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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saturday Links (1/16)

A couple quick thoughts on the Todd Grantham hiring:

-- I mentioned earlier that the price tag on this is a hefty one. Having said that (h/t Larry D.), if Georgia wants to be considered a top-10 program, they need to pay their assistants like they're a top-10 program. Willie Martinez was the 35th-highest paid assistant. We're still a ways away from determining if Grantham is worth the $750,000 a year, but what's important right now is that Damon Evans and Mark Richt thought their program was worth an investment of $750,000 a year.

-- For all the talk about the process being a wreck, it's funny how few times I heard the names Kirby Smart or Bud Foster on Friday. Seems like most fans have already forgotten about "the process" and are fairly happy with the results -- even though it wasn't a household name that got the job. Funny how that happens.

-- Personnel evaluations are going to be interesting during the next few months. Has there been a spring practice at Georgia that will be quite so highly anticipated as this one? There are probably close to a dozen players on defense who earned significant playing time last year who we have no idea where they'll even line up on the field this spring.

-- Jeff Owens gave his endorsement to DeAngelo Tyson as the nose guard on Twitter yesterday. I'd probably put Tyson as the leading contender for the job, too.

-- I specifically asked Richt yesterday if bringing in someone who was a stark contrast from the previous nine years was a part of what he was looking for in a coach. He said it wasn't. Looking at the candidates he talked to and at who was eventually hired, however, I can't help but have my doubts. And that's a good thing. As much as anything, what this staff needed was some fresh ideas. Grantham is bringing in a ton of them.

-- Two things on Rodney Garner: 1.) It's pretty clear that there is room for him to stay on the staff if he wants to. 2.) You have to wonder how much the near miss with Lane Kiffin last year is resonating with him right now. There's something to be said for upward mobility, but there's also something to be said for a solid foundation.

-- I assume Grantham will be very hands on with the linebackers, and I'd be surprised if they hired two coaches to handle a three-man defensive line. So I'd say there's at least a reasonable possibility Georgia gets a special teams coach out of all this, which would be yet another exceptional example that Mark Richt realized what problems have plagued his team and is making the right moves to fix them.

OK, I now have to drive to Albany to clean out a storage unit and hopefully put a much-needed end to the moving process I began on Dec. 30, so only time for a couple of links...

-- I have a story in today's Telegraph with a few player quotes about the hiring of Todd Grantham.

-- Catfish & Cornbread have some video of Grantham breaking down film on CBS.

-- Macon Dawg does a great job of analyzing the coaching hire for Georgia.

-- Bill King wonders if Mark Richt should have been looking to hire an NFL guy from the start.

-- UGA Blog thinks all the twists and turns of the coaching search led to the right guy.

-- Dawg Stephen is thrilled about Grantham's throwback attitude, which seems to be what has galvanized the Bulldog Nation already.

-- Tim Tucker takes a quick peek at Georgia's 2010 schedule.

-- Bleacher Report sees 2010 as a world of opportunity for the Bulldogs.

-- The Augusta Chronicle has a story on Drew Butler's ties with Ray Guy.

-- If you haven't seen it yet, the situation before Lane Kiffin's final Tennessee press conference was a disaster. Ah, news media. Just a delightful group. (BTW, Chris Low's expression through the entire ordeal is fantastic.)

-- Here's a list of the 10 best one-hit-wonders on "Lost."

-- And if you're a "Lost" fan, this is an awesome read -- 20 things that nearly happened differently on the show. The only problem? It kind of reinforces the notion that the creators really are making it up as they go.

-- And finally, if you get a chance, take some time to read this article on the gory details surrounding the murder case involving Marvin Harrison. It is really some great journalism and a riveting story.


MaconDawg said...

Low looks like a little kid stuck in the middle while his parents are fighting.

Either that or a guy who's thinking "if Kiffin doesn't make it in the room I'm going to be very upset that they got me out of bed for this."

Mike said...

I think the majority of my comments on your blog have been in response to the pop culture stuff, but I just wanted to let you know you have done an outstanding job covering this coaching hire stuff.

Who would of thought that I could get my UGA news and LOST trivia fix from one blog? If I stilled lived in GA, I'd buy you a beer.

Tony Milton said...

Just read that Marvin Harrison article and all I can say is "Holy Sh*tballs!"

Anonymous said...

Forget Chris Low, who's the "blonde"?

Anonymous said...

I see a couple of parallels between the Grantham hire and the Dooley hire.

Both were fallback choices and both have worked under some very good coaches, while not yet having that experience translate into success on the field (although, in both cases, an argument can be made that neither had the resources needed).

Anonymous said...

love to hear your thoughts on the UT video, Dave

JasonC said...

Do you think Dooley would try to hire Garner as his DC?

clee said...

I have a little different take on the Rodney Garner situation. Why wouldn't he want to work with Grantham? He has everything to gain. Garner has been an important cog in a not-so-spectacular defense for the last few years. Working with a well-respected, ex-NFL guy will only improve Garner's resume and his stock. He should embrace this. Grantham will ultimately get Garner the coordinator position he really wants. Grantham will be to Garner what Saban has been to Kirby Smart.

Scott said...

What the LOST writers have said about the storyline is that the end-game to the big questions and themes is what has been written from the beginning. The details pertaining to specific characters, situations, plotline, etc. has changed as they went along, based on actors performance/availability, audience response, and, at one time, the uncertainty of the end date of the series.

Can't wait for Feb. 2! Big week that week...LOST premiere on Tuesday, National Signing Day on Wednesday!

NRBQ said...

Don't know if you ever caught "Southland" during its brief network run, but TNT has brought it back.

A fine show well worth a look.

Thanks for your efforts here.