Daily Archives: January 12, 2010

Kiffin watch: Lane, we hardly knew ‘ye.

From Joe Schad’s Twitter feed:

USC has hired Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, sources say


I called it.  Care to guess the odds on Hamilton offering the job to Coach O?  HE MUST DEFEND THIS RECRUITING CLASS!

God, this is turning into the best offseason ever.


UPDATE: Chris Low has the details.

Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin has agreed in principle to become the next head coach at Southern California, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com’s Chris Low on Tuesday.

Kiffin would replace Pete Carroll, who jumped to the NFL as coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

Kiffin, the former Oakland Raiders coach, led the Volunteers for only one season.

According to the sources, Kiffin will bring his father and defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, and assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron to Southern Cal with him, and wide receivers coach Kippy Brown will be named interim head coach at Tennessee.

I guess it’s time to rally around the Kipster, boys.


UPDATE #2: Great one-liner from Mark Schlabach –

The NCAA is in our backyard, so let’s hire….


UPDATE #3: Somehow, Footballcoachscoop.com completely whiffed on this story.  That destroys their credibility with me.  Totally.



Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin

You’re creeping me out, man.

I was enjoying Jerry Hinnen’s how-can-you-dismiss-Auburn-and-praise-Arkansas-next-season post, mainly because I agree with him, when I got to this passage:

But the point is that when you’re looking for your 2010 SEC sleeper–and that you can’t have a top-25 with just three SEC teams is the principal excuse for ranking the Hogs in this exercise, I’m sure–there’s just as many reasons not to overlook Auburn, just as many to overlook a team like Arkansas. But for whatever reason, the preseason Angel of Expectational Death* appears to be in the process of passing over Auburn’s (and Georgia’s and Tennessee’s) door…

*It has the face of Skip Bayless and the voice of Pam Ward.

That image will disturb my sleep for at least a week.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, SEC Football

While we’re on the subject of defensive coordinators…

I made fun of Tuberville’s sudden conversion to the Air Raid offense, but if you read the transcript from his initial presser, there’s a lot of very interesting commentary there from him.  Check out what he had to say about his philosophy on defense:

Q. What will your base defense be? What defense will you run?

COACH TUBERVILLE: Here you’ve been based on a four-man front. And I coached four-man front for 15, 16 years. I thought there was nothing else. Then everything he involves. And probably over the last seven or eight years we’ve based out of a three-man front with four linebackers.

And we did that because of adjustments. When everybody was playing two backs and throwing it 15 times a  game, a four-man front was pretty good. Gave you an opportunity to get lined up, not real complicated. Then when everybody started spreading it out, it makes it easier to play nickel and dime defenses out of a three-man front. Replace a linebacker or two linebackers with two corners that can cover all these wide receivers that teams are putting on the field.

So I like the three-man front. Now probably about 30%, 40% of the time you’ll see us in a four-man front. You have to be multiple. But we’ll be aggressive. We’ll attack the line of scrimmage. You’ll see blitzing. You’ll see zone blitzing.

It’s hard to zone blitz out of a four-man front. But, again, we’ll have to evaluate how much of the three-man front we’ll put in depending on the personnel.

He goes on to say that he’ll run the same defense at TTU that we saw from both teams in the BCS title game.


Filed under Strategery And Mechanics

The power of perception and a modest proposal to end the crisis

So, welcome to Day 42 of the Dawgnation hostage crisis.

Crowds began gathering shortly after the Martinez dismissal, demanding an end to the uncertainty.

The longer it goes on, the worse it gets – because it’s not about getting a competent replacement for Willie Martinez any more, it’s about something much, much bigger.

… While Tide fans cheer (and Smart counts his money), Georgia fans are pulling their hair out.  Again.

Come to think of it, after getting jilted at the altar by Bud Foster and John Chavis, Dawg fans might not have much hair left.  Sort of like if the mange had hit Athens, I guess.

More news will come shortly, but you can be sure of three things:

1.  Smart will get a hefty raise out of all this.

2.  Georgia will now have to turn its attention to someone of lesser “name” value.

3.  Mark Bradley and/or Jeff Schultz of The AJC will use this info as a pointy stick with which to further beat Mark Richt, who seems to be their own personal pinata.

I wonder if the over-the-top negative fan and media reaction to Richt’s first truly bad year in Athens has anything to do with all of these coaches saying “thanks, but no thanks” to the Georgia job?  Nah, couldn’t be.

There’s no question Richt has set his sights high, but as he’s finding out now, that can lead to disappointment in the end.  It seems to have done just that for UGA fans.

But in reality, why would Foster — a man who’d coached beside Frank Beamer for decades and who figures to be his eventual successor — leave Virginia Tech for Georgia?

In reality, why would Smart — the defensive coordinator for a team that will be the NCAA favorites again next year — leave Alabama for Georgia?  UGA wouldn’t help him get any closer to landing a head coaching job… his obvious next step.

Only Chavis had a reason to leave his school for Georgia: the possibility of moving closer to his family.  But in terms of winning, recruiting, national prominence and money terms, LSU is just as good or better than Georgia.

Richt went after the top names in the college game and came up empty.  Now he’ll have to hear about it until September if he can’t find some other big name to make the move the Athens.

And I’m not sure Todd Grantham will/would be a big enough name to calm the Bulldog faithful at this point.

And that’s it – it’s no longer about getting a better coach (and let’s face it, given how Georgia has performed on defense over the last two seasons, that’s not exactly a daunting task) – it’s about us.  And the AJ-C.

That’s why Paul, bless his heart, may turn out to be wrong about this, at least in the short run.  Because as long as the Jackets sign a new defensive coordinator before Georgia does, it’s no big deal.

The cynic in me is betting that the next set of rumors will coalesce around Brian VanGorder returning to Athens.  I can’t think of another move that will generate this type of feeling amongst the Dawg faithful.

Set us free, Coach Richt, set us free!

When… er, if that doesn’t work, it’ll be time for us to insist that Richt and Evans aren’t up to the task (never mind the fact that they were prepared to make a guy with one year’s experience as a defensive coordinator under a control freak the third highest paid assistant coach in the country for some reason) and turn the job over to somebody with more juice.  Not Michael Adams.  He’s pretty much botched every coaching hire he’s had a direct hand in.  Nah, we’ll need somebody whose unquestioned love for the red and black “G” is matched by clout recognized on an international level.

And I’ve got just the guy in mind.

Nobody says "No" to Hugo Chavez. At least not for very long... (AP photo)

All our trials, Lord, soon will be over.  In the meantime, we can always console ourselves with this.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Tuesday morning buffet

You need to eat something to get over that Kirby Smart hangover.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, ACC Football, Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, It's Just Bidness, Nick Saban Rules, Recruiting, SEC Football