According to Jake Rowe on 247, via actual college athletics officials, the "25" rule is very loose, and there are a lot of ways around it. Basically, he said that as long as you stick to the 85, the NCAA tends to pretty much leave you alone, causing a lot of schools to take the attitude of, take who we want now, and "apologize" later.
There also in no rule binding schools to a certain amount over multiple years, and numerous nuances to the 25 rule, that can allow schools to pretty much play with it as they see fit, and still be able to make the argument that they are within the rules.
On top of that, the portal has made it so easy for schools to lose scholarships, that the NCAA, in not wanting schools to be below the 85 and for a scholarship to potentially go to waste, is being even more lenient on this as of late, and there rumors of them dropping the 25 rule soon altogether, and forgiving any "violations" that came with it. It's all very loose and up to interpretation right now.
Kirby Smart's best quotes from 2019 SEC Media Days
ByJAKE ROWE 2 hours ago
HOOVER, Ala. -- Kirby Smart is now a grizzled veteran when it comes to SEC Media Days. He took the stage for the fourth time as Georgia's head coach on Tuesday but, in reality, he has handled it like a professional since his first in 2016.
After some good-natured ribbing from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey regarding Smart being the second-best athlete in his own home behind his wife Mary Beth, who is a former Mrs. Basketball in the state of Georgia and Lady Dogs standout, the fourth-year head coach's time came.
He started by acknowledging the jabs from Sankey and the 150th anniversary of College Football. He also discussed the fifth anniversary of the SEC Network and the impact it has had on the conference.
Smart also took the time to thank those who have made the program what it is today, specifically guys like Mel Tucker (now the head coach at Colorado) and former players Roquan Smith and Sony Michel -- both of whom were first-round picks in the NFL Draft.
There was a lot more said by the Bulldog head man, ranging from how the Bulldogs plan to handle the hype to statements on specific players who have a chance to step into key roles in 2019.
Below, Dawgs247 takes a look at some of the most interesting quotes from Smart from media days.
ON THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE LAST TWO SEASONS...
"One of the themes our players have adopted this year has been to do more. It's a great theme because it's simple.
We like it because we understand how close we've been to taking the next step. And although 24 and 5 the last two seasons is good, it's not good enough. It's not where we expect to be at the University of Georgia.
Our mission is to bridge that gap, you know, by the actions we take, hence the word "do more," those words require action. And I heard a quote coming in here. I read a quote coming in this morning that really grabbed me, and I'm not a big quote guy, but when I heard that quote, I thought that's something that our players can relate to "life has no remote. You got to get up and change it yourself." And if you think about that, so many of us want to take the easy way out, whether it's changing the channel with the remote or anything else, not doing the work that has to be done, we want to do more at the University of Georgia. We're not complacent in what we've done, and we know we need to take that next step."
ON THE PRESSURE AND HYPE...
"Pressure is a reflection of ambition. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves day in and day out. The stress and pressure we feel emanates from our building, from our coaches, from our players putting it on each other, from our university. We apply it every day. We're always looking for the aggregate of marginal gains, and I want to explain that simply like we have to our players, we take a situation like the PGA Tour and look at 2017 in the PGA Tour and we say, here's Brooks Koepka and here's Justin Thomas, these guys were .5 strokes apart, meaning they were half a stroke difference in their play over 86 rounds. So that's that much difference between each one.
Their earnings that year, $5 million difference, which is pretty significant. It's a lot of money, but we're looking for the aggregate of marginal gains. If we get a little bit of marginal gain through our nutrition, through our weightlifting, through our film study, through our effort on and off the field, through other dedication to our community, whatever our edge can be, we're looking for that aggregate of marginal gains and that comes in every facet every way possible for our program."
REPLACING BOTH COORDINATORS IN-HOUSE...
"I think any time you build the infrastructure in a program, when people leave, as long as you're not changing that infrastructure, it doesn't create a lot of doubt or anxiety in the players. And certainly from my perspective, very comfortable after being in our system for three years that we've got really good coordinators. James, our offensive coordinator, has been with us a long time. I've known James from graduate assistant days back at LSU. I have tremendous respect for him. I know the offenses he's worked with in a past. And he's also been a part of ours. He has been a very integral part of that offense.
So there won't be a lot of change. It will be more about what our players can do than what our coaches do.
From a defensive standpoint, Dan Lanning and Glenn Schumann are very bright. Mel was a really good teacher to them. Mel helped them tremendously grow. He gave them opportunities to grow, to get in front of the defense so we can see them interact. I'm still going to be involved defensively, makes me feel comfortable with Dan and Glenn and Charlton Warren and Tray Scott to do a tremendous job there."
ON FLIPPING FIVE-STAR WR GEORGE PICKENS FROM AUBURN...
"We're excited to have George. He's come in this summer and worked tremendously hard. He's been there from day one, grinding with our guys. He's a kid we recruited throughout the entire process. He came over to our place for several football games. He knew what he wanted. He knew what style offense he wanted to play in. He saw an opportunity when he saw two guys declare early for the draft in Mecole and Riley and Terry Godwin leave and then Isaac Nauta, there was a lot of touches there available, and I know he wanted to have an opportunity to play with a quarterback like Jake Fromm. We're excited to have him. We're looking forward to seeing him work and earn his opportunities."
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING A HEAD COACHING JOB WHERE THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT WAS LARGE...
Yeah. I certainly think so. I think any time you take over a program that's one of the top five jobs in college football, they are going to answer the bell for your needs and the things you need to be able to compete at the highest level. And when you're in the SEC, you better be able to compete at the highest level. That's across the line of scrimmage. That's in the administration buildings. That's in what you can do for student-athletes. And we've been able to do that since my arrival, and it's been a tremendous relationship between the athletic director and the president, both.
ON THE STATE OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IN GEORGIA...
"I don't know that you could measure it in statistical gains because they only play each other. It's not like you can measure it in wins and losses. I think you measure it in the quality of coach you get, and I think that our state of Georgia does a great job with educators. Number one, paying educators, paying high school coaches. And when you have a support structure like the State of Georgia education department, you're able to get the best of the coaches.
I can't tell you how many places I go in the country to speak that they say, I would love to get a job in the state of Georgia. I got a lot of respect for the state of Georgia, not necessarily just the talent of the players, but the structure of the school systems, the support of the communities of their football programs, and that's hard to beat anywhere in the country. And we're really proud of that. It's certainly been an impact on our program."
ON THE UGA/UF GAME BEING IN JACKSONVILLE OR POSSIBLY MOVING...
"I'm for what's best for the University of Georgia and as a group and as a staff and as administration, and we'll look at that internally and make the decisions based on what is best for our student-athletes and what is best for the university.
I don't get caught up in the emotion of this decision or that decision. I look at it from a perspective of 10,000 feet where I say: What is best for our program? And it's that simple. And we'll make that decision as I group and go with it.
As far as Florida's concerned, we really don't get caught up in that. We're really focused on us. We got enough in-house things that we have to manage that I'm not caught up in the affair with social media and trolling."
ON NICK SABAN AND THE FACT THAT FORMER ASSISTANTS ARE 0-16 AGAINST HIM...
"Am I confident somebody's going to beat him? It depends how long he coaches. It depends on how many opportunities they get. Inevitably, with enough opportunities, anything can happen.
I got a lot of respect for the job he does. I got a lot of respect for the program. The success he's gotten has been earned. Make no mistake about that. He's earned it. There's not one thing he asked assistant coaches to do that he doesn't do himself.
As far as on the recruiting trail, he's like he is on the field. He's very relentless. He's active as a recruiter. When you talk to a kid, a lot of times you find out he's talked to Coach Saban as well. That's part of it. It's communications skills that help you recruit, and he doesn't leave any stone unturned, and I got a lot of respect for the job he does."
ON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OR BUST MENTALITY...
"I don't know that I have a judgement on that because it doesn't control what I think of the job we do internally. I have always been a look from within, put pressure from within. We put a lot of pressure on our team day in and day out. We put a lot of pressure on our staff and myself day in and day out. We'll always measure things internally and externally, we'll be judged and we accept that. I accept the burden that comes with this job which is 24-5 and our motto is to do more. It's not enough to be 24-5. We've got to do more and we understand that. We are trying to ways the ways to do that 'more.' What is that 'more?' That's what we're trying to achieve."
ON PREPARING FOR THE LOSS OF KEY PLAYERS EARLY TO THE NFL DRAFT...
"I think you prepare every year at every position. We've got two tackles who theoretically could go in the first round. I think you have to be careful when you hear about mock drafts. You've got to educate yourself on what is the source because none of those mock drafts you mentioned, and I don't know what source you're talking about, but none of those are coming from (General Managers). None of those are coming from inside the building of a place because they don't actually evaluate those guys just yet. It's really kind of a premature thing. I think if you look at last year's draft, there were a lot premature notions that were out there about players all over the country that got bad information from mock drafts and they made mistakes. That's why you play the game. You go play the season, you get the information from the season and you make the best decision you can. If you're going to be a top-15 pick, you need to go. You need to go out early, that's for certain, but to determine who those top-15 picks are, you need to play the game. I think that's a little bit of a problem in College Football right now. There's so many experts at that (the NFL Draft). You see it across the bottom line and you don't know the source. We try to do a tremendous job of reaching out to the NFL, reaching out to general managers, and get factual information for our kids."
FWIW, SoFL said that his sources are not as confident that we have a legit chance at Burch. Not a no, just that we may be fighting from behind at this point. Ultimately, due to the fact that momma is running that recruitment and isn't very forthcoming with info, everyone could be wrong here. Hopefully he makes it on campus in July and we blow it out of the water with him.
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from 247 thread
Little info on Beck
106 minutes agoy
My friend was on the same flight as him and his dad on their way to LA. I'm assuming there's some kind of camp out there. I honestly don't know. Anyway they chatted in the terminal for a bit..
He says the kid is huge and also seems to be very bright. I don't know if Beck was just saying this, but he said he would really like Fromm to stick around one more year so that he is able to learn from him. Says Fromm in the QB room is so cerebral and basically another coach (sorry Guna). He also told my friend that we have (4) 5 star silent commits. So stick that in your back pocket. Go Dawgs
Webb falls into the same category as Hill, ie, he is willing to play center but doesn't want to be defined as one. He wants to try out at OG first and we're fine letting him do so.
He himself has said that his long term position in the pros will be at center and he knows that.
Just like with Hill though, we have to have centers so that means taking another player who's vocal about being willing to play there. With Hill, it was Ericsson, and this year it's SVP.