Daily Archives: January 7, 2009

The stoopid. It hurts.

I was going to write something about John Feinstein’s latest BCS temper tantrum, but I just didn’t have the heart stomach for it.

Fortunately, Orson kicks some righteous ass on the subject – and it’s a Rick Reilly two-fer, to boot.

I swear, if you could guarantee me that a playoff would put an end to moronic pontificating like that, I’m ready to take the deal.

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UPDATE: Doc Saturday fisks Feinstein.

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Slow news day

Not much going on today, eh?

Seriously, the timing suggests they’re both leaving, and given the money at stake, it’s hard to blame them.

I wish them the best, appreciate their contributions and expect the program to roll on.

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UPDATE: They’re gone, God bless ‘em.  They showed a lot of class at the presser, but this little tidbit from Moreno kind of blew me away:

Moreno said he missed the deadline to send his paperwork to the advisors.

That is evidence of either supreme confidence or supreme obliviousness.  For his sake, I hope he signs with an agent who will look out for him.

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You mean there’s a plan?

I hope this doesn’t sound like I’m piling on Jerry Hinnen over at The Joe Cribbs Car Wash, because he’s one of my favorite bloggers, but there’s something about this passage that’s been nagging at me since I read it:

Lost amidst the predictable Keanu-style Whoa!’s in response to Auburn paying their new RB coach 400K a year and Tennessee and LSU battling to see who could offer Ed Orgeron the most virgins is that neither Auburn nor Tennessee are paying their new head guys what we might expect to be “market value” for an SEC head coach. Any cries of viva la revolucion are obviously a little bit premature, but Auburn and the Vols’ approach does seem to represent perhaps a new way of financial thinking in the SEC: hire a less splashy but cheaper head coach, then back him with the cash saved on his salary to put together the best staff money and a stable full of pure-bred Arabian racehorses can buy.

My first thought upon reading that was wouldn’t it just have been easier to hire Mike Leach?

I think Jerry’s kidding himself if he thinks there was a coordinated plan in place at those schools to structure staff salaries in the manner he suggests.  To begin with, if either of these new coaches is successful in the short run, what’s the first thing that will happen?  That’s right – the head man gets a fat raise and there go the savings.

But more importantly, if that really were the conscious strategy, I fail to grasp the logic behind it.  Given all the money getting ready to tumble into every SEC program, which these schools are clearly ready to throw at assistants at an unprecedented level, why would an athletic director let a few bucks get in the way of a home run hire for head coach?

Let me illustrate with a hypothetical.  Suppose that through some miracle Bobby Petrino had been able to extricate himself from his contract at Arkansas and presented himself as a candidate for the Auburn job at the eleventh hour.  Does anybody believe that Jay Jacobs would have said something like, “sorry, Bobby, we’ve decided to go in another direction with Gene Chizik so we can throw some money at Trooper Taylor to hire him as an assistant”?  Of course not.  And could you imagine the reaction of the Auburn faithful if word got out that Jacobs did something like that?  Tar and feathers, baby.

On the other hand, spending wads of cash to hire assistants makes perfect sense from the head coach’s standpoint.  It’s the southern-fried football version of George Steinbrenner’s method of running a sports operation.  Relatively speaking, you’ve got more money than you know what to do with.  Unlike George, you can’t spend the moolah on the players, so you spend it on the next closest thing.   Will it work?  I dunno – when’s the last time the Yankees won the World Series?

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UPDATE: Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton puts his math skills on display.  Looks to me like he’s either FOS or engaged in some seriously delusional thinking.

… If Tennessee stays below the $4 million total for the assistants – as Hamilton said it will – then the average salary for the other six Vol assistants will be less than $250,000.   Lane Kiffin has hired four assistants directly from the NFL. He is believed to be considering two other current NFL assistants.

They were prepared to offer Garner approximately $400K a year.  I’m guessing that if the right guy catches their eye, they’re ready to throw that kind of money out there again.  So much for Hamilton’s budget.   Besides, what “current NFL assistant” is going to come to UT for less than $250K a year?  That’s a joke.

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UPDATE #2: Jerry’s response is a thing of beauty, which, as we all know, is a joy forever.  Or at least until Auburn or Tennessee has a losing season again.

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Out on the rim

Another Tebow in the Philippines story for your reading pleasure, courtesy of ESPN (natch).

The only reason I mention it is that in the article there’s a fairly tasteless pun just dying to meet you.  See if you can find it.

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Don’t you have some polygamists to prosecute?

Slow times in Utah:

Utah’s attorney general is investigating the Bowl Championship Series for a possible violation of federal antitrust laws after an undefeated Utes team was left out of the national title game for the second time in five years.

I’d take politicians like this more seriously if they started their grandstanding before bowl season, rather than after their teams get there.

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UPDATE: Related thoughts from an AP voter.

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Number one, number one.

It suddenly dawned on me after reading this post of Doc Saturday’s that if Tommy Tuberville finds himself with too much time on his hands this year, he could rent himself out as a “mythical national champ” consultant to programs that didn’t play in the BCS title game but think they have a claim to the #1 slot.  After all, the man’s got experience.

He can show ‘em how to throw a parade.

Toilet paper is optional.  Unless youre on the Plains, of course.

Toilet paper is optional. Unless you're on the Plains, of course.

He can help with jewelry design, too.

From the looks of things, he could have a fair amount of business this off season.

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