Get your fill before signing news takes over.
Here are a few things I couldn’t get to earlier in the week.
- AJ McCarron claims he knew the losses were coming because some of the younger players didn’t “buy in”. I’m not sure what that has to do with letting Auburn run back a missed field goal for the game winner, but whatever. Maybe they won’t buy in this season either.
- Texas had $165.7 million in operating revenue and $146.8 million in operating expenses for 2012-13. Good Lord.
- Barrett Sallee has an interesting look at a recruiting visit to Georgia. Best thing in there is Aron White talking about his official visit being the first time he saw people eating oysters.
- “Meanwhile, the Teflon Tide keeps rolling through what’s considered a wide-ranging list of clichéd violations alleged against them.”
- Kentucky is considering plans for a brand-new, privately funded $45 million football training facility.
- Chip Towers asks the musical question “Did Georgia’s defense get better as result of Grantham’s departure?”
- Jimmy Williamson, take notes.
A few choice morsels to get your day started:
- The only program in the SEC since 2001 that’s changed less than thirty members of its coaching staff in that time? Georgia, at seventeen.
- Seth Emerson has a list of the players from teams Georgia is scheduled to play next season and the underclassmen they lost to the draft here.
- When it comes to minority hires, Sylvester Croom suggests that athletic directors have moved ahead of head coaches on the curve.
- It didn’t take long for Tony Brown to become shit that Nick Saban has to make time for.
- Speaking of Saban, Stewart Mandel makes an interesting point about his hire of Junior: “Saban’s last two offensive coordinators — Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier — worked in relative anonymity. But with Kiffin, I have no doubt he will get the requisite praise or blame for the Crimson Tide’s offensive performance.” I wonder if that will turn out to be a feature or a bug.
- Hal Mumme lands his seventh head coaching job.
- Supposedly FSU was willing to go toe to toe with Georgia on Jeremy Pruitt’s salary, but couldn’t come up with the jack to outbid Mississippi State for Geoff Collins’ services. Interesting.
While we’re talking about staff positions, how ’bout hiring somebody to be put in charge of monitoring this?
My pick would be to hire somebody off of Jimmy Williamson’s roster. You get some real insight into what they’re up to, plus they have to go out and get somebody else. Kind of like raiding a top recruiter from another school’s staff.
Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham gets popped for his second drug offense.
What’s a little speed between friends?
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Is it just me, or does anyone else find some of the peripheral responses to the announcement of and later reactions to the decision not to pursue criminal charges against Jameis Winston appallingly tacky? You had the bizarre laughter from some of the press corps attending the state attorney’s press conference (not to mention the SA’s strange attempt at humor himself). Then there was the question from the radio station employee to Winston’s attorney about whether the victim’s family had Alabama ties. And now this:
I mean, shit, people, whether you think Winston got off lightly or the accuser was in the wrong, ain’t nothing unserious about this at all. If you can’t show a little class, at least settle for a little respect.
Another day of tasty bits…
- Aaron Murray makes his 50th consecutive career start this Saturday. As impressive as that is, it’s even more impressive when you realize that he’s the only quarterback in the SEC East to have started every game this season.
- Gary Danielson explains the secret to beating Alabama.
- Really bad call by the officials in last night’s Ohio-Buffalo game. Even worse, it wasn’t reviewable.
- Chris Brown does his usual great job with this piece about Baylor’s offense. I love this quote from West Virginia’s defensive coordinator describing the loss to Baylor: “unlike anything I’ve ever been associated with in my entire life. It was just catastrophic in a lot of ways to our psyche.”
- For the head coach of an 8-1 team, Gus Malzahn doesn’t seem to be having a fun week.
- Dan Mullen’s understatement about defending Texas A&M: “You say we’ll put two guys on Manziel and two guys on Evans, but then there are seven on the other nine and we’re two short. That could be a problem.” Yeah, that could.
- “Boyd, as well as prosecutors, said that he incorrectly identified the person who helped move the woman, raising eyebrows since Boyd and Carta-Samuels had been Vanderbilt teammates for three seasons by that point, making the chance that he, as a receiver, might misidentify his own quarterback seem curious to some.” Then again, maybe that explains why Vanderbilt’s offense struggles at times.
- Shawn Williams is on the sidelines at the Georgia-Florida game and Corey Moore plays his best game of the season. Coincidence?
Ledes don’t get much better than this one:
A Pittsburgh-area high school teacher who police say confessed to arriving at school high on heroin and passing out in class had only two words for comment-seeking media members today: “Roll Tide.”
And a happy ending, to boot – it looks like he won’t be serving any jail time over it. (The no comment is kind of disappointing, though.)