Commit to the pass system

Ummm… this doesn’t sound promising.

A pass system, combined with the hope that fans sit in an assigned section?  This is Sanford Stadium we’re talking about, right?

Wow.  I admire the UGAAA’s sense of optimism.



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Junior, on Saban and Smart

If you think spending three years in Tuscaloosa gives Lane Kiffin any special insight about Alabama and Georgia facing off through the next few seasons, then you might be interested in this:

That team that he played in the national championship, though, might have something to say about how successful Saban is if he does, in fact, stick around for another decade. At least, according to Kiffin.

Georgia, in its second year under Kirby Smart, won the SEC title in 2017 over Auburn, and put Alabama in a 13-0 hole in the College Football Playoff National Championship before letting it slip away in a 26-23 overtime thriller. Smart was an assistant under Saban for Saban’s first nine years with Alabama, as well as one year each with LSU (2004) and the Miami Dolphins (2006).

That familiarity, coupled with the success he displayed in 2017 and recruiting base Smart has in Georgia, might present Saban’s toughest long-term challenge to date.

“That’s hard to do when you’ve got someone who’s been with you for 10 years, knows every single thing you do and every single reason why your program is successful,” Kiffin said. “For me, I went to Alabama for three years and it was already rolling. Kirby was there from Day 1 to see how coach [Saban] built it. That’s hard. The guy’s been there for 10 years and now he goes inside the conference and you’ve got to compete against him. But it isn’t the first time. [Saban] has been doing that a lot.”


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No hard feelings, Mark Richt edition

Isn’t Greg McGarity a people?  Where’s the love, Mark?



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With this bunch, nothing is ever easy.

Stewart Mandel describes a current proposal to allow football players to participate in up to four games in a season without giving up the opportunity to redshirt as “seems like a no-brainer”.

Not so fast, my friend.

“Apparently, there is a group out there that has been resistant,” the American Football Coaches Association’s executive director told The Athletic this week. “It’s powerful enough where some of the administrators have concerns whether it’s going to pass or whether we should even propose it. You can’t bring it up again for another two years.”

It’s not the football coaches, who are in favor of it.  They don’t have a vote, anyway.  It’s not the Football Oversight Committee, either.  Nor does it appear to be any of the P5 conferences, as it’s an ACC proposal being shepherded by Bob Bowlsby of the Big XII. Obviously, it’s good for the players.  So, where, then?

Though Berry could not specify where the pockets of resistance are coming from, it’s safe to assume they’re likely coming from the academic side. The NCAA Board of Directors — which must give the final stamp of approval — consists almost entirely of university presidents.

“It’s more about misunderstanding than anything else, and feeling like there would be some abuse to this and gamesmanship by the coaches, but this would not be easy to game,” he said. “Are there some side benefits where a player might mature over the course of the season to the point where they become viable? Yes. But some of the intent of this is that you don’t have enough viable players by the end of the season due to injury.”

This is what comes of letting school without football programs have a direct say about football-specific proposals.  Way to go there, fellas.


UPDATE:  John Infante points out a problem.

The mid-year stuff is something Mandel pointed to as a matter that needs clarification.

And it’s hard to argue with this.

Now that would be player-friendly.


UPDATE #2:  And here’s the topper.

There’s that whole “unrealistic reality world” thing cropping up again.


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Talking the talk after walking the walk

So, how well do you think this translates on the recruiting trail?

“Man, coach Pittman, I love him not only for me but for the university and the offensive line,” Isaiah Wynn said of Pittman. “Just the whole team in general. He did a lot of just being able to come and work with the guys that he had. He did a fantastic job. I think the whole team bought in to his teaching. Everybody trusted him in the offensive line room. He kind of made us become closer as an offensive line unit so I really believe that’s why this season we had such a great season, because he brought that mentality of us being all brothers in that room and we have to play for each other.”

Wynn flourished under Pittman’s tutelage. As a senior he was named a second-team All-American and a first-team All-SEC performer and is now considered as a late-first, early-second round prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft. He started 15 games at one of the toughest positions in football and shut down some extremely talented edge rushers.

Pretty well, I’d say.


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Patronizing Nick Saban is the worst Nick Saban.

Those damned kids, wanting some semblance of control over their lives.  Don’t they understand that Coach always knows best?

Or, as Saban delivered in his 427-word monologue, it’s just part of college football’s “unrealistic reality world.”

“It’s an unrealistic reality world that we live in with a lot of young players, and I feel badly for them because what I’d like for them to do is focus on what they need to do to be good players,” Saban said. “And not worry about trying to meet all the expectations and standards that people have created for them.”

I gotta admit “unrealistic reality world” is a nice turn of phrase.  How long did it take for him to come up with it?

“I think that, the thing that I try to get guys to do, is not have an unrealistic reality about their circumstance and their career as a football player — what they want to try to accomplish as a student in developing a career off the field, and what kind of person they want to be,” Saban said. “And I think with all the information out there sometimes, that’s a little bit easy to get a little unrealistic about because, basically, every athlete, every guy, when you’re a senior in high school, you have goals and aspirations, and things that you want to accomplish, but when it comes to developing your career, you’re rolling the dice with how that works out, all right.

“How you’re able to compete, how you’re able to sustain, what kind of player you’re going to be, and it makes it even more difficult because all the people out there who are so-called experts on, and all the people who give them five stars, they create an expectation with these guys that’s unrealistic.”

Yes, it’s everyone’s fault except for the coaches who run around begging these star athletes to come play for them.

I wonder how Saban explains to his soon-to-be former players how the “unrealistic reality world” fits in with medical scholarships.  Churlish, I know.


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An early look at strength of schedule

Phil Steele checks in with a ranking of the 130 FBS teams based on the NCAA’s approach, which is to combine opponents’ records from the previous season.  By that measure, Georgia ranks a solid middle of the pack 63rd, hardly the stuff of Finebaumian indignation.  (‘Bama is nine slots higher, Paul.)

Of course, as Steele notes, the way the NCAA measures strength of schedule is not without its flaws.  Playing a 10-2 powerhouse 1-AA team that’s fattened up its record against opponents from that level is likely not the same as playing an 8-4 program in a P5 conference, but the NCAA treats them as so for purposes of this metric.

Steele looks at other factors:

There are other ways to measure schedule strength. Who played the most teams with a winning record last year? Well that way came up with two teams. #1 on this list Florida St and #76 Rice both play 10 teams with winning records. For Florida St all 10 of their teams went on to play in a bowl game. On the opposite end New Mexico St will only face 4 opponents with a winning record.

How about who faces the most teams who made the postseason in 2017? For purposes of this article, we’ll count the 78 FBS bowl participants, the 24 FCS playoff teams, and Grambling St and North Carolina A&T, who played in the Celebration Bowl. Here, Florida St, Utah, NC State, Kansas, Iowa St and Oklahoma are facing 10 teams off a post season appearance last year. New Mexico St is the only team that will face less than three bowl teams in 2018 (2).

Opponents who finished last year in the Top 25? Michigan was on top with six teams that were ranked at the end of the season last year. Florida St, Auburn, Texas A&M, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, LSU and Rutgers follow with five teams.

The Dawgs face two teams that were ranked last season, seven teams with winning 2017 records and six schools that played in bowl games.  That’s not Florida State, but it’s not any worse that Ohio State, either, and I don’t hear a whole lot of moaning from the national media about Corch’s team in that regard.


Filed under Georgia Football, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water, Stats Geek!