Urban Meyer asks, “what about the children?”

When it comes to a proposed early signing period, let no one say Corch’s heart isn’t in the right place.

“I hear the reasoning is because there’s so many de-commitments,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in September about early signing periods before the Division I Council passed the oversight committee’s proposal in early October. “So because 17-year-olds are de-commiting, let’s give them a legal document so they can’t de-commit. That’s not very smart. Young people have a right to choose where they want to go to school. Period. Let them de-commit 100 times.”

Urbs may have heard that reasoning, but apparently he hasn’t heard the facts.

De-commitments and flip-flopping by highly touted recruits gets a lot of attention, but it is still relatively uncommon. The survey showed 82 percent of football signees verbally committed prior to signing. Of those, 90 percent signed where they committed.

Pesky things, those facts.

Of 55 NCAA sports, football is one of four that does not have an early signing period.

According to the NCAA, 25,316 Division I student-athletes signed a national letter of intent in 2015-16. Of those, 18,103 had the opportunity to sign early and about 66 percent did.

“Why are we treating football players different from all the other students that come to us?” Eichorst said. “There’s no good answer for that.”

Good question, but I’ve got a better one.  If the NCAA is so concerned about transparency, why not give kids and their parents the right to consult with a legal advisor before signing a national letter of intent, so they might have the opportunity to know what they’re getting into before they sign?

Hey, maybe you can have too much transparency.  Eh, maybe Corch and Saban are playing bad cop to the NCAA’s good cop here.  I mean, let’s not forget this little drop:  “And what we constantly hear from our coaches and others is often times I spend more time recruiting my next class than coaching my current.” 

Then again, maybe it’s just about protecting the lazier recruiters.


Filed under Recruiting, The NCAA

When the Pirate chooses a captain

Really, this is awesome.

“I thought, ‘What is this captain stuff?’ Everybody around here can be their own captain. I’ve got assistant coaches to be their captain. The coach tells them what to do anyway,” Leach said.

“My experience with team captains, as far as really taking the team on their shoulders, hasn’t been incredibly great. It’s typically good kids where nothing happens. They’re out there just trying to do their job and play the best they can, but the notion of a bunch of captains inspiring everybody is difficult to do and unrealistic. It doesn’t really happen very often.”

“So then I thought, all the guy really does is the coin toss. And then I decided one of the most screwed up things about this country is in order to do anything, to cross the street, we have a committee. So I figured screw the committee, we really only need one guy. And he’s gotta be smart enough to either call ‘heads’ or ‘tails.’ That’s it,” Leach said.

“So then I thought, ‘Should I get the biggest guy on the team or the littlest guy on the team?’ And then I thought, ‘Jamal Morrow was on The Price Is Right and was fairly lucky and went to the final round and almost won the sucker.’ He was closest to the price but he was over by like three dollars. The other person’s under by like 60 dollars, but since he’s over he loses. So I figured Jamal Morrow’s a lucky guy, plus he’s got pretty good energy to him, so why not Jamal Morrow?

“And then Jamal Morrow goes out and did have an amazing knack for winning the (coin) toss. He wins it almost all the time. I’m serious about this. I don’t know what his record is, but it’s something incredible. But I don’t even really care about that because one way or the other you get the ball one half or the other, except one time when I played Nebraska. Morrow had a funny tendency to win, and then I’m thinking, ‘I don’t want to sit here of and think out a new guy to do it.’ So Jamal Morrow has gone out there for the coin toss for about two-and-a-half years and quite honestly done a tremendous job in my opinion. And then we got on a roll and I liked it even better.”

The Nebraska reference is to a game when Leach decided to kick off to start both halves.  ‘Cause that’s how a pirate rolls sometimes.


Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!

CSI Jeff Schultz

Easily my favorite part of this Jeff Schultz cri de coeur — and, man, does he sound bitterly disappointed — over Georgia’s decision not to suspend Natrez Patrick and Roquan Smith for, um… not violating Georgia’s drug policy is this one-liner:

Neither failed a drug test (according to Georgia).

Jeez, talk about disillusionment.  If you can’t trust Greg McGarity any more, whom can you trust?

Amazing leap of logic to reconcile “Welcome to the new world” with Jonathan Ledbetter’s six-game suspension.  I know, I know, forget it, he’s on a roll.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Today, in duh

Can’t argue with this insight.

The timing would be nice, I gotta admit.


Filed under Georgia Football

The spirit of Michael Adams lives on.

Damn, Kirby.  I expect better from an alumnus.


Filed under Georgia Football, Michael Adams Wants To Rule The World

SEC Power Poll, Week 8


Okay, so when’s the coronation?

  1. Alabama.  In the midst of playing in the SEC West, the SECCG and the CFB playoffs, the Tide has won 20 games in a row.  That is ridiculous.
  2. LSU.  On a roll with Coach O… and, oh, yeah, that Fournette guy.
  3. Auburn.  The SEC’s most improved team over the course of the season.
  4. Texas A&M.  Even when the Aggies led on Saturday, there was little doubt they were the inferior bunch.
  6. Florida.  If the Gators aren’t rested up to play Georgia, they’ll never be.
  7. Tennessee.  And if there’s ever a team that needed a week off to heal, it’s the Vols.  The good news is that November is coming.
  8. Arkansas.  Sorry, but you can’t play Ole Miss every week, Bert.
  9. Georgia.  The sad thing to consider is that there’s a decent likelihood after this week that when Georgia plays Kentucky, it’ll be the latter team that can clinch a bowl appearance with a win.
  10. Kentucky.  The ‘Cats are 3-2 in the conference despite being outscored by fifty points in those games.
  11. Mississippi State.  Geography be damned, MSU is the SEC West’s most Eastern team.
  12. Vanderbilt.  At 4-4, they’re clinging to bowl eligibility hopes with a final run of Auburn, Missouri, Ole Miss and Tennessee.  Yeah, sure.
  13. Missouri.  It’s easy to overlook the fact that this is the only SEC team without a conference win.
  14. South Carolina.  A six-point win over UMass — I guess they needed that bye week, after all.


Filed under SEC Football

Jay Jacobs, feelin’ it

If you’re wanting a little taste of what Greg McGarity might sound like should the day come when Kirby Smart gets things rolling a little, Auburn’s athletic director is here to smugly tell one and all he knew things were good all along.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs told USA TODAY Sports the 1-2 start “was an odd time,” while noting both Clemson and Texas A&M were highly ranked. Jacobs said he heard the noise from frustrated fans — but doesn’t hear much anymore.

“It’s gotten deathly quiet,” Jacobs said Sunday afternoon. “In my role and in Gus’ role, you don’t listen to that. You take care of what’s inside the house. And inside the house, everybody’s been marching to the beat of the same drummer. I’m just glad to know that Gus and these coaches have helped these players find their identity.

“It took us two or three games to find out exactly what it was. Now we know it’s downhill, old-fashioned, run-the-ball and playing Southeastern Conference, Auburn defense…”

Well, and maybe one other little thing.


UPDATE:  Big Jay may not have been listening to criticism, but it’s hard to believe he was ignoring that Auburn sold out a home game for just the second time this season.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands