Various Things Happening In College Football

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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    Also, the Big Ten is an enigma wrapped in khakis.Report

  2. Avatar Kolohe says:

    “Also fired was Randy Edsall at Maryland. I have no strong opinions of that firing, though their chosen replacement is shocking.”

    Elevating the OC or the DC to interim head coach after a decapitation is fairly routine at all levels. Compare Locksley with Dan Campbell – the latter is shocking, the former is surprising. I agree though that, based on resumes, I don’t see why they didn’t pick Brian Stewart instead. He’s old enough*, tenured enough, and has diversity of experience in both college and pros.

    *either that’s an old picture or the man is a very well preserved 51.

    edit – ah, because he’s now at Nebraska and the current DC in his in first year at that level.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      You don’t have to take a coordinator. It’s typical, but the time before last my school took a cornerbacks coach because the defensive coordinator was not someone we wanted (the offensive coordinators left with the head coach). Lance Guidry’s first turn as interim was from a positions coach (he was a coordinator the second time he did it).

      So it’s possible!

      In this case, there was an associate head coach. Instead of promoting him, they evidently fired him.Report

  3. Avatar notme says:

    You say “While I would prefer see FBS vs FCS games end for the most part, it….” but you don’t tell us the reasoning behind your preference. Can you share?Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      Too lopsided. The FCS programs operate under a different set of rules that make it even harder to compete than even MAC or Sun Belt programs.Report

      • Avatar notme says:

        Those contests are lopsided but seem like too good a deal for the FCS programs. I think there are good arguments on both sides but not good enough to stop them.Report

        • Avatar Will Truman says:

          @notme When Montana was looking at making the transition to FBS, they actually cited payouts as a reason to make the transition. The picture they painted of the available payouts for FCS (and of being in FCS) was… not very positive.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        Those games are about as lame as it can get from a “Watching football” perspective. Even if you are a fan of the dominant team, watching what is ostensibly an exhibition is lame. At the same time, college football is not about the 60 minutes of action on the field but about the tailgate and the revelry and the hanging out with old roommates and taking your kids to your alma mater and all that. So, the games serve their purpose. But to outsiders — who do not experience all that — they just look like someone entered the score wrong on the ticker.Report

  4. Avatar Will Truman says:

    I totally did not expect Steve Spurrier to be #5.Report

    • Avatar notme says:

      I just saw that on tv, omg!Report

    • Avatar Kolohe says:

      It becomes too difficult to get your Cocks up for the big game as you get older.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        Holtz didn’t go without a fight, though.Report

        • Avatar Chris says:

          I got the impression that he hadn’t intended to coach this season in the first place, but was talked into it. I wonder how much his resigning mid-season is them just saying, “You know what, maybe you were right about not coaching this season?”

          I wonder what older, once highly successful coach they’ll pluck out of the college football dustbin this time. The University of South Carolina: where past-their-prime coaches go to prepare for their broadcasting careers.Report

            • Avatar Chris says:

              He’d be an excellent choice, though given how much money Texas is still paying him, combined with cushy TV gigs, I can’t imagine he’s going to want to head to The Middle of Nowhere, South Carolina.

              Small worldness: just before meeting my father, my mother dated Mack Brown’s brother. He is also a football coach, though an historically bad one.Report

              • Avatar Will Truman says:

                I sorta figured he’s the kind of guy that would like the environs.

                First name that shot to my mind was Tommy Tuberville, but the nature of his departure from Texas Tech may have him in Cincinnati for a while.

                Bob Stoops might be available at season end, though probably a very high price tag.

                Watson Brown (assuming that’s who you are talking about) showed a lot of potential at UAB, then… nothingReport

              • Avatar Chris says:

                Stoops might be a good choice, too. I think he’s just been at Oklahoma too long, but still has the potential to be successful somewhere else. That’s what happened to Mack as well: when you coach somewhere for a really long time, it’s probably easy to get stuck in a routine, the culture (among players and assistant coaches) becomes lax, a sense of entitlement proliferates. I got the impression that things got so bad at UT that even though UT has what might be the best facilities in the country and more money than pretty much everyone else in the Big 12 combined, they couldn’t get top recruits because those recruits easily spotted the dysfunction, and they weren’t even spotting many of the top recruits anyway because their recruiting culture had grown lazy.

                And yeah, Watson Brown’s the one.First to 200 losses.Report

              • Avatar Stillwater says:

                Rick Neuheisel is prolly looking for a gig..Report

              • Avatar Kolohe says:

                “The Middle of Nowhere, South Carolina.”

                Columbia’s not a bad city, and Charleston isn’t that far away, and both are better living than any Texas city (including Austin). (because neither is as full of itself as Austin is).Report

              • Avatar Chris says:

                Yeah, I think South Carolina is beautiful. I’m mostly just joking.

                Austin is definitely full of itself, though with an influx of non-Austinites, it’s getting a bit better in a lot of ways. Well, better food and nicer people at least (Austinites are downright rude).Report

              • Avatar greginak says:

                Austin is full of itself, like the rest of texas isn’t? Only commented on this because i saw a shirt i hadn’t seen in a long time.

                “Let’s cut Alaska in half and make texas the third largest state.”Report

              • Avatar Chris says:

                You know you’re in the largest state in the union when you’re anchored down in Anchorage.

                My comment is always that people from Texas think this state is so great because they’ve never been anywhere else.Report

              • Avatar Glyph says:

                Because it takes like three days to get out of it?

                When I was driving cross-country, I tried to stay off Interstates as much as possible, and some long Texas highways were the only ones where I kind of got scared, like, “if my car breaks down, I could DIE out here before I ever see another human being!”Report

              • Avatar Chris says:

                That’s exactly why! It occasionally strikes me that El Paso is further from me than it is from San Diego, and that seems utterly absurd.

                @greginak hard song to forget. Also, this pun thing is contagious.Report

              • Avatar greginak says:

                I”m shocked you remember that song.

                The same could be said about a lot of Alaskans. In general long time Alaskans either love to travel and do it a lot ( i’m in that group) or never leave the state and are as insular as anybody ever.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        “New Coaches Cialis is approved for game day use. Please seek medical attention if players stay up more than four hours after taking Coaches Cialis. Do not drink alcohol while taking Coaches Cialis, even if employed at Southern Cal… “Report

  5. Avatar Stillwater says:

    And regarding the Sarkisian situation at USC (left coast), it might be time to start focusing some attention on Pat Haden’s talents rather than continue to focus on the head ball coaches.

    And looking a bit, USA Today is already on it.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      Yeah, that started immediately.

      Notably, though, Washington is also getting some glances because it seems they knew.

      On ESPN they were saying the job is Helton’s to lose. I don’t think that’s true.Report

  6. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Throw this down here, I guess”:

    This Toronto game is the craziest, most exciting, most dramatic baseball game I think I’ve ever seen.Report