This may be a new low.
Good times, eh?
And you wonder why you get the crap thrown your way that you do.
I wonder how many others share this guy’s view that certainty in the CFP semi-finals field is a bug, not a feature.
I could have taken the complaining at this symposium a lot more seriously if Michael Wilbon hadn’t played the “people sit in their mother’s basements and write this crap” card.
Damn, that shit was lame a decade ago. Although I should probably give him credit for not bringing up shaving and showering.
Jeff Schultz wants Greg McGarity to open up to him, just like he did with Mark Bradley last year. Unfortunately for Schultz, McGarity doesn’t want to play.
Overreaction narrative: “Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity hasn’t said anything publicly about Mark Richt’s future. That must mean something!”
Reality check: I don’t know. I sent an email to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity Monday morning, asking two questions: 1) Can you at this point guarantee that Mark will be back as head coach next season? 2) If you choose not to answer: Do you understand that it leaves open speculation that you’re considering making a change, or have already decided to make a change, and does that matter to you?
McGarity responded as he has to all recent inquiries on this subject. He wrote back, “Jeff, as I have said throughout the season, all of our efforts are focused on the next game, which is the Tech game this Saturday.”
So if the AJ-C keeps speculating about Richt’s future, Greg, that’s on you. Nicely played, Mr. Schultz.
UPDATE: Shorter Mark Bradley: Just sayin’.
Man, did Richt forget to renew his AJ-C subscription, or something?
From the boys at Al.com:
The Tigers take on Idaho Saturday as a 32-point favorite, needing a win to gain bowl-eligibility. Should things go South for Auburn against the Vandals, Gus Malzahn might be headed out the door after the season.
“Let’s say they lose to Idaho, and then they go out the next week and get blown off the field in the Iron Bowl, a 42-0 type of game, there’s going to be people calling for Gus Malzahn’s head,” Stephenson said. “Now will the people that matter make that decision, I’m not sure. The last time they went through this, you could tell that team quit.”
When did this become the Year of Make Shit Up Out Of Thin Air? Is everyone in the media that bored?
Jeff Schultz – in a piece appropriately titled “Overreaction Monday” – gets a little huffy about Mark Richt traveling to see a prized recruit.
Now, it’s possible Richt merely wanted to ease concerns with the family and the player amid speculation the coach might be fired. Or maybe he just wanted to attempt to change the narrative from, “What a disappointing season,” to, “We’re going to be awesome next season.” But let me offer this third possibility: Richt is sending a message to athletic director Greg McGarity and president Jere Morehead that goes something like this: “See this recruit? He likes me. And if you want me gone, you’re going to have to fire me, because I’m not resigning.” You could say it’s an attempted power play.
Will it work? My guess is: No. McGarity and Morehead will still make their decision regardless of this, which is not to say which way they’re leaning because I honestly don’t know. The decision could be based on Richt’s recent resume and/or what big-money boosters think as much as the potential of the future, which offers no guarantee. And if Richt believes that a picture with next year’s hot recruit is going to appease the masses, he’s mistaken.
Meanwhile, his colleague Steve Hummer detects more of the hand of Evil Richt in play with the trip.
But Mark Richt’s cross-country trip to brunch with an 18-year-old last weekend was a stroke of uncut genius. His surprise visit to Washington state’s Jacob Eason was masterful in execution and message. I’d almost credit the Bulldogs coach with having a little Machiavelli in him, if he wasn’t such a square-cut fellow.
That’s all great, but could I bother to point out another possibility? Remember the frothing that took place after this Great Moment In Social Media?
So it didn’t go unnoticed that Eason is now following Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier on Twitter. Also among his most recent follows is California head coach Sonny Dykes.
It could be a significant wrinkle as the heat is turned on Georgia coach Mark Richt after a 27-3 loss Saturday against Florida, the team’s third in the last four games.
The Lake Stevens, Wash. product, who committed to Georgia in July, 2014, was reached by Florida.247Sports.com about his social media connection to Nussmeier.
“I don’t really want to have a comment on that,” he said. “You know, he reached out to me, so I followed him, so he could communicate. So that’s about all I want to say about that.”
You think Richt’s feeling a little heat on the recruiting trail these days? You think it might be somewhat prudent to check up on Eason once in while? And, while he’s at it, maybe send a message to potential poachers that he’s still defending his turf? Occam’s Razor, bitch.
Some of this shit would be funny if it weren’t such a sad stretch. Perhaps Schultz ought to devote his next Overreaction post to an argument that Richt and his staff should stop recruiting altogether until it’s clear they’re back next season. Can’t have any perception that McGarity’s being pressured, you know, because that would be bad for the program. At least not by Richt. Pressure from the media is another story.
Gosh, now that I think about it, maybe Richt ought to forfeit the rest of the season while he’s at it. That would sure make Greg’s job a lot easier.
Been a while since I’ve stocked up the breakfast bar.