Wed May 27 07:03pm EDT
By far, my favorite meme from the first two days of SEC meetings -- more than Spurrier vs. Kiffin or Saban and Slive vs. Playoffs -- is the tag team job by Mark Richt and Urban Meyer on an obscure rule that prohibits SEC assistants from attending in-state coaching clinics unless the head coach is a speaker. By contrast, the ACC's unrestricted clinic scene is a free-for-all. Naturally, Richt and Meyer suspect certain ... imbalances in recruiting, and are seeking to throw off the oppressive yoke of the clinic ban:
"Any time there's a function, especially a gathering of high school coaches, we want the same access of everybody else in the country and everybody else in our state, especially," Richt said Tuesday at the league's spring meeting. "We don't want to have a function going on in our state and our rivals can go and we can't. That's not good at all. That doesn't help the Southeastern Conference. It doesn't help Georgia."
Florida coach Urban Meyer has the same issue with the ACC's Florida State.
"You hate to have an ACC school get there and an SEC school can't," Meyer said.
"It happens enough to where it could be an issue," Richt said. "All the high school coaches, they don't know our rules and they don't probably care about our rules. All they know is they go to a function and everybody in the ACC is there. Georgia Tech is there and Georgia's not. That's not a good thing."
That makes a lot of sense. Meanwhile, back in reality:
I'd hate to see what the numbers would look like if the SEC -- and Georgia, in particular -- was actually on equal footing in this thing. Did he ever bring this up before his defense allowed 400 yards rushing to the Yellow Jackets?