Category Archives: Recruiting

Today, in grasping at straws

Meet Jim Mora, evil recruiting genius.

By the way, Athlon, why wouldn’t that work just as well in reverse for Mark RiIcht?


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Today, in coachspeak

So, Gary Pinkel, when the day comes that the SEC ditches its ban on satellite camps, will we hear you mourn the demise of integrity, or will you start planning your first camp in the Deep South?


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I’m Auburn. Fly me.

You know – I mean, you just know – when the guy at Auburn responsible for calculating the school’s cost of attendance says something like this…

“This is a financial aid budget,” he said. “This isn’t an athletic scholarship budget.”

… hilarity is bound to ensue, and this article (h/t) lives up to the promise of that.  In spades.

You can start with the chutzpah of him questioning how other schools can justify their numbers if you like, but for me, the money shot (see what I did there?) has to be his defense of the $2,858 allotment for transportation costs.

As for transportation, Reynolds attempts to encompass those who live on and near campus in Auburn as well as commuters from Montgomery and Columbus (roughly 100-mile round trips) and Birmingham (over 200 miles round trip), and has to account for some trips home for a school with roughly 40 percent of students coming from out of state, predominantly Georgia.

While a student at Auburn would have to drive over 2,100 miles per month at a rate of 20 miles per gallon with gas being $3 per gallon to account for the $317.56 budgeted for transportation each month by Reynolds, that doesn’t factor in any flying, which would quickly eat into that figure and factor into the average annual cost.  [Emphasis added.]

For its size, this must be the busiest goddamned airport in the Southeast.  What a lucky coincidence for Auburn’s coaches.

With Auburn’s cost of attendance figure ranking so comparatively high it will naturally be a factor in recruiting, though not as much as of yet.

“We’re not talking about it enough, to be honest with you,” Auburn wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig said in early May. “But it will focused on from me (during the May evaluation period) and that can be used as an advantage. It is what it is.”

Multiple members of Malzahn’s staff said cost of attendance hasn’t come up much on the recruiting trail so far, even during in-home visits last January, but now that it’s set to start they’ll be emphasizing it moving forward.

“It has not been a big issue – yet – but it’s something that over the course of time we will it a big issue because it’s a good issue for Auburn,” running backs coach Tim Horton said. “It’s good for us. That plays well into our hands.”

Greg Sankey, these people aren’t trolling you.  They’re daring you.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Recruiting

Friday morning buffet

Here’s something to help fuel you through the last working day of the week:

  • 247Sports thinks Georgia’s on course for a whale of a recruiting year in 2016.  Of course, that was before this news broke.  Which is why I don’t spend time speculating on recruits until they’re signed, sealed and delivered.  Your mileage may vary, of course, which is what keeps the recruiting services in business.
  • Insert “Mark Richt has lost control” snark here.  (And no, there isn’t a Herbstreit reaction to the news I can point you to.)
  • Jim Harbaugh isn’t going to listen to you badmouth the United States of America.
  • If you don’t think the Alabama-Georgia game is going to be crazy enough already, Michael Carvell points out that that’s the most attractive home date for Jacob Eason to take his official visit.
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill wants colleges to continue to make improvements in the way they handle sexual assault accusations against athletes.  Look at the bright side, schools:  at least somebody in Congress is paying attention to the way you run your athletics!
  • Brian Schottenheimer is a big fan of Nick Chubb.  Smart man.
  • And Georgia has added a 22-year old linebacker with an interesting backstory as a walk-on.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Political Wankery, Recruiting, SEC Football

Richt can’t keep others from crossing the borders. He’s just hoping to slow them down.

You want to know why satellite camps make Mark Richt uncomfortable?  This.

The last decade unquestionably belonged to the SEC, with conference schools claiming seven straight BCS titles, beginning in 2006. Then the conference boasted the BCS runner-up (Auburn) at the end of the 2013 season and a College Football Playoff participant (Alabama) at the end of last season.

But where did the players come from in what certainly ranks as the golden age of SEC football? More than any other location, they hailed from Georgia – specifically from the Atlanta area.

And that’s with the coaches having to talk kids and families into out of state trips to really get to know each other.  Imagine how much easier it would be for them to set up shop in the kids’ backyards to make a direct pitch?

Here are a couple of head shaking stats from Ching’s piece.

  • In Kentucky’s case, the Wildcats actually signed more Georgians (50) than Kentuckians (49). And South Carolina came close to matching that trend, signing 71 players from its home state and 70 from Georgia.

  • If the Metro Atlanta area were a state, it would have produced more SEC players in the decade than all other states except Florida and Texas.

Despite the poaching, over the last ten years, Georgia still managed to finish second in the conference with in state signees as a percentage of the total.

I’ll say it again – the amazing thing isn’t that Richt can’t keep other schools from signing Georgia kids in large numbers.  It’s that Georgia Tech is so inept at signing Georgia talent.


Filed under Georgia Football, Recruiting, SEC Football

‘Let’s look at the early signing date in the context of the total environment.’

As we saw yesterday, if the Collegiate Commissioners Association passes the early signing proposal for college football this week, folks like Dennis Dodd will take that as a smack in the face of the SEC.  But what if it doesn’t pass?  Does that make Greg Sankey the most powerful man in college football?

Or would it be an indication of another powerful man’s larger agenda?

Recently, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany suggested that the debate this week over early signing could morph into a larger discussion on recruiting issues.

“The issue of early signing has some momentum,” Delany said at the Big Ten meetings last month, “but I think there also may be some momentum to fold that into a broad discussion on the recruitment issues of camps, issues of oversigning, issues of grayshirting, issues of early enrollment, issues of 7-on-7 and teams traipsing around from campus to campus in the summertime.

“I think maybe a more global view of what’s going on in football off the field may drive people to say, ‘Let’s look at the early signing date in the context of the total environment.'”

Early signing might pass, Delany said. It might fail. It might face a delay, he said, “until we get a good overall view of the recruitment and access and the championship environment.”

As much as you know the SEC coaches would love to see something done on a universal basis to rein in satellite camps, everyone else in college football would love even more for a rule with real teeth to be adopted putting an end to certain forms of roster management aggressively pursued by some of those very same SEC coaches.

If the conferences decide it’s best to engage in some real horse trading on recruiting, expect Nick Saban, among others, to have a conniption fit in response.  SEC Media Days could be more fun than I thought.


UPDATE:  And there you go.

That didn’t take long.  And now we wait to find out what’s behind the postponement.


Filed under College Football, Recruiting

“Nick Saban, he only prepares now for those kids to play for him for three years.”

Charlie Woerner’s dad talks to Michael Carvell about his son’s recruiting, and in comparing Georgia to Alabama, has this to say about what they find attractive about the latter:  “At Alabama, it has to do more with the strictness of the program, and the discipline…”

Yeah, I can see how the way Nick Saban handled the Jonathan Taylor matter versus the way Mark Richt did would make somebody think that.

Seriously, this is why Saban really doesn’t care about anyone else’s perception of how he handles personnel matters.  Because it never matters to the next recruit’s family he talks to. And it sure doesn’t matter to the ‘Bama faithful.  In that respect, he’s the Edwin Edwards of college football.


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