Maybe the quarterback situation isn’t as under control as Richt has let on.
You know, sometimes you sit back and reflect on the changes, the upheaval and the disruption that’s roiled college football the past few years and it’s troubling. Then you see something like this and realize it was all worth it.
Oh, wait. You thought I was talking about the fans? Suckers.
Lindy’s is out with its SEC preseason rag. The anonymous coach comments used to be one of my favorite things to read when Tuberville was still in the SEC, because often he barely made the effort to disguise his anonymity (or his contempt towards some, for that matter).
Now it’s much more bland, which is a shame. But judging from this, somebody’s evidently not a big Georgia fan.
On the defense
“Jeremy Pruitt said last year he had the worst collection of defensive backs he ever had to coach. He said he inherited defensive backs that weren’t SEC-caliber. But he’s taken the bull by the horns on defense and he will lean on some young guys in the secondary. I think those two guys at outside linebacker (Leonard Floyd, Jordan Jenkins) are talented, but not superstars. I think they are a product of the recruiting machine and hype.”
On the offense
“They lose one of the best running backs in the country, but they’ve got Nick Chubb. When’s the last time you saw Georgia without a great running back? … Georgia and Alabama have new quarterbacks, but the difference is, Alabama’s new quarterback was coached by the same coach last year. Georgia has a new offensive coordinator. Advantage Alabama.”
That last part sounds cocky enough to resemble something Junior would say in his prime. But I doubt even he would stoop to slamming a player for being “a product of the recruiting machine and hype.”
Since 2004, only five SEC schools – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State and Texas A&M – have managed to avoid being fined by the conference for fans rushing the field/court post-game. The SEC’s response? Jack up the fines.
The previous penalties started at $5,000 for first-time offenders and increased to $25,000 for second violations and up to $50,000 fines for third and subsequent offenses.
The new system is expected to be finalized this week at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, and there have been discussions about increasing the initial fine to $50,000.
What exactly do they expect that to fix?
“The SEC, I think, for a long time has tried to take a leadership role there,” Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley said. “If we end up increasing the fines and putting a better message out there to your fans that we need to win and be excited and we don’t need to do that because it’s not safe when people rush the field …”
Yes, I’m sure that a school paying more in fines will be the message that makes drunk college kids stop and think in the midst of celebrating, “goodness, we don’t need to do that”.
You’d do better to have security walk around the crowd handing out tickets to them for being on the field. At least you might recoup some of that $50K.
Georgia’s proposal to ban players from transferring within the conference if they have been disciplined for serious misconduct is likely to be “tabled”.
Why, you ask? Well, for one thing, there’s that “innocent until proven guilty” crapola the presidents can’t seem to get a handle on.
During Thursday’s meeting, several SEC presidents and chancellors who are lawyers questioned what would happen if a player arrested is not convicted on such charges, Pastides said.
“That was the complexity — what about innocent until proven guilty?” Pastides said. “That’s what we have to work out with the ADs. I think that universities need to be held to a different standard than just what the law says. I do agree that those (violence) issues are much more serious than, for example, you get arrested for drinking underage or speeding or smoking pot. So I do think we need to take a different stand on these.”
But the real hold up is that the SEC office doesn’t want to touch this with a ten-foot pole.
“I’ve always been opposed to the conference having the authority or requirement to sanction a student at an institution for behavior unrelated to athletics,” Slive said. “That’s something I wouldn’t want, and I don’t think it’s appropriate for the conference office to be involved in that kind of assessment. That belongs on the campus. I made that abundantly clear.”
Translation: I don’t need Roger Goodell’s headaches, thank you very much. You don’t want these kids, presidents? Then you keep ’em off your campuses.
The problem with that, as Dan Wolken neatly summarizes, is simple.
But the fact player discipline is now on the table for discussion suggests SEC schools no longer trust each other (or perhaps themselves) to act in the best interest of the conference when they have to decide whether a player with serious baggage is worth the trouble.
Yeah, that’s a real dilemma. But there’s an obvious way out: make Jimmy Williamson the next conference commissioner.
“I don’t care what network we’re on,” Alleva said, “as long as we’re playing at night.”
I’m sorta kicking myself for not catching one particular tidbit from CBS’ announcement of part of its 2015 SEC broadcast schedule, but it looks like Fightin’ Joe Alleva gets as much traction from telling CBS what he wants as he’s gotten with the SEC office on cross-division rivalry games.
At least nobody’s making LSU play on Thursday. Yet, anyway.