Let’s face it: it’s basically impossible to write a best-of-recruiting piece about the 2018 class without having Georgia’s footprint all over it.
Tennessee returns the SEC’s worst offense, brings in a new offensive staff with a different scheme in mind and has personnel questions up and down the roster. Not exactly a recipe for success in 2018. Then again, if Pruitt’s defense can shut out every opponent, there’s not much to worry about, amirite?
Florida’s Dan Mullen and Scott Stricklin, both formerly of Mississippi State, NCAA investigator Mike Sheridan and the NCAA itself have been throw into the Rebel Rags legal saga.
Rebel Rags, the Oxford-based outlet store, filed a lawsuit against Mullen, Stricklin, Sheridan, the NCAA, Mississippi State’s Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones, and Lindsey Miller, Laremy Tunsil’s estranged stepfather, in Lafayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Talk about your motley crew.
The complaint is centered on defamation, civil conspiracy and commercial disparagement. Those are the same allegations the original case, which was filed last June against Lewis, Jones and Miller, are based on. That stems from statements those three provided to the NCAA during its investigation into Ole Miss’ football program.
Rebel Rags alleges that Mullen, Stricklin, Sheridan and the NCAA were a part of an overarching conspiracy, which impacted the outlet store when it was named in the Notice of Allegations.
Well, it’s a theory.
As I like to say, America is a great country — anybody can sue anybody over anything. Making it stick is a horse of an entirely different color, though. Still… hey, can you pass that bag of popcorn over this way?
Here’s a nice summary from Jeff Sentell about where Kirby Smart is headed with Georgia’s next class, not from the perspective of individual recruits, but overall needs for the roster. The staff has already sent out 192 (!) offers, broken down by position as follows:
- QB: 10 (5 Dual-threats, 5 Pro-Style)
- RB: 9
- WR: 28 (Already with a pair of 5-star commits)
- TE: 5 (Already with a 4-star commit)
- OT: 22 (Already with a 4-star commit)
- OG: 7
- OC: 1
- K: 0
- DE: 33 (Both strong-side and weak-side DEs)
- DT: 16
- OLB: 14 (Already with a 5-star commit)
- ILB: 2 (Already with a 4-star commit)
- CB: 18 (Already with a 4-star commit)
- S: 11
- ATH: 16
- Total: 192
It’s interesting to see the points of emphasis at this early stage. Apparently, somebody has figured out that you can never have enough offensive tackles. That’s a refreshing change.
I don’t know how to take this.
Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte wants to make some major changes to the game day experience for fans during football season in order to improve attendance.
The new AD told ESPN Radio’s Freddie and Fitzsimmons that his staff is working on ways to make attending football games more attractive during a time when college football attendance is down across the country. Del Conte said he believes it starts with improving the atmosphere and fanfare around the game itself.
“Whenever we have a football game, it’s truly a chance for us to celebrate our university,” Del Conte said. “And that means not only just the game, but all the pomp and circumstance that goes around that game. These stadiums are 60, 70, 80, 100,000-seat stadiums. Things have changed. With television, the kids, how they view their content. … So we have to look at different ways we purpose that in-game experience as well as that out-of-game experience.”
Del Conte said the school needs to improve wireless access for fans who want to use their phones and participate in the experience on social media during games. He also emphasized a need to “repurpose” in-game entertainment during timeouts and television breaks.
The Texas AD pointed to Disney World as an example of a fan experience that goes beyond the main attraction. He wants to create that same sort of atmosphere around Texas football games.
“If you look at Disney, the experience of your children going to Disney starts when they receive that ticket,” Del Conte said. “And they fly to Orlando. You get in the hotel and [you get] all that [Disney] experience until you get to the gate. Then you wait in line for three hours to get on the Matterhorn. Right? Three hours. And then you get on the ride for 40 seconds, and you’re going, ‘Oh my God.’ Then we do it again.
“But what happens when you get back to the hotel? Your kids [say], ‘Dad, that was awesome! Can we do it again?’ We’ve got to create that same experience all the way around our venues.”
On the one hand, it sounds like a classic example of “talk is cheap”. (Although if any program can afford to simulate what Disney does to create that experience, it’s Texas.)
On the other hand, it’s more of an acknowledgement about what an athletic department needs to do to improve the game day experience than we’re likely to hear out of Butts-Mehre.
Georgia landed three of the top eight offensive line prospects this year by the 247Sports Composite: No. 2 Jamaree Salyer, No. 4 Cade Mays and No. 8 Trey Hill.
That’s after bringing in two of the top 10 2017 line recruits in Isaiah Wilson and Andrew Thomas, giving the Bulldogs five top-10 offensive line prospects in the past two recruiting cycles. Only three other programs have more than one: Ohio State with three and Alabama and Stanford with two each.
More than twice as many as ‘Bama? Hoo, boy. I need to go off and decompress somewhere.
There is just something a little sad about this.
For the second year in a row, Georgia Tech football will play its annual spring intrasquad scrimmage under the lights at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
The school’s athletic department announced on Monday that the Yellow Jackets spring game will be held on Friday, Apr. 20, and will begin at 7 p.m.
It’s not a game; it’s an “intrasquad scrimmage”. It’s not on a beautiful spring afternoon. It’s at night. It’s not on a Saturday, when fans can make a day of it.
All that’s missing is a Paul Johnson promo advising fans not to bother showing up.