Anything big happens in college football and it’s not validated until somebody gets Nick Saban’s opinion on the matter, right? So he’s asked about the new playoff system and speaks very generally about it in his response.
With one exception, that is.
“I don’t think there’s enough weight put on the quality of your schedule and the opponents that you play, which in our league is very, very important, because we had six teams in the top 10 last year at the end of the season. We play each other, and that has a huge impact on the quality of team you have, regardless of how many games you lose. There are things like that that I think we can do better.”
Expect to hear more and more of this kind of talk from SEC coaches, especially if the pressure to go to a nine-game conference schedule increases.
I was going to post something about Bill Hancock’s shameless change of face about a four-team playoff, but Rodger Sherman saves me a lot of time and trouble with this post.
I’m just surprised Ari Fleischer hasn’t weighed in yet.
Oh, my Gawd, yes. This is real. And it’s spectacular.
There are times when you really wonder what people were thinking.
And if the Redcoat Band has a sense of humor, it’ll do a Harry Potter tribute at halftime of the Cocktail Party this year.
It’s a buffet. Just a buffet.
How ’bout this? “In a 27-year coaching career, Chizik had never left a job because of somebody else’s decision.”
That’s what happens when you’re the guy with the program that turned in the fourth-worst offensive and third-worst defensive showings in the SEC in the last six years. Maybe we should be impressed that Auburn managed to win three games last year, given that.
It’s obvious Chizik wants to coach again. That’s why he spent the time strenuously objecting to Selena Roberts’ report the other day. (By the way, “we did it right” includes spending $77,000 to have private security enforce Auburn football player curfews during last season? Ho-kay, fine.)
“It’s been a time of reflection. I’m not one to dwell on the past and look at all the ‘what-ifs’ and things of that nature, but naturally, you reflect,” Chizik said. ”But I’ve also stayed busy. I’m in a place right now where I’m continuing to map out a plan.”
Careful with that kind of talk, Geno. Remember what happened with the last SEC head coach who had a plan.