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Greg Sankey wants you to know his heart is in the right place.

Jeez, how the man didn’t get laughed out of the room after saying this yesterday, I don’t know.

The commissioner of the SEC used his opening remarks at SEC Media Days to stress that his league would always try to ‘do the right thing.’

“… Our institutions are expected and will continue to handle these matters with integrity,” Sankey said. “We hope both of the current matters are completed in a timely manner. We understand there are issues that arise. That’s why the expectation for integrity is so high. And as we move forward together, we can’t have any more of those issues arise.”

Tennessee recently settled a Title XI lawsuit to the tune of a $2.48 million dollar settlement while Mississippi is currently in the middle of an NCAA investigation centered on allegations of players receiving impermissible benefits.

“The central thought must be, must be, we never have a team return a championship trophy, never vacate any wins, and never have one of our teams precluded from postseason competition because we either can’t follow the NCAA’s rules or can’t meet the expectations for academic success,” he added. “We have made enormous progress.”

Sankey said the league created a working group this offseason to help the SEC work towards meeting the NCAA expectations while “avoiding integrity compromises that challenge our entire mission.”

Your league is doing a bang-up job with that integrity thingy, Commish.

He added that it’s imperative the league must understand the high expectations placed on it when it comes to the personal conduct of each of its players.

“Young people need to understand the serious consequences associated with their behaviors, and our leaders need to make certain the laws and expectations of society are unquestionably followed,” said Sankey. “As leaders, we have to hold ourselves to high standards so that we are the example for our student-athletes.”

Oy.

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The SEC East just got a lot tougher.

Booch wouldn’t be bullshitting us now, would he?

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Blowing Smoke, Georgia Football

Baghdad Bill rides again.

Bill Hancock may blame the decline in the college football playoffs’ TV ratings at least partly on a “sophomore slump”, but the slump doesn’t extend to the most awesome part of the CFP.

There will again be six weeks of rankings during the season, the first on Nov. 1 and with the final poll coming out Dec. 4.

“That’s a good number,” said Hancock, noting the first ranking will be after the ninth week of the season and provide “plenty of games to evaluate.”

Hancock believes the CFP rankings have helped the regular season.

“I think we probably underestimated how much boost that would give to the regular season, as fans from around the country could now look around and see who they had to cheer for,” he said.

So you see, we were more excited about the chase to see which schools would be in the semi-finals than we were the semi-finals themselves.  Boy, don’t I feel foolish now for ever having thought the regular season risked being diminished by an extended postseason.

I wonder how long it takes for him to come up with some of the crap he says.

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I got a fever, and the only prescription is more …

happy talk.

It sounds like Spurdog is cured, though.

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Bill Hancock dares us to cross that line. Okay, this line.

Perhaps sensing that football fans on the East Coast want to par-tay a little on New Year’s Eve, the movers and shakers directing the college football playoffs agree to move the start times for the semi-final games up an hour.

The CFP will move the 2016 semifinals — the Fiesta and Peach bowls — from 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Due to the shift, the Orange Bowl will shift from New Year’s Eve afternoon to the night of Dec. 30. Staging of the Peach and Fiesta bowls will be decided when match-ups are announced on Dec. 4.

I’m sure the huge drop in television ratings had nothing to do with the change of heart.

“The first two years have shown us that the playoff is extremely popular with fans and that we successfully struck an appropriate balance creating a new event while maintaining the great traditions that have enabled college football to hold such an important place in the country’s culture,” Hancock said

Keep blowing that smoke, Bill.  It’s a good thing the 31st falls on a Saturday.

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There’s preseason happy talk, and then there’s Mike Cavan.

This is a mite breathless, if you’re asking me.

“In this short period of time, I’ve been fortunate enough to watch what’s happened with Coach Smart,” Mike Cavan, a special assistant to the head coach, told the crowd at the Macon Touchdown Club jamboree this week when introducing Smart. “He’s got the best staff at Georgia I’ve seen in a long time. There is more excitement there than I’ve seen. I’ve been there a long time and I’ve played (quarterback) on a championship team in the 60s. I coached in the 70s and on a national championship (team) in the 80s and three more SEC championships in the 80s. And I promise you, I’ve never seen the excitement there is right now at the University of Georgia with our fans, with our players.”

It’s a promise, by Gawd!

Can we at least wait until we see the G-Day QBR numbers before we rate the new staff?

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UPDATE:  Here’s one from the memory bank.

The early 1980s remain the golden era of Georgia football, but with Georgia playing for its second straight SEC championship tonight against LSU in the Georgia Dome, are the Bulldogs in the midst of a new golden era?

Twenty years from now, will players like David Greene, David Pollack and Sean Jones be remembered like Herschel Walker, Buck Belue and Kevin Butler under coach Vince Dooley?

”We went through some awfully, awfully good times there in the ’80s,” said Mike Cavan, running backs coach under Dooley from 1975-85 and now a consultant for the Georgia Athletic Association’s development office. ”This football team now seems to be on that same track. I see this going on for a long time now here at Georgia.”

I guess Kirby’s successor will ring in a new era of excitement, too.

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Thursday morning buffet

Rise and shine, peeps.

  • A Big 12 championship game could mean as much as $2.5 million-$3 million per school each season, but Bob Bowlsby claims the odds are no better than 50-50 that the conference suits will have a vote on it.  Uh hunh, right.
  • Deposed Mizzou president says football player’s strike was “the equivalent of throwing gasoline on a small fire”, but he is “willing to accept some of the responsibility for what happened”.  That’s mighty white of him.
  • Further tales from the wussification“You can’t assume this is safe for these guys anymore, which is a bummer.”
  • Ian Boyd explains why the free safety is the most important position against the spread.
  • Here’s an early (way too early?) look at Georgia’s 2016 depth chart.  Kendall Baker seems to be a guy to keep an eye on.
  • With regard to recruiting rankings, Bill Connelly posits that the ‘Bama bump is real.  And it’s spectacular okay.
  • Stewart Mandel hits on the same thing I noted a couple of days ago about the direction Big Ten recruiting is taking these days:  “There’s a twinge of hypocrisy to see this happening up north, where fans have long cast aspersions at Southern schools for what they perceived to be ethically questionable methods of ‘roster management.'”  You’ve come a long way, baby!

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