One Week.

Is Florence and the Machine the right musical choice for a preseason hype video?

Is one minute into a one minute, 45 second video too long to wait to show any image representing football?

Probably not, and probably, respectively. Whatever. Let’s get it on.

SECual Healing, 8/28: Quick Hits and QB Battles

Happy last Friday before football starts!

A few updates from the SEC quarterback races, no real surprises.

South Carolina: Connor Mitch, of six career pass attempts, has been named the starter for next Thursday’s bout with UNC. Also, someone in COLA is pretending to be him at bars.

Texas A&M: Sophomore Kyle Allen, unsurprisingly, has been named the starter. True freshman Kyler Murray will definitely see action, though.

LSU: No real news, but I heard on XM that Brandon Harris is ‘trending slightly ahead’ of Anthony Jennings. Harris looked good in mop-up duty in the near-comeback against Mississippi State last year, but the rest of his freshman season was pretty much a wash.

Florida: No real news, but both Will Grier and Treon Harris will see snaps against New Mexico State.

Alabama, Ole Miss, and Georgia: All quiet on the Western (and Eastern) fronts.

In other news…

Speaking of Florida, who broke spring ball with SIX scholarship offensive linemen, freshman stud tackle Martez Ivey is getting his knee scoped and is expected to miss about half of the season. Definitely hurts their chance to gain early momentum early in SEC play, where their longstanding winning streaks against Kentucky (28 games) and Tennessee (10) are on the line.

And really, that’s it. I’m ready for some damn football.


Scalding Hot Take Regarding: Defending Auburn Against Implied Academic Impropriety

The Wall Street Journal has a new piece that is, as far as I can gather, intended to make Auburn University’s handling of an endangered academic major look nefarious. I hate Auburn as much as the next guy, but this is a reach.

“At Auburn,” the headline reads, “Athletics and Academics Collide.”

Isn’t that a novel idea? Aren’t student-athletes supposed to be students and athletes? Shouldn’t the duality of that misnomer occasionally yield a collision? Shouldn’t we celebrate (instead of throwing out condemnation) when that actually occurs?

Here’s how the article opens:

In 2013, Auburn University’s curriculum review committee took up the case of a small, unpopular undergraduate major called public administration. After concluding that the major added very little to the school’s academic mission, the committee voted to eliminate it.

But according to internal documents and emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the committee’s decision was ultimately overruled by top administrators after it met significant opposition from another powerful force on campus: Auburn’s athletic department.

Now some facts:

  • 111 students were public administration majors in the fall of 2013.
  • 51% those majors were athletes.
  • A third of the football team was among those majors.

Those items are facts. Equally factual were the steps taken by the athletic department to preserve the major.

But to assume that everything associated with that salvaging was done out of corruption is to say that none of the athletes within that major valued a degree. And I’m not ready to go there. Per the WSJ, the athletic department’s stance was that “if the public administration program is eliminated, the [graduation success rate] numbers of our student-athletes will likely decline.”

Well no shit. Though graduation success rate measures are usually discussed within the context of the NCAA and college sports, this scenario isn’t unique to Auburn, sports or public administration majors. If the University of Georgia dropped its finance major, the graduation plans of many students would be threatened. Some would have to switch majors and gain differing credits for completion. Others might even consider transferring to another school offering a finance major. The outcome would be undoubtedly damaging to those students (at least in the short-term), regardless of the number enrolled in that major. Auburn’s athletic department didn’t want that happening to public administration majors.

But if you assume everything an athletic department does is in the interest of athletics and self-preservation and never in the best interest of the student part of student-athletes, then the athletic department’s intervention is a smoking gun.

But is it not possible that the athletic department wanted some folks to graduate? Is it not possible that a student—even one—wanted that major because political science, public service and governmental policy was of interest?

I think that is possible. I say that because hundreds of universities (including the likes of athletic athletic powerhouses like Flagler, George Mason, NYU, Johns Hopkins) offer a Public Administration undergraduate major. I don’t think those schools offer the major just to help athletes. And I don’t think the number of enrollees, demographic make up of the student body or other factors should come into play in maintaining the viability of a degree path. And undoubtedly the financial cost of maintaining a major for as few as 100 students created some instability. So why was it so out of line for the athletic department to help the budget of the program?

Heaven forbid the profitable athletic department help out the academic institution at a college. This isn’t North Carolina and no-show attendance policies (at least not yet). This is not Basketball 101 at Georgia (at least not yet).  The accrediting body that oversees Auburn told the WSJ that universities must place “primary responsibility for the content, quality and effectiveness of the curriculum with its faculty.”

The athletic department helped keep some of that faculty employed, but did it change the curriculum? We haven’t seen any evidence of that. And I can’t help but think if this was an organization other than the athletics department, this would be viewed differently.

If the Auburn Business Club offered to subside the cost of the unpopular international business major because half of the students within that major were also members of the Auburn Business Club, would we be outraged? Or would we be proud to see a student organization protecting its student members?

And we can move past the idea that this was an “easy” major and therefore the one best fit for certain students, because there’s not anything wrong with that. Some majors are harder than others. Some students are more capable than others. That’s not an argument that anyone can dispute. But don’t pretend public administration was the only “easy” major on campus and don’t pretend the major was only “easy” for the 51% of students who were also athletes.

Auburn’s athletic department stepped in to protect student-athletes in the classroom. If you think that was done solely out of corruption, you’re a fool.

If this was done solely out of corruption, the major would have never been on the chopping block. If this was done solely out of corruption, the major wouldn’t have mattered because professors in another major would be bought. We’ve seen corrupted academic standards. An athletic department helping subsidize a department doesn’t necessarily fit that bill.


That’s all I got/



Georgia Football: The Roundtable: Preseason Survey Part Deux

Yesterday, we hit on some of the key questions surrounding Georgia football, and allowed our panel of experts people who write for this site the chance to sound off on them.

Today, we go meta.


Who will win the SEC East/West/Championship?
Andrew Hall: Georgia/Alabama/Alabama.
Chad Floyd: Georgia/Alabama/Georgia. SAY WHATTT.
Daniel Palmer: Dawgs/LSU/Dawgs. GO DAWGS.
Jason Smith: Georgia/Ole Miss/Ole Miss. Most of our site’s readers will be shocked to hear me so high on the Dawgs. No, I am not actually high. I really do think Georgia will win the East, but I only think that because I think the East is, yet again, basically dumpster juice apart from Tennessee. So long as UGA holds serve they can win this division with two losses. The West is stupid good this year. I mean just out of its mind good. I don’t have many actual reasons to pick Ole Miss other than the fact that they’re incredibly loaded with talent and no longer have Bo Wallace at QB. Their schedule is a nightmare because they play in the West, but the upside of that is that all of their division rivals have to run that gauntlet too. Ole Miss will certainly need magic to get this done but it isn’t that far outside the realm of possibility.
Every google image is him stiff-arming some poor soul into oblivion.

Every google image is him stiff-arming some poor soul into oblivion.

Who will win the ACC Atlantic/Coastal/Championship?
Andrew Hall: Louisville/Tech/?
Chad Floyd: Clemson/Pitt/Clemson. The ACC is going to do nothing to build on its well-earned reputation of the past 15 years. Pitt’s schedule is favorable, James Connor and Tyler Boyd are beasts…I can see this.
Daniel Palmer: I’m (Editor’s note: See below.)
Jason Smith: Florida State/Tech/Florida State. Tech, because ISIS. Florida State because their only real threat is Clemson, and Clemson is Clemson.
Who will win the B1G East/West/Championship?
Andrew Hall: Ohio State/Iowa (f*** it)/Ohio State
Chad Floyd: Ohio State/Wisconsin/Ohio State.
Daniel Palmer: Not (Editor’s note: See above and below.)
Jason Smith: Ohio State/Wisconsin/Ohio State. Wisconsin knows how to deal with s**t– stomp it into the ground. And they play in the most s**tty division in football.
Who will win the Pac-12 North/South/Championship?
Andrew Hall: Oregon/USC/USC.
Chad Floyd: Stanford/Arizona State/Arizona State. I have zero confidence in this pick but could talk you into it over three beers.
Daniel Palmer: Picking. (Editor’s note: WELP.)
Jason Smith: Oregon/USC/Oregon. Even though the South is probably better than the North and Oregon will probably be rebuilding more than the media is letting on, I think the depth of the South Division will equal lots of wear and tear for USC. Hence the speed of Oregon is just too much. I do expect USC to challenge for the playoff.
Who will win the XII Championship?
Andrew Hall: TCU.
Chad Floyd: Baylor. They’ve been doing it longer than TCU.
Daniel Palmer: These. (Editor’s note: A true world citizen!)
Jason Smith: ONE TRUE CHAMPION: TCU. After last year’s fiasco, the Big 12 gets the recognition it deserves as a conference that top to bottom is finally beginning to challenge the SEC for the pound-for-pound Best Conference in Football. Trevone Boykin’s magical season at the helm of Gary Patterson’s offense will be enough to sink Art Briles and Baylor’s chances of a playoff berth.
CFP Trophy
Playoff teams– 1-4
Andrew Hall: 1. Ohio State, 2. Alabama, 3. TCU, 4. Auburn.
Chad Floyd: 1. Ohio State, 2. Baylor, 3. Georgia, 4. Alabama.
Daniel Palmer: Ohio State, Georgia, TCU, USC (presumably the real one).
Jason Smith: 1. Ohio State 2. TCU 3. FSU 4. Oregon. Yeah ok so hear me out on this. If Ole Miss limps through the West, as I have them doing, and beats UGA in the SEC Championship then we’re talking about a two loss SEC Champion, probably. If that is the case then an undefeated TCU and Ohio State, plus a breezy ACC Champion Florida State are guaranteed in’s to the playoff. I suspect that the West eating itself will open the door for Oregon to sneak into the playoff over the SEC Champ and the schadenfreude we all get from the plight of the Rebs only grows.
Three-man Heisman ballot
Andrew Hall: JT Barrett, Nicholas Chubb, Royce Freeman
Chad Floyd: Cody Kessler, James Connor, Trevone Boykin.
Daniel Palmer: Nick Chubb, Leonard Fournette, Trevone Boykin.
Jason Smith: Trevone Boykin, Cardale Jones, Nick Chubb
First D-1 coach fired?
Andrew Hall: Mike London, Virginia.
Chad Floyd: Tim Beckman, Illinois.
Daniel Palmer: Derek Mason, Vanderbilt.
Jason Smith: Derek Mason, Vanderbilt.
Top-10 team to fall out of the rankings by season’s end?
Andrew Hall: Auburn. (Editor’s note: top-1o to out of the rankings to playoff appearance is something only Auburn can do, and something only Andrew can imagine.)
Chad Floyd: This was tough, because TCU, USC, and Florida State all have baggage and tough schedules. Give me Oregon though, based on an early loss at Michigan State and adjustment to the post-Mariota era.
Daniel Palmer: Michigan State.
Jason Smith: Baylor – this probably won’t happen as publicity storms like the one Baylor is currently experiencing tend to produce the us vs. them mentality that gives teams an edge. But let’s assume that TCU are as good as we think they are and that the Big 12 is a meat grinder of SEC-proportions. If all of that is true then Baylor is probably the most likely to have the wheels come off. Probably won’t happen but I could see them finding themselves 12th at the end of the year.
Unranked team to rise to top 10 by season’s end?
Andrew Hall: Louisville, which lends some credence to the Auburn volatility principle mentioned above.
Chad Floyd: Texas A&M. 3-loss regular season and a bowl win with the SEC bump? Pretty damn plausible.
Daniel Palmer: Doesn’t matter (Editor’s note: participation grade- INCOMPLETE).
Jason Smith: Virginia Tech. They have a dominant defense in a conference that is hardly known for dominant offenses. They have a path to the conference championship game that doesn’t run through FSU. Yes, they open with Ohio State, but they aren’t expected to win that game so they can only gain votes by performing well. Get to the ACC Championship game while also knocking off a Top-10 ranked Georgia Tech and I don’t see how you don’t scratch the Top-10.

Georgia Football: The Roundtable: A Preseason Survey with the Crew


Eight. Days. Until. Football.

This survey is an absolute travesty, and WordPress is not being very helpful in the formatting department. Apologies for both in advance. Many thanks to the staff for taking the time to save you from it being just me talking about the season, yet again.

Today is Georgia questions, tomorrow is on the national scale.

Comment with your own answers below!


What defines success for a Georgia season?
Andrew Hall: 10 regular season wins and a winning record vs. 5 biggest rivals (LOL) S.Car, Tenn., Florida, GT and Auburn. If that box is checked, the Dawgs should take the SEC and relative to the amount of talent likely to depart after this season, the weaker division and theoretically less bumps and bruises and the assistant staff payroll…Georgia better be damn competitive in the SECCG.

Chad Floyd: 11 regular season wins and (obviously) win the SEC East. The crossover opponents are tough, but this team is head and shoulders above the rest of the division. Split with the Alabama schools, beat everyone else, and go to Atlanta with a playoff bid on the line.

Daniel Palmer: Success for Georgia to me is less a reflection on wins and losses, and more what we see out of this team week to week. A hallmark of the 2014 season was marked improvement week to week in each phase of the game, but there were monumental setbacks (Florida, GT). What I want this year is consistent growth as a team; they keep from backsliding and making the same mistakes, and wins and losses will take care of themselves.

Jason Smith: Beating Florida.

What defines failure for a Georgia season? 

Andrew Hall: A loss to Bama is all but expected. Beyond that missing out on winning the East is outright failure.Chad Floyd: Anything short of a playoff/’Group of Six’ bowl appearance.

Daniel Palmer: If the narrative for this season devolves into “if they only found a quarterback”, then you’ll know we are in trouble. There’s too much optimism around this team for the man under center to define 2015 in a negative light. Once we fall back to quarterback excuses, then EVERYTHING has fallen off the rails and we’re in full rebuild mode.

Jason Smith: Losing to Tech.

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What will be the Dawgs’ final record? 


Andrew Hall: 10-2 regular season. SECCG Loss, Bowl Win…so 11-3 depending on how you do this.

Chad Floyd: 11-1. Everything postseason is a toss-up.

Daniel Palmer: 10-2

Jason Smith: 10-2

Who is most likely to be ‘inexplicable loss’ of 2015? 

Andrew Hall: Missouri. It always inexplicable to lose to Mizzou. After Tennessee and Bama comes the let down game

Chad Floyd: (I don’t find Tennessee inexplicable). South Carolina. An easy September slate means we have to stub our toe somewhere, right?

Daniel Palmer: God help me, Tennessee.

Jason Smith: The answer to this question is ALWAYS South Carolina.

Unheralded offensive player to emerge? Defensive?

Andrew Hall: On offense let’s look at Jay Rome to have a big year. I love Blaze as much as the next guy (assuming the next guy isn’t Daniel Palmer), but Rome is getting lots of 1st Team reps for a reason and is more athletic. (Editor’s note: There was no pick for the defense.)

Chad Floyd: Offense: Brice Ramsey. Defense: Jake Ganus (the UAB transfer LB).

Daniel Palmer: Offense: Jeb Blaze. Defense: Pick a DB every week.

Jason Smith: Offense: Terry Godwin. Defense: Trenton Thompson.

What’s the stupidest thing Special Teams will do? 

Andrew Hall: Beyond at least one missed extra point and several chip shot field goals (which will happen), look for Georgia to attempt an onside kick early in a game in an attempt to capitalize on momentum and miss out. Then, a mediocre opponent offense gets the ball at mid-field and scores shortly before the half before receiving a 2nd half kickoff and scoring again.

Chad Floyd: Botched punt snap in the 4th quarter of a close game in one of our SEC on CBS appearances.

Daniel Palmer: Yes.

Jason Smith: Miss a seemingly chip shot field goal that means absolutely nothing at the moment but will end up costing us a game because our offense is having an off night.

What’s the game you will have to be most intoxicated to watch? 


Andrew Hall: South Carolina. That’s always my answer. You can’t not be drunk for Georgia/South Carolina. Win was the last time Georgia won one of these games with any semblance of ease? 2014 was a loss, 2013 was close late, 2012/2011/2010 were losses, 2009 was a 4-pt win, 2008 was 14-7, 2007 was a loss, 2006 was an 18-0 win with unsteady freshman Matt Stafford, 2005 was a 2-point win, 2004 was a 4-point win. We’re talking 2003. Damn.

Chad Floyd: South Carolina/Auburn. I have too much local/social hate invested in both of them.

Daniel Palmer: As has become tradition, I will be watching the Florida game by myself in silence surrounded by whiskey and moonshine.

Jason Smith: The answer to this question is ALWAYS Florida.


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