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College Football: Social Saturday Live Game DayCoverage – Week 1 – #DYCGameDay


 

This is a new one for us, so who knows how it will work out, but I think it could be fun.  Over the course of the day we will periodically update what we’re watching, what we’re seeing and what we’re doing.  More importantly, however, we want your thoughts.  Tweet using the hashtag #DYCGameDay and tell us what you’re watching, what you liking, etc. and we’ll throw it up on this live feed.  It’s that easy.

 

5:08 p.m. – Andrew

This West Virginia performance is stunning.  Ain’t no Mountaineer ever been ‘fraid of no Tide.

Unrelated: go here to get to my live Georgia/Clemson blog.

 

3:52 p.m. – Andrew

Alas, my upset darlings Navy and Georgia Southern came up short.  Nonetheless, the early games offered plenty of entertainment.  A few final scores of interest:

  • Penn State 26, UCF 24
  • UCLA 28, Virginia 20
  • North Dakota State 34, Iowa State 14
  • Michigan 52, App State 14
  • Ohio State 34, Navy 17
  • Kentucky 59, Tennessee-Martin 14
  • NC State 24, Georgia Southern 23
  • Georgia Tech 38, Wofford 19

 

Viewing Priorities:

  1. Alabama vs. West Virginia: Tied 3-3 after one possession for each team.  Mountaineers are driving.
  2. Auburn vs. Arkansas – a few minutes away on SEC Network
  3. Missouri vs. South Dakota State – this was my upset alert half-way pick.

 

I’ll be starting a live blog at Bleacher Report for the Georgia/Auburn game in about 40 minutes. Link forthcoming but I’ll be absent for the most part during that game.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

3:22 p.m. – Andrew

UCLA’s struggles against Virginia should not be overlooked.  I will dwell on that for the remainder of the season.  Trust me.

But on to what matters, can Georgia Southern hold on???

 

From the Tweets

 

 

2:57 p.m. – Andrew

Huge fourth down conversion for Ohio State.  I love the fact that I can say that and mean it and the game is still up for grabs.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

2:45 p.m. – Andrew

Georgia Southern continues to lead by 10 points.  If Southern and Navy pull off these wins Paul Johnson will get a contract extension at Georgia Tech by association to the triple-option offense.  Somehow, Tech fans will claim that the Yellow Jackets are 2-0 with wins over NC State and Ohio State.

Navy gets an FG and trails 20-17.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

2:35 p.m. – Andrew

In theory, Ohio State could be what people think Ohio State is at any time and bust them open.  In practice, Navy has looked ….Damn.  as I typed that a bomb went off.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

 

2:15 p.m. – Andrew

FOOTBALL IS FUN!

 

From the Tweets

 

 

1:50 p.m. – Andrew

Them Georgia Southern Eagles, though.  Not that NC State should have been expected to not disappoint, but still.  A 17-3 edge for Georgia Southern really might be insurmountable given the Eagles’ affinity for holding the football.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

1:37 p.m.  – Andrew

I’m not sure that the literal three points left off the board there will cost Navy this game, but the momentum lost certainly hurts.  Some clock management issues and a missed field goal sucked some wind out of what was a stellar first half for the Midshipmen.

Elsewhere, UCLA has really opened things up thanks to a host of huge defensive plays.

New fun game to watch: Georgia Southern leading NC State 10-3.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

1:18 p.m. – Andrew

Jason Smith has breaking Georgia/Clemson news…

 

 

1:10 p.m. – Andrew

Just when Ohio State was starting to “look like” Ohio State, Navy came up with a huge interception inside the five-yard line.  Reading that flat route was incredibly impressive.  Instinctive, athletic, well-executed.  That’s Navy football right now.

Virginia continues to keep things interesting.  UCLA holds a 7-3 advantage, but the Bruins certainly aren’t looking like a Top 5 team against a foe that’s won just a handful of games over the past two seasons.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

12:48 p.m. – Andrew

“Navy’s got athletes, too,” as Gary Danielson just pointed out a few moments ago.  And those athletes are doing work.  The Midshipmen currently lead 7-3 early in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, Michigan is comfortably up 14-0 and thus getting bumped out of my viewing rotation.

Quite pleasantly, Virginia is looking tough against UCLA.  The Bruins just went ahead 7-0.

 

From the Tweets

 

12:10 p.m. – Andrew

My early game priorities are as follow:

  1. Ohio State vs. Navy – Because why not?  Navy’s definitely covering and nothing would be more magical than the Buckeyes following, except maybe…
  2. Michigan vs. App State – It can’t happen again, can it?  Admittedly this won’t be on the radar for long (unless the Mountaineers do work), but it’s still fun.
  3. UCLA vs. Virginia – UCLA is a trendy playoff pick and Virginia is Virginia.  Could get ugly, but I want to see the Bruins play.
  4. Tennessee-Martin vs. Kentucky – Wildcats pickup a rare win here, I expect.

 

From the Tweets

 

 

 

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Georgia Football: Which Freshman Star is Considering a Second Sport?


This may not be a huge surprise given his athleticism, but Lorenzo Carter may join Georgia’s basketball team this winter.

“Yeah, I thought about it,” Carter said according to Gentry Estes of 247Sports.  “I talked to Coach Fox a little bit.  I’m still trying to see.  I might.”

It should be noted that Carter is more than just a big, athletic body when it comes to hoops.  He’s a legitimate player.

Prior to enrolling at Norcross High School, Carter was a standout on the hardwood for Whitefield Academy, a private school powerhouse.  He averaged 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game as a sophomore on Whitefield’s state championship team.  He continued to dominate at Norcross.

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Programming note: Andrew Hall and Chad Floyd are spending the night in the yet-unopened College Football Hall of Fame this evening.  Follow their adventure on Twitter via @DudeYouCrazyand @Chad_Floyd.

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NCAA: Death By A Thousand Cuts


One of our passion projects here at Dude You Crazy has been chronicling the slow but needed death of the NCAA cartel that runs college sports. I searched our site for ‘NCAA’ and negative qualifiers, and won’t link every one here for brevity’s sake but the total number is staggering.

Today, it was leaked that the University of Oklahoma is looking to increase Bob Stoops’ salary to over $5 million a year. That’s right, the same coach who last year said to The Sporting News, and I quote:

“[Y]ou’re not the first one to spend a hungry Sunday without any money.”

No one called him a liar for saying that, but when Shabazz Napier suggested the same thing this spring, he was said to be exaggerating, and people openly questioned his plight. As mentioned on the soon-to-be award-winning Dude You Podcast, O’Bannon v. NCAA has been raging for almost two weeks now, and while there are places to keep track of the progress of testimony, Charles Pierce of Esquire has been doing a GREAT job recapping the fall of the NCAA in back to back columns.

Here’s part one, “How It Ends” which features the following quote:

“[T]he plaintiffs are asking to be paid some of the ancillary money the NCAA made off of all the work they did playing their sports, a relatively simple idea for any human being who has ever actually earned a living, but, apparently, a concept so alien to the NCAA that just talking about it seems to get that organization concerned that it has contracted a virus from a distant world.”

Here’s part two, “Dispatches From the NCAA’s Deathbed” which features this gem:

“This is very bad news for the NCAA because, with her outsider’s eye, [Judge] Wilken is immune to the threadbare piety in which it wraps its heedless commercialism. All the usual buck-and-wing that works on elements of the kept college press is completely lost on her. In fact, she seems to be quite aware of — and, occasionally, quite amused by — the fundamental absurdity of much of the defense’s case.”

Both are absolute must reads, and if you are still on the side of Emmert and his cronies after this, then you might be a lost cause.

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Georgia Bulldogs Basketball: I Was Wrong About Mark Fox


Jason Smith weighs in on Georgia head coach Mark Fox following his extension.

I said before that Mark Fox should be fired, Bruce Pearl should be hired, and UGA would then become a perennial tournament team.

I was wrong.

Mark Fox should not be fired. Bruce Pearl is definitely a better coach than he is but I think Fox has proven that he is in fact worth keeping.

Now, I won’t lie to you. I had heard that very argument before and thought it was the dumbest crock of s*** I had ever heard. Most people who argued thusly cited the fact that UGA had turned in an incredible basketball season. 2nd in the SEC! Tied with Kentucky! NIT bid! How could we not be happy?

This argument is not my favorite for a few reasons:

1.) despite the incredible tournament performance of Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky the SEC was hot garbage this year during the regular season. If the Tennessee we witnessed this weekend had shown up during the regular season for a consistent interval UGA would’ve finished in a different spot. This takes nothing away from the heart of the UGA team. They wouldn’t have finished last, by any means. But they also would not have finished 2nd.

2.) You are very short-sighted if you think that 2nd in a down SEC and an NIT bid is the best that UGA can do. In fact, I hope that we all long for an era of UGA basketball where that is almost a “failure.” Sure I hate the “what have you done for me lately?” hiring style that is rampant these days. But expectations often determine results. People that want to hold onto Mark Fox just because he beat Missouri twice are setting the bar waaaaaayyyyy too low.

Realistically, UGA should be able to recruit quality, non-one-and-done players out of Atlanta that provide the foundation for a perennial tournament program. The only thing that is holding UGA back from that goal is a tarnished image of a program mired in basketball inertia coupled with a dismal amount of fan support. (Seriously. If you are a current UGA student get your ass to basketball games. You’d be amazed at how quickly things will improve if fan attendance goes up). The key to making those things go away is a great recruiting class and, I thought, a “splash” of a head coaching hire.

I’ve since retracted on the head coaching hire. Here’s why.

Mark Fox is a really good coach. If he can become a good recruiter we might start to think of him as a “great” coach. But the line between those two things will hinge on recruiting. Now, why have I changed my tune on him all of a sudden?

For a while there I thought that Mark Fox was a decent coach who was reaping the benefit of raw talent. He was ma mediocre X’s and O’s guy but that got overshadowed by the talents of Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann.

Now I wonder if maybe we’ve had it the wrong way round this whole time. Maybe these guys aren’t any good on their own but Mark Fox manages to milk flashes of brilliance out of them. We don’t really have any definitive evidence either way.

Watching the SEC Tournament Georgia looked like a team desparate to lose. They looked like a team that was being held together by glue and duck tape and sheer will. I suppose I had always assumed that this “will” was the will of the players. After thinking it over I think I’ve been wrong all along.

I think Mark Fox has been carrying this team on his back.

It’s not surprising if you think about this guy. He lost his father the day before the Missouri game. He painted up and became one of the “Spike Squad.” He and Mark Richt are really good friends. His family is an integral part of the Athens community. There is no real reason for him to have approached this season lackadaisically. Yet, somehow we all (me) assumed that he didn’t have much of a chance at righting the ship. And somehow he has turned a team that almost had us ready to wear paper bags on our heads into a team that has a real shot at making the tournament next year.

That alone makes me believe in another few years for Mark Fox.

Now, I would be inclined to qualify that by saying he has to recruit well in the future. But even that may be an overstatement. Case in point, J.J. Frazier. In fact, the only mark against Fox (mark against Fox, get it?) is that J.J. Frazier hasn’t seen more of the spotlight.

In short, we may be waiting on Fox to get the Blue Chip one-and-done but look where doing that got teams like Duke. Maybe Fox is building something that could be great one day.

And one things for sure, no one takes time to build anything anymore.

Mercer Bro Dances After Beating Duke


Cut down the nets.  This is the championship as far as I’m concerned.

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

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