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Tuesday morning buffet

A rich menu at today’s buffet bar…

  • Georgia not looking back at last year’s loss to Florida“?  I call bullshit on that.  In fact, they’d better be looking back, to make sure they don’t make the same mistakes twice.
  • Man, Texas is undoing the rebranding.
  • Iowa State’s Paul Rhoades announced the firing of his offensive coordinator to the media before telling his team, because “I wanted to get to this point in the day and address you folks, then see them and look them in the eye at 1:30 when I get that opportunity…”  Yes, that makes no fucking sense.
  • Somebody in Vegas still likes Georgia“Georgia has been the favorite in this game for the entire year until now,” Kornegay said in an e-mail on Monday. “There are three reasons why the line has moved; Florida has been playing good football all year, Georgia lost their top running back, and the public has warmed up to the Gators. In our eyes, Georgia is still a better team and should be a short favorite. It wouldn’t surprise us to see the Bulldogs the favorite once again on game day.”
  • There’s the second chance at Auburn, and then there’s the second chance in Athens.
  • Before you get too upset at Jeremy Pruitt for whatever faults you find in this year’s defense, at least Georgia’s never looked this bad on a play.
  • Yeah, that’s been a problem.
  • Don’t forget that Georgia will be without Dominick Sanders for the first half against Florida.

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Hardballing Jacksonville

As someone who’s maintained for a while that it’s money, not tradition, keeping the Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, this piece from Gene Frenette doesn’t surprise me.

But an equally big story in the next month — with huge future economic implications for Jacksonville and those committed to preserving the game’s rich history — will take place away from the TV cameras and behind closed doors: renegotiating a Georgia-Florida contract that expires after the 2016 game.

While these negotiations are often viewed as a foregone conclusion — Jacksonville has been the series host since 1933 (except 1994-95 when the stadium was rebuilt to accommodate the NFL expansion Jaguars) — it’s possible things could get a little dicey this time around.

Both universities and the city of Jacksonville aren’t prepared yet to start negotiations because they’re waiting to see the Jaguars’ plans for renovations to the EverBank club seat areas in the east and west stands, a place normally reserved for the wealthiest boosters of each school.

Those renovations are expected to reduce the club seat capacity for Jaguars games in 2016 from 11,000 to about 8,000, which team president Mark Lamping said will improve the game-day experience and be a more appropriate number for the city’s NFL market size.

But as it pertains to the Georgia-Florida game, two possible sticking points for the schools must be ironed out. The first is replacing an estimated 3,000 club seats so that stadium capacity for the SEC showdown is back up to 82,917, as mandated in the contract. Another issue is how those temporary replacement seats, both in terms of comfort and aesthetic feel of the surroundings, will be received by the school’s top-level donors.

The city seems imbued with the belief that everyone wants the game to stay in Jacksonville, with the attendant consideration that there will be give and take from the schools about that, but I’m not so sure in this day and age that’ll be enough.  Take this comment from McGarity:

Mousa hinted that everything is negotiable, that maybe Georgia and Florida would be willing to accept extra compensation — beyond the $3 million each receive for playing the game in Jacksonville — in lieu of losing some club seats.

But McGarity shot down that idea in an email, writing: “Priority number one is number of seats (being 82,917), no doubt about that. If we wanted more revenue, we would simply raise ticket prices.”

Maybe that’s just holding your ground early in negotiations, but if you’re the city, you probably wince seeing stuff like that being made public.

This probably makes you wince, too.

One of those venues is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will replace the Georgia Dome as the Atlanta Falcons’ home field in 2017. With a seating capacity of 75,000, and the potential to expand to 83,000, the $1.2 billion stadium has already sent a message to the college football world that it intends to be a major player for sporting events.

McGarity said maintaining the Georgia-Florida game tradition in Jacksonville is important, but he acknowledges the new Atlanta venue — along with AT&T Stadium in Dallas and a newly renovated Citrus Bowl in Orlando — cannot be ignored as potential competition down the road for any neutral-site game.

“There are newer and more modern options available now that are in play (to attract neutral-site games),” McGarity said. “They’re business people, too.”

How much is there to squeeze out of the city?  We’re going to find out.

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First thoughts on you-know-what

It’s going to be my usual short week at the blog, so there’s no sense in waiting to jump in with a few posts about the Cocktail Party.  Besides, I think we made excellent use of the off week to stew over how much sucks about Richt, the team, the season, etc., didn’t we?

Speaking of stewing, for those of you who haven’t quite gotten your fill of that yet, this week is going to be something of a disappointment, as I’m going to take the approach that a blow out loss isn’t a given and that it’s not insane to consider the possibility that Georgia could win this Saturday.  (For those of you who disagree, Vegas is waiting for your call.)

So here are a few tidbits I started assembling over the weekend.

  1. Based on the schedule, Florida should be favored.  Hey, I just said I’m not crazy.  Florida and Georgia have played two common opponents this season.  The Gators won both; Georgia split.  (And didn’t look better against Missouri.)  Both lost to their West opponents, but Florida certainly but up a better fight in its loss than Georgia did.
  2. Based on the stats, this should be a competitive game.  Sorry, but it’s true.  Both teams have defenses playing better than the other team’s offense.  And if you notice, Florida’s offensive line is playing at about the level that was expected before the season started.  The one area that looks lopsided, unfortunately in Florida’s favor, is special teams play.
  3. A look at what McElwain’s up to on offense.  One thing you have to say about this year’s Florida offense is that unlike what we saw during Agent Muschamp’s era, there appears to be a sense of purpose.  You can read this Ian Boyd piece to get a picture of that.  Yeah, that use of the tight end stuff makes me exceedingly nervous.
  4. Forgetting Will Grier.  Boyd’s piece was written before Grier’s suspension.  Treon Harris is now the man.  And, yes, I do remember last year’s game.  If you think that’s still really important, I suggest you double down in Vegas and place a bet that Florida doesn’t throw the ball more than six times this Saturday.  Otherwise, you might want to take a look at Harris’ 2015 stats to get an idea of what Georgia has to do to stay in the game.  And make no mistake about it, figuring out how to contain Harris is Pruitt’s biggest job.
  5. Remembering Treon Harris.  I’m kicking myself because I didn’t save a link to a post about Harris’ tendencies.  (Richt says there isn’t much of a difference between Grier and Harris.  Who knows, he might even believe that.)  I can’t find it now.  Maybe it’ll turn up this week and I can share it with you when it’s rediscovered.  In the meantime, here’s the big thing you need to know about Harris’ passing:  he loves to roll to his right.  And he’s good when he is allowed to do just that.  Stop that, though, and he’s much less effective.  How do I know?  Well, first check out his situational stats.  His first half passer rating is 237.22.  In the second half, that drops to 117.76.  Why?  Maybe it has something to do with a halftime adjustment LSU made.  Keeping Harris in the pocket and pressuring him there is paramount if the Dawgs are going to keep the Florida offense in check.  So, yes, the pass rush is a big deal, but keeping contain is even bigger… which is one lesson you have to hope the defense learned from last year’s debacle.

I’ll stop there.  I’ll have more to chew on as the week progresses.

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“I don’t know Coach McElwain well at all.”

Weird to consider, but on Saturday Jim McElwain will become the fifth Florida head coach Mark Richt has faced in Jacksonville.

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Thursday morning buffet

Random off-week tidbits for your dining pleasure:

  • Nick Chubb’s surgery is scheduled for next week.  “Optimistic” seems to be the word of the day about that.
  • Anybody wanna bet that Carl Lawson is back in time for Auburn’s game with Georgia?
  • Both teams will be wearing the home jerseys in Jacksonville again.  Me likee.
  • Texas has reached a 15-year agreement with Nike expected to pay upwards of $200 million.  The Patterson rebranding pays off!
  • Any blog sporting the mantra “life’s too short to eat bad BBQ.” is going to get a nod from me.  Here’s a nice post that ought to be of interest to any Georgia fan planning on going to the Cocktail Party via St. Simons.
  • And here’s another young Georgia blogger getting started.
  • Brady Hoke second-guessing Jim Harbaugh is about as rich as it gets.
  • Florida has 216 people show up to try out for the walk-on kicker cast call.  “As long as they can flip it up there through the uprights, I’m good with it,” McElwain said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference.
  • Here’s an update on some of Georgia’s walking wounded.
  • ESPN announces cuts of about 4% of its workforce; CEO says its “part of a broad strategy to ensure we’re in position to make the most of opportunities to build the future of ESPN.”   Uh huh.
  • Malcolm Mitchell loves him some Batman.  No, really.

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Damn it, Jim.

Florida coaches are supposed to be assholes.  My dislike of same is supposed to be effortless.  Natural.  Second nature.

What am I supposed to do about a guy who says stuff like this?

Florida’s first-year head coach Jim McElwain has never coached or played at Florida or Georgia before this year, so he’s never had the pleasure of participating in the event known as “The World’s Largest Cocktail Party.” But he has seen and heard enough about it to know what he’s in for when the teams renew their old rivalry on Halloween this year.

“This is what college football is all about,” said McElwain, who came to Florida from Colorado State last December. “I just think these traditions and the fact it’s played (in Jacksonvile) is great. I think it’s a lot of fun for a lot of people and everybody involved. Other than knowing that you could set your television by it for a lot of years, I think this is the reason you get in this business, to play in these types of games and be a part of them.”

McElwain said he has never been to EverBank Field but has driven by it while on recruiting trips.

“The thing looks pretty neat, so I’m excited about it,” he quipped.

I ask you, where’s the smug condescension?  Where’s the oversized ego?  Where’s the snark?

I am not built to handle this.

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Fixin’ the Gators

When it comes to Georgia, we know what we’re worried about in a couple of weeks.  Here are three concerns from the Gators’ side.

The first two sound like things Georgia might be able to exploit, but if I were Florida, I wouldn’t fret over item number three.

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What I did on my bye week.

Florida is holding an open tryout for a kicker.  No, really.

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Huntley Johnson never sleeps.

Oh, look.  Another Gator arrested.

Florida freshman defensive back Deiondre Porter has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest on four felony charges.

Porter, one of the team’s top special teams players, was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges.

The Gators announced his suspension on Twitter, and coach Jim McElwain addressed it on the Southeastern Conference coaches call.

“He’s no longer with the football team,” McElwain said. “He’s suspended indefinitely for obviously a choice. It’s his choice not to be with us. I’m sure you’ll read about it soon enough. It’s one of those things that we don’t obviously condone. Like I said, it was his choice.”

That is some pretty tough language from his coach there.  Let’s see how tough things get if Johnson works his usual magic with the Gainesville judicial system.

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The SEC East just got very interesting.

Hold on to your horses, boys.

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