Proof that Florida football existed before 1990

The truth is out there, as evidenced by this wonderful video of the Coach Ray Graves Show broadcast after the 1966 Georgia-Florida game, won by Georgia 27-10.

Yes, it’s that Bill Stanfill game.

(Big hat tip goes to Saxondawg for unearthing this gem.)

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Friday morning buffet

I’ve kept the chafing dishes full pretty much all week.

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“It has all kinds of problems. It is highly controversial.”

Shit.  If Mark Emmert believes there’s a problem with it, I may have to rethink my opposition to Jim Delany’s “year of readiness”.

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If one is an outlier…

Here we go again with recruits not signing NLIs.  From Demetris Robertson’s brother:

Now when it comes to signing a letter of intent, that is something we will be sitting down and discussing as a group. That has been weighing on our minds. Coaches change and move, and I saw how the UCLA coach left Roquan Smith. He got a raw deal and at the end of the day, the kid had to protect himself. Seeing how that situation unfolded is definitely cause for concern. Now that I understand that, we are seriously looking at going the same route with Demetris. We cannot dismiss it as an option now.

So much for committing to a school and not a coach.  At least they know Georgia doesn’t have a problem with it.

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Who will step up at receiver for Georgia in 2015?

Round two of the Georgia bloggers’ roundtable discussion can be found here.

Pretty fair to say there’s a consensus around Isaiah McKenzie and the tight ends.

Oh, yeah.  And spring injuries.

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SoybeanWind is having nightmares.

We know Dabo Swinney isn’t happy about this whole letting college kids have money thing, so it makes sense that he’s indulging his inner sense of gloom and doom over the COA stipend.

“Basically, this is the way they’re getting that done, but there’s some unintended consequences. There’s no question it’s not a level playing field, and it is going to be the No. 1 topic at all the coaches meetings, because it’s not good. The intent is good, but for one school to be able to pay $3-4,000 more than another school, at the end of the day, guys are going to make decisions for the wrong reasons. It shouldn’t be that way.

“I don’t like where we are right now. We are where we are, but there has to be a better solution somewhere down the road. Eventually, we’re going to get there. It is what it is right now, and it’s going to be a factor in the recruiting process. There’s no question.”

Well, actually, Stewart Mandel has one, Dabo.

But I don’t share remotely the same concern that some do about recruiting impact. In fact, until the day comes that a recruit tells Scout.com he chose one school over another over a $3,000 scholarship gap, I’m not buying it at all. Recruits spend a year or more building relationships with coaching staffs, visiting schools, studying which have the best opportunities to play early and/or which offer the best path to the NFL. I just don’t see a kid weighing all of that, and then ultimately making his decision based on a scholarship check, even if, as you say, all other factors seem equal. I’m glad cost of attendance got passed, but my guess is a year from now, no one will still be talking about it.

If the thinking is that your average high school senior is a ruthless mercenary ready to hire himself out to the highest bidder, what’s really changing here?  Schools have sold upgraded facilities to kids for years.  Schools have paid recruiters more and more based on their success of selling whatever works.  (And let’s not even get into what boosters have done outside of the public eye.)

All that’s going on now is that kids are going to be handed a new set of checks.  If Dabo’s delicate sensitivities are offended by that, perhaps he needs to come up with a new sales pitch.  And if he thinks it’s a nightmare now, best he not ponder a future in which Jeffrey Kessler kicks the NCAA’s ass.

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Thursday morning buffet

Everybody needs a little buffet in their lives.

  • Athlon ranks the SEC towns.  We’re number two! (Though, where are these “East Georgia mountains” you speak of?)
  • Seriously, “the most vexing issue facing those in charge of the postseason system” is the Army-Navy game?
  • Meanwhile, “two members of the Florida State Board of Trustees expressed concern at a March meeting over the ACC’s status and one called for an expansion of the College Football Playoff.”  I guess not everyone’s convinced about that Army-Navy problem.
  • You think Georgia’s had a run of bad luck on the offensive line before?  Florida can make a case for the same right now.
  • Throw the damned ball, Schottenheimer.
  • David Shaw says it’s not his job to get his players ready for the NFL.  (He’s right.)
  • Mark Richt has lost control of Christian Robinson.  Really.

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