Clearing the decks… dig in.
- “We felt like our tight end position was really a little scary with the depth there,” coach Mark Richt said.
- To me, the most interesting aspect of the Michael Sam coming out story is whether the NFL will be able to deal with Sam’s sexual orientation as maturely as Missouri did.
- Rodney Garner complains of overcoming negative recruiting in his success in getting Dontavius Russell to flip from Georgia to Auburn.
- Good story from the Chattanooga paper on how their college football careers played out for 50 area recruits. (h/t Scorpio Jones, III)
- Bill Connelly has his first S&P+ projections for 2014. Georgia is eighth.
- I’m not sure Bret Bielema understands how recruiting rankings work. Either that, or he’s convinced he’s really, really good at finding diamonds in the rough.
- Chalk up another head coach who sees the role technology plays in recruiting these days. Mark Stoops: “I think it’s easier in some ways because of all the social media that you have,” he said.
- Junior, a look back.
Yep, Nick Saban’s hire of Junior is already bearing fruit.
Even the presence of Lane Kiffin, Alabama’s new and heralded offensive coordinator, couldn’t help the Crimson Tide keep the one of the best quarterbacks the school has ever recruited.
Ricky Town, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 pro-style QB for 2015, announced on Twitter on Saturday that he had de-committed from Alabama.
The 6-foot-4 quarterback from Ventura, Calif., had committed to Alabama last summer, and the Crimson Tide became nervous when he made an unofficial visit last week to USC (Kiffin’s former employer).
Alabama’s Nick Saban tried to salvage Town’s commitment last week, making a recruiting trip to St. Bonaventure high school. It didn’t work…
Color me shocked. Evidently a Kiffin-less Southern Cal looks a lot more attractive to Town now. Go figure.
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.
Thank you, blogging gods. Much appreciated.
Nick Saban, you have it within your power to make this blogger a happy, happy man. Junior at ‘Bama would be a dream come true. Don’t blow this opportunity. Do it for the
children bloggers. Please, please, please…
Be still, my heart. The possibilities are tantalizing.
Joining ESPN Gameday this week… Junior.
I’d rather listen to Condi Rice talk about college football.
I always love it when a plan comes together.
Tech loses and the genius looks bad in the process, Georgia wins another thriller and Junior gets canned. Man, a weekend doesn’t get much better than that.
Big game tomorrow… you need your energy.
Seriously, the wheels are coming off the USC wagon fast.
UPDATE: Nobody knows, for the win!