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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #800 on: October 20, 2017, 05:58:04 am »

 Ross Dellenger‏Verified account @RossDellenger 2h2 hours ago

Long read | Why a Cajun was hired at #OleMiss, what effect it had & how a fried chicken cook is his only friend
http://bit.ly/2xSBSch  #LSU


3,000 words on the hiring of O at Ole Miss, how it created a domino effect, what the chicken lady says & more

Ex-Ole Miss chancellor Robert Khayat (hired O)
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #801 on: October 27, 2017, 05:43:06 am »

 AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports 12h12 hours ago

Alabama has played 58 games at No. 1 under Nick Saban –– 34 more than it did under Bear Bryant https://trib.al/6OkgcXs


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When Alabama plays its next game against LSU on Nov. 4, it will be the 24th straight game the Crimson Tide has played as the No. 1 team in the AP poll. The streak started with the first game of the 2016 season, which Alabama started at No. 1 after winning the national title.

Do you know how many games Alabama played as the No. 1 team in the AP poll under Bryant? Total? The answer is 24.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #802 on: October 29, 2017, 04:07:37 pm »

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Steve Spurrier won the Heisman while a UF QB/PK in 1966 only one year after Stokely-Van Camp had begun selling Gatorade. As a head coach, he led the '89 Duke team to their first bowl game since the Blue Devils defeated Lance Alworth and Arkansas in the '61 Cotton Bowl.

Spurrier returned to Florida to replace Waldon-native Gary Darnell. Darnell coached UF for seven games as a mid-season replacement for Galen Hall. His first Gator squad was ineligible for post-season play.

The Head Ball Coach was 87-12 in SEC games for the Gators. Florida was conference champions in '91, '93, '94, '95, '96, and 2000.  The Gators were National Champs in '96.

Spurrier left Florida following the 2001 season. He received a five-year, $25 million contract with the Redskins. He is currently a Florida ambassador during hard times.

Ron Zook was a DB at Miami (O.), "The Cradle of Coaches". Zook became an assistant for Spurrier in '91 leaving Ohio State and Zook replaced him as Head Coach beginning with the '02 season. Zook's hiring generated a lot of energy among the fan base, not all positive. Three five-loss seasons ended Zook's career at UF. The practice of flying a banner over a game requesting a coach's firing became known as the "Zookification" of said coach.

Zook did not win a home game over a ranked foe and was criticized for puckering up at home. He coached consecutive road wins over LSU, Arkansas, and UGa in '03.

Ron Zook's SEC record was 16-8.  He coached at Illinois until 2011 and was most recently the Special Teams coach of the Green Bay Packers.

Batesville-native Charlie Strong coached Florida's Peach Bowl loss after Zook's last season.

Florida hired Utah head coach Urban Meyer who complimented Zook on the players he had left behind. Meyer's Utah team went undefeated winning the Fiesta Bowl over Pitt.

Urban Meyer had a 36-12 SEC record in six seasons at UF. His teams won the BCS-NC in '06 and '08 as well as the SEC-CG both seasons.  Controversy surrounded Meyer's season ends in '09 and '10 regarding whether he would return. Meyer left UF after an 8-5 '10 season to spend "more time with family". He was named Ohio State's coach for the '12 season, one year after Jim Tressel's dismissal over the game uniform auction racket. Meyer is the fastest coach to 100 wins since Bud Wilkinson.

In 2008, Tejas hired Will Muschamp away from Auburn to be DC. Following the '08 season, Muschamp was named coach-in-waiting to eventually succeed Mack Brown. He could not wait long enough.

Florida hired Muschamp and he completed his first season in '11. His SEC record in '11 was 3-5 and UF finished 7-6 overall after winning the Gator Bowl. 2012 was a top ten season capped with an appearance in a BCS Bowl, a Sugar Bowl loss. In 2013, UF fell to 4-8 with an FCS loss to Georgia Southern. Muschamp started 2014 on the hot seat and despite a surprise win over Georgia in Jacksonville, a loss to South Carolina including two fourth quarter blocked kicks, led to AD Jeremy Foley announcing he would not coach beyond the end of the regular season. Muschamp's SEC record was 17-15 over four seasons. Failing to get the offense on track despite their wealth of talent proved to be his undoing though he was credited with helping to improve the academic and disciplinary environment. Muschamp was hired by Auburn to be their defensive coordinator in 2015. As head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks, his team currently sits in second place in the SEC East.

Jim McElwain was an assistant coach for 25 years with a notable stop at Bama as OC and QB coach from 2008 to 2011.  He was head coach at Colorado State from '12 to '14 with a 10-2 record in 2014. Florida was able to make arrangements to meet his large buyout and McElwain was named Florida's head coach. McElwain joined Spurrier as the only rookie coaches at Florida to get SEC coach of the year. Florida won the SEC-E during a spell of weak division contenders in 2015 and 2016. McElwain was 16-8 in SEC regular season games when he was fired on Sunday, Oct. 29 following a five-touchdown loss to Georgia. Earlier in the week McElwain mentioned receving death threats and he was not backed up by the University in any way.

Earlier in the week the justice system recommended diversion for seven Florida players who were charged with felony accounts of charge card theft. One player, Antonio Callaway, a 2017 Preseason All-SEC WR, has had multiple separate felony charges from sexual assault to the charge card scandal and has been given relief by the Florida system each time. This prevalent Florida issue has been glossed over during the week as the weight shifted to McElwain's firing and UF hoping it is with cause.

Defensive coordinator and former Miami head coach and Arkansas Razorback assistant coach, Randy Shannon will serve as interim coach as the Gators enter the final month of the 2017 regular season.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #803 on: October 30, 2017, 05:07:47 am »

 Kyle Tucker‏ @KyleTucker_SEC

Whoever Florida hires next will be the 38th head coach at current SEC schools since Nick Saban was hired at Alabama in 2007.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #804 on: October 30, 2017, 05:10:36 am »

 Pete Scantlebury‏ @PeteScantlebury

Gary Pinkel, SEC East champs in '13 and '14. Gone before end of 2015. Jim McElwain, SEC East champs in '15 and '16. Gone before end of 2017.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #805 on: November 08, 2017, 05:28:58 am »

 AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

5 years ago as Chizik exited Auburn, Kirby Smart was interviewed for the job.

Instead, Auburn hired Gus Malzahn. https://trib.al/FGol21K


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Scarblog: Those facts have become more interesting since Smart became the Georgia head coach. The shared history is fascinating this week as the No. 1 Bulldogs visit the Tigers in a huge game with conference and national title implications for both teams.

Smart is doing in his second season in Athens what Nick Saban did, with Smart's help, in his second season in Tuscaloosa. He's rebuilding a championship program in a hurry.

Malzahn, despite winning an SEC championship and playing for a national title quicker than Smart or Saban, has come back to earth as Five-Loss Gus. In his fifth season, he's two wins away from the SEC Championship Game - or perhaps two losses away from the end of his tenure.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #806 on: November 08, 2017, 05:40:59 am »

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Will the SEC see a record number of coaching changes this year? https://trib.al/2Ztrf5h


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The last time the SEC had potentially this much of a shakeup in its coaching ranks, there were only 48 states and Bear Bryant and Bob Neyland were prominently involved.

The year was 1946 and America was coming off World War II. Six schools in the 12-team SEC had new coaches that fall.

Since that season 71 years ago, the most new coaches we've seen in the SEC in a given year is four. It happened in 1962, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2016.

It appears, though, that we might be on pace to challenge (and perhaps surpass) 1946 for all-time turnover in the SEC. Two schools (Florida and Ole Miss) have already made coaching changes, and up to five more might do as well.

ESPN's Booger McFarland said Monday that Tennessee's Butch Jones, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Arkansas' Bret Bielema are all but gone...

This might be the year that Mississippi State's Dan Mullen finally leaves for another job. He's been prominently mentioned for the opening at Florida, as well as some others that might become available.

So that would be six. So who's the seventh?

How about Auburn's Gus Malzahn?

Right now, it appears that only Alabama's Nick Saban, Georgia's Kirby Smart, South Carolina's Will Muschamp and LSU's Ed Orgeron are virtual locks to be back at their schools next season. Things are also looking good for Missouri's Barry Odom, and Vanderbilt's Derek Mason is not yet on the hot seat (though that could change).

So what's your number for SEC coaching changes before the 2018 season?
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #807 on: November 10, 2017, 05:56:25 am »

Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Comparing Will Muschamp’s and Jim McElwain’s abbreviated tenures at Florida


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While Muschamp has moved on well from his time at Florida and the Gators are eager to move on from his successor, it only seems apropos this week to compare the short and shorter tenures of Muschamp and McElwain in Gainesville.

They were eerily similar.

    Both had some degree of early success that was couched by concerns about the quarterback. After a 7-6 debut, Muschamp led Florida to an 11-2 finish and Sugar Bowl appearance in his second season, but fans wondered if Jeff Driskel could take his game to the next level. McElwain led Florida to back-to-back SEC East titles to start his tenure, but he rolled through four QBs in the process, leaving many concerned about the lack of progress at the position.
    Their ultimate demise began with a respectable start to their third season. Muschamp started 4-1 (with a loss to Miami) in 2013 before losing seven straight games to end the season. McElwain started 3-1 this fall (with a loss to Michigan) and would have been 4-1 if the game with Northern Colorado wasn’t cancelled by a hurricane. Now the Gators have lost four straight and could well end the season on a similar slide to that 2013 team.
    Injuries demolished both rosters in those disappointing seasons. Florida has at least 15 players out this week — not including the nine suspended players. Both Muschamp’s 2013 team and McElwain’s final team also used three quarterbacks while searching for answers.
    Under both Muschamp and McElwain, the Gators failed to finish a season higher than 96th nationally in yards per game — and it’s a safe bet to remain true this year as they rank 111th. The program cracked the top 70 in scoring offense just once these last seven years, in Muschamp’s final 2014 season. This season, the Gators are 113th out of 129 FBS teams in scoring offense (20.6 points per game).
    One main difference is that Muschamp’s defenses remained elite throughout his tenure while the Gators have now given up at least 42 points in back-to-back games while tumbling to 78th nationally in points allowed (28.4 per game).
    The other is that Muschamp, who had a better relationship with the athletic administration, was allowed to return for a fourth year despite that 4-8 debacle, going 6-5 in 2014. McElwain was shown the door at the first chance Florida had to part ways, barely making it halfway through his third season.

In the end, both coaches left the program with plenty of questions for their successor to answer.

The argument can be made that Muschamp left the roster in better shape than McElwain.

McElwain leaves behind a young yet unproven defense.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #808 on: November 11, 2017, 06:32:30 pm »

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Mark Stoops awarded a one-year extension and a $250,000 bonus for leading Kentucky to seven wins.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky’s 44-21 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday was a big one for Mark Stoops. The Kentucky coach added another year to his contract and collected a $250,000 bonus.

Stoops signed a new contract in March that runs through the 2021 season. In that contract is a provision that automatically extends Stoops’ contract by one year after every season that Kentucky wins at least seven games. The Wildcats’ win against Vanderbilt was win No. 7 this season.

That seventh win extends Stoops’ contract through the 2022 season. The automatic extension will be two years if Kentucky wins 10 or more games this season, including postseason games.

Stoops’ salary this season is $3.75 million. His salary increases every year between now and his newly awarded 2022 season. Stoops will be paid $5 million in the 2022 season under his current contract structure.

Mitch Barnhart, Kentucky’s athletic director, said Stoops’ contract extension is an attempt to create stability.

“As you’ve seen in the world of college athletics, it’s really easy to have instability,” Barnhart said. “We’ve got a lot of it going on. The tenures of coaches, athletic directors, everyone is getting shorter and shorter. And so to be able to show continuity and strength. Mark is one of the most tenured coaches in our league with five years right now. That’s interesting to me. It just means that it’s really difficult to hang in there.”
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #809 on: November 12, 2017, 02:28:19 pm »

 Adam Rittenberg‏Verified account @ESPNRittenberg
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Was told #Tennessee AD John Currie wanted coordinators Larry Scott and Bob Shoop to continue overseeing their units, so went with Hoke as interim.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #810 on: November 12, 2017, 02:29:27 pm »

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Butch Jones did some good things for Tennessee football, but his tenure will be defined by way too many misadventures. Some notables... http://rvls.co/2jnW4wB
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #811 on: November 12, 2017, 02:39:28 pm »

 Chris Low‏Verified account @ClowESPN
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Tennessee from 1964-2008 had 4 head coaches, won 7 SEC titles and 65.6% of its SEC games. Tennessee since 2009 has had 3 head coaches, won no SEC titles and 32.9% of its SEC games.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #812 on: November 12, 2017, 04:08:13 pm »

Joe Rexrode‏Verified account @joerexrode

The coaching search craziness is up next. But first, some advice for Butch Jones, who let things that don't really matter get in the way of what does.


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But, man, as you move forward you have got to stop with some of the pointless behavior that made your job at Tennessee tougher than it should have been. It’s tough enough already, right? I’m not talking about football decisions, though the best coaches fit their system to their personnel more than they fit their personnel to their system. You do need to be a little more open-minded. Your offense isn’t making defensive coordinators sweat like it did 10 years ago.

I’m not talking about your catch-phrase addiction, either, and I actually agree with you — most of the clichés you churn out are said in other programs. Some of yours are over the top. You have to understand timing better and not spit them out when the fans are angry, and chill out on the obscure stats that illustrate how well you’re doing and insult the intelligence of everyone, and you must take more responsibility when things don’t go well. But there’s no question that when things are going well, nobody really cares about that stuff.

What I do know, as a sportswriter, is that your entire handling of the media aspect of your job was a disaster. And I believe it distracted you from doing this job to the best of your ability. It must have.

I can’t tell you to grow thicker skin for your next job. That’s you. I can tell you about strategy. Don’t waste time worrying about every little tweet you don’t like. Don’t waste time worrying about every little joke at your expense on the radio.

Don’t threaten to pull the credentials of specific reporters because it won’t work unless you have a reason much stronger than not liking the commentary. Don’t threaten the access of young reporters for comments that qualify as mild criticism at most. It’s embarrassing. Protecting your players, I get. Always thinking about recruiting and how media coverage affects it, I get.

Freaking out because of personal shots is counterproductive. You like to talk about avoiding "energy vampires," right? This is an "energy flesh-eating zombie," and you created it.

Most of all, Butch, don’t waste time at your next stop trying to find a stooge. You know what I mean. Special access in exchange for favorable coverage —
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #813 on: November 13, 2017, 05:57:58 am »

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#Vols' termination letter to Butch Jones confirms details GoVols247 has reported on his buyout: http://bit.ly/2hpad8v


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Tennessee will honor the terms of Jones’ current contract and pay him the full buyout on the deal, according to the letter. That means Tennessee will pay Jones approximately $8.2 million, but that figure will be mitigated by any salary Jones earns from his next job.

Jones will be paid in monthly installments until Feb, 28, 2021, according to the terms of his current deal with the university.

Currie said during his Sunday press conference that Jones was “fired without cause,” meaning Tennessee is obligated to honor the termination clause in his contract. Sunday was listed in the letter as the official date of Jones’ termination.

“As we discussed this morning the University of Tennessee is exercising its right to terminate your employment and your Employment Agreement,” Currie’s letter stated. “In accordance with … the Agreement, the University will pay you liquidated damages in the amount of $8,257,580.00, subject to all applicable state and federal tax and withholding requirements. The liquidate damages will be paid in monthly installments through February 28, 2021. The first payment will be paid on or before November 30, 2017. By the end of Friday, November 17, 2017, you must complete the University’s standard exit procedures, including return of all University property (keys, University IDs, computers, credit carts, courtesy cars, and any other University property in your possession).

“Please note that your obligations under … the Agreement, including without limitation your obligation to use your reasonable best efforts to mitigate the University’s obligation to pay liquidated damages by making reasonable and diligent efforts as soon as practicable following termination to obtain another comparably employment or paid services position.

“Nothing contained in this letter or omitted from this letter shall be construed as an admission or waiver of the University’s rights or remedies under the Agreement, all of which are expressly reserved.

“Coach Jones, we wish you well in your future endeavors.”
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #814 on: November 17, 2017, 05:36:16 am »

 Wes Rucker‏Verified account @wesrucker247

#Vols interim head coach Brady Hoke claims he’d ‘love’ to be retained on new staff in Knoxville: http://bit.ly/2zHe9w5


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Hoke, who had been Tennessee’s associate head coach and defensive line coach, became the interim head coach after boss Butch Jones was fired Sunday. He came to Tennessee after stints as the head coach at Ball State, San Diego State and Michigan and then one season as the defensive coordinator at Oregon.

The veteran coach said in an interview on Finebaum that he and his family enjoy the city of Knoxville, as well as the current staff and players at Tennessee, and that he would like to stay after the head-coaching transition.

“Well, we’d love to be here,” Hoke said. “We enjoy Knoxville. We enjoy the kids on this football team. I think the staff, there’s a lot of great coaches on this staff, and more than that, they’re great mentors and great men.”

Hoke, whose first game as interim head coach is Saturday night against 20th-ranked LSU at Neyland Stadium, said he’s always had respect for the Tennessee program and knows how good the program has been and will be again in the future.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #815 on: November 18, 2017, 07:13:13 am »

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New deal, more money on way for South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp http://scne.ws/Q1Twsn  #thestate #gg


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University of South Carolina officials expect to extend a contract extension, along with a raise, to head football coach Will Muschamp by early December, a source told The State on Friday.

Muschamp is in his second season with the Gamecocks, who were 6-7 in his first year and are 7-3 this year headed into Saturday’s 4 p.m. game against Wofford in Williams-Brice Stadium. Muschamp signed a five-year deal in December of 2015 when he took the job. Completing a new deal before the Dec. 20 early signing period would be expected to help boost, or at least solidify, South Carolina’s recruiting this season.

Muschamp earned $3.1 million, making him the 11th-highest paid coach in the Southeastern Conference and 37th-highest paid in [our] nation...

Steve Spurrier, the man Muschamp replaced as head coach, said earlier this season that Muschamp deserved consideration for SEC coach of the year honors.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #816 on: November 18, 2017, 07:38:48 am »

Former Alabama and Kentucky coach:

Bill Curry tells moving story about 9/11, America, high school football


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wo days after 9/11, Curry -- then working for ESPN -- was on his way to Birmingham to call the Alabama-Southern Miss game, which at that point was still scheduled to be played. While at a gas station in Attalla, he received a call on his cell phone telling him the game had been postponed (it would eventually be played at the end of the regular season).

Curry relayed that news to the gas station clerk, who told him that the high school football games in the area were still on for that week. "In Attalla, Alabama, on Friday night, we're going to play football, because it means a lot to us!," Curry said the clerk told him.

"Football's the only sport in which every player needs every teammate on every play just to survive," Curry said he was reminded that day. "The United States of America is structured similarly. We seem to have forgotten that fact."
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« Reply #817 on: November 19, 2017, 12:42:22 pm »

Ole Miss staffer responsible for dreadful Tommy Tuberville video...


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Former Ole Miss coach Tommy Tuberville was back at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday thanks to a color analyst assignment for the ESPN2 broadcast of the Rebels’ game against Texas A&M.

Tuberville, who left Ole Miss nearly two decades ago to take the head coaching job at Auburn, once said that you’d have to carry him out of Oxford in a pine box when describing his loyalty to the program. It may have been 20 years, but Rebels fans have not forgotten.

In what now appears to have been a failed attempt to troll the former Ole Miss head coach, the Rebels video staff put an old video of Tuberville leading the Ole Miss crowd in its Hotty Toddy chant onto the big screen at the stadium prior to the start of the second half.

It was met with boos and confusion...
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #818 on: November 19, 2017, 03:54:00 pm »

Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell

Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork apologizes for stadium playing bizarre Tommy Tuberville video


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A day after Ole Miss made the very odd and ultimately poor choice to play a video of former coach Tommy Tuberville on the video board at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the Rebels athletic director has issued an apology.

It was a trolling attempt gone wrong, and after the Ole Miss staffer who played the video apologized late Saturday night, AD Ross Bjork took full responsibility on Sunday afternoon.

 Ross Bjork

@RossBjorkAD

4:12 PM - Nov 19, 2017
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #819 on: November 20, 2017, 05:36:14 am »

SEC Network
71: The number of times @AlabamaFTBL has been ranked #1 in the AP Poll under Nick Saban (since 2007). No other team has been #1 for more than 17 weeks in that span.
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #820 on: November 21, 2017, 06:06:39 am »

Who will handle Auburn's potential contract negotiations with Gus Malzahn?



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"Jay and I function very well. We functioned well before he decided to retired; we function very well since he's decided to retire," Auburn president Steven Leath told AL.com Monday night. "Jay functions like all my other most senior direct reports in that they run their divisions. I tend to not be a micro manager, they come to me with really big decisions so there's no surprises.

"If there's big decisions to be made in athletics over the next couple of months while we're searching (for a new athletic director), Jay will do like he normally does and come and sit with me and we'll work through them together. That gives us some continuity and it also keeps me consistent with my management style as to not micromanage, but to be informed."
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Re: What has been the tenure of SEC Football coaches during the expansion era?
« Reply #821 on: November 22, 2017, 11:04:22 pm »

 Brent Zwerneman‏ @BrentZwerneman

Texas A&M will finish a 4th straight season unranked. For one of nation's richest athletic departments, a university with deeper pockets than just about anybody, & one of top stadium/complexes in football, that's unacceptable: http://www.chron.com/sports/aggies/article/Texas-A-M-plans-to-fire-Kevin-Sumlin-after-LSU-12375100.php … @houstonchron


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A&M coach Kevin Sumlin will be fired following the Aggies' regular-season finale at LSU on Saturday night, multiple people with knowledge of the situation said.

Sumlin is expected to be dismissed in the day or days following the A&M game against the Tigers. The Aggies are a double-digit underdog to the Tigers, and an A&M victory wouldn't save his job at this point, the sources said.

A resolute Sumlin said Tuesday at his weekly press conference that he expects to be A&M's coach next season.

Aggies have been good but not great under the sixth-year coach, failing to reach double-digit victories in the last five seasons since finishing 11-2 in Sumlin's first season and A&M's first year in the SEC in 2012.

Even that season A&M finished third in the SEC West behind Alabama and LSU, and the Aggies haven't come close to competing for a division title since. Sumlin has two years remaining on his contract that pays $5 million annually, and the two sides are expected to negotiate a buyout in the range of $10 million.

The Aggies (7-4, 4-3) have finished 8-5 in each of the last three seasons, and would need an upset of LSU and a bowl victory to better that mark by a game this season. LSU has won all five of the team's prior meetings as SEC opponents, a tidbit particularly irking A&M's fan base, as the Aggies have tried establishing the Tigers as division rivals.

Asked if he would have been thought of differently at A&M had he won a few of those games against LSU, Sumlin replied, "It would probably be different if I won a couple of games against other people, too."

A&M invested about a half-billion dollars in rebuilding Kyle Field and expanding its capacity to more than 102,000 fans a few years ago, and attendance was down this season as A&M lost at home to division foes Alabama, Mississippi State and Auburn. A&M chancellor John Sharp, an unyielding force behind the Kyle Field rebuild, has been adamant about producing a program that will compete with Alabama and others for SEC titles.

The Aggies' top target is Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, according to multiple insiders.
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