Daily Archives: December 14, 2011

Meet the next Bobby Petrino.

Todd Graham is leaving Pittsburgh to become Arizona State’s new head coach.  This makes his third head coaching move in four seasons, I believe.  And his departure was classy indeed.

… Pitt’s players were informed in a statement from Graham that was sent via text by assistant athletic director/football operations Blair Philbrick.

“I have resigned my position at Pitt in the best interest of my family to pursue the head coaching position at Arizona State,” Graham said. “Coaching there has always been a dream of ours and we have family there. The timing of the circumstances have prohibited from telling you this directly. I now am on my way to Tempe to continue those discussions. God Bless. Coach Graham.”

Well, God may work in mysterious ways, but Graham sure doesn’t.  He’s simply a hooker with a whistle.

… If these statements are true, they might not necessarily even mark a significant departure from Graham’s past negotiating tactics, which most notably include using bathroom breaks during contract talks with Rice University to leverage a better deal with Tulsa via cell phone in 2007.  Graham also reportedly got Pittsburgh to raise their initial offer to him in January by nearly half a million dollars by convincing the Pitt administration that he had nearly unbreakable ties to the Tulsa community.  He even went so far as to claim that his wife, Penni, would leave him if he left Tulsa, and had his wife write Facebook and Twitter status updates meant to mislead the Tulsa community as to his whereabouts during communications with Pitt officials.

I’m just amazed athletic directors keep hiring the guy.

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The Pirate and Pornutopia

Mike Leach’s partner for next month’s Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game is a dude whose current claim to fame is, well, multi-talented:  “As the publisher of titles like Adult Quest, Wildscene, and Risque Business, Gray presides over a regional strip-club-guide empire. His magazines are a quirky mix of raunchy editorials from local lawyers and porn stars, and glossy ads for Houston-area cabarets.”

You may see this as a bug, but I’m not so sure.  Lane Kiffin’s probably wondering why he didn’t think of outsourcing.

(h/t EDSBS)

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Wednesday morning buffet

I’ve been searching for Michigan State news on Big Ten blogs and such, but as you can imagine, Jerry Sandusky and Urban Meyer have sucked most of the oxygen out of the tent.  So apologies for the paucity of info on that front…

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Reader poll: SEC’s biggest bummer

[Ed. note:  Edward Aschoff stole my thunder a bit, but I had planned this post for today, so screw it.]

It’s time for another reader poll and I thought this would be a good one:  which SEC team proved to have the most disappointing 2011 season?

The nominees are, in alphabetical order:

  • Auburn (7-5, 4-4).  It’s not just that the Tigers dropped six wins down from last year.  It’s that they looked so bad over the second half of the season doing it.
  • Florida (6-6, 3-5).  Not exactly the banner year under Muschamp Gator fans were expecting.
  • Mississippi (2-10, 0-8).  We knew they weren’t going to be good, but nobody expected Ole Miss to be that bad.
  • Mississippi State (6-6, 2-6).  If their rival hadn’t been so Gawd-awful, these Bulldogs might not have wound up bowl eligible.
  • Tennessee (5-7, 1-7).  Losing to Kentucky for the first time since the mid-’80s is the essence of disappointment.  Losing to a Kentucky team led by a wide receiver making his first start at quarterback since high school doubles down on that.

And the winner is…

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The future’s so bright…

While mindful of The Wolf’s admonition, I have to admit that there’s some justification for the optimism Chip Towers brings to his review of Georgia’s 2012 depth chart.

Georgia currently is slated to return 17 of 22 starters from this year’s 10-3 squad when it defends its SEC Eastern Division championship next season. That’s obviously a big reason for optimism.

Obviously there are areas of concern, like the offensive line and special teams.  But who foresaw the depth that was developed this season at wide receiver and linebacker?  The coaching staff deserves some kudos for that.

What are your thoughts on next season’s two deep?

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Recruiting rules for schmucks

I’m not sure how this works, exactly, but I would think it’s not unreasonable to expect Nick Saban to take another run at Justin Thomas, a four-star recruit who flipped his verbal commitment from Alabama to Georgia Tech yesterday.

So does that mean Paul Johnson has to have one of those “talk real slow” conversations with Thomas about not flirting with ‘Bama anymore?

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Pain on the Plains

So, Gus Malzahn, one year after turning down a reported $3 million/year offer to become Vanderbilt’s head coach, elects to take a pay cut of almost a half million dollars per year to become the new head coach at… Arkansas State.

I’m not sure if that’s a sadder commentary on Malzahn, who surely becomes the first coach ever to regret rejecting a coaching offer from Vandy, or Gene Chizik, who I figure is one Trooper Taylor defection away from presiding over the biggest exodus since Pharoah watched the Israelites hightail it out of Egypt.

The good news is that there should be plenty of room on the Auburn sideline at the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

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