• #851 by jbcarol on 17 Dec 2017
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    The Alabama win changed everything for Gus Malzahn and Auburn

    Scarblog: You hear it now, mostly from snarky Alabama fans. The Iron Bowl meant nothing. Despite winning the game, Auburn isn't going to the playoff. Despite losing it, Alabama is.

    That's the short-term cynical reality for both teams, but for Auburn, the impact of beating its chief rival for the first time since 2013 could be felt for years.

    Talk to people behind the scenes on the Plains, and Auburn 26, Alabama 14 changed everything for Gus Malzahn and the Tigers. Without that victory, insiders say, it's all but certain Malzahn wouldn't have that new seven-year, $49-million guaranteed contract.

    It's quite possible he would be the new coach at Arkansas instead.

    Malzahn himself was fully aware of the possibility that the Iron Bowl could be an all-or-nothing proposition. His most insistent demand in the negotiations was that the entire amount of the contract be guaranteed to make it financially prohibitive to fire him in the future.

    As concerned as he was, Malzahn had leverage in the Arkansas opening. While the Razorbacks weren't offering the same kind of money Malzahn eventually got from Auburn, insiders said, that job was Malzahn's if he wanted it.

    Then came Auburn 26, Alabama 14.

    Given what they perceived as the choice between losing a coach who'd beaten Georgia and Alabama to a lesser rival in the SEC West or making Malzahn one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, Auburn's leaders put their faith in Malzahn. They put together a massive new deal that was essentially in place before the loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

    Or, as Malzahn skeptics in the Auburn family put it, Auburn got played by Arkansas and Malzahn's agent Jimmy Sexton, and Auburn caved.
  • #852 by jbcarol on 17 Dec 2017
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Booger McFarland says Jimbo Fisher ‘did the most disappointing coaching job in CFB’

    Would know.

    Jimbo Fisher received a monster contract this year from Texas A&M worth $75 million over 10 years, but ESPN’s Booger McFarland is skeptical that he’s worth that much.

    On Sunday morning, McFarland called Fisher’s 2017 coaching performance “the most disappointing job in CFB.” McFarland added that Fisher is “a pass-happy coach who inherits a team that has been too soft over the last several years.”

    Through the years, McFarland has been consistent in his criticism of Texas A&M and calling Kevin Sumlin’s teams soft. But the Fisher comments are a new wrinkle. Florida State began the 2017 season ranked No. 3 in the country, but the Seminoles lost the first game of the season to Alabama and lost quarterback Deondre Francois for the season in that same game.

    From there, Florida State’s season spiraled, but perhaps more than it should’ve.

    In his words:

    Booger‏Verified account @ESPNBooger

    The guy who did the most disappointing coaching job in CFB got paid the most money ever , Jimbo is a pass happy coach who inherits a team that has been too soft  over the last several years    Aggies are loaded with athletes however so let’s see how this goes
    5:26 AM - 17 Dec 2017
  • #853 by jbcarol on 19 Dec 2017
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    16h16 hours ago

    Here is the breakdown of voting from 57 voters who submitted ballots for the @AP Coach of the Year:

    Frost received 21 first-place votes and 100 points.
    2nd Kirby Smart of Georgia with seven first-place votes and 55 points.
    5th Miami's Mark Richt with five votes and 28 points.

    Auburn's Gus Malzahn (one) also received first-place vote.
  • #854 by jbcarol on 19 Dec 2017
  • SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey finally discusses conference’s wild coaching carousel

    SEC just completed one of the more crazy coaching search seasons in recent memory.

    Five of the conference’s football programs — Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M — now have new coaches, and another — Ole Miss — promoted its interim coach to the permanent role.

    “Coaching turnover is something we’re always dealing with,” Sankey said, adding that his and the conference’s involvement in each hiring process is on the basic approval checklist that each school follows.

    Asked about the especially wild scenario at Tennessee, Sankey didn’t take the question’s bait about it being embarrassing, but he did acknowledge that it’s tough to see things play out negatively in public when they affect people you know, which in the Volunteers’ case was former athletic director John Currie.

    “There are realities and dynamics,” Sankey said. “You hurt for people that you know but respect the process and move forward.”
  • #855 by jbcarol on 23 Dec 2017

  • SEC Country Arkansas
    ‏ @SECCountryHogs
    6h6 hours ago

    Report: Former Arkansas coach Bret Bielema blocks release of buyout agreement  #WPS
  • #856 by jbcarol on 25 Dec 2017

  • What being Mississippi State's coach for bowl game has been like for Greg Knox

    STARKVILLE — Greg Knox started his career in 1988 as a graduate assistant at Northeastern State, his alma mater. He has held an assistant coaching job every year since, with the last nine years spent at Mississippi State. At 54, there aren’t many things he hasn’t seen or experienced in life as a college football coach.

    Except for these last few weeks.

    Knox was named the Bulldogs’ interim coach on Nov. 26, the day Dan Mullen bolted for Florida. He is in charge for their bowl game Saturday against Louisville in Jacksonville. That’s a first for his career.

    But here’s the really interesting part: Joe Moorhead was named Mississippi State’s new coach two days after Mullen left. He has since hired Charles Huff as running backs coach, Knox’s former position. Football Scoop reported Knox was expected to go to Florida, but Knox told local media he has not agreed to any deal and is just focused on his duties at MSU.

    Bulldogs are in a transitional period and, for now, at least, Knox is right in the middle of it.

    Some of it has been fun. Some parts have been challenging. All of it has been a little new.

    “And you know what’s really funny?” Knox said. “I walk in and we’re going through plays, going through the game plan and everything. And I’ll walk up to the board and just draw up a new play. And I’ll put the pen down and say that’s what a head coach can do, draw up a new play and put it in when he wants to.

    “But then the guys laugh about that. But yeah, that’s one of the perks of being a head coach. You just draw up a play and put it in and nobody can question you.”

    Knox is in charge because, as the special teams coach in addition to running backs, he knew players from both sides of the ball. Plus, out of the coaches still around from this past season, he has the most experience with the program.

    Moorhead attended four practices, but most of his time since taking the job has been spent recruiting. He made it clear that he would have no involvement in the bowl because “it wasn’t my journey,” he said. None of his new assistants have anything to do with the bowl game, either.

    Knox is like a veteran shortstop thrust into the everyday lineup of a MLB team that just traded away its star and is waiting on the development of an up-and-comer in the minors. It's not the ideal circumstances, yet this is his moment.

    And he’s as excited as you’d expect for someone waiting 20-plus years for it. When asked recently if he had any plays he had been saving over the years, he flashed a wide smile and his eyes lit up.

    Said Knox, “We’re going to have some fun.”
  • #857 by jbcarol on 31 Dec 2017
  • Mississippi State (updated)

    Jackie Sherrill had been three years removed from A&M when he was hired for the State job beginning the 1991 season. While not receiving a show cause penalty, A&M had been penalized for lack of institutional control among other violations. State had won only 14 games total since 1986. Sherrill retired after the 2003 season as Mississippi State's winningest coach at 75-75-1. and State was put on probation for four years.

    Sherrill's team won their first game over Texas. They won the SEC-W in 1998 and earned a bid in the Cotton Bowl. State was 10-2 in 1999.

    Sherrill's last two teams went 1-15 in the SEC. His overall SEC record was 43-59-1.

    Sylvester Croom became the first black head coach in the SEC and took over State for the 2004 season. Croom had been a long-time NFL RB coach before coaching the linebackers at his alma mater, Bama from the mid-70s to the mid-80s.

    After going 4-20 in SEC play his first three seasons, Croom's team went 8-4 in 2007 including an Egg Bowl win. His team earned a Liberty Bowl bid which led to a win over UCF 10-3 in probably the most boring show of offense in a bowl game that at least one long-time State fan had ever witnessed. Croom received some Coach of the Year recognitions. After finishing 4-8 in 2008 including a 45-0 Egg Bowl loss to Nutt, Croom resigned.

    Croom's overall SEC record at State was 10-30.

    Dan Mullen was the OC for Florida and in process of a second National Champsionship when hired by State to be head coach. Mullen's team gave Florida a tough game in 2009. In 2010, State went 9-4 with a Gator Bowl win over Michigan.

    In 2014, Mullen's team got State's first ever win over a then top-10 team beating LSU in Baton Rouge. Bulldogs beat No. 6 A&M and No. 2 Auburn to be named No. 1 in the first-ever College Football Playoff Top 25. State finished 10-3, losing to Bama, Ole Miss, and GaTech in the Orange Bowl down the stretch. It was State's third ever major bowl appearance following 1937 and 1941 Orange Bowl trips.

    In 2016, Mullen's team won their bowl game and finished 6-7. The 2017 team finished 8-4 and Mullen was hired by his former AD at Florida to replace Jim McElwain. Mullen's SEC record was 33-39 in nine seasons.

    Greg Knox was State's interim coach for their TaxSlayer Bowl win over Louisville.

    Joe Moorhead, 44, had been the OC for James Franklin at Penn State well after the Jerry Sandusky controversy.  He had been the head coach at his alma mater, Fordham from 2012 to 2015 reaching the FCS playoffs his last three seasons. State AD John Cohen hired Moorhead who is slated to make $2.6 million in 2018.

    Moorhead was hired in 2000 to coach running backs at Georgetown for $3,000 a year after being a grad assistant at Pitt. In the 2000s, Moorhead was an OC at GU, Akron, and UConn.

    Known for coming to interviews with a notebook signalling preparation, Moorhead brought a notebook to his introductory presser at State in late Novemeber, 2017. Akron Coach JD Brookhart on the hire, “I knew Joe would be on the fast-track leading a big program. I give (John Cohen) a lot of credit because too often ADs try to win the press conference and don’t hire the right guy. This guy didn’t do that. He made a hire that is going to be right for the community and for the football field.”
  • #858 by jbcarol on 03 Jan 2018
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport gives Vols fans update on Butch Jones video board drama

    It is Jan. 2, 2018, and former coach Butch Jones’ image still looms large on the video board at Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium.

    This infuriates many of the Big Orange faithful who are ready to fully embrace the Jeremy Pruitt era and forget the failures of a 2017 season that cost Jones his job and branded the proud program with its first 8-loss season. Jones was fired Nov. 12.

    On Tuesday afternoon, University of Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport gave Vols fans reason to believe their concerns about the video board soon will dissipate.

    In response to a Twitter message from a Vols fan who wrote a message to Davenport and new athletics director Phillip Fulmer, the message was clear: “Every VOLS fan New Year Resolution. Get Lyle off the jumbo tron!”

    For those of you not aware, Lyle is Butch Jones’ given first name.

    Davenport acknowledged the social media message with a short response that is both calming for some and humorous for others, depending on your perspective.

    “Please hang on,” Davenport wrote. “A crane has been ordered.”
  • #859 by jbcarol on 06 Jan 2018
  • Dave Matter
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    3m3 minutes ago

    Here’s @Ben_Fred - Derek Dooley? Mizzou's Odom hitches career to questionable offensive coordinator … via @stltoday

    If you are in this business very long, you learn that bad news tends to arrive at 5 p.m. on Fridays.

    And this sure seems like bad news.

    Missouri football coach Barry Odom has hired his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

    Fans of the Tigers know this is huge because (a) it could impact quarterback Drew Lock’s pending decision about entering the NFL draft or returning for his senior season; and more importantly, (b) it will without a doubt impact how the Odom era plays out at Mizzou.

    Odom, a former defensive coordinator and linebacker, started the search for Josh Heupel’s replacement knowing he needed to locate and hire a coordinator capable of commanding the offense without much oversight. Odom was essentially hunting for a head coach of the offense who doubled as a quarterback whisperer.

    That was what was at stake here. Odom knew it. So did Mizzou fans.

    So what's the bad news?

    Odom picked …

    Derek Dooley?

    That sound you hear is cackling drifting up from Tennessee. The Southeastern Conference is slapping its knee.

    It’s been five football seasons since Dooley’s last doomed year as Volunteers head coach, but the memories came flooding back when news broke — at 5 p.m. on Friday —

    BenFred covered the Vols during the Dooley Error
  • #860 by jbcarol on 07 Jan 2018
  • Florida (updated)

    Steve Spurrier won the Heisman while a UF QB/PK in 1966 only one year after Stokely-Van Camp had begun selling Gatorade. As a head coach, he led the '89 Duke team to their first bowl game since the Blue Devils defeated Lance Alworth and Arkansas in the '61 Cotton Bowl.

    Spurrier returned to Florida to replace Waldon-native Gary Darnell. Darnell coached UF for seven games as a mid-season replacement for Galen Hall. His first Gator squad was ineligible for post-season play.

    The Head Ball Coach was 87-12 in SEC games for the Gators. Florida was conference champions in '91, '93, '94, '95, '96, and 2000.  The Gators were National Champs in '96.

    Spurrier left Florida following the 2001 season. He received a five-year, $25 million contract with the Redskins. He is currently a Florida ambassador during hard times.

    Ron Zook was a DB at Miami (O.), "The Cradle of Coaches". Zook became an assistant for Spurrier in '91 leaving Ohio State and Zook replaced him as Head Coach beginning with the '02 season. Zook's hiring generated a lot of energy among the fan base, not all positive. Three five-loss seasons ended Zook's career at UF. The practice of flying a banner over a game requesting a coach's firing became known as the "Zookification" of said coach.

    Zook did not win a home game over a ranked foe and was criticized for puckering up at home. He coached consecutive road wins over LSU, Arkansas, and UGa in '03.

    Ron Zook's SEC record was 16-8.  He coached at Illinois until 2011 and was most recently the Special Teams coach of the Green Bay Packers.

    Batesville-native Charlie Strong coached Florida's Peach Bowl loss after Zook's last season.

    Florida hired Utah head coach Urban Meyer who complimented Zook on the players he had left behind. Meyer's Utah team went undefeated winning the Fiesta Bowl over Pitt.

    Urban Meyer had a 36-12 SEC record in six seasons at UF. His teams won the BCS-NC in '06 and '08 as well as the SEC-CG both seasons.  Controversy surrounded Meyer's season ends in '09 and '10 regarding whether he would return. Meyer left UF after an 8-5 '10 season to spend "more time with family". He was named Ohio State's coach for the '12 season, one year after Jim Tressel's dismissal over the game uniform auction racket. Meyer is the fastest coach to 100 wins since Bud Wilkinson.

    In 2008, Tejas hired Will Muschamp away from Auburn to be DC. Following the '08 season, Muschamp was named coach-in-waiting to eventually succeed Mack Brown. He could not wait long enough.

    Florida hired Muschamp and he completed his first season in '11. His SEC record in '11 was 3-5 and UF finished 7-6 overall after winning the Gator Bowl. 2012 was a top ten season capped with an appearance in a BCS Bowl, a Sugar Bowl loss. In 2013, UF fell to 4-8 with an FCS loss to Georgia Southern. Muschamp started 2014 on the hot seat and despite a surprise win over Georgia in Jacksonville, a loss to South Carolina including two fourth quarter blocked kicks, led to AD Jeremy Foley announcing he would not coach beyond the end of the regular season. Muschamp's SEC record was 17-15 over four seasons. Failing to get the offense on track despite their wealth of talent proved to be his undoing though he was credited with helping to improve the academic and disciplinary environment. Muschamp was hired by Auburn to be their defensive coordinator in 2015. As head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks, his team currently sits in second place in the SEC East.

    Jim McElwain was an assistant coach for 25 years with a notable stop at Bama as OC and QB coach from 2008 to 2011.  He was head coach at Colorado State from '12 to '14 with a 10-2 record in 2014. Florida was able to make arrangements to meet his large buyout and McElwain was named Florida's head coach. McElwain joined Spurrier as the only rookie coaches at Florida to get SEC coach of the year. Florida won the SEC-E during a spell of weak division contenders in 2015 and 2016. McElwain was 16-8 in SEC regular season games when he was fired on Sunday, Oct. 29 following a five-touchdown loss to Georgia. Earlier in the week McElwain mentioned receving death threats and he was not backed up by the University in any way.

    Earlier in the week the justice system recommended diversion for seven Florida players who were charged with felony accounts of charge card theft. One player, Antonio Callaway, a 2017 Preseason All-SEC WR, has had multiple separate felony charges from sexual assault to the charge card scandal and has been given relief by the Florida system each time. This prevalent Florida issue was glossed over during the week as the weight shifted to McElwain's firing and UF attempting to let him go with cause. School officials interviewed by ESPN said that McElwain had been "an odd fit" for Florida from the start, and claimed that his comments about the supposed threats made it apparent that "this was not going to work."

    Defensive coordinator and former Miami head coach and Arkansas Razorback assistant coach, Randy Shannon served as interim coach as the Gators entered the final month of the 2017 regular season. Gators went 1-3 (0-2 in the SEC) and failed to qualify for a bowl game.

    In late Nov. 2017, Florida announced that former Gators OC and current State head coach Dan Mullen, 45, would be their new head coach. Mullen's 69-46 record for the Bulldogs makes him the second-winningest coach in school history, behind only Jackie Sherrill. Along with coaching quarterback Tim Tebow at Florida, Mullen also coached Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith at Utah and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott at Mississippi State. Mullen also worked with current Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin when the AD was leading the athletic department in Starkville, Mississippi.

    Mullen was also considered for the Tennessee job. Florida had previously considered UCF's Scott Frost, who landed the Nebraska head coaching job after leading the Knights to an undefeated season. Gators also targeted former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, whom UCLA hired.
  • #861 by jbcarol on 07 Jan 2018
  • Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Anatomy of a coaching change: How the Bulldogs landed Kirby Smart

    ATLANTA – If the Georgia Bulldogs somehow win a national championship Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, perhaps they should consider sending a ring to Faton Bauta.

    In reviewing how it is that Georgia got here – to its first appearance in a College Football Playoff championship game in Year 2 under coach Kirby Smart — it’s with Bauta that the story must begin.

    Bauta was the third-string quarterback on the Bulldogs’ 2015 team. Well, he was third team for most of that season. There was one game in which he was named the starter. In a desperate move made by a desperate head coach, Mark Richt tabbed Bauta to start against No. 11 Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Richt recently confirmed he made that decision unilaterally. It turned out to be a mistake.

    Bauta threw 4 interceptions that day, and Georgia lost 27-3 to the Gators. To say the Bulldogs’ fan base was incensed would be an understatement.

    Particularly upset was a subset of people who give a lot of money to the school and its athletic programs. Many of those people were on the phone to each other, to UGA President Jere Morehead, to athletic director Greg McGarity, to athletic and university administrators, even to Gov. Nathan Deal...

    A Smart decision

    For the record, McGarity disputes that Georgia was ever in a “race” with South Carolina to land Smart or that it hastened the decision to part ways with Richt.

    “I have no idea where that’s coming from,” said McGarity, who arrived in Atlanta on Saturday night for the championship game. “I’ve read it after the fact, but I just kind of laughed at it.”

    But McGarity also said that he alone made the decision to fire Richt on the drive back to Athens after the Bulldogs defeated Georgia Tech in the last game of the regular season on Nov. 28, 2015.

    Based on 2017, a rare win-win
  • #862 by jbcarol on 11 Jan 2018
  • #863 by jbcarol on 13 Jan 2018
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    South Carolina's Will Muschamp gets new 6-year, $28.2 million contract

    South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp has agreed to new contract that will pay him $28.2 million over the next six seasons.

    Muschamp, the former Florida head coach and two-time former Auburn defensive coordinator, is 15-11 in two seasons with the Gamecocks. South Carolina went 9-4 and won the Outback Bowl in 2017.

    The 46-year-old Muschamp earned $3 million per year in his first two seasons at South Carolina, but gets a raise to $4.2 million in 2018. He will earn an additional $200,000 each season before peaking at $5.2 million in 2023.

    Muschamp got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 1995. He later served as defensive coordinator under Tommy Tuberville from 2006-07 and under Gus Malzahn in 2015.
  • #864 by jbcarol on 15 Jan 2018
  • Brent Zwerneman
    ‏ @BrentZwerneman
    16h16 hours ago

    Reports: Kevin Sumlin to be hired as next Arizona coach: … via @houstonchron

    Sumlin, 53, will become Arizona’s next coach according to multiple reports. He will replace Rich Rodriguez, who was fired just after the new year following a sexual-harassment allegation.

    Sumlin did a good job at A&M, just not good enough for a university that spent nearly a half-billion dollars to rebuild Kyle Field three years ago and paid him $5 million annually to compete for Southeastern Conference titles.

    His first year at A&M was his best, as the Aggies finished 11-2 and redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. It was mostly downhill from there, as the Aggies finished 9-4 in 2013 and then followed that mark up with three consecutive 8-5 records.

    The Aggies were 7-5 following the regular season when athletic director Scott Woodward fired Sumlin on Nov. 26. The Aggies wound up with their worst record in his six-year tenure at 7-6 following a 55-52 loss to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl under interim coach Jeff Banks.

    Arizona Football‏Verified account @ArizonaFBall

    We are excited to begin this new chapter with @CoachSumlin

    Welcome to the Wildcat Family! #BearDown
  • #865 by jbcarol on 17 Jan 2018
  • SEC Football by the Numbers: Nick Saban

    0 Coaches in major-college football history have won more games in their first 22 seasons than Nick Saban. Saban has a 223-62-1 on-the-field record after going 13-1 in 2017 in his 22nd campaign. Nebraska's Tom Osborne is second to Saban on the list with a 219-47-3 record with the Cornhuskers from 1973 through 1994.

    0 Coaches in SEC history have a higher winning percentage than Nick Saban (among those with at least five seasons in the league). Saban has an on-the-field record of 180-36 at Alabama and LSU - a winning percentage of .833. No. 2 on the list is Urban Meyer, who had a 65-15 record at Florida from 2005 through 2010 for an .813

    0 Coaches in SEC history have a higher winning percentage in conference games than Nick Saban (among those with at least five seasons in the league). Saban has an on-the-field record of 103-25 in regular-season SEC games - a winning percentage of .805. No. 2 on the list is Gene Stallings, who had a 43-11-1 on-the-field record in conference regular-season games at Alabama from 1990 through 1996 for a .791.

    0.001 Is the difference between the career winning percentages of Nick Saban and Paul "Bear" Bryant. Bryant had a career record of 323-85-17 at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Alabama - a winning percentage of .780. Saban has an on-the-field record of 223-62-1 at Toledo, Michigan State, LSU and Alabama - a winning percentage of .781.

    3 Times Nick Saban has been the SEC Coach of the Year, as voted on by the conference's coaches. In 2008, he shared the award with Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson and Ole Miss' Houston Nutt, before winning the award again in 2009 and 2016. Paul "Bear" Bryant won the coaches' SEC Coach of the Year Award eight times. Other coaches with at least three of the awards are Vince Dooley, five; Steve Spurrier, four; and Wally Butts, Pat Dye, Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Robert Neyland and Nutt three apiece.

    4 Coaches have won more SEC regular-season games than Nick Saban, who has 103 conference victories at LSU and Alabama. Paul "Bear" Bryant holds the SEC record with 159 league wins at Kentucky and Alabama. Steve Spurrier had 126 conference victories at Florida and South Carolina, Johnny Vaught had 106 at Ole Miss and Vince Dooley had 105 at Georgia.

    21 Victories against teams ranked in the top five of the AP poll for teams coached by Nick Saban, three ahead of former West Virginia/Florida State coach Bobby Bowden at the top of the all-time list. Saban has a 15-6 record against top-five teams at Alabama.
  • #866 by jbcarol on 17 Jan 2018
  • CBS Sports CFB
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    Out of Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin can just be a damn good coach again for Arizona

    In the middle of Kevin Sumlin's final Texas A&M season, a successful prominent coach asked me, "What happens if I go 8-4?"

    The question was rhetorical. That coach -- who didn't want to be identified -- was referring tangentially to Sumlin, the same guy who was introduced as Arizona's new coach Tuesday.

    Sumlin's career has basically averaged out to one big 8-4 record -- 86-43 (.666) over 10 seasons. The rinse-wash-repeat nature of three straight eight-win seasons at Texas A&M from 2014-16 is also a major reason he was fired on Nov. 26, 2017.

    That day I spoke to him, 8-4 came out of the prominent coach's mouth like a sour lemon. He was wondering about his own job security. If winning two-thirds of your games isn't good enough, well, what has the coaching profession become?

    We all know it's a case of perspective and expectations, of course. Sumlin never duplicated his first season at Texas A&M. In 2012, he won 11 games, beat Alabama and Oklahoma and coached a Heisman winner in Johnny Manziel. It never was that good again at A&M, but it was never really that bad, either. When Sumlin departed the SEC, only Nick Saban, Kirby Smart and Gus Malzahn had better career winning percentages.

    That's where the expectations and perspective come in.

    Sumlin was a central figure in this silliest of seasons. Tennessee was a mess. Three major Power Five programs hired replacements with a combined .425 winning percentage (Florida State, Oregon, Arkansas). Jim McElwain basically got himself fired at Florida after going 23-12.

    Sumlin's situation was more unique. His athletic director -- on national television in May -- put him on notice. That's more than silly. That's borderline unethical.
  • #867 by jbcarol on 19 Jan 2018
  • SEC Country Arkansas
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    Les Miles reveals why he passed on taking Arkansas job in 2012  #WPS

    Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Miles had an offer worth $27.5 million over five years to become the Razorbacks coach. However, as Miles told Bo Mattingly on Thursday, the coach decided to stay in Baton Rouge because he didn’t want to move his family.
  • #868 by jbcarol on 20 Jan 2018
  • sports
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    15m15 minutes ago

    Gus Malzahn's contract isn't fully guaranteed, but it's not far from it

    Scarblog: There's been no shortage of conversation about Gus Malzahn's new Auburn contract, but beyond the length (seven years) and the total amount ($49 million), what's been missing from the discussion has been details.

    One key detail in particular has needed clarity. It's the amount of money in the contract that's guaranteed.

    Auburn President Steven Leath offered some insight on that subject Friday after the buzzworthy introduction of the school's dynamic new athletics director. Allen Greene wowed the crowd with a winning combination of humor, humility, passion and appreciation for the incredible opportunity.

    Afterward, Leath played it coy with reporters when he said the percentage of guaranteed money in Malzahn's new deal "is above 50 but well under 100."

    So the contract isn't fully guaranteed - "definitely not," Leath said - but it's not far from it. has learned that 75 percent of the money in the contract is guaranteed, and while there are a few minor details to be worked out, that percentage is not still in negotiation. Like all the major details, it's been agreed upon by both sides.

    In other words, should Auburn fire Malzahn at some point in the next seven years for losing too many games, it would owe him 75 percent of the remaining value of the contract.

    In addition, has learned there is no offset or mitigation language in the contract. That means the amount of money Auburn would owe Malzahn should it dismiss him would not be reduced by any salary he would make at his next job.
  • #869 by jbcarol on 22 Jan 2018
  • Why celebrating is not part of Alabama coach Nick Saban's 'Process'

    Rainer Sabin: "We are in the memory business," College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock crowed at one point during a speech commemorating the Crimson Tide's achievement.

    Saban decidedly is not.

    He is constantly spinning it forward, bracing for the next challenge that lies ahead. Word is that roughly 30 hours after Alabama defeated Georgia and Saban declared he was as happy as he's ever been, the Tide's martinet of a head coach was haranguing his staff about its approach to the upcoming season.

    "The 24-hour rule was still in effect," said linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton. "He's one of those guys who celebrates for the time being and the next day it's over with...It's definitely crazy."

    But there is a method to the madness.

    And it's called the "Process."

    At the end of his remarks Saturday, he reminded everyone of that.

    "To the players coming back: Get ready for the challenges of the future and let everybody know that we're not finished..."

    "Yet!" the team behind him yelled.

    Because at Alabama, the process never stops. And neither does the coach.
  • #870 by jbcarol on 25 Jan 2018
  • #871 by jbcarol on 26 Jan 2018
  • sports
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    On This Day || Paul "Bear" Bryant died in 1983 of a massive heart attack while getting ready for a physical exam, just weeks after retiring as the winningest coach in college football history

    Bryant ws the head coach at four schools -- Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Alabama. He won six national championships with the Crimson Tide (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979), but his only Heisman Trophy winner came at A&M in halfback John David Crow.

    Of his then-record 323 wins (against 85 losses and 17 ties), 232 came at Alabama, making him the school's all-time winningest coach. For the record, the 232 wins is more than double Frank Thomas in the No. 2 spot with 115, with Nick Saban third at 100.
  • #872 by jbcarol on 31 Jan 2018
  • #873 by jbcarol on 31 Mar 2018
  • Do Les Miles’ thespian aspirations affect his LSU contract buyout status?

    Yes, they do.

    There is a clause in Miles’ contract buyout, which pays him $133,000 a month through September 2022. According to that clause, he has to actively seek a coaching job to continue making that money. Which is exactly why he has mentioned his desire to land one of those jobs in practically every opportunity he has had to speak with the media since his firing.

    The key passage from a Ross Dellenger story:

    “He is not giving up on being a head football coach, he says. This is not, in any way, his retirement from coaching. But he admits to being particular about his next coaching stop. The job must be at ‘the right place,’ he said, and must have an athletic director and president committed to winning at the championship level.”

    He’s making it difficult for LSU’s lawyers to claim he’s not looking for a coaching job.
  • #874 by jbcarol on 04 Apr 2018

  • Michael Carvell
    ‏ @Michael_Carvell

    Report: Texas A&M paid former coach Kevin Sumlin big buyout money in February

    A&M reportedly is finished paying former coach Kevin Sumlin’s buyout.

    The Aggies paid Sumlin a little less than $9.9 million this year, as revealed in documents obtained by The Dallas Morning News’ Ben Baby. The payment came in mid-February, after Sumlin was named Arizona’s coach. Sumlin had two years left on his contract when Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward chose to move on after Sumlin posted a 51-26 record in College Station from 2012-17.

    Sumlin’s contract with Texas A&M didn’t officially end until Jan. 10, even though he was told in November that he would be fired. The Aggies went on to hire Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who was given a 10-year, $75 million contract.
  • #875 by jbcarol on 07 Apr 2018

    Maybe he can run up the score on some weak teams, talk trash passive aggressively, and quit when things get tough.
  • #876 by jbcarol on 19 Apr 2018
  • sports
    ‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

    Another national championship means Nick Saban has returned to @FortuneMagazine's annual list of the "World's Greatest Leaders"
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  • Sylvester Croom feels deep connection to Reese's Senior Bowl

    Sylvester Croom played in the Senior Bowl after earning All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association as the center for Alabama's 1974 team, the fourth in a row to win the SEC championship for the Crimson Tide.

    The Tuscaloosa native also is a member of the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame, entering as a member of the Class of 2013 with John Abraham and Aeneas Williams.

    And during his 25 years as an NFL assistant coach and coordinator and five years as Mississippi State's head coach, Croom made many visits to Mobile for the annual all-star game, including serving on the coaching staff as recently as 2015.

    So it's understandable that Croom has a soft spot for the Senior Bowl. But speaking on Thursday night as the senior vice president of operations for the Reese's Senior Bowl, Croom revealed an even deeper connection to the Port City tradition.

    "The Senior Bowl game is the main reason I'm doing this because I love the Senior Bowl," Croom said about his new position. "I played in it in (1975). I grew up watching the Senior Bowl. I grew up during the time of segregation, and the Senior Bowl, I felt, had a big impact on those of us growing up during that time, particularly African-American kids in the South, who got a chance to see people like themselves play big-time football on TV against the best people in the country. So I always wanted to play in the Senior Bowl..."
  • #882 by jbcarol on 01 Jun 2018
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    At 67 years old, Phil Fulmer isn't new to the college sports world or the SEC.

    The whole athletics director gig, however, is a change:

    At 67 years old, Phil Fulmer isn't new to the college sports world or the SEC.

    The whole athletics director gig, however, is a change. Named the chief executive of Tennessee athletics in December after a bizarre end to the John Currie era, the former Vol head football coach is getting a feel for the new view.

    The adjustment came with some help from a name familiar with both Tennessee and Alabama fan bases.

    "I had Bill Battle, Coach Battle, even though he was at Alabama," Fulmer said referring to Alabama's AD from 2013-2017. "I was one of his captains and we stayed in great touch and if I had a really big question, I'll ask him."

    Fulmer played for Battle when the Alabama grad coached the Vols from 1970-76. The two have the shared experience of being fired as Tennessee's head coach after initially successful tenures.

    "I called whoever the coaches were," Fulmer said at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin on Wednesday. "These guys have been around as head coaches and assistants and you get a real answer, not a political answer. Those things help."

    One of Fulmer's first act as AD was hiring a new football coach. Then-Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt -- once a player who faced Tennessee in Fulmer's time as head coach --
  • #883 by jbcarol on 26 Jun 2018
  • #884 by jbcarol on 28 Jun 2018
  • sports
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    1m1 minute ago

    For so many years, Saban didn't see the benefit of broadcasting that aspect of his personality to the masses.

    Now he does because of the positive impact it could have on recruiting:

    It is a calculated move by persnickety coach to alter the perception of his program as a grim football factory belching out robotic players who suppress their personalities in the name of "The Process."

    After the Tide experienced a disappointing recruiting cycle this past year, fell to sixth in the national rankings, and lost its firm grip on the top spot it held for seven straight years, Saban initiated a course correction. He overhauled his coaching staff, ushering in a wave of younger assistants who have their fingers on both their mobile devices and the pulse of a generation raised in an Instagram age of selfies, hashtags and commitment videos.
  • #885 by jbcarol on 28 Jun 2018

  • SI College Football
    ‏Verified account @si_ncaafb
    7h7 hours ago

    Texas A&M knew it had to go huge to land Jimbo Fisher, and its AD knew not to assume any coach is off the table. How the offseason's splashiest hire went down (by @Andy_Staples)
  • #886 by jbcarol on 01 Jul 2018

  • Mark Long
    ‏Verified account @APMarkLong

    Big payday for former Gators coach Jim McElwain, who gets $1 million on July 1 as part of buyout package. Still owed $2.5M
    5:30 AM - 1 Jul 2018
  • #887 by jbcarol on 01 Jul 2018
  • Wes Rucker
    ‏Verified account @wesrucker247

    Former #Vols WR Josh Smith opens up about his frustrations with Butch Jones: 'I just never felt like he was himself':

    Smith didn’t hold back this during a discussion with Jesse Smithey’s 5Star Preps Podcast, saying the Saints have made him love football again while providing the family feeling he never got while playing for since-dismissed Tennessee coach Jones.

    “Just the surrounding support staff [at Tennessee], it just didn’t feel like family to me,” Smith said. “I’m just gonna be honest. I had multiple meetings with Coach Jones, and he knows how I feel. He was … I just never felt like he was himself. I always felt like he put a front on. I mean, he was in such a hard position that I probably would, too, honestly, so I can’t really say anything too bad about him. I do respect him for all the hard work he put into UT, but I honestly wanted the real him.

    “I wanted just to be able to, like, laugh, and, like, have a conversation with him, and I just felt like I couldn’t ever do that, or anybody ever could. It was just always too serious, or we were in trouble. I just never felt like it was a complete family, and I think it’s just such the opposite in the NFL.”

    Alvin Kamara
    ‏Verified account @A_kamara6

    You a champion of life kid... can’t nobody take that away from you @ReevesMaybin
  • #888 by jbcarol on 18 Jul 2018
  • Scott Rabalais

    Verified account@RabalaisAdv

    Saban on coaching longevity:
    "I don't want to ride the program down. I am going to do this as long as I feel like I can make a positive contribution and as long as I'm healthy."
    Sorry, non-Bama fans.
    He looks pretty healthy to me.
  • #889 by jbcarol on 20 Jul 2018
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    What Louisville's Bobby Petrino said about Alabama, the Tide QBs

    A top-3 showdown is not in the cards when the Crimson Tide meets Louisville on Sept. 1 in Orlando.

    Bobby Petrino was asked about the Labor Day Weekend game. While noting it's obviously big to face the defending national champions, the former Arkansas coach kept perspective.

    "You know, and I don't think that our guys are extra excited about it," Petrino told reporters in Charlotte, according to transcripts, "but I think it motivated them throughout the winter, throughout spring ball, throughout the summer workouts to work extremely hard."

    It's a mindset playing in games like this.

    "The number one thing we have to do is believe that we can go down there and beat them so that when you truly believe in something, then you go out and play your best, play to your best of your ability, and that's what's important for us. If there's any disbelief at all, usually you underachieve, and that's the main thing we can't do. We need to go play our best game to give us an opportunity to win."

  • #890 by jbcarol on 24 Jul 2018

    Bielema, fired as the head coach at Arkansas November, is now a "consultant to the head coach" for the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick.

    ESPN, which reports the position as new in the New England organization, was the first to report the hiring.

    According to the report, Bielema has spent the past month working with the Patriots special teams.

    Bielema had been fired as Arkansas coach in November after five seasons. He was 29-34 with the Razorbacks (11-29 in the SEC).
  • #891 by jbcarol on 27 Jul 2018
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    "Even though sometimes it would be late, we would always sit down and have dinner as a family. That made a lot of difference. I tell people all the time don't judge me by my win-loss record, but judge me by the way my children turned out." – Gene Stallings

    "Back when I was coaching, even though sometimes it would be late, we would always sit down and have dinner as a family. That made a lot of difference. I tell people all the time don't judge me by my win-loss record, but judge me by the way my children turned out."

    Stallings, who led the Crimson Tide to the 1992 national championship, shared what he called the biggest reward of his college coaching career.

    "The thing I really enjoyed about college coaching was seeing the player graduate," Stallings explained. "You can't believe how many mothers and grandmothers would say something like this: 'First one on either side of the family to ever go to college. Help him with his books.'

    "To see that player graduate that was a real joy I got out of coaching."
  • #892 by jbcarol on 28 Jul 2018
  • Nick Saban’s Contract

    Saban extended his contract to 2025.

    Saban willing, he will pass Spurrier and Bryant to become the oldest coach in SEC football history.

    Malzahn is the only current SECcoach to hold a win over Saban at Bama.
  • #893 by jbcarol on 28 Jul 2018
  • Brent Zwerneman@BrentZwerneman

    Chad Morris and Gus Malzahn go way back in talkin' offensive football, and good for these two coaches who worked their way through the high school ranks in their respective states: … via @HoustonChron

    Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Arkansas coach Chad Morris, both born in Texas, are two of the SEC's examples of coaches steadily working their way through the high school ranks to grander things

    "It goes way back," Malzahn said. "I was coaching a state championship game, and he called and asked if he could bring himself and his staff (to the game). I didn't know him at all. After that, we got together for the next two years and just talked offensive football."

    Morris, 49, coached at Eustace, Elysian Fields, Bay City, Stephenville and Lake Travis high schools, prior to becoming an offensive coordinator at Tulsa and then Clemson.

    "Chad is one of the smarter coaches I've ever been around," said Malzahn, 52. "And he's one of the hardest workers I've ever been around. I consider him a true friend. ... Now he's in our league, and he'll be very successful. He's a great coach, but an even better person."
  • #894 by jbcarol on 02 Aug 2018

    Yes +180

    Schiano is slight favorite over Meyer.  Miles at +5000

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    Kiffin  talks of his faith.

    It's not about you.

    "I've been telling my players and coworkers that line ever since," he explained. "I had never heard that before but that is the purpose of life."

    Kiffin admits he had "too much success, fame and money in life too soon."

    He compared his life of a Hollywood actor and how ego can destroy.

    Kiffin recalled leaving the head coaching job at Tennessee, which he loved, to return to USC as a head coach. He was fired. Kiffin said, in hindsight, that was the beginning, not the end.

    "What it turned out to be, however, was the beginning of God humbling me to the man I am today. I was not using the platform He put me on at all in His way. As my pastor once said, 'God wasn't punishing me, he was just giving me a wakeup call,'" he wrote.
  • #898 by jbcarol on 17 Aug 2018
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    Nick Saban is under contract with the Crimson Tide through the 2025 season. He's also about to turn 67 years old.

    Is there any SEC coach you think can outlast him?

    Kirby Smart is going to be a Georgia lifer. There is literally no other job in America -- not even Alabama -- where he would have more internal and external resources to help him win national championships.

    Dan Mullen is only 46 and will probably be at Florida at least another decade, assuming he has success (which he will).

    Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M has a 10-year, $75-million contract that is virtually guaranteed. So I think those two are stuck with each other.

    So that's three SEC coaches that probably will outlast Saban.

    That leaves us with two others we haven't discussed: Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt and Auburn's Gus Malzahn.

    Pruitt is a total wild-card.

    And then there's Malzahn, who like Fisher at Texas A&M, has a pretty much guaranteed contract at Auburn. The only difference is Malzahn's deal expires after the 2024 season.

    Will he have enough success to get an extension?
  • #899 by jbcarol on 21 Aug 2018

    Jimbo’s contract finalized about an hour before other news would break.
  • #900 by jbcarol on 23 Aug 2018