Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Thoughts and a Few Links

Well, it has been quite an interesting week for the Dawg nation and the college football landscape as a whole. From the Mettenberger situation to the NFL draft, there are a lot of interesting stories going on right now. Here are my thoughts as well as some links for your Friday:

- Coach Richt has released the post spring depth chart and the biggest story is Aaron Murray on top of the depth chart at quarterback. This was all a forgone conclusion after the Meetenberger dismissal, but I am glad that Richt stated that Murray would have been #1 even if Mett was still around. Here's the quote from Richt (courtesy of David Hale):
“I’m not out to hurt anybody worse than they might have been hurt to this point, but Aaron would have been the No. 1 quarterback.”

- Check out the full post spring depth chart HERE.

- Christian Robinson at the top of the linebacking depth chart was a surprise. As Earl said to me this morning:

Good to see Robinson listed as a #1 (over Dowtin no less). Seems like he's using his smarts and work ethic to move up the depth charts. Dowtin will see plenty of playing time b/c he's athletically gifted, so I hope Robinson being ahead of him motivates him. But in no way do I expect Robinson to lose his job to Dowtin b/c I don't expect a guy like Robinson to lose his job to anyone once he's secured it.

We have so many LBs. It's great.

- The NFL Draft began last night with a new format of having the first round on Thursday night. As expected, there were no Georgia players taken in round 1.

- Tim Tebow went #25 overall to the Denver Broncos. There has been much debate about how his skills transfer to the NFL. I am not sure what to think at this point, but I certainly do not think he should have gone in round 1. I also can't fathom the idea of Tebow sharing a backfield with Knowshon. It just makes me a little queasy. Here is Smart Football's take on Tebow going to Denver

- Why did the Falcons pass on Dez Bryant?!? I know they needed a linebacker, but when a projected top 10 pick falls that far, I think sometimes you just have to take the best player available. I really wish Derrick Morgan had continued to fall as well. In the end, the Falcons appear to have gotten the player they wanted all along.

- What is it about Florida guys kissing other guys?!? (Even if it is your twin.)

- I received a pretty big response to my SEC expansion post yesterday. It seems most of you think that the SEC would go after other high profile school like Florida State. When I wrote the post, I only considered schools not currently part of a BCS conference and Big East teams (because if the Big 10 pulls anyone from the Big East, it would most likely disband). Here's Michigan blogger MGoBlog's look at what the new Big Ten could look like.

- And lastly, here is an interesting read I found on Sports Illustrated's SI Vault, which allows you to view articles from any previous SI Issue. This is the article that appeared in Sports Illustrated following Georgia's victory over Notre Dame to win the 1980 National Championship.

Have a great weekend and GO DAWGS!!!


MT said...

I don't think the Big East fully disbands, I think it just becomes a premier all-basketball conference, sort of a souped-up A10.

They have 17 teams (incl Notre Dame) in the conference, 8 of which are football-participating. Cinncinnati and Conneticut are really the only 2 football members who I could see not getting mixed up in the debate.

Louisville is also a recent member to the football party, really coming into a recognized program when Petrino was around. They have the lowest per-game football attendance in '09 in the Big East but are putting money into their facilities, expanding the Pizza Bowl.

Syracuse and Rutgers are sheerly the TV market pawns that will go somewhere, Pitt and WV are more 'traditional' schools that seem to be easy fits in Big10 (Pitt) or ACC (WV), South Florida is another TV market pawn but doesn't have as much tradition or alumni base as some of the other schools available.

Pitt, WV, Syracuse and Rutgers are the only true locks I see leaving the Big East; Louisville is a maybe in my book

TrboDawg said...

Thanks for the SI article. Great to read that once again. My favorite line from the article? "They led the nation in turnover margin."

<--- Dawg Stephen Himself said...

Those Gaytors...errr gators are kissing on the lips...YUCK!!

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