No two-a-days? No big deal

Well, we’ve come to the end of our first week back and what  a week it has been. As we normally do here at Mr. CFB we’ll celebrate Friday by throwing open the discussion for any topic. It can be college football, politics, music or anything your little heart desires. But, as always, please keep it clean.

Let me get the party started. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves.

1.  Kudos to Georgia  for kicking two-a-days to the curb. College football coaches are, with very few exceptions, traditionalists. They have always believed that two-a-days in August is where you toughen your team up and get them ready for the season. The fact is that in the modern day weight training programs, it is the offseason where you actually start building your team and instilling mental toughness. Since the NCAA limits teams to 29 practices in preseason, it makes more sense to limit practices to one a day and spend the time in between studying film and learning.

A head coach in this league once told me that the challenge today is learning work smarter and to make more efficient use of your time rather than trying to impress people with how many hours you work. This seems to be a step in the right direction.

2. Christian Ponder says FSU can win ACC championship: I spoke to Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, who was playing as well as any quarterback in the country last season when he tried to tackle a Clemson defender who had intercepted one of his passes in the ninth game. Ponder put his shoulder into De’Andre McDaniel and Ponder’s shoulder lost. He was out for the season. “One of the dumber moves I’ve made in my life. Not smart at all,” he said. Ponder will represent Florida State at the ACC preseason meetings in Greensboro on July 25-26. One of the things he plans to tell the media in that session is that he believes the Seminoles, in their first year under new head coach Jimbo Fisher (who replaced Bobby Bowden), are good enough to win the ACC championship. “Anything less than an ACC championship and we will be disappointed,” he said.

3. Tubs gets hammered for telling the truth: Tommy Tuberville, the new head coach at Texas Tech, was reprimanded by the Big 12 for saying publicly that the income disparity among the league’s members will certainly impact how long the league will stay together. If you talk to anybody in that conference whose name is not Texas, Oklahoma or Texas A&M they will agree with that statement. Those three teams got a sweetheart deal to keep the league together and will make significantly more from TV than the other seven. After 14 years of being a head coach in the SEC, where the revenue is basically shared equally, Tuberville’s words should have some credibility. Most people can handle the truth. Tuberville, for example, told the Texas Tech people that if they hired him he was going to run the ball, play defense and field more of a balanced offense. They hired him anyway.

4. Tough week for North Carolina: The Tar Heels of Butch Davis come to Atlanta on Sept. 4 to open the season against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff. But a summer of optimism has taken a troubling turn. Word leaked yesterday that the NCAA is looking into possible involvement with agents by North Carolina players. I talked to some people last night who were familiar with the situation and they confirmed that the issue, for now, is indeed agent related. Understand that rising seniors can have contact with agents but they cannot accept gifts or other compensation, a la Reggie Bush.

This comes less than a week after linebacker Quan Sturdivant, one of several potential NFL Draft choices on the Tar Heel defense, was cited for marijuana possession.

Understand that North Carolina takes a lot of pride in its reputation of doing things the right way. The idea of being under NCAA investigation will not sit well with a lot of the alumni base.

I wonder where this story will be on Sept. 4?

 

5.  Countdown to Kickoff is Saturday: For several years now former Georgia players David Greene, Matt Stinchcomb, and Jon Stinchcomb have hosted a ”Countdown to Kickoff” fan day where fans can come out and meet them and host of other former Georgia players. It is fun day for the kids and the proceeds go to a number of children’s charities. Tickets are $25 and a Family Pack of four tickets is $75. It will be held at the Woodruff Practice fields in Athens off of Lumpkin Street starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more details, check out their website:

www.ugakickoff.com

Personal note: The formal enshrinement for the 2009 class into the College Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. One of the honors that is also handed out at that banquet is the Bert McGrane Award, which represents the Football Writers Association of America Hall of Fame. This year’s winner is the late Tom Mickle, who had an incredible career as a sports information director (Duke), associate conference commissioner (ACC), and bowl executive in Orlando. Tom was also a dear friend. We lost him in April of 2006 at the age of 55. Accepting the award on Tom’s behalf will be his wife, Jill, and Tom’s two children, Holland and Matthew. It will be tough moment for them so please keep them in your prayers.

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Alphretta Chelsea Blues

July 16th, 2010
12:20 pm

If you dislike TB so much, why do you read him? “Tony Tony Tony” is an idiot just begging for attention.

For example, I think Glen Beck is an idiot too and guess what?! I don’t watch his show. See how easy that is?

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
12:35 pm

Half the SEC ranked in the bottom 60? Is this due to some Obama redistribution of wealth initiative?

Better check the oxygen level out on Planet Orlando.

AltamahaDawg

July 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

Does anyone actually believe that in the fourth quarter of a game, the fact that UGA did not practise twice in one day twice in 27 days, weeks before that game, is going to “show up”?

Forget the winter conditioning, forget the summer workouts, (year round really) forget the fact that they DID practise just as many times for just as many hours and potetially prepared better because they got 3 extra days of instruction in, forget that they have played several games already at that point…or that they might actually have less injuries, the 4th quarter of a game half way through the season is going to “show” how the couple of 2-a-days was the big factor?

Old Dawg

July 16th, 2010
12:49 pm

Like said in my post yesterday, with a new defensive system it makes sense to have more film and walk through sessions. The off-season conditioning program is the catalyst for success, not sweltering in the heat. Part of that conditioning is running during the summer while working with the staff that is allowed to have contact with the players.

And don’t forget that part of those 29 practice sessions will include a lot conditioning. From everything I’m hearing, the UGA coaching staff has a new intensity from recent years of struggle.

Also remember, that if a coach implemented the Texas A&M death march mentality he’d end up in jail … players and their families simply won’t put up with that style of coaching anymore. Just remember what happened with Frank Kush at Arizona State back in the 70s.

AltamahaDawg

July 16th, 2010
1:02 pm

Chelsea would you sit in a room and debate Beck?

I’m not a huge fan, some of his stuff is a bit too conspiracy theory (not all), but anybody that can reach the fame and wealth he has achieved from the depths that he started from is hardly an idiot. And his understanding of his audience, the research, how he packages the message, is pretty genius actually.

Where can I get some Jorts?

July 16th, 2010
1:04 pm

I hated 2 a day practices. Those were the worst thing about playing football. I’m glad some coaches are starting to get away from running those types of practices.

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
1:08 pm

I went to college. I can spell Alpharetta. The word is a combination of Greek and redneck.

AltamahaDawg

July 16th, 2010
1:10 pm

Delbert, this is the town that can talk grown men into standing in line 10 hours to see Harry Potter’s fake castle. Obviously there is something in the air.

tiny weenie gator

July 16th, 2010
1:13 pm

i did not realize this is a Gator Forum–kewl!

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
1:16 pm

AltamahaDawg – I’m still working on the derivation of “Ludowici.”

AltamahaDawg

July 16th, 2010
1:19 pm

Ludowici is spelled s-l-o-w-u-r-a-s-s-d-o-w-n.

Reality Check

July 16th, 2010
1:21 pm

It’s been nothing but positives regarding recruiting since Butch Davis arrived in Chapel Hill. Now Tarheel fans get to see the other side of recruiting in the big time. It’s a whole lot different keeping up with 85 players as opposed to just a dozen basketball players. Welcome to the big time Tarheels!

Paul in RDU

July 16th, 2010
1:21 pm

JB – DJIA at inauguration of Bush 43 – 10,600 – at inauguration of Obama 8,100 – closed yesterday at 10,359.
Since you have a nice 401k “in spite of Obama”, you must have had a fantastic 401k before W was inaugurated.
BTW – No way that UGA will be 64th – they’ll be in the top 25 in all of the polls by the end of the season

Paul The Vol

July 16th, 2010
1:23 pm

I heard that interview with Tubbs on Rivals Radio. It is clear he is having some buyers remorse with having accepted the Texas Tech job so quickly. He constantly referred to Auburn and the SEC during the interview and I think he wishes he had waited for other jobs to open up. He actually said to Bill King in a serious tone,”Don’t forget about me way out here”.

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
1:26 pm

Some say it was a German guy’s name. I think it could be a combination of “ludo” – Latin, “I play,” and “wici” – Polish, “a medieval way of calling men to arms.”

I’ll go with, “We come to play, by damn!” Maybe we’ll start hearing the cheer as teams take the field. “Ludowici!…. Ludowici!”

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

AltamahaDawg – “Ludowici is spelled s-l-o-w-u-r-a-s-s-d-o-w-n.” The South Georgia version of Dacula, back in the day. The GBI showed up at Dacula’s kangaroo court and arrested the judge.

Paul in RDU

July 16th, 2010
1:30 pm

AltamahaDawg – I agree with you on Beck – he knows his audience well and is giving them what they want. Could say the same thing on the otherside of the political spectrum with Olbermann. That’s why I don’t watch either of them – when I want to see people with entrenched positions throwing barbs at people on the other side I come onto the AJC sports blogs to see all the nerd, gaytor, leg humper, etc, etc comments

AltamahaDawg

July 16th, 2010
1:31 pm

401K are entirely a function fo the Dow average? I did not know that. Let’s party. I thought that income, being employed still, and the fact that your company can still afford to participate had some bearing on it. 401s are a guaranteed entitlement as it turns out.

Really?

July 16th, 2010
1:35 pm

Thanks Paul. You beat me to the point on correcting JB.

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
1:35 pm

“I’m Count Dacula. I wanna drink your Bud.”

Rich Rodriguez

July 16th, 2010
1:36 pm

We just cut down to two a days. From four a days. For some reason the NCAA doesn’t like four a days. Okay maybe the 4 a days 364 days a year is too much but at least it showed on the field last year. Got to let the kids have Bo Schembechler’s birthday off, that’s policy at U of M. Even though I don’t know who that dude is. I don’t think he even won a National Championship. We need the practice.

Alpharetta Chelsea Blues

July 16th, 2010
1:36 pm

I would love to debate Beck.

Granted, the guy has some marketing smarts for finding a niche. But so did Beavis and Butthead. On substantive issues, the guy is a clown. He’s admitted that himself. The sobbing, the illusions of self-grandeur, the conspiracies. Even worse, from the few snippets I hear of him, he is often factually incorrect. Aside from his wild conjectures, you can’t even trust what he states as facts are actually true.

I saw an article today that he was complaining about the first lady’s dress. Seriously?

And I think he’s probably a Big Ten fan.

Dawg Tired

July 16th, 2010
1:37 pm

I believe we can beat Northern Illinois. BTW, so does NPGator.

Really?

July 16th, 2010
1:38 pm

It’s not entirely a function of the Dow but the dow is a major barometer.
Either way you spread it’s not Obama’s fault.

Neither is dropping the charges against the New Black Panther Party.
But I digress.

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
1:39 pm

Really? –
We mustn’t correct; we must only submit alternative opinions. The greater good of the people will decide which is best for us all.

AltamahaDawg

July 16th, 2010
1:42 pm

I would say that people’s willingness to invest into thier 401K when it was hitting 14000 and the massive cashing out when it was pressing down close to 6000 would be a function of “confidence”.

Alpharetta Chelsea Blues

July 16th, 2010
1:43 pm

I think this blog has been sidetracked a bit. Sorry for my part in that.

Football anyone?

Bremen Dawg

July 16th, 2010
1:43 pm

You have to like Tommy Tuberville, he is just telling the truth. I don’t think they will like his style but if they will let him do what he needs to, then Texas Tech will be a power house in the Big 3, I mean’t Big 12

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
1:48 pm

Is Tommy Tuberville AD material?

Navigator

July 16th, 2010
1:48 pm

Yeah Tony, good idea? Well we’ll see what condition the team is in when they get to the season.

Hit man

July 16th, 2010
1:50 pm

Anybody who posts first on a blog should just go ahead and wrap their mouths around a 12 gage and just end their worthless and pathetic existence. In fact, I would be happy to carry out that service, for a nominal fee.

Rich Rodriguez

July 16th, 2010
1:51 pm

Blame me everybody else is. And I won’t even cry this time.

slawdog

July 16th, 2010
1:54 pm

All the re-tards hated Lincoln, too.

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
1:58 pm

It’s as nice as any other place in Nebraska.

bitter glen beck

July 16th, 2010
2:03 pm

in my world there are only people like atlxmen and horld except there all white, lots of hateing around me thats the secret, hateing, makes me lots of money!!!, ps im a tennersa fan go smokey, i love DA’slick rogers just wished he was white

bob

July 16th, 2010
2:03 pm

More time for the players to go out drinking.

bitter hitman

July 16th, 2010
2:07 pm

kill all bloggers who clam first, ps bamma sux and by the way i dated tennersa fans sistar he/she loves me.

Stinger

July 16th, 2010
2:07 pm

I think eliminating two a days is a wonderful idea. The prison in Athens will only have to release the football players once a day for practice and the city of Athens will be much safer without all the drunk drivers driving around.

Todd

July 16th, 2010
2:11 pm

I wonder how many good athletes quit because of summer camp. I know every year we lost guys are guys just didn’t come out. This is a great idea. I hated camp.

bitter stinger

July 16th, 2010
2:11 pm

im the only person allowed to get drunk in athens so please shut down the football program, i can’t stand sharing my jail cell with football players, go mutts

cpjsux

July 16th, 2010
2:12 pm

stinger that would include John Dewberry.

Jesse James

July 16th, 2010
2:13 pm

Hey Tony — Now if we can get the GHSA to do away with spring practice for high schools. It is a joke and waste of time. I hear football coaches say,”the only reason we do it is because everybody else does it”.

bitter todd

July 16th, 2010
2:14 pm

i hate football practice mainly because im a looser and a straight up pus—-y and its not fair to have to work hard, f— achiving through hard work, ill play x-box im such a red panties kind of fellow

The Ghost of Wally Butts

July 16th, 2010
2:20 pm

The end of 2-A-Days will allow the chosen ones more time to troll around the Classic City and draw the attention of UGA and Athens-Clarke County’s finest.

…and even more time for them to practice their sideline dance moves, and their endzone “Sturdivant” dance moves.

…and check ebay to see what championship rings are bringing at this point for re-sale.

Damon Evans

July 16th, 2010
2:20 pm

how about ‘ em hot red panties :)

GT Alaska

July 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

The Orlando Sentinel has zero creditability…. They also have Miss. State and Ole Miss in front of georgia, even from from a Tech grad, that is a load of crap. We can all take a wild guess at who they will pick as first… I’ll pick a team from Florida for that one

Jesse James

July 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

Hey Damon is it true Lane Kiffin has hired you as recruiting coordinator?

bruce mac

July 16th, 2010
2:31 pm

Calling Yech fans juvenile would be giving them way too much credit. Enjoy the jokes while you can because you are going to be totting one huge azz whipping between the hedges the weekend after Thanksgiving and all of these juvenile idiotic overplayed jokes won’t mean a thing.

AltamahaDawg

July 16th, 2010
2:32 pm

The only thing that is more lame than somebody that post “first” on a blog, is the guy who post about the guy who post first on a blog.

jasont13

July 16th, 2010
2:39 pm

Two-A-Days have gone by the way side at many schools. Tech’s first three practices are two a days and then they have the weekend off. It doesn’t matter if you practice 3 hours for the first practice and an hour in the second you still burned one of your 29 alloted practices. Its amazing how many college football coaches who comment on these blogs.