Notice the “curious incident of the dog in the nighttime” aspect to this passage from John Pennington’s analysis of what lays in front of James Franklin’s successor at Vanderbilt?
And what better time for a new coach to enter the SEC East? Missouri just went from 2-6 in the East to division champs. Florida’s coach is on a red-hot seat. South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier will soon turn 69 and he — like Franklin at VU — is just about the only coach to have success at his school in the past 100 years. There are no guarantees Carolina’s program will continue to excel post-Spurrier. Tennessee is likely to be mediocre again as Butch Jones tries to re-stock the Vols’ roster. And Kentucky is still at the bottom with Mark Stoops having to basically start from scratch. Who knows if/when Tennessee or Kentucky ever find stability?
Granted, last year’s jump by Mizzou suggests that our views now might not mesh with what actually occurs over the next couple of seasons… but on paper, the East is the place to be if you want to make three million bones a year and coach in the SEC.
Only one school isn’t mentioned there. And I don’t think it’s because Pennington believes the Georgia program is seriously flawed.
There’s no reason Georgia can’t put itself back on track next season, provided some serious attention is paid to shoring up this past season’s weak spots… and maybe having a little better health. But the East should be up for grabs for the next few seasons, anyway. Carpe diem, Dawgs.