Georgia passed "Kirby's Law," which allows its public universities' athletic departments to wait up to 90 days to respond to requests for information. Not only the info itself, but just the RESPONSE which should really take less than a week (e.g., "we got it, we'll get back to you").
Governor's spokesman said this: “it simply levels the playing field with other states that also have strong athletic programs like Georgia.”
Lieutenant governor said, “I hope it brings us a national championship.”
The implication is that winning teams hide their shit, and now Georgia teams can too. At a certain point, shit becomes more important than sports. They could at least do us the courtesy of PRETENDING it was about something else.
(HT to Steve Lorenz: http://michigan.247sports.com/Board/59424/Contents/UGA-passes-Kirbys-Law--44770022)
Edit: I hope this doesn't violate the no politics rule since it's about sports (see: governor's statement)
Something minor (swapping some teams in the divisions), something major (another addition B1Gdybunch), or nothing at all (twitter trolling)?
It seems to have been a ranging conversation, and he gave a lot of good quotes on the spring trip and recruiting...
On SEC and ACC outrage:
“I thought it was fake outrage. I thought it wasn’t really real,” Harbaugh told Mike & Mike when asked his reaction to their reaction. “The moral high ground of the sanctity of spring break, that’s what people chose to use as their moral stance? I thought it was fake. I thought it was fake outrage.”
On why athletes have a sense of entitlement:
“My thoughts on recruiting, as the coach or when I was a player, you want to connect with the people you’re gonna be coached by or coaching the next four years. Not only that, but the entire family. This goes back to Bo Schembechler when I was recruited. Bo would come into your home, he’d take off his shoes, he’d sit on the couch, he wanted to know mom, he wanted to know dad, he wanted to know the grandparents, play with younger sister and you felt like coach knew you, wanted to know you. To me, that part is vitally important being able to go somebody else’s hometown, to be able to go to their school, to their house and begin the process of a long and trusted friendship is vital to a ball team. That hasn’t changed, that’s the relationship building trust is a foundation of any relationship, I believe, a marriage or a ball team.”
Dr. Billi Gordon in Psychology Today blog
He may be a homer (Michigan grad) but this is priceless:
Harbaugh’s actions come from the Prefrontal cortex (thinking part of the brain), and sadly, the SEC’s response is subcortical and comes from the old mammal brain, which is easily sustained with brief neurochemical rewards like winning a football game, without thinking or truly caring about the athletes involved, and the big picture - preparing an individual to thrive in society.
Harbaugh = Thinking brain
SEC = Old mammal brains
JH is ignoring the SEC and relaxing at the Pebble Beach pro am this weekend. He was seen on Wed high fiving Bill Murray and Mark Wahlberg on the 7th hole at Pebble. He starts his official round today on 1st tee of Spyglass at 10:01am PT, 1:01 pm ET. Sarah is his caddy.
USA Today Article on JH at Pebble
TV coverage links:
free coverage of 15th and 17th at Pebble and free trial of pga golf channel 3-6pm
(I do not think the above channels will show Harbaugh at Spyglass)
Harbaugh will be at Pebble on Sat (and possibly Sun), when CBS coverage takes over 3-6pm ET.
So, I'm sitting here watching the Big Ten conclude its season in thrilling fashion; Michigan earned a tough win over a not-so-talented, yet still feisty and dangerous Penn State squad and Michigan State and Ohio State are in dogfight for the conference's driver's seat.
And I can't help but notice the SEC's slate of games today (also my brother always points this out every year). But, I think its weird and kind of bogus that the SEC loads up its second-to-last week of the season with out of conference cupcakes some of whom are even FCS schools. I imagine they do this on purpose so they can essentially shorten the length of their season, which comes in handy if one of their teams is going for an undefeated season and playoff berth. Reporters brought this up to Saban this week, who got very testy defending the curious scheduling.
Aside from the LSU-Ole Miss matchup, the rest of the conference is on Easy St this week (and some are not doing so hot). Observe:
-Florida needed overtime to get passed a 2-8 Florida Atlantic team. Afterwards the Gators' coach compared his players to dead fish. I sure hope the playoff committee drops them in the polls this week. They still have to play FSU and Alabama in the title game, but still...2-8. Florida Atlantic...Overtime.
-South Carolina lost to The Citadel. 'Nuff said.
-Alabama is currently crushing Charleston Southern (who the hell is that?).
-Auburn plays Idaho today. Idaho.
On the contrary, look at how the Big Ten is going to wrap up. If Ohio State gets passed State, they still have to play 9-2 archirival Michigan. Whoever wins that one would then have to face Iowa who is currently undefeated. That's brutal.
Also look a the murderers' row that the Big XII contenders have to face. Baylor, Oklahoma, Ok State and TCU are all going to cannibalize each other down the stretch, with a playoff spot on the line (or not).
ND's schedule is arguably soft (now that Mich/State/FSU are no longer on it). But even they finish up with a tough one v Stanford next week. But should they win out, they don't have to put it all on the line in a conference championship game.
If I'm a Big 10 or Big XII team who could be on the outside looking in, I would point to the end of the SEC's season and ND's lack of championship game and argue that they have a built-in advantage.
But, I guess my question is: Should the playoff committee consider this when deciding who should get in? I know they should, but they probably won't, right? Discuss.