Daily Archives: September 19, 2013

Two words: Jimmy Sexton

Okay, I wasn’t going to post anymore today, but I simply can’t resist this.

A few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship, a University of Texas regent and a former regent talked with Nick Saban’s agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing Longhorns coach Mack Brown, The Associated Press has learned.

And this is so Jimmy Sexton:

Whether Sexton initiated the contact with Texas is unclear. He did not return a telephone message from the AP on Thursday. Alabama spokesman Jeff Purinton also declined comment.

Hall said a person he would not identify called him, unsolicited, and proposed an introduction to Sexton.

The only thing missing is a bone to throw Houston Nutt.

Needless to say, it would be a lot of fun to see this story develop legs, especially during the season.  But I’m not holding out much hope of that.


Filed under Mack Brown Soldiers On, Nick Saban Rules

Anticipation… is making me wait.

Saturday will be a bit of culture shock for the Georgia defense – so far this season, North Texas takes almost thirteen seconds longer to run a play than Clemson.


UPDATE:  Ignore me for the rest of the day.  I’m going to.


Filed under Strategery And Mechanics

What does Bret Bielema’s contract tell us about Butts-Mehre?

About what we’ve always known, I’m afraid.

The basics are these:

The first-year Arkansas coach will make $2.95 million annually, with on-field and academic incentives totaling up to an additional $700,000 each year. Bielema’s contract runs through Dec. 31, 2018.

According to a USA Today database updated July 1, 2013, Bielema would be the 12th-highest paid head coach in college football, according to terms of his contract, and fourth-highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference.

Notice that “fourth-highest paid” mark?  One of those other three ain’t Mark Richt.

Richt will make a guaranteed $2,811,340 a year under his new deal, which is just about what he was making previously. His deal runs through the 2016 season as previously announced.

So Arkansas’ new head coach is making more than the most senior head coach in college football’s toughest conference.  And making it for a longer period.

Now, you can congratulate Greg McGarity for his shrewd fiscal management (and no doubt both he and his superiors are pleased) and you can assume that Richt is indeed content enough with his current gig to leave money on the table… but what if things change, as indeed they will some day?  What if Richt entertains a serious, higher-dollar offer from another school?  And for those of you who would cheer such a possibility, what makes you think that a school that pays its head coach less than Arkansas pays its man is going to be willing to step up financially and pay your dream choice the kind of bucks it will take to lure him to Athens?

Buck up.  Maybe they can entice him with stories about the growth of the fabled reserve fund.


UPDATE:  Marc Weiszer reminds me that I missed the last raise for Richt.  His $3.2 million base is higher than Bielema’s.  So at least Butts-Mehre is keeping up with Arkansas.


Filed under Georgia Football

What do you do when “4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 cokes” loses its allure?

Why, you offer the tickets at half price.

At the rate this is going, in a couple of years I expect Tech to offer to pay you to come to BDS.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

“We’re gonna talk about us, and not Alabama.”

If you don’t read anything else this week, make sure you read this Bruce Feldman piece about Texas A&M’s preparation for last Saturday’s game of the century.  It’s as good as that kind of work gets.

I can’t imagine that many programs that would give the national media that kind of access leading up to a huge game.  How confident a coach do you think Kevin Sumlin is?


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles

Thursday morning buffet

Rise and shine, campers.


Filed under College Football, Georgia Football, Science Marches Onward, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, Strategery And Mechanics

How bad is Mark Emmert?

Bad enough that I have to agree with what John Feinstein writes about him.

Gah.  I need a drink.


Filed under The NCAA