We're headed in the general direction of National Signing Day, and you'll notice a real shift toward recruiting coverage here in the next couple of weeks, starting this afternoon and evening with a couple of features on some names to know as we near the big day. But until then, let's take a look at some other topics of note for those who bleed red and black:
Rob Sale and the new Georgia Way math | Get The Picture
The Senator has a nice take on what new offensive line coach Rob Sale's eye-opening salary says about how business is now being done in Athens. I tend to concur with the Senator's analysis, but would add one more point. I believe Sale's salary (nearly seven times what he was making at McNeese State and well above Will Friend's package) is also meant to send a message to Sale, that Coach Richt doesn't view him as a steal of a deal, but as a valued commodity. It feels good to have people pay you more than you could command on the open market at present because they believe you're worth it. It's the kind of thing that people remember, and as the Senator hints it's the kind of thing that doesn't go unnoticed in a surprisingly small professional community, of which college football coaching is one.
Matthew Stafford becomes first Detroit Lions QB at Pro Bowl since 1971
Former Bulldog signal caller Matt Stafford will be appearing in the Pro Bowl after Peyton Manning bowed out with a case of "I'm nearly 40 years old with a surgically fused neck and I'm still trying to play pro football." Stafford becomes the first Lions QB in the game since 1971, the longest such sad streak of any NFL franchise.
Lady Bulldogs Top Vanderbilt to Remain Undefeated at Home - Georgia Official Athletic Site
Andy Landers' squad continued one of the best seasons in recent Lady Bulldogs history by downing Vanderbilt last night. The win moved them to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in the SEC. While Vanderbilt isn't exactly lighting the world on fire this year, a conference win is a conference win. And I like them.
Best practices of 2014: How teams are stopping football's innovative offenses - Football Study Hall
2014 was supposed to be the year that innovative offenses ripped the lid off college football scoring. And while there were certainly a lot of points put up by a lot of fun teams to watch, a few defenses found a way to survive the bloodletting. Over at Football Study Hall Ian Boyd looks at some of the ways they did it.
That should keep you busy while you finish that first cup of coffee. Then, go forth and conquer the world. And your TPS reports, too. Until later. . .