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“It just allows us to play on the same field as Alabama and everybody else.”

The Sabanization of Georgia continues apace.

Except I’m not talking about the University of Georgia.  I’m talking about Georgia’s state government.

An amendment attached to an unrelated records bill passed by the state House and Senate late Tuesday states that “athletic departments and related private athletic associations” will have 90 days to process open records requests. The lone exception to this would be to access salaries for “nonclerical staff,” which includes coaches and other various athletic department staffers.

Senate Bill 323 with the attached amendment will be sent to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk for a signature.

This law would change how the University of Georgia operates, given that current law states that it must provide access to existing public records within three business days of it being requested, or the agency must give a timetable for how long it will take to produce the records.

State Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, is a co-sponsor of the amendment and said the intention is to add extra time in returning open record requests as other states and athletic departments are afforded.

“This will help the startup programs, this applies to every single intercollegiate program in this state, every university from the University of Georgia  … [to] any intercollegiate sport at a D2, D3 school,” Ehrhart said. “It just allows us to play on the same field as  Alabama and everybody else.”

This is absurd.  And what is with this “us” shit, anyway?  I must have missed seeing Ehrhart in the coaches’ booth last season.

What it’s really about is shielding B-M from having to say much about you know what.

National Signing Day, when high school athletes can sign National Letters of Intent with universities to play college athletics, occurred this year on Feb. 3. The Atlanta Journal Constitution published a lengthy story on how much money Georgia’s athletic department spent on recruiting-related expenses since Smart took the job on Feb. 21.

“At that recruiting time of year they get absolutely inundated with people wanting to have that recruiting information and it’s not a level playing field because Georgia, our athletic associations, are private in and of themselves and they don’t have that capacity, so this just allows that type of level playing field,” Ehrhart said.

Ehrhart claims this amendment won’t restrict information.

Do I really need to ask the question when can you tell a politician is making things up?

Maybe we just need to offer the Georgia governorship to Nick Saban.  Resistance appears to be futile.  Besides, doesn’t every Georgian deserve a level playing field?

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Ziggy Saban?

I find this somewhat disturbing in a kind of “resistance is futile” sense.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

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Alex, I’ll take “Obscenely” for $200.

I don’t think you have to follow college football too closely to get the answer to this question.

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What does the Fromm flip tell us?

I guess they’re happy now.

Yeah, it’s a very long way until next year, so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves about Fromm’s future in Athens yet.  There are a couple of things about this that pique my curiosity, though.

First, why weren’t Richt and Schottenheimer interested in this kid?  From all accounts, he’s talented, he’s bled red and black from an early stage and it’s pretty obvious that Georgia needs to sign two quarterbacks in the 2017 class.

Fromm grew up a big Georgia fan but never received an offer from former head coach Mark Richt and the previous staff. Not thinking he would get one, he decided to commit to Alabama to focus primarily on his junior season of football. Once Richt was fired and Smart took the job, things changed, with Smart sending one of his first offers to Fromm.

Fromm elected to wait but ultimately decided he wanted to play for the in-state program he grew up admiring.

“I think it’s something he’s been dealing with a while now, since he got offered by Georgia,” Lassiter said. “I think when you grow up in the state of Georgia and you’re a Bulldog fan, it’s tough, especially when that opportunity is put in your face. Since Coach Smart got there, they’ve been recruiting Jake pretty hard.”

I don’t want to get too deep into the weeds about whether Fromm is the best high school senior QB in the state, but were the coaches that enamored with Bailey Hockman?  (I’m not asking this in a critical way, I really am curious as to what the thinking was at the time.)

In any event, hell hath no fury as a quarterback scorned.  Just ask Jake.

When he announced his original commitment to Alabama, Fromm said he couldn’t wait to come back to Athens and “carve up the Dawgs.”

Motivation for an Alabama quarterback can be a dangerous thing.

… Fromm gave his verbal to the Crimson Tide last October for a number of different reasons, one of them being so he could come back to Athens and carve up the Bulldogs on CBS.

“That’s what it was,” Fromm told 247Sports Thursday morning. “That’s the competitive edge in me. If you don’t want me, I was going to go to the next best thing and come back and whoop that tail.”

Well, that’s over now.  The interesting thing for me is Kirby’s sales pitch going up against the strengths of his old stomping grounds – you know, the ones he sold to Fromm to get him to commit to Alabama in the first place.  Saban has logic to sell, the logic of a place that’s geared for a high level of success and has churned it out year after year.

That’s not a message Smart can match.  So he’s got to counter with emotion.  Some of that is built in to his appeal to home state kids staying home.  There’s also this:

Fromm made a surprise visit to UGA last Thursday. He was intrigued by the thought of taking UGA to a place that Alabama football is already known for. He believes in what new coach Kirby Smart is trying to build.

“I think Jake wanted to be a part of something that is on the way up, and he wants to be a part of something special,” his father said. “It’s harder to be a part of something special at Alabama because they do it all of the time. You go win a championship at Georgia, you’ve done something.”

Sure, we’ve heard stuff like that before coming out of Athens, but maybe it resonates a little more coming from Smart, because he can play off of his own background in making that pitch.  That doesn’t mean it’s going to work every time, but I do think it’s worth keeping an eye over the next two years as to how successful Alabama remains in poaching talent from the state of Georgia.  It’s hard to keep Nick Saban down, but it looks like Smart’s gonna try.

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Welcome to Tuscaloosa.

Nick Saban just added Mike Locksley to his support staff.  Or as he’s usually referred to, embattled Mike Locksley.

Obviously, Locksley’s not being brought on board because of any perceived coaching acumen.  It’s because he can recruit the Washington, DC area like a sumbitch.

It’s nice to have the resources to bring on a specialist like that.  Although it’ll be interesting to see how he and Pruitt hit it off, so to speak.

One thing’s for certain:  when it comes to assholes, Alabama’s got a deep bench.

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Saban makes bank, and then some.

Nick Saban’s financial production may be even more impressive than his team’s performance on the field.

Not only did Nick Saban deliver the University of Alabama its 4th national college football title in 7 years, but he also helped subsidize the entire Crimson Tide athletics department by generating an astonishing $95,132,301 in revenue, the most ever by any single team in the history of college sports…

… To put these numbers in prospective, the University of Alabama’s football program by itself generated enough revenue to rank No. 26 out of 350 Division I university athletic programs! Indeed, the approximately $46 million in expenses (or profit) would rank the program in the top 60 of national athletic departments budget wise.

Tremble, ye mortals.

The catch, if there is one, is that the program’s profits declined from 2014, because of the extra playoff game and because of increases in recruiting expenses and coaching salaries.  Not that anybody in Tuscaloosa cares.

(h/t)

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The next Saban trend

Alabama just hired an assistant coach.  The thing is, there are already nine assistants on staff there.  So

As part of the move, Crimson Tide assistant head coach and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal is expected to move to tight ends and tackles coach, per the sources. The addition of Key would mean Alabama coach Nick Saban would have to move another current assistant to another role to comply with NCAA rules that limit an FBS coaching staff to nine assistants.

Roster management – it’s not just for student-athletes anymore!  At least nobody loses a scholarship, right?

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