Category Archives: Recruiting

Monday morning buffet

Piping hot goodies to get your day started…


Filed under College Football, Georgia Football, Look For The Union Label, Recruiting, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, The NCAA

Friday morning buffet

As always, come and get it.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, College Football, Georgia Football, Look For The Union Label, Recruiting, SEC Football

The NFL keeps getting crankier about the spread.

Seattle’s offensive line coach Tom Cable isn’t a fan, either.

… Cable said that the proliferation of spread offenses in college has made it harder for players to adjust in the NFL, particularly the offensive linemen under his charge. That, in turn, has made it harder to evaluate players as they prepare to enter the league.

“Unfortunately, I think we’re doing a huge disservice to offensive football players — other than a receiver — that come out of these spread systems,” Cable continued. “The runners aren’t as good. They aren’t taught how to run. The blockers aren’t as good. The quarterbacks aren’t as good. They don’t know how to read coverage and throw progressions. They have no idea.”

Judging from his record as Idaho’s head coach, I’m not that convinced Cable’s got an idea.  But the more this stuff circulates, the more it grows into a real thing.  Expect more pushback from spread coaches; at this point, they’ve really got no choice.


Filed under Recruiting, Strategery And Mechanics, The NFL Is Your Friend.

Mike Bobo on COA

There’s another school of thought emerging from coaches about the role COA will play in the recruiting process – it will have a place, but it’s unlikely to be the overwhelming factor that some fear (or, perhaps in cases like Auburn’s, hope) it will be.  Per Bobo,

“I’m sure if somebody has a high cost of attendance, they’ll use it to their advantage in recruiting,” Bobo told CoachingSearch. “But at the end of the day, some of those factors always play in recruiting, whether it’s playing time, jersey number, where you live, all the little things. At the end of the day, it comes down to people convincing that player that your university is the best place for himacademically, athletically and socially to grow as a person, that he feels like the coaches are going to help him get there.

“That’s what we’re going to be selling at this great institution, along with chances to win championships and be successful in life. It’s not all about X number of dollars, but we are going to pay full cost of attendance. I think it’s going to be more than fair and help us in recruiting.”

In other words, close enough should be good enough.  We’ll soon see if that’s right.


Filed under Recruiting

Give us your tired, your poor, your injured

So, do we give Gus the usual “Second Chance U” snark for this, or pat him on the back for showing up Corch?


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Recruiting, Urban Meyer Points and Stares

Warning: Picture may be NSFW.

Michael Carvell caught this little gem:

I’m assuming this is meant as some kind of taunt.  If it were a recruiting pitch, you’d think there’d be something about second chances in there.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Recruiting

“Money is just money. It isn’t everything.”

I have little doubt about what will be the burning topic at this year’s SEC summer meetings.

“It’s a game-changing issue.”

Essentially, cost-of-attendance is a way for major schools to provide stipends to athletes without calling it an outright payment for services. It’s a reaction to several court rulings against the NCAA, including the Ed O’Bannon case, which have challenged whether college athletics are really amateur. The athletes bring in so much money, they should get a cut, lawyers have argued, and courts have agreed.

But not every school has the resources to provide stipends. So last year, the NCAA gave autonomy to the so-called power five conferences (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12) to make their own rules. The schools have moved to do so for this coming school year.

The devil, however, is in the details.

“I think when cost-of-attendance came out and it was gonna be $2,000 across the board, it seemed like a good plan, and it made sense,” Georgia football head coach Mark Richt said. “That was in everyone’s mind, ‘Let’s get this cost-of-attendance thing going,’ because everybody visualized it being that very thing. Then it became something different than that, and it became a concern for a lot of people to have the equity involved in that area.”

Georgia’s cost-of-attendance has been set at $3,221 per year. That’s broken down as $2,346 for “miscellaneous living expenses” and $875 for transportation costs. The miscellaneous expenses include estimated costs for items such as clothing, laundry, cleaning supplies and a “communications package.” The information is culled from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to Georgia compliance director Jim Booz.

Georgia’s transportation cost is an estimated average calculated by assuming four trips per semester from Warner Robins, since it is a mid-point for in-state students. For out-of-state students, it’s a round-trip plane ticket to Chicago, chosen for its central location.

But Auburn calculates its cost-of-attendance at $5,684, according to its school website. Georgia estimates it is in the middle among SEC schools.

Why the difference? And how does each school calculate it? Well, that’s unresolved and something the SEC will seek to resolve in Destin, Florida, at its summer meetings.

“There’s nothing that I’ve seen that says this is how everybody computes it,” Richt said. “Everybody computes it in their own way.”

Making Jay Jacobs spell out Auburn’s fuzzy math should be a real treat.  Any guesses on where the typical Auburn student hails from?


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