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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