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“Every little bit helps us get through this terrible time.”

This is pretty tough to read.

My name is Deangelo Tyson and I am asking that you please help my wonderful family including my five children and beautiful wife during this difficult time. As a former Georgia Bulldog and Baltimore Raven I know what it means to fight through hard times. However, at 32 years old I am now facing the biggest fight of all- Colon Cancer!

During June we received devastating news that has jeopardized my family and my life. After several months of losing weight (which I attributed to no longer playing sports). I began experiencing severe stomach pains. After a visit to the ER and multiple tests I received the words no one ever wants to hear- “Deangelo you have colon cancer”. I have since had surgery to remove the tumor and will begin chemotherapy right away. There are many hard days ahead.

Because of the extended time off work during the past few months I lost my job and have no steady income. My wife also was working but was terminated due to her caring for me. We have five wonderful children and currently have no jobs or ways to support them. The medical bills are piling up and will certainly grow as the treatment continues. For those of you who know me or my family you know that I don’t like a lot of attention on me. When I was blessed to be in the NFL for several years I was able to help families and young children which meant so much as a kid who grew up in a boys group home in South Georgia. Those resources have now gone away and it is hard for me to say it is me and my family who need help.

He’s already raised better than half his goal.  If you can help a Dawg out, do what you can.

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Best of health

I’m not sure I’m in the minority on this, or if it just feels like I am because the other side of the take on JT Daniels’ health last season has been so vociferous, but I never felt like anyone outside of the program has a real understanding of why it took so long for Daniels to get his first start.

Given that, I’ve always found it of interest when I hear any of the decision makers involved touch on that subject, even indirectly, which Kirby Smart did last week at SEC Media Days.

Learning the offense and the mental side of the game, however, isn’t where Daniels has made the biggest leaps this offseason. According to Smart, the biggest area of growth has been on the physical side.

“I think physically he has improved himself with strength, weight, mobility,” Smart said in a meeting with the UGA beat prior to taking the stage at SEC Media Days. “Those are the things that he’s really grown in since the end of the season.”

Big, if true.  If he has fully bounced back from the knee problems — which, remember, weren’t fully disclosed at the time — that should have a significant impact on his deep ball mechanics and his ability to escape the rush.  One thing’s for sure:  it won’t take very long for us to find out.

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Wednesday morning buffet

SEC Media Days are always good for a few tasty menu items.

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UPDATE:  This goes out to those of you who have missed the point behind Saban’s comment about Bryce Young.

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“As student athletes, you’re also rolling the dice on whether you’re going to participate.”

Bob Bowlsby delivered some choice remarks at yesterday’s Big 12 media days about COVID and vaccination.

Across the Big 12, most schools’ football teams are at least at a 75% vaccination level, Bowlsby told Sports Illustrated. As is the case in most if not all other conferences, the Big 12 is treating those unvaccinated differently from those who have had the shot. Unvaccinated players are still being tested regularly. That will continue through the season, Bowlsby says. Across the NCAA, players choosing not to get vaccinated will find themselves subject to contact tracing and quarantine rules, the biggest disrupters of 2020.

And there’s a big question:  how much disruption are we talking about?

In many conferences and at the NCAA governance level, COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming season are still being examined. The Big 12 hasn’t decided yet whether the league will employ roster limits or whether it will deem a canceled game a no-contest or a forfeit. Last fall, as the virus ravaged many teams, a program could cancel a game if too many players were not available, resulting in a no-contest.

At the NCAA level, the Division I Football Oversight Committee is exploring such issues, says West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons, but the group is waiting to make firm decisions.

“Some teams, in order to play, are going to have to be fully vaccinated because the university requires it, and others won’t have very many vaccinated,” says Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, who sits on the Oversight Committee. “Maybe it needs to be a forfeiture. No-contest could allow for some gamesmanship.”

Maybe the difference between a no-contest and a forfeiture wouldn’t have made any difference to last year’s Vanderbilt team, but if you’re someone fighting for bowl eligibility or a divisional title in 2021, it might make a big damned difference.  Are the conferences and/or the NCAA willing to push things that far?

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Buff

Well, now… somebody looks like another S&C success story.

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Thank you for your input.

Shot.

North Carolina coach Mack Brown said Thursday that during a team discussion about the expanded 12-team College Football Playoff, his players were against the format and preferred six to eight teams.

During a wide-ranging Zoom with reporters, Brown mentioned that ACC commissioner Jim Phillips had asked all coaches to get feedback from players about playoff expansion. Last month, the CFP board of managers authorized commissioners to move forward with expanding from four to 12 teams, with an implementation date to be determined.

North Carolina linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel told ESPN that nobody on the team raised their hand in favor of a 12-team playoff. He said a few players preferred to stay at four, while the majority was split between six and eight teams.

“I feel like 12 teams is too many games in a season for players who want to play long-term football,” Gemmel said in a phone interview. “Sixteen, 17 games in a season is a lot of wear and tear on the body, especially for guys who don’t come out when they’re playing.”

Chaser.

… The possibility of two teams playing 17 games must be disconcerting for a game that has battled significant medical issues over the last two decades. More than 30 players have died in that timeframe, mostly from heat exertion during practice.

One CFP source said as many as half the 12-team field could play no additional games (assuming six teams do not play in a conference championship game and lose in the first round).

For a team to play the maximum of 17 games, it would have to participate in its league championship game, a first-round playoff game and reach the national championship.

“That’s such an unlikely occurrence,” one Power Five AD said. “We could go a decade with that not happening.”

With more games and more revenue comes increased responsibility. At $1 billion per season in an expanded playoff, an extra $12 million would pour into the coffers of Power Five athletic departments (assuming 78% of the revenue continues to be distributed to teams in those conferences).

Will that lead to enhanced medical coverage from institutions or conferences for athletes, some of whom will put their bodies on the line nearly as often as professionals? Perhaps it results in additional funds going into the pockets of athletes in the CFP beyond what is now possible through name, image and likeness rights?

“Can [CFP participants], if they graduate, walk away with an additional $20,000 or $30,000?” another Power Five AD suggested. “I know the CFP committee is talking about those kinds of things. … At the end of their careers, they get a check for whatever. Those kinds of things are the type of things we’re going to have to consider.”

They’ll consider it.  And then they’ll go with the unlikely occurrence approach, with a dash of doing it for the kids sanctimony.  It’s worked before.

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“… a momentary light affliction”

You’ve probably already heard the news, but I thought I’d post about it so y’all could share your thoughts.

It sucks for the man, but I have no doubt he’ll handle it with grace.

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UPDATE:

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Another key to Georgia’s opener?

CFN’s preseason All-ACC players preview is out and, no surprise, Clemson dominates with seven of the top twenty players in the conference.  There’s one interesting catch, though.

Justyn Ross is listed at number four, with an asterisk:  *If healthy and close to 100% by the start of the season.

We’re almost at the end of June and Ross’ health is still a question.  That strikes me as being kind of a big deal.

I still believe that the team with the offensive line that holds up best wins Georgia’s opener, but I’m willing to entertain the thought that Ross’ play may be a solid number two factor.  Healthy, he’s that good — and don’t forget Clemson was scheming to play him out of the slot this season, which would make him a matchup nightmare.

What do y’all think?

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TFW you get screwed by a protocol

I can already hear the Kirby Smart lecture about getting vaccinated.  More importantly, his players will hear it, too.  More than once.

By the way, attendance at the CWS is 23,000 or so.  Fans aren’t required to wear masks.

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UPDATE:  Greg Sankey was watching.

“I’ve got a new piece of video tape,” he told Paul Finebaum on Friday. “(ESPN’s) Tom Hart, Chris Burke and Ben McDonald right at 2 o’clock saying ‘We’re not playing.’ We ought to play that for every one of our football teams, our soccer teams, our volleyball teams who begin play this fall. That’s one real life illustration.”

Sankey would go on to say the SEC can not require its players and coaches take the vaccine due to the patchwork of state legislative actions within the conference footprint. But, much like the NFL isn’t making its personnel get vaccinated but is more than happy to make life difficult for those who aren’t, the SEC will be much less sympathetic and accommodating toward covid outbreaks in 2021 than they were in 2020.

“That limits some of our strategic steps to enhance the vaccination numbers. But what we can do is remove our roster numbers from last year — if you recall, 53 available players, a certain number of offensive linemen, defensive linemen, quarterbacks — and say, ‘You’re responsible to have a healthy team and be present at the scheduled time on the scheduled date to play.’ That very clearly says you’re going to have to adjust your thought process, your operations in order to make sure you play.”

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In sickness and in health

This gives a whole new meaning to the term “dead period” ($$).

The NCAA is investigating whether the Arizona State football program hosted high school prospects during the recent COVID-19 dead period, and possibly other recruiting violations, The Athletic has learned.

It’s unknown how many prospects Arizona State is alleged to have entertained during the COVID-19 period or when they might have visited. Per one source, the school’s athletic compliance office recently started interviewing staff members. A former athletic department employee said some people in the football offices are concerned about losing their jobs.

“ASU can confirm the NCAA is conducting an investigation regarding allegations related to our football program,” Arizona State vice president of media relations and strategic communications Katie Paquet said in a statement to The Athletic. “In accordance with NCAA bylaws, the university cannot provide further comment at this time.”

What makes this really special is that half the coaching staff, including head coach Herm Edwards, tested positive for COVID-19.

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