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The land of second chances

The land of second chances

In case you’ve forgotten the somewhat checkered history of the newest member of Nick Saban’s coaching staff, here’s a helpful summary. Mike Locksley is proof positive that you can always find a job in coaching if you can recruit. pic.twitter.com/a4q45ZpXb8 — Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) January 16, 2017 The coaching doesn’t matter that much either if […]

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Does Georgia football need a change of perspective?

Does Georgia football need a change of perspective?

The New 2016 UGA Football Poster…"Attack The Day"…Go 🐾🐾🐾!!!#ATD#HunkerDown#UGAFootball2016 Pic: UGA Football pic.twitter.com/JmV04MI0JH — Matthew Hall (@Loyal_To_The_G) August 9, 2016 We all heard about Georgia’s buzz phrase for this past season. Junior cornerback Aaron Davis met with the media after Wednesday’s practice and talked about the new mantra. “We have this new motto: ‘Attack the […]

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Does Booch need a scapegoat?

Does Booch need a scapegoat?

Your team, expected to contend for a conference title in 2016, didn’t even win its division. You hired a hot-shot defensive coordinator who was expected to shore up that side of the ball for you; instead, it finished finished 95th in total defense.  But he’s got a big contract and it’s only one season, so […]

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On the clock again

On the clock again

Really, I’m surprised that members of the pundit class have begun beating the drums for shortening the length of college football games so quickly after we heard some initial grumblings from the grand poobahs running the sport.  You’d almost think it’s about making deadlines or something as banal as getting enough sleep. Two plays before […]

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Kiss the ring.

Kiss the ring.

Man, you know the toughest part of interviewing for the AD job at ‘Bama is that first meeting with Nick Saban. (I’m pretty sure I keed, I keed there.  Pretty sure.)

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“Everyone’s fighting for the Snickers…”

“Everyone’s fighting for the Snickers…”

Okay, red zone defense may have left something to be desired, but there were bright spots on that side of the ball for Georgia during the 2016 season. One is turnovers. Georgia ranked 10th in the nation in turnovers gained with 27, including 15 interceptions and 12 fumbles recovered. That was the Bulldogs best national […]

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Meanwhile, Knoxville waits.

Meanwhile, Knoxville waits.

Butch Jones is shopping for new staff while Tennessee is searching for a new boss for Booch… well, kinda, sorta searching. Speaking of difficult situations, Tennessee has done Jones no favors by dragging out its search for a new athletic director to replace Dave Hart, whose retirement was announced last August. There have been conflicting […]

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Great moments in athletic department management

Great moments in athletic department management

Check out one of the reasons cited (h/t) by the Minnesota athletic director for letting the head coach go: Johnson said Coyle cited the program’s poor performance in recruiting rankings and a dwindling season-ticket base as two primary reasons to fire Claeys. However, the ticket issue was also due in part to former athletic director Norwood […]

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Pay as you go.

Pay as you go.

For once, I welcome our new legislative overlords. With the athletic departments of Washington’s two biggest public colleges reporting budget deficits two years in a row, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) is proposing a bill that will subject college athletics budgets to legislature approval if their athletic departments run deficits for three consecutive years. Washington State’s athletics […]

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It was the best of dynasties.  It was the worst of dynasties.

It was the best of dynasties. It was the worst of dynasties.

Analyze Alabama’s status after narrowly losing the national title game at your peril.  In the meantime, consider this: On top of that, there is a huge climb for any SEC team to remotely challenge Bama right now. No team in the conference had less than four losses and no team other than Bama won 10 […]

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If it ain’t broke… ah, hell, tinker with it anyway.

If it ain’t broke… ah, hell, tinker with it anyway.

Stewart Mandel traveled to Tampa, Florida, spoke with various CFB movers and shakers and proclaims the eight-team playoff currently has less life in it than Charlie Weis’ career prospects. During my stay in Tampa, I spoke with numerous commissioners, ADs, coaches, players, bowl executives, TV executives and other industry officials. The consensus vibe was that […]

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Mean Coaches

Mean Coaches

RT @CoachHughFreeze: If you have facts about a violation, email compliance@olemiss.edu. If not, please don't slander the young men — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 1, 2013 Hugh Freeze, topic of conversation: Many conversations in the hallways and lobbies inside Opryland Hotel centered on Ole Miss. Coaches here anticipate NCAA sanctions for the Rebels in the […]

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Name that caption, smiling sumbitches edition

Name that caption, smiling sumbitches edition

Dead Period is over. First stop for Alabama and UGA this morning is Lee County pic.twitter.com/13TARefVOK — Coach Pych (@pychke) January 12, 2017 Given this comment… When asked how he felt about what took place at UGA this season, Rocker called it “a mutiny.” Head coach Mark Richt was fired at the end of a […]

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Out of control

Out of control

Back to AFCA for a moment… in the wake of the model proposed by the NCAA’s football oversight committee that would create two early signing periods in June and December for high school prospects, the coaches announced support for an early signing date. Date, as in singular. “We would like to now start the conversation […]

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More anti-throwaway narrative

More anti-throwaway narrative

Over at CFN, Pete Fiutak goes all in on Georgia in his early top ten for 2017: 7. Georgia It’s all about the offensive line. There’s no excuse whatsoever for the offense to be so mediocre with Jacob Eason with a year under his belt, and with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to hand off […]

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Little Johnny Redshirt

Little Johnny Redshirt

Here’s an AFCA proposal that actually makes sense. In an announcement Wednesday, AFCA executive director Todd Berry said a proposal has been developed that would allow a player to be given redshirt so long as he’s played in four games or less in a season. Those four games could come at anytime — beginning of […]

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