Historically speaking, I don’t think many folks have viewed Sanford Stadium as one of the most hostile environments in the SEC. Maybe that’s slowly changing.
Al.com asked 19 SEC players at the NFL combine to list the hardest places to play. Of the 28 votes cast by the 19 players, Alabama and LSU tied for the most with seven apiece. Auburn had four and Georgia three. Sure, that ain’t much, but it’s a beginning. A sample comment:
Jamarcus King, South Carolina
Why: “Because the fans were really into it. When we played them, that was really the first week they were the No. 1 team. The fans were there and loud.”
It’s about us. And as folks in South Bend witnessed, we travel well, too.
In light of some of the comments I read in response to yesterday’s post about Richt’s offensive philosophy, I thought this was interesting enough to share.
For example, talked with Mark Richt last month about roster size. He said there's no point in signing a HS player you're not sure about when you might find better quality on transfer market now. Only reason to be at 85 is if you have 85 guys you really like. https://t.co/ShzCa0nrjw
Whereas in his Athens days, Richt’s propensity for leaving his roster numbers well short of the 85-man limit was the result of a deliberate reluctance on his part to overpromise when it came to making offers, this seems way more driven by the calculus of how to fill out a roster with what works best in the here and now. I’m not saying whether that’s the best approach, but I sense that it’s driven by a realization that he’ll never have the resources to match what the likes of Alabama and Georgia do in assembling (and reconstructing) their rosters.
All of which leads me to wonder how much longer the transfer rules are going to allow Saban to get away with stuff like this.
Wait a minute — it is a “possibility” that Stetson Bennett could earn a scholarship if he stays with the program? Thought this kid was a dead lock, SEC-ready beast. Kirby’s sales pitch: “I certainly respect what he has done this far for the University of Georgia and he’s a really good student as well. We’re selling him on the University of Georgia education.” Not seeing a lot of playing time in there, but then I’m not as good at reading between the lines as some of you guys are.
Florida won the SEC All-Sports Award for a 12th consecutive year and for the 26th time in 27 years. Georgia, by virtue of having the best showing in women’s sports, finished second.
Things will be looking up this fall when I watch college football, it seems.
BREAKING: Jim Connor, who spent the past several years playing football fanatic Larry Culpepper in Dr. Pepper commercials, has told me that the company will not feature Culpepper in commercials going forward. Connor says the decision “Rocked my world” and was “An incredible gig.” pic.twitter.com/an0DJBKO0w
“He had some good pointers,” Smart said about Saban’s advice on dealing with the quarterback battle. “But I’ll keep that between he and I. I’m always looking for good advice especially dealing with the quarterback situation.” — Dawgs247, 5/16/18