Montana has had a change of heart, friends ($$).
Stew: The year is 2030. You are doing a recap of the most recent decade of college football. Who are a few teams that you think we could be talking about the same way we talk about Clemson and Alabama today? I don’t think anyone would have guessed, heading into the 2010 season, the absurd level of dominance those two programs would have had. Who should we be mentally preparing for this decade? — Scott F.
… With the caveat that I think Alabama’s run may never be replicated, I do think Kirby Smart is going to eventually win at least one national title at Georgia. His tenure to this point reminds me so very much of Mack Brown’s early days at Texas, when he had the ’Horns winning 11 games a year but couldn’t take the last step. Then he got Vince Young and won one, in his eighth season, and played for another with Colt McCoy. Smart, entering his fifth season in Athens, has all the other pieces, he just needs his Vince or Colt. And given he’s just 44, there’s no reason Kirby can’t have the Dawgs contending for the entirety of the next decade, much like Alabama in the 2010s.
Shockingly, Mandel fails to mention the prospects of the Portal Master™ doing the same. Inconceivable!