High School player rankings don't mean a whole lot overall. It's kind of like records in College. No standard level of competition. With that said though, it matters less with how good they were in high school and how the college team trains and develops them. UGA gets 5 star QBs and how many get really good and stay? Joe Burrow came from Ohio State. Saban's edge isn't that he gets highly ranked classes. It's that the players get much better while at Bama.
Seems to me that if I wanted to be a College Football Coach, I would try very hard to do the things that Saban does so well. All of his former staff learned those things up close but don't do them. Georgia's problems aren't the players. They are the Coach. The only former Bama staffer that has embraced the process is Billy Napier and look at what he has done without the 5 star recruiting classes.
You've got a program there where the administration damaged the brand with their "internal" investigation. NCAA isn't know for quick action, so figure three years before actions. If Tennessee is smart, they will self punish themselves and hope that is enough. That gives the coach/ad three years to get their act together. Years 4 and 5 will be the ones to judge the new coach on.
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Sark will come to hate this job very quickly. Wasn't there a month and the boosters already flexed and he lost a member of this staff. I don't really care, but maybe that's Texas' problem. Not Herman or any other coach. If you can't be the boss, then you aren't the coach.
Let's hope that this actually gets published as the season gets closer. Saban needs the motivation. The overhyped game of the year will be Clemson and Georgia.
The question isn't "can anyone stop anyone else?" Ohio State doesn't have to stop any ONE of Bama's team. They have to stop ALL of them at once. Hasn't happened yet and I don't think it will happen with Ohio State.
Sark can recruit and can lead an offense. IF he learned anything about defense while at Bama and gets an above average defensive coordinator, he will do well in the Big 12. Doubt that transitions to the National level, but Texas will be happy with Big 12 victories and beating some fellow Texas teams from time to time.
13 members of the committee. 7 are active Athletic Directors. 2 are former players. 2 are former head coaches. 1 is a sports columnist/professor. 1 is a retired Army General. Their objective folks is to protect the “brand” known as College Football. They work to pick four teams that have a great fan base that have some degree of credibility. The power 5 schools have no national fan base, so they have no chance. Ohio State has a huge fan base, so they are in. SEC will get one always due to the huge fan base. Notre Dame has a huge fan base. Right now Clemson is popular. Why do you think they post the early polls? It’s to get you used to folks being “good”.
13 members of the committee. 7 are active Athletic Directors. 2 are former players. 2 are former head coaches. 1 is a sports columnist/professor. 1 is a retired Army General. Their objective folks is to protect the "brand" known as College Football. They work to pick four teams that have a great fan base that have some degree of credibility. The power 5 schools have no national fan base, so they have no chance. Ohio State has a huge fan base, so they are in. SEC will get one always due to the huge fan base. Notre Dame has a huge fan base. Right now Clemson is popular. Why do you think they post the early polls? It's to get you used to folks being "good".
Don't forget that AD's are on the committee. They will work hard to make the conference "brand" seem relevant. I wouldn't be surprised if the four is Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma. I don't think in this time of Covid that two teams will come out of the same conference.
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What a ass. Agree with the Covid stuff or not, the ACC and the NCAA came up with rules. He doesn't like the rules and considers himself "better" than those who have been designated to make the rules. He is worried about not making the playoffs. He's not worried about his young men.
Why does anyone assume that Fields would be as good as his is at OSU if he stayed in Georgia? OSU developed him. Heck, OSU let Joe Burrow go because he wasn't good enough. Liberty is 7-0 with a QB that Auburn let go. Lots of talent on all teams. Not all start as 5 star. The winning teams develop their talent to maximize their skills and develop offensive and defensive strategies based on what they have. I remember when Spurrier went to USC. Of course he didn't play the run and gun offense and switched to a run based offense and a great defense. When asked why, he told them that he had to create a team based on the talent that he could recruit. Kirby is trying to mold a team based on what he wants them to be, not what they are. Auburn is another great example of that.
The "Football Power Index" was developed to measure team strength. How in the world can you be measured when you haven't played a game yet? Clemson has played one ranked team to date and one FCS team to date. I understand that the poll people need to make a living and it's incredibly hard this year, but come on.
Kirby Smart is the perfect clone of Saban.....old Saban of defense and running the ball. He has never joined the modern day of college ball like Saban and many others have. Despite incredible recruiting, he can't/won't develop a quarterback. His best quarterbacks realize this and leave the program. The people of Georgia will have to recognize soon that they have a Jim Harbaugh type coach. They will have to decide if they are happy with 10 wins a year without winning the big one every year.
The biggest problem with this is that it would end up rewarding their performances post college. It's actually a neat thing that often the "best" college player doesn't do well in the pros. That's ok. It's a different game. It's one of the problems with the Pro Halls of Fame. Too often in this media era it's become a popularity contest instead of a performance contest.
The best reason to love being a GA fan right now is that you are used to losing big games. The let down shouldn't be so bad.
Assuming that Tua will be fine, there is actually some goodness to come out of this. First off, Mac and the world class receivers will get a lot of quality snaps. Second off, this will force Sarkasian to finally develop a run game. Finally, I think this will be that "moment" that our defense seems to need every year to get their identity.
I really liked Kirby Smart and thought he'd turn Georgia around. Now I'm glad that SC didn't get him. He whines, make poor decisions, and doesn't take responsibility. I think we're seeing Les Miles at LSU part two. He'll always produce a nine win season and get good recruits, but he can't put it over the top.
Actually he can offer valuable insights into character and leadership to students. He can show demonstrable proof that if you make your employer lots of money, character doesn't matter.
Kirby has been a disappointment. I really thought he would be the first assistant to beat the master. He's built Georgia into the old style Bama team of good defense and run the ball. Too bad that the rest of the world has moved on from that.
Why does no one consider that Jalen might go pro? He'd be a perfect fit for a team that has a good quarterback in his mid career and needs a quality backup. Not someone to develop into a starter, but someone that you can trust not to lose the game for you. He's got a great work ethic and is above average in skills.
Be it 8 teams or 16 teams, there should be no automatic bids. That's what ruined basketball. The best teams period. You could easily make an argument for three this year from the SEC. Teams like UCF shouldn't even be in consideration unless we want to insure that the number one pick get's an easy game. Playoffs should show us who is the best by the end of the season, not who survived a bad conference (Northwestern for example).
GA runs more because they don't have a prolific passing game. Stupid to use season long stats to say a team is good at something. Let's look at Georgia's running game against a good defense - LSU. 30 carries for 113 yards. Take away the QBs runs, and it's still 24 carries for 132 yards. Does the author of this article think that Bams's run defense is worse than LSUs?
Let's see.....if a player grabs a facemask in the heat of the game, it's a big penalty. If a mature adult does it, somehow it's a sign of his machoness? This is wrong and Jimbo should be penalized.
Jalen is going no where. His only chance at being in the NFL is for someone to draft him as a quality back up quarterback, late in the draft. At Alabama, he will continue to improve and get visibility. He'd take a step back the first year of a transfer, learning the process and having a team with the skills of Alabama. MAYBE he gets better in year two. He'll "feel" out the draft this year, and if it doesn't look promising, he'll be back at Bama next year.
The second one at a race track should have the race running at the same time as the football game. The third one needs to add trap and skeet shooting.