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.
Leave it to Peyton's teammate to blow the game for him again. It's a shame that game had to end that way.
As a fellow Moc fan, I wouldn't mind partaking in the Kool-aid that Jomo is drinking in regard to next year. The offense ought to be as good or better, but the D is losing some big-time ballers. Couple that with 2 money games next year and my too-early-prediction is another 8-4 campaign.
No surprise on the Mocs getting left out of the playoffs for reasons already discussed. Despite getting a share of the conference title, the 2013 season seems a little underwhelming.
"I think Peyton has been so unfairly judged because he really didn't have that defense over the years like Tom," Harrison said. "Tom had a lot of veteran players, a lot of really good defenses, where if he didn't play particularly well, he knew that he had a defense with a lot of veteran players that could save him. Whereas, Peyton didn't really have that advantage. If Peyton was on our team, I think we could have easily won three Super Bowls, no doubt about it."
Well said. And I'll take it a step further. If Tom and Peyton had switched teams for their whole careers, we'd be looking at Peyton and Belichick like MJ and Phil. 5 or 6 Super Bowl wins easily. There'd be no debate as to who would be the greatest in their respective professions.
Good info on the steroids. Not sure what exactly the NBA tests for. As for the Mocs, height is a concern, but it's not like the cupboard was bare for Wade. There's enough talent and depth (especially when Rico gets back) to win more this year. Agreed that you'll see the effort every night. Agreed that Wade will move us forward in the right direction, but that should start this year, not 2 or 3 years from now.