It’s getting harder to tell the haves from the have-nots.

Kansas has plans for a $300 million stadium renovation and Arkansas State is going with the waterfall look; meanwhile, Missouri is renting out dorm rooms to visiting football fans in order to make ends meet.

College football, I don’t know you anymore.



Filed under It's Just Bidness

Head games

Here’s a dilemma that only college football could love.

Oregon football players used three helmets last season — green, black and white — that were mixed and matched with myriad uniform combinations.

The Ducks were pioneers in football fashion and other schools have followed, using helmets to make a statement. Now, the NCAA wants to determine whether style is coming at the expense of safety.

The governing body’s football oversight committee will meet this week in Indianapolis and is to begin studying whether multiple helmets could lead to more concussions and serious head and neck injuries…

“Style and who looks cool and who’s matching with all these different uniforms combinations each week on the helmets and the shoes, that is big-time concern when you talk about recruiting, marketing and buzz and aesthetics on game day and other times,” Anderson said. “But at the end of the day, if we’re not protecting these players at the highest degree then we’re faltering.”

Stylin’ for recruiting versus safety.  Tough call, NCAA.


Filed under Recruiting, The Body Is A Temple, The NCAA

In search of fullbacks

It used to be the way people threw the word “spread” around, applying it conceptually to things that maybe weren’t appropriate, drove me a little crazy.  Now I wonder if we’re hitting a time when the same thing goes for “pro-style”.

What does “pro-style” mean these days? Check out these numbers.

Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz recently tweeted some formation numbers. The use of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE) increased to 60.4 percent of all plays in the NFL this season, and it was the most common personnel grouping for all 32 teams.

Schatz added that the second-most common packages for any team included the Jets 10 personnel (33 percent), the Colts 12 personnel (31 percent) and the Eagles and Panthers 12 personnel (27 percent).

If you wanted any more proof the fullback is dead, there you go. The next time you hear college coaches talking about styles that translate to the NFL, keep these numbers in mind.

If all “pro-style” means these days is deploying a fullback, then I guess that makes sense.  Since it doesn’t…


Filed under Strategery And Mechanics

More wisdom from Fearless Leader

From part two of Mark Bradley’s hard-hitting interview with Greg McGarity:

I wanted someone who knew kind of what it looked like to be at the highest levels of college football. A lot of those things we needed to learn from Kirby. Because we had been operating under one way of operation for 15 years, so there was one perspective on how to approach things. So there was a different perspective coming in on “What do we need to do?” We listened when it made sense, and 99 percent of the time it made sense and we went ahead and helped make it all happen administratively. So the passion, the ability to recruit, the way he treats these student-athletes, the people he surrounds himself with and his attention to detail is outstanding. Those are the things that coming in I knew were important. If you have that solid foundation, then you can build upon that. I knew that the foundation had to be set. I think he did a wonderful job in executing that plan.

Even Bradley can’t pass up the obvious retort.

Still: 8-5.

8-5 and two great comeback wins and two tough last-minute losses. It’s such a game of inches, like everything else is. A yard here or there. What you can’t do is play the could’ve and should’ve game.

Nah.  Too many other variables to worry about.

I always judge programs by a lot of measurables. Wins and losses are extremely important, but also: Does the coach lose the team? Is the team still hustling? Are they giving their best effort? The body language – all these things come into play.

“Does the coach lose the team boosters?”  FIFY, Greg.

Who keeps telling him these interviews are a good idea?


Filed under Georgia Football

This is fun to watch.

That is all.


Filed under Georgia Football

When you’re on a need to know basis…

… and the coach doesn’t think you need to know anything: Which lesser-known players really turned heads during practices and in the spring game?

Lowery: “I can’t really comment on practices because Dan Mullen closed all of them save for one 20-minute stretching period…”

C’mon, man.  You’re not really trying if you can’t figure out something from a stretching period.

If Trump wants to stop all the leaking from his administration, he ought to hire a bunch of SEC coaches.  They don’t seem to have any problem at all locking down the media.


Filed under SEC Football

Such a deal

Boy, we’ve come a long way from the days of Georgia being the lone SEC school refusing to give multi-year contracts to assistant coaches and Mark Richt distributing bonuses out of his own pocket.

McGee signed a two-year contract, which included a salary increase of $75,000, bringing his pay to $350,000 per year, according to information provided by UGA.

McGee becomes the sixth of Kirby Smart’s assistant coaches known to be on multi-year contracts. New defensive line coach Tray Scott was given a two-year deal at his $400,000 salary earlier this year. Outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer and receivers coach James Coley received two-year deals when they were hired last year and are entering the final year of their contracts.

Offensive line coach Sam Pittman, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker all received three-year deals when they were hired last year.

McGee wasn’t the only coach who received a raise this offseason, although his was the largest. Pittman was bumped up by $10,000 to $660,000 per year; inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann saw his salary increase by $25,000 to $275,000; and Tucker’s pay increased by $50,000 to $900,000.

All that after a mediocre 8-5 season.  I guess it pays to be good at recruiting.


Filed under Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness