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As a Physician, I am compelled to advise--this is a really bad idea!
The truth is, there are a handful of influential people at every big school who write the big checks. Like that fact or not--and good or bad in this case--those people at Auburn do not like the HC. That scenario typically does not bode well for a coaches tenure.
Richt was a good man, no doubt. As a Tennessee fan who does not hate Ga (your enemy's enemy is your friend)--I stayed frustrated that he never seemed to want to throw the knockout punch. He let teams hang around and they seemed to always come back and beat Georgia at the most inopportune times. Made me happy when that team was Tennessee but it was frustrating when it was schools that I wanted Ga to beat. To me that was his biggest fault.
As a 2 time Tennessee Grad ("back when we were good") at least I can proudly say we are the best at something in football since 2009! Those hires set us back 15 years (ish). I feel like we are on track now, though!
I have no worries about HBCUs recruiting top talent as it relates to Power 5 college football. More power to them. BUT if I were one of these top players, I would have MUCH worry about coaches like Deion staying there for my whole career and the talent that will follow around me once he leaves. I recall a time in Deions career where he would only sign one year contracts and play for the highest bidder, seemingly with little loyalty to his current team. Although people CAN change, I would be shocked if he does not look at the numbers and realize he could likely do much better (from a salary perspective). Although Deion is rich, he is not THAT rich and certainly did not play in the $100M contract era.
Mark Stoops is also wise to stay at KY (until the Iowa job opens up). Iowa is also thrilled to go 8-3 and make an appearance in the top 10 every now and then!
smartest of the lot is Lane Kiffin. He gets to sit at Ole Miss and get a raise every single time a job comes open without any expectations (at all) that he win a SEC West title, the SEC, make the playoffs, and certainly not win a Championship. If he were to win an SEC title they would literally add his name to the Stadium. He has probably already qualified for a statue there! Every time a job opens up he gets a raise. That is a good job!
on a related note, I would be fairly pissed if I were Brian Kelly. His agent should have asked for more!
I don't understand why people don't understand that no offer is EVER made to any coach. They have agents. When a coach says "no offer was made to me" or the AD says, "we never made an offer to HIM"--that is not a lie. Again, there are agents.
Schools all over the Eastern US pillage Fla recruits. "Lock down" 1/3 of Florida's top recruits and you run laps around vastly most of the schools.
I think they are both very good jobs. I think it comes down to a few decisive factors. One, I would personally rather live in Gainesville than Baton Rouge. Second, Florida has no state income tax. I give the edge to Florida. Nice for LSU to not have to really share recruits but I would argue that Florida is 5x bigger (population) and has at least that much more D1 talent--so I am calling the fact that it is shared by 3 schools a "push", at very minimum.
guessing it will be similar to Tucker's money. $9.5 million. For some reason there seems to be an unwritten rule, "no one makes more than Saban".
There is nothing better for a coach that is happy with his job than to be mentioned for another job.
As a Tennessee fan, I will advise, be very careful what you wish for!
Although polls don't really matter at this point, I find a few of these very curious. Did the poll watchers or computers actually watch yesterday's games?
Pains me to say but likely the best College player of all time. Cam Newton likely had the single best season of all time, but Tebow is best college player of all time.
If I had to guess (just a guess here) I would assume he will follow the playbook of his uncles and go to the places where he has the best chance of success and to showcase his talents. Peyton choosing to go with David Cutcliff and Eli following suit when he moved to Ole Miss, Then Eli refusing to go to San Diego who drafted him and immediately traded him to the Giants. In each of those scenarios, the Mannings achieved great success fame and wealth. Compare and Contrast with Archie Manning who never played in a system that showcased his strengths. Thinking that thought process will play into the decision more than "Georgia Sucks" and "Texas Sucks".... or "Dabo is cool" and "Georgia students wear paint"
Read--"But what about US? Why did you not consider OUR feelings?"
This may be higher profile than most but not exactly "new". Kids have done this for years and will continue. A local high profile pitcher at my son's HS signed last year (as a Jr) with a very top baseball college program and was told he could still play his Senior year but could not pitch. That is functionally no different. I can think of several other top Football players that had "injuries" that kept them out of their Sr year of HS. Difference in this kid is he did not invent an injury.
I think Bama actually went out of their way to NOT embarrass Ohio State. I am certainly no Bama fan, but I honestly believe Alabama would have won with their 2nd and 3rd string. They have simply out recruited and out coached the rest of the nation. (except Clemson most years and including Clemson this year). Obviously, the Ohio State coach is going to say, "there is not much of a gap" but that does not change the fact that there is a HUGE gap. That said, I was impressed with Ohio State--they were better than previous OSU teams that completely laid an egg and likely were the 2nd best team in the country. (Getting beat by a much better team is not "laying an egg" like they have done in the recent past.)
@sds1967 Tennessee has hired 2 coaches from the Saban tree (Dooley and Pruitt) and the other 2 joined it (Kiffin and Butch Jones). Does not guarantee success!
Well, Auburn is also not in the same Universe as Pinson Valley High School but that did not hurt Bo Nix?
Just for the record, a $750k bonus is more money. A lot more money. People win less when they win medium sized lotteries.
Sounds to me like they did not get their first choices and are choosing to wait a year and take more time to find the right guy. I think USC is doing the same thing by keeping their coach on for another year. Not likely great for next year, but better than getting into the situation that Tennessee found itself in by hiring 23rd choice Derrick Dooley and 18th Choice Butch Jones. 1 year waiting may save 10 years of bad football. Just sayin. Ask me how I know?
I am certainly not an Alabama fan, but if Tua were my son--I would advise him to go pro. Returning would be all downside with the only upside being slightly more money. Most non-pro athletes will not make as much in a lifetime as he will make the day he signs his contract. Don't risk that.
I would advise my son to go in the draft. The good news is that every NFL team will know that he will likely not play in 2020. More than likely he will be drafted by a team that does not need a quarterback right away, allowing him to heal and learn before being tossed on the field. Many potentially great quarterbacks have been ruined by going to bad teams (Tim Couch comes to mind) and Tua will likely avoid that. If he is drafted and makes a full recovery, he will likely lose little total earning power by going early. If his recovery does not go as planned, he can still bank his signing bonus and whatever he is paid as a 1st round pick. First round quarterbacks have guarantees for 4 years, btw so he will still be a rich man (if he goes in the 1st round and spends his money wisely). If he goes back to Alabama, and fails, he will likely not be drafted in the first round and lose guaranteed money. He could theoretically lose his insurance money since he played again and was not totally disabled as a result of his injury. I say take the NFL money asap--it may not be there next year.
I don't know you well @junkerjorge but did you see Tennessee last year and the first of this year with Butch's players? Apparenly he can coach "Champions of Life" and develop "5 star heart" by teaching with "Leadership reps" in practice--but as far as coaching an actual team on the field, he nearly put Tennessee in an unrecoverable tail spin!