Mike Hamilton’s big favor to the SEC East

My goodness, what a dumb decision:

Patterson, who was just two years removed from winning the Rose Bowl back then, wasn’t interested in going into details, but acknowledged that he’s talked with high-profile schools in the past. He interviewed with Nebraska in 2008, when the Huskers hired Bo Pelini, and also interviewed with Tennessee in 2009 after Phillip Fulmer was fired and the Vols hired Lane Kiffin.

“Tennessee didn’t think I could handle the big stage,” Patterson said. “My wife and I went to dinner with them, and I could tell they had already decided on Kiffin. It was the same with Nebraska. I interviewed and could tell they had already decided on Pelini. I think a lot of these ADs now are more interesting in hiring guys who’re going to win the podium than they are in hiring football coaches, and there’s a lot more to it than that if you’re going to win championships.”

Patterson smiled when asked if he would have taken either the Tennessee or Nebraska job had he been offered.

“It’s sort of like the old Garth Brooks song. Sometimes the best prayers are unanswered prayers,” Patterson said.

Junior over Patterson?  Jeebus.  Just think about how things might have gone over the past decade if Hamilton weren’t such an incompetent idiot.

A grateful Dawgnation thanks you, Mike.

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42 responses to “Mike Hamilton’s big favor to the SEC East

  1. Jared S.

    All the more reason to be grateful that ADGM seemingly fell bass-awkward into an awesome hire. 😬

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  2. Russ

    Mike Hamilton is the gift that keeps on giving. He’s right up there with Reggie Ball among the all-time greats.

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  3. Russ

    I also find it interesting that two mediocre teams playing in a piddling bowl last December are now both at or near the top of the CFB playoff discussion.

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  4. Biggus Rickus

    In fairness, we have no idea whether or not Patterson would have been wildly successful at Tennessee. Sumlin looked like a good hire at A&M, and now he’s about to be fired after five years of relative mediocrity. I also don’t think most people realized just what a shithead Kiffin was at that point.

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    • Stoopnagle

      Despite the warning from noted shithead Al Davis (RIP)

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    • ChiliDawg

      He is wildly successful at TCU. I think it’s a fair assumption he would have been very successful at Tennessee.

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      • David K.

        Because he regularly beats the walking dead of the Big 12? Not so fast my friend. Winning in the SEC is a different proposition. I’m not saying he wouldn’t be successful, but it’s no guarantee.

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        • Allow me to go out on a limb here and suggest two things: he’d have stayed longer than Junior and he’d have been a ginormous improvement over SOD.

          You need to lower your bar, methinks.

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          • David K.

            Agreed

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          • Mayor

            Nice post Senator and a nice linked article. Patterson to date since his first season in 2001 is 157-54 which is a winning percentage right at 74%. He also has won 3 conference titles albeit lesser conferences than the SEC. Patterson also had 3 losing seasons. Pattersons’ current TCU squad is undefeated. Mark Richt was HC at Georgia from his first season in 2001 until he was let go after the regular season in 2015 after a 9-3 regular season record. Mark Richt’s all-time record at Georgia was 145-51 and his winning percentage at Georgia was right at 74%. Mark Richt won 2 SEC Championships and depending on how you count them 6 SEC East titles. Mark Richt had 1 losing season, 6-7 in 2010. And, of course, Mark Richt’s current team (Miami) is undefeated. One guy gets a statue built, the other gets shown the door. Maybe that shows more about US than it does about Mark Richt. Just sayin.’

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      • Biggus Rickus

        It doesn’t always translate. I would have hired him over Kiffin, but that doesn’t mean it would have worked out.

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  5. Cojones

    Wish Patterson luck vs Texas as he seems to be the type coach we admire here, but he wouldn’t have lasted the impatience we practice on a regular basis. He is where he is because of the patience his bosses have shown while he grew into a lasting position of competitive football that separates shit from sheep..

    I keep thinking of TCU as to our last year’s bowl game with them, but there seems to be more underneath. They just might up and kick Texas hard in the rear. No other program (Texas) deserves it more since we have taken care of two other “podium-friendly” coaches this year and are targeting more.

    The “vision” of most ADs are questionable, but when your rivals make a habit of hiring untested and media-blathering mettle, why shouldn’t we play College Bowling and knock them down, especially when they ask for it.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Gary Patterson won 11 games or more seven times in his first 11 years at TCU. He went 10-2 and 11-2 in his second and third seasons. I’m pretty sure most schools are graced with that kind of patience.

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      • Russ

        Good point on TCU and Patterson.

        Also, I see last year’s Dawgs in this year’s Longhorns and I expect a big bump from them next year. They’ve got some good young talent, and Herman’s recruiting in Texas should be fairly easy.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          I’ve liked the improvement from their defense as the season’s progressed. I guess we’ll see if he has his second year bump.

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      • Mayor

        CMR went 13-1 and 11-3 his second and third seasons at Georgia too. Patience is in the eyes of the beholder. Don’t misconstrue what I am saying. I’m glad CMR is gone. He wore out his welcome with the Georgia fan base. My point is that we need to be careful as a fan base not to cross the line from demanding excellence to becoming entitled Bama-like clones.

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  6. PTC DAWG

    Here’s to UT and their process.

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  7. Derek

    Anybody whose followed football for the last 20 years or so knows that the key to winning championships is having a telegenic coach with a stellar personality at the podium.

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    • I think it’s the hoodie. The magical hoodie.

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    • sniffer

      Anybody whose followed politics for the last 20 years or so knows that the key to winning elections is having a telegenic candidatewith a stellar personality at the podium.

      insert photo of Trump here<

      You hung a curveball….

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      • Derek

        Sometimes you have a battle of unlikeables:

        43 vs. Kerry
        41 vs. Dukakis
        Giant douche vs. turd sandwich

        Take those three away and the most likeable candidate has won over the far less likeable candidate in every presidential election since 1972. What this also tells you is that the Dems need a likeable candidate to win and the GOP doesn’t. They’ll vote for literally anyone.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          I think Gerald Ford was more likeable than Jimmy Carter, but that may just be personal preference. That was the one election that might have featured two roughly equally likeable candidates, though I don’t remember anything about Mondale.

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        • Cousin Eddie

          “Giant douche vs. turd sandwich”
          That doesn’t narrow it down any and could most likely be applied to 90% of the future elections,

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          • ChiliDawg

            No it couldn’t. You can’t normalize what we have right now. That’s a convenient way of excusing us all for failing as human beings to do better.

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  8. Faulkner

    “What this also tells you is that the Dems need a likeable candidate to win and the GOP doesn’t. They’ll vote for literally anyone.”

    Barnhart Tweet:
    What we learned- Democrats would win more elections if they nominated likable people.

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    • 92 grad

      My opinion, which isn’t worth anything, is that Obama was the first elected president that is categorized as symbolic more than political or realistic. Trump is merely the by product of symbolic election that began with Obama. From bush back through Clinton and Reagan they were generally elected for realistic and effective politics,

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      • ChiliDawg

        That’s an awful lot of horseshit crammed into one paragraph.

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        • Tony

          Obama was a cult of personality candidate.
          Trump is a cult of personality candidate.

          Obama’s success was more personal, as he left the Democratic Party in dire straits. (Losing over 10 Senate seats, dozens of House seats, and hundreds of state legislative seats in 8 years.)

          Trump, as is his way, doesn’t care at all about the Republican Party and its (supposed) beliefs, only himself. He’ll likely lead the GOP to as bad a place as the Dems.

          Not many other similarities between the two, but two large ones IMO

          Oh well, at least we have undefeated football to keep our minds off the political landscape.

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        • Casual reader

          Yeah, you’re wrong ChiliDawg. 92 grad is exactly right. Way to be dismissive and vulgar though–that attitude is so productive on this blog.

          Try to breathe into the paper bag next time your forehead vein starts popping out.

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