- 7:53 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
I understand Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s desire to stand up for his guy. But at what point does even he realize how silly he sounds?
In regards to more than 950 items with quarterback Jameis Winston’s authenticated signature being claimed by a company, James Spence Authentication, Fisher told media in Tallahassee Tuesday. “Feel very good. Talked to [Jameis] and everything, people have talked to the owners of the company and different people, from what I understand. We’ll see.”
More: “He’s never taken a dime for anything. He’s signed thousands of things. I mean, the guy sits for an hour and a [More]
- 3:59 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
COLUMBIA, Mo. — For my full column on Georgia’s 34-0 win over Missouri, click here.
Here are my three “Short Takes” on the game.
1. DEFENSE GROWS UP: Georgia’s young defense had some erratic moments in the first five games of the season, which was expected given the number of personnel changes and the overall youth. But the Bulldogs dominated Missouri. The Tigers had five turnovers, including four interceptions. They managed only 28 net yards on their first five possessions. They failed to convert a third down (0-for-7). Some of it was the result of their own ineptitude but a [More]
- 10:47 am Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Good morning and welcome back to actual football. It should be a nice departure from everything else that’s happened since 5:23 p.m. Thursday night, when Georgia sent out the following email: “University of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley has been indefinitely suspended from competition by the UGA Athletic Association during an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.”
The NCAA is expected to resolve the Gurley matter by early next week. The AJC’s Danny Robbins and Chip Towers reported that the ongoing probe into Gurley’s relationship with memorabilia dealers who allegedly paid him to sign items may [More]
- 2:19 pm Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Georgia plays its final regular-season game in seven weeks. In the perfect Bulldog world, there will be a berth in the SEC championship game in two months and a golden ticket to the inaugural college football playoffs in the first two weeks of January.
In other words, at worst — or best — Georgia running back Todd Gurley would be free in three months to start making his millions as a professional athlete. But there are growing indications that Gurley couldn’t wait and now there’s a good chance he has played his final college game.
- 7:14 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Welcome back to Weekend Predictions and Occasional Spectacular Grease Fires, Inc., where we will vigorously defend your right to deduct all incorrect financial assumptions that the Falcons’ defense might someday force a punt but never will defend Adrian Peterson, who is alleged to have pilfered donations meant for his fraud foundation to fund an orgy, leading to the question, “Wait. Hookers are deductible? Or does that go under “miscellaneous business expense” with printer ink, desk chairs and Swedish independent contractors?
More on A.P.’s option offense later.
But first, we go to the big story: The End of the World.
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- 5:59 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Is it possible for a college football team’s realistic title hopes to end on a Thursday night in October?
Georgia running back Todd Gurley, a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy and the Bulldogs’ single biggest hope for winning the SEC East title and possibly playing in the inaugural college football playoff, has been suspended indefinitely.
The school announced in an email Thursday night that Gurley has been suspended from competition for “an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.” The assumption is Gurley will not play in Saturday’s SEC game at Missouri but that’s not mentioned in the news [More]
- 12:18 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
All together now: The Falcons are 2-3. The Falcons can’t win on the road. The Falcons are weak on the defensive front and can’t sustain a pass rush. The Falcons aren’t using Antone Smith enough.
That about cover it for now?
So here’s another voice on the subject — the most important voice.
I spoke to Falcons owner Arthur Blank on the subject of his struggling team. He said some things that I expected. He maintained confidence in coach Mike Smith and his staff and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. But I found it noteworthy that he chose not to issue public mandates like, [More]
- 11:17 am Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
This isn’t a question I generally ask in the first week of October: But is it possible the Falcons’ season will come down to the next game?
They’re 2-3. That’s not great but it’s also not end-of-the-world stuff because they play in the NFC South, which is the NFL’s Mediocrity Central. Carolina is in first place at 3-2, and the Panthers have a net points differential of minus-16.
The Falcons’ problem — well, one of their problems — is they can’t win on the road. They’re 0-3 this season, 1-10 over the last two and have lost 10 straight games outdoors (going [More]
- 12:19 am Sunday, October 5th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Thought Georgia Tech’s win at Virginia Tech was impressive two weeks ago? The Jackets did something even more impressive Saturday night, following up that performance with a 28-17 win over Miami.
Here’s a link to my column off the game.
And below are my three “Short Takes” on the game:
1. DEFENSE: This might be the first time Georgia Tech’s defense has ever been one of the short takes … well, at least in a positive way. The Jackets allowed Miami to drive for long touchdowns on two of its first three possessions, but gave up only three points the rest of [More]
- 5:50 pm Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
When the a preseason poll of media members projected Georgia Tech to finish in fifth place in the ACC Coastal Division, Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson was emotionally crushed.
Johnson actually used the prediction as a punchline. That should have been expected by anybody who knows: 1) The coach; 2) History.
“They haven’t been right yet, so what makes them so smart this time?” Johnson said.
Disclaimer: I didn’t vote in the preseason poll, which projected the Coastal standings as: Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Virginia. But I did have the Jackets finishing 5-3 in the ACC and [More]