I lived and worked in Lexington, Ky., which was the rumor capital of the world. One summer I heard that every single Kentucky basketball player was transferring. (None did.) After I left, I’d hear from afar that, whenever Kentucky had an opening for a basketball coach, somebody knew somebody who Knew For A Fact that Al McGuire had already bought a house in Fayette County. Which also never happened.
But this was before Al Gore invented the Internet and somebody else — Tipper, maybe? — came up with Twitter. And now things are off the ol’ hook. If you were following the Tweets of ESPN’s Joe Schad on Thursday night, you got this:
• That Vic Koenning had backed out of his commitment to become the Illinois defensive coordinator and “was close to a deal” to become the defensive coordinator at Georgia.
• That Vic Koenning would not become the defensive coordinator at Georgia but would “land in Illinois after changing his mind twice.”
Got that? We straight?
At some point someone will become Georgia’s defensive coordinator. But, as of 12:05 a.m. Friday, it didn’t appear — and I say “appear,” because who knows anything anymore? — it would be Vic Koenning. John Supinie of the Gatehouse News Service was reporting that “Georgia and Illinois were negotiating with Kansas State co-defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, leaving a press conference called by Illinois [to introduce Koenning Friday] in limbo.”
But Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette was reporting simply: “Vic Koenning will be named Illinois’ defensive coordinator Friday, a source told the News-Gazette.”
Got that? We straight?
At times of such haziness, I try to cut through the fog. And here’s what I say: Georgia can do better than Vic Koenning. And I’ll believe as much if he’s introduced at Butts-Mehre tomorrow as the new DC.
But I don’t expect that to happen. And I am, as we know, never wrong. Except those times when I am.
Update! (As of 11:45 a.m., anyway.) According to Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times, Koenning will indeed take the Illinois job. But Gould is reporting on Twitter that Illinois “outbid” Georgia — and that Koenning will make $325,000 as the Illini’s defensive coordinator.
My question: Wasn’t Willie Martinez making $300,000? Is $325K as high as Georgia is prepared to go for a defensive coordinator? I can’t imagine that’s the case. If it is, you can forget Kirby Smart and Ellis Johnson. We might be talking Marion Campbell again.