Category Archives: Media Punditry/Foibles

“I don’t think I’ve seen the quarterback play (in the SEC) this bad in a long time.”

Matt Hayes is flummoxed about many things.  Evidently one of those is understanding the cyclical nature of college football.  Two seasons ago, the SEC was flooded with talented quarterbacks.  Poor ol’ Matt can’t figure out what happened last year.

Welcome to the story of SEC regression: the league doesn’t have it where it matters most. In this era of college football where elite quarterbacks win championships, the 14-team monster conference has one quarterback of significance.

It’s not like they sign long-term contracts, dude.  And even you seem to have glommed on to the existence of a source to replenish talent called recruiting.  It’ll cycle around.

Of course, when it does, all the great running backs now in the conference will probably have moved on to the NFL.  I guess that’ll give you the next inspiration for a column.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football

Chill on the savior talk.

If somebody had told you on January 26, 2014, that one year later, Nick Chubb would be getting a ton of Heisman talk and Jacob Coker not so much, you’d have laughed, right?

Just another reason it’s usually smart to take the media’s breathlessness with a grain of salt.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles

Getting a case of media whiplash

Nothing like a consistent point of view…

Athlon, January 21:  Georgia will be overrated!

Athlon, January 23:  Everyone is chasing Georgia and Alabama!

Either something dramatic happened in Athens this week nobody told me about, or Athlon needs a better editor.



Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles

You just keep on using me, ’til you use me up.

I know you guys don’t like it when I link to a Mark Bradley piece, but, really, you ought to read this one, as Bradley has outdone himself.  From the header to the last punctuation mark, he’s reached the pinnacle of the Mt. Everest of trolling and planted his flag.

Georgia’s AD has committed his share of unforced PR errors recently, but agreeing to be interviewed by Bradley probably ranks as the dumbest of all.

I swear, if the day ever comes when McGarity does fire Richt, you know Bradley’s going to write a column urging Georgia to hire the genius.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Monday morning buffet



Filed under 'Cock Envy, Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, SEC Football, The NCAA, Whoa, oh, Alabama

“How can you not root for a guy like that?”

I’m not a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers, but I’d definitely sympathize if any of them told Matt Hayes to take this column and stick it straight up his ass.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, Media Punditry/Foibles

When the Georgia Way meets the Mark Bradley Way

Bradley’s in full pot-stirring mode now.

As we know, the lack of an indoor practice facility has become a flashpoint for Georgia coaches, who believe they really, really need one to keep up with the Butch Joneses of the SEC. (Tennessee has one. Heck, so does Georgia Tech.) Here was McGarity’s take:

“Georgia spent $33 million on the addition (to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall) that was completed in 2010. (McGarity started as AD in September of that year.) That was four years ago. That would have been the perfect time, if the emphasis was on an indoor building, to do it. That had been on the drawing board since 1999 and 2000 – that never got off the ground. I come in and I’m moving into a brand new building and the indoor facility was not on the radar.

“Let’s fast-forward to 2013, to where it does become important. The first thing we do is talk about it; we have an allocation for the research for our athletic board, which was granted; we’ve selected an architect; we’re in the programming stage right now. When we meet with our board in February, we should have more information on cost and location so we can start the fund-raising.

“Once it was identified as being really, really important — I don’t know how important it was in 2009 or ’10, but if it had been that important, it would have been done at that time – so while it wasn’t that important and we played football outside and that’s the elements we need … (pause) … things change. We react to that.

“There’s a couple of other things that Mark really wants to do that just came to our attention like renovating the football locker room at the stadium and creating a recruiting room in the stadium. Well, once he made me aware of those two things, they were automatically put on our radar. But a lot of times it’s got to be the coach expressing to us what’s important. My question to coaches is, ‘What can I do to help you?’ And if I don’t know about it, I can’t predict what they want in that vein.”

And now, if you’re asking: “Do you, having spoken with McGarity for half and hour, feel that the rumors of a growing tension within the athletic department are overstated?”, the answer is …

No. I do not.

Bradley is going to force me into doing something I don’t ordinarily do, damn it – defend Butts-Mehre on the spending front.

The reality is that an IPF wasn’t a priority for Richt for some time and it really wasn’t much of an issue for the program.  That being the case, there were better places for the AD to spend department resources.  Times change.  More money rolling in to the SEC has led to arms races all over the map, including facilities, and things like IPFs have become issues on the recruiting trail.  McGarity may be fiscally prudent/frugal, but he will listen to complaints that might affect the money flow.

As for Bradley’s rumors, anybody with half a brain who heard Pruitt’s public complaining a month ago would have realized back then that there was “tension” in the athletic department over spending.  That it’s taken this long for him to catch that… well, how much of his brain does that mean Bradley uses?


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles