It’s a good thing Tennessee already has an IPF.

Jeremy Pruitt, we know, has no problem calling people out.  Fresh off Tennessee’s spring game, he chose an interesting target:  the fan base.

The Vols did have a somewhat generously announced attendance of 65,098 — the fifth-largest crowd to take in a UT spring game — but Pruitt would have liked to have seen more.

“I thought the Vol Walk was spectacular,” he said. “I don’t know how many fans we had. What was it? You guys probably know. To me, it’s kind of like our football team for the fans. The ones that were here, I’m proud they were here. They’re fired up, they’re ready to get going, OK? And then there were some people that wasn’t here that had legitimate reasons they couldn’t be here, aight. Then there was some people that wasn’t here that, why wasn’t they here? It’s kind of like our football team. So, I think we all need to look in the mirror and see who we want to be.”

Nice use of “aight” there, by the way.  But I digress.

Look, I’m more than happy to jab at Volnation when the opportunity arises, but when your team is coming off a 4-8 season that didn’t include a single win over an SEC opponent, and tens of thousands still show up for a meaningless scrimmage, perhaps a little more generosity would be in order.

You know, something like this.

Ordinarily I’d say there’s some terrific fodder for a dose of negative recruiting (“man, do you really want to go to a school where the head coach says the fans suck?”), but if Pruitt can’t do a better job of packaging his message, I’m not sure he’s gonna need any extra sales help.



Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football

Never gonna give you up.

Look who’s celebrating their 2017 natty!

You know, maybe we’re looking at this all wrong.  Think where Central Florida’s narrative would be right now if the CFP or BCS had never existed.  You know there would be some poll out there that would have them at the top.

Hey, that’s how Bama got started with its eight hundred or so national titles.


UPDATE:  This is richly amusing on a number of levels.



Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

The real meaning of spring game

Okay, who said this, Nick Saban or Kirby Smart?

“It really means a lot to the program and really means a lot to our players and really means a lot to recruiting that we have a tremendous crowd. We don’t like for our team to be complacent in any way, and we certainly don’t want our fans to be complacent in terms of the support they give our players.”


Filed under Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules

“This defense is a good fit for Georgia Tech and the kind of players we can get here.”

Mark Bradley, bless his heart, tries to help the genius sell his newest, latest, greatest defense.  It’s pretty heavy lifting.

“This defense is set up to make some negative plays,” Johnson said Friday. Indeed, the first three snaps of Tech’s spring game – with the No. 1 offense, minus quarterback TaQuon Marshall, who had strep throat, working against the No. 1 defense – went thusly: touch-sack (no hitting the QB this night), fumble in the backfield, interception. There’s your third-down stop plus a takeaway on the opening series of this defense’s public debut. Can world domination be far off?

Allow reality to retort.

That being said, linebacker Brant Mitchell finished the game with five tackles for loss, contributing to eight total for the Blue-team (first-string) defense…

Time for grains of salt: The first-string defense had nine tackles for loss in last year’s spring game and went on to record 4.3 per game last season, lowest in the ACC. Also, the first-string offensive line was absent its two best players and was using a center (Jahaziel Lee) who had never played the position before this week.

Yes, that smells like dominance.  And it wouldn’t be a Tech spring game without a touch of comedic relief.

One is sophomore-to-be Jaquan Henderson of Covington’s Newton High. Asked what he liked about Woody’s defense, Henderson said: “There’s no thinking. We’re trying to make plays. I don’t like to think out there.”

That explains a lot.

Mark has his work cut out for him.



Filed under Georgia Tech Football

The Ghost of G-Day Past

Boy, lots of great, memorable performances here.  Like this one:

APRIL 12, 2012

Red 32, Black 31

… The 2012 game also provided the platform for Christian LeMay’s only big Saturday as a Georgia Bulldog. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 154 yards and an interception and threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jay Rome in the fourth quarter that would have been a game-winner had the Black team been able to make the 2-point conversion. LeMay wound up transferring to Jacksonville State.

Er… okay, how ’bout this one?

APRIL 10, 2010

Black 17, Red 7

At the time of the 2010 game, Reed Plaza on Sanford Stadium’s north side was undergoing extensive renovations, so several sections were closed. Redshirt freshman Zach Mettenberger was the game’s big dog, completing 6 of 10 passes for 150 yards and touchdown passes to Rhett McGowan and Arthur Lynch.

Eight days later, Mettenberger was dismissed from the team due to an incident that earned him an arrest near Valdosta. A former Oconee County High standout, Mettenberger went on to play at LSU and was a starting quarterback in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

Eh, screw it.  I’m just going for the tailgate, anyway.


Filed under Georgia Football

“It was on a need-to-know basis.”

Mock the secrecy surrounding this if you will, but when you’re living in Harvey Updyke’s world, I don’t think it’s crazy to keep the hedges’ location on the low down.


Filed under Georgia Football

Gotta get those rats.

Meet rat poison’s kissing cousin, “rat trapping“.

Smart is hopeful that his players have been mindful with what the coaches have taught them throughout the spring. What he doesn’t want to see is what he calls “rat trapping,” which is when a player starts “doing his own thing” on the football field.

I smell a Lexicon entry coming.


Filed under Georgia Football