Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t feel particularly deflated about Kirby Smart turning down the Georgia DC job. No offense to Smart, but all I care about is that the next coach is better than this guy:
Daily Archives: January 11, 2010
Who is the person who got up saying this at the presser for Texas Tech’s new head coach?
“We’re going to air it out,” he said. “We’re going to keep the Air Raid [offense]. I think it’s something that Tech has hit upon that gives it that identity to recruit and that we all want to have.”
Because it can’t be Tommy Tuberville, former SEC coach.
Today is giving the lie to this being the quiet time in college football, so dig in.
- We’ll miss you, Rennie Curran. I thought this was the most interesting factor he pointed to in his decision to leave: “And just the fact that we have a new defensive coach coming in which is a new system to learn and when you’ve lost guys on the defensive line – Jeff Owens, Geno, big Kade…”
- Pete Carroll goes out with class: “The Pete Carroll era in Los Angeles appeared to have ended late Sunday as the Los Angeles Times reported that Southern California players were informed of his departure for the Seattle Seahawks by a text message from an assistant coach.” How Petrino of him.
- All of which makes this rant pretty apropos.
- This is a damned good idea.
- This, on the other hand, definitely isn’t.
The last one of the season is a lot like the rest of ‘em: easy at the top and bottom and a huge, muddled mess in the middle. Overall, I think it’s fair to say that Alabama salvaged a mediocre season (at least in terms of won-loss results) for the conference.
- Alabama. Gee, this was a tough call. Well coached, with a consistent, tough defense and an offense that did enough, the Tide deserves all the accolades it’s gotten.
- Florida. There aren’t many 13-1 teams that have seasons you’d call a disappointment, but the Gators qualify. The schedule set up nicely for another national title shot, but an Alabama team that seemed to want it a little more derailed those plans.
- LSU. Huge, huge drop from #2 to #3. The Tigers finished out the year 4-4 and only beat one ranked team (then #18 Georgia, believe it or not). They’re in this slot only because there’s no other school in the conference that can take it away from them.
- Ole Miss. If any program would like a mulligan on the season, it’s this one. Houston Nutt made an uncharacteristic mistake in backing the wrong pony in Jevan Snead. We can only wonder how much better the season would have turned out if Dexter McCluster had been the centerpiece on offense from the get go.
- Georgia. Hard to know what to say about the Dawgs. On the one hand, getting eight wins out of a team that played Sagarin’s seventh toughest schedule and finished 118th in turnover margin (minus-16!) is fairly remarkable. On the other hand, Georgia suffered two of the most wretched losses in conference play, to Tennessee and Kentucky. Certainly no SEC team wasted more talent in 2009 than Georgia, and I’m hard pressed to come with any team nationally that did.
- Auburn. Sure, the schedule helped, but it’s hard to argue that this team didn’t overachieve, which is a credit to the players and the coaches. I’m still not sold on a future with Ted Roof as the defensive coordinator, though.
- Arkansas. I simply don’t get the love for this team. For all his obvious physical talent, Mallett still has a ways to go from a decision-making standpoint before he’s an elite quarterback. And for all his prowess as an offensive mind, Petrino still doesn’t have a team that plays consistently on defense or special teams. The Hogs would have been a great Conference USA team this season, but it’s hard to get very excited about an SEC team that fails to win a single game in an opponent’s stadium.
- Tennessee. For all the snake oil and hoopla, all this season boiled down to in the end for the Vols was an improvement of one game in the loss column.
- South Carolina. This program is stuck in a seemingly endless loop – good start, followed by the inevitable second half collapse (2-5 over their last seven games). It’s always next year in Columbia.
- Kentucky. I couldn’t rank the ‘Cats any higher than this. They lost to South Carolina heads up and lost to a Clemson team that the ‘Cocks beat soundly. Still, Brooks’ last year was nothing to be ashamed of. Just ask Georgia.
- Mississippi State. I know I have them ranked low, but considering the dearth of talent in the program, Dan Mullen deserves some consideration for SEC coach of the year honors. The schedule (Sagarin’s toughest) didn’t do these guys any favors, either.
- Vanderbilt. For all the shuffling going on with assistant coaches right now, I’m puzzled that Vandy’s not in the mix looking for a new offensive coordinator. It doesn’t matter how fundamentally sound a team is or how well it plays defense if it averages less than nine points per game in conference play.