Ambassador to the Champions of Life

If you’re the current head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, I’m not sure if hearing that Phillip Fulmer has been named to a paying gig as special adviser to the president for community, athletics and university relations is actually worse than a vote of confidence… but it’s close.

Don’t look over your shoulder, Booch.



Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

But, Michigan, ctd.

From an Appalachian State beat writer,

“App State earned a share of the Sun Belt Conference title in 2016 and will be favored to go unbeaten in league play this year, especially with a schedule that steers clear of Arkansas State, Troy and South Alabama. Wake Forest travels to Boone, so the Mountaineers have two chances to beat a Power Five program. As much hype as the Michigan upset generated in 2007, Appalachian hasn’t managed to pull another upset, although the near-miss at Tennessee last year was notable progress following a string of one-sided losses…”

I’m beginning to think that 2007 upset has turned into a bedtime story coaches tell their players to scare them.  Which is not to say, after last year’s near-debacle against Nicholls, that some of Kirby’s players don’t need scaring.

One can be certain Appalachian State will have Georgia’s full attention when the two teams square off Sept. 2 at Sanford Stadium. And if the Bulldogs aren’t totally prepared, it could prove to be a long afternoon.

Georgia’s gonna get their best shot, right?


Filed under Georgia Football

At least there’s one.

If I told you that Georgia had one player make the Southeastern Conference football information directors’ list of the league’s best players by position and overall, who would you guess that is?


Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football

Steele, Georgia and returns

Agree with his premise or not, you’re aware that Phil Steele puts a fair amount on emphasis on returning experience and production in his college football projections.  He’s posted data on three specific areas, listed here, along with Georgia’s ranking:

I don’t there’s much of a surprise in any of that.  Other than the o-line, here’s a lot of production returning.  Whether that amounts to more than a hill of beans is dependent on — guess what? — the offensive line establishing itself at least as a competent unit and just as a general principal, some coaching up.  It’s the second year for the staff, so that’s not an unreasonable expectation… which isn’t the same thing as a guarantee.


Filed under Georgia Football, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water

Today’s quandary

Does the news that the Georgia-Notre Dame ticket is currently college football’s most steeply priced in the secondary market mean (1) the fan base is hungry for games with quality opponents; (2) Butts-Mehre has confirmation that the fan base is willing to pay through the nose for access to Georgia football games; or (3) both?


Filed under Georgia Football

Thursday nights just got quieter.

And, lo, there was much rejoicing.

Jesse Palmer has agreed to remain with ESPN after being hotly pursued by Fox Sports, sources tell Sporting News.

The college football analyst signed a seven-figure, multiyear contract to remain at ESPN, sources said. His previous contract with the network was set to expire in July.

Sources also said Palmer, the lead analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network, will no longer call games; instead, he is expected to move into the studio full time for halftime and postgame coverage during Saturday games.

I just hope this doesn’t turn out to be one of those “I’ve got some good news and some bad news” moves by the WWL.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil

Been there, seen that.

Since a lot of you claim not to read anything published at the AJ-C, I thought I would give Bill King’s latest post a mention, since it’s a fun read.

Whenever Georgia Bulldogs fans gather, it’s not unusual for the conversation to end up in a discussion of the greatest or most memorable football games they’ve seen in person.

Having gone to UGA games regularly for more than five decades now, I have my own list of games for the ages.

Bill goes on to list his top thirteen Georgia games he’s witnessed in person.  While he started earlier than I did, there’s a fair amount of overlap between his list and what I can come up with.

Taking out his first four, I have these as replacements:  the 1980 Georgia-Florida game (still the greatest); the national title game against Notre Dame that season (yes, Virginia, the Dawgs won a national championship game in my lifetime); the 2002 game at Auburn (cold as hell until Greene and Johnson hooked up in the end zone, at which point nobody noticed the weather anymore); the 2012 SECCG (best game I’ve ever witnessed that Georgia didn’t win).

From here, I’ll turn the discussion over to you guys.  What’s on your personal list?


Filed under Georgia Football