It’s what Snead saw Gurley doing regularly in the face of a stacked box that’s key.  Making something out of nothing has been a characteristic of Richt’s best backs over the past few seasons, going back to Knowshon Moreno.  With those kinds of backs, it hasn’t mattered if the offensive line play has been less than stellar.  (Handing the ball off to Carlton Thomas up the middle?  That’s another story.)

Mark Richt likes to ride the beast when he can.  Good thing he’s got two more seasons of Nick Chubb.

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The new mid-major math

Louisiana Tech’s new AD steps in, finds his team has three SEC West opponents on its 2016 schedule, and proceeds to find a way to lighten the load.

Fortunately, there’s gold in them thar schedule changes these days.

McClelland said A&M administrators had asked if he’d pay $500,000 to buy out the game, which would have paid Tech $200,000. Texas Tech offered an $800,000 game guarantee, so Louisiana Tech will be $100,000 ahead even after paying A&M.

One thing college football doesn’t lack these days is willing bidders.  Lighten the load and make a profit in the process is a nice business model.  Expect to see more of it.

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“The smartest person in the room”

Mississippi State’s athletic director slobbers all over the once and future conference commissioners:

“Mike Slive, if he’s in a room, he’s usually the smartest person in the room — unless Greg Sankey is also in the room,” Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “Then it’s a tie. … They’re like great chess players in that they don’t just see the next move, they see three or four moves ahead. I don’t know what that looks like, but I have confidence that Greg does…”

As they say, ignorance is bliss.

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It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but we like it.

Pretty cool look at big concerts in college football stadiums over the years here.

(via Michael Goldman)

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Nowhere to go but up.

Jeez, this sounds a little daunting.

Florida hasn’t averaged more than 186 passing yards per game in a season since 2009, and with a QB battle between Treon Harris, who started six games last year, and redshirt freshman Will Grier, defenses should be licking their chops. “It’s a learning curve—a steep one right now for them,” says new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. “They weren’t under center last year, so we’re starting from that. Talking about getting in a stance, proper hand placement to take a snap.”

Maybe he should think about bringing in RichRod as a consultant.

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