I understand why Auburn let him go, although the buyout was bonkers. You're right that Auburn had probably seen all that Gus Malzahn was going to do on the Plains. That was going to be seasons with an average of 3 or 4 losses. Great most places, but won't work at a place that thinks it's able to annually keep up with Alabama and Georgia.
Coaches start out on the hot seat at Auburn. No one is ever good enough, and the nearly personality-free Harsin will be the same. He's a good coach, but they'll tire of him quickly as usual.
I think the loser of Ole Miss/LSU might find themselves out of the tournament.
Also Hugh Freeze. Mohajir didn’t hire Freeze at Arkansas State, but this makes a lot of sense. This gets Freeze that much closer to big time football and he’s gettable.
Awesome. It's crazy how popular the old games are. My son recently sold an NCAA Football xbox title for about $100. Couldn't believe it.
Plus, we're still not completely certain that JT is all that and a bag of chips. It's still a pretty limited, if promising, sample size.
Not by doing much with them, apparently.
We all know this is clickbait; never is a very long time. One of Tennessee's biggest problems has been Phil Fulmer's incessant scheming. Maybe now UT can put that issue behind it permanently. He's the reason Greg Schiano or Mike Leach aren't up there right now. Who knows if either would have worked, but they would have had a better shot than the recent Fulmer/Pruitt mashup. The SEC East isn't some insurmountable mountain. Florida and Georgia are good, but they're not flawless; the rest of the division is completely manageable. I don't think that Tennessee can be consistently elite, but that's not the same as saying it can never have elite teams.
Agreed. Don't really expect much here, but apparently Kiffin sees something.
After 2 SEC programs paid coaches 8-figure buyouts, who are the most likely candidates to do that next?
All of those big buyouts on that short list looked like good bets, except maybe Mel Tucker.
Not quite. College football has a Monopoly problem--it's set up so that the more you succeed, the easier it is to succeed next time. In team sports, parity produces interest, while in individual sports, dominance produces interest. The key to making college football better is to better open opportunities, rather than shut them down across the board. Nothing will ever be equal, but things should at least be reasonably fair.
With all of the toxicity in the country, maybe it'd be great to just enjoy a thing we all love, without having slip our political opinions in there.
Or maybe just quit obsessing about beating Bama. Just develop your program as much as possible, and if you can beat them, great. I do think the current system helps the rich get richer, making harder to break through. I think a playoff expansion helps change that dynamic a bit.
It's hard to not put Bama at the top, although they're losing a bunch. It may be more open than it has been in a while--2021 could be pretty interesting.
I'm not really sure why the love for Notre Dame. They're losing the starting QB and other important starters. They might be good, but not top 10 good. #7 seems pretty high for A&M as well, considering the losses. They or Ole Miss are likely to finish 2nd in the west, but A&M seems more like top 15 than legit top 10.
I expect A&M to take a small step back next season. It's tough to start over in the SEC at QB under any conditions, and the OL losses might hurt even more. I would have really liked to see A&M and Ole Miss play this season. That would have been a fun game.
Traditional and radio lineups are good. Film Room lineup is intriguing.
Agree. Maybe not "Win the West" legit yet, but could be 9 wins legit.
CK has talent and is a gamer, if he can get his mind right.
One thing I've not understood is why offense seems to be Georgia's Achilles heel. UGA has had some amazing talents on offense, but yet they always seem to be searching for a next level on that side of the ball.
While we don't need politics on these boards, we also can't just throw away the republic for a chance at a tax break. We've had Democratic administrations before, and we haven't ended up living in mud huts. In fact, we've even watched a Democratic administration balance the budget. Eventually, we just have to start believing our lying eyes instead of acting like a bunch of hysterical nuts.
CFP director Bill Hancock, Ohio State AD Gene Smith address reports that title game could be postponed
Agree. What's a week, really?
Corral has another obstacle to the Heisman even if his stats and record are great--Ole Miss doesn't have the right brand name. The Heisman is basically a popularity contest between the QBs of the top 4 teams, with the occasional stray skill position player.
SEC Basketball Power Rankings: Chaos atop the standings, Tennessee’s setback, Mizzou’s road statement and Kentucky wins!
It's pretty hard to not have Tennessee at #1. Missouri looked like the #1 team with their quality wins, but Tennessee's win was convincing and they're a top 10 team right now. Missouri's actually got a lower KenPom rating that Arkansas, which is surprising. Right now, the league looks like a 5-bid league. 6 is probably a stretch, although we've got 6 in the top 50 KenPom teams.
Lane Kiffin says despite missing key players, Ole Miss didn’t use excuses to deliver Outback Bowl victory
The trouble was that Plumlee wasn't the #1 QB, so no room for him there. We also had 3 good RBs, with 1 being extremely good, so limited reps there too. WR was also pretty stacked. The problem with Plumlee was that Ole Miss just had plenty of skill position players making it hard to move him and get touches.
He quit a job at Alabama to take one at Georgia. You're arguing about when he quit, not whether he quit. Head coaches routinely quit before bowl games to take new jobs. To me, that's not why the argument fails. It's that, by definition, to take a new job you must quit your old job, if you have one. I'm assuming Chris Wright probably quit an old job before taking the one he has now. This isn't a moral failing, it's just how jobs work.
I'm not saying that Notre Dame has no place in big-time college football--anyone who wins their way in has a place there, IMO. The problem with Notre Dame is that they didn't win their way in--they were squashed like a bug by the #2 team only a week prior. To me, they were not as deserving as either Texas A&M or Cincinnati. Cincinnati was undefeated, and losing to Georgia doesn't change the fact that they had run the table in the regular season and looked very good. And, while no one was super excited--particularly in the BCS committee--about A&M and Alabama getting a rematch, it's hard to think that A&M (or Cincy, for that matter) wouldn't have given Alabama at least as entertaining a game as an overmatched ND did. In theory, in a 4-team playoff, the conference championships are assumed to be quarterfinals. But that doesn't work in reality for two reasons: (a) Notre Dame as an independent basically short-circuits this logic; ignoring their performance this season in the ACC Championship Game showed why (1) the championship games have value and (2) what happens when you ignore those results; and (b) the current system works as a lockout to any G5 champion, regardless of worthiness, and as a practical lockout to anyone else not named Alabama, Ohio State, or Clemson.
Tennessee can't pull the trigger on Pruitt right now, even if it wanted to. Part of the reason he's up there is because Tennessee found out its money wasn't any good when they went looking last time. They've got to give Pruitt another year even if they secretly know he's doomed. The question is, how many years do they give Fulmer? He's got the AD job he's always been angling for. I'm assuming that the fate of Fulmer and the next coach will be intertwined.
Phil Fulmer is Frank Broyles for the 21st century. Basically, a guy who is on the brink of loving his alma mater to death.
I wouldn't underestimate Mullen's capacity for offense (the football kind, at least).