Spurrier could make history (again) at the Georgia Dome

Nobody asked me but:

1. Steve Spurrier has a chance to make history (again) at the Georgia Dome: The No. 1 story line heading into Saturday’s SEC championship game is whether or not No. 1 Auburn can stay undefeated and give the conference a shot at its fifth straight BCS title.

The No. 2 story line is whether or not Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton, with everything swirling around him, can lead his team to a victory and, in the process, lock up the Heisman Trophy.

Almost lost in this game is that South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has a chance to win his seventh SEC championship, exactly 10 years after he won his sixth and final one as the head coach at Florida. Spurrier’s seven SEC titles would move him past Vince Dooley and John Vaught on the all-time list. Spurrier would be second only to Bear Bryant who won 14 SEC championships (13 at Alabama, 1 at Kentucky).

For the first time at the SEC championship game, Spurrier is here but is not the headliner. I’ll bet he likes that.

2. TCU is making a good move to the Big East: It’s really a no-brainer. From the start of the 2012 season Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs will know they are good enough to win the Big East and go to a BCS bowl game. No debate. No having to ask for respect. Win your league and you go. Now TCU has to get serious about men’s basketball and the Big East has to figure out how to stage a conference basketball tournament with 17 teams. Understand that the Big 12 (now at 10 teams) was never going to invite TCU to be a part of the club. The Horned Frogs had to step out and do the best thing for their school.

 3. I’m sorry that Boise State lost. I was hoping that  Boise would go to the Rose Bowl and somehow wind up playing Ohio State in what would be known as “The Little Sisters of the Poor Bowl.” Last week Ohio State president Gordon Gee (the former president at Vanderbilt) said the teams in the Big Ten and SEC deserved a shot at the BCS championship over Boise because “We don’t play the Little Sisters of the Poor.” For about 48 hours the media went just a little batty and then Boise State lost to Nevada Friday night. It was on the same day that Auburn came back from a 24-0 deficit to beat Alabama and Oregon beat Arizona with a strong second half.

So at the end of the day was Gee right? Probably, but I am reminded of something said by the late, great Lewis Grizzard: “Damn, brother, I don’t believe I would have told that.” You may think it. It might even be true. But you don’t say it.

4. Jon Gruden to Miami? Jon Gruden? Did I miss something? What is the facsination with Jon Gruden? Won a Super Bowl. Dynamic personality.  Loved it when he sat down with the quarterbacks (Tebow, McCoy, etc.) in the summer of 2009 and gave them the unvarnished truth. It was compelling television and I watched every minute of it. But somebody has to tell me how Gruden’s skill set translates to college football, which is a completely different game. There is no doubt that Miami will make a big splash and win the press conference if it happens. But I’ve seen too many guys come from pro football (Charlie Weis comes to mind) who believe they are so much smarter than everybody and will be able to just out-scheme people to wins. They believe they can flash a Super Bowl ring and the  recruits come running. It doesn’t work like that.

And let’s get this on the record. Miami  hired Randy Shannonto clean up the program and he did.  While other schools were living on the police blotter, Shannon instilled discipline. Miami’s graduation rate under Shannon was second only to Duke in the ACC. He didn’t win enough games, I get that. But if you’re a Miami fan you need to thank that man for what he did for your school as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.

5. Vanderbilt needs to get serious about football: First of all, Bobby Johnson did a helluva job at Vanderbilt with the resources he had. Yeah, he went 2-10 his last season but under Johnson Vanderbilt was consistently competitive and a tough out. As the years pass Vanderbilt fans will realize how good Johnson really was.  Now Robbie Caldwell, who replaced Johnson last summer, is gone. Vanderbilt has some decisions to make. First of all, spend the money to get a top flight coach and give him the money to hire a top of line staff. In other words, spend the money necessary to give Vanderbilt a reasonable shot. Do that for five years and if it doesn’t work out, you can scale back on the next coaching hire. It’s like Vanderbilt wants to commit to football but doesn’t want to commit at too high a level because it would be, well, unseemly. 

But in order to compete in the SEC, you gotta be all in. Vanderbilt ain’t close to being all in when it comes to football.

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456 comments Add your comment

Barbara Dooley

December 1st, 2010
11:52 am

I hope you’re making a nice bed out there, ’cause you’re gonna be sleepin’ in it tonight!

winterDawg

December 1st, 2010
11:59 am

Has every Auburn fan forgotten that in the past 5 years against UGA you are 1-4. You’d think you have Florida’s record against us or something. Plus, the one year you beat us you did it with an ineligible Hiesman winner.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:01 pm

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
11:51 am
Gator_Fan,

We will give you Bobo real cheap! LOL Malzahn to UF-Doesnt make sense to me for him to make that move,but stranger things have happened.

Anybody listening to Richt would believe Bobo ain’t going anywhere. And as far as Malzahn goes, would Aubie pony up $750k to keep him like Bama did for Kirby? I’m not sure. The only reason that move would really make sense for Gus is if he was convinced that Urban might be headed out soon and he got a Jimbo Fisher deal.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:04 pm

BAMA dude,

Yeah I could see that coach in waiting thing-But I dont believe Urban or Florida would work a deal like that.Yes I do believe Aubarn would pony up and match that kind of offer. I see Gus leaving only for a Head Coaching position,I dont see him making a latteral move like this.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:06 pm

Agreed, Murph, though I’m not sure about Aubie’s willingness or ability to match. Their HC makes less than half of Saban’s money.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:08 pm

BAMA dude,

Im pretty sure it’s safe to say Chizik will get a pay raise and a new contract here soon. Auburn would be nuts not to try and keep Gus even if he was offered a Head Coaching job.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

I was only kidding, but Auburn to Florida (regardless of this particular season’s outcome) would hardly be considered a “lateral move”. Still, I agree that Gus is probably looking for a HC position. Colorado is not out of the question.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:09 pm

BAMA dude,

Look no further than the Florida situation to see how important it is to keep good coaches.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:11 pm

Gtaor_Fan,

Take the emotion out of it and tell me why Gus going to UF as OC wouldnt be a lateral move? Not being a smart a** just curious why you think this?

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:12 pm

I see Gator_Fan’s remark as being humorous, as far as Malzahn goes more than anything else.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:12 pm

@MURPHY

What do you think Dan Mullen will do? Is the NCAA investigation at MSU going to limit his opportunities?

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:13 pm

BAMA dude,

If UF still had Mullen and Strong im sure they would be playing in the SEC Championship game.My opinion.They have some serious talent.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:14 pm

@MURPHY

RE: “lateral move”

The two school’s respective records over the past several years. That’s all. Florida is currently a more prestigious job.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

Gator_Fan,

I think Mullen was limited when he got to Miss St. This is a hard school to win at.If I had a vote I would make him my SEC Coach of the year.What he has done is unreal. His Defense Coach-Diaz is the real deal also. I dont believe the NCAA will limit his opportunities at all. He is one of the up and comming great coaches in college football.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

See the truth does come out from Gator_Fan Murphy.

Chizik has done an incredible job as a CEO at AU. I may be dead wrong but nothing about him impresses me as a Head Coach except Auburns record. If that sounds like a double negative it could be, but I’m sure some out there understand where I’m coming from. Two decisions to bring in JUCO players resulted in this run by AU. I don’t see a brilliant coaching job anywhere.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:17 pm

Gator_Fan,

Ok I will go with your opinion.You didnt take the emotion out of it though.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:19 pm

I’m not buying that Malzahn goes anywhere for an OC job. I’m also not buying that he sticks around another year when his stock could only go down. I’m sure he has an agent, and that agent is gonna tell him to sell high.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:19 pm

Mobile Dawg,

Agreed. Chizik surrounds himself with good coaches and good players.This is what has made Saban and Urban great-they know how to run it like a business. I disagree with no brillant coaching around-Dooley has done well and Mullen has been outstanding this year.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:20 pm

Speaking of Head Coaches, the CMR comments on building a dream team really resonate with anyone? Sounds like Richt is suggesting to his fan base to have another round of Kool Aid on him, while he laughs all the way to the bank another year. Maybe a Limo might add a little more pimp to his program of gimmicks. If you can read between the lines here I’m disgusted with CMR as our Head Coach.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:21 pm

@Mobile Dawg

Chizik’s crew has recruited well. I have to give them credit for that. I really don’t see Gene Chizik as a HC so much as a hand-puppet for Pat Dye. The ironic thing about the whole situation at Auburn is that their recruiting over the past two years might very well be what destroys the Auburn football program for the next decade.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:21 pm

I would personally like to see Malzahn at Vandy.If he could hire a great Defensive coach he could do really well.Lot less pressure at Vandy than will be at Colorado.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:22 pm

Mobile Dawg, especially considering that Chiz is a defensive coach and the defense is awful. Without Cam and Malzahn that team is struggling for bowl eligibility this year. By the end of 2011, after a .500 or so season combined with another 10 win or better season from Bama including a colossal whipping in the Iron Bowl, the lunatic fringe will be ready to run Gene out on a rail.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:22 pm

@MURPHY

I don’t call myself “Gator_Fan” for nothing! :-)

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:23 pm

Murph, I think he meant “anywhere” as in anywhere in the Aubie success.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:24 pm

Mobile,

Im disgusted as well with the state of our program.Nothing we can do about it but just hope we find a way out of this mess.I have faith in McGarity that he wont let us mire in medicrocy long.He is a smart fellow.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:24 pm

As far as the brilliant comment Murphy, I was only referencing Auburns program. The right guys, the right set of circumstances, the team chemistry, and the ball has bounced AU’s way most times this year. Not taking anything away from them, just looking at things using good old fashioned logic.

Agree, good coaching jobs by Mullen, and Dooley. Particularly Dooley, just holding that program together. Which incidentally is what CMR is getting kudos for. Not letting our tent just fold up. Horse Manure ! Dream Team ! How stupid does he think his fan base really is ?

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:25 pm

Gator_Fan,

We sure wont question your loyalty.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:27 pm

@MURPHY

If Georgia gives Richt another year, then they should give him another 3 years. Whether he can do it or not, no coach is going to turn this Georgia team around in just 1 year.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:28 pm

Mobile,

Sorry I mis-read your comment.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:29 pm

Besides Michael Dyer, Newton (JUCO), and Fairley (JUCO) who else is a notable recruit, ready to contribute and play that they have brought in? Not being an AU fan, I don’t know their program from the inside out, that’s why I ask.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:30 pm

Gator_Fan, why is that the fan base from other schools have more sense than most of the fan base from UGA? Your comment nailed our situation.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:31 pm

Gator_Fan.

Dis-agree I dont see giving any head coach in this situation more than 1 year to fix this mess. You have to put the heat on the coach and show as an A.D that this wont be tolerated. I appauled McGarity for this just as I will applaud Richt for turning it around.I personally think he is in to deep and cant fix it.

SEC Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:31 pm

The SEC should ditch Vandy and pick up Texas. Vandy can join the Big East which would give them 18 teams after adding TCU. TCU gets a stopover in Nashville after returning from Syracuse. SEC gets the Texas market and keeps the league at a manageable 12 teams. All member SEC teams are large state schools. Think of the matchups: Arkansas – Texas a rivalry from the old Southwest Conf days, Bama – Texas, LSU – Texas, etc. Texas keeps Oklahoma and A & M as top non conference rival games.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:33 pm

What happens at Auburn if/when Malzahn leaves? Chizik has never been an advocate of the spread offense and Auburn has traditionally featured a straight-up power running offense. With the inevitable loss of talent after this season, there will be a wholesale rebuilding of the offense anyway. Will Auburn revert back to their more traditional offensive schemes, or learn to love the spread?

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:33 pm

Mobile,

Dyer,Newton,Fairley-I would say thats enough notable talent.That just shows you what 2-3 impact players can do to a team.UGA needs to find those 2-3 players,they are out there!

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:34 pm

Gator_Fan,

Maybe. Or it could turn out to look like Florida this year. Sorry-not trying to give you a hard time

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:35 pm

Mobile Dawg, I’m not sure, but here are the names than must be replaced besides Cam and Fairley:

Ryan Pugh, Lee Ziemba (and the rest of the starting OL AND DL), Josh Bynes, Craig Stevens, Zac Etheridge, Demod Robinson, Wes Byrum.

As I said, good luck.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:38 pm

@MURPHY

I’m a fan. I’m not an idiot.

@Mobile Dawg

Sometimes things appear more clearly from the outside looking in, I guess?

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:39 pm

Bama dude, AU very nearly pulled the upset last year without the said players. We will see if Gator_Fans comment on recruiting at AU holds true. Will they try and raid the “free agent” market again and see if they come up gold. Like I said earlier in other words, AU has just had the once in a lifetime season. Like UGA in 1980.

Bama’s stable is well stocked to compete for the next several years. If Saban reels in another Top 5 class they will be poised to make another run. Bama is stocked at virtually every position, I recognize that as well as a lot of others.

If I were a betting man my money would be on Bama based on what I see on paper. But intangibles have a way of making “huge” differences in college football, and there is no way to predict them. Georgia fans and supporters are basing their “give CMR another year on warm fuzzy feelings”, not cold hard facts.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:40 pm

Gator_Fan,

An idoit?? Sorry if I emplied that?

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:41 pm

@MURPHY

In case you didn’t understand, what I meant to say is that I am not offended by the truth. I can’t believe that we didn’t have Cam Newton on our team this year if there had been any possibility of making that happen.

BAMA dude

December 1st, 2010
12:43 pm

But remember Mobile Dawg, all of these seniors for the Barn were experienced juniors last year. Next season’s Iron Bowl could very well look like 2008.

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:44 pm

And we were booked full of “Tight Ends” at UGA. Did I say earlier I’m disgusted?

Steve Spurrier

December 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

“BRING IT ON CHEESESTICK”

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

Gator_Fan,

Josh Reed is very capable,but for some reason Adazzio and Urban wont leave him in the game.Blows my mind that they keep playing Brantley on throwing downs.Reed has an arm and is very mobile.

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:47 pm

Mobile,

I feel the same way.Lets just move on to our 2011 dissappointment lol

Vince Dooley

December 1st, 2010
12:47 pm

Let’s talk about the 1980 season.

Gator_Fan

December 1st, 2010
12:47 pm

@BAMA dude

The question is whether Auburn is doing as good a job of coaching as they have done recruiting. Cam Newton didn’t need any coaching at Auburn. He was an experienced QB coming in and he excelled with raw athletic talent — he didn’t have to be a “game manager”.

Auburn has stockpiled some highly ranked recruits in the past couple of years. But then, so has Georgia. (no offense intended MURPHY) :-)

MURPHY

December 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

Gator_Fan,

I think you answered your own question.Must be good coaching at Auburn cause we at UGA cant win with these kind of recruits.No offense taken-the truth hurts sometimes

Barbara Dooley

December 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

That’s it Vincent. I’m leaving without you.

I’ll see you tomorrow… Maybe!