Category Archives: Recruiting

Here comes the judge.

Mike Slive’s last official act of courage:

But the SEC essentially told the coaches that there was nothing the SEC could do. The cost-of-attendance is determined by each school’s financial aid office, separate from athletics, and messing with the formula could run afoul of the Ed O’Bannon ruling.

Mike Slive, the outgoing SEC commissioner, said it was a short discussion.

“We understand that there are really compelling concern about how it affects recruiting. But we just tried to explain to them that this is something that … The judge in O’Bannon indicated that we were going to follow the federal rules, and it’s a financial aid issue, it’s not an athletic issue. It’s run by the financial aid office,” Slive said.

In other words, it’s Judge Wilken’s world, and he’s just living in it.

Here’s the thing:  he’s only half right, at best.  O’Bannon said the NCAA could cap the amount of new compensation that Division I men’s basketball and football players receive when in school, but that cap will not be allowed to be an amount that is less than the athletes’ cost of attending school.

That’s a floor, not a ceiling.  But, of course, that’s small consolation to those schools in the conference that don’t want to jack up their COAs to run with Auburn and Tennessee.  And nobody’s going to touch player compensation outside of a COA stipend right now.

So that leaves things right where they’ve been.  We’ll have empirical data in a few years to see what sort of impact the disparity has on real world recruiting.  My bet is that if it turns out to have a serious effect, they’ll revisit the concept of player compensation.  It’s not like they won’t be able to afford it.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, SEC Football

Thursday morning buffet

Another day to indulge, campers.

  • I’m always amused when Will Muschamp talks about offense.
  • You will be shocked, shocked to learn that the SEC has come out against an early signing proposal for football.
  • Nick Saban clarifies his comment about bowl games.  Naturally, media misunderstanding is involved.
  • There will be no SEC-enforced cap on COA“We are constrained by the law,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.
  • Here’s another hungry football player story.
  • Auburn’s not in on claiming more national championships.  Per Jay Jacobs, “Those players on those teams, like me in 1983, it doesn’t matter if you hang a banner or not. I know what we did.”  So why even explore the possibility in the first place?
  • If you’re looking for some well-crafted Gator snark, this should do.
  • Matt Hinton has an excellent piece here on the art of building an offensive line.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Gators Gators, Look For The Union Label, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics

Declaration of war

This comes as no real surprise.

Nor this.

Prepare to up those travel budgets, fellas.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

Wednesday morning buffet

The SEC is in Destin.  The rest of the college football world isn’t.

  • Nick Saban thinks fondly of Jeremy Pruitt.
  • Here’s a nice smackdown of Bert’s “you play eight games in the SEC” comment.
  • Dennis Dodd gets all prissy about the SEC not already having a ban on its books for transfers of kids dismissed for domestic violence – something that no conference has at present.
  • We’re 100 days out from the start of the 2015 season, so it’s fashionable to do 100 things to look forward to pieces.  Here’s one.
  • David Wunderlich thinks the practice of ranking teams based on loss order is still a thing… and it is.  But I suspect as the CFP grows, loss-ranking will matter less.
  • There’s still a chance:  Chauncey Gardner is taking an unofficial visit to Athens.  Make a blogger happy, dude.  Be a Dawg, and let me have a few years with that name.
  • “It’s an attempt to change behavior”Mike Slive intends to come down hard on post-game celebrations.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, SEC Football

We all know what you are. We’re just haggling over the fee.

The Georgia Way, in one picture (Photo via Associated Press )

When it comes to the disparity in COA numbers, it seems that Greg McGarity and Jay Jacobs are of one mind – it’s a recruiting advantage.

“I think we all agree in the conference it’s an issue,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told “It does make a difference to some individuals; to some young men and some young women. I would hope the majority of the conference would love to see some consistency in those numbers.”

Tennessee ($5,666) and Auburn ($5,586) offer the most money for full cost-of-attendance not only in the SEC, but in the entire country. Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs has no problems with his school’s high figure. In fact, he told USA Today in February he thinks the high number should be helpful in recruiting.

“At Auburn, we are going to have the best student-athlete experience in the nation,” Jacobs told “We are going to do whatever we can within the rules to provide the best for our student-athletes.”

McGarity is at least honest enough to admit (1) if he was “at the high end, I might not be as concerned with it”; and (2) it’s not possible to have one number across the board in the conference.  So, what’s the end game with pushing for transparency, as Georgia intends to do this week in Destin?  In the end, that’s up to the lawyers.

“But what I think we are trying to do is find some legal way that is within the law where we can solve a problem that was probably an unintended consequence from this vast discrepancy you are seeing.”

There’s a lot of loaded stuff in that sentence.  But if he thinks shame alone is going to work… well, that would be an SEC first.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football

“Once you start your senior year of high school, you should be able to sign at any time.”

For once, I have come not to bury the genius, but to praise him.

It’s Johnson who wants to bury something, in this case, National Signing Day.

“The schools have their 85 scholarships, and you can sign no more than 25 in a year. When you sign your limit, you’re through. If you sign a kid and he doesn’t qualify, you lose it for that year. We put the onus back on the kids with better grades and better students, and we stop all the craziness of the hat shows, soft commits, decommits and all that.”

A grumpy clock is right twice a day and all that, but it’s hard to fault his logic here:

But Johnson says opening things up would also make the schools more cautious when handing out those offers to begin with, citing the ridiculous amount of offers high schoolers in Georgia get early in the process.

“It would also slow the schools down,” Johnson said. “We sit here in Georgia, where there are a ton of great high school players. We’ll have everybody come in here, offer 200 kids, and if a kid wants to commit, ‘It wasn’t a committable offer.’ I don’t know what that is. It would just clean it up.

If a kid said he was committed, you hand him the papers. If he didn’t sign, you knew he wasn’t committed. The same thing on the schools. If the kid went in, and they said, ‘You’ve got an offer,’ and the kid wants to sign, (he’d) call their bluff as well. I just think it would clean the whole thing up and put the onus back on the good students and kids who want to do it right.”

What would really be interesting to watch under his scenario is what would happen to all the offers made to high school juniors once they embarked on their senior season.  Pipe dream, I know.


Filed under Recruiting

Cooking the COA books

Speaking of the integrity of the SEC, McGarity’s pushing another proposal this week in Destin.  While his head coach wants the COA dealt with in a way that puts all conference schools on a level playing field, McGarity isn’t trying to hit a home run right out of the gate.  Instead, he’s attempting to reach a consensus on something practical.

So it’s no surprise that Georgia is leading the push for conference legislative proposals to ensure that schools are coming up with their numbers equitably to determine expenses beyond tuition, books, room and board and fees.

“Our proposals center around transparency,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “The first step that we all need to understand is what are the components that make up the gap. Right now, no one knows what each school is doing. Our proposal is that we create transparency so that we can all understand this whole autonomy/cost of attendance issue better and some consistency on what can be provided in that cost of attendance.”

It’s one thing for there to be a fight over making COA spending equal (and don’t forget it’s a fight Slive has already said isn’t worth the effort).  It’s another to make everyone show their cards.

“I’m sure there will be some lively discussions,” McGarity said. “I’m not so sure why anyone would not want to be transparent.”

He’s either being coy or naïve with that.  You choose which.

There’s only one reason for a school not to share its formula, and it’s not because it hasn’t done the work.  I dunno – maybe it’s a trade secret.


Filed under Recruiting, SEC Football