Category Archives: Georgia Football

Together, at last!

Days like today I sincerely regret never polishing my mad Photoshop skillz, ’cause this story is just begging for a buddy movie poster.

Hours after the NCAA rescinded a ban on satellite camps Thursday, both UGA coach Kirby Smart and Michigan’s Jim Harbaughagreed to deal to work together at a camp in the Atlanta area on June 2. They’ll be coaching and evaluating high school kids on the same field.

It’s an interesting arrangement after Harbaugh fired a shot “at the Georgia coach” about satellite camps a few months ago on Twitter.

Cedar Grove High School coach Jimmy Smith, the host of the June camp, explained to DawgNation on Thursday night about how it all went down.

“Once I found out the NCAA changed the rule, I called (Smart) and he said, ‘I’m down with coming,’” Smith said.

“Coach Harbaugh had told me from the beginning that it was my camp … so he didn’t care who else came. I didn’t know how to handle that, because it is my camp. But it is Coach Harbaugh.

“So I contacted him. I felt like it was out of respect that I let him know that I wanted Georgia to come to camp also. Coach Harbaugh said, ‘Yes, that’s fine. Let’s all work the camp, and let’s coach these kids up.’”

Will Harbaugh and Smart be able to get along on the same field for one day? Smith, who was aware of the backstory between the two coaches, just laughed when asked.

“I don’t know,” Smith said. “I guess they get along. We’ll see when they get here. I hope they are friends. If they’re not, I’ll get them each some football pads and let them go from there.”

It’s a smart move on both coaches’ part.  Kirby’s presence nullifies to some extent Harbaugh’s novelty, while Harbaugh gets to use the camp as another occasion to paint the SEC and every other conference that originally voted for the satellite camp ban as a bunch of ninnies who overreacted (not that he’s wrong about that).  My bet is that both of them are shrewd enough to manage to paint themselves as coaches above the fray, or at least whatever the media will try to paint as a fray.

“That whole thing got so overblown,” Smart said. “Because he and I, he and staff members from his staff had communicated. That’s a big deal to the media, big deal to you guys. But in the coaching profession we’re a bit more lighthearted about it.”

But the attention for the camp itself is great.  My bet is Jimmy Smith is pinching himself this morning over his good fortune.  And I hope that good fortune spreads to a few kids who get more exposure than they were expecting.

Anyhoo, this is the only poster I got.

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“One thing they can’t teach him to be is 6-7 and 340.”

I’ll say it again:  one thing I love about Smart’s new approach at Georgia is how aggressive he is about beefing up the walk-on program.

Smart is targeting the best available players in the state not only to bring on board on scholarship but to get the best ones remaining as walk-ons.

“I’ve always thought Georgia should have the best walk-on program in the country,” he said. “Why not? You’ve got the HOPE (scholarship). You’ve got great high school football. Every kid in the state dreams of coming to Georgia. So why shouldn’t you have the best walk-on program in the country? Because a lot of those kids develop to be special teams players, to be starters.”

Can’t argue with that one bit.

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“Once all the pieces are in place”? Whatever you say, man.

Let me just state for the record that if this dude is correct in his projection about Georgia’s offensive line, you can put me down for a 10-win season right now.

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Cranking up the narrative to 11

So, based on this, this and this, by which game will it be when you expect ESPN crosses the line into outright skepticism about Kirby’s coaching acumen if Jacob Eason hasn’t been named the starter?

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If it’s so easy…

… then why are there only four programs on this list?

Face it, kids.  It’s harder to pigeonhole Mark Richt’s legacy than some of you like to admit.  That’s not exactly a low bar for Kirby Smart to exceed, either.

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Regrets, Richt’s had a few.

For the most part, I like Mark Richt as a person, but there were times when he’d come out with some comment or observation that would get my back up.  The most famous example of that was his “in the arena” brush off from a few years ago.  Here’s another:

“When you turn over the play-calling as a head coach, you become more of just a CEO-type of coach,” Richt told SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “Obviously a lot of coaches had success doing it that way, and we did at Georgia, but it’s just not as much fun. You’re just not as involved. I think the players, over time, see you as the grandfather figure, just keeping an eye on everybody.”

At Miami, Richt is calling plays and coaching quarterbacks, and he says it’s mutually beneficial.

“Now, I’m in the heat of every meeting, the heat of every battle on the field, installing stuff, calling stuff, competing on a daily basis against a defense,” he said. “They see my energy, they see my competitive spirit that is more reserved if I’m not in the heat of it. I think it’s healthy for me. I’m enjoying it tremendously, and I think it’s healthy for the players to see me get down and dirty with everybody else.”

Jeez, you’re the head coach.  If you don’t like the effect the program structure has on the way you run it, that’s on you, gramps.

And just to repeat the obvious, nobody made Mark Richt hire Schottenheimer when Bobo left.  If it were best for Richt and the football program for him to be in the heat, that was the perfect opportunity to put himself back in the fire.

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A penny saved is a penny in the reserve fund.

The SEC was the most profitable (I know, I know) conference in the country during the last fiscal year.

Conference Avg. Revenue Avg. Expenses Avg. Profit/Loss
SEC $122,517,029 $105,609,195 $16,907,834
Big Ten $108,498,429 $106,604,255 $1,894,174
Big 12 $103,336,579 $98,491,826 $4,844,753
ACC $90,416,823 $87,753,344 $2,663,479
Pac-12 $81,255,208 $82,774,493 ($1,519,285)

As Berkes notes, “(t)he SEC makes an average of about $14 million more in revenue than its closest peer and $12 million more in average profit after expenses.”

And you’ll be proud to know that Georgia is doing its share to prop up those profit numbers.  Despite being 15th in the country in revenue, the school’s athletic department managed to finish as the third most profitable enterprise in D-1, because of its 25th-highest ranking in expenses. Considering that Texas A&M’s numbers are a one-off based on its successful program for stadium improvements, that really means there was only one program that kept more money for itself:  Florida.

You can say the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, if you like, but before I start making analogies like that, it sure would be nice if McGarity was getting the same results in the Director’s Cup that his mentor is.  As it is, Florida’s getting bang for the buck and Georgia’s getting… buck.

And, again, nice to see a $3,212,769 subsidy to help prop that profit up.  Thanks, kids!

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