Friday, January 27, 2012

SEC Fills Senior Bowl Rosters

23 Seniors from the SEC will play in the Senior Bowl Saturday in a game that typically features many of the top picks in the NFL Draft in April.

Senior Bowl
Jan. 28 / Mobile, Ala.
4 p.m. ET / NFL Network

Joe Adams WR/RS Arkansas
Antonio Allen SAF South Carolina
Vick Ballard RB Mississippi State
Mark Barron SAF Alabama
Jake Bequette DE Arkansas
Will Blackwell OG LSU
Drew Butler P Georgia
Brandon Boykin CB Georgia
Josh Chapman DT Alabama
Cordy Glenn OT Georgia
Jaye Howard DT Florida
Josh Harris SN Auburn
Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt
Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
Ben Jones C Georgia
Marquis Maze WR/RS Alabama
DeQuan Menzie CB Alabama
Brandon Mosley OL Auburn
Deangelo Peterson TE LSU
Chris Rainey RB Florida
Brandon Taylor SAF LSU
Courtney Upshaw LB Alabama
William Vlachos C Alabama

Georgia Tech Commit to Visit Auburn...?

Just Another Day In GT Recruiting...

Yesterday, it was news of longtime commit Antonio Crawford planning to visit Miami this weekend and now another longtime commit Will Adams planning a visit to Auburn.

Update: 1:10 AM

Not even 10 minutes after posting I see this on the AJC Recruiting page:


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Georgia Tech In Danger Of Losing A Commit?

It will be interesting to see what Paul Johnson's reaction is if Crawford does indeed visit Miami on the last recruiting weekend.

Johnson deems a player not committed if they are taking official visits to other schools or to Tech.
The Tampa product was talking with the Canes a few weeks ago about visiting.

Then after his official visit to Georgia Tech he "reaffirmed" his commitment to the Yellow Jackets...or so it appeared

The trip to Atlanta cemented Antonio Crawford's commitment to Georgia Tech. “It was great. I loved every thing about the trip.” Antonio let us know that he will not be taking anymore visits. “My commitment is firm and I know I made the right choice.”

In his post season press conference last week, Johnson talked about "babysitting" your commits at this time of year.

Last year at this exact same time in the recruiting calendar, Tre Jackson stopped taking calls from Georgia Tech coaches despite being committed since July.  After several days of uncertainty, Jackson decided to visit FSU that weekend even though it was uncertain if he would obtain an offer for 2011 or a grayshirt for 2012.  Johnson called Jackson's high school coaches and decided to part ways with his only defensive line commitment.

After a few days of consternation, Jackson landed a 2011 offer from FSU and signed with the Seminoles. 

Two years prior, Johnson thought he had his QB of the future line up in Dontae Aycock who was from, ironically, Tampa.  Aycock visited Georgia Tech and committed to the Jackets but wanted to keep the news silent for a few weeks.

On the last recruiting weekend, Aycock decided to visit Auburn and despite warnings from Johnson and Aycock's own high school coach he went on the visit.  After being dropped from Tech, Aycock said he didn't really think he would lose his scholarship offer.  Aycock spent a few years at Auburn before transferring back home to South Florida.  He left the Bulls program this past season without ever playing a down. 

Georgia Tech currently has 17 commitments, including Crawford. Miami has 31 with 7 already enrolled and counting towards last year's numbers.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SEC Basketball Power Poll Submission

1. Kentucky
Wildcats continuing case for number one seed by racking up SEC wins.

2. Alabama
Tide's tough schedule and early season wins keeps their ranking high in my poll, but they are on their last hope before a big drop.

3. Florida
Gators playing much more consistently as we get into conference play.

4. Ole Miss
Rebels have a big week beating in state rival and surviving road game in Athens.

5. Miss State
Bulldogs bounce back nicely with road win at Vanderbilt. 

6. Vanderbilt
Commodores have less than ideal week, but this is still a much better team than in November.

7. Arkansas
Razorbacks get HUGE home win against ranked Michigan team.

8. Tennessee
Volunteers continue to baffle losing at UGA while beating UConn in the same week.

9. LSU
Tigers face stern tests this week against Miss State and Kentucky.

10. Georgia
Mark Fox appears to have righted the ship in Athens, but by righting the ship I really mean avoiding a disastrous season.

11. Auburn
Tigers won battle of SEC's cellar over South Carolina.

12. South Carolina
Darin Horn is having a tough time figuring out how to win in Columbia.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Georgia Tech Exit Survey Q&A With College Football Zealots

College Football Zealots is doing a series of exit surveys after the college football season and they asked me for my take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.  Below is a portion of my answers with a link to the full article at the bottom.

CFBZ: After starting out 6-0, Tech won just 2 of their last 7 games. What went wrong?

The ACC and SEC Blog: The Yellow Jackets ran into much tougher opponents to beat.  Just two of the first six opponents Tech beat ended with winning records while of six of the final seven had at least a .500 record or better.  I also think the Jackets began looking ahead to the tough part of their schedule after winning at NC State and over looked a prepared Virginia team.  Miami just has Paul Johnson's offense number shutting them down the last three seasons.  A lot of teams lost to Virginia Tech and Georgia this season.  The bowl loss was on Johnson for going too conservative on offense and making a weak defense hold a lead.

CFBZ: It's been two years for Al Groh and the switch to the 3-4 defense. On paper the defense stayed pretty stagnant versus 2010. What will it take for Tech to take the next step defensively?

The ACC and SEC Blog: Get three big, athletic defensive lineman like you see at Alabama or Georgia.  Then back that up with four good linebackers.  Despite returning all three starters up front, Tech was clearly over matched against physical teams especially at the nose guard.  God bless Logan Walls, but he simply isn't a dominating player like you need in the 3-4.  I thought OLB Jeremiah Attaochu would have more of a impact this season than he did  The secondary played pretty well most of the season save for one safety position.  Until Georgia Tech gets better in the front seven, teams will continue to use power sets to run the ball and control the clock.

CFBZ: Is Tevin Washington the answer for Georgia Tech at QB or do you see someone else as a potential starter for 2012?

The ACC and SEC Blog: The QB competition will start back up again in the Spring, but I expect Washington to emerge as the starter barring injury.  I have no clue what Washington did to a faction of the fan base that continually blames him for everything.  Washington was a good QB this season, not a great one, but he certainly wasn't the main reason Tech struggled in the second half of the season.  His backup this season, Synjyn Days, is more physically gifted, but I am not sure he can hold onto the ball well enough to overtake Washington.  The wild card is Vad Lee who practiced with the Varsity all last season.  He has the highest ceiling of all three mostly due to his passing ability.  The Jackets will sign two QBs in this class, but I expect both to redshirt.

Paul Johnson has bigger problems (Defense, Special Teams) to solve than the QB position right now.  If he gets those improved then Washington could lead this team to an ACC title next season.  If he doesn't get those problems worked out then Washington, Days, nor Lee can win the ACC.

Read the remainder of the Q&A here

Will Kentucky Transfer Stacey Poole Help Get Georgia Tech Back On Track?

Brian Gregory is still trying to pick up pieces from the shambles left by Paul Hewitt in his first season as Georgia Tech coach. The Yellow Jackets will have at least four new faces next season to help bring the program back to contention in the ACC. One of those is Stacey Poole who will be eligible for conference play next season.

I spoke with Glenn Logan of A Sea of Blue to find out more about Poole.

Q: Why do you think Poole transferred from Kentucky?
A: It's pretty clear that he transferred because his father, Stacey Poole Sr., wanted him to transfer. Poole Sr. thought that his son was not getting enough playing time at Kentucky, and came to the conclusion that his son was being recruited over, which he was -- everybody gets recruited over at Kentucky -- this is not a school for the timid, or for players who cannot compete at the highest level for playing time.

Poole Jr. was not willing to put in the work required to get more time last year, but he did make a concerted effort to do so over the summer and had noticeably improved in the few times we saw him on the floor, which is to say, during Midnight Madness and in the Blue/White scrimmage. Poole Jr. did not want to leave Kentucky, but his father insisted and essentially would not take no for an answer. He went so far as to come up to Kentucky to make absolutely sure his son understood he was not staying, and to make sure he informed Calipari of his intention to transfer.

Make no mistake, this was not Poole Jr.'s choice, or even in accordance with his wishes -- he wanted to stay, and made that known. His father demanded that he transfer, and would not accept any other outcome. Blood is always thicker than basketball.

Q: What are the biggest strengths Poole will bring to a depleted Georgia Tech roster?
A: Poole is an outstanding athlete and has the potential to be a very dangerous player. He has good size for a 2-guard, can jump and run very well, and has good shooting form but a touch that needs developing. Poole is a capable scorer off the bounce, and once he gets his ballhandling in order, should be able to get his own shot against most defenders.

Poole Jr. is strong and has really worked on his body. If he continues that work ethic, he is going to be a good player. He should be a capable defender, although the fact he didn't play more last year tells you all you need to know about his commitment to defense. Calipari will always play people who can defend their spot, and Poole Jr. needs to work on that.

Q: What areas of his game kept Poole from seeing more minutes at Kentucky?
A: With Calipari, playing times comes down to only one thing -- Commitment to defense.

Poole Jr. was simply not willing to put in the time it takes to play at Kentucky. To play here, you have to be able to do one thing above all else -- defend your position one-on-one. Poole Jr. couldn't, and he wasn't committed to getting to the point where he could until after his first year was over.

Q: Poole's younger brother Solomon is a top prospect for next season. Was Kentucky recruiting him?
A: I don't think so. Kentucky is focusing on the Harrison twins. I have a feeling his father will make sure he goes elsewhere, in any case. I don't think his father dislikes Kentucky, but I don't think he and coach Cal see eye to eye when it comes to college basketball.

Q: Does having his brother on the roster help or hurt Georgia Tech chances in your opinion?
A: Probably helps, although you never can tell. It didn't help North Carolina recruit Cody Zeller, but I have seen cases where it does help.
Considering Gregory's appetite for tough, man-to-man defense Glenn's answers to why Poole did not play more are interesting.

On the other hand, it is very evident the Yellow Jackets need help on the offensive end and it sounds like Poole brings this potential. 

I would rather have a skilled player with athleticism who could score and try to teach him defense than a player with no offensive skill. Attitude and desire are the two most important qualities in playing defense.

As long as Poole keeps the right attitude he should definitely be a plus for a program that will need a few years to return to contention for NCAA Tournament runs.

Paul Johnson Off Season Press Conference (Video)

The Georgia Tech head coach talks about the QB position, his staff and recruiting, including his thoughts about taking more commits than you have spots aka Oversigning.

From Georgia Tech Athletics

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Herschel Walker: The H-Bomb

Some day will look back on this decade and laugh at how bad the style was.

 Sports Posters From the '80s

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Top Georgia Tech Commit To Get Visit From Rival Coach

4 star DE and Georgia Tech commmit Francis Kallon will recieve a visit from UGA head coach Mark Richt per Eric Thompson of (Rivals)

Kallon received a dozen FBS offers last Spring before ever playing a down of high school football. He recently moved to the US from England, but had impressed coaches enough in his first Spring Practice to jump at the chance to get such a raw talent.

So why are the Bulldogs getting more involved with Kallon so late in the process?

Richt is likely looking for another DE/OLB prospect after Kenderius Whitehead chose NC State yesterday.

Last week, Kallon picked up an offer from Florida State.

Just Imagine How Good The Alabama Defense Would Have Been If...

Their starting Nose Guard had not played 2/3 of the season with a torn ACL?

Alabama's rugged nose guard earned his scholarship by absorbing punishment and double teams. Sometimes it was more like wrestling Gators.

The play in the Swamp on Oct. 1 ended like many others in Chapman's Crimson Tide career with one significant difference: days later during an MRI, he learned he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee.

"Normally I can deal with pain pretty well, but after three days I needed an MRI," Chapman said. "Dr. (Lyle) Cain said he's never seen a guy that can have a torn ACL and still stay that stable."

Chapman said he made the choice to finish the season, and to put off surgery. More than three months after the injury, he underwent the procedure Tuesday and is rehabilitating at Alabama.

So why did the likely NFL player continue on a bum leg and risk further injury?

"I didn't really want to give up like that," said the former Hoover High star. "I enjoyed playing. As long as it stayed right, I could play."

Josh Chapman played most of 2011 for Alabama on torn ACL, meniscus

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

LSU Player Answers Questions Regarding Locker Room Mutiny Before BCS Championship Game Rumors (Audio)

One of the players involved in the rumored LSU locker room mutiny before the BCS Championship Game spoke with Atlanta's 790 The Zone on Tuesday.

A former starter, T. Bob Hebert is the son of Bobby Hebert who long windly asked Les Miles in the post game press conference about why he did not pass the ball down field. Herbert was a part time starter this season but did not play a down in the BCS Championship Game igniting rumors to his role in a pre game confrontation of players and Miles.

T. Bob Hebert Audio (right click to download)

Les Miles Post Season Press Conference

Among the items discussed:
* Regretting not inserting Jarrett Lee
* Locker Room mutinies
* History's Cajun Pawn Stars series
* What a 13-1 season means
* Is Krystal a better place to get teabagged than White Castle

(H/t to And The Valley Shook)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

UGA Had 2nd Highest Non-BCS Bowl TV Rating

Despite the stadium being 1/3 empty, the Georgia Bulldogs helped rake in TV viewers during the Outback Bowl against Michigan State.

The Outback Bowl had the second most viewers of any non-BCS bowl just behind the Cotton Bowl. UGA's bowl game had a higher rating than the Orange Bowl.

With a good time slot on New Years Eve, Georgia Tech placed 10th in its Sun Bowl appearance.

(via Sports Business Daily)

First SEC Basketball Power Poll Submission of the Season

The esteemed members of the SEC Basketball Power Poll have again asked me to participate this season.  After missing a few week early on, this was my submission for this week. 

1. Kentucky
Wildcats take care of business in two tougher than expected games against Auburn and Tennessee.

2. Alabama
A close, road loss is nothing to be ashamed of.  I still think this Bama team will win the West.

3. Miss State
That win over Alabama could be key to the Bulldogs being on the right side of the bubble this year. 

4. Vanderbilt
Vandy appears to have righted the ship after some early season woes.

5. Florida
Gators solve road woes finally with win at South Carolina.

6. Ole Miss
Egg Bowl, hardwood style this week for Rebels.

7. Arkansas
Big week for Razorbacks facing two top 25 teams in Kentucky and Michigan.

8. Tennessee
After two tough losses, Vols get a good chance at a road win Wednesday against UGA.

9. LSU
It was really unfortunate that LSU had to travel to Alabama during the BCS Championship Game week.

10. Georgia
It is going to a long season in Athens because Mark Fox is short on talent.

11. Auburn
What took Tony Barbee so long to sign his contract?

12. South Carolina
South Carolina basketball is going the opposite way as their football program.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Nick Saban Is A Recruiting Genius Who Lacks Ethics

National Signing Day is approaching and coaches and recruits are jockeying for position.

The AJC's Michael Carvell reports, Alabama RB commit Justin Taylor has been told by Nick Saban he will not be able to sign with the Tide this February.

A little back story on Taylor...he had a season ending knee injury back in September. At that time, Alabama coaches they would stick to his scholarship offer despite the devastating injury

They just didn't say when he could sign the letter of intent for that scholarship. Taylor was Bama's 7th commit in the 2012 class.

Almost a year later and standing at 27 commitments, Saban is telling Taylor he will have to wait and sign next year with Alabama.

But the Washington HS running back does have a piece of paper with the three time BCS Champion's signature on it stating such. I have no clue if Taylor had a lawyer review the piece of paper with Saban's signature, but I am guessing he did not.

So what is Taylor doing after he graduates high school?
“He said I’m going to stay in Georgia. They are going to find me a job. I’m going to work. I’m going to physical therapy at least seven days per week. I guess I will work, go to physical therapy and get strong..."

That should be ok as long as Taylor is paid appropriately for the work he will be doing.

Onto the issue of Oversigning...

Currently, Alabama has 27 commitments (including Taylor). Based on three early enrollees which count towards last year's class, and new SEC rules the Tide can sign up to 28 prospects during 2012. [More on SEC Oversigning rules enacted last June] There may be casualties due to academics is well, but those numbers will not be known until after National Signing Day (Feb 1) as prospects still have time to raise test scores if necessary.

Essentially, Taylor is grayshirting until next year (grayshirt is delaying your enrollment by a semester).

Over the last four recruiting classes, Alabama has signed 110 players while they are only allowed to have 85 on scholarship. Considering you are allowed to admit only 25 players per class, they have oversigned by one full class in the last four years.

The Tide's record over the last 4 seasons? 48-6

In my opinion, Nick Saban is the best recruiter in the country and he makes a living in the gray area of the NCAA rule book and ethics. If I am an Alabama fan I have no problem with him doing whatever he can, within the stated rules, to get players because it is proven he can win big with elite talent.

If you are a coach trying to win conference and BCS titles, you better be doing whatever the rules will allow because your competition is. You are paid to win games first and foremost.

Now on the flip side you have matters of ethics. Many of these kids have only football going for them when they arrive on campus and are using that football scholarship to try and get an education as well. If they lose that scholarship, many cannot afford to pay for school on their own or with help from their families. 

A coach tells a kid and his family he will be there for his college career and watch over him and then two or three years later he no longer has that promise from you.

The numbers don't lie. Alabama has "cut" players or eagerly encouraged them to look for opportunities elsewhere and this is not happening to starters.

The practice of signing more players than you have spots for will go on until the conferences or NCAA crack down further or multiple top prospects start to spurn those who practice it.  Top Georgia prospect Jordan Jenkins did make the comment of why he turned down Alabama because he didn't feel "safe".

In today's recruiting, coaches have to decide if they want to be big time winners or ethical.  It is virtually impossible to be both.

What is your opinion on Oversigning? Put your answer in the poll in the upper right sidebar.

Update 8PM: Justin Taylor decommits from Alabama per

"At first I went along with it," Justin Taylor said Monday afternoon of Alabama's grayshirt offer. "It’s now getting to me. I just love football. I have played for so long. I can’t sit out for another six months. I just don’t think I can do that. I am going to look at my options."

"A Purdue coach emailed me on Facebook," Taylor said. "They told me they are looking for a tailback. They said to give them a call, and they will take me right away. I am definitely going to give them call. I’ll see what they have to say."
Update #2: Per Michael Carvell, Justin Taylor is still commmited to Alabama but looking at other options as well.

Taylor's HS Coach, Legal Guardian, and college teammate of an Alabama assistant gives his side of the story.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Final SEC Power Poll

Final SEC Power Poll submitted.

1. Alabama

Nick Saban. Worth. Every. Dollar.

2. LSU
As bad as the Tigers looked in the BCS Championship Game, about 118 programs wish they had LSU's year.

3. Arkansas
Razorbacks answered critics who said they were overrated with a non-conference win over a solid Kansas St.

4. South Carolina
Spurrier did a better coaching job this year than any year in Gainesville because he had to.

5. Georgia
You could say the Bulldogs had no bad losses or signature wins in 2011 yet Mark Richt enters 2012 in a better spot.

6. Auburn
Tigers were a classic fringe top 25 team that we may never know how good they really were since their schedule was so tough.

7. Florida
Year two is big for Will Muschamp. Critics won't hold back if the Gators struggle again.

8. Miss State
Miss State was a pretty good team caught in a really, really good division.

9. Vanderbilt
The key for James Franklin now is to elevate the Commodores again, something many have failed at.

10. Kentucky
If I am Joker Philips when the first criticism comes I remind fans of breaking the losing streak against Tennessee.

11. Tennessee

When I started to type "Tennessee", I typed Derek Dooley instead. No seat is hotter in the country heading into 2012.

12. Ole Miss
Until Hugh Freeze accomplishes something in Oxford, he will known as the guy who Sandra Bullock buttslapped.

ACC Leads All Conferences on NBA Rosters

And leading the ACC is Nort...nope its Duke. So much for the notion that Duke's players are simply coached up in college and not athletic enough to play at the highest level.

Opening Day Rosters By School
1. Duke, 17
2. UCLA, 15
Kentucky, 15
4. Texas, 13
Connecticut, 13
6. North Carolina, 12
Kansas, 12
8. Arizona, 10
Florida, 10

...By Conference
1. Atlantic Coast, 62
2. Pac-12, 53
3. Big East, 49
4. Southeastern, 45
5. Big 12, 40
6. Big Ten, 25

(via CBS Eye on College Basketball)

If UGA fans are wondering how a new coach who has essentially never recruited in the state can come in and beat the Bulldogs on three top prospects, this is how. Its not an indictment on Mark Fox's recruiting ability but just like it works for SEC Football, top basketball prospects want to play in the ACC.

Rivals Cup has a point system to calculate who is tops in the country in producing NBA players. They also have the Blue Devils number one. (Follow Rivals Cup on Twitter)

New Auburn DC Brian Van Gorder Already Melting Mamas Hearts On The Recruiting Trail

So Brian Van Gorder had a press conference last week after his introduction as Gene Chizik's new Defensive Coordinator. He talked for like 18 minutes, but I didn't really hear much of what he said. I doubt many recruits mamas will either after staring into those locks of hair and 70s adult film mustache.

My god am I jealous of that hair and mustache.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Big Plays Are Nothing New For Demaryius Thomas

In the first overtime under the new NFL rules, Georgia Tech's Demaryius Thomas ended the reigning AFC Champion Steeler's playoffs in one play.

Thomas was a 3 star recruit out of high school by both Rivals and Scout. Rivals had Thomas as the 58th best WR in the 2006 class while Scout pegged him 34th.

The Montrose, Ga native worked himself into the first Wide Receiver taken in the 2010 NFL Draft and the Broncos first pick. Three picks later they selected Tim Tebow.

And now some Demaryius (or "Bay Bay" as he is known in Georgia) Thomas highlights.

LSU Early SEC Favorite in 2013; Va Tech, FSU ACC Favorites

Even though the 2012 BCS Championship has not been decided yet, early odds for 2013 are already out.

These numbers are likely to change as players declare for the NFL Draft or opt to stay, but LSU is still likely to enter as the favorites next year with Alabama and Arkansas traveling to Baton Rouge. The Tigers are currently a 3:1 choice for the BCS Championship.

USC checks in as the next highest favorite at 6/1 bolstered by the unlikely return of Matt Barkley and TJ McDonald.

The SEC West places three teams in the top five with Alabama (7/1) and Arkansas (12/1). Georgia is the early favorite in the East at 15/1 while South Carolina is just 28/1.

The ACC favorites are the same as they were this year: Florida State and Virginia Tech, both 18/1. Clemson comes in 3rd at 28/1. Georgia Tech opens as 100/1, the lowest odds given to named teams.

And just to show how far the Texas Longhorns have fallen, Kansas State is given better odds to win the BCS title.

Florida State: 18/1
Virginia Tech: 18/1
Clemson: 28/1
Miami: 90/1
North Carolina: 100/1
Virginia: 100/1
Georgia Tech: 100/1

LSU: 3/1
Alabama: 7/1
Arkansas: 12/1
Georgia: 15/1
South Carolina: 28/1
Auburn: 30/1
Florida: 35/1
Texas A&M: 60/1
Mississippi State: 75/1
Missouri: 75/1
Vanderbilt: 100/1

Full odds can be found at CBS Sports or Kegs N Eggs blog

As If You Need Another Reason To Be Jealous of Tebow

Is there anything this guy can't do?

"Guys want to be him, girls want to be with him"
2012 January 8 12 23 1

[Thanks to 30FPS for another awesome screencap]

UGA Commit: “I’m gonna be a Gator fan for life"

These were the words of top 2013 prospect and Georgia commitment Derrick Henry after watching the Florida Gators bowl practice.

Henry was checking out the practice to see how the offense will be now that Charlie Weis has moved on. Despite pledging to Mark Richt, it sounds this recruitment is far from over.

“Georgia’s program is starting to get better and Florida had a down year. I’ve pictured myself trying to bring UF’s program back like Tim Tebow. I always dream about that. But I think whenever the day comes that I have to make my final decision, I’m gonna go where heart is and where I feel comfortable.”

Isn't recruiting fun!?

via Gator Prospectus

Paul Johnson Quote on Stephen Hill Entering NFL Draft

“Stephen feels that he is ready for the NFL and I know that is a dream of his. I hope that he is drafted high and does well as a professional.” [From CBS Rapid Reports]

Hill's early departure leaves the Yellow Jackets with 0 returning receptions in 2010 from Wide Receivers and just three all time (all from D.J. McKayhan). The Junior would have left the Jackets program as the all-time leader in yards per catch, but he failed to catch at least 50 balls during his three year career.

Vanderbilt's Lack Of Respect On The Recruiting Trail

NBC probably never thought they would have a prospect considering Vanderbilt during the US Army All-American game so they never bothered to learn to how to spell it correctly. James Franklin is changing things in Nashville, boys.

2012 January 7 14 35 41

Via 30FPS

Friday, January 6, 2012

How Holly Rowe Got To Be The #2 ESPN Sideline Reporter

Have you ever wondered why Holly Rowe has been around so long for ESPN and how she gets the #2 slot in sideline reporters for the WWL?  She doesn't exactly fit the profile ESPN is presenting with Erin Andrews or Jen Brown.

This is how.


Via Gifulmination

Mark Richt - Jim Donnan Statements of Greatness

“We’re going to be knocking on the door of the greatest success you can have in college football, and if you knock long enough you’ll eventually break through.” - Mark Richt: January 2012

“I’ve been waiting 55 years to be the head coach of a football team that has this much potential, and I guarantee you that we’re going to get it done.” - Jim Donnan: July 2000

The difference between Richt and Donnan is obvious considering Richt has already proven he can win big at UGA (see 2002-2005, 2007) and has tested talent returning next season and no reason to think more is not on the way.

Still, when coaches make these statements of grandeur it comes back to haunt them more times than not.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Clemson's Dwayne Allen Has Never Had More Money In His Life (?)

Mackey Award Winner Dwayne Allen had an interesting post game interview after the Tigers' Orange Bowl loss.

Now I am sure that Dwayne Allen means he has all the food he can eat, all the weight training he needs, all the athletic gear he needs, BUT it certainly was an odd choice of words for a guy who did flip his commitment on signing day from UGA to Clemson (must avoid Herschel Walker reference here)

Brian Gregory Georgia Tech-Alabama Post Game Press Conference

The Crimson Tide ran over the Yellow Jackets winning 73-48 using full court pressure and a fast break offense.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Why Trent Richardson Will Be Terrified Before The BCS Championship Game

Heisman finalist Trent Richardson has a great fear of playing in the BCS Championship Game.

Is it because of LSU's monster defensive line? No. What about the speedy defensive backs chasing him down? Probably not.

Richardson's greatest fear is that from flying.

"I really just start praying before I get on, and just go from there," Richardson said. "I start sweating and it's just a big mess, for real. Just when it takes off and when they're about to land, it's crazy."
Richardson is lucky this national championship game is in the Superdome, not the Rose Bowl. The flight to Penn State earlier this season -his longest - was tough.

"If I could have walked, I would have walked"

I am sure Delta has received hundreds of cancellations from Alabama fans following Trent's advice.

I Normally Don't Post Message Board Material, But This Is Pure Gold

UGA plans are up in the air for now . . . .

Posted: Today 7:49 PM
UGA plans are up in the air for now . . . .

We have been talking for several months about sending my oldest to UGA next year to attend the Terry Business School. (added: a top 50 business school)

Last night, I told my son he may want to look and consider other schools.

Reason: I was and still am so furious with the ****** performance of the number 11 player for UGA yesterday that I don't want to send one red cent to UGA in terms of athletic fees. [emphasis added]

I am sick and tired of everyone talking about how great he is and how many touchdown passes he has. I am nearly 50 years old, weigh close to 300 pounds, and got two bad knees and I believe I could throw the ball to Mitchell, Bennett, and Charles (that's three choices for every play) but Aaron the Great seems to lock onto King and either force it, take a sack, or throw it directly to an opponent

How many touchdown passes thrown directly to opponents and turnovers leading to scores must he give up before our coaches who are paid millions of dollars realize that he may need some pine time?

I know I will eventually get over the pain of yesterday's loss but I will never forget the pain inflicted by our pitiful excuse of a quarterback yesterday. To add insult to injury, consider the fact that Boykin busted his tail all day long to try and go out a winner (he is a winner and will always be but not on the scoreboard where it really counts because of Aaron the Great). Boykin played the whole game after hurting his shoulder on the first points of the game and Jarvis Jones played practically one legged after injuring his knee.

It is ashamed that the great efforts of so many is ruined by the fourteen point gifts of Aaron the Great.

I think QB is a more important need than RB for UGA. Of course everyone in the country with the exception of Mark Richt knows we need a new offensive coordinator which is the most critical need for this program.

Could this poster be the same guy who made this poster?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Les Miles Is Jealous of Michigan....Again

This was on a fake field goal.


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Georgia Tech PR Team Giving Paul Johnson Hints?

This link in Georgia Tech Athletics daily sports email (The Sting Daily) caught my eye.

Opinion pieces are never posted unless they are positive about a coach or player. But this column by Mark Bradley following the Sun Bowl loss describing how Paul Johnson needs help on special teams being posted in the official Athletic newsletter was definitely odd. Especially after how adamant Johnson was during the season he was handling special teams like nearly everyone else does.

Would Trent Richardson Be Interested In A Best of 3 Series with LSU?

"Our game against LSU," a 9--6 overtime loss on Nov. 5, "still isn't over in my mind,"...Give us four more quarters, and we'll see what happens. Four more quarters."

This was Trent Richardson's quote four days before the Iron Bowl an a Sports Illustrated article appearing in the December 5th issue.

I wonder if Alabama wins close in the BCS Championship Game if we can get four more quarters in Baton Rouge?

Proof That Chip Kelly Wears Ankle Socks


(And pays runners for recruits?)

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Defense In The Rose Bowl Is Painful To Watch


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How UGA Lost The Outback Bowl

Fans on Twitter are blaming Blair Walsh and his two overtime misses for the Bulldogs to Michigan State, but Georgia ultimately lost this game on the line of scrimmage.

Some stats to ponder:
  • UGA's 51 yards rushing was its lowest out put of the season; the season average was 173 yards per game coming into today
  • The Bulldogs offensive line allowed four sacks, tied for 2nd most on the season
  • Michigan State had 17 tackles for loss; UGA opponents were getting just six per game on the season
  • On the flip side, UGA got just six tackles for loss, less than their season average
  • The UGA defense had 34 sacks heading into today on 379 opponent pass attempts or a sack every 11 pass attempts; Michigan State passed 51 times in the Outback Bowl and was sacked just once
The lack of push or protection by UGA's offensive line and the lack of pressure from the UGA defense is where the Outback Bowl was lost. 

This domination by an opponent in the most important area of the field will again bring calls for changes to the Strength and Conditioning program in the off season. 

Urban Meyer's Teams Play Hot Potato

Florida won the 24-17 in which the Gators scored two special teams touchdowns. This play itself was pretty special.

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Blair Walsh Sets UGA, SEC Records Despite Outback Bowl Loss

  • UGA is now 4-4 in OT games with Mark Richt 2-2
  • Georgia is now 26-18-3 in bowl games including 7-4 under Richt
  • Brandon Boykin's 92 yard punt return was a UGA bowl and Outback bowl record
  • Despite his two misses in OT, Blair Walsh set the SEC and UGA record for career points with 412; this ranks 2nd all time in NCAA history
  • Tavarres King set a UGA and Outback bowl record with 205 receiving yards
  • The 318 pass yards yielded by Todd Grantham's defense was the most all season 
  • 51 net yards rushing was the lowest output of the season
The Bulldogs begin and end the season with back to back losses, though 10 straight wins came in between.  Georgia beat their four biggest traditional rivals in the same season - Florida, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Tennessee.   Hard to call that a disappointing season.

Outback Bowl Failure (Go DWAGS?)

Georgia falls in 3OT to Michigan State 33-30 after leading 16-0.

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Urban Meyer Following Some NCAA Rules and Not Others?

In an interview with Dan Patrick appearing in the December 26 issue of Sports Illustrated, new Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer was asked how the pressure will feel at Ohio State versus Florida.

UM: The pressure for me is to keep focused and do what I like to do. I love coaching players, I love teaching, and I love building teams. I'm not a big fan of dealing with all the nonsense in college sports. If I get involved with someone [in recruiting] who's not doing it the right way, I'm going to walk away. If that means we're not going to get a great player, [O.K.]. I'm going to do what I love to do and what I'm pretty decent at, and then I'm going home at the end of the day.

This stern following of NCAA recruiting rules may be in direct opposition to what he may be doing with the Buckeyes bowl preparation as noted here (Meyer Doing More Than NCAA Waiver Allows For?)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Georgia Tech Administration Has A Tough Decision To Make

Recruiting is the life blood of any college football program. If you don't recruit better players than your opponents you are not likely to succeed.

Yes, coaching is important too but the most highly regarded coaches usually have the best players. It is not simply a coincidence.

Just like any business the bigger your recruiting pool is the more likely you are to attract top talent.

I have argued for a while that Georgia Tech's recruiting pool is more limited by its lack of academic offerings more so than its entrance requirements and have urged it would be in the best interest academically and athletically to expand.

Recent events by the State of Georgia Board of Regents (BOR)(and some time to reflect on their decision) have made me realize Georgia Tech will likely never be able to significantly expands its academic offerings. This was cemented when instead of expanding programs at an institution ranked in the top five nationally in engineering, the BOR decided to install new engineering programs at the University of Georgia. These new academic programs, which are the second most expensive behind medical, were added during the state's biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Tech has to operate with a reduced recruiting pool due to a lack of academic offerings and stringent academic requirements added on top.

Yes, Georgia Tech does not require its recruits to clear the same level as a non student-athlete. But so does everyone else and Georgia Tech's student-athlete requirements are still above nearly all of its competition on the football field.

I don't care if Nick Saban, Les Miles or Urban Meyer is coaching at Georgia Tech. They are not going to win big consistently without top talent. Meyer turned down the Notre Dame job before accepting Florida when the school refused to lower academic requirements. Now, Brian Kelly is getting more players the elite programs want because the school has bent.

Since Georgia Tech does not have control over their academic offerings due to inaction by the state, should they change their requirements?

They have before and it has brought the most successful seasons the Yellow Jackets have seen in the BCS era, including three straight wins over UGA and the 11 win season in 2009. It probably also played a part in poor graduation rates under George O'Leary and the academic ineligibility of 10 players prior to the 2003 season, an embarrassing ordeal for the school.

Tech stakeholders are split over the academic vs football debate. Some don't want Georgia Tech to lower their requirements for one recruit just to compete better in football. Being able to win without sacrificing standards is a source of pride. Others will argue the value of the Georgia Tech degree will not be cheapened by a dozen or so kids getting a special exemption because they play football well.

School President Bud Peterson has to keep his constituents happy and that includes academics as well as fans. His salary is what it is to get these tough decisions right.