Category Archives: ACC Football

The 3% solution

I don’t think it’s much of stretch to say the ACC got the better of the SEC this past season.  There are plenty of reasons for that tossed around, although the two that appear to have gotten the most traction are the relative experience levels of the two conference’s head coaches and quarterback play.

The latter, especially, is hard to argue with, but it’s not as if the SEC wasn’t trying.

From 2012-16, SEC teams signed 39 four- or five-star quarterbacks, according to 247Sports. So far, only one of those recruits turned into a very important player who finished his career at the same school: Tennessee Volunteers ‘s Joshua Dobbs . Major SEC recruits like David Cornwell , Kyler Murray , Kyle Allen , Kenny Hill , Will Grier , Maty Mauk, Hayden Rettig and Zeke Pike have come and gone…

The hit-rate scoreboard on these quarterback recruits: 14 percent for the ACC, 3 percent for the SEC.

That, friends, is a boatload of whiffing.

The question going forward is whether the worm is about to turn again.

The SEC had one passer in 2016 ranked among the top 25 quarterback rating (Dobbs), according to The ACC had six (Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Virginia Tech’s Jerod Evans, Watson, Kaaya and Jackson).

However, only Jackson will return from that group in 2017. The SEC will bank on the possible bright futures of Hurts, Ole Miss Rebels Shea Patterson, Georgia’s Jacob Eason, Florida’s Feleipe Franks, Tennessee’s Jarrett Guarantano and South Carolina’s Jake Bentley . Half of the top-14 rated quarterback recruits in 2017 are going to the ACC or SEC, including No. 2 Hunter Johnson to Clemson and No. 3 Tua Tagovailoa to Alabama.

Clemson and FSU will be okay, but you get Solomon’s point there.  Should be interesting to see how that plays out over the next couple of seasons.



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Monday morning buffet

Get ‘yer feedbag on…


Filed under Academics? Academics., ACC Football, General Idiocy, Georgia Football, Look For The Union Label, Recruiting, Stats Geek!, The NCAA

‘Do you think it’s a good move to hire someone who was just let go?’

Next time, trust your gut, Dave Clawson.


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Today, in mistakes were made

On second thought, Louisville AD Tom Jurich suspends an assistant coach for the bowl game and throws himself on the mercy of the ACC commissioner.

Best part there is the “Coach Petrino has been firm” bit.  Sounds like somebody’s leaving himself an out in case it turns out Bobby hasn’t been entirely truthful about the matter.

I’m sure Swofford is the force behind Jurich’s change of heart.  Better late than never, I suppose.  Though it would still be nice to hear Jurich flatly apologize to Wake’s players on behalf of his coaching staff.


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“It’s just bizarre. Absolutely bizarre.”

It’s pretty safe to assume that any topical college football story that contains what’s in the above header has something to do with what’s been disclosed by Wake Forest this week.

The latest wrinkle is that the Wake quarterback, about whom it’s being questioned as to whether the leaked info may have contributed to more wear and tear on his body than would have been the case under normal circumstances, was recruited to the school by none other than Tommy Elrod, who was also the kid’s position coach when he arrived.

No hard feelings, eh?

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Weird brings out the weirdness in people

The two strangest reactions to the news about Louisville receiving detailed information about Wake Forest’s game plans?

Start with former Wake head coach, now Baylor head coach, Jim Grobe.

Grobe said Wednesday that for 13 years, his practices were open and held in the middle of campus for anyone to see. Clawson continued that policy as well, allowing Elrod complete access to the program not only as the radio broadcaster but as a football alum.

“For 13 years we had no indoor facility, no privacy,” Grobe said. “Anybody could come and watch us just practice. So we had no secrets for 13 years and now all of a sudden that’s a big deal. We never had the ability to keep people out of our practices, so anybody who wanted to come and watch and share what we did at practice could do that and we had no ability to stop it for 13 years. Now all of a sudden it’s a big issue. I don’t get it.”

Let’s hope “For 13 years we had no indoor facility, no privacy” doesn’t include restrooms.  Yuk.

Just as far out there is Tommy Bowden’s take on the situation.

Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said he used to call graduate assistants that left other programs and “kind of pump them for information.” But getting information from an in-house mole who’s still at the school?

“I’ve never heard that happen,” Bowden said. “If he left the program and went somewhere else, that’s normal sharing information. But not in-house. It just ruined the guy’s career. Originally, when it happened, I thought Petrino or his assistants went to the locker room and looked in garbage cans [and found Wake Forest’s game plan]. Most everybody does that.”

The difference is that Alabama has four support staffers who handle dumpster diving.  No other school has more than one.


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It’s only cheating if you get something out of it.

Shorter Louisville AD Tom Jurich:  Okay, sure, we got some info from that disgruntled Wake Forest staffer, but since Wake got wind of that and didn’t run any of the special plays he gave us, what’s the big deal?


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