Coach 404 still has a tough row to hoe, methinks.
Coach 404 still has a tough row to hoe, methinks.
Boom seems like he’s having a lot of fun with this.
You know, it’s almost like he was shining those Gator and ‘Cock boosters on when he mocked his alma mater.
Ladies and gentlemen, dare I say it, but these are pretty damned sweet.
UPDATE: By the way, you can customize the hell out of these. Click the box on the right side of the page and go to town.
You knew there had to be something on conference realignment, right?
Andy Staples is reporting ($$) that the SEC isn’t rejecting the concept of a nine-game conference schedule out of hand, which is either a magnanimous gesture on the part of Greg Sankey or (more likely) the short term way of dealing with the pressure ESPN is bringing in return for paying out more money to its broadcast partner.
Staples says there’s another financial consideration in play.
Administrators want a more frequent rotation of conference opponents to excite potential season ticket buyers. With Oklahoma and Texas coming into the league, no one wants to have to wait five or six years to see the Sooners or Longhorns in their stadium.
I’m sure the majority of conference coaches are all onboard with that. Bottom line, though, it’s a business move and you don’t make those if money doesn’t trump all. (In other words, tough luck, coach.)
Answering the eight/nine question is just the first scheduling step the conference has to take. Who plays whom comes next. Besides the pods vs. divisions talk we’ve heard, Staples says there’s another option that’s getting some traction, a three-permanent-opponent format.
Each team would have three opponents that it played annually. The other 12 opponents would rotate through twice every four years. So a player who spends four years at a school would get to play in every stadium (except at schools that play neutral-site rivalry games). The original suggestion for the current 14-team lineup was to do this with an eight-game schedule, which also would have allowed the other opponents to rotate through twice every four years. Adding a ninth game allows for a full rotation every two years with the 16-team league.
He calls that the cleanest option, but I imagine there would be some pretty fierce infighting over which schools get stuck with ‘Bama and which schools lobby for Vanderbilt.
I still think sticking with divisions and moving Alabama and Auburn to the East is the path of least resistance, but I’m not Greg Sankey.
Assuming that Mike Farrell is correct (I know, I know), Tennessee has lost the nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 9 transfer players of the offseason. I don’t care how transformative the attitude adjustment may be, that’s a shitload of talent to make up.
By the way, not a single one of the 100 top players on his list is incoming to Knoxville.
Reader Walt sent me this link to a transcript of last year’s Nomadland, in particular this bit of dialogue:
FERN: You made it, Swankie.
Then I’m gonna get the big G right here. For Georgia. And the big bulldog right here. It’ll be a full half sleeve for the Georgia Bulldogs.
I wonder if anyone in Montana caught the movie.
But what about the carcass of the Big 12? Just how much will it be losing on the recruiting trail? How do teams like Oklahoma State, TCU, Iowa State, Baylor, and the rest measure up?
Predictably, the answer is a lot. In fact, without Oklahoma and Texas, the Big 12 is closer to the Group of 5 leagues than it is to any of the existing Power 5 conferences.
Eleven recruiting classes have come and gone since Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas A&M left the Big 12. In those 11 classes, Texas and Oklahoma have signed a combined 287 blue-chip players, which is about 13 per team per class. The rest of the league has combined to sign just 165, or slightly less than two per team per class.
Well, maybe it’s not as bad as that sounds.
But even given that the remainder of the Big 12 has significantly out-recruited the AAC in any relevant time frame, it is still well behind its other leagues. The Pac 12’s top eight recruiters have signed 270 four- and five-star recruits over the last five years compared to just 65 by the remaining eight Big 12 schools.
For all intents and purposes, the Big 12’s recruiting level without the Longhorns and Sooners is that of the best Group of 5 league, and far away from a Power 5 league.
Leave the bottle on the bar.
Quaildawg had a suggestion he emailed me:
Thought two Rare Earth songs might be appropriate for the Big 12 Breakup and OK-TX Sec Entry.
“I’m Losing You”
PS:Always thought the heavy horn upbeat “Get Ready” would’ve been a great Dawgs creating a beautiful Turnover rift from The Redcoats. Especially if they brought back the 70’s Bass in the stands.
Bring in the crowd chorus of “Get Ready cause here I (we) come!!”
Rare Earth’s claim to fame was being the first white group signed to Motown Records. They had a couple of big hits along the way, including “Get Ready”, which was a cover of a Smokey Robinson song.
The album version clocked in at over 21 minutes, so we’re not going there; however, they did release a live version as a single, which ran a far more manageable 2:46 in length.