Is Les Miles on the hot seat?

So what did we learn over the weekend?

 

1. Is Les Miles is on the hot seat?  There are a lot of upset LSU fans this morning and deservedly so. After doing this for a lot of years, I’m sure I’ve seen a worse example of mismanaging of the clock than LSU had at the end of the Ole Miss game in Oxford. But for the life of me, I can’t think of one. The head coach and offensive coordinator did so many things wrong at the end of that game, won by Ole Miss 25-23, I’m not sure if I can keep count. But let’s start with this: Trailing by two points, LSU had the ball at the Ole Miss 32-yard line with a couple of time outs and about a minute left. Instead of running the ball and giving your field goal kicker—who had already made a 50-yarder—a chance to win the game, LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton decided to get cute, throwing the ball on the next three plays. The net result was lost yardage (taking LSU out of field goal range) and the burning of both timeouts. The last time out was inexplicably called with only nine seconds left, wasting 17 seconds. Everybody is talking today about Jordan Jefferson spiking the ball with one second left to run out the clock. Yes, that was bad. But the mistake was made when LSU started throwing the ball once the Tigers got into field goal range. Miles has developed this reputation as an unconventional coach willing to take risks and at times it has served him well. But he didn’t put the reins on his offensive coordinator and it bit him in the butt. That’s what head coaches get paid to do.

 

2. Georgia got what it deserved: I’ve just about run out of words for the 2009 football team at the University of Georgia. It is an undisciplined team that makes too many mistakes. After four more turnovers against Kentucky the Bulldogs have 26 on the season and are minus-18 in turnovers. Do you realize that Georgia has only forced eight turnovers this season (one fumble, seven interceptions)? Georgia has played 11 football games this season and has only recovered one—ONE–fumble. Do you know how hard that is to do? There is no point in beating up senior quarterback Joe Cox, who has the most interceptions in the SEC with 14 (along with Jevan Snead of Ole Miss). The fact is that that Georgia head coach Mark Richt has a lot of questions to answer before 2010. But he’s the head coach and has earned the chance to fix these problems. All I know is that it didn’t look good for Georgia fans to be streaming out of the stadium with the game still on the line. But I hear how frustrated they are with this team and how concerned they are about the state of the program.

 

3. Ryan Mallett is the best quarterback in the SEC. Tim Tebow is the best player in the league but nobody is playing the quarterback position better than Mallett of Arkansas. On Saturday against Mississippi State he completed 18 of 34 passes for 313 yards and five touchdowns. Arkansas leads the nation in red zone production with 41 scores in 42 trips to the red zone. In those 42 trips inside the 20-yard line Arkansas has scored 32 touchdowns and nine field goals. That’s good quarterbacking, folks.

 

4. Houston Nutt will look back on this season and wonder: Why didn’t I get Dexter McCluster the ball more? McCluster had another great day for Ole Miss against LSU. He carried the ball 24 times for 148 yards, caught three passes for 18 yards and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Shay Hodge to give the Rebels a 22-17 lead. That’s 28 touches for 192 yards. In his last four SEC games McCluster has 739 of his 903 rushing yards this season. In that stretch Ole Miss has beaten Arkansas (30-17), Tennessee (42-17), and LSU (25-23), and lost to Auburn (33-20). Ole Miss became a better team when it started getting the ball to McCluster and taking the pressure off quarterback Jevan Snead. When this season is over Houston Nutt will look back and wonder why he didn’t do it sooner.

 

5. Are you looking for a good head coach? Look at Randy Edsall. Sometimes the mark of a really good coach is not just wins and losses. Take the case of Connecticut (5-5), which knocked off Notre Dame in double overtime on Saturday. This season the Huskies have had to endure a series of close, gut-wrenching losses:

12-10 to North Carolina

24-21 to Pittsburgh

28-24 to West Virginia

28-24 to Rutgers

47-45 to Cincinnati

Prior to the West Virginia game on Oct. 24 Connecticut was forced to deal with the unthinkable when teammate Jasper Howard was stabbed to death. That’s why the win over Notre Dame, said Edsall, was the biggest in the history of the school. “A couple of close games, and then you lose a teammate, you lose a brother, you lose a son and you’re trying so hard to honor him by winning on the field. We hadn’t done that,” said Edsall, the former assistant at Georgia Tech.

Now they have and the game ball, Edsall said, will be sent to Howard’s parents in Florida.

 

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267 comments Add your comment

Dead Dog

November 23rd, 2009
8:48 am

GreatBigGator

November 23rd, 2009
8:48 am

Gators are first. And so am I.

Fat American

November 23rd, 2009
8:49 am

Mallett may be the best passer but not the best QB.

Where’s the buffet?

RoyAU

November 23rd, 2009
8:49 am

LarrytheVol

November 23rd, 2009
8:50 am

Way to sugarcoat the UGA program Tony. I would also predict they take a major but whooping from Georgia Tech this weekend.

Loser

November 23rd, 2009
8:52 am

Boy, Tony. It’s been a big year, hasn’t it?

“After doing this for a lot of years, I’m sure I’ve seen a worse example of mismanaging of the clock than LSU had at the end of the Ole Miss game in Oxford. But for the life of me, I can’t think of one.”

“…the excessive celebration call on Georgia’s A.J. Green last Saturday against LSU is the single worst officiating mistake I have seen in my three decades of covering the sport.”

Or is it just a bunch of hyperbole from a homer? Hmmmmm….

D

November 23rd, 2009
8:54 am

GreatBigGator
Gators will come in 2nd in the SEC and so did you!!!!

Ima Goober

November 23rd, 2009
8:55 am

More Kilometers

November 23rd, 2009
8:56 am

Michigan will be firing their coach about the same time LSU runs theirs out of town. Miles is biding his time until he can make the jump, this time without a championship on the line and Kirk Herbstreit to spoil the party.

m

November 23rd, 2009
8:56 am

Tony….you dawgs are going to get stomped this week…STOMPED.

Your sec conference is going to lose another 2 out of 3 to the ACC this weekend….which will make the ACC win the season series 4 out of 7 this year (ACC won 6 out of 10 last year). That is two seasons in a row that the ACC has beat the sec. The sec is the weakest I have ever seen it in my life

Tony, I realize that you are the biggest sec homer-gomer of all time. I am laughing at your continued idiocy.

We need a 16 team playoff….the BSbcs needs to be destroyed NOW.

RedKneckerson

November 23rd, 2009
8:57 am

Watching the UGA game Sat. did provide some sad and comical shots of the student section. Man …they are some pathetic looking nerds.I mean they look the part of weenies. Zits,skinny kids with greasy hair, chubby girls etc. The the cameras get shots of the older crowd……wow,looked like the family tree forgot to branch in those shots. They all looked related. Could make a movie of them. Oh wait….theu did, it was Deliverance I think.

Gator Hater

November 23rd, 2009
8:59 am

RedKneckerson

We can only imagine what you look like.

GeoffDawg

November 23rd, 2009
9:00 am

Just awful. There’s something rotten in the state of Athens.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
9:00 am

Wierd how GT is playing the 3 worst teams in the SEC this year.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
9:03 am

m

Too bad Ponder is hurt for FSU, they would beat UF.

Mister CF

November 23rd, 2009
9:03 am

so, to recap:

1. Les Miles is an idiot
2. my dawgs really suck
3. I wish we had ryan mallet
4. from fatteville to oxford, nutt is still an idiot
5. i wish we had edsall in athens

Bob

November 23rd, 2009
9:03 am

m,

What sort of math do you have there son? ACC and SEC split in 12 games last year. You conveniently forget the two bowl losses to the SEC. Nice.

Kid Ray

November 23rd, 2009
9:04 am

good one Ramble On.

Trade School Junkie

November 23rd, 2009
9:07 am

There’s gonna be a ACC “Trifecta” on Saturday.

GT will beat UGA
Clemson will beat USC

And, FSU will SHOCK THE WORLD with an upset of Florida at The Swamp.

Nerd

November 23rd, 2009
9:07 am

Losing Edsall was a huge blow to the GT program. In his one season as DC you could see the improvement – I really hated to see him go. Wish him nothing but the best.

SEC powerhouse NOT

November 23rd, 2009
9:09 am

why is losing to Ole Miss a shocker? LSU barely getting by L-U the weekend before,

GT Fan

November 23rd, 2009
9:09 am

Agree on Edsall. What a year but he handle it with respect,hard work and first class attitude. Great job Coach and God’s speed.

UGA- I like Coach Richt but agree he needs to clean house with his Coaches. I pull for UGA when they’re not playing GT.

Prayers to Jasper Howards family.

Last and most important “GO JACKETS!”

LES MILES IS A BAD LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 23rd, 2009
9:11 am

Joe Blow

November 23rd, 2009
9:11 am

UGA fans,
I know 2009 has been tough. But at least you’ve didn’t lose to Kentucky. Oops. I mean, at least you’ve got a good basketball team. Oops, I mean, at least your mascot is still alive. Oops.

Wait….

for…

it…

45-19!

LES MILES IS A BAD LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 23rd, 2009
9:12 am

bigdawg01

November 23rd, 2009
9:15 am

Tony,
The state of the program at UGA is in serious trouble, but you HAVE to believe that Richt will make the changes needed. I am a season ticket holder and we as fans have every right to boo the team, the players, and especially the coaches. We pay for our seats and certainly expect a better product on the field.

The problems in game 11 have not just been all season long, they go back to last year as well. For the life of me, I cannot understand how this has totally unraveled.

The fact that Bryan Evans gets to play at all is beyond me. He could not play corner, and he cant play safety. I would rather play with 10 men on the field.

Bobo’s play calling defies belief. After running the ball down near the goal we decide to throw a fade route on 3rd and short when they could not stop the run???

I cannot believe that we are in the situation that we are in, with regards to undisciplined players who just simply look like they dont know what the hell they are doing.

Mark it down, Richt has ONE year to fix it or it will be very bad for him in ol athens town. He has to hit a HOMERUN with a new coordinator, period.

GT Fan

November 23rd, 2009
9:18 am

The dogs death has nothing to do with the football team. Please leave the dog out of comments. Show some respect for animals, we’re suppost to be humans.

Prayers also the Chance Veazey.

jlc

November 23rd, 2009
9:20 am

Here is a great quote off ESPN.com today:
1. It is interesting that Alabama and Florida are the first two SEC teams to ever go 8-0 in regular-season league play. But it may be as much a reflection on the mediocrity of the rest of the league as it is on the Gators and the Crimson Tide. If Mississippi State beats Ole Miss and Arkansas beats LSU, none of the other 10 SEC teams will finish better than 4-4 in league play.

Translation: SEC is overrated!

Eric

November 23rd, 2009
9:21 am

What we saw at Ole Miss was the real Mister Leslie. He’s a jerk and a moron and has been extremely lucky during his tenure at LSU. Maybe his luck is finally running out. I hope so. Don’t want to see him at Michigan. That job should be saban’s.

Mikey

November 23rd, 2009
9:23 am

FSU will NOT beat the Gators.

This game is in Gainesville…

SEC officiating crew- check
If game gets tight…phantom flag to keep Gators undefeated- check

jambee

November 23rd, 2009
9:25 am

Thanks for the SEC update Mr. SEC Football.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

November 23rd, 2009
9:26 am

I SAY IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEROGIA BULLDAWG!

Shreveport here we come

Mikey

November 23rd, 2009
9:26 am

Les Miles favorite comment to sideline reporters….”see ya”
Is Tiger nation ready to say the same to him?

TC

November 23rd, 2009
9:27 am

M,

Before you go off bragging about the ACC’s dominance over the SEC please make sure the ACC has actually won a national championship in recent memory.

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

November 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

R.U.KIDDIN'ME

November 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

TONY,THE TITLE SHUOLD HAVE READ……IS LES MILES AND MARK RICHT ON THE HOTSEAT!!!!

GeoffDawg

November 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

I do believe the SEC is in a relative down year. However, given that it’s still the top conference in the land, you can imagine how dominant it will be once the momentum swings back the other way. In the ACC’s down years, they can’t beat out the Big East or Mountain West in the conference pecking order.

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

jlc, but Tony Barnyard says the SEC is the best conference in the whole wide world?!?

…and he’s Mr. College Football!!!

durtydogg

November 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

Wow! This has been one helluva season. I know one thing. I will never ever look at recruiting boards again. I will not watch those two major high school all star games nor will I care if the number one recruit signs with my favorite team. What I have learned is rankings don’t even matter. All this four, five star crap is just that. Crap! Football is still won by the play on the field. Simply put.

I watched a Ga team with NFL talent at darn near every position get handled by a bunch of so-called lesser talented players. They were scared to hit and eventually crumbled in the in. I really don’t think these guys take football seriously. I think something is missing and that something is heart.

Its sad to see an uninspired football team. A team who lacks forcus, discipline and intelligence. They seem scared to play. They seem scared to win. They seem to just go through the motions and I’m tired of it.

We as Georgians have this inner voice that says oh no hear we go again. From our pro teams to college teams for some reason we expect to lose. We have to change that mentality. We have to develop that New York Yankee swagger that will not accept losing.

I want UGA to get back its swagger. After the end zone stomp I think Richt got complacent. He felt bad and doesnt like to be the enemy. Bump that! Man up Richt. That should have been your calling card. That should have been your way of saying we refuse to lose anymore. Instead you let the media get in your head and tell you it wasn’t sportsmanlike. I know a lot of nice guys who are at the house watching the game. Keep being nice and you’ll be one of them.

GO UGA! Get your swagger back!

Dawg Tired

November 23rd, 2009
9:28 am

AS for Les Miles: the most inexplicable thing at the end was the failure to call time-out until just 9 secconds were left on the clock. That is absolutely the dumbest thing I have ever seen, and, it should be pointed outI’m a Dawg, so I have seen some pretty dumb things!

J Dub

November 23rd, 2009
9:29 am

Speaking of sugarcoating Larrythevol, I haven’t seen Tony write anything about Kiffin and the Convicts since all the arrests started.

Jacob Tiger

November 23rd, 2009
9:30 am

Les on the hot seat? He’s won a nat champ you dolt. Richt is on the hot seat. LSU ranked. Beat Uga. 3 losses to 5. Give me a break. Was the play bad? Yes. Not nearly as bad as the joke in Athens.

Paul H

November 23rd, 2009
9:33 am

M – you and Ramble On are complete morons.

Miami Vice

November 23rd, 2009
9:34 am

Tech is a real tough team, and there are some flying pink elephants around the Varsity too! Want a rematch Jackets? You have one with Clemson now don’t you?

Ohio State fan

November 23rd, 2009
9:34 am

Why do people continue to question the SEC? They have the numbers one and two teams in the country and have won the last three national titles.

And I hate admitting that . . . But what’s obvious is obvious.

Marble Rye

November 23rd, 2009
9:35 am

Miles’ hot seat is nowhere near as hot as Richt’s will be if UGA loses to GT…again.

GeoffDawg

November 23rd, 2009
9:37 am

You won that game Jacob? Didn’t realize that’s what you were calling that debacle.

ReptilesRule

November 23rd, 2009
9:37 am

The Dawgs lost to Kentucky???!!! Must be the refs.

Abilene

November 23rd, 2009
9:39 am

The problem is very simple: coaching. Richt is not in the same league with coaches like Meyer, Sabin, and Spurrier. And part of his problem is that he recruits players with no principles, character, or self-discipline. That adds up to rap sheets for many players and a poor won-loss record.

Richt has to go. Until UGA gets a real coach, there will be no SEC championships or BCS bowls.

Dawg gone.

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