Spring practice is over. The draft of the National Football League has come and gone.
College football is going to its off-season, which used to be the case, but not anymore.
The deadline for entering the transfer portal was Sunday. Not all of the players who entered the portal will find a new home. Between now and September, there will be a lot of roster turnover.
Before we get to what happens next, we need to evaluate what we just saw. LSU's Brian Kelly, Notre Dame's Marcus Freeman, Oklahoma's Brent Venables, and USC's Lincoln Riley were all new to their jobs this spring and will face high expectations in the fall.
There are a lot of overreactions to this spring.
If you watched the draft last week, it is easy to understand why Georgia ended a 41-year national championship droughts.
The most players selected by any team in the current seven-round format was the Bulldogs, who had 15. Georgia had five defensive players selected in the first round, setting a new record.
With so many players leaving for the NFL, the Bulldogs have to slide a bit. Probably not. They will have to replace a lot of the front seven on defense, but they have plenty of talent returning to win the SEC East again.
After working as the No. 1 quarterback during the preseason, Stetson Bennett IV should be better. He had limited reps in practice. Even for a young man who is about to play his fifth season at Georgia, there are areas to improve.
Kirby Smart said that his quarterback made better decisions this spring. He would be the first to tell you that he wasn&t perfect. He made some really good plays for us with his feet, with his legs, but you just wanna take out some of the bone-head throws that he has made from time to time.
It's easy for him to say he didn't have the chance to correct those mistakes because the guy was taking third-team reps. He wasn't getting a lot of reps, he got a lot of work fast, and we still feel like he is showing progress.
Arik Gilbert, a former LSU transfer, was added to the Georgia roster as a tight end. Broderick Jones could be a first-round pick.
Georgia could have at least three more first-round picks on defense, including tackle Jalen Carter, outside linebacker Nolan Smith and defensive back Kelee Ringo.
One SEC head coach said that they might have three or four NFL players on defense next season.
In the regular season, they went 15-0 and defeated Alabama in the National Championship, but they don't play Alabama or Texas A&M.
It would be a big surprise if Georgia didn't play in the SEC championship game.
According to a report, Pat Narduzzi is upset that his star receiver might be headed to USC via the transfer portal. Pitt officials suspect that tampering may have occurred, according to Pete Thamel. Both of the quarterbacks from Washington, D.C. are from Oklahoma.
It is easy to understand why Narduzzi is angry. He took a player that wasn't even ranked in the 300 in 2020 and helped him develop into Pitt's best receiver since Larry Fitzgerald. Last season, he caught 93 passes for 1,479 yards and 17 touchdown, and won the Biletnikoff Award.
Now, thanks to a potentially lucrative NIL deal, he might leave for USC or another college football blueblood. With the existing transfer and NIL rules, other previously overlooked star players will leave for pastures new.
Riley is not doing anything wrong. He was recruited from Oklahoma to help turn the USC into a national power. The USC roster needed a massive rebuild, and Riley has already added 15 players through the transfer portal.
When Riley was asked about the transfer portal, he said that they were open for business on all accounts.
Riley is playing by the rules and what is left of them in the NIL era.
One Power 5 coach said that it was NFL free agency without any rules.
Last week's NFL draft might have been a celebration for Georgia, but it was an indictment for Texas, which will soon be competing against them in the SEC.
The Longhorns didn't have a player selected in the draft for the first time in four years. At least one player was selected by the teams. North Dakota State and South Dakota State had two.
32 players who attended Texas high schools were drafted. They didn't play for the Longhorns.
The Texas Longhorns lost six games in a row in the first season of coach Steve Sarkisian, and that is more of an indictment of the coach he replaced, Tom Herman. The majority of the players in this year's draft class were part of the recruiting classes that Herman led.
It is nothing new for the Longhorns. Their once-steady path to the NFL has dried up, whether it is because they are missing on recruiting evaluations or failing to develop players. They haven't had a first-round pick since 2015. Vince Young was the last offensive player taken in the first round.
Last month, Sarkisian told reporters that fifth-year defensive lineman Moro Ojomo would not be talking to the media for a while after his critical comments about the team's culture.
Among other things, Ojomo said his teammates were "18 to 22-year-olds that want to chase women, want to chase money, want to chase alcohol and they don't see the future."
They are distracted by what is in front of them. They talk about coming in and changing things. It is ingrained. You are moving, what? Ten years of s--- have just been let go.
Maybe Ojomo should be a team captain.
It's not clear which is worse, the NCAA punishing the Cornhuskers for having an analyst coaching players during practices and film sessions, or the fact that Nebraska will be punished for using too many coaches in 2020.
Scott Frost was suspended for five days and hit with a one-year show cause order. He will have to serve it during the championship segment of the upcoming season. I will wait for you to stop laughing.
It is not what you are thinking. When competition is conducted in which results are counted for postseason selection, it's known as a championship segment, which means that Frost will have to sit out at some point during the upcoming season.
A mistake was made by Frost when he hired a senior graduate analyst to coach the special teams. The Cornhuskers ranked 95th in the FBS in punt average, 105th in punt coverage, 94th in kickoff returns and 87th in kickoff coverage in 2020.
The coach of his alma mater is working on a restructured contract. He will be making $4 million this season, instead of the previous $5 million, and his buyout was reduced from 15 million to $7.5 million. If the Cornhuskers improve this season, his salary would return to $5 million.