Category Archives: College Football

Before you get too smug, SEC…

With regard to all the back patting that the SEC did in the wake of passing its no transfer “Jonathan Taylor” rule, it’s worth considering what Dan Wolken wrote in response to the Sam Ukwuachu debacle unfolding at Baylor:

And yet, given what we know, it isn’t clear-cut that even the SEC’s new transfer rule would have prevented one of their schools from accepting Ukwuachu. Again, no police report, no formal university discipline.

Rules or no rules, in the end, it boils down to coaches, or the athletic directors those coaches allegedly answer to, having enough of a moral compass to look past the short-term goal of winning.  Especially the latter, who often seem to lack the balls to deal with the pressure coming from successful coaches.

The problem, though, is that too many schools have yielded too much power over those decisions to coaches who risk nothing by taking the player (“Hey, if he screws up, we can just dismiss him”) and have very little incentive to say no.

As long as there’s an envelope to push, there’s always a head coach out there willing to take that chance.


Filed under College Football, Crime and Punishment

Just chalk it up to another down year in the SEC.

Welp, what a fine season this is shaping up to be.

No wonder Corch has a shit eating grin on his face.

(Although a man can hope, can’t he?)


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Down and out

Dave Bartoo’s 2015 injury log might be something useful to bookmark (especially if you’re following Tennessee football).


Filed under College Football, The Body Is A Temple

As Nick Chubb goes…

The only interest I have in the Heisman Trophy is that it’s an indication of which teams enjoyed a successful season. Nobody on a 5-7 team will be tripping to New York.

So with that in mind, you may find this Dave Bartoo piece on Heisman winner trends of interest.

Group I
This is your top 10 talent ranked teams minus Florida, with a new head coach, and Notre Dame, due to inconsistent play.  With 10 of the last 13 winners coming from top 10 talent ranked teams, this is your best ‘odds’ group. Nick Chubb of Georgia, Kyle Allen of Texas A&M, Ezekiel Elliott and J.T. Barrett of Ohio State, and Cody Kessler of USC are my favorites from this group.

Like I said, if that’s the group that makes it to the next awards ceremony, we’re likely to be a bunch of happy campers about the place Georgia is in by then.


Filed under College Football, Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

“But I’m fine with being the soft, healthy guy.”

While I’m on my Debbie Downer run, make sure you read this piece about Chris Borland, who just retired at age 24 over health concerns.  In particular, this part:

Borland began at Wisconsin as a wedge buster on kickoffs, a task he compared to “bowling, but it’s people doing it.” After blowing up a wedge against Wofford, he couldn’t remember the rest of the game, including his own blocked punt, which led to a touchdown. That night, unable to eat, his head pounding, Borland had a teammate wake him up every few hours, fearing he’d lapse into a coma. He never told the coaches or trainers. That Monday, he was named co-Big Ten special-teams player of the week. “That’s one of those things where, when you step away from the game and you look at it, it’s like, ‘Oh my god,’ you know?” Borland says. “But it makes sense to you when you’re 18 and you’ve dedicated your life to it and the most important thing to you is to get a good grade on special teams.”

Near the end of his freshman year, Borland discovered Toradol, the controversial painkiller used widely in college and the pros. “It was life-changing,” he told the BU researchers, chuckling, when they took his medical history. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that Toradol should be used sparingly, for severe acute pain. Borland, who had shoulder surgery three times while at Wisconsin, said he would sometimes use the drug every other game.

Some of Borland’s teammates were worse off, and that concerned him more. Taylor, his close friend, was also one of the best linebackers in the nation, twice all-conference, a future pro. But it became harder and harder for Taylor to stay on the field. In 2011, he tore his meniscus on a blitz against Minnesota. The Monday after the game, he had knee surgery to remove half of it.

The next Saturday, with Wisconsin fighting for the Big Ten title, Taylor played against Illinois. “I remember that morning I was thinking, ‘This is f—ing stupid. What am I doing?’ ” he recalls. “They shot Toradol in my ass. And I remember covering up my knee with bandages, just so I couldn’t see blood. The first half was shaky for me. If you watch the game film, it’s like, ‘This dude should not be playing football.’ ”

Taylor says no one tried to stop him. “I think it was mostly my fault,” he says. “I was waiting for them to say, ‘Hey, you’re out of here. This is kind of sad. And not smart.’ But I was kind of in a position to dictate. I guess the coaches had trust in me.” He thinks he took another shot of Toradol at halftime.

Their coach?  Bret We have to protect student athletes to extremes we never thought of before Bielema.

The sanctimonious horse crap slays me every time.  So does the willful blindness.

Later, as the evening wound down, we asked Alvarez about Borland. He sounded slightly defensive. “It was never an indictment against football,” he said. “He just chose not to play, and I respect that decision. But there was never an indictment of football.”


Filed under College Football, The Body Is A Temple

John Thompson, travelin’ man

What’s the definition of a football gypsy?  I’d say a guy who owned three homes at the same time probably qualifies.

Honestly, Thompson’s been around so long and in so many places I keep thinking it’s a surprise he wasn’t on one of the Georgia staffs in the ’90s when Goff and Donnan were shuffling defensive coaches like there was no tomorrow.  Which wound up being the truth in both cases, but that’s another story.

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And now, a word from Bill Connelly’s heart

After doing advanced stat projections for all 128 D-1 teams, Bill gets subjective and gives an opinion-based ranking here.

And, yes, Georgia at number five makes me nervous.

On the other hand, I agree with him completely about LSU, my pick for the SEC’s biggest mystery right now.


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