Friday, July 6, 2012
Really? Are we shooting for a 1-AA title?
Georgia continued it's push to reduce scholarships to 1-AA levels in hopes of finally getting Mark Richt that championship everyone keeps whining about. Brandon Burrows may have trouble ever seeing a field after repeated injuries, but he was a talented young player who is now going elsewhere. Combine his departure with Crowell and Harrow from earlier this week, and we are now below 70 scholarships (not counting rewarded walk ons), and creeping ever closer to the 65 mark for 1-AA schools. Our depth is now a serious issue. We start the season without a full compliment of players due to suspensions of starters like Rambo, Ogletree, Commings, and Smith. There will be an injury or three during camp in August (unless we go completely no-contact to keep healthy, which of course leads to a very poor tackling D as we saw a couple years back). There will probably be another departure or two, or a suspension from downtown chicanery. We'll be lucky to travel with 50 scholarship players at this rate when we head to Columbia, either Columbia. Listen, I understand the morality of oversigning to the point where you're cutting hard working, but less talented kids who are doing well in the class room. But the gap between us at below 70 kids, and the LSUs and Alabamas competing for titles with a full compliment of 85 that have been battle tested and fought hard for their spot because it was at risk when someone had to go to make the number, is huge. We saw just how huge in the second half of the SEC Championship game when LSU's deep DL and overwhelming running game pounded on us like a jackhammer. It's honorable that Richt refuses to play that oversigning game. But it's also gotten self destructive as Richt lets his moral superiority blind him to the reality of a guaranteed handful of kids leaving every single year. That has added up and added up to the point where we are now a full signing class behind our competitors in the West and East, and where we'll take the field this fall a full 15-20 kids weaker than the guys on the other side. I'm not doing the math, but with the new SEC limits on 25 man classes, I don't see how we can even get back to 80 by the fall of 2013 and may still be down around 75 after a kid or two goes pro, another gets too drunk, another can't put down the bong, and a couple others get home sick or want playing time. We have imposed a scholarship reduction worse than the NCAA has hit on anyone since SMU, and it will take at least 2, if not 3 signing classes packed as full as we can get them to get us back up to a full squad of 85 scholarshipped athletes. It's beyond ridiculous and is just getting comical now. On the plus side, if you are a big guy and want to play college football in the SEC? We've got room for ya students of Athens. Just walk on, and you may not only see some playing time, but you'll get a years scholarship too because we gotta give it to someone. Or maybe this is all part of the Michael Adams and Puppet ADs scheme to maintain profitability, by not having to pay for 20 scholarships a year.