Category Archives: Media Punditry/Foibles

Mr. Conventional Wisdom is all thumbs.

Tony Barnhart’s doling out all sorts of wisdom for people today.  In the case of Bo Davis, here’s his career advice:  Tell the truth or you’re done.

Conventional, true, but solid.  Firm, even.  No backing off there whatsoever… wait, what?

Davis may have gotten fired anyway, but the rule of thumb to both coaches and players is that if you lie, you’re pretty much done.

So if you lie, you’re “pretty much” done.  Okay, maybe that’s not as strong as where he started, but bottom line, under no circumstances should you ever dissemble, because, whatever your situation, lying only makes it worse.  Always much worse… er, um, what’s that you say, Tony?

Another rule of thumb is that if the school knows you committed a violation, they have no choice: They have to throw you overboard in hopes of saving the ship.

How many opposable digits does the man have to make rules on, anyway?  I’m at three, which strikes me as a little weird.

Well then, to sum up, you may be done if you lie about a recruiting violation, but you’re done for sure if they know you screwed up, which means you should lie if you’re not completely certain they know you crossed the line because you might be just pretty much done instead of done for sure, except if they already know, then it doesn’t matter if you lie because…

Ah, screw this.  My head hurts.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles

This does not compute.

Kevin Scarbinsky dares suggest that Verne Lundquist, Charles Barkley’s “the nicest man in the world”, might be the most hated figure in the SEC.

Uh, dude, here’s a hint:  when’s the last time you heard anyone refer to the SEC Commissioner as “Uncle Greg”?  And let’s not even get started on Saban’s nicknames.  Or Lane Kiffin’s, for that matter.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football

Only in America

I’m sure some of you will vehemently disagree with me, but I sure find it strange to live in a place where the media have to apologize to fans of a football program for doing their job.

Which isn’t to say those guys are totally blameless – when it comes to snarking the AJ-C, I think I’ve established my street cred, so to speak – but, dayum, this really shouldn’t have to be written:

As for our part, reporting that Briscoe was arrested, I just have to say that it’s our job to do so. Arrests are public information and Briscoe, being a scholarship football player for the Georgia Bulldogs, is a public figure. Therefore, it’s our duty as reporters to simply let folks know this happened.

And the other part to consider here is that there’s a public interest in what’s being reported.  If we didn’t care about Georgia football as passionately as we do, the AJ-C and its peers wouldn’t care as much, either.

Okay, you can fire away now.


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The early CW

Stewart Mandel has his first preseason top 25 list posted, and his view of Georgia at #19 is pretty consistent with the other lists I’ve seen to date.

19. Georgia (10-3): New coach Kirby Smart will not be lacking for talent, starting with star RB Nick Chubb’s return from injury. DE Lorenzo Carter and DT Trenton Thompson could thrive in his scheme. The Dawgs’ season largely hinges on how quickly incoming freshman QB Jacob Eason is ready to take the reins of coordinator Jim Chaney’s offense.

I’m thinking Chubb’s return will have a bigger impact on the season than Eason’s arrival, but who knows?  In the meantime, check out which squad is Mandel’s pick after Georgia.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

The secret to their success

Kevin Scarbinsky still thinks it’s cool to fellate Mike Slive.

That won’t please Sankey, but here’s something that should. Unlike the Pac-12 and the Sun Belt, the SEC understands the meaning of solidarity.

A number of things separate the SEC from its Power 5 conference brothers. Richer recruiting territories, more passionate fan bases, more opulent facilities, 250-pound Heisman quarterbacks and 242-pound Heisman tailbacks, to name a few.

Those advantages, you can see, but what makes the SEC unique among the big-boy conferences is something you can’t always see. It’s 14 schools realizing the power of their collective self-interest.

Mike Slive had a saying for it while he was trying to herd a lot of big cats in the same direction during his wildly successful tenure as commissioner. The schools might be split down the middle on an issue when they walk into a room, Slive would say with a grin, but when they walk out of that room – after proving “the First Amendment is alive and well in the SEC” – they walk out with a unanimous face.

A slight exaggeration, perhaps, but it’s no coincidence the greatest period of prosperity in SEC history, by virtually any measure, came on Slive’s watch.

Solidarity = prosperity.

Let that be a lesson to any SEC wannabes.

Yeah, SEC wannabes.  Pay no attention to the people who made Slive look a lot smarter than he really was.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football

Can a coach be the subject of a Verne crush?

Strong stuff from Uncle V on Kirby:

Q: What are your thoughts on Kirby Smart?

Lundquist: “They made one heck of a hire. Kirby Smart, and we chatted about this last night, we talked about how long he stayed with Nick (Saban) at Alabama. And many of us who had dealt with Kirby over the years always felt he was going to be a terrific head coach someday. In my view, he was patient enough to wait for the best opportunity, and the best opportunity for him quite obviously was in Athens. I think he’s going to be terrific. I really do.”

Q: Saban didn’t allow much media access to assistant coaches. How well do you know Smart?

Lundquist: “We (CBS) did get a little more access than Nick normally allows (to assistant coaches), so we did talk with Kirby quite a bit. First of all, I find him to be a gregarious man. I think he’s going to interact with the fan base on a very, very high and personable level. I just like his personality. I’ll leave it to Gary Danielson to do the Xs and Os with regard to Kirby, but I just like him.”

Q: What’s Smart’s reputation among SEC broadcasters?

Lundquist: “I can tell you this from Gary: (Smart) has an enormous amount of respect among his fellow coaches and certainly from the analysts who have done the Alabama games. He’s considered a tactical master when it comes to defensive schemes.”

All that without even mentioning that he’s coaching at the school he played for.  Okay, it may not be Tebow territory, but on the other hand, I don’t remember him waxing that eloquently about, say, Booch when he got the UT job.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

My, aren’t we sensitive.

Maybe I’m missing something here, but I’m having a hard time seeing how this is a shot against the Southeast.

The NCAA’s decision to ban satellite camps was faced with harsh criticism throughout the coaching community, but Stanford coach David Shaw didn’t seem upset about the new rule.

He actually used that rule to insult the intelligence of SEC country.

Shaw said via SB Nation:

“I’m great with whatever college football says, because it doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t make sense for us to go hold a camp some place where there might be one person in the entire state that’s eligible to get into Stanford.”

Stanford’s prestigious academics obviously impact its recruiting. But Stanford also recruits nationally, and the Southeast is a major part of the Cardinal’s recruiting footprint.

As the article itself goes on to note, Shaw has twenty kids on his roster from our neck of the woods.  I know he’s a college football coach, but I assume he can count the difference between one and twenty.  Then again, I’m from the Southeast, so what do I know?

I guess we should count on USA Today trying to hammer him at the next press conference about why he’s insulted an entire region of the country.  I just wonder how many of the journalists who’ll question him on that could meet Stanford’s admission standards.


Filed under General Idiocy, Media Punditry/Foibles