Coaching against the Death Star

I would really love to hear any SEC athletic director who canned a head football coach over the last two or three seasons coherently explain his plan to win a conference title.  Because “unfathomable” isn’t just a word to describe Alabama’s dominance right now; it’s a way of life.

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22 responses to “Coaching against the Death Star

  1. simpl_matter

    You know, if we have any hopes of being the second-coming, we better lose this bowl game. 7-6, we must finish 7-6.

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  2. Charles

    1.) Prune branch from “Saban Coaching Tree.”
    2.) ?????
    3.) Profit!

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  3. DawgPhan

    I feel pretty sure SEC ADs are going to keep trying this whole hire a saban assistant thing for a long time.

    It seems like it is now the conventional wisdom and no one gets fired for following conventional wisdom.

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  4. anon

    The SEC has been good for Saban but has Saban been good for the SEC? SEC teams looks pretty pitiful in bowl games right now—really weak. Does he scare off good coaches coming to the SEC? He has already run off a few damn good ones (Meyer, Spurrier, Richt, Miles)

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    • Does he scare off good coaches coming to the SEC?

      We’ll never know because the AD and the big boosters conducted a 36-hour “search” instead of backing up Brinks trucks in front of some proven head coaches’ homes before deciding on the hot coordinator. Don’t get my comment wrong … I hope Kirby is wildly successful as the head coach at my alma mater. I always had a problem with the search “process.”

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  5. Well, first you have to find the thermal exhaust port leading to the main reactor. I was hoping Kiffin could find it and start a chain reaction but no such luck.

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    The idea anybody will or can compete with Bama in football is a myth perpetrated by ignorance of the importance of football at Alabama.

    Bama does everything it can to have championship football, the rest of them (us)talk about having championship football.

    For those of you who were happy to forgo 10 + win seasons and the moral high ground to chase Bama, hey, we could be Ole Miss. Or Auburn.

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    • Scorpio, you are absolutely right. Football is everything at Alabama. They even say that the Saban effect has improved the university’s academic image by convincing more in-state kids to stay home rather than going elsewhere.

      I don’t think you beat Alabama by becoming Alabama (that whole thing about he taught me everything I know, but he didn’t teach me everything he knows). You compete with Alabama by becoming something different. See what Dabo has done on the shores of Lake Hartwell or what Corch has done in C-bus. Hopefully, Kirby takes his knowledge of the Process and creates something we can be proud of on and off the field.

      At the end of the day, to use the SEC Network’s slogan, it just means more … in Alabama.

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        I certainly do hope you are right about Kirby…but I am not convinced being proud on and off the field means what I always thought it meant.

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        • I mean a consistent winner competing for SEC championships on the field and doing it the right way off the field.

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          • Scorpio Jones, III

            I guess what I am saying is that doing things the “right way” seems to have become a moving target. The old right way, as opposed to the new right way. And, being a consistent winner, competing for championships is not going to satisfy everybody.

            Hell, EE, there are folks who got rid of the coach they wanted to be rid of, hired the coach they wanted to hire and now they are not happy with the coach they wanted so badly.

            I’m with you, win consistently, compete in the SEC and do things the right way, but I am afraid that’s not enough.

            Its easy to nod your head and agree we won’t be Bama, but do you (and I mean the fanbase “you”, really understand that not only will we not be Bama, we can’t be Bama…ever.

            Using Bama as any kind of yardstick is an exercise in masochism yet its done every day.

            Champions of Life won’t get it.

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            • I agree we can’t be Bama, but we can be a Georgia that maximizes the return on its built-in advantages. We have a better talent base to draw from, we have the media center of the southeast, we have a larger alumni base, and we don’t have a real in-state competitor for talent. That’s all I ask for. Doing it in a way that doesn’t cheapen the value of our degrees is table stakes.

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      • The Dawg abides

        I may be wrong, but I’ve read the opposite of what you stated about the academic upswing. According to one story I’ve seen, the football program has raised the national profile to the point where so many good out of state students are coming to Alabama, resulting in higher and higher admission standards. This is causing there to be fewer slots being filled by in-state students, already handcuffed by the state’s poor education system. There seems to be some concern by some state lawmakers over this trend of declining in-state students at the flagship University.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Alabama has always had a surprising proportion of out of state students. Part of their marketing strategy from way back. The in-state kids can go to Jax State, which is more in tune with their high school educational experience. The state lawmakers who are concerned about this are Auburn fans.

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  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    And, yes, 8-5 does sound better.

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  8. hassan

    I think people have this all wrong. If you want to replicate Nick Saban, you don’t hire off the Saban coaching tree. If you want to replicate Nick Saban, wouldn’t it make more sense to hire off of the Bill Belichick coaching tree? C’mon man, go to the source!

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  9. PTC DAWG

    Bama is very good no doubt, but no doubt also that the SEC is WAY OFF….as in major suckage.

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  10. UGA85

    To me, we first have to start talking about beating Florida. If we beat Florida, we most likely win the East. If we win the East, then we get a shot at the big boys. Beating Florida and winning the East, unfortunately, would be a major step forward for UGA right now. Discussing UGA beating Bama reminds me of the old show “Fantasy Island.”

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