If you are like me, you are going to spend this long holiday weekend with friends. A group of us always takes of MLK weekend spends the weekends in the mountains. Much fun had by all and it something we all look forward to each year.
And, if you are anything like me, Georgia football discussions just don’t take place August-December. It is a year round obsession. Even in uneventful times, thoughts on the schedule, depth chart and prognostications for the upcoming year are discussed ad nauseam. So with the big news happening the last week, I am sure we will have plenty to talk about.
So, here are some points you can discuss that have popped in my mind the last few days.
-Why isn’t Mike Bobo the highest paid offensive coordinator in the SEC?
-Why isn’t Bryan McClendon paid more? Both of these guys are the best recruiters on the staff, and in Bobo’s case, probably the best position coach and certainly has been the best coordinator for several years.
-Why does Georgia continually handicap itself with strict policies that clearly don’t work, while other teams in the SEC don’t restrict themselves like we do?
-Are Alabama fans, at this moment, discussing why their administration won’t pony up and pay their assistants market prices? Are they worried about winning games on Saturdays and beating Texas A&M and LSU?
The news of Josh Harvey-Clemons’ suspension yesterday brought these issues to light.
I think now the general consensus among the Georgia people is our drug policies, while admirable, are too stringent. Mike Slive needs to man up and make a uniform drug policy across the SEC. I’m not saying we are right or wrong, but I am saying that if JHC was at LSU, then this second offense would only have caused him to miss one game, the bowl game, and then he would still be able to play against Clemson and South Carolina. Because at LSU, a first offense requires no suspension. The same holds true for Alabama-no mandatory suspension until the second offense. Florida athletes are suspend 20% for the third offense.
I remember something Mike Adams used to say a lot. He always said that academically, he wanted to UGA to be as good as our peer institutions-UNC, Florida, Michigan, etc. These included having a medical school and an engineering school.
Athletically, I think we all want UGA to be listed among our “peer institutions.” LSU, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State.
We are close to being there. UGA has the talent, money, facilities, fan base, name brand, stadium, and I still like to think the coaching to be on par with these peer institutions.
But life in the SEC is difficult enough to win on Saturdays. Being handicapped by self-righteous policies is not going to help in anyway.
I don’t want to be dirty like Auburn to win. I think one day the chickens are going to come home and roost for the Tigers. I like and appreciate the way our programs are run, and I am confident that we are safe and not going to be found guily of any major transgressions or even be associate with anything dirty like Auburn is. But there are big picture things that go on, and we can’t have it both ways. We can’t complain about Clemson shredding our defense when the best safety on the team is sitting on the sidelines because strict policies our competitors don’t have.
Two final questions for your and your friends to discuss this long, holiday weekend:
If Georgia and Mark Richt have to part ways, and for the sake of argument we hire Gary Patterson or Kirby Smart, with the Athletic Association policies that are currently in place with regards to spending money and player punishment, will they be any more successful than the current regime?
Does it matter who the head coach in Athens is if the administration doesn’t offer the top-down level of support it takes to win?