Category Archives: The NCAA

“… there’s no kid that’s ever sat back there on a kickoff and waved fair catch on the 1-yard line…”

You may have heard that the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel just passed several new rules, the most prominent of which allows the receiving team to fair catch a kickoff inside the 25-yard line and have it result in a touchback.

This, of course, means the end of directional kicking as we know it (Jon Fabris would be turning in his grave, if he were in one, figuratively speaking).

Kirby suggests the obvious:

Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship ranked second in the SEC and eighth nationally in touchback percentage last season at 71.3 percent (67 of 94). The national average was 42.4 percent, according to

The Bulldogs ranked fourth in the SEC in kickoff return defense at 19.5.

“It could minimize the value of a good kicker,” Smart said. “If your kicker kicks a 4.4 (second) hang (time) to the 5-yard line, that’s a huge weapon because you couldn’t fair catch it. …It could take the weapon away. But we never told Rodrigo to kick it high and short. We told him to kick it out of the end zone. That’s what we want him to do.”

Just when Georgia gets its collective shit together on kickoff coverage… and on the receiving side?

Smart was asked if the rule change will alter Georgia’s approach.

“It’s not going to change anything,” Smart said. “We’re going to prepare for it and higher, shorter kicks will be fair caught. Kicks that we don’t think we can get to the 25, we’ll be better off fair catching. A lot of it depends on what type kicker you’re facing.”

And type of coverage team, too.  Which makes me wonder if there will be any change in special teams philosophy.  When the odds of actually having to cover a kick return decrease dramatically — and you have to think that 42.4% national average for touchbacks is about to go way up — does that affect your approach to constructing and coaching kickoff return teams?



Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics, The NCAA

BREAKING: Paid lobbyist lobbies on behalf of his client.

You will be shocked, shocked to learn that Tom McMillen, president and CEO of the LEAD1 Association, the lobbying arm of College Sports, Inc., which lobbies Congress on behalf of athletic departments, has a few thoughts he’d like to share about why the Olympic model would be bad for college athletics.  The whole thing is pretty much a joke.  This may be the funniest line:

And finally, there is concern about the execution of such a program. How do student-athletes balance their education demands with their appearances (for) endorsements.

In the immortal word of Clay Davis, sheeee-it.  If there’s any concern, it’s how student-athletes balance their athletic demands with those endorsement appearances.  I mean, you wouldn’t want your star player rushing to make a plane to fly across the country to play a game now, would you?


Filed under It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant, It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

Today, in real world economics

Grant Newsome is a Michigan football player… er, student-athlete, who has a few bones to pick with a certain organization.

Maybe some of y’all can fansplain to Grant how it’s really not in his best interest to get paid for his likeness.  The poor kid really sounds mixed up there.


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“I think it’s nuts.”

If there’s one thing that scares me a little, it’s finding out that once in a while I think just like Paul Johnson.

“(If they adopt this proposal), is it in your best interests to make sure all your guys are under 3.3?” said Johnson, who is only verbalizing what every college football coach is thinking. “If you’re allowing a one-time transfer rule and tying it to a high enough GPA or whatever, what are you telling the schools who don’t want to lose their guys? What are they going to do, keep them from being a 3.3? You know how people are going to do it. They’re going to do what’s in their best interests.”

If the proposal passes, maybe everyone will make their players take calculus.


Filed under Academics? Academics., College Football, The NCAA

Victim of a victimless crime

Joe Monaco, a spokesman for the University of Kansas, said in a statement: “Earlier today, we learned that the University of Kansas is named as a victim in a federal indictment. The indictment does not suggest any wrongdoing by the university, its coaches or its staff. We will cooperate fully with investigators in this matter.”

Considering that Kansas just played in the Final Four with a player alleged to have received a payment, that’s some victimhood thing you got going there, Joe.  Er’rybody got paid!

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Today, in competitive balance

For those of you concerned about how above-board player compensation would favor the programs with resources…

… how much difference would it really make from the current state of affairs?


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There are no student-athletes in the NFL.

Note that term of art is missing from Arizona State’s AD’s comment.

Maybe we should start referring to him as the school’s GM.

I keep saying it, but how can Larry Scott and Mark Emmert not be having shit fits over the message these guys have no problem sending?


Filed under Pac-12 Football, The NCAA