Friday, January 27, 2012
Character and work ethic was his problems as a coach, why should it be any different after?
Georgia baseball fans can look forward to coming renovations of aging Foley Field, although the exact plans and design projects will not be revealed until May — at the earliest.
Georgia’s Athletic Board approved design studies for Foley Field last May, according to sports information director Christopher Lakos.
This means talks have begun with various Athletic Association personnel about what
kind of projects they would like to see done at Foley Field.For example, coaches discuss the field, stadium, locker room, training room and needs of the student-athletes, Lakos said.
These are long overdue, as Georgia lags far behind other SEC schools in facilities for the stickball, and considering the scholarships allotted thanks to Title IX, plus the number of games for tickets sold and other stadium revenue, baseball can easily be a self-sustaining and profitable entity within the Athletic Department. Plus, better facilities tends to equal better recruiting, and in a state loaded with good baseball players, that leads to more winning which leads to more revenue.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The state is hemorrhaging with talent… since 2005 Scout.com has ranked 52 players from Georgia in their annual Top 100 list. Three – Mike Mercer,Trey Thompkins and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – have signed with the Dawgs.
Monday, January 23, 2012
|How about I have CANCER!|
Step 1: This past summer before all the "dookie" hits the fan you put all your assets into your wife's name.
Step 2: You then dip into the classic Old Fart defense and act like you are confused and can't hear anything.
Step 3: Penn State turns into the epicenter of confusion and denial for multiple weeks.
Step 4: You then essentially fire yourself because we are all under the impression that you ruled Happy Valley with an iron fist.
Step 5: You then "catch" cancer
Step 6: You then "die"
Step 7: Then this guy hops a plane for Brazil
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Over the past several years, social media has critical massed itself 100
times over. Almost everyone you know is either on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin,
or a wicked cocktail mix of the three. This is the new world that we are living
in, where information is everywhere and everyone has their opinion that
absolutely MUST be heard. It is within this brand new world where the rules are
in a fuzzy shade of gray. Why? Because like most of the internet for the past
15+ years, there are no rules. To be honest, I like having no rules. No rules
allows for self-moderation, and self-moderation can lead to an enlightenment of
ones own morals, ideas, and personality. Unfortunately, there are thousands upon
thousands that are unable to operate within a certain code of conduct within
this digital realm that the non-digital world lays out in law and in societal
rules. Why are we talking about this? Well, because of that "gray" area,
people actually think it's acceptable to interact with recruits via social
networks. They think it's OK to try and get involved with some 17 or 18 year old
high school student. They think it's OK to try and get involved in the lives of
kids. This is definitely not "OK."People, mostly grown men, spend their days
trying to contact potential "program changing" high school athletes. Most of
these attempts are "harmless" in their minds, but at the root of situation lays
the problem. They justify talking to a 17 year old on the internet because they
are offering, "wisdom," words of encouragement, and of course advise on where
these kids should attend college. It's all innocent and good natured-
right?Wrong. Because it is acceptable in their eyes, it is also "acceptable" to
chastise, warn, threaten, and downright get nasty with these recruits when
someone else's child makes a decision about their life that they don't like.
This, of course, is why social media has become a threat to college football-
because it is not right to try and get involved in these kids lives. The News
Tribune in Tacoma, Washington recently
published an article speaking to some of this. A lot of the article had to
do with message board posters. As unfortunate as the negative comments and the
consequences that they have on these message boards are; they are mostly
intended for the "boards" themselves and are not a direct attack upon a
particular recruit. That doesn't make it right, but it is what it is because for
many years this is what has been accepted. We allow poison in our lives.Now is
the time to make the move to strike against this nonsense across the realm of
social media. We as fans, bloggers, parents, friends, and members of a more
decent society must make the stand against those that would use these platforms
to "help" their school/team by chastising kids who may not make the decision for
their lives that some grown adults would like.We have long seen people "friend"
recruits on Facebook and then leave nasty messages for all to see. We have seen
people on Twitter harass recruits on a daily basis for them to "make up their
minds" on the biggest decision of these kids lives. What the hell is wrong with
these people? Recently on Twitter, I came across some "fan" of a particular
school cuss out a recruit because they "THOUGHT" that the recruit has already
chosen a rival school to commit to. It was flat out disturbing. Equally
disturbing was "fans" of the same school trying to reach out to the recruit to
tell him that this isn't what this particular school was about- blah, blah,
blah. They are all, in effect, trying to become recruiters for their
institution. This is wrong, and also a NCAA violation.Notre Dame had a
decommitment last night. I am not on Facebook all that much, and I certainly did
not "friend" this particular recruit, but i am positive that he has already felt
the wrath of those wo felt betrayed. This is what our beloved sport has turned
in to. A massive cat fight between fans, recruits, and parents of recruits via
social networking. It's sad. We need to take this sport back from the lunatics.
I am proposing a set of standards:Absolutely NO Facebook. Do not "friend" these
recruits or join their "groups." Facebook is much too personal. Even asking to
be a friend just to follow what they say is too intrusive. If you are on
Twitter, I think it is OK to follow a recruits account. It's basically public
information, so seeing what info is out there is no big deal. However... if a
recruit's account is protected, I recommend not following. A protected account
needs the approval of the user, which is a lot like Facebook friending. Also, DO
NOT INTERACT WITH A RECRUIT FOR ANY REASON. It doesn't matter if you are just
saying something like, "Congrats man! Eastern Michigan needed you and your
decision just made my day!" Or, "Our class is filling up! Still have room at
Wyoming for great TE recruits like you. Be a Cowboy and be a LEGEND 4eva!!!"
None of this is OK. That should be simple enough. Basically, don't interact with
someone else's kid. Don't become involved. Don't be a factor- whether good or
bad. We as fans and bloggers can help clean this up by policing our own. Let's
help create a culture void of this type of interaction. I am asking all of you
to help spread this message. Become co-signers. Simply; retweet, like, copy and
paste, link- whatever. Spread the word that this type of behavior is not
acceptable. If you want to help your school ,these recruits, and college
football- follow these guidelines and let others know that they should do the
same!Sincerely, The Subway Domer
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Both us and the Vols have been playing better (still losing, but with runs). They turn the ball over, aren't very good offensively, and aren't very good defensively. We can, and probably should win this game.
Our biggest issue is, well, us. If we let the arena get half full of orange (which it can and has in the past, when apathy ran deep), their 4 GA native starters-Jordan McCrae and Cam Tatum, a sophomore and senior decent but nothing special pair of wings, Kenny Hall, a junior big man who's tall, and Trae Golden, a sophomore scoring point who's their best player, will probably go off. If we actually stopped dressing as seats, and season ticket holders in the bottom level showed up, and cheered for the Red and Black, we will win.
The only reason we keep divisions in college football is NCAA bylaw 184.108.40.206 (c), which mandates having divisions with round-robin play as a requirement for having a conference championship game. But if we wanted to do it differently, do we not have enough clout to force a change in the wording to allow it? Could we not just do what we want, give the NCAA the bird and see if they'll do something about it? It's not like they'll punish themselves by restricting their largest revenue maker and dominant force on the scene. Especially when we've shown a willingness to section off from them and quit letting them have a piece of our pie back in the late 70s/early 80s in the lawsuit that got this gravy train of money started.
So, in an effort to keep the desired 8 game schedule, plus the traditional rivalries, all while also playing the remaining members of the conference on a somewhat regular basis, we are proposing the following as the new SEC football scheduling template.
Each team will play 4 games yearly, on a home/away (or in the Cocktail Party's case, neutral site with h/a designations for uniforms), and rotate 4 other schools to complete their 8 game schedule. Of those rotating games, they will be done home/away, away/home, with 2 on and 2 off every year. This can accomodate a 14, or perhaps an eventual 16, team conference, and still keep the 8 game schedule. To determine SEC Championship game participants, you take the top 2 overall records and play them in Atlanta. In the event of a tie between 2nd and 3rd, you
d go first to a head to head matchup as a tiebreaker. If they didn't play, or you have more than 2 teams tied for 2nd (or perhaps a 3-4 team tie for 1st), you take the highest rated school according to the BCS rankings.
Each school's 4 permanent opponents would be (yes, you lose 1 or 2 currently significant annual games, and start a few currently meaningless ones, but bracketing every team with 4 caused sacrifices in favor of the greater good):
Alabama-Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee
Arkansas-LSU, Missouri, Mississippi St, Texas A&M
Auburn-Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi St, Texas A&M
Florida-Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Georgia-Auburn, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina
Kentucky-Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
LSU-Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M
Mississippi St-Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt
Missouri-Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas A&M
Ole Miss-Alabama, LSU, Mississippi St, Vanderbilt
South Carolina-Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee
Tennessee-Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina
Texas A&M-Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Missouri
Vanderbilt-Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi St, Ole Miss
Monday, January 16, 2012
So position by position, here's what we can expect these last two weeks:
WR-Not much of a need. But we lost Lonnie Outlaw to grades, so adding a Cordarelle Patterson would be welcome, especially considering his immense talent. We may try and steal Jaquay Williams, out of Sandy Creek, from Auburn. Otherwise, without an elite talent, I'd assume we hold off and focus on loading up in the next class.
TE-With Orson Charles gone, we are somewhat thin here, and could use another. Sean Price is a possible, as an elite out of Florida similar to Charles, and we could be looking to steal someone currently committed elsewhere.
OL-We've got a big class with Theus, Beard, Pyke, and Brown. We could use 1 or 2 more just to keep the depth strong. We've been mentioned hard with Avery Young, as well as Brandon Greene and others.
DL-We've got Deloach, and Taylor, and maybe Atkins although he could go OL. Another 1-2 here, if we've got room, would help. We're in on Dalvin Tomlinson, and the thick wrestler would be a great add. IF Ray Drew and Sterling Bailey are big enough it'll be a struggle to keep them from the 280s.
LB-We got Jenkins, but are going after one more, and may be willing to add an inside LB too. Kendarius Whitehead and Josh Harvey-Clemons are the names you'll hear a lot between now and that first Wednesday in February.
DB-Here is where I think is the biggest need left. Yeah, we might have had bigger overall needs, but we've got studs already at those spots. We don't at DB, and really need to restock the depth. Boykin is gone, Rambo and Commings and Smith and Williams will be gone after next year. We just lost Love. We could use a S to battle for a starting gig in 2013. We could use CBs to keep the spot loaded (see how LSU and Alabama Ds looked with 4+ lockdown CBs to rotate in and out). Stealing Memphis natives Sheldon Dawson and Will Redmond is a goal. Bringing NJ native Yuri Wright down south looks like it's not gonna happen. We need DBs. Rumors abound about silent commits, but in the tenuous relation of commits, if they aren't going public, just how committed are they?
So, add 2 or 3 more on offense (an OT and a pass catcher), and another 2 on the defensive front 7, along with 3 DBs, and we're set.
So the kid has a knee injury, and gets cut. What do y'all figure the odds are on him making it into next year's class? 12:1, maybe 25:1? But at least they're gonna find him a "job" in the meantime.
Not addressed in the article is in addition to Alabama already being at the 25 limit for the class, and still pursuing others who will force already committed kids to be cut, is that Bama doesn't have space to bring in 25. At least not without a few transfers to friendly programs or taking a "medical hardship". But oversigning does have positive benefits, as we all saw in the national title game.
Hopefully Georgia can use Saban's fun with math to sneak back in on Geno Smith, Kurt Freitag, Dakota Ball, or Brandon Greene.
From the SEC:
LB Dont'a Hightower
CB Dre Kirkpatrick
RB Trent Richardson
TE Orson Charles
DT Michael Brokers
CB Morris Claiborne
WR Russel Shepherd
WR Reuben Randle
DT Fletcher Cox
OT Bobby Massie
CB Stephon Gilmore
WR Alshon Jeffery
Georgia Tech also lost their only WR in Stephen Hill, and return a grand total of 0 receptions next year.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
We apologize for any problems, and appreciate your patience and support while we deal with blogspotsucks.
Seriously though, I'm starting to want him as much, if not more, than Keith Marshall. The way Socrates describes him as a person, combined with ideal size, speed, and athletic gifts. This has all the makings of a big time playmaker in the SEC. Marshall for all his great attributes, is still a little on the slender side and that can lead to injuries against the big, physical SEC Ds we face week in and week out. Gurley doesn't have that issue. He's got the junk in the trunk to dish out a licking, and the raw speed to leave defenders behind. He's an elite hurdler, which I love. When targetting lineman, I love wrestlers (which is why I really, really want Dalvin Tomlinson on the DL). But when looking at RBs, I love the high hurdlers. Sprint speed is all well and good, but hurdling takes a little more agility, and it's that ability to elude and change direction that is much more important than straight line speed.
Come on down Mr. Gurley, the last thing you wanna do is suffer late season collapse after late season collapse at Clemson. (And when is the last time any of their big name offensive players actually panned out in the pros?) I can live with choosing the home team in North Carolina or NC St, but by all means son, don't throw your life away in Cow Town.
THE SMOKING GUN
"Nothing further Your Honor.......the Cold Blooded Ones rest our case."
Here was the Grit Trees initial argument:
"There are lies
There are damned lies
and There are statistics"~Twain
"My next top school is UGA, which is a school I visited three times and I see why people say it's a great school. First of all, the food is the best and that's my favorite thing about the school. My bro Keith Marshall goes there now and that would be good to have two NC boys in the backfield representing for our state. Plus, the relationship I developed over time with (running backs) coach Bryan McClendon and coach Richt has been great. Two great coaches running a great program. "
Thursday, January 12, 2012
|Me, Chillaxin after an arduous day of oppressing minorities, being a sexist, eating animals, and spraying an excessive and wasteful amount of aerosols into the atmosphere.|
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Results Are In.....The S&G Downtown Athletic Club Presents Your 2011 Harvey Updyke Award Winner!
Well let's start with those who were excellent examples of SECery but who fell just short."
5. G.A. Mangum- QB Coach South Carolina-
One Penis + the open air of Upstate South Carolina= Updykian Gold!
4. Todd Grantham- DC Georgia-
As a coach within the most vanilla, PC, focused on things other than winning program in the SEC Grantham still managed to try and bust James Franklin's head down to the white meat.
In SEC Country it is only acceptable to use the F-word when you find out a relative voted for Obama and when someone insults your program. For the latter one may use the F-bomb 50 to 75 times (see above).
3. Stephen "EL Stephano the Magnifico" Garcia- QB University of South Carolina
We can't lie --we considered his career as a whole and not just this single season. What started with the keying of a professor's car ended in a far less glamorous fashion than we anticipated (We were thinking that he would go out on top and kill six hookers-- one more than five just to spite Craig James). You came roaring in like a Lion and yet went out with a whimper less than a mouse. In typical Gamecock QB fashion......You sir were a tremendous disappointment. What sets Stephano apart and truly shocks the senses.....is that he was actually talented and had a HC that could actually have developed him.....all advantages that no Gamecock QB has ever enjoyed.
2. Gus Malzahn- OC Auburn-
Turned down a $3 million plus contract from Vanderbilt to take the same job for far less money at Arkansas State.......enough said.
YOUR 2011 HARVEY UPDYKE AWARD WINNER IS.....................................................
1. Dakota Mosley- TE Auburn-
Armed Robbery, Home Invasion, multiple counts of Robbery.
Here is Dakota as a HS recruit back when he was still a white kid that knew he was white:
a) there ain't a lot of white people where he now is,
b) the Black members of Alabama's Correctional Facilities are most likely not going to be impressed with his "free-stylin' skillz".
c) The "Thug Life" ain't all its cracked-up to be.
The best part was when the story ran "One Auburn Player Out on Bail". Hhhhhmmmmmmm.....four players, three black and one white, one got out on bail. Looks like somebody decided to cash in on their whitieness just as things were starting to get "Real".
This is why you play the games. Dakota was a dark horse and yet came out of nowhere. This years front-runner, El Magnifico, put in a solid campaign but fell all the way down to third. Congratulations Dakota........your actions are now akin to pouring gallons of poison on an ancient tree and then calling PAAWWWWWWWLLLLLLLLLLLLLL to engage in a little RRRRROOOOLLLLL TIIIIIDDDAH!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A few years ago he won a National Championship with the much fabled "white running back" in Jacob Hester and the mystical and elusive "black pocket passer" in JaMarcus "Sippin on Syzurp" Russell.
This year....despite the vast annals of history working against him, Les Miles clung unto the idea of Vince Young vs USC and went with Kid Dynomite JJ. Here are some descriptive terms that explain what JJ looked like last night:
Lacking the ability to process complex information
Sure Les could have put Lee into the game but lets me honest.......a white kid.....named Lee.....getting the start over JJ........you people act like Obama ain't the Prez.
Ol' Les said "Nay" the civil rights movement is far more important than College Football. Of course all the black LSU fans immediately disagreed with Les' statement.
Look out 2012 SEC........Les is gonna start a WHITE CORNERBACK!
Monday, January 9, 2012
With the Season About to Wrap-Up It Can Mean Only One Thing.......The Updyke Award to be Announced Tomorrow!
|Pitchin' a shut-out with four field goals........it's so Bear-like these are tears of JOY!|
It fit him well. He was never known as a good recruiter, but a great defensive coach, so NFL LB coach/DC fit him to a T. But the man has proven to be a career mistake expert, so it only makes sense he leaves the NFL to go right back where he was when this long circle began, except at a less stable school, for a less stable coach, and a program with less financial resources than the bridge he torched 7 years ago in Athens. Brilliant, just brilliant.
Then Friday, Todd Gurley announces. Some signs point to Georgia being in a good spot here, and as a guy with the size to contribute right away, and the speed to make a difference right away, he'd be a monster pick up. He's got Isaiah Crowell's physical tools, although hopefully without the detrimental issues that have held back Crowell. Adding him to Keith Marshall in this class gives Bobo the I set backs he needs to actually start building an effective, focused offensive system.
- Recruit-We need to keep some players in house, like Branden Smith, Shawn Williams, Bacarri Rambo, and possibly Orson Charles. Those guys are the biggest recruits remaining. But aside from them, we still have some depth issues to clean up with the class coming on that first Wednesday in February. We need some more DBs to keep that cupboard stocked full, especially at CB. Another LB or two would be nice, especially if Ray Drew and Sterling Bailey are outgrowing the spot to become DEs. And one will commit today in the much desired Jordan Jenkins. Another OT would be nice, same with another WR, TE, and RB. And a DL or two, again to keep a good depth chart going forward. We have the room, just have to close strong with the big names left on the board.
- Figure out OT-Watts Dantzler compete with probably Kenarious Gates for starting RT. Gates could also slide inside with Chris Burnette, Dallas Lee, David Andrews, Hunter Long, and others at LG/C/RG. But as he started at RT as a true freshman, we assume he's Dantzler's primary competition this spring off the edge. At LT, we've got plenty of competition, someone just has to step up. John Theus will be here in the summer, which sets back his readiness a bit. But the much balleyhooed LT has all the skills to start from day 1. Hoping to beat him out for the job will be a battle this spring. JUCO Mark Beard enrolling this week gets him a headstart, and redshirting FR Zach DeBell and Xzavier Ward have the long frames to do the job extremely well. Austin Long is another returning fighting for a job. We're not as worried about this spot as others are, because the bodies and ability is there, but someone has to step up and protect Murray's backside.
- Improve at QB-That's because Murray does not handle pressure well. He has happy feet, and that effects his accuracy even when he's not pressured. He has great numbers, but his fundamentals from accuracy to learning how to throw the ball away, show a huge need for improvement. Those fundamentals are the job of a QB coach, who makes his appearance in the next need.
- Determine what we want to do offensively-Are we a shotgun based attack? Do we pound you from the I opening up the deep balls with accurate strikes in short and intermediate passes as well as a strong running game? Just what are we trying to do on offense? We have numbers, mostly against the weak teams. But when we face solid Ds, our inconsistency and inability to develop a strong scheme often become an sore spot leading to losses. We've got talent across the board, with the next step being putting them in the best position to succeed.
- Figure out RB-Like OL, we aren't that worried because of the number of talented bodies available. Getting Keith Marshall in this week will do wonders for his preparedness, as he can get bigger, stronger, and smarter. Learning the playbook now will help him in pass protection, which is always an issue giving RBs playing time in our offense. Ken Malcome came on strong and established his claim to the job late in the season. Isaiah Crowell has all the talent one could want, he just has to get healthy, stay healthy, and become the consistent threat we all want. Then, there's possibly Todd Gurley or Mike Davis (or both) added to the mix. We have talent, we just need blocking and consistency. I assume Richard Samuel becomes a FB with Xander Ogletree allowing Quayvon Hicks to redshirt.
- Keep the defense rolling-This goes last, because we should be more than fine here. Geathers, Smith, Jenkins, Jones, and others give us a strong base up front and ideal size/strength for the 3-4. We've got a plethora of playmakers at LB starting with two of the best in the country in Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones, and extending down to Herrera, Robinson, Gilliard, and several others. If Rambo, Williams, and Smith return, we've got an all senior defensive backfield. Talent isn't an issue, depth isn't an issue, and experience isn't an issue. Barring premature departures, and an offense that continually hangs them out to dry in big games, we've got the makings for a dominant D to be as good or better than any in the country, and any we've ever had.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
NBC at 4:30-Cincinnatti and Houston
DT Geno Atkins #97
G Clint Boling #65
DE Robert Geathers, Jr #91
WR AJ Green #18
OT Dennis Roland #74
NBC at 8-Detroit and New Orleans
K John Kasay #2
DL coach Travis Jones
QB Matt Stafford #9
Sunday at 1-Atlanta and New York Giants
LB Akeem Dent #52
DC Brian Van Gorder
TE coach Chris Scelfo
RB Danny Ware #28
Sunday at 4:30-Pittsburgh and Houston
WR Hines Ward #86
CB Champ Bailey #24
Injured Reserve, RB Knowshon Moreno #27
Uh oh: Dwayne Allen reveals a little more than he should have, and likely why he reneged at the last minute on a UGA offer
The money quote as Dwayne Allen discusses his decision of whether or not to go to the NFL: "One thing that's not gonna go into my decision is money. Being at Clemson, I have more money and more resources than I've ever had in my whole life."
Oops. Paging Mr. or Mrs. NCAA investigator, Cow Town, Cackalacky is awaiting your visit.
So, fans need to come out strong, pack the Stegosaur, and get loud to show our support for Dawgs, cause empty seats and a quiet arena don't look good to recruits.
Also, the basketball team needs some support and as much of a home court advantage as they can get facing a very difficult opponent. We've had a week off to do some tweaking and work on fixing what ails us (perhaps going full court press to use our athletic depth and cover our pitiful half court offense), so it'll be interesting to see how this team looks tomorrow night.
As for the Tide, here's what to expect from them, beating us up inside. Jamychal Green, Tony Mitchell, and Rodney Cooper or Nick Jacobs start for them up front. Green is a solid big around 6'8, 240 and we have no one inside to match his size/strength combo on the blocks. Mitchell is somewhat similar to Travis Leslie as a ultra athletic 3 who scores around the paint and rebounds well. Like Leslie, he also has a decent stroke from outside and is a bit more consistent there than Travis was. Mitchell and Green both average around 15 points and 7 boards per.
Mitchell and Jacobs are both Georgia boys that Fox wanted. The JR Mitchell, from Swainsboro, was in Fox's first class and time constraints hurt landing him. Jacobs was just a straight miss, and as anyone who's watched us can tell, we really needed that 6'8, 250 pound frame on our low block. He's reportedly shown some consistent moves, and is playing well defensively. That was a bad miss on the South Atlanta product.
On the outside, they just got back Andrew Steele to back up Trevor Releford at the point. The sophomore Releford is a slasher who relies on speed getting in the paint ala Gerald Robinson, and has a poor perimeter shot, so it'll be interesting to watch those two go head to head all night. Joining them are freshman wings Trevor Lacey, Rodney Cooper and Levi Randolph. None of the 3 have shot very well this year, all below 40% from the field and below 30% from deep, so they shouldn't be much of a threat although they have the talent and you never know when a freshman has the light come on. We recruited Randolph hard last year, so the staff should be familiar with his game.
Predicted score, 73-59 bad guys.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
So with all this year's numbers out the way, we give you the picks guaranteed* to win you money for all remaining games but the big one (which will come Monday).
Friday Cotton Bowl at 8 -Arkansas -7 1/2 Kansas St
The analysis on this one will be short and sweet. K St can't stop the pass. Arkansas excels at it. See the 50+ they gave up to the two Oklahoma schools? The Hogs will approach that, and play the worst SEC D (which is still better than any Big 12 D), so they cover easy.
Saturday BBVA Compass Bowl at 1- Pitt -3 1/2 SMU
Pitt's reeling from having their coach leave in the middle of the night to take over Arizona St. SMU has a pass happy June Jones. That's the extent of our knowledge on both schools. Looking at their records, Pitt didn't beat anyone who didn't suck on the way to 6-6. SMU beat TCU as the only team of note, going 7-5 in Conference USA. Since C-USA and the Big East are about the same level of competition, and SMU did better against said competition, we're taking the Mustangs to upset. That, and because we've always had a soft spot in our heart for June Jones after dealing with the nightmare that was Jeff George and coaching under the Smith-family-owned Falcons.
Sunday GoDaddy.com Bowl at 9- Arkansas St -1 1/2 Northern Illinois
Malzahn ain't coaching this one, so we know less about these two teams than we did about the Pitt/SMU matchup. A quick look at their records reveal both with over 10 wins in the Sun Belt and MAC, and both with big offenses. Should be a fun one on a late night in Mobile. Northern Illinois has at least had a stable coaching situation, plus that's where Michael Turner came from. We'll call one last upset, taking the points and the Huskies.
*-guarantee only good on Christmas Eve, between 4:30 and 4:49 in the morning, if you're on your way to Toys-R-Us to get your kid the last Transformer doll, and right before you go inside you get smacked upside the head with a brick
Among the players with Georgia interest are:
Nelson Agholor WR/S out of Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Florida, (#3 for the Black team)
Chaz Elder S out of Banneker in Atlanta (#15 for the Black team)
Avery Young OT out of Palm Beach Gardens in Florida (#56 for the Black team)
Jordan Jenkins OLB/DE out of Harris County (#92 for the Black team)
Keith Marshall TB out of Millbrook, NC (#4 for the White team)
Jonathon Taylor DT out of Jenkins County (#53 for the White)
John Atkins DT/OL out of Thomson (#77 for the White)
That's 3 Richt commits on the White team, one who will be enrolling this month in Marshall. While the Black team has several guys we are still pursuing heavily to gain their commitment.
Also of interest will be several big names from the Peach St or that we were recruiting in the past but committed to other programs or both, including some we are still after like OT Brandon Greene (#58 White), as well as WR Shaq Roland (#2 White), DT Eddie Goldman (#58 Black), DT/OL Dakota Ball (#44 White), CB Joshua Holsey (#5 Black), OL Jessamen Dunker (#75 White), OL Vadal Alexander (#74 White), S Trae Elson (#16 Black), and K Austin Hardin (#16 White).
The Black team is coached by Herm Edwards. The White by Steve Mariucci.
Vince: Have you tried signing the greatest player in college football history and starting him at tailback.
Lil'Dooley: Dang, Diddy you are soooooo smart!
Last year it was Houston Nutt, this year it is Double D, next year we predict Muschamp. Challengers come and challengers go but in the end there is no coach who can simultaneously vanilla you to tears and yet have total job security.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
On the flip side it is reassuring to know that the more things change the more they stay the same. In that line of thought we would like to welcome back the same old same old King of Complacency, Coach Mark Richt.
- A top recruiting class
- No change at S&C because S&C is a "fad" you will see, and Mark Richt is too classic and classy for passing fads.
- No change at OC because how much sweeter will it be against Vandy in 2022 when Bobo calls a toss sweep in the 3rd quarter and it goes for 15 yards. Muuuuhuuuuhahahahahahaha.....that is what I call lulling your opponents to sleep.
- Your expectations being elevated to a fever pitch and just when you want to believe..... he will get out-coached in Columbia, MO because Georgia loses to non-conference teams giving them validation and that may just transfer over to new conference member, non-SEC talent having, Yankee teams.