When you’re a basketball coach at a football school…

… you make the adjustments you need to make.

Tom Crean is a good sport.

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Today, in Always. Be. Closing.

Georgia has a new defensive lineman.

He’s a graduate transfer from Notre Dame (yes, he played against Georgia) who turned in a decent 2017 season.  He should help address depth concerns on Georgia’s defensive line this season.

Now it’s roster management time for Kirby.

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UPDATE:  If you’re wondering about quality…

That should work.

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UPDATE #2:  One door opens, or something.

On Wednesday, Georgia picked up a commitment from graduate transfer Jay Hayes. It also lost a linebacker, as Jaleel Laguins announced that he would be transferring from the team.

Laguins, a former 4-star recruit and member of the 2016 recruiting class, announced his transfer via his Twitter page. This is the second day in a row a Georgia player has transferred as offensive lineman Pat Allen did so on Tuesday.

Best of luck to you, Jaleel.

Maybe we need to keep the roster in pencil for now.

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Today, in doing it for the kids

I wasn’t expecting a second dedicated post on the topic of the Rice commission’s report, but this is such a galactically stupid threat, I can’t help but share.

Freshman ineligibility?  Seriously?  Exactly who is that supposed to benefit?  Oh, right.  It’s just a misguided attempt on the NCAA’s part to create leverage with the NBA.  Tough shit for the players, though.

These people really don’t deserve to run college sports.

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The Process abides.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember the last time a Georgia offensive lineman who started a game one season elected to transfer the following spring.

Depth and Pittman, baby.  Best of luck to Pat Allen, too.

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The SEC and the first-year effect

One thing I factor into my projections when I compose my SEC preseason prediction post in August is staff turnover.  The odds are, at least in my judgment, that new head coaches and coordinators are going to have their teams progressing through a learning curve that at best will have a steep arc en route to a high plateau and at worst will never really climb at all.  By and large, though, you have to figure that somewhat rocky times are ahead in the short run as systems have to be learned and players have to buy into the changes.

This all passed through my head reading this AP piece about the five (!) new head coaches in the conference.  Moreover, some of these programs, like Arkansas and Florida, are making dramatic changes in coaching philosophies from the prior staffs.  Add to that coordinator changes at Alabama, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt (apologies if I’ve left somebody out) and you’ve got a lot of uncertainty being introduced into the system.

No doubt some programs will handle these changeovers better than others — don’t cry for me, Tuscaloosa — but you have to figure some won’t fare so well.  Is SOD, who’s never been an offensive coordinator before, going to transition Missouri’s offense successfully?  Is Will Muschamp really prepared to live with the consequences of a hurry-up offense run by another rookie coordinator?  Does Orgeron have a clue what he wants offensively?  Does Chad Morris have the personnel left over from Bert’s regime to run his kind of offense?  How about Dan Mullen?

If you had to bet on programs to succeed sooner than later with their new coaches, which would you pick?

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Can’t win ’em all.

One of the faithful narratives of a certain segment of the Georgia fan base eager to see Mark Richt shown the exit door was that the man’s ability to recognize talent was overrated — this was, after all, a coach who pursued Cam Newton as a tight end, we were told repeatedly.  Obviously, judgment like that was prima facie evidence that Richt was unqualified to run a football program.

Nah, you need someone whose eye for talent is unimpeachable.  You know, somebody like Jeremy Pruitt, who could be counted on to identify the perfect future for a recruit.  Like Lamar Jackson, for example.

Jackson has said that as a recruit he heard from at least one SEC football program recruiting him to play safety, though he hadn’t played safety in high school.

“Georgia said they wanted me at safety,” Jackson said in a 2016 interview prior to his Heisman Trophy-winning season. “They were out of the equation right after they said that. …

“I think it was the defensive coordinator. He called me and was like, ‘I like your speed. I think you’d be a great fit at safety.’ I was like, ‘Coach, I play quarterback.’ He was like, ‘Well, here’s the offensive coordinator.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m not going there.'”

This would have been former coach Mark Richt’s staff at UGA, and the defensive coordinator – assuming that was the coach who called Jackson – would have likely been Jeremy Pruitt, who went on to become the head coach at Tennessee.

The point here isn’t to knock Pruitt’s judgment.  After all, he was far from alone in recognizing Jackson’s ability to play the quarterback position in college.  Nor is it to immunize Richt against all criticism.  But, man, was that “Cam as a tight end” meme dumb.

(h/t)

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“I feel like I know what a practice is supposed to look like.”

No worries, Jeremy.

Phillip Fulmer’s coaching career spanned nearly four decades. His time as an athletic director has been a little more than four months.

But, as Fulmer settles into his role as Tennessee’s athletic director after signing a four-year deal last week, the hall of fame coach believes his experience as a coach makes him uniquely equipped to handle his new duties.

“I’ve been there,” Fulmer said. “I’ve done a lot of things … I know what that’s supposed to look like. I lined the field at Wichita State, I painted the weight room, you work yourself up.”

Fulmer pointed to longtime friend and peer Barry Alvarez on how he can approach being the athletic director. Alvarez was, for a time, the Wisconsin athletic director and head football coach.

What a coincidence.

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