Disagree, Richt didn't make the most of the talent he had, the culture was a big part of that. You can see a different team on the field this year with Kirby. They are much more focused, poised, and just flat-out aggressive - something we yearned for under Richt.
WATCH: Butch Jones goes on rant regarding negativity, fake news surrounding Tennessee football program
That was a 5 star rant.
We have only seen Eason play 3 series in the very first game of the season, so it's a very small - even unfair - sample size of his 2nd year. It takes some players a little longer to get the rust off. However, Fromm came in day 1 locked and loaded. He looked more accurate, more comfortable, more knowledgable, and more poised from the start and has been consistent. We can't say that about Eason's freshman year.I think people are putting far too much stock into the long ball. IMO, leadership is far more important than who can throw 10 yards further. We've got receivers with plenty of speed to make up for that 10 yard difference. Fromm can still throw far enough and with touch to keep defenses honest.Fromm seems to have the intangibles that Eason lacks or at least lacked last year. He's a gamer. He's a guy who has attracted big, clutch situations and performed at a high level throughout his sports career. Sometimes players just have a touch of magic or luck that seem to follow them. You can't teach or learn that, it's a mindset. And just listening to all the player interviews and how Smart talks about Fromm, it's pretty easy to read between the lines and see who is the clubhouse favorite. I'm sure Eason will get some reps in the games as soon as he's healthy, but I wouldn't expect him to start over the hot hand right away. If I'm Kirby, I'm not rocking the boat until there's a reason to.
@Mountain Dog - Yep -that's life, and dare we say...destiny?
I think the message is "we're going to play the guy who plays the best". And that's all. When Eason is healthy he'll probably get some reps late in games, I just wouldn't expect him to start over Fromm right away.
He's 65 years old, he's probably not going anywhere. I don't care who you are, when you get that age you tend to want to ride out what you've started. That being said, he'd finish this contract at age 73.Saban is without a doubt the best coach in the game, if not ever, but I can see him going out Spurrier-style in less than 8 years - I don't mean leaving in the middle of the season, but a rapid decline his last few years when they start using his age against him in recruiting.May be just wishful thinking on my part. Lotta respect for Saban, but I can't wait for him to leave.
He matched Richt's win record in his first season as a HC with a freshman qb and and overall less talent than Richt had. I sure hope he gets exposed.
nevermind, i see you meant just CROSS-DIVISIONAL. GA/AU would remain anyway....carry on...
Georgia/Auburn is arguably just as big of a rivalry as Bama/Auburn. It may not be in-state, but it's the oldest rivalry in the conference.
just curious, what's your criteria for "storied program"?
Blame the guy who wrote the article and called it a loophole. I found out after that it was indeed a rule.
@BamaTime, scratch that, I think you knew that.
BamaTime, it doesn't, but I think he means their obligation to their pro team and schedule would make working with Bama hard or nearly impossible to fit in.
I'm genuinely impressed at the extent Saban is willing to go to to gain any level of advantage. Makes me wonder what other loopholes he's exploiting.
Sounds better to who? What turnip truck did you fall off of?Seriously though, getting Georgia fans such as myself from a state in the deep south to identify with the "SEC North" well...it just ain't gonna work.
...you trying to start a war?
Missouri was divided during the civil war and today as to which "side" they fall on. Known as a "border state" they had 2 governments within the state during the war and supplied 3x as many troops to the Union as opposed to the Confederacy. While I don't think this has squat to do with football, I find it interesting. There were more in-state "brother on brother" skirmishes in Missouri than any other state.
Can you speak to the "cultural affiliation"? You're in a conference with people who are very proud of it.
The only thing that really makes geographical sense to me is to switch Auburn and Mizzou.
Only gets you* so far.
LOL, except Butch Jones DOES owe him a damn thing. You recruit a kid based on certain promises and he chooses your programs based on those promises - you need to fulfill those promises, otherwise you're wasting a kid's playing time for your own interests.
As a business owner who used to work for other people for mediocre pay, I say screw what this journalist says about "in true millennial style". You have to look after your own interests. Being loyal only gets your so far.
No kidding. The word at the time was that Herman just wasn't interested enough, which apparently is a crock of sh1t. This makes me angry, no offense to CKS, but the Herman hire seemed like a no brainer. This good ol bit system at Georgia is ridiculous. I couldn't care less if our coach is an alumni.
That joke works for Carolina, but Georgia has way more players in the NFL than Tennessee.
there truly is a buffet line of jokes to make
Clemson is only 2 hours from Columbia, and 1.5 from Athens - that's about as neutral as you're gonna get. That being said, they're still most likely gonna get quite a bit of rain, hence the dome being the best option if it's to still go on this Saturday.
Same here about Herman. My gut tells me he's waiting for the job at Texas though, perhaps waiting to see if Charlie strong is let go. He's a Texas guy after all.
The rumor is that he punched Clay Helton in the face. While it sounds far fetched, if true, I don't think we'd pick him up. Helton may have deserved it, however.