So, I found myself watching a good bit of ESPN coverage of SEC Media Days – Jeebus, are we in for a long year on that front – and listened to a debate between Kanell and Palmer about Lane Kiffin’s future at Alabama. (Hint: both think Junior won’t have his bags unpacked in Tuscaloosa all that long.)
All of which made me wonder what Nick Saban was thinking when he hired Kiffin in the first place. I understand why the Laner jumped at the opportunity to burnish his credentials, plus perhaps add “finally, team player” to his resume. But what does the practical Saban get out of the arrangement? Alabama’s got all the promotional attention it needs. As Spurrier reminded us this week, Saban recruits like a sumbitch and hardly needs any help on that front. Is Kiffin really the offensive genius he wants us all to believe he is? Nothing in his history at USC suggests that’s really the case; much of his reputation was the result of having phenomenal talent at his disposal as a coordinator. Certainly his last two years as head coach presiding over a shrinking talent base don’t indicate that.
So if the man is gone in a year or two, following his ambitions, what will Saban have gained? No snark intended here. Saban is as sharp as they come, so there must be something he sees. I just don’t get what that might be.
It sounds like Greg McElroy thinks Les Miles owes Nick Saban some of his salary.
“If you look at LSU, they’ve had sustained success since Saban left because he established that mindset. Les Miles obviously did take over that program and has done a terrific job in his own right, but once you establish that mindset and have the leadership that holds young players accountable, that success shouldn’t soon dwindle…”
I guess Nick just didn’t get that mindset established in time in Miami.
Jeebus, ESPN, it’s bad enough we’ve got Finebaum genuflecting in Saban’s presence on the SEC Network. Is it really necessary to double down?
Nick Saban’s new deal: eight years, $6.5 million per year with a $400,000 completion bonus.
Junior’s new deal: three years, $680,000 for the first two years and $714,000 for the third year.
Hard to question Saban’s numbers, other than why it took seven months to hash out the contract extension. But I continue to be amazed at every new SEC offensive coordinator who does better, financially speaking, than Mike Bobo.
The shipment from Destin has arrived. Dig in.
- Nick Saban thinks Boom is gonna be just fine, thanks.
- The White House convenes a summit today on the potential long-term effects of concussions in children engaged in sports activities. This issue ain’t going away any time soon.
- Adjusting to the new recruiting rules won’t be easy.
- Two interesting facts from CFN‘s South Carolina preview: One, the last time the Gamecocks lost a game when they were on the plus side of the turnover margin was against Georgia in 2009, being in the negative in 15 of the 16 losses since then, finishing even in the 2011 loss to Auburn. Two, Steve Spurrier never won eleven games three times in a row at Florida. (Yes, the season is longer now, but, still… South Carolina.)
- The SEC is revisiting its tiebreaker rules, ‘yo.
- Year2 clues us in to the real reason Florida is dropping FCS opponents from its future scheduling.
- Georgia director of on-campus recruiting Daryl Jones is leaving the program. According to McGarity, the next move is Richt’s.
- If Nick Saban doesn’t understand how the selection committee is going to pick the teams for the semi-finals, how should we?
File this under “Stuff I Don’t Need To Hear Right Now”.
Even on a slow news day, the buffet is there for you.
- Shattle Fenteng is ready to get to Athens. My guess is the feeling is mutual.
- Number 104 on Paul Myerberg’s College Football Countdown is Kentucky… which means he thinks Troy is a better team on Georgia’s schedule than the Wildcats.
- Speaking of slow news days, Tallahassee police released the surveillance video of Jameis Winston walking out of Publix with a sack of crab legs. Way to crack the case wide open, fellas.
- The weirdest preseason assessment of Georgia? Right here.
- If you’re a sports nut, unbundling cable probably won’t save you any money. Because, you know, ESPN.
- Nick Saban: “If it was totally up to me, I’d say you’ve got to play all 12 games in the Big 5″ conferences. He’s got that right.
- So what happens if O’Bannon beats the NCAA, anyway?
- Chase Stuart calculates that Texas A&M, with only three players, supplied the most draft value to the NFL this year. The Aggies won’t miss a beat, right?
- The ACC favors an early signing period for football.
Nick Saban tells assembled media to kiss his ass for asking a stupid question.
Gee, that’s unusual.