It sounds like Trent Miles intends to invite the entire Big Ten to his Football Camp.
This is going to get uglier before it gets resolved.
Another day full of buffet goodness:
- Art Briles says Baylor’s non-conference schedule had “zero impact” on his team not making the CFP last season. He’s right, in that had Baylor not lost to West Virginia, it would have been in. He’s wrong in that the non-conference schedule left Baylor with zero margin for error.
- What do you get when some economics professors rank the intensity of college football rivalries? This: “Within a conference, the most intense two-way rivalry was between Central Michigan and Western Michigan…” You might want to think about tweaking your measurements, fellas.
- If Natrez Patrick stays at inside linebacker, at ten or so pounds heavier than Alec Ogletree, he’d be the biggest player ever to suit up at the position under Richt.
- Nick Saban wants to be clear about satellite camps. He’s agin’ ’em. And you don’t want to offend Alabama on the recruiting front, people.
- So, there was an inside guy on the Winston crab legs heist? Steve Spurrier’s gonna have to come up with a new nickname for FSU, methinks.
- It’s only April and the 2015 watch lists for awards march has started. Wake me when it’s over.
- It looks like Georgia Tech has landed its B-back for this season.
- Year2 discusses the case for Nick Chubb’s Heisman possibilities.
The remains of the day…
- Here’s a look at Georgia’s wideouts and the change at position coach.
- Corch, what do you say to recruits when they ask you about Aaron Hernandez? “I have never been asked about that. But I just answered that question earlier (from other reporters). My thoughts are that it’s a terrible tragedy for all the family members involved. That was many, many years ago (when I coached him at Florida).”
- This sounds like it’s gonna be a tough sell.
- If you want a little recruiting porn, here’s Jacob Eason talking about when he committed to Georgia.
- Georgia’s only academic casualty in the 2015 class is already enrolled at JUCO and hopes to join the Dawgs as soon as next January.
- George O’Leary says he’s going to contact coaches from Florida schools to see if they’d be interested in playing an exhibition game. Hell, I’d watch it.
- Here’s a brief rundown of things that weren’t cleared up with the past weekend of SEC spring games.
- And Seth Emerson walks through the post-spring state of Georgia’s secondary. (If you said to yourself, “more talent, same Pruitt”, give yourself a cookie.)
The SEC is offering a pretty stark choice on the satellite camp craze.
I figure nobody does anything until Sankey lifts the ban, all hell subsequently breaks loose and then they scramble for a fix.
But, who knows? Maybe Delany takes time off from his freshman ineligibility crusade and tells Penn State and Michigan to knock it off.
I’ve got the chafing dishes fired up for you…
- Carvell asks a bunch of coaches if early signees should be let out of their NLIs if the head coach is gone from the program before the February signing day. Most said yes. (Although Stoops has a point when he says, “No, because I believe you sign with the school – with the school and with the program. I believe that’s why you sign. You sign to go to school at that university. If that’s not what you’re doing, then you don’t need to sign early.”)
- Athlon ranks the SEC football coaching jobs. Georgia is third.
- Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin want their schools to play each other. (“Can you imagine Florida not playing Florida State or South Carolina not playing Clemson?” Strong said.) Good thing Steve Patterson is there to maintain the status quo!
- The NCAA claims that some members of its Committee on Infractions received “violent threats” after the materials in the McNair litigation were released, although it remains mum on the details.
- And here’s a power ranking of the SEC’s cross-divisional games in 2015. Georgia is, understandably, tops in the East, but check out what the author has to say about LSU’s supposedly tough draw. “The Tigers have won four of the last five vs. the Gators, but again, Florida is one of the most dangerous teams in the country” sounds like something straight out of Joe Alleva’s mouth.
- Barrett Sallee is really impressed with Georgia’s linebacking corps – imagine what he’d think if he’d remembered to include Davin Bellamy in his analysis.
- In case you missed it, Ohio State made sure that Urban Meyer will be paid more than Jim Harbaugh (but not as much as Nick Saban). Though as we all know, things could change down the road.
Arkansas sends fifteen letters… to a recruit’s girlfriend.
I wonder when she gets her scholarship offer.
Michael Carvell asks a bunch of coaches how they feel about the about-to-be early signing period. There’s a bunch of talk about commitment, but most of it’s pretty one-sided, as you might expect. Coaches gonna coach, and all. On that side, it’s pretty much distilled into a paragraph by Bert:
“I love the early signing period just for two reasons. First, it allows the kid who wants to come and be somewhere to go ahead and sign. It can really be a cost-effective measure that you don’t have to keep recruiting him in December and January. You know, (with the way we do it now) you’re just kind of babysitting him, even though you know he’s coming. You’re just worried that somebody else is working him. I think it’s going to save a tremendous amount of time and dollars for coaches. And then the second thing, and it makes the most sense, it clears up the recruiting process for the people who want to get it cleared up. I think there are too many times where there’s so much time in there, some doubt can begin to creep into those minds of kids where they have been 100-percent committed for so long … and it gets a kid in a bad situation, and just leads to confusion. I think that part is real.”
Saving money and not letting doubt into the picture. What else do you need?
The coach who gets it right is Hugh Freeze, who, interestingly enough, opposes the early signing period rule. He’d prefer something I’d like to see – sign and drive.
“You know what I want? I wish that if a kid commits to us, and we’re truly committed to him, I’d like to send him the papers right then. And you will find out who is really committed on both sides. I would say start this in August of his senior year. If a kid is committed to you, you can send them the papers to sign. You will find out really quickly which schools are committed to which kids, and which schools are committed to which kids. We’ll stop all the shenanigans about the lack of commitment, and what commitment really means…”
Keep preaching, brother.