Read this story, and give me the over/under on the number of months it takes for the SEC to rescind its prohibition on satellite camps.
Category Archives: Recruiting
- Here’s a roundup of outstanding issues in the SEC West after spring practice.
- Tyler Dawgden takes a stab at comparing how Georgia’s 2015 offense, defense and special teams stack up against last season’s counterparts.
- Perhaps telling the UAB search committee that the school should have a football program isn’t the best way to interview for the AD job there.
- Something to sell on the recruiting trail: “Under coach Mark Richt, the Bulldogs have had 75 players drafted since he coached his first season in 2001. Only LSU, with 79, has had more players drafted during that same span in the SEC.”
- Jim Mora says the NFL angst about spread quarterbacks is overblown.
- Bob Bowlsby is “fairly confident” the Big 12 will enact a tiebreaker to decide a champ. Way to go out on a limb there, Bob. (And in a two-way tie, wouldn’t that obviously be head-to-head? Of course, this is Bowlsby, so maybe obviously is a poor choice of word there.)
- You don’t hear Mark Richt threaten very often. But he goes there talking about satellite camps.
“It’s a troubling issue because cost of attendance was never intended to create a competitive advantage.”
It’s clear the locals aren’t happy about being ninth in the conference in the size of cost of attendance.
Back in early February, Georgia football coach Mark Richt said he wouldn’t know exactly “how big of a deal,” the coming cost of attendance payment to athletes might be in recruiting until more information was known.
It’s become big enough of a deal to certainly get the attention of UGA coaches and administrators, who have huddled to try to gauge what impact differing numbers at each school might have.
Richt and Bulldogs men’s basketball coach Mark Fox have talked “at length,” about the NCAA’s new benefit for student-athletes, Fox said.
They’ve met with athletic director Greg McGarity about it, as well as UGA president Jere Morehead.
“That’s a major issue,” Fox said. “I don’t know the solution to it, but it’s probably issue No. 1 because it creates a bit of inequity.”
The obvious solution: level the playing field.
“I know it will come up,” he said. “No matter what happens this year in my opinion, I don’t think it will be long before it becomes equitable. If it doesn’t happen this year, I think relatively soon it will. I don’t think it’s going to be a four or five-year thing. I think it’s going to be at most a one-year thing. That’s just my opinion. And it may be that everything gets squared away before August because there’s still a lot of things happening between now and then that could change everybody’s numbers.”
Sounds nice, but, as usual, the devil’s in the details. First of all, since you can’t pay student-athletes more than a school’s stated cost of attendance without running afoul of the NCAA, wouldn’t equity necessitate a race to the bottom? It would seem so, which would probably mean fortuitous adjustments in certain schools’ COA figures are likely coming (although that’s probably going to happen regardless).
But the other problem for Georgia here is that its track record in convincing its peers to go along with things that benefit Georgia is pretty poor. Why, for instance, would Auburn volunteer to give up something it perceives to be advantageous? The only thing I can come up with would be to argue that no school wants an arms race. But I’m not sure Auburn really cares about that. At least not as much as Georgia does.
Honestly, I’m amazed the SEC felt it needed to respond to Harbaugh here. Snarky comment from Jim Delany in three… two… one…
Feeding student-athletes, the next frontier in competition.
Eleven schools with major-conference football programs that submitted financial totals to USA TODAY Sports budgeted an average increase of nearly $600,000 for the new legislation, with numbers ranging from Nebraska, Wisconsin and USC on the higher end to Utah, Colorado and Oregon State on the lower end — the Buffaloes and Beavers have allotted an increase of $175,000 and $215,000 for the measure, respectively.
“That’s real money, and I understand that, but I’m all in favor of it,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “They were going to spend that money anyway. It wasn’t like they were taking that and $700,000 and sending it to the chemistry department. They were going to spend it on the locker room, or they were going to spend it on the video system.
“Spend it on kids. So they’re spending it to give kids better nutrition.”
You’ve come a long way from bagel spreads, baby. This is Willie Williams‘ wet dream.
Eh, why not?
- Did you ever notice how good LSU is at keeping kids who repeatedly fail drug tests out of the news?
- Another player has decided to retire from the game of football due to an ongoing concussion.
- Urban Meyer and the rest of his staff are heading to a satellite camp at Florida Atlantic University in June.
- A UAB football player’s graduation protest
- John Theus says he and his mates on the line have some things to clean up this offseason.
- “One could definitely call Georgia Quarterback U. of the SEC.”
- Per Steele, this season, two teams face four opponents that have a bye week before playing them. Alabama is one.