But is he a baller, shot caller, with 20-inch rims on the Impalla?
McMillan does have major recruit cred.
Concur on the MSU vs THE OSU breakdown.
We'll see what we can find from Ned Ryerson and report back. His breakdown of UTC recruiting needs was in today's TFP so there's that.
Not sure how Dobbs has so much street cred being from the rough and tumble Alpharetta, the suburb of the A-T-L that is akin to Lookout Mountain, only flatter and without Rock City.
We'll give Mr. WCS a special look the next time UK's in action.
Certainly can see that, but here's the caveat:
If Gus had lifted this bunch to 8-4, Auburn fans would have been just as giddy.
And next year, the offense is going to be better.
Here's the reason I think Malzahn is the real deal: He changed the culture of the team before he ever called a play. He cleaned house — including former friends and guys everyone thought were safe — because he knew the core was rotten.
And while AU was lucky to win against Georgia in the end, they did build a 37-17 lead in the fourth quarter.
The Bama win was a freak play but hardly lucky — AU ran for 300 yards against the Tide.
As for extending him, you have to because of a) the market and b) who out there would your rather have.
From friend of the show StuckinKent
I'm going to write you a similar warning that I said about Chizik in his championship year, but this one is different, too.
With Chizik, I said that I wasn't sure he was a good coach, but had a transcendent player that made up for the remaining faults of the team. They won some close games, and could have been beaten multiple times. I was not sure how Chizik would perform without Cam. After all, he had done nothing but lose at Iowa State, and had not been great in his first year at Auburn.
With Malzahn, I'm going to say that I think he is a good coach, but he was awfully lucky this year to come up with wins. They won three games in the final thirty seconds- so far. Next year, what happens? Normally this stuff balances out. They could go 8-4 next year easily and be really just the same kind of team. I DO think that Malzahn will win at Auburn pretty well, but I'm not sure that they are really an 11-1 team right now, but rather a flawed team with a lot of heart that is catching all the breaks.
Kind of like Will Wade said- if the Mocs beat Kennesaw State and Nevada, which they easily could have done, they would be 5-4 and there would be a more positive vibe about the start than 3-6. But would they be a different team? Not really. They would still have all the same problems.
And Grantham as Buford T. would be priceless. Would he look Georgia secondary Scott Lakatos in the face and say, "When I get home I'm gonna punch your momma in the mouth."
And any George Strait reference is good by us.
Agree that the Mocs should be much improved come tournament time.
Also agree with what Wade said on Press Row yesterday that they could easily have two more wins — which would help ease all of our concerns — and be no better as a basketball team.
We concur for the most part that Russ would be a home-run DC hire and may not be ready for a Wake Forest type jump. We do think in another year — especially if it ends with a multi-game playoff run — Russ could be a hot commodity for a FBS head coaching job.
Nice run on the Statler Bros. boys. We'll go to our grave loving them, loving them. Counting Flowers on the Wall... We're fans.
Bama could use that mule. Well-played indeed.
And we'd have to add post-Tyson Buster Douglas DoughBoy Rushmore. Egad son, mix in a salad.
No doubt AU should sign Gus longterm. Consider this:
He worked a miracle in the locker room flipping the attitude.
He crafted Nick Marshall into next year's preseason all-SEC first team QB.
The offense will be markedly better next year. The only loss on offense is Jay Prosch. Seriously.
And as great as Cutlciffe has been, Gus deserves it. We would have voted for Cutcliffe before Alabama.
If we see a bunch of Gus kids, well, maybe they'll go by Gustav in today's higher importance world.
Will Wade will join us on Press Row at 4 p.m. today on ESPN 105.1 FM. Feel free to swing by and give it a listen -- don't cost nothin'.
And thanks for the clearance, Clarence.
Giddy-up (and yes Paschall gets plenty o' chances to chat).
Hard to see Kentucky escaping the cellar of the East, even with the East in a state of flux, as long as Franklin still calls Nashville home.
And there is no doubt that Palardy was a weapon. And we are equally excited about the Reese Phillips era — very good kid who will be a good player.
You bet it's a muddled question with no answer. That's why we asked — to see the range and make you think — and why we asked now. We agree that an unbeaten OSU will face an unbeaten FSU.
But do those teams deserve it?
Thanks for the kind words and for listening.
That's a fair concern, and one we have not given a lot of thought too.
We do think the questions of whether it damages the regular season are real.
The recruiting chase will be interesting and of paramount import for each the Vols and the Cats.
We still should have had something in the Sunday paper about the FCS playoffs. That's on us.
As for the cutting-our-teeth 'Co-Cola' we started on Beast Lite and then thought we had moved up to the big time when we started drinking Keystone Light.
From friend of the show StuckinKent —
The Vols went vanilla after going up 27-7. At that point, the Vols had outgained UK 354-206. So to say that UK was closer than the stats indicate is a little misleading. In reality, the stats got closer after the game got out of hand. Vols could have probably put two more touchdowns on UK if they had wanted to.
Big negative feelings in Lexington about this UK team. Everyone said before the year, "As long as they do better than 2-10, then I'll stay behind Stoops," was a common phrase preseason. That didn't happen. The fans barely showed up on Saturday, even though they were virtually giving tickets away (I think there were $10 tickets offered by the university), and then they left early. Yes, he's got a decent recruiting class coming in. Kentucky currently has the #5 class in the SEC per Scout.com, and Tennessee has the #2 class in the SEC. If you look at stars per recruit, Tennessee is #7 in the SEC. Kentucky is #11. Kentucky fans from #11 in the country to #32 in the country when looking at stars per player. Tennessee falls from #2 to #10.I'm concerned that UK has been Stoops-ed. Remember, Arizona did not enjoy their time with a Stoops brother particularly. They were average, but fired him eventually. With the way Kentucky looked this year, I'm a little concerned that he's never been a head coach and isn't quite sure how to do it. I'm hopeful that he will get it turned around for the Cats. I'd like to see it. But I think there has to be more concern now about him.
I'm not sure where the Vols are right now, in terms of fan energy. I think most are OK with 5-7. They are not far from being above where they are. They were semi-close against Florida, and obviously very close against both Georgia and Vanderbilt. Turns out, Auburn and Missouri were a lot better than we thought they were preseason, so the schedule was more difficult. (My computer rankings say that Georgia has played the toughest schedule in the country and the Vols was second toughest.) So as close as they were to 4-8, they were almost as close to 7-5. I'm not sure Dobbs will be the starter next year (Ferguson, perhaps?).
The SEC East is down next year. Opportunity for both Kentucky and Tennessee to move up in the standings, especially if Franklin goes somewhere else.
From friend of the show StuckinKent, part II
Does the NCAA control the football playoff money in the FBS? I thought they weren't going to control it still. Am I wrong? I certainly could be.
I hate a 16 team playoff. It's a terrible idea. You don't want 16 teams in the playoffs. Too many teams, and hurts the regular season badly. An 8 team playoff I'd be OK with (especially if they were forced to take four out of five major conference champs and one from the non- Big 5), but with an eight team playoff, Auburn-Alabama isn't as big of a deal this weekend. A 16 team playoff, it's virtually meaningless.
Let's look at an eight team playoff with four of five major conference champs and one non-Big 5 and assume no upsets this weekend, meaning FSU, OSU, Auburn, NIU, Ok State, and either Stan or ASU win.
Big Ten- OSU
Big 12- Ok State
Pac- 12- ASU/Stan
Non-Big 5- NIU
All six get in. Alabama gets in. More than likely Baylor or Oregon are fighting it out for the last spot, but possibly Missouri.
1 FSU vs. 8 NIU
2 OSU vs. 7 Baylor/Oregon/Missouri
3 Auburn vs. 6 ASU/Stan
4 Alabama vs 5 Ok State
Auburn-Alabama? Almost meaningless. If Missouri gets in as well, all the Aub-Mizzou game would have been about is seeding, which in a field like this doesn't matter as much, because all of these teams are roughly equal, unless you are #1. Sooooo......would it hurt the regular season? Absolutely.
I'm not really a fan of large playoff fields just in general. I am one that thinks the NCAA Tournament basketball field is too big and there ought to be a rule about conferences having more than four teams in it. I think the baseball playoffs with ten teams is too big. I think the NBA playoffs with 16 teams is too big. The NHL playoffs are a joke. The FCS field has gotten much too big. The NFL is bordering on too big with 12 teams, but I can basically live with it since there are eight divisions. I would prefer ten teams in the NFL playoffs. Of course, they aren't going that direction in any sport. Bigger is better. Except when it's not.
From friend of the show StuckinKent, part I
It's my belief that a playoff committee would not allow Alabama to get in ahead of Auburn in a playoff.
Here are the teams they'd be considering heading into this week:
ACC- Florida State
Big Ten- Ohio State, Michigan State (if they beat OSU, why not the Spartans?)
Big 12- Oklahoma State, Baylor (they only have one loss, so they'd be on the board)
Pac 12- Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon (Ducks wouldn't really be in it, Stanford-ASU winner would have a shot since they won the Pac 12, one of the things they put a lot of weight on)
SEC- Auburn, Missouri, Alabama
Others- UCF (11-1, nearly beat SC), Northern Illinois (unbeaten- got to give them consideration)
I can't predict who they would take, because we don't know how the games this weekend would go. Those are the 13 that would come up in discussion though on Thursday afternoon prior to the first game of the weekend. NIU, UCF and Oregon are all but eliminated (too bad of schedule or not a conference champ). That gets us down to ten teams for four spots. If Oklahoma State lost to Oklahoma and Baylor beats Texas, I think the Bears would get a serious look. If Oklahoma State wins, Baylor would be gone.
Personally, I think Oklahoma State wins, Arizona State wins, Florida State wins, Michigan State wins, and Missouri wins (too tough for Auburn to bounce back from that game- I said the same thing last week about Auburn's chances if they beat Alabama, and after THAT finish, I feel even more strongly).
That would leave the contenders as Florida State, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Auburn, Missouri, and Alabama. Florida State and Missouri would be in. I think Arizona State and Auburn would get the last two spots, with Oklahoma State, Alabama and Michigan State being really ticked off (and really, all of them rightfully). Arizona State would have two losses, would have avenged one of them against Stanford, and would have won what is universally considered the second best conference. Just a thought. I could be wrong, but I think the committee would surprise people. Florida State would play Auburn and Arizona State would play Missouri. Missouri and Auburn could both easily win those match-ups, setting up a rematch in the national championship game, which I think Auburn would probably win. I think the FSU-Auburn winner would win the national championship.