Tag:Alabama
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:15 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 11:16 am
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College Football Playoff vs Championship Game

There have been some fans complaining about the rematch aspect of this year's National Championship game.  I wonder if the fans whining that there should be a playoff instead of the BCS Championship game realize the following:

If you used the BCS Standings for a 16 team playoff, and used the reverse seeding method per the basketball tournament, you would have have TWO replays out of the eight first round games: LSU-Georgia and Ok St-Oklahoma. Why replay THOSE two blowouts? ROFLMAO

Assuming all the higher seeds win, in the second round you would have one replay out of four games: Oregon-Stanford. Why replay THAT blowout? LOL

Then, again assuming wins by the top seeds, you would STILL have LSU-Bama in the final. Since that game went into overtime in regulation, that is the only one of the four replays that seems a valid reason for a rematch.

More than 25% of the games in this hypothetical tourny would be rematches. I'll bet this would not be an unusual rate of rematches in ANY year of college football.

The best two teams played their way to the BCS title game. There is no possibility of a "split championship". The winner is the champ. That's why they are playing a CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. ROFLMAO Sour grapes, I believe that most people understand that.
Posted on: May 25, 2010 1:57 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Coaching longevity ... the stuff of legend?

CBS just posted their take on how secure major college football coaches are in their jobs:
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefoo
tball/hotseat?tag=pageContainer;mcc_options_table


While their assessments are interesting if speculative, what I did find fascinating were the accompanying statistics.

What I found most disturbing about the list is that coaches entering their fourth season at their schools are at the median for length of tenure. This means that as I type this note, more than half of the coaches in the upper echelons of NCAA football have only coached their schools for three seasons or less. There are 22 coaches who will be on the sidelines for the first time at their current school later this summer. That's out of 121 schools.

So one sixth of the schools changed coaches for whatever reason after the 2009 season. That's a pretty high turnover ratio, especially for contracted jobs where, with certainty, in most of these situations either the coach or the school did not honor their end of a contract, at least in the aspect of the term of the contract. If you still had any belief, and I don't expect you did, about the sham of "amateur athletics", this should shake those beliefs to the core. Only the small schools now have any semblance of displaying a relaxed atmosphere about giving it the 'ole college try'. The bigger schools are officially frying pans for coaches, staff, and to some extent the "student athletes". In my opinion, the biggest shame in the college football fishbowl this year is Florida State, who forced out a coach that deserved to stay at that school as long as he desired if they had losing seasons every year from now until that date. There never was a real tradition of winning at FSU before Bowden arrived, and now they're too good for him. Pshaw. Texas Tech makes that list too. Hurrying a very successful coach out the back door the very day before his bonus is due is just too transparent. And if it wasn't for that reason, and they are guilty not of greed but stupidity in their timing, it doesn't get the TT "front office" off the hook from where I stand.

On the other side, only 18 coaches are entering at least their 10th season with a school. Only eleven have, as I type, completed their 10th season with a school. Let me tell you, its hard to build (or maintain the illusion) of tradition or loyalty at a school when you can't stick with a coach for at least several years.

Of course, not all of this is on the schools. It has become increasingly trendy over the last few decades for successful coaches to jump programs. At times I suspect they do it as much from the fear that they can't maintain what they just accomplished than they think they are making a step up. Now, there is no question that I was spoiled growing up a Bama fan. Bear Bryant had many lucrative offers to leave Bama, but stayed the course and became a legend because he did. Granted that Bama was the Bear's 4th school before he settled down, but settle down for good he did. He gets a pass for two of the moves. At Kentucky, he wasn't satisfied with playing second fiddle to basketball, and from Texas A&M he was "called home".

Will we ever again see coaches with the longevity in a job of Bryant, Paterno, or Bowden? I would like to think so, but I think the odds are long. Frank Beamer at Va. Tech is the closest there is at 24 years on the job. Congratulations to both him and Va. Tech for staying the course. The longest current tenures at what I consider the "Destination jobs" for coaches is Brown at Texax (12 years) and Stoops at Oklahoma (11 years). Don't expect Lane Kiffin to hold the USC reins until there is more shuffle in his walking than his jobs.

The sad thing is that most of the time when your average old football program fires a coach, they don't really improve with the next guy. Its all a ploy to sell tickets, just like the pros do. Except there is no difference. The only difference between major college football as a business and pro football as a business that that the players don't get paid (that they let us know about except by accident LOL).
Posted on: December 17, 2008 3:26 am
Edited on: January 8, 2009 1:39 pm
 

True Story behind the Auburn Hire

Dateline: Enterprise, Alabama

Although Auburn was rumored to be vying for several successful coaches, it is true that the number of people they actually spoke to and were turned down by was very small. Most coaches who found themselves in the rumor mill placed frantic calls to their agents, with instructions to call Auburn and make sure their names got OFF the list. Thus Auburn earned the distinction of being the first college needing a football hire who had coaches PROACTIVELY taking steps to turn them down before Auburn could ever contact them.

Finally, in desperation, Auburn representatives showed up at the home of virtually their last hope. They arrived at 1 AM in the morning, having turned off the headlights of the car they arrived in, and turning off the engine to coast the last block to his house. They had previously sent an assistant SID to watch his back door just in case he got wind they were on the way, to prevent any clean escape.

Still, after a heated discussion, they were turned down in person. I got the exclusive interview with their last viable candidate, Bubba Wells, coach of the Dauphin Jr. High School JV team in Enterprise, Alabama.

"No way, man!", Bubba told this reporter. "Sure, they came in throwin' a lot o' loose talk about money around, but I got my self respect to consider! That job has historically led men to become the most hated man in the State of Alabama, except for a few months at a time in years way on back when someone was runnin' against George Wallace!"

Dauphin Jr High School, with a long tradition of sometimes winning the city title against the other Jr High in town, had an off year this fall, finishing at 4-5. The win total, however, had intrigued Auburn athletic officials hungry, nay desperate, for a higher winning percentage than they had managed this year.

Said Wells, "Well, we normally do a might better, last two years we wuz 6-3 and 5-4, but this year we had a undersized squad, but that's the chance you take when you can just play the 7th graders. You know, there's no consistency. Two years ago there 'uz four fat boys we got onto the team. Now they won't sell tater chips or regular sodas in the school anymore, and the fat boys are gettin' harder to come by."

Wells, who teaches four classes of civics and one hour of gym each day, previously coached a Pop Warner League team when his kids were younger.

"My daughter was the best quarterback they ever had on that team", he recalled. But that's ancient history. She's a senior at the High School this year. Of course she can't play football for Enterprise High, she plays softball. Auburn did recruit her for football for next year, them needin' quarterbacks and all, but that girl, she's got her own head. Say's she don't want to play for no sissy school."

Auburn officials declined to comment on the record, but an unnamed source (since he's about to be replaced anyway, we'll name him, it was their locker room janitor/offensive coordinator), confirmed that the Auburn AD was "creamin' to get the Wells hire done".

"He was sure disappointed that Coach Bubba said no, and then no again, and finally Hell No would you PLEASE get the HELL outta my house before I set the dogs on you!"

With every other name crossed off their wish list, Auburn finally was reduced to approaching Chizik. Said our source:

"You know, they were pretty sensitive about going with the funny name thing twicet in a row. Auburn has always had to endure enough farm jokes without their coach havin' to be named TUBER-ville, for gawd's sake. They figure at least this time, even tho the name reads funny, no one anywhere will ever be able to figure out how to pronouce it, so after they pondered on that a while it actually got to growin' on them and they just had to have him come here. You know, they went thru so many years where you could never tell the team when they was behind at halftime to "Never say Dye", and then they had the TUBER-ville jokes to deal with, they kind o' liked the idea of having a coach who's name is so far out there that they don't have no unfortunate coincidences to deal with."

Chizik, who after taking over a mediocre program in the woefully weak (not so) big 12 and running it straight into the ground, was reportedly considering retiring from football coaching to take a job grading dirt roads. According to friends, the Auburn offer set him into a stupor, it was such a shock.

"His wife had to slap him six times and pour half a bottle of corn liquor down his throat to get him to come around", a neighbor reported.

Remember folks, you heard it here first!!

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 6, 2008 1:42 pm
 

Loyalty?

I'm not sure I understand Dodd's statement, in his recent article, that Nick Saban probably has no more loyalty to Alabama than he did for Michigan State.

Loyalty is not a big part of the coaching profession anymore, and I don't know if it ever has been except in a few rare cases. Bear Brant coached at Maryland, Kentucky, and Texas A&M before Alabama. Is Dodd going to say that he doesn't know if Bryant had any more loyalty to Alabama than he had to Maryland?!?! LOL

The fact of the matter is that hot coaches look for destination schools, and if they can hack it at that school, they stay. In college football, the destination schools are Michigan, NotreDame, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Alabama, Nebraska, and Southern Cal.

Florida, Penn State, and Florida State may one day join that list. To do so, Florida will have to stop leaking good coaches, and Penn State and Florida State will have to keep up the standard Bowden and Paterno have set, once those worthy gentlemen retire.

Miami (FL) had a chance to join that list, but during the period when that was a possibility they ran off quality coaches and brought in players of bad character. Now their momentum to become a destination school is essentially played out.

I expect that Nick Saban wil have a career at Alabama very much like Gene Stallings, except that I think he will do somewhat better than Stallings, and will last longer. I have nothing but respect for Coach Stallings, but his teams were somewhat one dimensional ... great defense and pray that it holds on each game.

Stallings career at Bama was cut short by family issues, and I beleive, a bad taste born of the player who signed an agent without telling anyone ... before he played more college games.

Saban has neither of these issues, and there is every reason to suspect that he will have a long and successful run as Alabama's coach. I think he will continue to produce fine defensive teams, and has already put more offense on the table than we enjoyed under Coach Stallings.

 
 
 
 
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