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 16th, 2010
8:44 am


July 16th, 2010
8:59 am


July 16th, 2010
9:00 am

oh well, I tried


July 16th, 2010
9:00 am

Freckly Face Albino Tech Nerd

July 16th, 2010
9:01 am



July 16th, 2010
9:06 am

Were you people aware that the Orlando Sentinel ranked the Bulldogs a whopping 64th! Don’t worry though because they ranked Northern Illinois 15 spots better and UCF 20 spots better. With that said, I agree – what is the point of two a days when a 500 season is inevitable with or without 2 a days.

Black Coffee & Bourbon

July 16th, 2010
9:12 am

1. I don’t care if they practice twice a day or once a day. They get 29 practices to use however they want and I’ll leave it up to the coaches to determine the best ways to use them.

2. I think their division is again the weaker of the two in the ACC and depending on what Parker decides at Clemson it could get even weaker. If they win their division and make it to the ACCCG then anything is possible. Ponder should also have a great year and if things go well could be sitting at the NYC Athletic Club later in the year.

3. Tubberville should be applauded for being honest. The Big XII-II is on life support and in the next round of conference expansion it probably will fall apart.

4. Nice to see UNC is finally trying to compete at the level of an elite football program. The NCAA investigation is a badge of honor (sarcasm).

5. Meh


July 16th, 2010
9:17 am

I’m afraid the Dawgs will be SOFT…Yes Soft

Hankie Aron

July 16th, 2010
9:18 am

Your opinion of why the Orlando Sentinel ranks UGA 64th? I know they dislike the Dawgs but come on….really?

D B Cooper

July 16th, 2010
9:18 am

Tony I well remember 2 a days from my time at Memphis State. They accomplished nothing except to drain our legs day after day. Cant teach a tired athelete much when he is exhausted. Hardly any recall unless a coach got in your face.

Old School

July 16th, 2010
9:20 am

Why the Orlando Sentinel ranks UGA 64th?

Simple, Mike Bianchi

Atlanta Jackets

July 16th, 2010
9:28 am

Freckles, weren’t fourth and you even got pi wrong! LOL! FAIL! LOL!

Good stuff Tony.


July 16th, 2010
9:36 am

Tony, where will you be during the Labor Day Weekend Kick-off. Are you back with CBS this year?


July 16th, 2010
9:37 am

2 a days at UGAy = 2 thugas getting arrested/day


July 16th, 2010
9:39 am

The Sentinel ranking GA 64 was nothing more than what is commonly known as ‘kicking the ant hill’. Lazy ‘journalism’.

Tony, I was surprised you didn’t mention anything about Bobby Johnson. I’m guessing you’re waiting for the formal announcement and possibly additional information. If I had been the AD at UT, I would have thought he or Butch Davis might have been a good fit. He did an incredible job at an impossible place.

marble rye

July 16th, 2010
9:40 am

1. I’m with Tony. 2-a-days are archaic, and he’s right; off-season training plus improvements in S&C relegates the 2-a-days to being superfluous.

2. Ponder’s good, but a shot at the ACC title IMO doesn’t rest with him – it rests with the Nole defense.

3. I too applaud Tuberville. The Big X stinks, and won’t last much longer now that Texas is back to raping the other conference members for its own benefit. IMO Texas was the key to the SWC downfall and almost cost the Big X its existence. Texas is a cancer to any conference it belongs to. This is why Tom Osborne hated the idea of expanding the Big 8 to include the SWC orphans; I think he knew Texas was bad news and he was proven right.

4. Football programs absolutely MUST take stronger steps in corralling unethical contact from agents. It’s clearly difficult to control but something must be done.

5. okay…


July 16th, 2010
9:40 am

2 a days are something that will eventually get more kids killed.

Atlanta Jackets

July 16th, 2010
9:41 am

GTPHISH! That’s awesome! ROTFLMAO!!

Chris, Tony wrote a whole column on BJ yesterday.

Freckly Face Albino Tech Nerd

July 16th, 2010
9:48 am

Be verry careful, trolls are lurking in the gallows.


July 16th, 2010
9:57 am

I wonder if De’Andre McDaniel will be the Clemson representative at ACC Media days? Would great to see a picture of him and Ponder side-by-side.

Paul in RDU

July 16th, 2010
10:08 am

Talking about the college football HOF induction – Pat Swilling is being inducted tomorrow. This will mean that GT will have 1 more former player in the CFB HOF than UGA.


July 16th, 2010
10:09 am

It’ll be here before you know it!!!!

Good call by Richt. Depending on how this pans out, it could become the new trend.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

July 16th, 2010
10:10 am

If you want a college football playoff, boycott the first home game.

Keep America strong, build more submarines.

Paul in RDU

July 16th, 2010
10:10 am

Clemson Tiger – McDaniel and Hairston are Clemson’s reps at the ACC media days


July 16th, 2010
10:16 am

It’s late 4th quarter of Georgia/Florida with the Dawgs on defense clinging to a 3-point lead.
This is when all those two-a-days make the difference as the better conditioned team wins.
“Old School” never goes out of style!!!!


July 16th, 2010
10:21 am

is Quan Sturdivant any relation to Trinton?


July 16th, 2010
10:22 am


July 16th, 2010
10:16 am
It’s late 4th quarter of Georgia/Florida with the Dawgs on defense clinging to a 3-point lead

Not this year!


July 16th, 2010
10:23 am

No 2-a-days is just another way that Richt will show that his laid back forward thinking approach to football does not work. There is a reason that UGA repeatedly loses games due to turnovers, penalties, and other mental mistakes…a lack of toughness and it starts at the top…ask Coach Saban and Coach Meyer their opinions of 2-a-days and I think you will get a much different view…and their teams perform especially in the 4th qtr.


July 16th, 2010
10:23 am

two a days? get real i had 3 a days


July 16th, 2010
10:25 am

It will be interesting to see if Richt’s problem children use the additional free time and energy to rampage. The less time on the practice field, the more time in the Athens girly bars.


July 16th, 2010
10:40 am

yet another sign that Bobby Bowden should have retired 5 years: Ponder “hopes” that FSU can win ACC. should be close to automatic.

Big 12 Dawg

July 16th, 2010
10:43 am

CaulDawg…”will be soft”? Already are! Numerous magazines, reports and opposing coaches have called Georgia “soft” the past 2-3 years. As a poster already commented, late in the 4th Qtr when GA is needing a stop…the non-2-adays will show-up. Pray that Grantham is a mean and demanding SOB….Might be the only toughness we see!


July 16th, 2010
10:45 am

Actually 64th may be a little bit generous. Cannot wait until the season starts and the angry bulldog – Mark Schlabach gets that puss on his face when the wheels come off for the Bulldog nation.


July 16th, 2010
10:48 am

crimedog, yeah those two a days keep the players out of trouble for sure. Please, players at tech and ut will still get in trouble after the second practice or in between. The other schools will cover up any law breaking players as usual. And of course, at alabama, as we learned the past two weeks, they go from practice to bible study. Yeah that’s right.


July 16th, 2010
10:50 am

Not first but not 64th either. Here it is from the Sentinel:

No. 120 Eastern Michigan

No. 119 FIU

No. 118 Western Kentucky

No. 117 Miami (Ohio)

No. 116 Tulane

No. 115 Memphis

No. 114 San Jose State

No. 113 North Texas

No. 112 Washington State

No. 111 Toledo

No. 110 UNLV

No. 109 New Mexico

No. 108 Colorado State

No. 107 Rice

No. 106 Ball St.

No. 105 Utah St.

No. 104 Syracuse

No. 103 Louisiana-Lafayette

No. 102 FAU

No. 101 Louisiana Tech

No. 100 Wyoming

No. 99 New Mexico State

No. 98 Buffalo

No. 97 Vanderbilt

No. 96 Bowling Green

No. 95 Virginia

No. 94 Kansas St.

No. 93 Maryland

No. 92 Wake Forest

No. 91 Akron

No. 90 UAB

No. 89 Colorado

No. 88 Louisiana Monroe

No. 87 Western Michigan

No. 86 Arkansas State

No. 85 UTEP

No. 84 Marshall

No. 83 East Carolina

No. 82 N.C. State

No. 81 Kansas

No. 80 Duke

No. 79 Minnesota

No. 78 Illinois

No. 77 Louisville

No. 76 Hawaii

No. 75 Kent St.

No. 74 Baylor

No. 73 Indiana

No. 72 Tennessee

No. 71 Central Michigan

No. 70 San Diego St.

No. 69 Michigan St.

No. 68 Michigan

No. 67 Iowa St.

No. 66 Tulsa

No. 65 Kentucky

No. 64 Georgia

No. 63 Ole Miss

No. 62 Mississippi State

No. 61 UCLA

No. 60 Arizona State

No. 59 Clemson

No. 58 USF

No. 57 Texas A&M

No. 56 BYU

No. 55 Texas Tech

No. 54 Notre Dame

No. 53 Purdue

No. 52 Nevada

No. 51 Southern Miss

No. 50 Ohio

No. 49 Northern Illinois

No. 48 Troy


July 16th, 2010
11:02 am

dip Gator….. I’m 57 and have a nice 401K in spite of Obama, and I’ll bet it all that we finish better than 64 th………..You must be thinking of Georgia Tech. You better be worried about 83% of your offense that graduated last year…….


July 16th, 2010
11:02 am

2 a days at Tech=beating up 2 women per day instead of just 1.


July 16th, 2010
11:03 am

@ DA npgaytur:
So you can honestly say you think this ‘person’ ranking UGA 64th, has one ounce of credibility left after ranking the top 3rd or 4th overall SEC team, behind N.Ill, Ohio, Purdue and Miss St?
THis list looks like what your wife would come up with if she was asked to rank the teams.


July 16th, 2010
11:06 am

Jdubb…………………..This Gator is a dumba$$………………….hard to believe he has a computer.

Paul "ManBoobs" Johnson

July 16th, 2010
11:11 am

Techmite trolls posing as Gators is funny….desperate, but funny nonetheless.

Gator Mike

July 16th, 2010
11:12 am

Team Rankings by Bianchi and the Sentinel mean nothing. Bianchi likes to dump on everyone, and the Gators are one of his frequent targets. The Sentinel Sports columnists should be comic book or tabloid writers. I am not an UGA fan, but I respect them. Anyone who thinks UGA is soft and ranks 64th will be surprised this fall. I sure hope the Gators to not fall for that absurd nonsense.
Go Gators!


July 16th, 2010
11:15 am

And that poll was out before they even knew how thirsty they were up there in Athens! 2 a days were eliminated in order for the team to sleep off the night before or because they interfered with happy hour. Bottoms up Dawg Nation!


July 16th, 2010
11:18 am

Prediction: No Coach Strong at UF will cause cracks in their defense this year that will keep them out of Atlanta in December.

Alphretta Chelsea Blues

July 16th, 2010
11:20 am

So the Orlando paper would take Nevada over Georgia on a neutral field? Northern Ill over Georgia on a neutral field? Miss State?

It’s one thing to support the Florida home team, it’s another to be an imbecile.

They have no credibility.


July 16th, 2010
11:24 am

To be perfectly honest with you, when I saw that Georgia was ranked 64th I was the first one to respond to let them know that they had exactly zero credibilty. I am busting your guys chops and I was shocked at how lame that poll was. I don’t think it was Bianchi though but rather Andrea Adeleson who created the poll.


July 16th, 2010
11:31 am

I think that she meant Georgia State instead of Georgia at 64.

Alphretta Chelsea Blues

July 16th, 2010
11:45 am

I respect that npgator.

Now if they’re talking Georgia State, that may be hugh. Would they really be on par with Ole Miss and Miss State right out of the gate?

Alphretta Chelsea Blues

July 16th, 2010
11:46 am

I typed huge, I meant high.

Tony Tony Tony

July 16th, 2010
12:02 pm

Well, another day of Tony, and the deeper it gets.

1. Two-a-days at UGA?
Like another blogger stated:
Does that mean no more “2 arrests per day?”

2. Ponder & FSU
Prepared to be disappointed Christian.
FSU may win their division, but wont win the ACC.

3. Poor Tubs. WAAAAYYYY in over his head at TxTech.
I think Tubs is gonna find out that Texas & Oklahoma RUN the Big12(10).

It took Mike Leach several years with a highly innovative offense, and players left over from the talent pool AFTER Tx, OK, and aTm all had 1st, 2nd, and 3rd picks to even be competitive in the Big12.

Tubs has his work cut out for him.
I’ll be surprised if he’s sill there in 5 years.

4. Butch Davis. The shadow of Miami still looms over his shoulder.
However, Mark it Down: UNC WILL BEAT LSU.
LSU losing to UNC will all but seal Les Miles fate.

And, the final act of BS from Tony:

Tony makes the effort to make a “personal note” about a journalist friend being inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Yet, Toccoa, Ga’s own All-American Pat Swilling, who played 16 years in the NFL, is ALSO being inducted by the College Football Hall of Fame, and Tony doesnt even bother to mention it.

Maybe its because there are no SEC players being enshrined this year.

Tony is such a hack.

Tony Tony Tony

July 16th, 2010
12:04 pm

Scratch that:

Woodrow Lowe, Alabama. CFHOF Inductee.
Ed Dyas, Auburn, Auburn. CFHOF Inductee.