The Peter Principle, SEC style

The Southeastern Conference currently boasts eleven former head coaches currently employed as assistants.  (LSU accounts for four of them on its own.)

It’s none other than Agent Muschamp who’s got the interesting quote about taking a step down, natch.

“It’s not just about being the head coach,” Muschamp said after becoming the defensive coordinator at Auburn. “It’s about being somewhere where you know that you’re going to get the support, the resources and the finances you need to have to be successful and to win championships.”

Finances, says the man who received a $6.3 million buyout from Florida.

Even Junior admitted to being a little humbled when he was shown the door, Boom.


Filed under Gators Gators, SEC Football

“We really do think we’re going to change the paradigm of New Year’s Eve.”

The College Football Playoffs, where the pomposity is so thick, you could cut it with a knife.

Say what you will about the BCS, at least it wasn’t so full of itself.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs

They gave you the best years of their lives, Mickey.

Brian Cook looks at my recent post about ESPN’s future in an unbundled world, takes an inferred point from my post and makes it quite specific:

ESPN is currently subsidized by a lot of people who do not care about sports. When the internet is television, that goes away—and it does not necessarily get replaced one for one.

This is why adding Maryland and especially Rutgers was folly. In the near future the only people who get the Big Ten Network are going to be people interested in the Big Ten. They will no longer be able to snatch a dollar from the pocket of every cable subscriber in New Jersey who is a Tulane man. This is going to happen in ten years, at which point whatever short-term revenue gain will be spent, Jim Delany will have his bonus, and the Big Ten will be stuck with a couple of teams nobody cares about.

It’s not just the Big Ten, and it’s not just being stuck with the aftermath of making questionable expansion decisions.  Every P5 conference is guilty of the latter and the Pac-12 is even more heavily invested in its broadcast network than Delany’s conference is.  What do these guys prepare for when their business model is blown to the skies?

Judging from their track record, we won’t find out the answer to that question until it’s already happened.


Filed under College Football, ESPN Is The Devil, It's Just Bidness

When you can’t get what you want or what you need

Oh noes, NC State, you di’int.

You did.

Photo via Connie Carrigan

In retrospect, this touring marriage of the Stones and college football campuses leaves something to be desired. Next time, choose a better class of venues, Mick.

In an effort to wash the bad taste out of my mouth, let me share a couple of extraordinary numbers that just popped up in a very recent release of a 1971 concert at London’s Marquee Club.  First, dig “Midnight Rambler”.

As good as that is, it’s surpassed by this version of “Dead Flowers”.  Make sure you check out Mick Taylor.

It’s not easy to pull off effortless and incredible simultaneously, but there you go.

Now, go and sin no more, Stones.


Filed under ACC Football

“… we were leading, but we weren’t leading.”

You know what makes Nick Saban such a good coach?  He doesn’t let ego get in the way of figuring out what went wrong.

To better understand how Ohio State attacked the typically stout Alabama defense, Nick Saban brought in Houston head coach and former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman to breakdown how he approached attacking the Tide’s defense.

“I’ll tell you the best thing we did, and I give Coach (Nick) Saban a lot credit, we went directly to (Herman). We flew him in. We said “Hey, look, we want to meet with you. You know us better than anybody. You spent four weeks getting ready for us. What’s our tendencies? What do we do wrong? What do you think?’ And he was honest with us, he just told us what he thought. It was very valuable for us.”

I can think of more than a few who would never be willing to do something like that.



Filed under Nick Saban Rules

You just think you’re smart.

You’ve gotta love semi-profound observations like this:

Replacing a two-year starting quarterback? Not a problem. Recall that Gus Malzahn had done that every year as a college coach until last season. Plus, most SEC coaches thought Jeremy Johnson would have (or should have) overtaken Nick Marshall last fall. Johnson’s ability as a passer has the league’s DCs buzzing this summer, that’s for sure.

So Malzahn is an offensive genius who wasn’t sharp enough to play his best option at the most important position on offense last season?  Roger that.


Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles

From the people who brought you QBR…

… comes preseason FPI.

I have no idea how the math works, but I can tell you that Georgia’s ranking went up three spots since March “after gaining a starter”.  Take that for what it’s worth.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Stats Geek!