For the CFP, one size fits all.

As we all know, despite its official name, the Big 12 conference is composed of ten members.

That’s not a bad thing.  For one, it allows every conference school to play every conference opponent during the regular season.  That’s the best way to determine a conference champion, unless you’re an idiot.  Like Bob Bowlsby.  But I digress.

The thing is, there’s a lot to appreciate about a round robin schedule.  Unless you’re Jeff Long, that is.

… If there was any doubt how valuable a conference championship game was going to be in the College Football Playoff era, Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long made the message pretty clear; it’s pretty important.

Long, who chairs the selection committee for the College Football Playoff, was a guest in the broadcast booth for a short Q&A on the SEC Network during the Arkansas spring game Saturday afternoon. During his interview Long was asked about the College Football Playoff and the value of playing a conference championship game in the eyes of the selection committee. In his response, Long said the 13th game played by those in conference championship games was a factor for the selection committee. Baylor and TCU only played 12 games, with the Big 12 not holding a conference championship game.

So, you see, in the bigger picture, it doesn’t matter if a conference produces a champion in the optimal way of running the gauntlet of playing every other school in the conference.  It only matters if it produces a winner of a conference championship game.

I’m sure some of you can explain to me how this in no way devalues the regular season.


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The newest thing in recruiting

Kid from North Carolina commits to Florida on tape for Bleacher Report, then commits in a live ceremony to Syracuse.

There’s no rule against being committed to two schools, is there?


Filed under Recruiting

Returning starters in the kicking game

Dave Bartoo makes an interesting statistical point in his post about 2015 returning starters when he writes,

I include the kickers and punters in returning starters. Why? My trending has shown that a team with both kickers returning, that their average win total year of year is +1 game. Those that lose both kickers it is nearly a full game below last year’s total. When the average top 25 team loses their closest game by less than 4 points, on average, each season, kicking is going to be key in at least one game.

Georgia, as we know, returns both kickers this season.  How does that compare to the rest of the conference?

The Dawgs are one of eight teams to do so, according to the chart you can find in the middle of Dave’s post.  So, maybe not so big an advantage, more like keeping pace.  (Assuming Barber gets his consistency problem worked out, that is.)

On the other hand, if Bartoo’s right, it looks like that’s just another problem Jim McElwain’s got to deal with this season.


Filed under SEC Football, Stats Geek!

Vols gonna Vol.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest those Fourth-and-1 Wednesday sessions aren’t doing the trick.

But, hey, Butch is on the mother.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Crime and Punishment

Another day, another $4 million salary

Gary Pinkel, come on down!

There aren’t many SEC coaching salaries south of the $4 million line any more.


Filed under SEC Football

Drug policy and The Oklahoma State Way

The NCAA just put the hammer down on Oklahoma State for its repeated violations of its own drug policy.

Just kidding, at least to the first part of that sentence.

In addition to a reduction in recruiting evaluation days for football coaches and number of allowed official visits, both of which were self-imposed penalties, the NCAA put Oklahoma State on probation until April 23, 2016, levied an $8,500 fine and suspended the Orange Pride program for four years.

Orange Pride, in case you were wondering, is an all-female hosting group that “…did not follow NCAA guidelines in its recruitment of prospects.”  (I’ll leave that for you to ponder.)

But with regard to the latter, the NCAA found five football players between 2008-2012 who should have been withheld from a total of seven games based on the school’s testing policy.  And that’s supposedly a pretty big deal, because the NCAA’s only involvement in the drug area is a rule stating that schools must follow their own policies.  Which OSU clearly didn’t.

The topper is the school’s defense here:

According to the final public report, Oklahoma State athletics director Mike Holder told the infractions committee he believed he had “latitude” to make exceptions to Oklahoma State’s policy and did so after consulting with football coach Mike Gundy on the individual cases. He admitted during the hearing he was mistaken in that view and that he should have abided by the “letter of the law.”

… (Oklahoma State president Burns) Hargis said the instances where the drug testing policy wasn’t followed were the result of Gundy “trying to do what was best for the student-athlete.”

So even with a program (allegedly) enforcing a drug policy weaker than Georgia’s, the school still felt the need on an institutional basis to ignore it whenever the head coach thought it was inconvenient and all NCAA enforcement can come up in response with is a fine and a restriction on a few official recruiting visits.

We are such chumps.


Filed under Georgia Football, The NCAA

“Sincerely yours in football, Jim Harbaugh”

Seriously, this is a great troll of every SEC coach grumbling about satellite camps:

What would be even better is if Nick Saban actually showed up.


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