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“People offer scholarships now like Pop Tarts.”

Urban Meyer would like for the recruiting process to stop and smell the roses.

Not gonna happen, Corch.

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“We did make mistakes.”

This baby will make you roll your eyes.

Urban Meyer admitted that he made mistakes as coach at Florida in an interview with Andrea Kremer for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel…

“If I look back now, the biggest mistake I probably gave second chances to some people that maybe shouldn’t. But this is someone’s son. I know in my soul we’re doing it right, doing the best we can. Did we make mistakes? We make mistakes (raises hand).”

Oh, brother.

This is what passes for soul searching when you can’t credibly ignore the Aaron Hernandez story any longer.  Not that the people cutting his paychecks really give a shit, anyway.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Let me light the chafing dishes… ah, there.

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Return to Seat 37F

Media members, you’ve been warned:   if Corch catches you hanging around his student-athletes, the consequences won’t be pretty.

But Urban Meyer says he has had to deal with people getting in the ears of players about the possibility of transferring. Miller would be eligible to transfer and play immediately at another school next season. The fifth-year transfer has risen in the past decade, and Meyer says he’s even heard about some media possibly talking to kids.

“I’m going to research that a little bit,” Meyer said on Bruce Feldman’s podcast. “There’s people in the media that work in high-power positions that, I guess, are having conversations with our players about transferring. I spent a year at ESPN, and I can’t imagine that’s acceptable. If that is going on, and I haven’t had time to research — obviously, we’ve been playing — if anybody in the media is having any conversations with one of your players about transferring, that person doesn’t belong to work in the media anymore. They certainly won’t have access to your program. Those are things you have to be very leery of.”

What a dick.

Although there’s a part of me that hopes it’s somebody at ESPN that’s pissed Meyer off.  The resulting spat would be fun to watch, that’s for sure.

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“(Georgia) is sort of just like, ‘We should be entitled because they’re our kids…'”

I’m more than happy to join the chorus of those unhappy with Georgia’s recruitment of offensive linemen.  (Perhaps the money thrown at Rob Sale sent a message that he was needed on the recruiting trail stat.) And I’ve complained about Richt’s approach to roster management for years.  But even with that in mind, I find this to be one deeply strange article about the current state of Georgia recruiting.

That’s what sets the state of Georgia apart from a place like Louisiana. Both are southern states with clear-cut college football powers, but the pull of LSU for the caliber of player Ohio State is looking for is so strong that recruiting Louisiana isn’t worth the risk for the Buckeyes.

Georgia is worth the risk because the players are willing to leave.

Numbers bear that out.  But instead of digging into the whys and wherefores – transient population in the metro Atlanta area, sheer geographic size of the state, the number of D-1 kids the state’s high schools produce annually – the author is satisfied comparing Georgia to Louisiana and Ohio as evidence that Richt’s approach is flawed.

Consider that:

• Since 2005, Georgia has signed 35 percent (7-of-20) of in-state players rated five-star prospects by 247Sports. Meanwhile LSU has signed 67 percent (10-of-15), and Ohio State has signed 73 percent (8-of-11) of their in-state five-stars.

• Of the top 5 in-state players each year from 2006-2014, Georgia has signed just 21, while LSU has signed 35 and Ohio State has signed 31 out of their respective states.

• Georgia has signed the state’s No. 1 overall player just four times in the last decade.

“There are certain states that just by quality and quantity you go, the Texas, the Georgia, the Florida, the New Jersey, those are off the top of my head that we’re going to saturate a little bit, but then we go cherry pick the best players at certain positions, and Ohio State is a national brand,” Meyer said after beating Oregon in the National Championship.

Nice advertising.  Clearly this is a member of the media who has no intention of sitting in Seat 37F.

The timing is strange in that Georgia is having a strong year in state right now on the recruiting front.  The piece also ignores the success Georgia has had doing exactly what it touts Meyer for doing, cherry picking top players from other states.  Not to mention that currently Georgia leads both LSU and Ohio State in whatever recruiting rankings you care to check out right now.

But that’s not the weirdest part of the article.  This is:

Here’s a caption: “How can that happen?”

That was repeated several times by Creekside coach Olten Downs during an in-person interview with cleveland.com on Thursday….

“You see a guy like Vonn Bell making interceptions and you say, ‘How’d you let him leave the state?'” Downs said. “You see a guy like Raekwon McMillan starting as a freshman. You’re hurting for linebackers, but you let this guy leave? How can that happen? I don’t know. I think (Georgia) wants guys who love Georgia, and want to play for Georgia. That’s all fine and dandy but you still gotta make guys feel special and wanted.”

My first thought upon reading that was somebody’s butt hurts.  And I’m not really sure why.  Creekside is where the Berry clan hails from, so there’s little surprise that Tennessee’s made some inroads there.  And that Georgia’s come up short in some battles.  But the Dawgs have a current commitment from a Creekside kid, Jayson Stanley, so it’s hard to understand why Downs is complaining about benign neglect as a standard for Georgia’s recruiting approach.  To criticize Georgia’s staff, especially the guys who’ve been recruiting Georgia’s 2015 class, for lack of effort seems like a bit of an overstatement.

It sounds like Richt needs to go have a heart-to-heart chat with somebody. Because you can bet Corch will be waving this story around for a while.

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UPDATE:  One more thing to put in perspective about this…

Corch has to cherry pick out of state because there simply isn’t enough local talent.  Not just to go around, but even for Ohio State’s selfish needs.  He doesn’t have the wealth of choice available to Richt.  And that’s not changing any time soon.

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Thursday morning buffet

Food for thought…

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Saban, gettin’ schooled by Corch

Chris Brown, as usual, has an excellent piece on how Ohio State’s offense has evolved away from what Urban Meyer was doing at Florida.  The part in there that really caught my eye was how Meyer and his offensive coordinator, Tom Herman, schooled Saban and Smart in the national semi-final match.

The one defense that shut the Buckeyes down this season was Virginia Tech’s.  Here’s what Bud Foster did.

… in Week 2, when Virginia Tech employed a “Bear” or “Double Eagle” front, in which the defensive line pinches down and lines up with a nose tackle over the center and defensive linemen over each of the offensive guards. This strategy effectively shut down Ohio State’s inside zone running game, as the Buckeyes managed just 108 yards rushing on 40 attempts, with 70 of those yards coming from quarterback J.T. Barrett, who’d taken over in the preseason for the injured Miller, and who’s since given the reins to Cardale Jones after suffering a season-ending injury of his own. Thiswasn’t the first time a “Bear” front had proven successful against a Meyer offense, and Ohio State’s coaches knew they would need to find answers to adjust.

Guess what happened when Alabama went to a similar alignment.

The sweep is a perfect complement to OSU’s inside zone because as soon as the defense begins pinching down, Herman can call this play to get the ball to the perimeter of the defense, with several athletic linemen out in front. It’s worked: When Alabama shifted its defensive linemen down into a type of Bear front in an effort to stop OSU’s inside runs in the Sugar Bowl, Herman called for a version of the Oregon sweep, and the play went for an 85-yard Elliott touchdown — the biggest score of the game, and maybe of the Buckeyes’ season.

Sounds like somebody was better prepared that day than somebody else was.

 

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