Clay Travis shares his thoughts on which SEC opening is the best job
Since Missouri and Ole Miss last weekend joined Arkansas as the SEC schools with openings for a head coach, there is much debate over the pecking order of the jobs. Perhaps that’s because the jobs are not the best or the worst in the SEC, and have had glimpses of success over the years amid downturns.
Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage took the latest attempt to assess the jobs and how they stack up. He shared results of a Twitter poll he conducted, which generated 60,000 responses. Ole Miss got 53 percent of the vote, Missouri 26 percent and Arkansas received 21 percent. But Travis disagrees.
“Missouri is the better job here because the SEC East top 4 is weaker than the SEC West top 4,” he said. “… Missouri is also a bigger state, with a more fertile recruiting market, and you’re the only Power 5 job in your state.”
He added some of those variables could be true at Arkansas, but not Ole Miss.
Travis labeled the top 4 in the East as being Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina, and the West being Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M, and South Carolina is the weakest of the 8. Therefore it’s easier for Missouri jump into the top 4 in the East, than Arkansas and Ole Miss to do the same in the West.
“I actually think it was really aggressive for Missouri to fire Barry Odom,” he said. “Who was 25-25 at Missouri, I actually think he’s done a pretty good job. Kelly Bryant got injured and things kind of fell apart for his offense this year. But I am intrigued to see what happens with these 3 jobs.”