Some things never change.

In a great blog post from the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room, we get an article from this day in 1901, optimistically discussing Georgia’s (its unclear if it was the Goats or the Bulldogs at that point) chances in the upcoming season:

Coach Reynolds is one of the best coaches in the south, and he tolerates no foolishness on the gridiron.

Also worth noting, Coach Reynolds was already fighting a losing battle:

He has written urging that athletics be kept pure from politics.

Sorry, Coach, ain’t happening.

Bill Simmons Writes 4 Billion Word Post, Determines He is the Perfect Father (also Forrest Gump and/or 7-Year-Old Girl)

In a 4000-word, dear-diary entry on his favorite blog, The Sports Guy™ finally reveals that, guys, he really cares about sports. I mean like REALLY, Y’ALL. Like the ohmygodicaresomuchthatiwillmakemysevenyearolddaughtercry cares.  But let’s allow him to explain.

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James Franklin’s Recruiting Strategy: Your Wife Better Be Smokin’

Now that Franklin and Gratham have buried the hatchet, I think we can turn to more important, ahem, *qualities* that Franklin brings to the picture.  Namely, hot women:

Franklin, in a relaxed mood near the beach, explained, “I’ve been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant until I see his wife.  If she looks the part and she’s a D1 recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That’s part of the deal.  There’s a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a women, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being articulate and confident, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.”

As an added bonus, one of Franklin’s assistant coaches gives a shout out to AD’s favorite writer:

@coachingsearch: James Franklin will not hire you unless your wife is a smoke show. http://bit.ly/KxYmPy ” This-I def outkicked my coverage!

Girlfriend writes a post; I am conflicted.

As the college football season winds to a close and the new year dawns upon us, sometimes a little perspective is warranted.  Not too long ago, AD and I implored my then still-new-to-college-football Girlfriend to join in on the ALDLAND endeavor.  Although we had no idea at the time what quasi-sports-related wisdom would come from a girl whose school had been on a 60-year hiatus from football and whose first athletic accomplishment came at the age of 28 (though, not to suggest that (1) when it came it was not impressive, (2) that many non-athletic accomplishments did not precede it, or (3) that I am or ever will be again in better shape than her), what she wrote amazed me.  What follows is her story, and my reaction:

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The NCAA Who Stole Christmas

As we wind down pre-Christmas practices before The Outback Bowl Presented by ALDLAND in Association with AD and Commodawg, an amusing/heartwarming/ba-humbugging anecdote has made its way forward:

Richt made personal payments of more than $25,000 to coaches and support staff due to what he perceived as inadequate compensation for those individuals. Richt’s actions were determined to be secondary violations of NCAA rules regarding supplemental pay.

It’s a secondary violation, requiring only admonishment and rules-counseling (read: a light slap on the wrist), but jeez, NCAA, have a little Christmas spirit.