Monthly Archives: December 2014
I wrote at length about this topic here, but what really stands out is the concept of continuity.
Last year Mark Richt famously said that “continuity is a good thing for Georgia” when pestered about Todd Grantham’s job security. Obviously, Grantham ended up leaving of his own volition, but the context and sentiment are worth examination.
Grantham was under fire for a poor performance by the defensive unit. One would be nothing shy idiotic to label Georgia’s offense as anything other than the opposite of “poor.” Hell, the unit set the school record for points scored in a season.
Continuity seems like a good thing for a unit of that caliber, and as John Lilly showed in a brief but impressive debut as play-caller, he can bring that continuity.
Georgia scored 37 points against a Louisville defense that was allowing just 20.5 points per game. Georgia racked up 490 yards against a defense that was allowing just 293 per contest.
Lilly was incredibly competent in providing interim continuity. Adding “O.C.” to his title and hiring a full-time special teams guru doesn’t sound like such a bad proposition.
That’s all I got/
I’ve been to the Belk (erstwhile Meineke Car Care) Bowl four times in my life, and that’s just sad. However, the 2014 Georgia Bulldogs managed to a) avoid a meaningless New Years Day bowl, saving you from starting 2015 in the state of Florida; b) avoid Nebraska, which seems impossible; and c) still manage to stay relatively close to home (Google maps says 3 hours 57 minutes, I say much less as an I-85 veteran).
For those of you making the trip, I salute your dedication. As such, a few things you should know about the prestigious bowl and Charlotte in general:
1) BBQ, Bojangles, and Cheerwine
There is no better locale in America for cheap, delicious food than the state of North Carolina.
While the cue in Charlotte is generally not authentic Eastern-style (vinegar based) or Western (ketchup-based), there are still a couple of decent spots to get a taste of that good NC pork. Your best bet is Bubba’s off Sunset Road near I-77, but…go while the sun’s out. If you’re not feeling adventure, Mac’s on South Boulevard is close to the stadium, and is thus a good gameday option.
Fast food- you have two stops. On the way in or out, you need to check out Cook-Out, a burger/hotdog/shake joint. Order a tray (sandwich, two sides, and a drink for around $5) and tweet me pictures. One just opened on Moreland Ave for you Dawgs not making the pilgrimage. The second stop is Bojangles’ on gameday. You can’t go wrong.
Cheerwine is indigenous to the Carolinas as well, and is the only soft drink I consume. One would describe it as cherry Dr. Pepper, but more delicious. A two-liter Cheerwine and a green-label Evan Williams will take you a LOOOOONNNNG way on the path to Belk Bowl bliss.
2) The Belk Bowl Has the Most Self-Aware Twitter Profile in Sports
They’re just…quirky. And when @FauxPelini gets involved, downright hilarious.
A few players asked us for advice on the ride. The only thing we could tell them is “If you ain’t first your last.”
— Belk Bowl (@belkbowl) December 27, 2014
— Belk Bowl (@belkbowl) December 7, 2014
3) Actually-Somewhat-Useful Gameday Knowledge
The area surrounding Bank of America Stadium is urban, but not menacing, and parking should cost you around $20 (after your trip to Bojangles). If you park more than about four tenths of a mile away from the stadium, you’re doing it wrong. Most of the parking is independent, private parking. If there’s a deck (you don’t need to go looking for one), I don’t know where it is.
This is my pal from the 2007 UNC/West Virginia game. West Virginia shares a border with Kentucky, so you may see esteemed folks such as this gentleman. This was taken moments before he lobbed the pictured Bud Light into the middle of our 20-person tailgate. West Virginia folks are the worst.
If you’re of the boozing persuasion, I’d suggest getting highly intoxicated before the game. Security was pretty tight inside the stadium last year, and aluminum pints of Bud Light cost me my January rent.
If at all possible, sit somewhere in the lower bowl. The upper deck is way, WAY up there (think Tech Deck) and allows pretty annoying winter breezes.
4) Our Esteemed EIC Worked at Belk
And he spent his formative years shattering glass ceilings with the department store behemoth.
Seriously though, if you have questions, I have answers. Tweet them to @Chad_Floyd and enjoy my home state!
For the first time in quite a while a Georgia assistant was hired into a promotion.
Todd Grantham got more money. Rodney Garner got more money. Willie Martinez got the boot.
Mike Bobo got a promotion.
That’s a positive thing and arguably the best testament to what Bobo did with Georgia’s offense. I wrote along these lines at length here, but if Georgia can make another strong hire (and they did less than a year ago with Jeremy Pruitt) this program could continue its upward momentum from a bottoming-out in 2010.
That’s all I got/
Put yourself in the following situation:
You’re 40 years old and a divisional vice president at a successful company. Much of that company’s success is a reflection of your hard work and competence, but you are who you are (in no small part) because of the company itself and its senior-most leadership. You interned with this company in college, you accepted a full time gig there shortly after graduation. You’ve groomed yourself to be successful and you are recognized by peers as one of the best in your particular line of work.
You’re recognized internally as well. While there are other divisional vice presidents who make more money than you do within the company and folks with your same job at other companies who make more, you’re compensated in the top quinitle of your peer group. Further, you’re probably due for a raise. Everyone knows it and it goes unsaid, but a sizable pay increase is likely coming. I say sizable in this instance, because your last pay increase took your annual salary from $58k to $100k.
Now, let’s pretend that another company—not necessarily a competitor, but a company with a similar operating model—is looking for a CEO. They’re impressed with your track record, ability to work with others and youth. They know that you have higher career ambitions.
After a round of extensive interviews (multiple qualified candidates are involved), they come back with an offer. They offer you $260k to come on board as the CEO of the company. Financially speaking, this represents a pay increase of 160% and on a relative basis you will make more money than any divisional vice president (your current role) in the industry. Further, they offer you the freedom to select your own divisional vice presidents and a lot of autonomy in operating the business.
As if the deal wasn’t sweet enough, you do some digging and find that the last CEO of this company left for an even better gig at an even larger company after just three years. He left the program in good condition and with a host of resources and serious upward momentum.
You take that job, right? You’d be crazy not to.
What on earth could the management team at your old job say to keep you on as divisional vice president? Could they offer you more money? Of course they could, but the money in front of you is higher than any regional vice president’s compensation in the industry. Could they offer you the title of “CEO-in-Training?” Yes, but why be a future CEO when you can be a CEO? Could they sell you on loyalty to the firm? Sure they could. But you have been loyal and that loyalty is now be rewarded elsewhere.
If you haven’t caught on yet, this scenario is congruent to Mike Bobo’s move to Colorado State.
Bobo played at Georgia before coming back in a full-time capacity as a coach. He’s coached well and moved from QB Coach to Offensive Coordinator.
In 2013 he received a pay increase from $335K to $575k. He was probably underpaid in his last year at Georgia and was going to get more money, but even as an underpaid coordinator he ranked 40th in the nation in assistant coach compensation. With roughly 125 FBS programs with offensive and defensive coordinators, that puts Bobo in the top 16th percentile in compensation.
Now, he’s been offered a chance to be a head coach (something he’s always wanted) at a program on the rise where the last coach bounced to even bigger things, and he’s being paid more than any assistant coach in the country (per 2014 data).
I don’t know that Mark Richt and Greg McGarity jumped through hoops to keep Bobo, but I don’t know that there were any hoops to begin with. Practically speaking, Bobo would have needed significantly more money than his deal at Colorado State (believed to be in the $1.5 million range) to make up for the opportunity cost of turning down a head coaching job. Would it really have been prudent to to throw damn-near $2 million at Bobo to keep him as an offensive coordinator? I don’t think so. The highest paid offensive coordinator in the country was paid $1.3 million in 2014.
Could Bobo have been paid more in 2014? Probably. But nobody was getting a massive raise after a 5-loss campaign in 2013 and Bobo got a raise after the 2012 season. Further, he didn’t leave because he felt slighted by a stingy administration. He left because he was offered a better job, with more responsibility, more pay and a higher ceiling. That’s nobody’s fault. It’s a credit to Bobo and the program at Georgia.
Please don’t act like you wouldn’t have done exactly the same thing. And please don’t pretend that you would have held a grudge or blamed your old company for not keeping you around. Georgia made Mike Bobo a head coaching candidate. That’s not a bad thing in and of itself.
Bitch and moan about a lack of spending if Georgia doesn’t pony up for the next guy. If the indoor practice facility never comes to fruition, complain about the lack of spending. But don’t put the blame on Bobo’s departure on McGarity, because there’s no blame to be passed around.
That’s all I got/
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A summary of my thoughts from this article.
Georgia’s offense faces four unique challenges in the Belk Bowl:
- Unrest: As of this moment the Bobo situation is looming large. That may have no impact on the game itself, but it could have a huge impact. If Bobo takes the gig before then, things could look very different on the field on Dec. 30.
- Rest: Georgia hasn’t played well coming off bye weeks. I shouldn’t have to rehash Georgia’s two post-off week losses this year.
- Familiar Faces: Grantham knows a lot of Georgia’s offensive personnel. That could become a factor.
- Unfamiliar Faces: No one figured Gerod Holliman out all year. Will Georgia be any different?
That’s all I got/
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