Many of you are aware of something known as the Fulmer Cup. It was the brainchild of Spencer Hall, the man behind the Gator-friendly site EDSBS. (Stands for “Every Day Should Be Saturday.” And here’s a fun fact: Hall got his start posting under the nom de blog “Orson Swindle.”)
The Fulmer Cup was named, duh, after Phillip Fulmer, whose Tennessee player had a knack for getting arrested over the offseason. (The regrettable K-Town tradition has continued under his successors, it must be noted.) Just the other day, EDSBS posted a little item titled, “The Fulmer Cup: The Big Board Enters the Lightning Round.”
According to that post, dated Aug. 24, Georgia and Minnesota were tied atop the Fulmer Cup standings with 10 days left in the offseason. As of 5:22 a.m. this morning, the Bulldogs forged ahead.
As esteemed colleague Tim Tucker has reported, tailback Washaun Ealey was arrested for hit-and-run regarding a parked vehicle, and also for that Bulldog staple “driving with a suspended license.” This brings the Bulldog total of offseason arrests to eight, not counting Damon Evans. (Although Fulmer Cup standings are flexible enough to accommodate an athletic director.)
I know what you’re saying. (Some of you, anyway.) This isn’t a laughing matter. And it isn’t. To quote the former basketball player Marvin (Bad News) Barnes: “It’s always a disappointment when you have to go to jail.” But I cannot for the life of me fathom how a program that can be so tightly run in most every aspect can continue to see its student-athletes getting booked by the bunch.
I’ve written that Mark Richt cannot hold the hands of 85 players 24 hours a day. (For one thing, it’s a mathematical impossibility. The coach has only two hands.) But when your proud program all but clinches the Fulmer Cup not two summers after Richt swore he was going to get tougher … really, what’s left to do but shake one’s befuddled noggin?
In 2008 Georgia held its preseason Media Day ranked No. 1 in preseason polls for the first time in school history, and 16 of the first 20 questions to Richt were about discipline, or the lack thereof. That was embarrassing. This offseason has likewise yielded a series of embarrassments. But there’s hope, of a sort.
The 2008 Fulmer Cup was taken by Alabama. A year later, the Tide claimed the BCS title.