I agree with your order. Out of that group, I think Aranda would be the best choice.
If Calzada can pass just enough to make LSU respect the passing game, A&M will win this one. If he can't, this will be an ugly slugfest.
I'm enjoying the back and forth with some LSU and Aggie fans here. I'm not an Aggie and I have no dog in this hunt. But arguments that A&M will never be more than a mediocre program is wishful thinking. They can outspend LSU if they so choose. They have the resources. LSU is a more storied program, to be sure. But be careful Tiger fans. The arguments about past championships sound a bit like Longhorn or Notre Dame fans living in the past, but that past success is more recent for LSU to be sure. I think LSU will get back to form, but it would be a mistake to think A&M can't compete with them going forward.
I agree that all Cincy can do it play the schedule in front of them. They are a perfect example of why the playoffs should be expanded. In an eight team playoff, they earn a spot. But when you look at their body of work this year, I don't think they deserve one of the four spots in the current playoff configuration. They aren't handling lesser teams the way they should as a top four playoff team. I just can't get around that.
They're on a mission from God.....
LSUSMC - I couldn't find the extension, but did find a copy of his original contract. If they are the same, what you say is correct. He could give notice and leave prior to the with no financial obligation to A&M. It is remarkably one sided, in that regard.
Isn't speculation fun? I don't know the terms of his existing contract, but contracts aren't a one way street. Most college head coaching contracts have restrictive covenants for just this reason. I'd have a hard time believing there weren't similar restrictions put in place, particularly in the latest extension for Fisher. Even if Fisher would want to take the LSU job - and we don't know that he would - , a) LSU's ability to approach him, b) his ability to speak with them, c) any non-compete terms in his current contract, and a host of other potential terms would pose a significant hurdle for both LSU and Fisher.
Not a Texas fan whatsoever. Half my family went to A&M. But this won't be a repeat of the Big 12 so long as the membership doesn't let Texas big-foot their way to what they want at the expense of others. Equal TV revenue, no LHN equivalent, etc. Can't see "Texas being Texas" happening in the SEC. Aggies have a legitimate gripe in that they lose a recruiting edge being the only Texas school in the SEC. Anyone that thinks they didn't benefit from that hasn't been watching. It will be interesting to see if the Texas alumni will have the patience to let Sark re-build the program. He will benefit from a few more years playing in the Big 12 while he tries to get his recruits in.
Recruiting advantage. A lot of Texas kids want to play in the SEC and Texas can’t offer that…..unless they join the SEC. I acknowledge there is more to it, but that is one big reason
Ask Nebraska, Colorado, A&M, Missouri, and Arkansas why they left the Big 12 (or in Arkansas' case, the SWC. Texas will expect to run the show and think they did the SEC a favor by joining. They'll probably expect the SEC to let them keep the Longhorn Network through its expiration. Bring in OU and OK State if expansion is in the cards. Not Texas. Their track record precedes them.
Exactly. Better yet, ask those who left. Nebraska, Colorado, A&M, Missouri, and, if you want to go way back, Arkansas (SWC). Texas will want outsized influence. Check that, Texas will expect outsized influence and think they did the SEC a favor.
Don't feed the troll any further.
Great season for the Aggies. Do they deserve the nod over OSU? Hard to say. Conventional wisdom says that OSU has better talent, but I can't get past the fact that their sample size is three less games than A&M. Less chance for injuries. Less chance of an off day. OSU had their moments this season where they weren't looking so strong.
Agreed, but I'd love to see the reaction of the UT alumni base if Urban did take a UCLA job over Texas. I live in Texas would find it hilarious. As an aside, if a University is really looking for a new coach, they should cut bait on the current one, for a number of reasons. If Texas was really pursuing Urban, they could not have put themselves in a worse position (i.e. demonstrated non-confidence in the head coach which translates into doubts among current players, and a hit to recruiting). If it is just alumni inspired rumor-mongering, the school should shut it down. It looks to me like, in the case of Texas, it was more than just alumni. I'm not a Texas fan, so I'm watching rather amused.