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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Fire Mark NOW!!

July 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

Please sign the petition to rid Georgia of mediocrity. Sign the FIRE MARK RICHT NOW petition at

firemarkricht@gabulldog.com.

Tide Rising

July 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

1)Can’t understand why the big 12 fined Tubbs for speaking a simple truth that should be obvious to a 5th grader- that the new deal where Tex., Tam, and OU get more money than the remaining big 12 teams is going to create a lot of ill will.

2)Good move by Richt. Once a day gives players more time to learn and absorb what they did that day and gives the coaches extra time to review tape of the practice sessions and track day to day progress. Makes you wonder why nobody has thought of this before.

3) Looking at the Orlando Sentinel poll I’m thinking someone was smoking something when they put this together.

Let me get this straight They have Troy, Northern Illinois, the Ohio bobcats, Southern Miss, and Notre Dame ranked ahead of Georgia, BYU, Clemson, Ole Miss, Kentucky- bcs conference teams that have all regularly gone bowling the last few years. I wouldn’t even rank these teams above some of the bcs conference programs that may be expected to be down in their leagues in 2010 such as Miss. State, Tenn., Michigan, etc. And these guys have Wake Forest ranked 92nd. Exactly what does Wake have to do to prove they are a pretty decent program? Sheeesh!

dawgdoodie

July 16th, 2010
2:59 pm

coach erk russell dog

July 16th, 2010
3:03 pm

Do you think Urban Meyer or Nick Saban will do away with two a days? How many championships have these two coaches won? Of course, CMR, the good man, the Sunday School teacher knows more than these two elite coaches.I am happy he is a good man. He needs to be a good coach!

Coach Richt needs to be fired now. No disclipine, no judge of talent, no X’s or O’s. CMR is the most overated coach in UGA history.

Otis

July 16th, 2010
3:04 pm

I thought UGA went away from two a days because they could not keep their players sober long enough for two practices. Let’s hope Coach Richt schedules the remaining practice in early afternoon, leaving plenty of time for players to get their drink on and they ample time to dry out the next morning. I have always admired coaches that adapt their coaching styles to the players on hand.

red panties

July 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

I think a lot of you are underestimating the value of two-a-days. It’s five days of mental and physical toughness, the same kind you need when you are down six points in the fourth quarter with 1:41 left and the ball on your own 20. Sure it would be fun to jump of the high dive and go bowling instead but those things don’t get you ready to play football.

I understand there is an inherent danger in having two workouts a day in 100 degree heat but we are talking about top-tier athletes. Not some schlubs that have sat on the couch the past 15 years and are 60 pounds overweight.

There is also a lot of comraderie built when you go through two-a-days. Especially for the new players. The military does it and so do top-notch football programs. Including the NFL.

Thomas Tripodi

July 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

Tommy Tubberville is involved in one of the biggest ponzi schemes in America. Just wait, his name will be in the papers within a year. Maybe he can bunk w/ Bernie Madoff.

Junkyarddawg

July 16th, 2010
3:12 pm

Random thoughts:
1. Good job CMR, no reason for 2/day in this day and time. Players will more likely be fresher and less injury prone as the season winds down.
2. Why are there so many gaters, bees, and vols on here, don’t you have your own places to post your dribble?
3. Agree with Jesse James, put an end to HS Spring football practice, a ritual that baseballers, soccer players & lacrosse players can’t participate in. End Spring Practice and give HS more official time in the preseason.
4. Northeast GA version of Ludiwicci (sloyourassdown) is Arcade or anywhere along 316.
5. Have we made it thorough this blog without a mention of D.Evans?
That’s all!

258DAWG

July 16th, 2010
3:14 pm

HILARIOUS……… Gator fans are such a trip, they talk out their backsides and havent the foggiest notion of what the heck is going on.

Obvious good call on 2 a days – less injuries and it allows younger players that will get PT time to get caught up on techniques and game situations so they can be as fluid as possible straight out the gate!

Back to the misinformed, narrowminded Gator fans.
If UGA is going to be so so so bad this year with 10 starters coming back on Offense and a new attacking style defense that the early games wont have film for, Along with the best K and P combo in the nation. (Let me remind you that we finally have the favorable schedule that UF has had the previous 4 years)
Who do you really think has enough to keep UGA from walking into Jax with a 0 in the loss category; which when this occurs will be your worst nightmare coming true considering you very well could have 2 losses.
It’s ok keep running your mouths about your beloved Orlando Sentinel which you dont even read daily and doesnt amount to crap. NEWS FLASH your days are numbered, enjoy it while you can!

Dawgs win the SEC in 2010. GATA-GO DAWGS!

coach erk russell dog

July 16th, 2010
3:24 pm

258DAWG, love your enthusiasm. I really hope you are right. My intense love for UGA started in 1959! I’ve seen enough of Coach Richt to believe he will find a way to foul a game or two up. He and his staff are the weakest staff in terms of game situation coaching the I have ever witnessed. Look at the losses to Vandy, Kentucky, pathetic Tenn teams and others. CMR gets out coached routinely. I have lost all confidence. FIRE the mediocre Mark Richt. Hire a real coach.

Beast from the East

July 16th, 2010
3:28 pm

Thanks for letting us know the Dawgs win the SEC in 2010. But I think Bama, UF, Auburn, USC, etc might have something to say about that. Hell, Vandy and Kentucky have had plenty to say to UGA about that the past couple of seasons. Talk trash when you win something, boys. Until then, I’d keep my trash talking aimed at the Techsters.

TDOG

July 16th, 2010
3:28 pm

WE MAY HAVE YOUR KUDOS FOR DROPPING TWO-A-DAYS, BUT IT DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT UGA HAS BECOME A JOKE AND LAUGHING STOCK AROUND THE COUNTRY.

Anonymous Fan of Otis

July 16th, 2010
3:44 pm

Otis the drunk for president after his 3:04pm post.

Rooting for Georgia

July 16th, 2010
3:48 pm

Beast from the East,

“Talk trash when you win something, boys. Until then, I’d keep my trash talking aimed at the Techsters.”

Beast, lest you forget the dawgs have a very recent championship. Dawgs were the 2008 preseason national champions.

Bill Clinton

July 16th, 2010
3:50 pm

I sent an email to the above link hoping to get Richt fired soon. Let me suggest Dog nation do the same. Lets get rid of this mistake,now.

Bill Clinton

July 16th, 2010
3:52 pm

Please sign the petition to get Richt fired.

Beast from the East

July 16th, 2010
3:57 pm

Clinton,
No way would I sign that. First of all, I like Richt. Secondly, as a Gator fan, I really wouldn’t feel right about asking anyone to fire someone else’s coach…..unless it was Lame Kitten.
I’d say back off Richt for one more year. If he doesn’t show drastic improvement this season, then start your campaign to oust him. He’s earned a down year or two with his body of work.

sec

July 16th, 2010
4:11 pm

Next thing the sec will do is play their champ game inside….

Quincy carter to Michael greer

July 16th, 2010
4:13 pm

Bill Clinton,you truly are one of this nations greatest leaders,
a true scholar and a gentlemen.

Dropping 2 a day practices are well received by dawgnation
and Barnhart. The dawgs will also abandon the outdated tradition
of having a real QB on the field. The change to a 3-4 is a
temporary fix, the offense sux in my opinion. joe coxxx,loganville gray?
Are you folks serious? Really?

Comparitively speaking,the 2 a day issue doesn’t mean as much
as the loss of institutional control. The dawgs are not a program
on the way up, you’re nearing rock bottom!!!

No reason to obey the laws of the gridiron when you can’t obey
the laws of society!!

Kentucky Mildcats

July 16th, 2010
4:14 pm

Clinton,

No way. We are one lucky Georgia hail mary td pass away from winning the last 3 of 4 against the dawgs and we ran their own fans out of their own stadium last year. We want Richt to stay. I’m going to start a keepmarkricht.com fan sight. Fans of other sec teams are welcome to sign it.

D

July 16th, 2010
4:17 pm

Delbert D.

July 16th, 2010
4:21 pm

@Quincy carter to Michael greer – Hey, show some respect for Logan Gray. He was a 4-star, ranked #10 behind #9 Josh Nesbitt in the Rivals Dual-Threat QB ranking in 2007.

Always liked two a days

July 16th, 2010
4:22 pm

Crazy rules allowing the coaches so little time to prepare for the season. Hard to bring a newbie along so quickly. Two a days were one serious smash mouth session and the other was shorts, tee shirt, and helmet. Did a lot of team bonding in the afternoon session and the coaches made the last 30 minutes fun. They’d have pick to guys one from the offense and one from the defense kicking a short field goal w/ the looser ‘team” having to run. The one team was made up of the QB, the wr’s, safety’s, cb’s, lb,s and rb’s. The other team were the linemen…then the OC would hold for the linemen etc. and the DC would hold for the back’s etc. The OC was a choir boy, but the DC was a mean S.O.B. who cheated. It was like Lucy and Charlie Brown. the backs never one. Another thing was to lay down in a circle around the field and having to high step over the other players. Those dang linemen could barely lift their legs and they’d be stepping all over us, naturally the backs, wr’s always had to go first and you really didn’t want to have a big ol’ lineman looking to get you back. Wheel barrow races back and across the field was another way to end the day. Heck I think I enjoyed the second part of the day better than the first. :) lik I said, it was great for team bonding if nothing else.

Always liked two a days

July 16th, 2010
4:25 pm

please excuse all my spelling mistakes, yikes

Gaytor Hater

July 16th, 2010
4:27 pm

NPGaytor……….Pipe Down Puss…….Like Mike Bianchi wrote recently ” The Gaytor’s have the tradition of Wake Forest and the Ego of Notre Dame” Just look at your NC and the scenarios in place when they ” won them”……so many teams got screwed because of the BCS system. All of your claims have should have a GIANT asterisk by it because it has all been a sham. Remember the arkansas game last year? Let’s have a playoff system and see were you Bigmouth’s wind up. Urban Legend is a FRAUD and is completely overrated. It’s only because he’s tossin salad with people like Bill Bilacheck who is on ESPN’s board of Directors because he coaches their New England Team that all this biased crap has come about. You people are the most arrogant, egotistical,classless scumbags in the country. Go Georgia and any other team that plays you CHEATS.

Quincy carter to Michael greer

July 16th, 2010
4:33 pm

LoganGrayson has yet to perform as Joshua Nesbitt.Todd Marinovich
was top flight as well, what the hell does that mean?
Stephen Garcia(SC) was a top 5 QB; dawgnation still thinks
a bump on a log, a waterboy, a mike bobo if you will, is going
be a legitimate QB!!!!!

While on the subject of QBs,does Irvin Meyer expect JohnBoy
Brantley to be Tebow/Leak, or Loganville Grayson?
YuF and UGeeAy are in for long years.

coach erk russell dog

July 16th, 2010
4:38 pm

Kentucky Mildcats. I don’t blame you for wanting UGA to keep Richt. All of the SEC opponents of UGA would like Richt to stay.
CMR is a joke. He sucks as a coach. Don’t waste more years, fire him now.

Consuela

July 16th, 2010
4:43 pm

One-a-day practices will make life much for enjoyable for UGA players. They’ll have a lot time now to rehydrate at local watering holes (don’t forget your fake ID!), then cruise around campus if they can find a player who has a car and a real driver’s license (not fake or a learner’s permit) and who hasn’t been drinking alcohol.

Hmmm… That excludes all but about a dozen students at UGA.

Maybe Mark Richt would give them a ride back to the dorm.

Beast from the East

July 16th, 2010
4:46 pm

Gaytor Hater,
Stay classy. You represent your university well. I’m sure your mother would be soooooooo proud of you.

EVERYONE SIGN THIS TOO!!!

July 16th, 2010
4:46 pm

Gaytor Hater

July 16th, 2010
5:01 pm

CHEATS FROM THE EAST…….Screw You Pal……Sic Em Dogs ! And I really hope Brandon Spikes Gets Band From The NFL ! Or did he even get drafted? What a Joke You People Are,
Classless and TOTALLY OVERRATED.

Tide Rising

July 16th, 2010
5:03 pm

Richt has a lot of good will built up. He’s not going anywhwere unless the dawgs have a disaster of a season like 7-6 and I don’t see that happening.

I read the Paul Finebaum article and from what I read on these blogs it sounded like Slimebaum just blasted Richt for the helluvit. It was actually not as slanted as I thought it would be.

The main point of his article was that a new AD tends to want to make his own stamp and make his own changes. There is a lot of truth to that. Call it ego. Call it whatever but it does seem like there would be a natural inclination for a new AD to look to make a change and bring in his guy. But only after a year at least so Richt’s job is safe in the mean time amidst a lot of conjecture. He’s just got to start beating Florida some of the time and at the minimum his team’s have to compete in that game. Continued 41-17 and 49-10 humiliations will doom him. It only took Tubberville one blowout 36-0 to us after beating us 6 in a row to get the hook. Don’t think it’ll happen to Richt but in this year’s UF game the dawgs dang sure better keep it close for Richt’s sake if they don’t win.

Beast of Burden

July 16th, 2010
5:13 pm

@ CARL LIPBAUM:

“It’s late 4th quarter of Georgia/Florida with the Dawgs on defense clinging to a 3-point lead.”

Whoa. Wait. Stop there. How often is Georgia leading Florida in the 4th quarter? Eaxatcly.

Gen Neyland

July 16th, 2010
5:51 pm

Skull practice made me sleepy. We usually held it on afternoons of two-a-days when we’d skip dressing out for the second time on those particular days once or twice a week. Of course, we didn’t have Red Bull available to us either. I think one-a-days can accomplish the drills, walk throughs, run throughs, blessing outs, dog fights, etc but it’s gonna be up to the players to bring themselves ready to go physically from day one. Of course, this isn’t high school and they should be at least 85% minimum ready on day one of summer practice…All in all, one-a-days probably will be more intensive and take up the same or similar hours as two-a-days would…JMHO

Nesbitt for Heisman

July 16th, 2010
5:51 pm

To: Christian Ponder,
.
GEORGIA TECH
….will
REPEAT
.

Gen Neyland

July 16th, 2010
5:54 pm

Why are people here hacking on CMR before practice/game 1, 2010..? Time for that has passed for now and comes again after Tennessee…

Ed

July 16th, 2010
6:17 pm

Tubs was a good hire for Texas Tech. He’ll toughen that team up on both sides of the ball and my guess is he’ll get a Big XII championship before he’s through. Shameful the way Auburn treated him.

Sonny

July 16th, 2010
6:35 pm

I can’t believe more UGA fans don’t show up for Countdown to Kickoff. I’ve been the last three years, and there’s no better place to get close to the players, take photos, and just get in the spirit of the season. It’s the best kept secret in the Bulldog Nation. I wouldn’t care — more room for me and my kids — but I know the Stinchcombs work hard to raise money for these charities, and the fans should get out and support them.

#2 BAMA FAN

July 16th, 2010
7:30 pm

Wonder what Bear Bryant would say about not having 2 a days? Hell he would say anybody heard of
Junction,TX. After last year the dawgs needs to practice as much as they can to learn the new 3/4
defense. RTR

Beast from the East

July 16th, 2010
9:00 pm

Gaytor Hater,
Keep representing with class.
Like I said before, momma must be proud.

Yet another....

July 16th, 2010
9:32 pm

SEC article….

PDawg

July 16th, 2010
9:38 pm

No way are we 64th. But half that (32nd) is in the neighborhood.

cantondawg

July 17th, 2010
1:32 am

Great decision to dump 2 a days. I went thru them both in HS and college and i always thought they were stupid. They say that it toughens you up but i think the only thing it did was create injuries and heat illnesses.

reality

July 17th, 2010
7:37 am

Ponder will be very disappointed when GT takes the ACC again this year. I’m a GT fan but you Gator fans may be suprised when you play UGA this year.

ckgator

July 17th, 2010
8:54 am

When SEC play begins, and your beloved Dawgs are gassed in the 3rd quarter of every game… you will know why.

Conversely, Florida’s conditioning programs are very intense, and Tuesday practices during the season are notoriously brutal. Meyer’s results in his short tenure are hard to argue with. The harder you work, the luckier you get.

Enjoy the summer off doggies!

Palladin

July 17th, 2010
9:58 am

Yet another….

July 16th, 2010
9:32 pm

SEC article….

What do you expect? This IS a college football blog, after all.

Tech Buzz

July 17th, 2010
11:50 am

It doesn’t matter how many times they practice or how long–UGA loses 4 games this year, including a blowout loss to florida and a 10 point loss to Tech–bank on it.

Paul in RDU

July 17th, 2010
12:51 pm

Looks like ND wants to make a move on UT and UGA in the Fulmer Cup

http://www.ajc.com/sports/8-notre-dame-football-572668.html

Delbert D.

July 17th, 2010
2:28 pm

Ponder has to get FSU into the championship game first. It’s conceivable that the ‘Noles might win the Division with 5 losses.

UGASlobberknocker

July 17th, 2010
3:12 pm