SDS Mailbag: What will Nick Saban do in retirement? Who’s better: Mike Leach or Lane Kiffin?
What an exciting week it has been in the SEC! From several big-name players deciding to go to the 2020 NFL Draft to others returning to school to Mississippi State hiring Mike Leach, there are a number of big storylines.
Add in LSU playing in the title game on Monday and SEC basketball being in full swing, it’s a great time to be an SEC fan!
So, what questions do you have for me this week? Let’s take a look!
Now that Mike Leach is at Mississippi State and Lane Kiffin is at Ole Miss, which of the 2 Mississippi SEC coaches would you rather have?
Wow, this is a tough decision. I love both of those guys and think they’ll both do great work at their respective Mississippi schools. (Side note: I also wanted Mizzou to hire either guy, so seeing both end up in the SEC, but not with the Tigers, is kind of painful.)
However, just based on proven recruiting success and youth, I’m going to have to go with Kiffin. I think he’ll be there for the long run and have a great deal of success in the process.
Both Leach and Kiffin have outstanding offensive minds, though, so the Egg Bowl just became even more exciting in 2020 and beyond. After the way last year’s game finished (with a simulated dog pee TD celebration), who would have thought more excitement was even possible?
What might a retired Nick Saban do? Miss Terry will surely not let him hang around all day.
I’m sure he’ll play a fair amount of golf, but I also see him staying active in the football community. First and foremost, I’ll acknowledge that I think Saban still has a few years left before he calls it quits.
He already makes a number of media appearances (including some scheduled events during this upcoming buildup to the CFP title game), so I see him becoming a bigger part of ESPN’s analysis team.
I could see College GameDay adding a seat for him. He’d take over for Lee Corso on set when Corso decides to retire, but he obviously wouldn’t do the headgear segment (I think Pat McAfee would be a good choice to take that over).
What he would do is provide some incredible insight into the game and offer up his years of experience to make the show even more interesting. Again, though, I don’t think this will be a move he’ll be making for another few years, at least.
Will Tom Herman complete his ascension in the Texas college football hierarchy by taking the Baylor job? (Baylor had 83 wins last decade, even with a 1-win season in 2017, while Texas had 71 wins in the 2010s.)
Nice shot at Texas! At this point, I’m not sure too many Longhorns fans would even be too sad if Herman left. The only thing he has going for him is that he’s 3-0 in bowl games, so he’s good at ending seasons on a high note.
But would Baylor even want him? I’m not so sure at this point. We’ll see who Baylor turns to in the hiring process.
No matter how you slice it, though, Herman needs to get the 2020s off to a better start than the 2010s if he wants to keep his job for much longer.
Who will be the best QB in the SEC in 2020? Who will be the second-best? What are the chances they’re on the same team?
I’m not sure what you’re getting at with the “being on the same team” thing, as I don’t think there’s any chance of that. The SEC’s QB situation is in major flux at this point, as the conference will lose Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm, Kelly Bryant and others.
I do think there will be some graduate transfers who step in (cough, Georgia, cough) and contribute in 2020, but for now, I’d say Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond will be the best QB in the SEC.
Behind him, I think Florida’s Kyle Trask has certainly proven himself to be a talented guy who can become even better in 2020. His progression this offseason will be interesting to watch, as Florida should have enough talent to win the SEC East.
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