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With you there. I'm hopeful it's not over but congrats to Bama on this one.
Once again, O'Gara wants to shoot from the hip and doesn't want to check things before speaking. The law varies from state-to-state but it doesn't obligate him to get a head coaching job; it does mean that if he is sand bagging because he knows the buyout is going to make up the difference that is bad faith. He doesn't have to get a Power-5 head coaching job; he does have to take a reasonably similar job that pays more instead of cooling his heels and enjoying reduced responsibility. Basically, you are obligated to act as if you didn't have the buyout. Anyone who argues that Bert would be taking $50k a year if he didn't have the buyout is full of it.
There is a theory in contracts called mitigation, which requires that the party who is supposedly damaged to try to make economically efficient use of their assets. Burt may not have been worth whatever he was getting paid but he could have gotten a lot more than $50k a year. Arkansas is going to be on the hook for the delta between what he could have earned and what he made but this is bad faith.
This is what needs to happen. The buyouts are already absurd but that's where the market has gone. Schools need to enforce the terms of their contracts and not let coaches get away with taking nominal pay because they know the job they got fired from will make up the difference. This is the first step, hopefully Arkansas wins at trial and this is a cautionary tale for any other coaches who think they can get away with with violating the mitigation requirements.
I hate to tell ya but Death Valley is worse than the Swamp in my experience. I'm certain that has something to do with visiting both as an AU fan but, where UF fans were mostly pretty nice, when I went to BR I had multiple fans lightly hitting me as I walked to my seat and when I turned to say something they just in my face and screamed, along with all of their buddies around them. I found it pretty startling after having had a great time tailgating with LSU fans all day but it was different inside the stadium.
To be fair, Stidham is in the NFL and, from what I hear, the projected starter in New England. The starter from before that quit football after getting beat out by Stidham. The year before was obviously a mess and before that you had Nick Marshall, who, while certainly not an NFL QB, was outstanding in Gus's offense and got AU to a NC appearance. And before any comments about transfer QBs, Lincoln Riley has had all transfers so it's not relevant. None of this is to say that Gus has done a good job developing QBs, because I think he's done a middling job at best, but it is intended to address your comment.
I think he means that the there's a big gap between the highs and the lows so it's hard to evaluate.
Connor, can we please move on from the "Cam Newton comparisons" bit. Gatewood is great; I wish him the best and I think that the rest of the AU family does as well. But the Cam comparison nonsense got started because Malzahn said he "looked like Cam" physically. Because he was 6'5" 230 playing QB in an AU uniform. Nobody was comparing their games, at least not anyone who had actually watched. Gatewood has a strong arm but had a lot of polish left to put on it. This isn't the first time you've said it and I doubt it will be the last but please, just let it go.
You want to talk about crybabies, Nick Richards whines like a 4 year old. Unbecoming.
Fizzled out is a pretty strong reaction for losing a couple of games on the road with the most talented player on your team out and then losing in Rupp. A losing streak maybe but fizzled out?
So if the 5* kids are only getting drafted at 72% and the 4*s are likely lower than that, how does it translate into 95% getting generational wealth? Not to say that AU does any better; I have literally no idea. Just wondering how that lines up with your initial statement?
I believe Daniel Thomas also hit 24 reps on the bench press. Not that any of this matters but I was very impressed at that coming from a safety.
Bigotry is usually protected by the 1st Amendment. That doesn't meant that it isn't bigoted. Just because the 1st Amendment protects your right to say something, doesn't mean there shouldn't be consequences.
I really wonder if SDS has editors or not. Please hire one; the writing is so bad it distracts from any point you're making.
That's assuming that the only variable is recruiting rankings. There's no arguing that a bad coach can take a great roster and underachieve or that a great coach can take a mediocre roster and overachieve. The average roster thing can be seen best at the top of the game, to win a championship you've got to have a top 15 roster according to history. That's because having a high quality roster is a necessary condition, not a sufficient one. Once you get to the top few teams, they all have good coaches and good rosters. If you don't have enough talent on the roster then it doesn't matter how good an on-field coach or developer of talent you are. Now as far as the misses, as long as more 5* kids end up getting drafted than 4* and more 4* than 3* I think the rankings are basically getting it right. Not perfect but better than nothing.
Obviously you're not literally claiming a recruiting national championship. That's a reference to all the UGA fans who see the recruiting rankings and proclaim, "We have displaced Bama and will now be taking their championships!" But then don't.
It's incredible with the bounty of talent that's overfilling that roster that he never found a QB worth pigsh*t right? Or maybe your program is a joke and got rid of a guy who has been more successful at every stop before your school?
Exactly. Same story as usual, commit to AU and you get dropped, pick another school and... Doesn't actually matter, same kids coming in, just without the clout in the rankings.
100% agree with both comments here. Stingley deserved it and Nix won it because he started coast to coast at QB
I think that because this is arguably within the employment context since he's being interviewed as the OC his speech isn't protected. Admin law wasn't exactly my strongest class though so take that with a grain of salt.
George Pickens was an academic risk in HS and when he was committed to AU a lot of people were concerned that he wasn't going to qualify. Not saying that I wouldn't have been very happy to have him, he is an electric player and will only get better I'm sure.
Not how this works kiddo. There's an offset but you're on the hook for the difference.
It's not butt hurt, kid has been verbally committed for months and but he wants to play games. Auburn wanted him and he was playing games, this was going to be another Reuben Foster. They have flipped and want to hold out to announce to make a bigger splash. I personally think it's a sh*tty thing to do after you are given an offer and an opportunity to try twist the knife on your way out but these are 18 year old kids we're talking about, immaturity is more the rule than the exception.
Well, technically if you say the FG did then the INTs definitely did. Since the FG was 3 points and the two pick 6's led to 14...
Bammers are loving this argument so I'll say it again: Being penalized more does not mean you aren't getting more favorable calls. If you commit 30 penalties and get called for 15 you are getting more favorable treatment than if you commit 2 and get called for 2. Please stop with that garbage, almost every call against Bama was blatantly obvious, it's tough to miss all those false starts but if Leatherwood has let go of Marlon Davidson yet I'd be surprised.
The thing is that the Bama players all ran off the field. I understand why, given that the clock read 0:00, but if they just let the AU players run up and snap the ball then that's a free 7 points. The AU players were running up to the ball prior to the review and it appeared that was what would happen. It was an odd circumstance but it was just a mistake in the moment and the refs did the best they could with it.
Honestly he might have confidence that he could win the job in a better situation. SC isn't a bad team by any stretch of the imagination but he might be hoping for a chance to play in a high-powered offense and get some different coaching to push him over the edge and improve draft status.