Nick Saban signs extension but raises questions

Nick Saban has signed a contract extension this year that will pay him $11.1 million in 2017 as part of an eight-year deal that will pay the coach a total of $65 million – and that’s before bonuses that could pay him another $700,000 per year until 2024.

Also seeing their salaries bumped are new AD Greg Byrne (who only took the job in June), as well as his assistants, led by co-defensive co-ordinator Tosh Lupoi, who will earn $950,000, while new offensive co-ordinator Brian Dobell has re-signed until January 2020 in a $1.2 million salary deal.

Record

Saban’s record at Alabama is stunning – 119-19 over the last 10 years, with four of those years leading the Crimson Tide to a National Championship.

During his tenure at Alabama Saban has not been immune from the loss of co-ordinators, who have gone on to varying successes. Former OC Jim McElwain is the head coach of Florida, former DC Kirby Smart is the head coach of Georgia and most recently, OC Lane Kiffin in the head coach of Florida Atlantic University, while offensive line coach and recruiter supreme Mario Cristobal is now the co-offensive co-ordinator at Oregon.

The deal is great for Saban, his family, for Alabama fans still worrying he might leave for Texas, and of course, his agent Jimmy Sexton, who should be pocketing a tidy amount for the negotiation.

Alabama and other schools

In the time that Saban has been in charge of Alabama, the school has made more than $100m from football – which is absolutely stunning. And football’s success and the subsequent financial income has meant good news for the other non-revenue-making sports ‘on the Alabama roster’, which are being kept afloat by the thousands of fans buying tickets, shirts, hats and probably pets called ‘Crimson’ just for bathing in the light of the pigskin.

Oh, and rival schools – whether they like to say it or not – probably love Saban’s success, because every time the Crimson Tide come to town there is more fanfare than a Royal Wedding in Britain, leading to higher TV exposure. The SEC certainly loves Alabama’s success – Saban’s made the conference look better. ESPN and CBS have enjoyed the Crimson Tide for viewing figure purposes, and those charming people on the secondary market who concentrate on Tuscaloosa games are probably driving Mercs.

But what about the students?

The biggest annoyance we have with a deal like this for Saban is that Alabama players over the years of Saban’s multi-million dollar success have been paid exactly $0. Of course, there are stipends (and we suspect under-the-table ‘players’ donations’ given by boosters (it being the SEC), but that’s nothing if you consider what Alabama has made in terms of sports revenue.

Of course, the likes of Paul Finebaum and many Alabama fans will argue that Saban’s contract is worth it, and we’d agree – if you are thinking about the price paid by the university itself. There are a ton of players who have profited from Saban’s teaching, too. Especially the 22 first round picks who played for Saban in Tuscaloosa (65 in total have gone pro).

But there are a ton of players who have played for Saban and have come out with exactly nothing, while their coach has reaped the financial rewards.

I’m sorry, but that doesn’t seem right.

 

Can Georgia replace ‘The Human Joystick’?

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The Human Joystick. The guy that moved through opposition players like they were nothing, with the screams of joy emanating from the fans behind him. The human highlight reel. The one-of-a-kind for that season.

And now, Georgia fans, Isaiah McKenzie is gone. And with him will be his numbers.

Georgia fans will talk about reloading after McKenzie’s decision to opt for NFL riches after his junior year, but it’s going to be really, really difficult.

McKenzie not only brought a receiving threat to the table (663 yards, 7 TDs on 44 receptions, going for an average of 14.4 yards/ reception), but also brought a running threat too (134 yards, 2 TDs on just 19 carries, averaging 7.1 yards/play). He also returned 23 punts (for 245 yards and a touchdown).

If you want to take this as total, the hole that McKenzie will leave will be even bigger. He accounted for 26% of all total receiving yards, 20% of all receptions, and – this is the most galling – 43% of all total throwing touchdowns. Thanks to Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, his loss won’t be felt hugely in the Georgia backfield, but still.

For a moment, take away the fact that the Dawgs have a young offensive line, and this could be yet another season where red-clad fans see opposition linemen run through their line, and let’s just look at the talent coming back to Sanford….

WHO FROM THE RETURNERS REPLACES HIM?

  • Sony Michel (RB): We liked how he was used out of the backfield over the last couple of years. He’s a definite game-changer. Had 149 yards receiving on 22 receptions. The problem for Georgia will be whether they can keep Michel healthy. He’s had injury problems for the last two years. Which is unfortunate, for a man of his talent.
  • Terry Godwin (WR): Underimpressed in just about every game last year. He had 38 receptions for just 397 yards and no touchdowns. That’s hardly a massive return for the five-star recruit. His averages from 2015 to 2016 barely improved. But Godwin’s going to be the No.1 receiver in Athens next year – and will have to prove it.
  • Riley Ridley (WR): Ridley’s freshman season in Athens was a pretty productive one. He had 238 yards on just 12 receptions – although we’re a little worried that he was actually targetted 22 times. He’s also injured his foot, so he’ll definitely not play the Spring Game and probably be out until mid-summer.
  •  Jeb Blazevich/ Isaac Nauta (TE): Smart’s use of the TE is very Saban-like, and the increasing use of them continues bring a new dimension to the attacking game.
  • Javon Wims (WR): The former JUCO transfer started only 3 games but still had 190 yards on 17 receptions. And no fumbles.

WHAT ABOUT THE FRESHMEN?

There are things to be excited about for the Bulldogs. 6ft 2 incoming freshman (and four-star recruits) Jeremiah Holloman and redshirt freshman Mark Webb ought to bring in some size out wide for QB Jacob Eason, and both Matt Landers and Trey Blount are both considered to be a little raw.

SO IN OTHER WORDS….

McKenzie will be pretty much irreplacable in 2017 with what he brought to the offense. There aren’t a lot of players that were a three-headed hydra of offense like he was. We expect UGA to go more towards the run this year – despite having Eason’s cannon. The reason? The offensive line. We’re not sure if he’ll be as lucky in his second year to survive as he was in his first.

 

 

Georgia star RBs, LBs return for senior year

Georgia star running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will return for their senior years, giving second-year head coach Kirby Smart a massive boost going into the 2017 season.

Added to that is the news that Smart’s defense will be boosted by the announcement that offensive linebackers Lorenzo Smart and Davin Bellamy will also return.

Last year Chubb had 988 yards and 7 TDs on 207 carries, averaging at nearly 5 yards a carry. Michel had 753 yards on 137 carries with 3 TDs.

Carter had 37 total tackles including 17 solo tackles, while Bellamy had 49 tackles and 4 sacks and one pass defended.

Who wins The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party?

A buddy of ours said on Facebook: “Georgia-Florida is the World’s Largest Cocktail Party, which Florida-Georgia is a crappy country group”. We sniggered, slightly, bearing in mind our memory of that goddawful band  ‘highlighting’ plays on CBS was that how we could have put our foot through our TV whenever we heard them ****ing singing.

  1. No.14 Florida vs Georgia

If you’re a grad of Florida or Georgia, a student at Florida or Georgia, or a fan of Florida or Georgia, or merely want a fight on The Landing this weekend with a bunch of smashed-up ‘bros’ and their wives who are fighting each other too, you’ll probably be in Jacksonville. And if  you hate your life – because the game’s probably not going to be that great, if you consider how bad both offenses are – you’ll probably be watching the game alongside a lot of people dressed in red and blue on Saturday afternoon.

PREDICTION: Florida’s a 7-1/2 point favorite. I’m going for Florida to win 20-13 in an ugly game where only the thing keeping us watching is that it’s going to be Uncle Verne’s last Cocktail Party game. Sadly, it’s not going to be Gary Danielson’s.

2. No.15 Auburn at Ole Miss

Get this: This is Auburn’s first real away game this season (we don’t count Mississippi State, folks!), and it comes against an Ole Miss side who seems to always take the lead and then blow it. The biggest problem for Ole Miss – as dynamic as the offense can be at times – is their horror show of a running defense, which took a battering against LSU. This week, they face an Auburn side which has run for 2120 yards and 21 TDs. Kamryn Pettway could go crazy. He’s put up back-to-back 150+ rushing efforts, and he could do the same today. Auburn’s also got a pretty solid defense. You know, it’s a pretty solid team.

PREDICTION: This could be the most entertaining game on the SEC’s schedule this week (not very hard, we know bearing in mind what else is there). Auburn’s a 4-1/2 point favorite, but we think Auburn’s going to win this by 10 in a secretly great game until halfway through the fourth quarter.

3. No.18 Tennessee at South Carolina

The Gamecocks might be the worst team in the SEC right now – although it’s a real battle between them, Missouri and Mississippi State right now (Vanderbilt’s a solid fourth-worst after showing defensive backbone). Will Muschamp’s guys struggled to beat UMass last week, and now they get Tennessee – which is still a pretty good team despite back-to-back losses coming into town. Expect Josh Dobbs to have fun. And all this will be despite the injury to star running back Alvin Kamara.

PREDICTION: Tennesee’s a 13-1/2 point favorite, but we think they win by 21. And they swear at themselves for the game not being as close as that.

4. Kentucky vs Missouri

Kentucky are SECOND in the SEC East. Yes, SECOND. And they are really aren’t great. We know they are awful because they gave up 38 to Mississippi State and won by a field goal. Sure, it was entertaining if you like shoot-outs, but UK isn’t very good, are they? Anyway, Missouri played Middle Tennessee State last week……and lost. The errors killed them, and but it’s a shock that they are 5-1/2 point home favorites for the Wildcats. Must be the scary Farot Field.

PREDICTION: We’re going with Missouri to win by 7 in a high-scoring game, because we want some happiness for our friends at the Mizzodcast, one of the best college football podcasts you’ll listen to. 

5 A+B We’re calling for Mississippi State to beat Samford and Texas A&M to hammer New Mexico State by 50 (they are 43-point favs). No surprises here.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7 SEC standings: Alabama smoking the opposition

People kept telling us how Tennessee could roll Alabama to stop the decade of pain on the Third Saturday of October, and we said (basically): “Are you ****ing joking? Tennesee hasn’t put together a whole game this year/ They’ve got a ton of injuries/ They turn the ball over too much/ They are going to get beaten by double digits”. We were right….Except we thought it MIGHT be closer than 35.

Elsewhere, some Georgia fans are suddenly regretting the Kirby Smart hire after LOSING TO VANDERBILT, while Missouri fans are hating life. Mississippi State lost in overtime at BYU (anyone convert to Mormonism on the road trip?), while Arkansas stunned Ole Miss. This is a strange conference indeed….

So here are your rankings:

  • Alabama (7-0): The Tide are rollin’ faster than Alabama players roll joints. Too soon?
  • Texas A&M (6-0): Apparently, Texas A&M is feeling confident about beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa. You know, that Texas A&M team who couldn’t put away an injured Tennessee team who gave up seven turnovers until double-overtime. Yeah…so…
  • Arkansas (5-2): Beat Ole Miss in a shoot-out. The offense can be borderline erotic. Or borderline.
  • Auburn (4-2): A hefty defensive line and an offense that’s just beginning to click. This could be a dangerous Tigers team.
  • LSU (4-2): The first test of LSU will be the game against Ole Miss, when we’ll fully be able to understand whether the Tigers are any good. But right now, things are going the right way.
  • Tennessee (5-2): Riding a two-game losing streak and they were beaten to a pulp by Alabama. We don’t see any losses for the Vols from now on, though…
  • Ole Miss (3-3): Great offense, terrible defense. But they sure are exciting, aren’t they?
  • Florida (5-1): So far the one TEAM the Gators played they lost to. And joking apart, they could still sneak into the SEC Championship Game. Dear God…
  • Georgia (4-3): Starting to regret firing Mark Richt? After the decision on the final play against Vanderbilt….maybe…
  • Kentucky (3-3): Here’s some funny news. Kentucky’s second in the SEC East.
  • Mississippi State (2-4): So Mississippi State isn’t any good….But they still beat South Carolina
  • Missouri (2-4): They were underdogs against LSU and Florida, but lost both games so convincingly that it’s made me believe that this is the worst team in the SEC East.
  • Vanderbilt (3-4): Yes, we know Vanderbilt beat Georgia and lost to South Carolina, but Vandy’s not a great team.
  • South Carolina (2-4): Lost to Mississippi State. And Kentucky. And Georgia. The Gamecocks have actually got worse since the Vanderbilt win at the start of the year.

SEC Preview – Week 7: Will Tennessee beat Alabama?

GSo now they’ve beaten Florida, Tennessee fans must be feeling the magic for the visit of their second-most hated rival, Alabama. If we’re honest, Alabama has OWNED Tennessee (results-wise, anyway), beating them in every game since 2007. The only game that reasonably close was last year, when Josh Dobbs’ heroics nearly beat the Crimson Tide.

Prior to that, Mississippi State travel up to Mormon country to play BYU on Friday, Ole Miss travel to Arkansas in what could be a shoot-out for the ages (bearing in mind both lack any defense), Missouri go to Florida, Vanderbilt travel to Georgia, and Southern Miss to LSU.

So here are our previews:

  1. No.1 Alabama at No.9 Tennessee

Nick Saban said that the Tennesee game was the biggest game on the Crimson Tide’s schedule, which should enrage a lot of Auburn fans, who are feeling butthurt enough what with Germans burning down their oaks and Alabama winning all those National Championships. Tennessee’s a 12-1/2 point home underdog, which might feel kind of right, if you consider that Alabama’s defense was pretty poor for three quarters against Arkansas (they gave up 30 points). But Tennesee only plays for one half, and they are injured to hilt. The crowd could well be a factor, though.

PREDICTION: We’re calling Alabama to win by more than 12-1/2 for this reason: The Crimson Tide is more capable of putting together a full game than the Volunteers. And the offense is much better. 

2. No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 22 Arkansas

The biggest mystery for this season so far is: How in the heck is Arkansas still ranked? They’ve been one of this season’s biggest letdowns, with an awful, awful offensive line – formerly one of their strengths. The ‘D’ can’t stop anybody. You know? It’s going to be fun, because Ole Miss can’t really play any defense either. We know that because Ole Miss is 80th in the country in yards/game, and Arkansas is 68th. This WILL be fun, folks.

PREDICTION: Ole Miss is a 7-1/2 point favorite. I like Ole Miss to win by 10, but I also LOVE the over for 67-1/2. 

3. Mississippi State at BYU

Listen, we’re putting this up beyond other games because the crowd is going to be WILD in Utah for the BYU game for the visit of Mississippi State. We’re not saying MSU is any good (it really isn’t), but BYU’s ‘D’ is pretty mediocre, too. Expect lots of blondes. Lots, and lots of blondes (of both sexes). We don’t know every guy in the place has a wife but he shouldn’t have two, because apparently polygamy’s illegal in Utah.

PREDICTION: BYU’s a 7-point favorite. Can’t believe people don’t have more faith in BYU. If you feel like betting on the non-drinkers, take BYU in the over.

4. Missouri at No.18 Florida

Missouri looked like a great, speedy offense against lower opposition, and then fell to pieces about LSU. But Florida’s offense is pretty horrible too, only scoring a smidgeon over 28 points/game. Florida’s defense is excellent, though – and better than Missouri’s. The Vanderbilt/Florida game was horrible, and we’re praying that it won’t continue this week.

PREDICTION: Florida’s a 13-1/2 game favorite, but actually, we like the ‘under’ for 48-1/2. That’s how miserable we believe the game will be.

5. Vanderbilt at Georgia

Georgia’s running back duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel looked awesome against South Carolina, but Jacob Eason – to coin a Bret Bielema phrase – looked borderline erratic. Vandy’s 79th-ranked rush defense (176.8 yard/game) will do well to stop them. Especially if Georgia’s offensive line is looking as improved as it did against South Carolina.

PREDICTION: Georgia’s only a 14-point favorite. Is the reason why is that they should have walked away with the South Carolina but kept letting the Gamecocks back into the game? We think UGA win by 21 or more. 

6. Southern Miss at LSU

Southern Miss is going to walk into Baton Rouge with a bad-ass offense FORTY POINTS PER GAME (yes, you read that properly), but properly won’t walk out with the win, bearing in mind that LSU is mourning not only the loss of Les Miles but more important, Mike The Tiger who passed away earlier this week. Southern Miss gives up a not-great 159 yards/game of rushing a week, so good luck against LSU’s offense, folks.

PREDICTION: LSU’s a 25-point favorite. The Tigers looked so damned good against Florida but they’ve had a week off and the momentum may have come down. We’ll take the Tigers to win by more than that, because Southern Miss had 55 dropped on them last time out against UTSA.

 

Georgia vs South Carolina MOVED TO SUNDAY because of Hurricane Matthew

The Georgia vs South Carolina game has now been moved to Sunday, Will Muschamp has told reporters.

Kick-off time is unknown.

Who’s on the 2016 SEC Hot Seat? Clue: Les Miles is one

So the SEC season is close to arriving around Labor Day weekend, and we can’t wait. No – we can’t, can’t wait. Instead of giving you the team by team analysis  – as we’ve done for the last few years – we’re going to give you a 1-14 on who’s on the SEC hot seat. If you don’t agree, tweet me on @SECblog. Please. All comments helpful and (maybe) retweeted!

Anyway, so here we go…

  1. Les Miles (LSU) – After last year when an emotional Les Miles avoided the bullet after his team stopped a three-game losing streak by beating Texas A&M in a thunderous night in Death Valley, a lot is expected for this team. If they finish 9-3 like they did last year and the offense doesn’t show up, then Miles will be shown the door – and they’ll find a pissed-off rich booster to help them do it (the school system has no cash!).
  2. Gus Malzahn (Auburn) – It doesn’t matter that the team’s only a couple of seasons removed from losing one of the best National Championship Games in history, a repeat of last year’s 7-6 season (which included ‘big’ wins over rudderless Memphis, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi State, mighty San Jose State and a squeaker against Jacksonville State) could see the fans wanting change. Of course, I would argue that those in charge made a stupid error hiring DC Kevin Steele, but then again, that’s me.
  3. Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) – The arrival of Johnny Manziel on the SEC scene, beating Alabama on the road, and Texas’ downfall made Texas A&M fans arrogant and forgetful that they’d actually suffered through years and years of middling football in the Big XII. If they continue to suck offensively – despite the excellent weapons they have – and therefore continue to lose to Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU, Sumlin’s going to find his seat warm. Very warm.
  4. Mark Stoops (Kentucky) – Seriously – what has Mark Stoops really brought to Kentucky since he came in, apart from a noisy Commonwealth stadium? This team lost to Vanderbilt, for crying out loud. Kentucky will be fed up sooner and later about the lack of a bowl game and John Calipari will take over as football coach, too. Mark our words.
  5. Dan Mullen (Mississippi State) – If Dan Mullen was married to Mississippi State, we’d be stunned why Mississippi State had hung around with Mullen for so long. Why? Mullen’s courted other teams like crazy, and it’s obvious that he’s unhappy. Oh, and his non-answers to the Jeremy Simmons debacle and has people actively WANTING him to leave Starkville, too. Maybe that will feed through to the upper echelons.
  6. Butch Jones (Tennessee) – If Tennessee chokes with the talent they are bringing back – including the SEC’s best quarterback in Josh Dobbs – then Jones is going to have a lot of explaining to do. Then again, if the allegations against him and the teams he ran are true, then Jones’ seat could be warmer than we think – especially after Baylor.
  7. Will Muschamp (South Carolina) – Will Muschamp’s a known quantity in the SEC as a head coach, and it’s not good. If they have a terrible year, Muschamp could follow Spurrier out the door almost immediately.
  8. Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss) – Yes, there’s a two-game winning streak over Alabama. Yes, it’s very exciting. But the prospect of replacing a ton of NFL talent this year plus NCAA sanctions doesn’t make 2016 a particularly exciting future for Ole Miss – despite the current love for Chad Kelly. Apparently he can do everything….which is absurd. Anyway, if Ole Miss has a poor season, the Rebels fans – who again seem to forget what a joke their program was before he arrived – will be crying out for blood.
  9. Bret Bielema (Arkansas) – He was great on SEC Media Days no doubt. But how often can Razorbacks tolerate the ‘slow start/great finish’ before they start looking for ‘great start/great finish’, plus a win over Texas A&M in Jerryworld?
  10. Kirby Smart (Georgia) – Georgia fans showed us all how stupid and restless they are by getting rid of Mark Richt. So let’s say that Georgia’s defense doesn’t show up this year, they have no offense (quite a real prospect with the lingering injuries to Nick Chubb and Sony Michel), and they lose to Tennessee, Florida, Ole Miss, and Georgia Tech. Let’s also say that the Jacob Eason, who’s the new Joe Montana is you talk to one of the bald bikers who paint the Dawg on their heads every day, is as great as the second half of the year of Grayson Lambert’s was. Georgia fans will start talking about blood. And quickly. For a town full of stoners, they sure are critical in Athens.
  11. Jim McElwain (Florida) – If the enragingly awful performance of the Citrus Bowl continues on in the 2016 season, then the Gator chomps may turn to a sea of middle fingers in the general direction of McElwain. The locals in The Swamp are like that.
  12. Greg Odom (Missouri) – If Mizzou’s offense manages to take even more of a step back than it did last year, then Odom could get booted after just a season…..and become defensive co-ordinator again. I still don’t think he really wants to be the head coach – especially following a coach like Gary Pinkel.
  13. Derek Mason (Vanderbilt) – The reason why he’s so low is that Vanderbilt fans are just happy with winning the odd SEC game, remaining competitive, and upholding academic standards. Derek Mason’s taking the team in the right direction, and he’s instantly likeable. And there haven’t been any Franklin-like problems.
  14. Nick Saban (Alabama) – Sometime, Nick Saban will retire, and the God That Replaced The Bear will be mourned in Tuscaloosa. Otherwise, he’s going nowhere so there’s no point in me saying that he’s even on a seat, let alone a hot one.

Georgia players arrested and jailed for firing gun

Two freshmen Georgia players have been arrested and jailed for firing a BB gun on school property, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Defensive tackle Julian Rochester and Chad Clay were arrested and jailed for having the gun on school property, and second degree damage. They were still in jail at the time of writing, the AJC said, as there is no bond for possessing a weapon – albeit a BB gun.

Kirby Smart, Georgia’s new head coach, said in a statement: “I’m disappointed with the poor judgment of Julian and Chad. We expect full compliance with the policies of the University and of our football program from all our student-athletes. Information is still being gathered but they will be disciplined in an appropriate manner.

The charges came after there was an incident in a dorm room – which is where there was second degree damage, the Washington Post reported, noting that Atlanta TV station Fox 5 came with the news first. The TV station also tweeted that the charges could be reduced to misdemeanours.

He also told a radio show that Clay and Rochester’s idiotic moves were “poor decisions”, although did not expand as to whether they would be booted from the team.

Rochester was a four-star recruit (according to 24-7Sports) from Powder Springs, GA, and was considered the 10th-best DT in the country. He was expected to start. Cornerback Clay was a three-star recruit and considered the 31st-best player in Georgia.

The arrests come just days before Georgia’s Spring Game, which the school hopes attract over 90,000 people. By the looks of it, it won’t attract Rochester and Clay, who may well be learning the old Mark Richt saying about consequences and actions.

 

 

Who’s gonna be South Carolina’s head coach?

We all know who USC’s head coach is going to be. But how about the OTHER USC, which sits in Columbia, South Carolina, far away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles?

There, things have been a bit of a struggle lately. And by ‘bit’, I mean ‘a lot’. To go with an horrific remnant of a hurricane that flooded the city for days, Steve Spurrier decided that head coaching wasn’t his thing anymore and promptly left mid-season. Oh, and at the end of the season, South Carolina had the ignominy of losing to The Citadel and Clemson in back-to-back weeks.

So who are the head coaching favourites for the South Carolina job?

  1. Lincoln Reily — Apparently the Gamecocks are very interested in Oklahoma OC Lincoln Riley – who’s done such as an excellent offensive job with the Sooners this year, taking them to a College Football Play-Off. He will bring with him a hell of an offensive mind – something that the South Carolina could dearly do with.
  2. Larry Fedora – Fedora’s offensive genius is doing wonders at North Carolina, and with the prospect of academic sanctions on the horizon for the North Carolina athletic system, you can see Fedora make the ACC Championship and a 11-2 season his crowning moment before leaving for a bigger challenge down South.
  3. Dan Mullen – Would be a blockbuster hire for South Carolina, particularly as it’s pretty well known that Mullen’s going to leave CowbellLand now that his four-year love affair with Dak Prescott is over and he’ll have to rebuild. Mullen’s an excellent offensive mind and was responsible for MSU’s rise from joke status to status over the last couple of years.
  4. Jeremy Pruitt – The Georgia defensive co-ordinator is apparently ‘highly interested’  in the South Carolina job. He’s been pretty good for Georgia since Todd Grantham left….if you forget the Alabama and Florida games. He’s also an excellent recruiter.
  5. Kirby Smart – Despite the news that Georgia was on the verge of signing with Smart, Carolina is still actively pursuing the Alabama DC. Expect fireworks in Carolina and Georgia if he ponies up more money.
  6. Shawn Elliott – Let’s not forget that the Gamecocks actually played a hell of a lot better with Elliott as head coach. But he still went 1-5. He’s a long shot.
  7. Will Muschamp – Probably wants another chance at head coaching after the debacle at Florida, but would anyone want to take a chance on him?
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