Category Archives: 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.

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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.

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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.

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“When it takes three months to answer FOIA requests, often the story will no longer be relevant.”

For those of you questioning what sort of information comes out of Open Records requests from the media, you might want to review Seth Emerson’s chat from yesterday.

… Most of the time the FOIAs result in things like coaches’ contracts and salaries, non-conference scheduling news, NCAA secondary violations, etc. But there have been several other good stories that probably only saw the light of day via FOIA. There are too many to list, but one that jumps to mind is a few years ago when Chip discovered that Mark Richt had been paying some staff members out of his own pocket, because of Damon Evans’ perceived unwillingness to do so.

Maybe that doesn’t matter to you.  Or maybe you think it’s a distraction that holds the athletic department back from achieving greatness.  As a blogger trying to assess why the program succeeds or fails, I find that stuff of interest.

Read the whole thing.  Seth probably spent more time discussing the topic than he wanted, but it sounds to me like there are Georgia fans trying to figure out why the change in the law matters.  If you haven’t thought about it, maybe you should, too.

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When you’ve lost Mr. Conventional Wisdom…

I thought I was done posting about the Open Records law change, but then Tony Barnhart (“Are you $%^&* kidding me?”  No, really!) pulled me back in.

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Click bait is alive and well at the AJ-C.

I’m saving you the trouble of reading something this morning.

Kirby Smart’s best UGA blueprint may be following Jim Harbaugh’s lead” isn’t about showing that you have the biggest Johnson on Twitter.  It’s about being better on offense than Georgia was in 2015.

Awesome.  I bet that’s never even crossed Kirby’s mind.

Oh, and you’re welcome.

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Georgia football, where there’s always a meme waiting to emerge

Welcome to the wonderful world of punditry, Coach Smart.

You’d think that many questions would mean patience would be required of fans. You’d think it would be met with more tempered expectations. But you’d be wrong. This is Georgia, which fired Mark Richt for being good, but not good enough, remember? Though no one is saying Smart is on the hot seat from Day 1, there is a clear sense that a full-on rebuilding project isn’t on the menu. In a mediocre SEC East, it’s a win-now mentality in Athens.

It’s nice that he’s got at least a one-day honeymoon.  I’d keep an eye on that G-Day QBR, though.

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