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"But for the first time in a long time, it feels like Tennessee has started making the climb." - Deja Vu comment from SDS and the media for the 5th time in ~10 years.
You can only chest beat yourself so much. Did he even try to say South Carolina was a better job than Auburn? You could look at it that this is Bobo's last chance to prove himself before he disappears into coaching obscurity. Don't kid yourself; his ultimate goal is to make a massive amount of money as a head coach somewhere.
The biggest frustration you are going to see is that the B1G clearly broke their own rules to protect Ohio State in getting into the championship game. Indiana was treated like a secondary member in the Big Ten. Actions like this are only going to start to show parallels of Ohio State and the Big 10 and Texas and the Big 12. If Ohio State ends pulling this off; they will have literally only played 8 games the whole season compared to Alabama's 13 games to win the national championship. That's 5 whole games that Alabama played where some of their star/mvp players could have been injured changing the dynamic of their team.
You do realize this is Ohio State right? There's going to be excuses no matter what.
Completely agree but I wonder what the other schools in th conference thinks. Would they have bent the rules for another team if the scenario was reversed and it was Ohio State getting pushed out of the Big Ten CG?
Amazing that if Ohio State pulls it off, they will have won the 'national championship' only playing 8 games Why wouldn't other conferences follow the Big 10 approach? Just play 5 conference games then a conference championship. If that team wins all 6 games they get a foot into the NCP.
*golf clap* for SDS once again. Mentioned Kevin Harris as an honorable mention then put him in #7 spot.
What would be hilarious if the CFP changed the rules like the Big Ten and stated that only teams that have at least played 7 games can be in the final 4.
Probably one more after that for good measure. Then ride off into the sunset hoping that the program fails behind him showing how crucial he was to the program.
That's not an exactly high bar there for Herman to hit though...
Hence why the story has some credibility. If he knows he's going to start falling down the tree... he might as well reach out for a branch that was going to support him previously. I think the story is being pushed to be more melodramatic than it should be. If South Carolina had really reached out to him before he took the Texas job... it would make sense to stay in communication with the AD if he really thinks his days are numbered at Texas.
There's the problem right there. Texas' boosters. They are coming close following the same path Tennessee has since Fulmer was let go.
I love what Tanner did for the Gamecocks when he coached baseball but I feel like this puts him on thin ice for the AD job. All it seems he is doing is directing money out of boosters pockets into mediocre results. Beamer is going to have a halo for protection for at least 2-3 years before he is truly judged but football isn't the only sport. Baseball use to consistently be top 10 and now our playoff streak was destroyed under Tanner's watch. Basketball seems to only deliver a great team once or twice every decade but that Final Four appearance can only protect Martin for so long. I feel like I need to watch Moneyball all over again to justify what has been happening to Gamecock sports.
It wasn't that long ago that South Carolina was on top and Clempson was losing to WVU 70-33.
With Florida down during South Carolina's run 2010-2013; there was a window to make South Carolina the consistent SEC East challenge against Georgia but Missouri put a wrench in that plan. Spurrier gave up without letting the AD knowing and all that was built came crumbling down between 2014-2015. 2014 was actually a good year offensively but the defense couldn't stop anyone.
SOMEONE to at least start putting some competition back in the ACC so Clempson doesn't have an easy ride to the championship every year.
What NFL QBs did Bobo help produce at Georgia? My IQ is running low this morning.
If he was such a genius; how did he let himself get fired in 2008?
I kinda agree with this. South Carolina talent used to be sucked dry by Tennessee, Georgia, and NC State(in the 80s). Holtz and Spurrier coming to South Carolina, the big focus was keeping in state talent to stay home. For Spurrier that was; Gilmore Rice Lattimore Jeffery Clowney There's plenty more but those are the ones that really propped up Spurrier's years.
That should be on the AD's head and it's not. Basically AD at schools being snake oil salesmen to their own boosters.
Do you think Fulmer is the right guy at AD? There's fans getting angry at Tanner as AD at South Carolina. Seems like Fulmer and Tanner have made some horrible contract extensions the last few years.
Or you could wonder that Tennessee is joining FSU, SoCal, and other traditional powerhouses that have lost that 'it' factor that they used to have. It doesn't help that the media keeps hyping Tennessee as if 'this is the year'.
Losing to South Carolina cost Fulmer his job. Winning against South Carolina has kept a weird excuse for the rest of their coaches to keep Tennessee in mediocrity since Fulmer was fired. Kiffin was the only smart one and beat South Carolina with a team he shouldn't have then bolted. These 'traditional' power houses can't keep resting on what they've done in the past to think they can still be top dog.
Deshaun Watson tore his ACL playing Georgia Tech in 2014. Two weeks later he still played the South Carolina game because they were so desperate to break the 5 game streak.
This is absolutely correct. Both Davis and Harris were bowling balls when hitting the line. Raw strength and weight pushing openings. Lattimore's production after contact was pure football knowledge and all about his pad level and awareness of the other defenders. Lattimore was an extremely rare gift in that even if the team lined up and knew he was getting the ball they couldn't stop him. That 2010 Florida game South Carolina won to clinch the SEC East; Lattimore literally put the whole team on his back and carried them across the finish line.