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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Picking up the check

It’s not exactly a shock that Georgia’s on the hook for a fair amount of change with the dismissal of Mark Richt and his staff.  $6.2 million is the cost of doing business in today’s SEC.

The fun occurs when you break down that number.  Particularly with one Jeremy Pruitt.

UGA’s employment agreements with assistant coaches call for them to be paid through June 30 of the current year unless they have a multiyear agreement. Georgia then agrees to make up the difference if the coaches’ new jobs pay less…

… Pruitt, who is now defensive coordinator at Alabama, had two years remaining on their three-year contracts. So their monies will be paid over the remaining term, according to Andy Platt, the athletic association’s chief financial officer. That’s … $600,000 total for Pruitt, records show.

But wait, you say.  Jeremy Pruitt’s gone to work for the Rolls Royce of college football programs, in the same position he occupied at Georgia.  How is it possible that Georgia owes him money?

Likewise, it appears Pruitt is scheduled to make $1 million a year as Alabama’s new defensive coordinator. He succeeds Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, who made $1.5 million last year in the same role for the Crimson Tide. Pruitt made $1.3 million as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator last season.

Pruitt took a pay cut to work for Saban, except it’s not really a pay cut, thanks to the generosity of Greg McGarity.  I bet Pruitt smiles every time that deposit shows up in his checking account.

Hell, I’m a little surprised he didn’t agree to work for less.

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Musical palate cleanser, Tex-Mex edition

For your morning enjoyment, here’s Doug Sahm, with his nineties group The Texas Tornados, doing his flower power ode to jail bait, “Mendocino”.

The man could spin a groove with the best of them.

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“This is an important issue.”

So, Greg Sankey is not going to lower himself to a Twitter war – “some childhood use of Twitter” – with Jim Harbaugh, because what’s at stake for the children is too damned critical.

“What’s unfortunate is people try to reduce this to simply a competitive issue, which it is not,” Sankey said.

The NCAA does not prohibit schools from conducting off-site practices during spring break, but Sankey believes the move by Michigan is counter-intuitive to the time-demand concerns discussed by Power 5 conference leaders and student-athletes at the NCAA’s annual convention in January.

“That’s the national issue and if I’m the only one that is going to speak about it, so be it,” Sankey said. “But it is one piece of this conversation that we don’t need to further. In addition, we need to understand that it’s really clear when people do things — push the boundaries — others follow and I think it is all in our collective best interests to say out-of-season sports using, in this case, spring break for practice purposes, is not appropriate.”

Question:  if this isn’t a competitive issue, then what business is it of the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference as to what the coach at Michigan does with his players?

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“I already feel stronger with the injury that happened.”

And I can remember the day when linemen’s shoulders came to Georgia to get injured.

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Proof that nature abhors a vacuum.

Spurrier retires and Harbaugh steps up to fill the gap.

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