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Georgia extends Richt’s contract

The Georgia Bulldogs have extended the contract of their sometime under-fire coach, Mark Richt, the school announced today.

The three-year extension will mean that Richt – who still has two years running onto his contract – will stay with the Dawgs until the 2016 season – if he’s not let go (which is always a risk in the SEC).

Last year Richt led Georgia from a 0-2 hole to winning the SEC East. They played well in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta before dropped passes eventually got the better of them and LSU won handily.

Chip Towers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted on Twitter that the biggest bit of the story is “is no buyout for him if he chooses to leave on his own”, while Gentry Estes of Georgia24-7 noted that Richt would be paid out $4.8m if he’s fired at the end of the 2012 season, a number that falls to $800,000 each season thereafter.

Estes notes that Richt would have had to pay Georgia $2m if he’d decided to walk to another school.

“Mark Richt is not only the dean of SEC coaches, he is a person who has represented the University of Georgia extraordinarily well since he arrived in December of 2000,” said Georgia president Michael Adams.   “He has compiled a very strong record of wins and losses over that period. I am glad we were able to work out this contract extension which I believe is good for the University, good for football and good for Mark.”

Also signing a deal was Greg McGarity, Georgia’s athletic director, until December 2017. He will make around $500,000 per year.

BOTTOM LINE: This year Georgia is loaded and has recruited well, making it one of the favorites for the SEC East crown – although South Carolina and Florida will push them all the way.

SEC finalizes 2012 schedule

The SEC released its 2012 schedule.

We’ll be going through it at a later date, but right now, read, digest, and imagine. And cancel your Saturday weddings.

Aug. 30
South Carolina at Vanderbilt
Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech (Shreveport, La.)

Aug. 31
Tennessee vs. N.C. State (Atlanta, Ga.)

Sept. 1
Alabama vs. Michigan (Arlington, Texas)
Jacksonville State at Arkansas
Bowling Green at Florida
Buffalo at Georgia
North Texas at LSU
Central Arkansas at Ole Miss
Jackson State at Mississippi State
Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri
Auburn vs. Clemson (Atlanta, Ga.)

Sept. 2
Kentucky at Louisville

Sept. 8
Auburn at Mississippi State
Florida at Texas A&M
Georgia at Missouri
Western Kentucky at Alabama
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas (Little Rock)
Kent State at Kentucky
Washington at LSU
UTEP at Ole Miss
East Carolina at South Carolina
Georgia State at Tennessee
Vanderbilt at Northwestern

Sept. 15
Alabama at Arkansas
Florida at Tennessee
Florida Atlantic at Georgia
Western Kentucky at Kentucky
Idaho at LSU
Texas at Ole Miss
Mississippi State at Troy
Arizona State at Missouri
UAB at South Carolina
Texas A&M at Southern Methodist
Presbyterian at Vanderbilt
Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn

Sept. 22
LSU at Auburn
Rutgers at Arkansas
Kentucky at Florida
Vanderbilt at Georgia
Missouri at South Carolina
Florida Atlantic at Alabama
Ole Miss at Tulane
South Alabama at Mississippi State
Akron at Tennessee
South Carolina State at Texas A&M

Sept. 29
Ole Miss at Alabama
Arkansas at Texas A&M
Tennessee at Georgia
South Carolina at Kentucky
Towson at LSU
Missouri at Central Florida

Oct. 6
Arkansas at Auburn
LSU at Florida
Georgia at South Carolina
Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Missouri
Mississippi State at Kentucky

Oct. 13
Alabama at Missouri
Kentucky at Arkansas
Auburn at Ole Miss
Florida at Vanderbilt
South Carolina at LSU
Tennessee at Mississippi State

Oct. 20
Alabama at Tennessee
Auburn at Vanderbilt
South Carolina at Florida
Georgia at Kentucky
LSU at Texas A&M
Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State

Oct. 27
Ole Miss at Arkansas (Little Rock)
Texas A&M at Auburn
Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Kentucky at Missouri
Tennessee at South Carolina
Mississippi State at Alabama
Massachusetts at Vanderbilt

Nov. 3
Alabama at LSU
New Mexico State at Auburn
Missouri at Florida
Ole Miss at Georgia
Vanderbilt at Kentucky
Texas A&M at Mississippi State
Troy at Tennessee
Tulsa at Arkansas

Nov. 10
Texas A&M at Alabama
Arkansas at South Carolina
Georgia at Auburn
Mississippi State at LSU
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
Missouri at Tennessee
Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida

Nov. 17
Arkansas at Mississippi State
Alabama A&M at Auburn
Ole Miss at LSU
Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Western Carolina at Alabama
Syracuse at Missouri
Jacksonville State at Florida
Georgia Southern at Georgia
Samford at Kentucky
Wofford at South Carolina
Sam Houston State at Texas A&M

Nov. 23
LSU at Arkansas

Nov. 24
Auburn at Alabama
Kentucky at Tennessee
Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Missouri at Texas A&M
Florida at Florida State
Georgia Tech at Georgia
South Carolina at Clemson
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest

Spring Meetings: Schedule news, and the bottom line.

News just in from Friday’s SEC Spring Meetings voting: The 6-1-1 scheduling has – at last and despite Les Miles and Steve Spurrier’s call for something different – passed as expected.

The format will mean that the Auburn vs Georgia rivalry will continue, along with Alabama vs Tennessee and (unfortunately for Miles), LSU vs Florida. Arkansas vs Missouri will be a new rivalry, as will Vanderbilt vs Ole Miss, Mississippi State vs Kentucky, and Texas A&M vs South Carolina.

Florida AD Jeremy told reporters at the event that the vote was “not unanimous”, which sadly means that they’ll be arguing about the scheduling stuff next year, too.

THE BOTTOM LINE: This is a good thing. The SEC NEEDS those traditional rivalries more than anything.

Spring Meetings: SEC coaches vote in $300-per-game stipend

The SEC coaches might have just done something that could change the course of college football.

This tweet came from Scott Hood at Gamecock Central:

In case you missed it, Steve Spurrier told me last night the SEC coaches unanimously approved giving FB players $300 per game for expenses.

This isn’t just big news. This is massive news. This could mean that players are at least paid for playing – taking back some of the money that schools, clothing companies and other parties (yes, even college football blogs!) so happily take from them year in, year out.

Hood played this down slightly, saying it probably wouldn’t get through the Athletic Directors and Presidents:

Scott Hood ‏@ScottHood63The key question, though, is whether the ADs and presidents will approve it. Most people I’ve talked with this a.m. say no.

However, it’s been noted that this gesture from the coaches might just be that – a gesture, because it’s only the NCAA that can make that sort of decision.

Macon Telegraph reporter told SEC Football Blog’s Alex Haddon: “It’s just a PR gesture. NCAA would never approve one league paying players and others not.”

WHAT THIS MEANS: For now, this means nothing. But what it could really mean is EVERYTHING. Finally, someone’s taking a stand. The coaches in the most powerful conference in football want this to happen, it means that the stone is starting to roll. If the coaches and media can be keep up pressure on their ADs and presidents, something might make it happen and players get a deserved stipend. Let’s face it – it should have happened years ago….

Recruiting News: DB picks USC

Ali Groves could have gone to Florida. Or to Vanderbilt. Or to Missouri. But instead, the Stephenson High defensive back chose Steve Spurrier and the University of South Carolina for his football career.

The biggest issue for him may be a neck fracture, which kept him out for most of the 2011 season. Having said that, he was cleared to play in December – rather like a certain SEC alum we all know – so should be fine come September.

Palmetto Sports said that linebacker Brandon Golson of Georgia Military Junior College may also come to Columbia as soon as this week.

It must be noted that Groves wasn’t offered by his two homestate universities – UGA or Georgia Tech – perhaps the neck injury really is a worry.

Stats-wise, he’s run a 4.41 40, and jumped a 32 inch vertical (he’s already 5 ft 10), according to Rivals.

 

 

 

Recruiting news: Star O-Lineman commits to LSU

Star offensive linesman Ethan Pocic is moving out of Big Ten country and into the SEC, he told his Twitter followers today.

“Yo just commited to LSU!” said the 6 ft 7, 285 lb giant offensive tackle. This news was well-timed, as it gave a lot of journalists some time off the SEC Spring meetings, which started in Florida on Tuesday.

Pocic, a four-star recruit who’s ranked 36th in the country, will bring more solidity to Les Miles’ offensive line, also helping the running game as well as the future of quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is almost certain to be playing two years behind the Tigers’ line this year (unless he’s flawless and will immediately start in the NFL, which he won’t!).

 

New SEC schedules, rivalries to be announced by Friday

After rumours, more rumours, and even more rumours about what was going on in the SEC, CBS came out with the big news of the day (that everyone already really knew)…..the conference was close to releasing its 12-year schedules (just in case you were planning to visit your 6-year-old in college that date)…possibly as soon as Friday.

The biggest news amongst this is the confirmation of what will forever be known as the 6-1-1, which will see:

1) 6 intra-division games

2) 1 rotating cross-division match-up (meaning you’ll see Georgia vs LSU once every six years if they don’t play for the SEC Title)

3) 1 ‘permanent’ cross-division match-up.

The permanent match-up is the most interesting, as they’ll feature Georgia vs Auburn, Alabama vs Tennessee, LSU vs Florida, Ole Miss vs Vanderbilt, South Carolina vs Texas A&M,  Arkansas vs Missouri and…..(deep breath) Mississippi State vs Kentucky, according to CBS.

In order of excitement of the above, we’re now drooling over:

1) LSU vs Florida

2) Georgia vs Auburn

3) Arkansas vs Missouri

4) Alabama vs Tennessee

5) South Carolina vs Texas A&M

6) Ole Miss vs Vanderbilt

7) MSU vs Kentucky

Anyway, expect the announcement Friday.

SEC Meetings: Miles, Saban headline Tuesday Schedule

Here are the SEC Spring Meetings schedule for the SEC Digital Network.

The ones highlighted are the football head coaches.

 

10:40-10.50                     Gary Pinkel, Mizzou

11:00 – 11:10                      Les Miles, LSU         

11:20 – 11:30                      Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss 
12:00 – 12:10                      James Franklin, Vanderbilt
12:30 – 12:40                      Nick Saban, Alabama
12:50 – 1:00                        Commissioner Slive

Don’t worry, we’ll be writing each of the press conferences up on SECFootballBlog.net!

Expect:

  • Gary Pinkel to talk about new, big wide receivers, and the challenge of SEC Football after the joke that was the Big XII North.
  • Les Miles to talk about quarterbacks
  • Hugh Freeze to talk about life after Houston Nutt
  • James Franklin on Vanderbilt’s continuing improvement and change in reputation.
  • Nick Saban on recruiting, oversigning, world dominance, and his defensive line
  • Commissioner Silve on just about everything else.

SEC Spring Meetings Preview: What to Watch Out For

We love the SEC Spring Meetings. Whether it’s coaches ranting on about whether student-athletes should be paid to others talking about oversigning, they are generally the first smell of powder, and the first sound of war. The only thing it is missing is fans tailgating before, during and after it in the car park, and a live animal in parking lot.

Anyway, from Tuesday to Thursday it’s the Spring Meeting from Florida, which is going to mean potential RSI for this blog and a lot of information from you guys. Seriously – if you want to find out how Wil Muschamp plans to exorcise last year’s demon in the State of Florida, you’ve come to the right place. Heck, we’ll even have James Franklin’s pep talk  ‘State of The Nation’ about Vanderbilt’s improvement, and Mike Silve’s speech that gets more attention around college football land than Roger Goodell’s in NFL land come Super Bowl time.

Here are some things to watch out for/ bet on:

1) The over/under for the amount of times oversigning is mentioned. We’re going 5, but we might be a little high.

2) Whether anyone mentions Gary Pinkel’s drink driving episode at Missouri. Sorry Gary – did you think we’d forgotten?

3) Mentions that Mike Silve makes about the SEC beating everyone ass-handed at sports this year….extra points for a mention of Georgia’s Phillips Phillips winning American Idol.

4) Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin mentioning the words: “12th Man”. Extra points for the words “national recognition”. Extra extra points if he looks aghast when someone mentions the goddawful Aggies defense last year, that managed to blow more positions than…..[add your own comparison here].

5) Derek Dooley getting asked if he’s nervous about his job.

6) Mark Richt getting asked if he’s nervous about his job.

7) Nick Saban being asked what it’s like to be cloned from Darth Vader. Then Saban popping the reporter a look, and the reporter falling over, clutching his throat.

8) Les Miles getting asked if he actually has a quarterbacking plan this year. Because he didn’t seem to have one at the National Championship Game.

9) Every coach getting asked if they’d welcome more teams into the fray should the conference expand with ReAlignmentGeddon II.

10) Steve Spurrier offering to pay players $500 per match out of his own pocket to play for South Carolina. Extra points if he explains now departed Gamecocks quarterbacks Stephen Garcia’s personal problems in graphic detail. 

11) Joker Phillips and James Franklin saying: “Yes. We believe we can contend for a SEC title this year.”

12) Wil Muschamp simply looking angry about something. He usually does. Don’t mention Charlie Weis.

13) The amount of times people mention Bobby Petrino. We’re going for 10.

Tell us what you think’s going to be mentioned!!

 

 

Why the hate for Steve Spurrier?

Steve Spurrier made some non-needed headlines in the college football world this week when ESPN’s Mark Schlabach said that the South Carolina Gamecocks coach was ‘College Football’s Most Hated Coach (Of All Time)’.

Said Schlabach in his article: “Rival fans hated Spurrier not only because he beat them so often while coaching at Florida, but more so because he loved to tell them about it afterward. From Spurrier’s famous jabs like “Free Shoes U.” and “Can’t Spell Citrus Without UT,” the Old Ball Coach gave rival fans myriad reasons to dislike him.”

Also included in the list from 2-10 are:

Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, Oklahoma’s Barry Switzer, Miami’s Jimmy Johnson, Tennessee and USC’s Lane Kiffin, Bobby Petrino, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer (formerly of Florida), Pittsburgh’s Jackie Sherrill, Ohio State’s Jim Tressel, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez (formerly of West Virginia and Michigan).

The accusations are generally around recruiting violations, running the score up on oppositions, and his team beat your team. What is so irritating about Schlabach’s list is that there aren’t enough SEC or even Southern coaches on the list. Nick Saban should be on the list, as well as should Les Miles (simply because he seems to be the luckiest coach alive). St Charlie Of The Weis wasn’t been included at Notre Dame or Florida, and where’s Mack Brown or anyone from the University of Texas on the list? And where are the legendary SMU coaches from yesteryear?

But going back to Spurrier, we’d like to make some points about Steve Spurrier, the former Science Hill High School quarterback who had quite a good career as a QB at Florida and in the pros.

1) Spurrier wasn’t just a brilliant coach, he was a brilliant quarterback. Ask the guys who have picked up his Heisman Award. How any former Heisman quarterbacks are coaches of big-time programs? His quarterbacks at Florida were brilliant during their time as Gators – although fairly ordinary as pros.

2) Spurrier might be hated because of his time at Duke/Kentucky (he beat almost everybody en route to a 122-27 record), but let’s not take out the sins of the Old Ball Coach over the Senile One now taking over in Columbia. In fact, his record is a fairly ordinary 55-35 – although SEC East fans be warned: South Carolina’s is 8-0 over the past two seasons against Florida, Georgia, Georgia, Tennessee and hated rivals Clemson. And Spurrier’s brilliant recruiting will mean that the Gamecocks will be discussed as SEC East favourites and dark horses for a National Championship run year in, year.

3) Spurrier must absolutely hate Tigers. He’s 0-7 against Auburn (0-5) and LSU (0-2) in his time as the Gamecocks’ head coach.

4) Spurrier hates players that don’t do the right thing. How do we know that? The Steve Spurrier tantrum on the sideline if his players don’t do things to perfection – complete with throwing his visor on the turf- is something to watch.

5) He doesn’t much like bad decisions from the officials, either.

But should he really be so hated? There are far worse ballcoaches out there – for example the types that wouldn’t have kicked Stephen Garcia off the team despite his stupid antics. The types that consistently cover up recruiting. The types that leave their schools at the dead of night with just a post-it note and a “I couldn’t give a crap”. Steve Spurrier booted out Garcia, he doesn’t seem to get into recruiting trouble, and he made sure he didn’t behave like a horses’s behind on his way out of any of his jobs.

And as for those people that we think should be on the list. The SECFootballBlog believe should be on the list, so we will be supplying two of their own: One for all of college football (current list) and the second is a 1-10 on all SEC coaches. Those not on the list should count themselves lucky!

 

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