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Ranking the top 5 SEC football-basketball coaching duos who I’d want to hire as an athletic director
Everyone is falling prey to the intent of this article to get everyone engaging again, which looks like it is working. One small tidbit about the Kentucky basketball coach (native Memphian here...we aren't allowed to speak THAT name in this household)...oh yeah, about THAT coach. Every place he has been, as he left the NCAA came swooping in and put the program on probation. It happened at UMass....it happened at Memphis, and it will happen at Kentucky when someone lures THAT coach away, and someone always does...the only question is when. Of course you don't believe me..of course. I still have the video from THAT coach when he was telling the Memphis public how he was never going to take any other basketball position after Memphis....uh huh... Oh, nothing personal to the Kentucky football faithful, but I have to ask you Connor O'Gara, what were you looking at when compiling this so-called list? It sure couldn't have been the 3-5 record for Kentucky in the conference last year, with their 3 wins coming against powerhouses Arkansas, Missouri, and Vanderbilt. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying these things to promote my own team, because we sucked in 2019, BUT in football we beat Kentucky and in basketball we beat Kentucky. You get 1 star for your list....you know, everyone gets 1 star for participating.
Wow, how many years has it been since you have watched Muschamp on the sidelines...8, 9 years? Actually one of the things Gamecock fans have complained about with Muschamp has been his overly quiet demeanor on the sidelines. Let's face it, there has been a number of times when a good blowup on the sidelines would have been most appropriate, but it has never been seen during his HC tenure.
Muschamp is one of the nicest coaches to ever coach at South Carolina, but we all know how nice finishes. It is time for him to go. Hopefully it won't take as long to fire him as it did to hire him. If they are looking at the HC, they should also be looking at the AD, who is Muschamp's strongest supporter. With the university's track record, if they fire the coach right now, this week, they would probably hire the new coach by next August or September...what a mess.
It is sad to see such blatantly wrong calls and nothing done or in place to rectify it. It is time....come on SEC, get with the times. The technology exists to quickly keep the game going and done without error. Quit fighting it....it is going to come.
Well, Saban will be happy it's not a noon kickoff.....
Some things never change. Notre Dame was idle so they moved up one spot to 7th.....
We are all used to seeing LSU sporting very good or great defenses year after year. But with LSU showing an awesome high scoring offense just very well may ruin some plans of some other SEC teams who have thought they were going to run the table this season. LSU has their chests pumped out for good reason!
No, I disagree...the implosion started when Steve Spurrier walked away mid-season and buried the program for at least a decade. When Muschamp arrived, most everyone gave him a pass for a couple of seasons for the damage Spurrier had done to the program. Last game of last season for the Gamecocks was a humiliating loss to Virginia in one of the nothing obscure bowls.....but Gamecock loyalists had a short memory on that screwup as well. So, the big talk this season was that Muschamp has his first team together, the team that was completely recruited by the Muschamp coaching staff, which makes this loss (where SC was a double digit favorite) so much more resounding. I have been a Gamecock follower for 22 years. I have a mancave that was dedicated to Gamecock football, baseball, and basketball, and it was highlighted on the South Carolina website some years back (with photo). The North Carolina game was a humiliating event for Gamecock fans. I always get a chuckle when someone would criticize you for saying anything bad about the program because if you do, you must not be a "loyal fan" or a "real fan" of the program. That is pure BS. I am only going to stay a fan of a program if it shows progress, which we are not seeing here. I think Jake Bentley is a nice young man, but in his entire stay at South Carolina, he has never beaten a ranked team, and the best he looked was in his freshman year, and here we are four years later....wow! Losing a top recruit, that is real bad. Losing a long-term supporter of the program should be even worse, but it sure hasn't been treated that way at South Carolina. "Oh, he wasn't a real supporter if he's giving up on us." If South Carolina actually thinks that I am the only one giving up on the program, they have really miscalculated. After listening to the Sunday morning recap show, I made my mind up. I am now in the process of dismantling my mancave. Everything "South Carolina" is coming down and out the front door. I am not a fair-haired supporter, its not like I am putting all my stuff in the closet and I'll put it back up when they finally (if ever) turn the program around....no, all this stuff will be sold to the highest bidder, to those Gamecock fans with much shorter memories than mine. I think Ray Tanner was one of the most talented baseball coaches in the country, evidenced by winning back to back national championships at South Carolina. However, he ranks much lower as an Athletic Director. I think he has been an AD that lets his coaches run their own programs with little interference. That's ok if your programs are excelling. But when they begin to flounder, it is hard for an AD to step in when there has been no stepping history. So, this disgruntled fan is writing his last comments concerning the Gamecocks. Oh, is this program in such a mess. And to think the pundits have been talking all pre-season how difficult the South Carolina schedule was going to be this season and how one of the solid wins was against North Carolina. Wow, what a mess.
Franks goes and talks trash to the fans when the game was very much still in doubt. Cameras picked up Mullen discussing that with Franks, and what did Franks do? He went back and talked more trash to the fans and the cameras, after he turned the ball over. Good luck with that this season Dan Mullen
South Carolina may have a few tricks up their sleeves this year as Muschamp has indicated this is the best South Carolina team he has coached. Don't know what that equates to when you have one of the toughest schedules in the country this year, but improvement will be a welcome sight for Gamecock fans everywhere. After Jake Bentley had an underwhelming season last year, here's to hoping he has saved the best for his senior year. Go Gamecocks! While the SEC and Clemson will be trotting out some superstar level QBs this year, one or two could fall off the very high pedestal the media and fans (and stats) have put them on. Oh yes, talking season is coming to an end and the football season is just around the corner (last Saturday was just messy and we all now know Florida is not a top ten team). Dan Mullen will have his hands full trying to control the mouth of his QB, as all his negatives were highlighted to a national viewing audience Saturday night. Franks is an accident waiting to happen.....and it will.....the only question is when. Now, will Jake Bentley stand and play like we know you can. Hello 2019 season! Let's go!!
I can't see how any Gamecock fan, with the record Jake Bentley has against ranked opponents, and with the schedule SC has this coming season, could possibly think South Carolina should be ranked. I'll agree about a ranking for SC if they can actually win against a ranked team, but only after they show they can, and I am a Gamecock fan. Bentley can really help his NFL worth by having a great year. He is the SEC's only senior non-transfer starting QB this season, has a chance to break several school records this year if he remains the starter. I hope he has one, because if he does, SC may surprise a few schools this season.
Her job was to present the facts to the deciders, which she did. She erred when she spoke at the podium yesterday, as one can imagine she was asked by the deciders to speak about the case because of the obvious uproar it was going to cause. About Paul Finebaum, I actually like him, most in the SEC do. But because Paul, like so many of his counterparts, had came out so strongly against Meyer since the day the news broke, and long before the facts were in, he had no choice but to find fault in something yesterday, and I thought it was a bit much to talk about Meyer's tone of voice yesterday....really? And bias? We all are to an extent, by nature. As a former investigator, it was an endless job of addressing one side always being disappointed in the outcome, and this case was no different. In this particular case, everyone lost.
All good points. I'm just glad I wasn't the investigator taxed with that case. I think the real truth was in the marathon meeting that was scheduled for one hour and went close to 10, where we can all assume the only debate was not whether he knew or not, but instead what they were going to do with him. IMO this season will be a test; if things die down then life is good and things go on as normal. If they don't, we are probably seeing the last year with Urban Meyer. I'll conclude with this....the biggest truth that came out which most already felt, was that Meyer's judgement was tarnished due to Smith's Grandfather.
In the public arena, Urban Meyer was tried, prosecuted, and the mob was ready to run the spit through him, light the fire and cook and eat him while tailgating at..... anywhere but Columbus. What we are reading now from every national sportswriter that stated Meyer must go, is a bit of sour grapes. I am not a Ohio State fan, but instead a retired Federal Special Agent, and everyone should be thankful that Mary Jo White did not bow to the pressure from the "mob mentality", and instead conducted a by the book investigation. White is a former US Attorney from New York with a reputation of getting to the facts and being beyond reproach. When Paul Finebaum, who was on record that Meyer must go, provided a statement over the telephone tonight and said he didn't like the way Meyer presented himself at the podium today.....really Paul? Goodness gracious, we have lost forever the art of reporting the facts without including bias. I guess writing just the facts is so boring right now, and the catchphrase seems to be "the fix was in" or "it was a joke" if the investigation didn't conclude like the reader wanted.
Connor was so involved in the three consecutive 11-2 seasons at South Carolina. He never really got a chance to play in Cleveland due to all the negative noise caused by the signing of Johnny Manzell by the Browns after they signed Shaw. I guess you have to believe in fate. If not for a mistake by a New Orleans staffer of a public email indicating interest the Saints had in Shaw (instead of the intended private email to the Browns), Shaw would have probably been in New Orleans instead of Chicago and this ugly nasty injury wouldn't have happened. Karma can be so insulting. Connor Shaw, if you happen to read any of these posts, keep the faith, get well, and go after it again in the near future. We are pulling for you.
A new QB at Georgia matches well with a first time head coach. At least with a new coach, no one has their hooks in him forcing him to play this one or that one. I think at Georgia this season, we may see the very best QB playing, which will be refreshing.
As this list indicates, the SEC may very well be in some type of rebuilding mode.
I love it how so many talk about Spurrier being retired. Retired? He quit in the middle of the football season leaving the program holding their Gamecocks. He quit...in the middle of the season. There is nothing pretty or admirable about that.
If Spurrier became the College Football Commissioner, I guess they would have to keep his replacement on standby just in case Spurrier quit in mid-season. Boom!
My concern with the Muschamp hire is no matter how much the South Carolina brass wants to say Muschamp was their man, most in the country feel that is just not a true statement. The fact is the South Carolina vacancy was one of the earliest to open last season, it certainly appears they put all their eggs in one basket, and when the Houston coach backed away, the Gamecock's backup to that plan imploded when Georgia fired their coach. All of a sudden, South Carolina looked kind of like the 2015 football team, and all of the top coaching prospects were signed by other schools. When Muschamp was hired, most in the college football reporting world screamed "foul" (College Football ESPN Gameday crew) stating Muschamp had not yet earned another shot as an SEC head coach. I guess we will all find out whether South Carolina laid an egg, or if the egg is golden. These days there seems to be a grade placed on everything, and the powers to be at South Carolina don't get a passing grade on how they handled their coaching vacancy. At this point the only person getting a worse grade is Spurrier, for the mess he left South Carolina and their loyal fans. Muschamp's grade? Rest assured it will come quickly into the 2016 football season.
Come on guys....I have been to games in eight different SEC locations and in each and every one of those areas you can always find an idiot being an idiot. That is not representative of the overall crowd in Columbia, and anyone who thinks it is qualifies for the idiot tag as well.
Amen to that!
Same thing I was thinking Phoenix....
they are forgetting who else is in the east!
bryanchip, the sec east cellar is well occupied right now with USC and Vandy and even Missouri....
I hate to see this for two reasons....the first and foremost, Mark Richt is a good guy, and he has long been a good role model for the countless number of young men who passed through the University of Georgia. Richt has always conducted himself in a professional manner as a representative of UGA. The second reason? I am a South Carolina fan and the Gamecocks are still looking for a football coach, and if they don't have their pick locked up behind the scenes, chances are real good the Georgia vacancy could change who remains available for the South Carolina program. I will say, however, after cheering against Georgia one week a year for the last several years, I have to wish Mark Richt well in wherever he lands.
I don't know how many watched the North Carolina/South Carolina game last Thursday, but there was a distinct difference in how the Gamecock offense looked and performed when Connor Mitch was taken out and replaced by Perry Orth. There is hope the South Carolina coaching staff picked up on that in the film room. After a season in which a Gamecock defense was so bad the Defensive Coordinator should no longer be on the payroll, but of course he is, and in my opinion some of that horrible defense remains as a result. And please, but after the Gamecock running backs had knocked off consecutive great plays, whose bonehead call was it that decided to pull them and put David Williams back in, who had done nothing the entire game, and quickly stopped that drive, and almost cost South Carolina the game? Bonehead decision....South Carolina offense was actually starting to roll until then.... And Coach Spurrier, we all know you want to redshirt Nunez, but you must know and feel the necessity that you need to win right now if you expect the Gamecocks to be able to compete in the next recruiting cycle, which means you must win now. I say the HBC does feel it and I say the Gamecocks win by 14 to go 2-0 and 1-0 in the SEC.
I usually don't agree with my Georgia friends, but even though it's real early in the season, Nick Chubb got his 100 yard game in about 3 quarters....Georgia dropped a spot? Shows how stupid the polls are this early.....
Clemson doesn't have a blog? You are on the wrong page and you speak very well, in spite of your team losing 5 out of the last 6 years to the Gamecocks.