I get asked fairly often to give a definition of the Georgia Way.
I could do worse than to suggest Greg McGarity vowing to do whatever it takes to make Georgia athletics successful while simultaneously putting off contract negotiations with some of his coaches because he’s too busy as a textbook example.
Florida men, for the win:
Former Pro Bowl cornerback and Jacksonville native Lito Sheppard’s vehicle was vandalized by a former high school and college teammate on Monday in Jacksonville Beach, police said.
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department responded to a call from Sheppard, who said he was eating inside the Pier Cantina when his vehicle was vandalized. Sheppard said he wasn’t aware that his vehicle was damaged until he was driving it home from the restaurant. He said once he pulled over, he had to get his vehicle towed to the BMW dealership for repair.
Sheppard said he called the restaurant and they allowed him to view the surveillance video. He named former Florida Gators teammate Derrick “Jabar” Gaffney and his longtime girlfriend as suspects, according to the police report. He said the two have an ongoing feud that began in 2012.
This is quite splendid.
The pub scene is awesome.
You know without having to read another sentence where a post at Roll Bama Roll is headed after an opener like this:
I have never really paid any attention to ESPYS Awards.
I’m not sure I want to live in a world where Alabama doesn’t get any respect.
If you don’t think Greg Sankey’s hearing about this from some of his presidents/athletic directors, you’re dreaming.
One thing I argue in response to those of you who adamantly oppose paying student-athletes is that they’re already being paid. Here are a few examples of what I mean by that:
- Cost of attendance provides players between $5,000 and $10,000 per year just for being … athletes.
- Bowl gifts — typically capped at $550 — are nothing more than rewards for playing football. Men’s and women’s Final Four participants have their own gift suites to enjoy. Sports Business Daily reported basketball players who win their regular-season conference, conference tournament and NCAA Tournament could get $4,000 worth of gifts.
- All three military academies (Army, Navy, Air Force) routinely pay salaries to cadets in service to the country.
- Olympic stipends allowed by the NCAA range from the modest to the extravagant. Texas swimmer Joseph Schooling was paid $753,000 for his home country of Singapore for winning Olympic gold.
- Schools are allowed to pay five-figure insurance premiums of their NFL Draft prospects.
- One anonymous coach told me last year a player at his school could accumulate $96,000 legally over the course of his career.
Any way you want to slice it, that’s getting paid to play. To paraphrase the old joke, we’re just haggling over the fee.
Given the public reaction, I may be something of an outlier on this, but count me in the group that sees the LSU game as Georgia’s biggest road challenge of the 2018 season. LSU may have questions about the head coach and its quarterback, but overall, it’s still got plenty of talent and one of the most intimidating home environments in college football.
That being said, Pete Fiutak lays out an interesting factoid that may very well turn out to be the key to the game.
The Tigers opened up the 2014 season with a tough win over a Wisconsin ground game that cranked out 268 rushing yards and three scores. Since then, the program is 0-10 when giving up two bills, including the 285 allowed in the 37-7 loss to Mississippi State, and the 206 given up to Troy in the stunner.
Florida came close – running for 194 yards and averaging over five yards per carry – in the too-tight 17-16 loss, and Auburn ran well, too – but lost. Both games were battles, though.
If there’s a team that’s built for 200+ rushing yards in a game, it’s Georgia.