Tommy’s pumping up the jam:
“We know how to win championships,” he said. “You can just imagine here the excitement when we do win … because we’re going to win a championship. We’re going to win maybe two, maybe three, maybe four. It just depends on what the good Lord wants us to have.”
Well, in case you’re having trouble with your imagination, Red Raider fans, let me leave you with this image of what to expect.
I get chills, I tells ‘ya. Chills.
This probably won’t shock a single one of you, but there’s a pretty obvious trend that’s developed over the past twenty years in college football - top-25 teams don’t play each other as much as they used to. Two reasons for that:
… The primary reason for the decline has been conference expansion. In 1989, 25 teams were independent, including AP final Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and six of the top-25 overall. In 2009, only 3 FBS teams were independent, none of which were ranked. Additionally, there were 94 FBS vs. FCS games played last year, 17 involving AP top-25 teams. Only 50 such games were played in 1989, two by AP top-25 teams.
Translated, that means given a choice between a more competitive non-conference game and the chance to make more money by avoiding home-and-home deals, ADs have chosen the latter more and more frequently. Like I said, I doubt that’s much of a surprise to anyone.
(h/t Brian Cook)
This time, it’s Tom Dienhart’s turn.
As spring drills begin to heat up this month, Alabama‘s Nick Saban, Ohio State‘s Jim Tressel, Boise State‘s Chris Petersen, Oregon‘s Chip Kelly and Texas‘ Mack Brown, among others, are thinking national championship.
But other coaches are thinking of survival.
One of those being Mark Richt. But, hey, at least his seat is described as being merely “warm”.
In case you were worried, the Tiger Prowl is back, baby.
Feel free to indulge your inner snark in the comments.
So, the Alabama football team will be making its way to Washington to meet the President next week.
Here’s hoping that Nick Saban takes the opportunity to say something complimentary to Michelle Obama about the window treatments at the White House.