VolQuest is reporting that Derek Dooley’s fate at UT has moved from the if to when stage. No big surprise there after yesterday’s loss.
At least his folks will be able to show up at Sanford Stadium unconflicted again.
The irony of this happening at Texas Tech shouldn’t be lost on anyone.
And Tuberville’s explanation was as lame as they come.
My favorite division in college football today is the ACC Coastal. Behold, the power and the glory:
ACC – Coastal W-L PF PA W-L PF PA STRK Miami (FL) 4-3 231 209 5-5 285 312 L1 Georgia Tech 4-3 278 209 5-5 382 302 W2 Duke 3-3 156 219 6-4 307 326 L2 North Carolina 3-3 216 212 6-4 405 257 L1 Virginia 2-4 141 187 4-6 246 293 W2 Virginia Tech 2-4 146 181 4-6 266 250 L3
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m rooting for Georgia Tech here. Nothing would please me more than to see a 6-6 team playing for the ACC championship after a season-ending loss to its in state rival. I imagine the self-rationalization on StingTalk would be epic.
The Jackets are going to need a little help, though. They’ve got to beat Duke and then hope the Blue Devils take out Miami, since the ‘Canes hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. That’s a lot to ask out of a mediocre Duke team. But if it happens, it would be Chantastic.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to look down at the top of a college football scoreboard. But that was my vantage point last night, as I sat three rows from the top in the section next to the end at JHS. I needed binoculars just to be able to read players’ numbers.
But even that far away, it wasn’t hard to sense how surreal things were. The Auburn fans tailgated, showed up, cheered their beloved Tigers before the game started. And after? First, they went quiet. (It got so quiet that I wondered during Georgia’s third series why the Dawgs were still bothering with silent counts.)
Then, they simply melted away.
You could have picked any moment after halftime for a scene like that. And that, more than anything, is why I expect Chizik is toast. Anger is one thing – that means your fans still care. But last night was emotionless. People simply don’t care about this football team. And that’s death.
One other thing: I can’t remember another place where it was easier to bring in booze. Nobody was even looking hard at folks as they walked in. During the game, I saw one Georgia fan showing how she brought in a large flask concealed in her bosom, but honestly, I don’t know that she really had to go to that much trouble. I guess if your team is laying a giant egg, it’s the least you can do for your fan base.
Anyway, on to the bullet points:
Okay, it helps that Auburn sucks. (I like driving in my truck.) But Georgia still had to come out to play. Give the coaches and the players credit. They did not play down to the level of the opponent. Instead, they maintained the level of play we saw in the second half of the Ole Miss game.
You can see the confidence and cohesiveness growing each week. This team is a long way from the one that crapped the bed against South Carolina. I’m starting to get the feeling that they’re in a different place than they were down the stretch in 2011. Last year, they were just happy to show up at the SECCG. This year’s group looks like they’ve got more in mind. Let’s hope they keep playing like that.