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December 6, 2016

Waitin' Since Last Saturday Ep 073: Liberty Bowl Bound

We head downtown to Tailgate Georgia on Broad Street to talk AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Hoops, CFB Playoffs, and of course, uniforms.

December 3, 2016

Marquette is a must win for Georgia hoops

If UGA is to get to the NCAA tournament, we need to have a win tomorrow. Even if Marquette turns out to be a bottom tier Big East team, beating a Big East team will get Georgia noticed. Steve Wojciechowski, former Duke standout and Associate Head Coach, is their head coach. By the way, they are projected to be a bubble NCAA team. In that regard, this game is a must win for the Golden Eagles, too.

To date, they've gone 5-2, with a close loss to Pitt and a blowout loss to Michigan in the 2K classic at Madison Square Garden. They beat Howard by 32 at home. Coming into the game they are currently at 38th in KenPom. Georgia is 60th, being held down by adjusted offensive numbers and tempo (which is an adjusted measure of successful offensive possessions).

Marquette loves to get up and down the court. They have strong guard play, with Jujuan Johnson and Haanif Cheatam averaging double digit ppg. Center Luke Fischer is also averaging double digit ppg. Fox loves defensive basketball and this game will test our ability to handle an offense that can score inside and outside. In both of Marquette's loses, they were held to fewer possessions and got fewer good looks, forcing the ball into the hands of players other than Johnson, Cheatam, and Fischer.

Speaking of, when you look over Marquette's stats, there is one guy to keep an eye on: Kaitin Reinhardt. He's a graduate transfer from Southern Cal. While he's fourth on the team in points per game at 8.8 coming off the bench, there is something else that stands out: he's third on the team in shots taken, and second in 3pt attempts. Combine that with his being 8th on the team at 3pt% at 25% (and only 27.6% total), and you can see place that Mark Fox would want to force Marquette into. If Reinhardt is jacking long range jumpers with abandon, that is good sign that Fox's game plan is working.

Tip is 2pm tomorrow on ESPNU.

November 27, 2016

Protect the Hedges

If you want to protect the Hedges, beat Tech. I don't like it, but it is just that simple. Beat Tech. I understand taking a small memento of beating Georgia in Sanford. We can't rely on other team's players being reasonable about what a 'small memento' is. Especially Tech players.

You want to protect the Hedges, don't lose to Tech.

What's next?

We've all seen this before: Play calling to not lose, lack of focus at key times, not running the plays that work until the defense stops them, being too cute with personnel. Clock and play management snafus.

That's probably what I was most frustrated about.

And that was 2001.

It took a while of post game processing to get there, but I was frustrated because what we saw yesterday is replay of what we saw the last time we hired a young hotshot coordinator who is The Next Big Thing.

There isn't any real revelation there, but there is hope that this The Next Big Thing learns faster.

One other thing, before you get too far down that road, Mark Richt's 2001 team had three all conference selections on the Oline.

I've said all along, it is impossible to write the story of Kirby Smart's success until we see if he's learning to be a head coach. On the job training on national television sucks. We can debate if we are a program that should be doing that, but we made the decision that we are a program that does that. Ignore the noise about what Mark Richt was or what Georgia was or blahblahblahMuschamp.

That is until we are still doing those things above in year three.

November 23, 2016

Seniors being honored Saturday

It is Senior Day Saturday. Get there early.

LB Chukwuma (Chuks) Amaechi, Avondale, Ariz.
OT Tyler Catalina, Worcester, Mass.
FLK Reggie Davis, Tallahassee, Fla.
TB Brendan Douglas, Augusta, Ga.
FS Jonah Guinn, Walnut Grove, Ga.
WR Charles Hegedus, Marietta, Ga.
C Brandon Kublanow, Marietta, Ga.
QB Greyson Lambert, Jesup, Ga.
FB Kyle LeStrange, Milton, Ga.
OLB Tommy Long, Marietta, Ga.
FS Quincy Mauger, Marietta, Ga.
OLB Johnny O’Neal, Dublin, Ga.
PK Thomas Pritchard, Louisville, Ga.
OG Greg Pyke, Baltimore, Md.
ILB Ryne Rankin, Orlando, Fla.
C Billy Seward, Watkinsville, Ga.
DB Maurice Smith, Sugar Land, Texas
SE Kenneth Towns, Albany, Ga.
ILB Ridge Underwood, Moultrie, Ga.
FB Glenn Welch, Jesup, Ga.

Most of these guys have been through a pretty interesting time in their years in Athens. Damn Good Dawgs all.

November 22, 2016

WSLS Ep. 069 - Gronk approved

Will and I talk the win over ULL.

November 21, 2016


Never forget.

Durham and Dominique Inducted into College Basketball Hall of Fame

About damn time on both.
(photo from Augusta Chronicle)
A lot of awesome in this photo, taken the night Georgia sealed their 1990 SEC regular season title on the road at Auburn. Wilkins is a no brainer inductee. I'd say Coach Durham should have been put in way before now.  

Congrats to both.

November 17, 2016

Jimmy Sexton would like a few words

I get what Bud Elliot is saying here, but I don't buy the premise:
Some schools should leverage the buyer’s market.
If you’re an AD who has a coach likely to enter 2017 on the hot seat, consider making the move this season.
Schools willing to pull the trigger now have all the leverage. Coaching stars burn hot, but fast. Great success at a mid-major job can be fleeting. Many coaches in this cycle cannot afford to be picky as they try to cash in their stock when it is hottest.
For a coach having success at a lesser school on the backs of a senior-laden roster, it’s time to go.
And for that reason, an average job could be filled in 2016 by a much stronger coach than might be available come 2017, when the market could again go crazy.
This ignores two realities
  1. There is more and more TV money to spend on finding new coaches...and to retain current coaches. Just because the coaching carousel is going slow now, we are just now getting into the time of the year where schools start making big moves, sometimes when it isn't clear that's how it'll go. See Georgia, circa late November 2016.
  2. Jimmy Sexton is still a thing. He currently reps several of the hottest prospects for HC jobs at the places that are open, or will likely to be open.
The AD that decides to get rid of a coach on the heels of a good, for the program, season is putting his/her job on the line if they get into a bidding war and have that hire not work out. Especially if they also have a big buyout of the guy that they are getting rid of.

Then there is the Jimmy Sexton factor. There is very little that can build a market like Jimmy Sexton's Coaching Rumor Hype Machine©. As long as Jimbo Fisher, Lane Kiffin, Tom Herman, PJ Fleck, and/or [insert random Saban coaching tree name] is in the market, the market isn't as nearly a buyers market as it seems.

Oh, and don't forget Mike McIntire. He's Colorado's coach and a Sexton client. Don't think for a second McIntire won't be tied to the LSU job or any other job in the Southeast when it all goes down.

November 14, 2016

Auburn pics - Anatomy of a win

All photos are courtesy of Jim Hipple.

Smith with Georgia's TD

Sean White not having a fun Saturday

Fear the Goggles

Damn Good Dawgs

(Image courtesy of Jim Hipple)

Georgia Tech kickoff announced

Noon. Damn being the only team hosting in the Eastern time zone that day.

SEC Football Television Schedule for the weekend of November 24-25-26, 2016:
Thurs., Nov. 247:30 p.m.LSU at Texas A&MESPN
Fri., Nov. 252:30 p.m.Arkansas at MissouriCBS
Sat., Nov. 2612:00 p.m.Georgia Tech at GeorgiaSEC Network
Sat., Nov. 263:30 p.m.Auburn at AlabamaCBS
Sat., Nov. 263:30 p.m.Mississippi State at Ole MissSEC Network
Sat., Nov. 267:30 p.m.Tennessee at VanderbiltSEC Network

November 13, 2016

WSLS Ep. 067 - Auburn Postgame

We talk Auburn. Also, Hines Ward stops by to say hello and talks playing so many positions in college.

And now a word from the realist in me

First, stay with me. This is the game I've been waiting to see under Kirby Smart. The game where it appears the team is bought in. The game where it appears the coaches are coaching to win, instead of to make a point.

All against a good team. Auburn came in top 5 in the nation in rushing offense and top 20 in defense. They've routinely averaged 4.5 to 9 yards a play, except for one game: The season opening 19-13 loss to Clemson, where they averaged 3.69 ypp.

Georgia held Auburn to 3.04 ypp.

Second, understand where I am coming from. This season is no different than last, save knocking down a pass against Tennessee and stopping a screen play on 3rd and 12 against Vandy. But...we did win against a better Auburn team. For my money, we lose to this Auburn team last year.

So that is were we stand. I'm not ready to proclaim all is well. I am ready to proclaim that we may look back on this game in a couple of years and say this is the start of something awesome. Keep playing solid team ball, bring passion to each play, coach soundly and with confidence in taking what is given. That is the mantra for the rest of the season. That should be enough to win out.

For now, we are a good and improving football team.


November 11, 2016

Now, he really will haunt Spurrier

RIP, number 77.

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