Thanks for clearing that up. Wade isn't happy with certain players though and I can't figure out who they are.
Money is important, but there's more to it than just that. Not buying that the Longhorn TV Network alone pushes Texas to the top. And Texas is nice fertile ground for recruiting, but the state is centrally located and other states' schools are always in there poaching the talent too. If Texas is really the #1 job in America, then they should have no problem getting a Nick Saban or a Jimbo Fisher or a Bob Stoops or an Urban Meyer. Having to end up with a James Franklin would be telling.
Obamacare ought to be fair game for blame if Saban leaves Bama. Didn't Obama say, "If you like your football coach, you can keep him"? Or maybe he was talking about healthcare plans or something like that.
Maybe Mrs. Saban ought to be the one who gets blamed if Saban leaves. Not saying that she wears the pants in that relationship, but there's no denying that she is pulling some strings behind the scenes. Read more here:
[What are the three best college football head coaching jobs in the country?]
Notre Dame is probably #1. After that, I'd go Ohio St. and Bama. Maybe argue that USC and Oklahoma are bigger jobs than Texas. FSU and Oregon (nowadays anyway) are right there too.
At what point (if any) do the Longhorns give Will Muschamp (former head-coach-in-waiting at Texas) a call? If James Franklin gets the call, I don't see how he could turn that down.
Can't believe the b-ball Mocs only won by 18 over a bad non D-1 team. We demolished that team by about 50 just a couple of years ago. How come Lance Stokes never got into the game last night? And Pryor and McGhee had low minutes and were scoreless. Is the doghouse filling up quick, or is it something else?
Jay, if you had a Heisman vote, which 3 guys would be on your ballot? Will Pasquali and Weeds say what theirs are too?
Who would you pick as the 4 teams in the playoff this year if it were up to you? In order to best protect the regular season, should only conference champions (except for independents) be selected? At this point, I'm thinking yes.
Clawson took his spider offense to TN in '08, not '07.
I remember well the 1-11 season under Hot Rod. And I don't disagree that Russ has us on the right path. Our D has been solid since he's been here and having a 4-star QB fall in our lap in the beginning didn't hurt either. My beef in the comments above is about when Huesman and/or Moc fans in general are content with playing the blame game instead of taking full responsibility when/where it is due.
Regarding Huesman's contract, he did get a raise and an extension before this season began. His contract now runs through the end of 2016. I don't think any other raise or extension is necessary at this time. Win 2 playoff games next year and then they'll re-visit the contract. If we miss the playoffs again though, there will be more questions than answers about Huesman's future.
Love the stadium idea since it'd get us the heck out of the Southside dump that we're in now. But you might need to find a few deep pockets to bankroll a venue with a retractable roof. Or we could just raise taxes to pay for it (kidding).
The bad call at GSU was not what kept the Mocs out of the playoffs. Our failure to stop GSU on their final drive kept us out of the playoffs. Our failure to make a 31-yard FG at Samford kept us out of the playoffs. A 1-3 record against FCS teams with winning records kept us out of the playoffs. It's past time for Moc fans to stop playing the blame game and instead allow Huesman to take full responsibility for the outcome of the season (both good and bad).
Sad to hear Ned Ryerson will be leaving us soon. He did a great job covering the Mocs. Who will take over for his beats?
An Iron Bowl II would have a better chance of happening in the Sugar Bowl, not the title game. Read more here:
Either way, there is no reason why the Mocs should be worse this year than last year. I think that by conference play, Wade will know what works and what won't. If you want to win, you'll tailor your system to play to your strengths.
UTC to Wake Forest as a head coach would be too much of a jump for Russ at this point. I don't think he's fully "made it" as a head coach yet at this level. That said, I could see him making a jump to an ACC team like Wake as a DC though. He's certainly proven himself on that side of the ball.
Gus will be at AU next year.
Malzahn for Coach of the Year. Going 11-1 in the SEC is much more impressive than going 10-2 in the ACC. And this is Malzahn's first year at the helm whereas Cutcliffe has had years to get his team ready to succeed.
How many games against the rest of the BCS top 10 would Ohio St. be favored against? They got a nice line against the Spartans for this Saturday, but maybe they'd be the favorite in one other game? My view is that the winner of the SEC Championship ought to be Florida St.'s opponent in the title game.
[But would happen if the Auburn magic that carried the Tigers to late come-from-behind wins with an Immaculate Deflection and Returning Back the Tide runs out against Missouri? That means the Iron Bowl would have meant very little in determining the national title, and if the new system is going to devalue the best regular season in all of sports, then we are against.]
This is a definite weakness of the proposed FBS playoff system. The FCS model is the best. Conferences small enough where everybody plays everybody, no conference championship games, all championship contenders can make the Big Dance to settle things on the field. Even with their playoff system, every Saturday in the FCS is a meaningful game. But the FBS cares more about the $$$ instead of what would be best for the teams/players.
[So much happened and the cosmic tumblers have clicked together to set up the biggest Iron Bowl at least since 1994 when Auburn was 9-0-1 and Alabama was 10-0 and the biggest game in Auburn ever other than the 1989 Iron Bowl.]
What about the game 3 years ago? To me, this one has the same look and feel except the roles are reversed.
[We're on the bus with Gus Malzahn; those two are riding with Duke's David Cutcliffe. Who you got?]
Tough call but I would give the edge to Gus.
[If we gave you A.J. McCarron or Winston right now, who you got?]
Winston. Has McCarron ever been the best player on his own team at Bama? I say no. And if you're not even the best player on your own team, you shouldn't get the Heisman.