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“He’s given some tips and he knows those guys inside and out. That’s definitely helped us…”

So, Brenton Cox is busy giving his new teammates and coaches the lowdown on Georgia, eh?  I knew that damned transfer portal was a bad thing!

Oh, wait.

Perhaps no one knows this better than Georgia defensive backs coach Charlton Warren. In addition to scouting the Gators ahead of their match-up with No. 8 Georgia, Warren also saw them every day in practice last year when he was the cornerbacks backs (sic) coach for Florida.

So as the Georgia secondary gets ready for its biggest test of the season, you can bet Warren is sharing tips with his group of defensive backs.

“He’s given some tips and he knows those guys inside and out. That’s definitely helped us,” senior safety J.R. Reed said.

Do as they say and not as they do, kids, and everything will be fine.  For them, anyway.



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Okay, sure, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Just a reminder, as we enter the era of the D’Eriq King Rule, that the four-game redshirt rule was something coaches pushed.

The ironic twist here: This is an unintended consequence of a rule that coaches exhaustingly fought to pass for years. The rule was intended to give players, namely freshmen, key experience while not removing a complete year of eligibility, and for coaches, it relieves them from a late-season dilemma of burning a kid’s redshirt while using them only a few plays. Todd Berry, the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, was a leader in the movement to modify the redshirt rule. Berry and coaches discussed the measure for years before its adoption, and so far this year, he’s received rave reviews from coaches and administrators. “We knew there were going to be some of these circumstances,” Berry says.

Yeah, that’s right.  The funny thing about this now is that despite all the gnashing of teeth by coaches and administrators over recent developments following King’s decision — and let’s not forget that at heart, it was also Dana Holgorsen’s decision — there are still plenty of coaches who see nothing wrong.  A couple of selfish reasons for that:

If the first month of the season goes poorly, will coaches manage their roster in a way to gear up for next season and punt on this year? Maybe. “Now that King has done this, I think coaches are going to say, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’” DiNardo, now an analyst for the Big Ten Network, said on the network last week. He offered an example of a senior offensive tackle who struggled through the first month of the season. The tackle could sit the rest of this season and be in better position next year to help the team…

… The Alabama and Ohio States of the world have nothing to worry about, he says, but programs like Houston and Rutgers might not be able to recover from such losses. “If a player did this at Alabama when I was there, Nick [Saban] would say ‘Don’t let the door hit you on the way out,’” McElroy says.

In short, it’s likely to be another vehicle for the rich to become richer.  Just like almost everything else that affects college athletics these days.

I keep wondering if shrinking FBS scholarship limits to FCS levels might, if not turn out exactly to be a magic bullet, have some effect on transfers.  If Saban’s got less roster spots to manage, it wouldn’t be so easy for him to jump on the fruits of creative redshirting.

Then, again, this may be a problem that sorts itself out over time.  It’s not like that hasn’t been the case before.


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“Oh all the time. It’s part of college football now.”

So, how is Kirby Smart battling the lure of the transfer portal?  After all, you’d think players buried on a depth chart at a program that makes it job one to create a deep roster would have a clear motivation to head on down the road towards greener pastures.

You counter that by making a pitch that, ultimately, it’s a business decision.

“It’s probably one of the most important things now in a program now, in major college football, especially the major Power 5 programs, is the support staff with which you’re capable of hiring to support you and support your program, and support these players. There’s not one guy that comes in here that’s not highly-touted, not given 1,000 accolades by all the media or I guess you’d say the recruiting sites. So they go through trials and tribulations of realizing they have work to do. And the people that have to support them here are so key to our success. There are probably 20 guys on our staff who sat down with 30 or 40 different players and explained that your best option is here, your best option is now.”

“We had a general manager come in and talk and talk to the players about development,” Smart continued. “You’re going to develop better at Georgia where you’ve got nutrition, a weight room, an unbelievable support staff, coaching staff, facilities, than you are to go somewhere else where you might not have those facilities. You’re also going to develop better here than you are in the NFL because they don’t run a developmental league. They only have a 53-man roster. So they can’t develop players, they cut them. There’s no, like, I’m going to develop you for later. You’re going to be better off staying here and working to get better so you’re a better player when you do go to the NFL, because the whole key is that you make it. And we sell the players on that, that we’re going to develop. We practice every kid out there. Our threes took reps today to get better. So we’re always looking at, ‘OK, what’s the best for every player on our roster?’ And also what’s best for our team. And we’re trying to manage those two things.”

20 support staffers to convince kids to stay in Athens?  Mercy.  Must be nice to have resources.


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“I guess that’s the way the world is now.”

You gotta admit, if there’s any place where it’s worth pulling a D’Eriq King right now, it’s Rutgers.


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“Pulling a D’Eriq King”

Didn’t take long for that to become a euphemism, did it…


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What D’Eric King hath wrought

If you saw my post about it yesterday, apparently Houston’s starting quarterback, along with another starter, has made a decision to take a redshirt for the rest of the 2019 season and come back to play next year.

Now, step around the possibility that nothing would stop King from changing his mind in December and jumping into the transfer portal to find a grass is greener spot for his talent.  Let’s assume this decision is a real thing.  Where does that have the potential to take things?

Well, it takes us to the college football equivalent of tanking.  And if you’re a head coach with leverage who can get his star players to buy in, why not?  You’re being paid to win championships and if you do that on occasion, the fan base is likely to forgive you for the dips in between.  (I’m looking at you, Auburn.)

Too bad if you’re a fan buying season tickets, but, then again, we live in an age when taking a bullet for the team is becoming expected behavior for the fan base at big programs.

All I can say is that it sure is a good thing we don’t yet live in a world of professionalized college sports.


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The next stage

Some of you guys are just gonna love this.

King is a senior, so if he graduates, he can transfer where he wants without having to sit.

Looks like Oklahoma may have their quarterback for next season.  Too bad for Houston now, though.


UPDATE:  Bidness decision.


UPDATE #2:  Aaaand… the law of unintended consequences.


UPDATE #3:  One last chance for Holgo?


UPDATE #4:  Welp, here’s a turn of events I didn’t see coming:

Of course, there’s nothing stopping them from changing their minds later.


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