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  1. And now Byers has committed to Mizzou apparently? Will be interested to see if he still comes to G Day... Maybe Smart and team could work some magic.
  2. I've seen comments that Akial Byers - 2017 DT was an Alabama Commit but was thought to not qualify and go JUCO - has now qualified and will be at G-Day. Having hard time finding confirmation from legitimate source, but that would be interesting... Not sure how we'd make space for him though other than a grayshirt?
  3. I love that it's all anonymous when it's obvious that it's Bo Davis.
  4. Beyond the practicalities of could/would it happen, how would legislative action like this affect the grant of rights decision that the schools agreed to with the ACC? If they can't back out of those, no conference would likely touch them... they essentially are radioactive without them.
  5. Some good coach speak there... deftly handled that last comment as well... If Kirby has learned as much about on-the-field head coaching as he has handling the media, that's a good thing.
  6. Yante making initial declaration for draft. Not retaining agent, so could back out and return, but will have to make final decision by late May.
  7. Plummeted maybe a bit strong. dropped 18 spots to 24 yes, but this is based on a single rating of 95 vs maybe a 96/97 previously. Definitely looks like they're still dialing in... expect a lot more movement of course as more services start offering up their rankings as well.
  8. Yeah, agreed... that's why it was the first name I mentioned... probably just a typo (F & G are neighbors thanks to the innovation of the "less efficient" QWERTY keyboard - fascinating story if you've never read it... essentially the keyboard style that we use is a remnant of manual typewriters that would get jammed due to nearly simultaneous keystrokes with more efficient key configurations...)
  9. Unsure... thought they might be referring to Justin Fields... only DT QB I can think of with JG out of the state of Georgia is James Graham, but don't think I'd put him ahead of Emory Jones by any means.
  10. Assume that's Moo U... something something cows?
  11. This. Highly unlikely to see Eason running much of anything, particularly with only 2 scholarship QBs. We "technically" had RPOs last year as well, but I don't think they really had faith in Eason's ability to make the call at the line as a Freshman. Sounds like this is sort of the natural progression you would hope for a QB in year 2... most teams have pretty strong usage of RPOs as a basis their offense now. The success of those RPOs will have a great deal of reliance on how our OL ends up turning out.
  12. Catalina was a grad transfer with only one year of eligibility... he was always going to be gone after 16. Not saying you *should* have known that or anything, just that it wasn't an "optional" situation for him. I will say I don't get the hate for him specifically. Be mad at Richt and the previous staff that let us get to that point... sure. Be mad that we didn't land EJ Price in the 2016 recruiting class (if you want... but my thought is we are better off for it). But it's not like Kirby and Pittman thought... "hmm. we should put someone at LT who really can't handle the job, even though there are guys on the roster that are better." The reality is that if there was someone who could have done the job better consistently, they likely wouldn't have been playing Catalina there... The alternative to Catalina just wasn't really any better (see: Wynn at end of season)... We've still got *huge* question marks on the offensive line this year. Both tackle spots and center are essentially up for grabs. That is terrifying. Pittman is going to have to be the **** OL whisperer, because by **** we recruited some kids this year at OL... that haul was impressive... But at least one of them is going to have to be ready to play, and conceivably two. And all of that could still be for naught if Chaney doesn't have his head removed from his arse this year and stop running up the gut into stacked boxes... I feel great about what our defense can be this year... even still lot of "potential" talk there rather than sure thing as Carter has yet to hit his ceiling (or his ceiling is just way lower than most actually expect) and we'll have some questions as to how the DB positions are going to shake out. Seems like mostly good news recently on the TT situation, but certainly not in the clear there just yet. Ultimately, a lot of questions across the board for this season, but OL has to be figured out, and quickly.
  13. Yeah. As long as McGarity is our AD, I think 3M is probably the most we would see offered to a new MBB coach on the way in, and even still, I think he would have to think he's the second coming of Wooden himself and ready to re-invent the sport. Much more likely we try and hire a budget option out of the Mid Majors and flip the coin.
  14. Gotcha, yeah I think I had seen that one before. I mean, obviously Mizzou's deal will put them up a little higher than most, but they were in a bad spot and historically have been pretty good. He's had a nice little run here from Tennessee at 1.35M to Cal at only 1.54M (turning down a proposed 1.8M at UT), to doubling that to go to Mizzou (and a *much* cheaper COL... 3M in Missouri is probably equivalent to at least 4.5M in the Bay Area on the tax basis alone). Other than Cal and then now Martin though, 2 million is at least in the ballpark. Avery Johnson making 2.8M at Bama, but that was a bit of a strange one I assume based on him coming from the NBA (was making ~4M at Brooklyn). Beyond him, everyone is basically between 1.5-2.25ish. That number is going to creep up generally as Martin's deal will somewhat "reset expectations" within the conference, even if it's a bit outlandish. That's why I could see us getting serious and offering 2.5 give or take to get someone if they're proven... otherwise I see us going mid-major budget option and trying to spend less if McGarity gets to make the hire. 2M is at least a competitive salary currently... who knows how long that will be the case though. And we dragged our feet to even get there, though to be fair, I have a hard time justifying Fox making that much just because of the 20 win seasons... given the lack of Tourney appearances/success.
  15. Out of curiosity, where are you getting the most recent salaries? I haven't found a good up to date resource. USA Today has their 2016 tournament teams' coaches salaries, and Fox is in line with about the 20th-25th highest paid coaches - but that's obviously not entirely up to date. I definitely agree we will have to eventually invest more in basketball, but I'm not sure massive upticks in salary are needed right away. Going to have to figure out the venue thing... Stegeman is neither "classic" nor "modern"... It's kind of stuck in no man's land. Would love to see us try to do something to partner with the Classic Center to handle basketball in downtown Athens (their Executive Director had already discussed doing something slightly smaller anyways) for Mens BB and then just keep Womens and Gymnastics at Stegeman. Could see offering someone like Collins $2.4-2.6M and see what NW is willing to do... I'm not certain that Collins *should* want to be the guy right after Coach K. I think you want him to be the guy *after the guy*... but I do think if Duke comes calling, he's answering.