SDS hands out Christmas presents to the SEC
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and SDS is handing out presents. What will each SEC program find under it’s tree from our staff?
2008 SEC Championship game film. What do you give the team that has everything? How about a reminder of the only time Urban Meyer beat Nick Saban? The Buckeyes Alabama will face in the Sugar Bowl are vastly different than Meyer’s Tim Tebow-led Gators team from 2008, but it should be a good reminder of the quality of opponent the Crimson Tide will be up against on Jan. 1.
An unlimited supply of tissues. Bret Bielema is known to get emotional when it comes to his team. With the way the Razorbacks ended the season, it looks like there are going to be plenty of big wins in the near future for the program, and Bielema could be wiping tears of joy away a lot more often in 2015.
Dance lessons for two. We’ve all seen Gus Malzahn’s dance moves, and while we hope he’s improved since the early 1990s, there was a long way to go for him to be competent on the dance floor. With Will Muschamp on the Plains, Malzahn has a fitting partner to run the defensive side of the ball. If it works out, these two could be dancing with a national championship trophy in the near future.
A fun offense. Gators fans were treated to some of the best and most forward-thinking offenses in the country for the better part of two decades. That went out the window with Will Muschamp running the show, but the excitement should be back with offensive-minded Jim McElwain in town.
The “clutch” gene. Every year, it seems like the Bulldogs are loaded with all the talent needed to storm through the SEC East and take the conference crown in a near-home game in Atlanta, but Georgia hasn’t won the SEC title since 2005. For the Dawgs and Mark Richt, we wrapped up the ability to win the big games when it matters most so they can get the first championship of Richt’s successful career.
A new special teams coach. One of the biggest downfalls in Kentucky’s six-game slide to end 2014 was the special teams play. Former coach Craig Naivar is gone, and Mark Stoops will need someone to come in to plug up all of the leaks the Wildcats sprung on kick and punt returns this year.
A passing attack. It’s almost unfair to LSU’s consistently brilliant defenses to be held back by an offense that, in most years, can’t throw the ball with any regularity. For the sake of everyone in Baton Rouge, we’re gift wrapping some competent quarterback play for the Tigers.
An American Express gift card. How much do you need to give Dan Mullen and his assistants a raise, Bulldogs? We’ve got a few extra bucks for you to help make sure you don’t lose any more coaches before the Orange Bowl.
National respect. Despite two straight divisional titles, no one regards Missouri as a real contender in the East. Maybe it’s the two ugly losses in the SEC Championship, or the regular season losses to Indiana and Georgia, but Gary Pinkel has a team that just wins. With returning junior quarterback Maty Mauk, we want to give the Tigers some respect in the national rankings next fall.
A quarterback. Losing a multi-year senior starter can be tough, especially at quarterback, but Hugh Freeze hoped he had found his next QB in Clemson castoff Chad Kelly. The JUCO transfer quickly found himself in trouble after a bar fight in New York over the weekend, and his time at Ole Miss may be over before it gets started. We’d like to put a competent quarterback for offensive whiz Freeze to work his magic with.
A filter for Steve Spurrier. The Head Ball Coach is known for saying whatever he pleases. It’s why most of the country loves him, but this season in particular it got him in some trouble. From bashing his team after a road win to the “2-3 years” quip a few weeks ago, Spurrier had to put out a few fires. Taking a few seconds to think before he speaks might make Spurrier a bit less entertaining, but it’ll save him headaches in the new year.
Masonry trowels. Butch Jones has been gathering bricks in Knoxville for two years now. It’s time for the coach to start building his pile those bricks into something more. Trowels will help Jones smooth out what he has on hand and get some significant SEC wins in 2015.
Coaching stability. Texas A&M’s coaching staff is in upheaval, with three of Kevin Sumlin’s assistants already gone. What the Aggies need for the holidays is a new defensive coordinator to rebuild that side of the ball and a few weeks without someone being fired or hired away.
A Magic 8 Ball. Derek Mason could not make up his mind in 2014, shuffling through four quarterbacks in the first three games of the season. Mason apparently needs some help with decision making, so we got him the best gift possible: a customized Magic 8 Ball, complete with all of his quarterback choices for 2015.