Monday, July 16, 2012

More College Football Win Totals Released

A few weeks ago, Cantor Gaming became the first Nevada sportsbook to release win totals (ACC win totals, SEC win totals).  Now, one of the biggest - the Las Vegas Hilton - has released theirs. 

Alabama, Southern Cal, Oklahoma and Oregon have the highest totals at the LVH all at 10.5; LSU opened at 10. The top ACC team was FSU pegged at 10 wins.

LVH releases college football season win totals


Sunday, July 15, 2012

South Carolina Names New Athletic Director (Video)

Remember the days when the legendary football coach would step into the Athletic Directors role? (ok, I am actually too young to remember this but I have been told of such an event)

South Carolina is going back to yesteryear by naming their most successful coach as their new Athletic Director to replace the departed Eric Hyman who left for Texas A&M.

Ray Tanner of three straight College World Series finals and back to back championships is taking over the Gamecock Athletic Department. Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich was also among those considered as he spent time in South Carolina's athletic department during his career.

Tanner does have administrative experience so while it is not a complete throw back to the days of the coach taking over it is a new direction.

Recently, many programs have gone with the experienced administrator who can navigate debt negotiation, scheduling, fund raising, and NCAA matters all at once over the all popular coaching legend.

Here is Tanner's introductory press conference from Gamecock Anthem.


Monday, July 9, 2012

SEC Football: Vegas 2012 Season Win Totals Released

You can read all the preseason magazines you want, but in my opinion the prediction on how your team is going to do this season is what Vegas says.

Here are the win totals from Cantor Gaming in Vegas for the SEC released so far. But first a quick primer on win totals.

1. Many times win totals are set at 0.5 increments so Vegas can generate equal betting on each side of the number. Remember, does not like or dislike your team they are simply trying to get even money on each side.

2. Vegas is not always wrong on the big name teams. They purposely put the high profile team win totals higher because they will receive more action and all fans are optimistic at this point.

3. Just like a game spread, Vegas will make one side of the bet a favorite. When you look below and see Florida State win total at 10.5 (-210u), this means under 10.5 wins is the favorite and if you bet $210 you win $100. Ole Miss at 3.5 (-160o) means more than 3.5 wins is favored. You can also bet the other side with a different percentage taken.

LSU 10.5 (-175u)
Alabama 10.5 (-165u)
Arkansas 8.5 (-170o)
South Carolina 8.5 (-130o)
Florida 7.5 (-170o)
Mississippi State 7.5 (-125u)
Tennessee 7.5 (-160u)
Missouri 7.5 (-160u)
Auburn 7.5 (-140u)
Texas A&M 7.5 (-175u)
Vanderbilt 5.5 (-165o)
Kentucky 4.5 (-130u)
Mississippi 3.5 (-160o)

So Vegas is favoring LSU slightly over Alabama for the highest win total. UGA's number was not released yet by Cantor Gaming but online sites have pegged the win total at 9.5.

ACC Football: Vegas Releases 2012 Win Totals

You can read all the preseason magazines you want, but in my opinion the prediction on how your team is going to do this season is what Vegas says.

Here are the win totals from Cantor Gaming in Vegas for the ACC released so far. But first a quick primer on win totals.

1. Many times win totals are set at 0.5 increments so Vegas can generate equal betting on each side of the number. Remember, does not like or dislike your team they are simply trying to get even money on each side.

2. Vegas is not always wrong on the big name teams. They purposely put the high profile team win totals higher because they will receive more action and all fans are optimistic at this point.

3. Just like a game spread, Vegas will make one side of the bet a favorite. When you look below and see Florida State win total at 10.5 (-210u), this means under 10.5 wins is the favorite and if you bet $210 you win $100. Ole Miss at 3.5 (-160o) means more than 3.5 wins is favored. You can also bet the other side with a different percentage taken.

Now onto the win totals for the ACC:
Florida State 10.5 (-210u)
Virginia Tech 9.5 (-150u)
Clemson 8.5 (-140o)
North Carolina 7.5 (-130o)
Georgia Tech 7.5 (-125o)
North Carolina State 7.5 (-120)
Miami 6.5 (-125o)
Virginia 6.5 (-130o)
Duke 3.5 (-170o)

Clemson vs Georgia Tech NCAA Football 13 Video

NCAA Football 13 comes out tomorrow. Here is a sneak preview at game play featuring Clemson and Georgia Tech



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Georgia Tech Commit Shamire Devine Already Well Versed In Media Interviews

Yellow Jacket Head Coach Paul Johnson had to shed a tear of joy at the interviewing skills of his OL commit at The Opening.



Shamire Devine discusses what its like being the lone GT commit at The Opening

UGA Won't Be Reinstating Isaiah Crowell But..

....the former Prep All-America running back would have a strong case to get charges reduced or dropped all together if the search of cars broke any laws according to Atlanta attorney Ray Giudice who appeared on 790 The Zone Friday. 

Giudice's advice for drivers' right at a road block would come in handy to anyone.

AUDIO: Giudice on Isaiah Crowell's possible defense

Friday, July 6, 2012

ACC Basketball: NBA Minutes Played and Draft Figures

Pretty impressive stats, especially for a non-basketball school like FSU. Kudos to Leonard Hamilton for this one.

The ACC also finished as the #1 league in the Rivals Cup standings with Duke as the number one school.  The Blue Devils also led the league in minutes played.


*The ACC had six players selected in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft … the ACC has had six or more first round draft picks 11 times overall, including four times in the last eight years.

*The ACC is the only conference to have had at least four first round picks in each of the past four NBA drafts (2009-2012).

*Over the past four years (2009-2012), the ACC leads all conferences with 23 first round drafts picks; the Big 12 is second with 18, followed by the Big East (16), SEC (15), Pac-12 (12) and the Big Ten (5).

*The ACC has had at least one first round draft pick in 24 consecutive NBA drafts and in 41 of the past 42 years.

*North Carolina has had multiple first round selections 10 times … Duke has had four first round selections the past two years … the Tar Heels had four players selected in the first round for the second time in eight years … Rivers and Plumlee became the 24th and 25th players under Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski selected in the first round of the NBA Draft ... Coach K has now had more NBA first round draft selections than any other coach in NCAA history.

*With the selection of Bernard James by Cleveland, with the third pick of the second round, Florida State has had at least one player drafted in eight of the last nine NBA drafts.

ACC in the 2012 NBA Draft

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Georgia Tech Football: What is the Biggest Difference in the New Strength and Conditioning Program?

Yellow Jacket blog From The Rumble Seat sits down for an interview with WR Darren Waller asking him (among other things) what the biggest difference is between former S&C Coach Neal Peduzzi and new hire John Sisk.
Q: You mention the strength and conditioning. What's the biggest difference between Coach Peduzzi and the new gentleman, I can't remember his name? (Gotta love your intrepid snoop making a fool of himself in front of professionals...)
DW: Oh, coach Sisk? He likes to change things up, its never the same thing every day like oh on Monday we're gonna do this, Wednesday we're gonna do this, its always a mix-up, and you just never know. You're not gonna get used to it, and I feel like every week we've grown because, ya know, the running hasn't always been the same, and the lifting is just new things that we didn't do with Coach Peduzzi. We'll do, like, ankle stuff and just like all different kinds of neck exercises and just everything. Coach Sisk just puts so much time into it, he'll pull out the speakers in the indoor, play music while we're warming up to go run, I feel like that's what's great. Him and Coach Walk (Walkosky, special teams coordinator) relate to players right off the bat and that's why we've been able to [respond] to them so well.
I have no clue how the new S&C Coach will pan out, but it was evident to me over the last three seasons Georgia Tech was physically deficient, especially on defense, to teams of equal stature. A change was needed to try something new.

AJC: Georgia Tech strength coach John Sisk building momentum

Ole Miss Football: Do The Rebels Think They Can Beat ACC Teams?

Judging by the comments of new AD Ross Bjork, we will find out soon.
“We’re not afraid of anybody,” Bjork said. “We play in the SEC. But at the same time the SEC is so tough, and we are staying at eight games, we need to be 4-0 in those non-conference games.”
The Rebels have ACC foes Clemson (2015, 2016) and Georgia Tech (2017, 2018) on their future out of conference schedules.

Ole Miss is 0-3 all time vs the ACC, 2-0 vs Clemson, 1-2 vs Georgia Tech (both series occurred before Tigers and Yellow Jackets were members of the ACC.

Georgia Tech and Ole Miss played against each other just three times despite sharing 32 seasons in the SEC together.

Ole Miss Sports: Football schedule changes are coming

SEC and the NFL: Which Program Has The Most 1st Round Draft Picks in the Championship Game Era?

It's not Florida. Not Alabama. Not Georgia.

Its Tennessee with 24 first rounders in the last 20 years. In fact, the Vols have the most draft picks all time in the SEC with 329, ranking 5th nationally.

At least Derek Dooley has something to sell now in Knoxville.

Little Known SEC Football Facts

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

UGA Football: Isaiah Crowell Dismissal Is Getting Ugly on the Interwebs (UPDATED)

On Sunday, I showed a sampling of what former teammates and classmates are saying about Crowell on Twitter.

Now, a UGA football player and "fan" are in a Facebook battle over Crowell as Loser with Socks uncovered.

Here is a snippet of the dialogue:
UGA student-athlete Cornelius Washington-
“‘all(of you) think you know so much, but in reality you know nothing. You
don’t know what we come from, you don’t know our struggles, all you know
is the number on our jersies. 99% of you don’t give a crap about us
outside of football. When we’re doing well you’re all in our faces, when
things get tough and we need encouragement you’re nowhere to be found.
You’re fake and I despise you for it. We shall band together guys, we’ve
been working hard and we only need each other. NONE of those outsiders
will contribute to our survival as a team or as individuals, you can
guarantee that.#stickclosetoeachother

"Fan" Bobby Nettles-
OK Mr. Corn, I’ll bite, what oppressive circumstance that none of us can
possibly understand are you referencing? Are you suggesting that none of
us come from families that struggled to make ends meet? Maybe none of
us were raised by a single parent? Perhaps some of us didn’t eat grilled
cheese sandwiches, cheap hot dogs (with no bun), ramen noodles, or
fishsticks for dinner AS A TREAT because we came from an era of economic
recession that makes today’s seem tame?

Let me tell you something you shortsighted little moron, poor when I was a kid meant
something entirely different than it does now.. and we had it good
compared to our parents and grandparents who survived on hope, sunshine,
and tap water…
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You can go to ANY college message board and find "fans" praising and scolding student-athletes at any time.

I have to side with Mr. Washington on this one as 99% of fans probably don't care what happens to these players off the field or after football, just as long as they make the right play on Saturday.

Read the full dialogue between Washington and Nettles here 
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Apparently, Washington has posted another message on Facebook apologizing for his initial post and causing "so much disruption amongst the team. I forgot for a minute that I am here to get an education and play football and that pretty much is the extent of my responsibilities. I am not here to complain about the fanatics and for that I do apologize."
 

SEC Football History: Missouri's Claim To Fame In SEC Football Is...

The Tigers officially entered the SEC on July 1 and they have a record to be envied by every other SEC team, current and past.

Mizzou is the only current or former SEC school to have a winning record against Alabama (3-1).

Roll Bama Roll: Alabama's All-Time Records Against SEC Opponents

Is The B1G Network Creeping Into Longhorn Network Territory?

Judging by the amount of hours each school is being shown, it is pretty clear which schools the B1G Network favors.

A quick breakdown of school and how many hours of programming they have in the month of June, in order from least to greatest:
Nebraska 27.5 hours
Minnesota 32 hours
Northwestern 40.5 hours
Penn State 47.5 hours
Purdue 49 hours
Illinois 73.5 hours
Iowa 82.5 hours
Indiana 85 hours
Michigan 106 hours
Michigan St 108 hours
Wisconsin 127.5 hours
Ohio State 153 hours

I get Nebraska being so low since they are new to the conference, but Minnesota has 1/5 of the programming Ohio State does. And it is pretty clear the Gophers, along with Northwestern, Penn State, and Purdue just aren't that popular with the B1G Network.

So if the SEC wants to start a network like is rumored, how much can Mississippi State or Vanderbilt or Ole Miss or Arkansas really benefit from this? They would seemingly fall further behind to Alabama, LSU, and Florida in the race.

From Black Shoe Diaries via MGoBlog

SEC Football: UGA Easiest, Ole Miss Toughest SEC Schedules in 2012

The only SEC West team to have played an SEC game and never won the Division does not get much help from the schedulers in their quest to reach Atlanta. Ole Miss and first year head coach Hugh Freeze will face the toughest conference schedule in 2012. The Rebels get there by facing the SEC East's best team from a year ago, Georgia, as their rotating cross divisional opponent.

Meanwhile, UGA has the easiest road again avoiding Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas for a second straight season and getting the Rebels from the West in addition to permanent opponent Auburn.

























SEC football's top 10 scheduling quirks in 2012


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

5 Legends For Georgia Tech In NCAA Football 13

EA Sports NCAA Football 2013 comes out next Tuesday but they are leaking some of the feature changes early, including the ability to have Heisman winners compete on your team now.

Lets take a little bit of freedom and expand upon EA Sports model to include any rival teams player to add.

Here are my 5 Georgia Tech legends to add from rivals:

David Pollack
The three time All-American was not a highly recruited prospect out of high school and the Yellow Jackets had a good shot at him especially with UGA going through a coaching change at the time. Pollack never lost to Georgia Tech and pretty much had his way with three different Tech QBs.

Woodrow Dantzler
In 2001, he single handedly ended the national title hopes of the Jackets in September (you may remember GT was a preseason top 10 that year)If you check out Bobby Dodd Stadium right chances are you will find Dantzler running free somewhere on the field.

Logan Thomas
He is not a legend in ACC circles yet, but another performance like he had last year against the Yellow Jackets and he could in line for legend status.

Any FSU Defensive End
Andre Wadsworth, Jamal Reynolds, Kamerion Wimbley, Reinard Wilson you name it and they killed Georgia Tech.

DJ Shockley
What if instead of sitting behind David Greene for three seasons, the Riverdale native had come to Atlanta? No doubt he would have been a starter much earlier in his career and Yellow Jacket fans would not have been subjected to the Reggie Ball experiment.

What rival's legends would you add to Georgia Tech's roster?

5 Legends For UGA In NCAA Football 13

5 Legends For UGA In NCAA Football 13

EA Sports NCAA Football 2013 comes out next Tuesday but they are leaking some of the feature changes early, including the ability to have Heisman winners compete on your team now.

Lets take a little bit of freedom and expand upon EA Sports model to include any rival teams player to add. (EA Sports has Tebow Tebowing in a UGA uniform here)

Here are my 5 UGA legends to add from rival teams:

Tim Tebow
The great one went 3-1 against UGA while at Florida including two of the biggest wins in the series in his final two seasons. Plus, wouldn't it be great to see the former Heisman winner taking instruction from another devout Christian man like Mark Richt.

Eric Berry
Whenever I play NCAA Football I always control the safeties because, well, because I suck at tackling. Eric Berry does not suck at tackling nor does he suck at pretty much anything else on the football. The Atlanta area product followed in his father's footsteps and headed to Knoxville instead of Athens.

Calvin Johnson
Megatron made an official visit to Athens, but the Bulldogs were never really a serious consideration for him. Johnson grew up a Georgia Tech fan and committed to the Yellow Jackets the day after his visit return. He plays with Matt Stafford in the NFL, but they could have also teamed up in 2006 at the collegiate level.

Cam Newton
A once in a generation QB was recruited as a TE by Richt coming out of high school in Atlanta. But even Urban Meyer didn't know the full scale of how good the eventual first overall NFL Draft pick would be.

Steve Spurrier
Double bonus for the OBC as you could get him as a player and a coach. He is hall of fame caliber for both. As fun as it could be, I just can't imagine true UGA fans ever exposing their eyes to Spurrier in Red & Black.

What former rival would you add to UGA's roster?

Georgia Tech Football: New Strength & Conditioning Coach Focusing on Player Position Development

In a much needed move, Georgia Tech hired a new strength and conditioning coach, John Sisk, in late May to help prevent another late season swoon.

It was obvious in the last three seasons since Eric Ciano left for the NFL the Yellow Jackets were simply not maximizing their physical abilities, especially on the line of scrimmage - just take a look at the rush defense figures.

Sisk's changes are not drastic but he is moving the program in a different direction after Tech was outscored 48-14 in the 4th quarter of their last seven games of which they lost five.

Sisk, 42, takes an approach that adjusts training by position, individual and class. A quarterback should have a different workout than a linebacker. A fifth-year senior should train differently than a freshman. A veteran team may need different challenges than a young one.

The most important position on the defense is the Nose Tackle, where Al Groh has the size but needs the production to make his 3-4 scheme work.

Nose tackle T.J. Barnes has given his approval. Barnes began to come in two afternoons each week to lift with Sisk on top of the five weekly morning team sessions.

"I've taken a whole new approach to it than I have in the past couple of years, especially talking to coach Sisk," Barnes said. "He has me believing I can do amazing things."

Yes, Alabama and LSU have great talent and coaching but they widen that performance gap even further with the rest of the country because of their S&C programs whose coaches get to spend much more time with the players than Nick Saban or Les Miles.

Monday, July 2, 2012

SEC Football: Quick, Yet Comprehensive History Of SEC Expansion (And Contraction)

Athlon has a quick, yet comprehensive read on the history of SEC membership.

Six years in particular stick out in the history of the league with members coming or going: 1932, 1940, 1964, 1966, 1991, and 2012.

Two former members, Georgia Tech and Tulane still hold claim to some SEC history that extends further than even current members have.
While in the SEC, the Yellow Jackets won five SEC championships (1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1952) and the 1952 National Championship. Tech has two more SEC titles than Kentucky, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and South Carolina combined.

Tulane, too, has as many SEC titles (3) as Kentucky, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and South Carolina combined.
The History of SEC Realignment

Georgia Tech Football: Virginia Tech Beat Writer Previews 2012 Yellow Jackets

"The Hokies have historically fared OK defensively against Paul Johnson's spread option offense. In Johnson's four years, Virginia Tech is 3-1 against Georgia Tech, having held the Yellow Jackets to less than their season average in total yards on two of those occasions.

Last season, the Yellow Jackets finished with 340 yards, a total stunted by a fourth quarter in which the Hokies held Georgia Tech to negative 16 yards. (Read that again.)"

Countdown to ACC Kickoff, No. 21: Georgia Tech’s option offense

Sunday, July 1, 2012

What They Are Saying About The Isaiah Crowell Dismissal From UGA

They being current and former teammates of UGA's leading rusher last season as well other UGA student-athletes and of course a diehard fan:

Kicker Blair Walsh

Fellow Dream Team class member Justin Scott-Wesley attempts to explain why Crowell may have been packing heat.

Another Dream Teamer Damian Swann offers a prediction on Crowell.

Men's Track Star Waymon Storey opines that women have turned against the fallen star.

Presumed UGA fan Gary Lamb chimes in as well.