Cooking the COA books

Speaking of the integrity of the SEC, McGarity’s pushing another proposal this week in Destin.  While his head coach wants the COA dealt with in a way that puts all conference schools on a level playing field, McGarity isn’t trying to hit a home run right out of the gate.  Instead, he’s attempting to reach a consensus on something practical.

So it’s no surprise that Georgia is leading the push for conference legislative proposals to ensure that schools are coming up with their numbers equitably to determine expenses beyond tuition, books, room and board and fees.

“Our proposals center around transparency,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “The first step that we all need to understand is what are the components that make up the gap. Right now, no one knows what each school is doing. Our proposal is that we create transparency so that we can all understand this whole autonomy/cost of attendance issue better and some consistency on what can be provided in that cost of attendance.”

It’s one thing for there to be a fight over making COA spending equal (and don’t forget it’s a fight Slive has already said isn’t worth the effort).  It’s another to make everyone show their cards.

“I’m sure there will be some lively discussions,” McGarity said. “I’m not so sure why anyone would not want to be transparent.”

He’s either being coy or naïve with that.  You choose which.

There’s only one reason for a school not to share its formula, and it’s not because it hasn’t done the work.  I dunno – maybe it’s a trade secret.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

The Georgia Way’s latest crusade

Georgia’s playing Don Quixote again.

Under an SEC legislative proposal that Georgia is sponsoring, athletes like Taylor could not transfer to an SEC school if they had been disciplined for “serious misconduct” by a school or athletic department while enrolled at another college. Sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, dating violence or other forms of physical violence would be considered serious misconduct.

The hope, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said, is that the proposal that will be considered this week at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla, will help “avoid situations in the future, really for the integrity of the SEC. …We’re trying to propose it for standard operating procedure.”

A school could seek a waiver from the SEC’s executive committee if they wanted the athlete to enroll, according to the proposal.

“We’re saying that you just can’t do that unless it’s been vetted,” McGarity said.

The Georgia Way vs. Second Chance U.  It’s on, bitchez!

Aside from the issue of how this “vetting” would take place – what are the standards and who’s doing the vetting, anyway? – isn’t the real worry if this proposal were to pass that you’d just see student-athletes caught up in a troublesome situation bail out before being disciplined to beat the committee’s clock, so to speak?  And what about a kid who leaves the conference for, say, JUCO, and then looks to get back in?

It’s unclear what would happen in a case like that of quarterback Zach Mettenberger. He pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery for groping a woman at a bar during spring break, but that came after being dismissed by Georgia in 2010. He transferred to LSU after a season at junior college.

I don’t think this has any better chance of passing than Georgia’s windmill-tilting over drug policy did.  But bless their hearts for trying again.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, SEC Football

They can afford it.

You may have noticed that the Athletic Department is on something of a spending spree lately.

An athletic association budget of $117,419,039 was approved for fiscal year 2016 at Thursday’s spring meeting of the Board of Directors at the King and Prince Golf and Beach Resort.

That’s an increase of nearly $17.6 million from FY15…

The athletic association pledged an additional $1 million to the university, separate from the $4 million gift already planned, to help aid the university’s new, “experiential learning initiative,” according to University of Georgia President Jere Morehead.

A raise and extension was approved for basketball coach Mark Fox, now in line for $2 million annually for the next five years.

The contract keeps Fox, who is 106-89 with two NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons at Georgia, signed through the 2019-20 season.

Athletic director Greg McGarity also received a raise, up to $575,000 beginning in July with yearly increases planned through summer of 2019.

And the timetable for the indoor athletic facility, a hot-button topic within the community and fan base for years, is taking shape.

Judging from this job posting, the growth in the support staff for football isn’t slowing down, either. (h/t sectionzalum)

It’s different from what we’ve been accustomed to, but it’s not as if the reserve fund is going to be drained this year.  That’s because, first, as the article notes, the big bucks from the fledgling SEC Network are starting to roll in.  Boy, are they.

The SEC revenue distribution grows each year. It was $309.6 million in 2014, but this is the first year that will account for the SEC Network. Georgia reported at its athletic board meeting that its payment from the SEC is expected to jump from $22.97 million in fiscal year 2015 to $34.51 million in fiscal year 2016.

Throw in a 25% increase in ticket prices being phased in over the next three seasons and a $10 bump in the price of admission to the Cocktail Party and it’s pretty clear that nobody in Butts-Mehre is worried about missing any meals in the next few years.  Not to say Greg McGarity ain’t grateful:

“Our fans have been loyal to us through seasons where we were 12-2 and when we were 6-7, and we’re extremely appreciative of that support.”

“You’re welcome,” said our wallets.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness

You’ve got your agenda, and I’ve got mine.

Mike Slive’s last show sounds likes it’s gonna be loads of fun.

  1. Satellite camps.  The SEC is unhappy the rest of the world isn’t following its wisdom on the subject.  “It gets complex when that legislation is not national legislation, so we would like to see our rule become national legislation. The real question is if it doesn’t, what are we going to do? That’ll be basically one of the primary subjects. I don’t have an answer, but we hope an answer will emerge out of Destin.”  The answer is likely to be if you can’t get ’em to change their minds, join ’em.
  2. Graduate transfer.  Once again, the SEC has a stricter rule about something than does the rest of the country.  And it’s even dumber than you’d think:  [Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs] notes that no such rule exists for undergraduates with at least two years of eligibility remaining, even when they’ve had discipline problems.  “That doesn’t make any sense,” – especially at Second Chance U.  Will this change?  Maybe, but don’t underestimate the sanctimony of SEC presidents.
  3. The Chutzpah Award.  It goes to Mr. Jacobs, who wants a rule counting state-funded scholarships against athletic totals for sports like baseball and softball.  Why?  “This is an unfair competitive advantage…”  It won’t pass, but its real value may be in leveraging the next debate…
  4. COA.  The big, bloody brawl.  Interestingly, Slive doesn’t sound like this is a hill he’s ready to die on.  “We’re in an evolutionary period and the end result is that everything isn’t necessarily going to be the same for everybody,” Slive said. “That’s a difficult concept for them and it flies in the face of the experience of our coaches and our institutions for decades.   “The days of everything and every rule being grounded in a level playing field are gone.”  I’ve got no idea where this is headed.  Coaches like Richt and Saban feel very strongly about the issue, but, as Slive indicates, the math is a bitch.



Filed under SEC Football

Great moments in preseason Heisman punditry

ESPN’s Alabama preview refers to Jake Coker as “a journeyman backup”.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles

“Drinking town with a football problem”

And you thought yours was the only one.


Filed under College Football

“We have no intention of moving it. None.”

So… how long before Jeff Long explains to Army and Navy they’re not aware of what’s really going on in the real world?


Filed under BCS/Playoffs