“What does a fullback do?”

At Georgia, the short answer is that he doesn’t get a scholarship.

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Don’t mess with Texas.

If things are the way this report indicates,

Big 12 leaders have been in talks about essentially converting the Longhorn Network into the Big 12 Network, sources said. In return, Texas would still make more money from the network than any other school.

The Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference are the only the so-called Power 5 conferences that do not have their own TV networks.

It’s believed seven of the 10 schools favor expansion. But Big 12 bylaws call for a super majority vote of 75 percent (so at least eight schools) to make a major change. Texas is believed to be influencing Texas Tech’s and Texas Christian’s decisions to also be reluctant to expansion.

Texas Tech has long fallen in line with Texas. Both are public universities that have been in the same league together since 1956, when they were in the Southwest Conference. Texas and Texas Tech were founding members of the Big 12 in 1996.

TCU is believed to be following Texas’ lead because the conference’s power broker reportedly helped the Horned Frogs get into the Big 12 four years ago.

… Bob Bowlsby can’t make up enough data to jump start Big 12 expansion.  And why would Texas cooperate, anyway?

Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls recently shared his thoughts:

I still see no willingness on Texas’ part to fold the Longhorn Network into a Big 12 network, even if the league gives the Longhorns an extra $15 million share to cover its LHN income, because, the Texas source said, “we would get the same money, but lose our branding and having our own channel? Not very compelling. If we get rid of LHN, it will be to change conferences, in my opinion.”

Branding is a sensitive topic in Austin.  Just ask Steve Patterson.

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Corch is such a kidder.

Your amusing recruiting story of the day:

That was highlighted for Judson on his next and last trip to Ohio State. While walking with four-star safety Richard LeCounte III, now a Georgia commit, Judson explains how Meyer approached both recruits and initially didn’t know who Judson was:

“Long story short, I was walking in the hallway about to go to the indoor field and work out. He was like, ‘Hey.’ I looked around. ‘Come here.’ He was like, ‘How you doing, you like your visit?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ Then he’s like, ‘What up Richard LeCounte? Are you showing this guy (Judson) around?’ I was like, ‘Coach, I’m showing him around.’ He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ I told him Bruce. He said, ‘Oh, Bruce Judson from Florida. The speedy guy.’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘I’m glad that you’re on board and glad you got up here.’ After that, I knew I was de-committing.”

LeCounte corroborated Judson’s story to SEC Country, though he thought it might have been a joke and Meyer purposefully didn’t recognize Judson because he had on a dark blue shirt (Michigan colors). But Judson claims this was no laughing matter, and it’s hard for anyone to miss his trademark mustache.

“We had met face-to-face before at a satellite camp,” Judson said, “so he should have known who I was, especially with me being a commit.”

Two things here.  One, it looks like Urban Meyer has his Paul Johnson-ish moments of not reading recruits very well.  And, two, never disrespect another man’s mustache.

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Don’t make him come after you, now.

So Kevin Sherrer used a lengthy day of fishing to build a bond with Tyler Clark, who is a member of this year’s recruiting class.  The other Georgia coach who was involved with Clark’s recruiting was Tracy Rocker, but Rocker doesn’t fish.

Clark would end up committing to Georgia, and is due to join the team in June. He had two main recruiters at Georgia: Sherrer and defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, the lone two assistants who were retained by new head coach Kirby Smart.

While Sherrer got to spend time in the great outdoors on his visit, Rocker chose not to, according to Clark.

“Coach Rocker, he doesn’t fish,” Clark said. “Coach Rocker likes to stay fresh. He likes to stay clean.”

Funny, I figured the way Rocker fishes would be to stand up in the boat and tell the fish they’d better get their asses in the net or else.  How dirty can you get doing that?

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Nick Saban has to make time for this shit.

Boy, is this begrudging, or what?

Alabama’s Nick Saban has criticized these camps in the past and was vocal about Harbaugh’s excursion through the South last summer. Just last month he said he wasn’t sure if the camps  had “much value.” But Thursday, Saban said his staff will participate “on a limited basis.” He also said he was “not allowed” to say where Alabama is going when asked where the Crimson Tide would be traveling outside of the state…

Yeah, he ain’t thrilled.  Although I can’t tell if it’s due more to the inconvenience or that Harbaugh got his way with the NCAA.

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Kirby Smart sweats the small stuff.

On one level this sounds almost silly – okay, not silly on the level of being cited for emerging from an alley, but still…

Briscoe was arrested for driving without a valid driver’s license on April 23 by University of Georgia police. Briscoe was pulled over after an officer noticed he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. It was then discovered Briscoe wasn’t licensed to drive in any state.

Apparently, according to Smart, Briscoe wasn’t the only Georgia player who did not have a license.

“We had some other guys on the team who didn’t have driver’s licenses and we got it corrected,” Smart said.

… but on another, it’s a relief to see somebody paying attention to the fine print like this.  If nothing else, it lowers the chances of Jimmy Williamson’s finest getting their work in the press.

I wonder who’s responsible for checking on the players’ middle names.  Kirby’s on the mother, right?

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Just when you thought you were out…

Ugh.

A new bombshell dropped in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal Thursday.

It came in the form of a single line in a court order on a related insurance coverage case involving Penn State, and its full ramifications can’t immediately be gauged.

But that line was eye-popping in itself.

The line in question states that one of Penn State’s insurers has claimed “in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky.”

The order also cites separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State’s athletic director at the time.

Naturally everyone on the Penn State side – there’s almost $60 million at stake in insurance proceeds, remember – as well as Paterno’s family is quick to caution that this pronouncement shouldn’t be taken at face value.  And you know what?  They have the luxury to do so because

First, it’s unlikely that corroborating or disproving information about the allegation will surface. According to Penn Live, the record containing the deposition transcript is sealed. Also, the victim who made the allegation against Paterno has apparently reached a confidential settlement with Penn State. Odds are this victim will not make his identity known or ever talk about his claim about Paterno.

Well, that’s certainly convenient.

Throw in that Jerry Sandusky is getting his day in appellate court and it’s all just a reminder that there are no heroes in this mess, only shitheads, enablers and victims.  I’ll leave you to decide who is what.

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