Rich Rodriguez is blowing up spring practice.

At Georgia, Kirby Smart is pushing for the entire state to show up for G-Day.

Meanwhile, at Arizona, RichRod’s decided the whole spring thing isn’t worth the trouble.

Spring football for colleges begins Friday. Really.

“Hell, the weather’s nice her year round,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said from Tucson, where his team was set to hit the practice field amidst a forecasted high of 88 degrees. “Let’s enjoy it.”

Rodriguez is not the first coach to shift his 15 “spring” practices into February. Duke opened even earlier in 2015 (Feb. 6), while Stanford, Northwestern and a couple others have moved to late February. The stated reasons include giving players that suffer injuries more time to recover and freeing them up to concentrate on academics the rest of the semester.

Practices are spread out over seven weeks (which includes spring break), concluding March 25.

But Rodriguez is taking things one step farther. He’s basically decided to blow up the way his team practices altogether. The Wildcats’ 15 practices will overwhelmingly consist of individual drills and basic fundamentals. There will be only one formal scrimmage, no spring game and relatively few 11-on-11 periods.

Inconceivable!  Can you imagine the hue and cry that would arise if we were deprived of spring scrimmage stats?  How would we know that the coaches were starting the wrong quarterback without G-Day QBR to fall back on?

Even better, can you imagine if RichRod had taken the Alabama job and tried this?  He’d be run out of Tuscaloosa on a rail.

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Mr. Conventional Wisdom sniffs at Jim Harbaugh.

Why, yes, now that you ask.  And it’s everything you’d expect.

I don’t know what I like best, the macho posturing that starts with the header and keeps on going, or the lame attempt to claim that Harbaugh is the real hypocrite here.  Actually, the winner comes when he combines both:

… If there is no rule prohibiting what Harbaugh wants to do, then I don’t blame him for trying to take advantage of it. Just man up about why you’re doing it. You’re not doing it because your players want to practice in nice weather during their spring break. It’s about recruiting.

Yeah, grow a pair, bitch.  You’re gonna need ’em when Sankey’s boys come for you: “Translation: The SEC is not going to start this fight. But it will be more than willing to finish it.”  Whew, that’s some rough stuff, that is.

In any event, it ought to keep Tony in good standing with the SEC office.

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“However, circumstances have put us in a position that we are going to part ways.”

And the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations at Ole Miss claims a victim… who’s not at Ole Miss.

Horns247 has learned that Texas and defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn are expected to part ways. It is unclear whether Vaughn will resign or be fired.

Vaughn, who was an assistant at Ole Miss six years ago, may have been implicated in part of the NCAA allegations recently levied against Ole Miss.

Many of the violations involve the staff of current Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze, but per an ESPN report, four of the violations are attached to former Ole Miss staffers under former Rebel head coach Houston Nutt.

Vaughn coached for the Rebels from 2008 to 2011 and served as the team’s defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Sources tell Horns247 the evidence against Vaughn “were damning.”

It’s not great news for OM, although it could be worse.  But the real question for me is, between this guy and David Saunders, how in the hell was the Nuttster’s recruiting so mediocre?  I mean, if you cheat and still can’t land the talent, what does that say about your coaching ability?

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Buck Belue, master of the obvious

Here’s the header for an AJ-C piece (you definitely do not need to click on the link) – “Former UGA great says Jacob Eason needs to earn the QB job“.

With keen insight like that, I can only hope there’s a support staff spot they can open up to take full advantage of Buck’s wisdom.  I mean, who knew?

I think we’ve officially hit the offseason, folks.

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Greatest Southern conservative crisis ever?

Boy, now here’s a tough call:  Louisiana’s governor warns his constituents that if state government can’t solve its serious fiscal problems, “… you can say farewell to college football next fall.”

Hey, if that happens, can Kirby Smart have dibs on LSU’s offensive linemen?

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Look at it as another opportunity to check your messages.

So, this is a thing now.

The NCAA Football Rules Committee has approved several proposals to enhance student-athlete safety and allow electronic devices in some areas of stadiums for coaching purposes…

After reviewing numerous video examples and receiving strong feedback on its annual rules survey, the committee voted to expand the authority of the instant replay official, requiring them to review all aspects of targeting fouls. Additionally, the instant replay official will be able to stop the game and create a targeting foul in situations where an egregious action has occurred.

I guess letting CBS and ESPN jam more commercials into their broadcasts isn’t dragging out game times enough. This ought to be good for at least one additional commercial break per game.

It’s only a matter of time until the Rules Committee once again explores the need for a few changes “to speed up the game” – all in the name of the fans, of course.

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“This is a game of skill…”

Here’s something that may be worth keeping an eye on:  in a world that’s grown increasingly hostile to the fantasy sports business model, a bill introduced in the Georgia legislature is proposing to swim against the tide.

Unterman called the legislation a “consumer protection” effort, saying an estimated 1.5 million people play daily fantasy sports in Georgia.

Notably, she wrote the bill to differentiate daily fantasy sports from gambling — something Georgia bans other than in lottery games and slot-like machines known as coin-operated amusement machines.

“This is a game of skill, that you are actually following and researching the players and teams, versus just going in and plopping down $3 for a lottery ticket and the computer generates the numbers,” Unterman said…

Okay, you can stop chuckling now.  The idea that fantasy sports is more a game of skill than, say, poker is… well, laughable.

But what I really wonder about here is pretty simple.  With the NCAA and the conferences on the warpath about fantasy sports and their track record for making public gestures, could we be looking at a situation where there are repercussions in states that welcome fantasy sports?  Eh, probably not.

I mean, let’s face it.  Georgia is looking at regulation because there’s a little money in it for the state (

Still, at least for now, we’re in the Bible Belt.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the bill and, if it passes and is signed into law, what kind of response it’ll generate.

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