Don’t get too comfortable, boys.

For the first time in over a decade, every SEC head football coach returns in his job.  Which means there is only one question to ask:

So what’s in store for the SEC? Who really knows. Saban turns 68 in October, but he and his new hip show no signs of slowing. Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Tennessee, as mentioned, just made new hires a year ago. Kirby Smart at Georgia is as secure as nearly anyone. Orgeron at LSU, Barry Odom at Missouri and Mark Stoops at Kentucky each got contract extensions following successful 2018 seasons. That leaves four on shakier ground by comparison: Matt Luke (Ole Miss), Will Muschamp (South Carolina), Malzahn (Auburn) and Mason (Vanderbilt).

Do you think they all make it back for 2020?

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31 responses to “Don’t get too comfortable, boys.

  1. The other Doug

    Malzahn will need that lucky rabbit’s foot to survive this year. Tough schedule and a rebuild rarely work out.

    Muschamp should be safe. He has them where they normally are and should be able to deliver a 10 win season every once in awhile. There isn’t a better coach coming to Columbia.

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    • JCDawg83

      Gus Bus is spewing oil and running on bald tires, Malzahn’s high school offense really only works when it has superior talent at pretty much every position and any offense works well when that is the case. Without any SEC East players being arrested for felonies and kicked off of their teams, Gus’s qb pool is pretty shallow. I don’t know what the buyout is if he is fired but unless he keeps that horseshoe up his ass all season I think Auburn will be paying it.

      Chicken fans are still blaming Spurrier for their relative lack of success even though Muschamp’s recruiting classes are ranking about where Spurrier’s did. I think he will get something of a pass this season due to the schedule but if he doesn’t win 10 next season his seat will be scorching.

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    • Argondawg

      Malzahn is going to have to gt real lucky this year but he should have a great DL and that helps a bunch.

      The Game cocks have to go to A&M and Georgia and have Bama at home. They are going to have to pull some upsets in my opinion to have a .500 season. I think Malzahn and Boom could both be gone this year. Auburn is just itching to get off the Gus bus.

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  2. Biggen

    Gus is gone after this year. He has to win the SEC championship this year at a minimum to keep his job.

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  3. Biggus Rickus

    Barring a catastrophic season, I think the buyout still protects Gus for one more year. Muschamp and Mason are probably safe, seeing as neither has been overly disappointing at their programs. Matt Luke is gone if they have another season like last year, and there’s no reason to expect improvement.

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    • PDawg30577

      I’m thinking the banshee may be screaming for Matt Luke as well, although he may be the one coach in the SEC who could get fired without anyone outside Oxford actually knowing or caring.

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  4. ChiliDawg

    Flip a coin for Malzahn. I could also see Mason and/or Muschamp getting the boot. Naturally I expect USCe to hire Jim McElwain if that happens.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      Agree on Muschamp, but Mason only leaves if he gets hired away. Vandy is never going to win a lot, and Mason has done well with what is available, and the people at Vandy are smart enough to see that.

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      • Union Jack

        New AD with professional sports experience at Vandy. Already fired the basketball coach with a college resume and brought in Jerry Stackhouse as HC. I think if Mason doesn’t make bowl game, the AD will move in a different direction.

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        • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

          Did not know about the new AD, but BB and football are apples and oranges. Still don’t think it will happen. What’s their budget for hiring a football coach? Who are they going to get better than Mason?

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          • ChiliDawg

            Isn’t that what a sizable portion of the UGA fan base said about Richt?

            There’s never any guarantees but there are always other options.

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      • ChiliDawg

        I tend to think Vandy is more likely to move on from Mason after Franklin showed there’s a higher level of success attainable there. Plus as Union jack said – there’s a new AD who already fired one coach.

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        • Otto

          Possibly but the East has changed since then. Kentucky has improved, they aren’t getting random wins over UGA (knock on wood) , USCe, and UT are mediocre. I think if Mason makes a bowl he likely stays.

          They get Purdue in place of ND for their tough nonConf game, UK is likely down this year due to turnover which would be 2 more wins granted they draw LSU from the west replacing Arky which is a loss. I still look for them to finish the regular season a W or 2 better than last year.

          IMO if I’m an AD at Vandy, I’m happy with a clean program that gets to bowls. Mason seems to be figuring it out.

          Granted if Pruitt comes on for a big year 2, and Vandy doesn’t win their toss up games getting only 1 or 2 SEC wins, I can see Mason gone.

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  5. Bill Glennon

    When the changing of the coaching guard becomes a revolving door, the school(s) on top strengthen their position. Programs that traditionally are quicker to make changes (Auburn, Florida) grow more unstable.

    Keep up the good work Kirby.

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  6. Kevin

    Gus is good as gone after 2019. Mullen takes center stage on the hot seat as UF loses again, badly, in Jax. UF does not tolerate losing to UGa. The firing of Mullen after the 2020 loss to UGa sends UF into a tailspin as UGa begins a monumental run.

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  7. Brandon

    Just remember, only 10 short years ago Laneymandias was newly installed on Rotten Crotch and our Big Urnge brethren were feeling their oats with their brash young coach and their thoughts that NOW, they were truly back. There was even a Vols’ fan blog started around that time with a masthead that read, “Vols, bitch. Welcome to the reign.” Oh, look at LuLu and Junior ye mighty and despair!

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  8. Reverend Whitewall

    Here are the breakdowns of Malzahn’s buyout figures the next few years. Unless they can find a reason to fire him with cause, man, that buyout is still brutal for the next few years. Gotta think it would take a disaster of a season for them to fire him.

    https://m.herosports.com/college-football/gus-malzahn-buyout-2018-2019-ahah

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  9. Got Cowdog

    Something to keep in mind: Gus beat UGA in ’17 to save his job and got a pretty good raise to boot. You can bet your ass he’s looking to do the same this year. He beats UGA and he’s golden. I hope Kirby gets it, and is ready.

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  10. CEPH

    Chicken farming and raising tobacco ain’t gonna put enough money in the till to buy out Malzahns god awful contract. You might as well get use to seeing that face for awhile. Has anyone seen that car he has? He looks out of place as Barney Fife in a F-104!!!

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  11. Spike

    Let’s hope so!

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    • PTC DAWG

      Here’s your typical GT fan response….f them.

      “RE: dwags

      Move the game to earlier in the season a la Colorado & Colorado State or drop them entirely. They lose a lot more than we do by ending that series. It’s pretty clear they are “playing the game” now between bagmen and processing players, and I’m not inclined to fancy them. Separately, moving the game to earlier on, maybe even week 1, helps our cause in terms of dwag player arrests/suspensions.

      May catch some flak for this but this is where I’m at after mulling it over occasionally last few years.”

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      • Gaskilldawg

        “They lose a lot more than we do ending the series.” Laughable, unless he is saying we lose a guaranteed win each year.

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  12. Go Dawgs!

    I think Luke, Muschamp, and Mason are fine for another year. I really, really hope that Auburn has the type of year that will send Gus packing.

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  13. ChiliDawg

    I don’t think we’re giving enough credence to the idea of Pruitt making the “hot seat” by the time the year is up, personally. Everything about that man screams “prone to crashing and burning in spectacular fashion.” And Tennessee is basically a garage full of gas vapors.

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  14. Do not know the financial status of the barners, just don’t see the board writing a Gu$ Bu$ check right now…in a couple years maybe…i realize those with the vote wanted him gone last year…ta&m is not the same situation, i believe tho$e folk$ would write a check in a texa$ $econd…

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