There’s only one thing I don’t get about this list – if Alabama indeed reloads and not rebuilds each year, shouldn’t it be at the end?
Category Archives: SEC Football
The Swamp has become a victim of the law of unintended consequences. Students aren’t showing up, and there’s a big reason why.
One thing UF officials have learned from student feedback is the students do not like the early kickoffs (noon and 12:20), something that was evident last season with all those empty seats in the student section for early games.
“Our students in some ways are a lot like our entire fan base in that they enjoy night games,” Hill said. “That Arkansas game (at night) last year had a tremendous crowd. Our students do not care for the early kickoffs. They’re just rolling out of bed.”
Hill said UF is having discussions with the SEC and its television partners about scheduling Gator games later in the day or at night, especially early in the season.
“We have made it clear to the conference that the early season games, we need those to begin in the evening or late in the day. The heat is so oppressive,” Hill said. “That’s not just for our students but our entire fan base.
“We’re communicating that to our television partners as well. If we can come out of the gate with later kickoffs, we think that will contribute to bigger crowds and better attended games by our students.”
Your television partners would like to know if you’ve been cashing their checks, dude. If you have, perhaps you should communicate to Jeremy Foley that winning four games and playing a weak home schedule isn’t the kind of formula that gets you a lot of 3:30 start times.
Then again, you could always try playing more loud recorded music at games. If nothing else, that might help wake the students.
A lot of talent done left Dodge City, podnah.
Never has the SEC had as much quarterback talent as it had in 2013 and never has the league lost as much quarterback talent after a season.
Seven quarterbacks who combined for 20,298 passing yards and 167 touchdowns last season have departed. Included in the group were a two-time national champion (Alabama’s A.J. McCarron), the SEC’s all-time leading passer (Georgia’s Aaron Murray) and a Heisman Trophy winner (Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel).
This is prodded by an observation I saw on Twitter today. I’m wondering who’s on your list of first- and second-team 2014 preseason All-SEC quarterbacks.
I assume Nick Marshall will be the likely lead pick for first-team. He was tenth in passer rating last season. What, if anything, does that say about (1) how much we can expect Marshall to improve as a passer; (2) how deep this year’s bunch is overall; (3) how important the passing game is in competing for a conference title in 2014.
Of course, the second-team choice may offer an even more illuminating answer to the above. What say you guys?
The 2016 Georgia-Georgia Southern game has been rescheduled for November 21, 2015, at a cost to Georgia of a mere $325,000. That’s a fair amount of jack to move a game, especially for an athletic department that watches its dollars most carefully. It also moves the game out of its regular four-year rotation. So Seth Emerson asks the logical question and gets:
McGarity insisted the move had nothing to do with any possibility of the SEC going to a nine-game schedule, which at the earliest would happen in 2016.
“It has nothing to do with other than moving it up a year,” McGarity said.
There’s always something to grab.
- Talk about preparation: Mike Ekeler watched every snap last season of the Bulldogs’ special teams before his interview with Richt. Talk about being a glutton for punishment, too.
- Based on recruiting rankings, which teams and coaches were the biggest over and under achievers?
- ESPN is set to announce that the 2014 college football season will begin at its earliest point in 11 years.
- Here are some details from the third day of hearings on whether the National Labor Relations Board should certify the Northwestern players’ unionization request.
- And here is a listing of the spring practice start dates and spring game dates for all 14 SEC schools.
- Charlie Pierce uses Mark Richt to mock Georgia pols’ attempt to let guns on campus.
- Arkansas’ plan to modify its school color leads to a post about color scales that probably has more information than you could possibly care about. But since it also mentions Georgia, what the hell.
- MaconDawg wonders if Georgia’s 2015 recruiting indicates that future offensive changes are a possibility.
My last two posts have made me wonder if Mike Slive isn’t missing a terrific opportunity for his fledgling broadcast enterprise. Have the cameras follow his football coaches around for the entirety of SEC Media Days and he’s got himself one helluva reality TV show.
We’ve had sideshows before, but they’ve usually pitted the coaches against conference administration. This time, it’s coaches versus coaches, it’s getting personal and perhaps turning ugly. Throw in a “Housewives of the SEC” show (how do Mrs. Sumlin and Mrs. Malzahn take to having their hubbies’ livelihoods threatened by the likes of Bielema and Saban?) and you’ve got some mighty compelling drama to sell.
Shoot, that might be enough to get DirecTV on board. Go for it, Commish.
It’s not as if there’s nothing left to fill the chafing dishes.
- Is Isaiah McKenzie the member of the 2014 class most likely to snare a starting job first?
- David Ching writes that obituary for Josh Harvey-Clemons’ career at Georgia I mentioned yesterday.
- Speaking of JH-C, his grandfather says, “Of course, he’s down.”
- The Nkemdiche brothers being sued for damages resulting from a fight raises an interesting question – not about them, but about Ole Miss’ investigation procedures: “When this alleged incident occurred, the proper authorities investigated the matter and could find no evidence of wrong-doing related to Denzel and Robert Nkemdiche or any other members of our football program,” athletics director Ross Bjork said in a statement. You better hope that lawsuit goes nowhere, Ross, my man.
- Bill Connelly’s 2013 college football offensive line rankings reaffirm what we already knew, that Georgia’s offensive line was resoundingly average.
- Which makes Marc Weiszer’s analysis of Georgia’s incoming offensive linemen timely.
- John Pennington takes a look at how accurate the Vegas line was on 2013 SEC games.
Grab that plate and fill it up.
- Ah, the AJ-C, doing what it does so well – concern trolling about recruiting. (The grammatical error in the header is a real bonus, though.)
- Socrates has an idea about what to expect from Jeremy Pruitt’s scheme this season.
- And Seth Emerson tells us that everyone on the defense starts with a clean slate under Pruitt.
- Free Malik McDowell!
- Marc Weiszer counts the clock in last season’s games against Clemson and Missouri.
- The bid by Northwestern University football players to unionize goes to round two, with three days of hearings in Chicago.
- Brad Wolverton, on “How Should Big-Time College Sports Change?”
- SEC football attendance numbers rebounded last season.
Shorter Joe Dean, Jr.: It’s football’s fault that SEC basketball sucks so badly.
Arkansas is applying for a liquor license to sell beer at Razorback – to some folks, anyway.
Arkansas will add its name to the growing list of college selling alcoholic beverages at football stadiums beginning this fall. According to a report from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the school will begin selling beer and wine to club seat holders at Razorback Stadium this fall, pending the approval of a liquor license from the state.
While the selling part is new, keeping the devil’s beverage away from the hoi polloi is SOP in the SEC.
While the Southeastern Conference does not allow the sale of alcohol in non-premium seating in the SEC, skybox and club seating patrons have been allowed to have alcoholic drinks at seven other SEC stadiums for years. Both Alabama and Auburn allow premium seat holders to bring in their own alcohol.
Maybe rich folks hold their likker better.
In any event, the article notes that twenty schools across the country now sell beer and wine to non-premium seat holders. I bet that changes in the SEC over the next ten years. It’s just another revenue stream that doesn’t need to go a-wastin’.