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:

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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July 17th, 2010
5:08 pm

Do you really think two-a-days will make any difference by the time UGA plays Florida? Any conditioning that is gained from two a days will be gone by then. Not to mention UGA is still going to work out and condition during their one-a-days. BTW, tech’s first three practices can’t be two-a-days if they want to stay in good graces with NCAA. Last time I checked, if you do two-a-days you must split them up with a one-a-day imbetween.


July 17th, 2010
7:44 pm

given the kinds of injuries we’ve absorbed in camp the last 2-3 years, i think it’s a good idea to rethink what we’re doing in the offseason. i’m not saying that two-a-days caused all our injuries (there were other factors), but it may have contributed to the situation. at any rate i give CMR a lot of credit for being willing to make a change like this: i submit 1 practice a day is going to help our kids absorb the new defensive scheme, help our freshman qb develop, and maybe even keep us healthier over the course of the season. the offseason training program is so grueling now that i don’t think the ‘toughness’ argument holds. conditioning and athleticism hasn’t been our problem the last couple of years; discipline and playing assignment football has.

some dawg fans are impossible to please. when CMR makes a change, we complain. when he doesn’t make a change, we complain. let’s just see how it turns out. can’t wait to G-A-T-A in 2010! go dawgs!

All of Ya

July 17th, 2010
8:33 pm

So refreshing to see so much hatred in the world. Makes me proud to be a College Sports Fan. I guess you are the one that flips people off and hides on side streets. Punk asses. More than likely Tekkies.

Call IT

July 17th, 2010
9:57 pm

What a joke most of you GA fans are as you have not won a NC in 30 YEARS and yet still wanna run your traps like GA is an elite program.

Gators win the East again in 2010!

Enough Said!

college football

July 18th, 2010
12:14 am

ga tech the chop block blowflys needs to be penalized to the max for the dirty play.

Dick Nixon

July 18th, 2010
7:37 am

JB I am broke because of W.

Dick Nixon

July 18th, 2010
7:40 am

Oh, by the way I pick the those eye poking felons from Florida to lose 4 games this year despite their usual gift of a victory by the SEC referee crews.


July 18th, 2010
9:53 am

All you idiots that think 2adays are bad couldn’t put a jock strap on correctly with instructions. Two a days are very important you seperate the weak from the strong get timing down go over basic fundamentals basically build your team. Go ahead Richt take it easy your last year at UGA your team wll stink anyway so why work them hard, being ranked 64th was little high in my opinion. So take your team swimming and teach them some more dance steps. Lets start the guessing game who is the new Ga HC, here’s a name Phil Fulmer


July 18th, 2010
11:13 am

When was the last time Tech beat Georgia by 10 points? It has to be at least 9 years ago.

Call IT

July 18th, 2010
11:27 am

Typical Dick Nixon whinnin about the referee’s. Bottom line score more points and you win the game!

Bitter because your team is getting owned by FL shows you have NO CLASS!

Gators win the East again 2010!

Enough Said!


July 18th, 2010
12:18 pm

Tony, glad to see you back. The AJC reporting without you is more like TMZ or the National Enquirer. They seem to spend more resources following the personal lives of coaches, players and administrators than they do what actually happens on the field. Sad, but it is true.


July 18th, 2010
12:57 pm

Fire Mark NOW!! Question who would you get to replace him?

How did these red panties get here???

July 18th, 2010
5:54 pm

I am sorry to inform ugag fans that since ND had 11 players arrested this week…You are back down to the #2 spot for the fulmer cup. But don’t worry you still have plenty of times to feel up girls without their consent, cheat on your wives, drive drunk, and ect….!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HANG IN THERE DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

How did these red panties get here???

July 18th, 2010
5:55 pm

Maybe if EVANS goes to jail he can recruit some more 5 star players for ugag!!!!!!!!! cross your fingers!!!!!!!!!!!!!


July 18th, 2010
9:04 pm

“What a joke most of you GA fans are as you have not won a NC in 30 YEARS and yet still wanna run your traps like GA is an elite program.”

How exactly does a team “win” a mythical title? We were 13-1 in ‘02 and 12-0 in ‘80 – your team ever do better than that? If so, state your team and what year they did better, Call It. Also, if your team is in the SEC, how many SEC titles (real championships won on the field) does it have? Georgia has 12.


July 18th, 2010
9:46 pm

Here is how the blogs around here work: (1) AJC posts something about the personal life of an 18 year old kid or someone who is on salary for a university. (2) They might post it as a head-line if it involves more than one beer and a policeman. (3) The floodgates open and about 50 men start taking personal shots at each other’s schools, regardless of what the original story was. “You guys stink. Your academics stink. Your coeds are ugly. You are gay. Your football conference stinks. Blah, blah, blah.” (4) Of the same 50 guys, 10 of them start reposting under different names, normally to compliment themselves. (GTFan: Man, the Jackets are great. BuzzBrain, who is really GTFan: Man, GTFan, you are so right and also very good looking.) (5) Maybe, just maybe, 51 people bother to read all the post, but that includes the 50 guys who originally posted.

Meanwhile, the season is one day closer. Come quickly, Sept. 1.


July 19th, 2010
11:16 am

boots LMAO !!

Call IT

July 20th, 2010
9:42 pm

Ed, you sir are a moron if you can’t tell that I like Florida and I do not use (WE) since I’m not on the team so learn something, drop the we when you refer to the team that you like.

Second, GA is not an elite program like Florida. Most had your beloved dawgs running the table back in 2007 but like usual they choked!

You have one NC that was in 1980. The other so called ones are not creditable since this was before the BCS and when NC was in the spotlight.

The way I see it is Gators have 3 and GA has 1 and has not been to the dance since1980. Therefore, until they actually win a few more, there is nothing that you can spew that will matter.

Gators win the East again in 2010 and bank on another beat-down in Jax.

Enough Said!

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