Tag: Coaching Carousel

We Sang Second and Other Musings

Yesterday was the annual Army/Navy Game in Philadelphia.  It was a perfect setting for this physical game snow and cold.  Army got the opening kickoff and took it down the field for a TD.  Then Navy got a FG and a big touchdown run from QB Malcolm Perry to take a 10-7 lead at the half.  Navy came out in the second half with another FG and Army closed the scoring with a touchdown for a 14-13 lead.  The game ended with Navy attempting a FG as time expired that missed wide.  The stats for the game were awesome as the two quarterbacks combined to be 2-2 for 22 yards.  Army had 221 yards rushing compared to the 294 that Navy put up and neither team had a turnover.  As Gary Danielson said on the call of the game on CBS, “there was a lot of action at the end of the half for a 10-7 ballgame.”  This game was a perfect ending to the regular season of college football.

Things happen during the game that you do not see every weekend in college football and we probably should.  For example, the Army QB called the sideline reporter, Allie LaForce, ma’am.  We as a society should hold these players to a higher standard, we should not be astonished when a young man is polite to a sideline reporter.  The other thing I saw on Twitter more than once was the astonishment that there were no late hits, no taunting, no one calling attention to themselves or pounding their chest, this is the way it should be every week.  This weekend was what college football should be about brothers playing the ultimate team game for each other and the name on the front of their chest instead of the one on the back.  The way this game was played should be the standard, not the exception, but we as a fan base have come to be satisfied as long as their team wins.  Winning is not enough, we should demand that our teams win the right way.  These coaches are paid way too much and are charged with the development of these young men not only as players but as human beings as well. We as a fan base should demand that the coaches and their programs be held to a higher standard and winning is not enough, but winning the right way and competing the right way should be demanded.

The Army/Navy game is a sight to behold from the Cadets and the Midshipman on the field in formation to the sight of them in the stands in their uniforms, but the greatest tradition is the signing of the alma maters after the game, where the loser sings first and the winner sings second.  This is the second year in a row where the Black Knights have sung second after singing first for fourteen years in a row.  The Intro to the game was one of the greatest things I have ever seen and it included a quote from one of the player’s father, “this is the only game where the guys playing are willing to die for the ones watching.”

I tweeted after watching the intro that, “I dare you to watch the intro without swelling up with pride!”  I am not ashamed to say that I teared up with pride while watching this, here is the link:

As everyone knew, Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma won the Heisman Trophy with Bryce Love finishing a distant second and Lamar Jackson, 2016 winner finishing third.  Mayfield completed 71% of his passes for 4340 yards and 41 TDs and 5 Ints.  As I stated in Fridays blog post a Quarterback will win the Heisman trophy since their stats are out of this world.

On to the coaching carousel:

Rating coaching moves: (Updated)

A+ Grade:

Dan Mullen to Florida

Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M

Scott Frost to Nebraska

Chip Kelly to UCLA

All top names that can burn up recruiting trail. Proven winners and program builders.

Willie Taggert Florida State even ole PK couldn’t keep him at Oregon, homerun for FSU incredible Florida recruiter that program will be back in business next year.

Scott Frost Nebraska another home run hire a stud young coach turned UCF from no wins two years ago to Undefeated and Big Ten West is not loaded, save Wisconsin, year in and year out.

A Grade:

Jeremy Pruitt Tennessee Unproven but comes from a lot of success with three National Championships

Chad Morris Arkansas He won at SMU hard to do, but that is nothing like what he will face in the SEC West

Mario Cristobal got hired at Oregon, Offensive Line Coach at Oregon last year and at Alabama from 2013-2016.  He was the head football coach at Florida International from 2007-2012.  It will be interesting to see who he can hire at Oregon for his staff and if he has learned from his time with Nick Saban.

B Grade:

Josh Heupel UCF Former OC at Missouri good recruiter in a fertile recruiting ground

Herman Edwards to Arizona State

Joe Moorhead to Mississippi State

Mike Bloomgren Rice Great OC at Standford hopefully can bring some of that mentality to Rice

Dana Dimel UTEP OC from Kansas State bring some stability and a great culture to a program that needs it

Good coaches see if these moves will pan out. Moorhead first time HC at big-time program interesting to see how his staff shapes up and how he recruits in South. Herman Edwards loved him on TV, he couldn’t wait to be back on sideline see how he translates to college kids.

C Grade:

Chad Lunsford Georgia Southern

Matt Luke Ole Miss

Jonathan Smith Oregon State

Steve Campbell South Alabama

All unproven guys and Luke feels like a lazy hire by promoting him from Interim.  The reason I feel that Luke was a lazy hire was Ole Miss hired a search firm, the same one LSU used last year and they hired Ed Orgeron who also was already on staff.  If you hire a search firm they should recommend someone outside of your staff and someone that will win the press conference as well as games on the field.  If I was president of a university and we had hired a search firm and they recommended hiring a coach that was already on staff I would have a few questions for the Athletic Director.  Why am I paying you and a search firm to hire a coach already on staff, why do you not know that he is best we can get?  Those would be a few questions I would have fo the AD at his exit interview.

I have to give a quick shoutout to my neighbors for helping me build a storage space in the back of my garage.  In about six hours, we built a loft that was 3’X11′ and a bench that was 2’X11′  it is awesome, and I could not have done it without them.  Thank you, Sam Tippy, Jack Tippy, Jay Farrar, and Tim Knotek.  Thank you I live in the best neighborhood with the best people, I owe you.

Today I smoked a 9.5 lb Creole pork butt.  I infused the pork butt with creole butter and rubbed it down with creole seasoning.  Then smoked it at 250* for about 13 hours and an internal temperature of 195* then tented it and let it rest for about 25 minutes.  As it was resting my wife made Brussel Sprouts in bacon and bacon grease.  It was a great meal of pork and Brussel Sprouts as we start on our diet for the end of the year.

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Playoff is set!

A lot to discuss today, first off the playoff is set and in my opinion, the committee got it correct. The number one seed and the best team in the field is Clemson. I try to dislike them but then they post this video.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2017/12/watch_espns_inspiring_video_fe.html

Man, I wasn’t sure about Dabo Swinney as an elite head coach but man that dude is a great leader and his team is awesome. I like Clemson and the way they play on the defensive side of the ball.

Number 2 is Oklahoma and they might have the best player left in the playoff I’m Baker Mayfield. This dude is biggest in their biggest games. He is going to win the Heisman Trophy next week. The only problem with them is they have a rookie head coach which might not bode well against at least two of the other coaches, Swinney and Nick Saban.

Number 3 is Georgia they may have had the best season of anyone, save one week. They lost to Auburn, who they beat in the SEC Championship game, and have the best loss of anyone in the country. Oklahoma lost ton7-5 Iowa State and Clemson inexplicably lost to Syracuse. I will touch on this later but I think committee judges bad losses more harshly than good wins.

Number 4 is Alabama which is 11-1, and their loss was last week to Auburn. Alabama top to bottom is the best team in the country. They also have the best coach in the country. They are a machine and the semifinal game in New Orleans between them and Clemson is going to be a war.

So I was correct in my prediction on Friday, I had Georgia, Oklahoma, winner of ACC (Clemson), and Alabama.

Onto the big debate of last night and today, Bama vs Ohio State who finished 5th. Alabama got in for three reasons I believe 1. The committee loves Alabama, 2. Alabama has one loss and it is not as bad as OSU getting housed by 31 at Iowa, and 3. Bama plays in SEC which is the toughest team for team conference in the nation. If you follow my Twitter timeline I was in a spirited debate with a good friend of mine, as stubborn as he is, @jaybird3452. A little backstory he is a huge OSU fan, the worst kind the ones that only see the good and never the bad, and he is a Big Ten hardo and legitimately thinks they are the best conference in the country. The problem with most Big Ten guys is that is the only game all weekend that they watch, so they have a slighted opinion. The reason I am good at writing this is because I try and watch all conferences to really be able to tell. Being a Notre Dame fan helps since they play teams from all different conferences and all over the country. Also, this gives me an experimental control watching Georgia, Miami, and Michigan State against the same team. To me, the SEC is the best conference still because they are top loaded and there isn’t a huge divide between top and bottom, whereas the bottom of the Big Ten is terrible. The argument is LSU got beat by Troy, Troy won the Sunbelt and will probably in their bowl. Nebraska got beat by Northern Illinois who is middle of the road MAC team and barely made one of the 41 bowls. It is a debate and I love it, which is why college football is great!

I believe the committee judges bad losses harsher than they give credit for good wins. If OSU doesn’t play Oklahoma and is 11-1 with that loss to Iowa I believe committee still takes Bama because OSU getting blown out at Iowa is way worse than 10 point loss at Auburn. I think the same thing happened last year to Penn State after they got housed by Michigan by 31, now that I think of it both PSU and OSU got beat by 31, don’t get beat by 31 and you’re in.

I will give bowl predictions every week, so let’s make bowl season profitable!

The coaching carousel is awesome, we have had 18 openings and half of them are filled. The story at Tennessee is the best story of the year, heck maybe the last ten years. Now that Phillip Fulmer is the AD the search is taking another twist. Earlier in the week, it was reported that they had a deal with Mike Leach, which would have been awesome but then they fired current AD John Currie and hired Fulmer. I think that it is going to be hard to find a great head football coach with Fulmer as the AD, the new coach will be looking over his shoulder all the time because there is no doubt in my mind that Fulmer wants to coach again. Basically, Tennessee has a Wisconsin situation where the coach will hav3 to deal with AD’s ego and wanting to meddle in the program. I hope it works out for them, I really do, but this has been a great story to follow.

Rating coaching moves:

A+ Grade:

Dan Mullen to Florida

Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M

Scott Frost to Nebraska

Chip Kelly to UCLA

All top names that can burn up recruiting trail. Proven winners and program builders.

B Grade:

Herman Edwards to Arizona State

Joe Moorhead to Mississippi State

Good coaches see if these moves will pan out. Moorhead first time HC at big-time Program interesting to see how his staff shapes up and how he recruits in South. Herman Edwards loved him on TV, he couldn’t wait to be back on sideline see how he translates to college kids.

C Grade:

Chad Lunsford Georgia Southern

Matt Luke Ole Miss

Jonathan Smith Oregon State

All unproven guys and Luke feels like a lazy hire by promoting him from Interim.

Can’t wait to see what the next few weeks hold for us. A prediction once the Giants fire MacAdoo tomorrow, they will hire Brian Kelly from Notre Dame. So another blue-chip job will come open.

This weekend I was at the Representative Assembly for the OEA and it was a great experience. We heard moving speeches by all of the Democratic candidates for the primary for Ohio State Governor. Two of them stuck out Betty Sutton and Joe Schiavoni. Betty was an attorney and a career politician that has made her mark by helping labor. Schiavoni is a lawyer and State Senator that has fought the illegal funding of schools, especially the wasted money on charter schools. After Saturday, football, food, and everything else is throwing our support behind Joe Schiavoni for Governor of Ohio. Please visit joeforjobs.com for more information and to help him win.

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