CHS Sunday Briefing: Churchill – National Semi-Final? “NOT SO FAST! – Charlie, Charlie (Weis) – Sly Croom – MAC Openings – Tuberville – Fulmer
February 30, 2008
Coaches Hot Seat
First, we would be remiss if we did not recognize that today is the birthday of one of the great leaders of the past century, Winston Churchill. One can only wonder what our world would look like today if not for the leadership of Churchill during the darkest days of when Germany had established dominance across the continent of Europe and were attacking Great Britain from the air. Winston Churchill had such an incredible life and had so many personal and professional ups and downs that we can all learn much from what was one of the great leaders in the history of Western civilization. One of our favorite quotes from Sir Winston Leonard Churchill is….
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
One wonders how all of the players on all these college football teams played so hard in the past week when many of them have no chance to be a part of the BCS, because it seems that every IGNORNANT person on the North American continent gives credit to the BCS for everything from exciting college football games to the stock market going up last week. Earth to IGNORNANT FOLKS out here, long before Roy Kramer dreamed up way for the BCS Boys to keep the postseason money away from the NCAA, college football players played hard and they played hard this week, BCS or no BCS. Being able to hold that idea in your head, that the BCS is nothing more than a way for the BCS Boys to keep the postseason money away from the NCAA and also a system set-up for a bunch of commentators to talk, is the minimum requirement for being a US citizen! Test in a week on the above….
1. The SEC Championship Game is a National Semi-Final Game? NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS! - Oh, the media and the BCS Boys try so hard to prop up the Bogus BCS, and they go to such great lengths to try and justify what is nothing less than the greatest fraud this side of Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone’s Vault adventure, but as we here at Coaches Hot Seat take a look at the last week’s Bogus BCS Rankings we see….
OK, let’s assume that the mysterious buffoons in the Harris Poll, many who didn’t get to see more than 1 game this weekend and then the Coaches Poll, and those damn computers (Computers are used to help decide a national championship in football? Only a MORON OF A HIGH ORDER could defend that, and all of these ex-football players working as commentators should be ashamed for defending such a stupid idea…) will probably come out with the following Bogus BCS Rankings later today…
OK, so Alabama will be an underdog to Florida (Bama will be about an 8 point underdog to the Gators we are guessing) in the SEC Championship Game and what if Florida beats Alabama by a field goal in the fourth quarter. Then, what if Oklahoma beats Missouri by a touchdown, or any score for that matter. Do all the folks defending this Bogus BCS suddenly think that a favorite in Florida not beating Alabama in an impressive manner will SUDDENLY JUMP TEXAS IN THE POLLS! Why does everyone just assume that Florida would jump Texas? Because, everyone wants to try and PROP UP THE FRAUDULENT BCS! Of course, if this scenario does happen, Florida barely beats Alabama in the SEC title game and Oklahoma beats Missouri, that means we may very well have a Bogus BCS title game of…
TEXAS vs. OKLAHOMA
Oh Boy, that will be exciting! A rematch of the regular season game between the Sooners and Longhorns, which will make Bob Stoops and Mack Brown happy, but will leave 8 teams on the outside looking in with 1 loss or less at a Bogus BCS title game! Yes, this makes lots of sense….
NOT SO FAST FOLKS! Alabama vs. Florida is not a national semi-final game. It is the SEC Championship Game, but in this Bogus BCS system, conference titles are meaningless anymore. Yes, this system is a good idea… By the way, Boise State and Utah have ZERO LOSSES, but they are just an afterthought in the BOGUS BCS. How shameful that any American does not want to see this settled on the field of play. Of course, lots of folks are scared of competition and what just might happen if teams had to earn a national title instead of being put into a BOGUS title game. Can you say the Big Ten folks don’t have any interest in playing Utah or Boise State…… One wonder just what all these people are scared of….
ANY FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER THAT DEFENDS THE BOGUS BCS just takes away the very hard work from all the college football players that have busted their asses, but now will be sent to play in MEANINGLESS EXHIBITION GAMES!
Yes, this makes a lot of sense…..If you are a COMMUNIST! Certainly, there can’t be an American that would want a championship to be decided anywhere but on the field of play…. We certainly wouldn’t allow our children to participate in such an elitist system in their sports leagues, but it is OK for one sport in American, I-A college football? Yes, there must be a lot of COMMUNISTS OUR THERE!
2. Charlie, Charlie, Charlie that was just damn pitiful against the Trojans – As Joe Friday used to say, “Just the facts ma’am.” The problem for Charlie Weis is that the FACTS tell a very damning story…
Charlie Weis (2005 – 2008) 28 – 21 (.571)
OK, the overall record at Notre Dame makes Charlie worthy of firing by itself, but let’s go to the boxscore from Saturday night’s game against USC. Remember this was GAME 49 for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. GAME # 49!
Notre Dame stats vs. USC
First Downs 4
Total Yards 91
Passing Yards 41
Rushing Yards 50
Score: USC – 38 Notre Dame – 3
Remember USC was GAME NUMBER 49 for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame!
Conclusion: We would have fired Weis before he left the Coliseum, regardless of the buyout number.
Seriously, anyone with a working brain watching THE HEAD COACH OF NOTRE DAME COACHING GAME NO. 49 AT THE SCHOOL last night and thinks that Charlie Weis should not have already been fired, then that is a person that knows nothing about the game of football. Please, don’t give us the “young” excuse. Charlie Weis is at the END of his fourth year at Notre Dame. Look at how many “young” people that Saban is playing at Alabama and Meyer at Florida. The excuses need to stop because right now Notre Dame has a PITIFUL head football coach that is an ARROGANT ASS to boot… That is A DISASTROUS PROBLEM for Notre Dame and the Irish need to move quickly before the coach they would want to replace Weis, ends up at another school like what happened with Urban Meyer 4 years ago.
Note: It looked to us that Pete Carroll was taking it easy on Ole’ Charlie and the Irish last night, because that score could have been 70 – 0! Maybe Pete wants Charlie around for another year. We are very sure that Carroll doesn’t want to see a legitimate head football coach in South Bend!
3. Sly Croom Resignation – We can certainly say that we did not see Sly Croom resigning from Mississippi State yesterday. Yes, Sly was on the Hot Seat and he certainly was going to be under pressure entering the ’09 season, but we really did not expect for Mississippi State to move to fire Croom. Certainly, there cannot be anyone that thinks that a guy that played for Paul “Bear’ Bryant is the type of person that is going to “quit” at anything, so this “resignation” story sounds like a lot of crapola to us. No doubt, the Mississippi State offense was a disaster, but what really got Croom was the ground shifting right under his feat, with Nick Saban’s arrival in Tuscaloosa and Houston Nutt in Oxford. Also, Bobby Petrino in Arkansas and Larry Fedora down the road in Hattiesburg were not guys that were going to be really easy to deal with going forward. We certainly wish Sly Croom and all of his assistants our best going forward. The fellow that takes over for Coach Croom will find a football program that is in a much better place than it was only 5 years ago.
4. MAC conference job openings – With the firings of Montgomery at Miami (OH) and Brandon at Bowling Green the MAC conference now has 4 jobs openings counting Toledo and Eastern Michigan. We believe that these job openings just point to how the top teams in the MAC are putting pressure on everyone else to raise their game. Up and coming assistant coaches around the country would do well to fight for these MAC job openings if they believe one of the openings would fit well for them. Job openings in Division I-A are become more precious all the time and assistants at top I-A programs can no longer turn their noses up at MAC openings hoping for a better job to come open down the road, because the MAC is a terrific place to start a head coaching career and a place to prove you have the chops to lead men and a football program. Good Luck to all of these MAC programs in finding a new head coach and we certainly encourage the ADs looking for head coaches in the MAC to not undervalue their programs, because a head coaching opportunity is a rare thing indeed these days in I-A college football
5. Tommy Tuberville living in a New World (Nick Saban’s World) – In 2007 Tuberville and the Auburn Tigers handled Alabama pretty easily in the Iron Bowl winning 17-10, but only a year later Tommy’s football team got blasted by the Tide 36-0 and never has there been a quicker and larger turning of the tables in an in-state rivalry in the history of college football than Saban’s flipping of the table on Tuberville. With reports out of Auburn that Tuberville will be back for 2009, we only hope that Tommy really has the desire deep in his gut to get Auburn back to a level where they can play with Alabama, because if Tubbs is just going to play out the string at Auburn, 2009 will be his last season on the Plains. Tuberville has had a nice 10 year run at Auburn, 85 – 40 (.680), but with only 1 SEC championship up on the board, if Alabama does beat the Gators in the SEC title game, the heat will just get that much hotter on Tommy. No doubt, Tuberville will enter the 2009 season on the Hot Seat and be expected to get Auburn back to the top of the SEC West. Just getting Auburn back to a winning record and a bowl game will not be good enough, and if in late November of 2009 when the Tide comes calling on The Plains, if Auburn is not playing for a spot in the SEC title game, that game will be the “Tommy Tuberville Appreciation Day” much like Fulmer just had at Tennessee. Tommy, you said you wanted to come back, now we are about to find out if you really mean it for all the right reasons…. Good Luck to Tuberville and the Tigers in trying to slow down the juggernaut in Tuscaloosa that is about steamroll the entire SEC and reshape the Auburn – Alabama rivalry for years to come…
6. Phil Fulmer coaching career at Tennessee – We certainly wish Phil Fulmer Good Luck as he moves into his post-UT life and we note that as Fulmer departs the head coaching job with the Vols that he is still ranked No. 10 in the Winningest Active Coaches Rankings with an overall record at Tennessee of 152 – 52 (.745). With 2 SEC titles in 17 years at Tennessee, the biggest problem for Fulmer was that his last SEC title was 10 years ago in 1998, when Tennessee also won the national title. We here at Coaches Hot Seat got a good close-up look of Tennessee in the opening weekend when the Vols played in the Rose Bowl against UCLA, as we watched from the field as Tennessee warmed-up and played the Bruins during the game. The biggest thing we were surprised by with Tennessee is that they look a step or two slower than the other top teams in the SEC and elsewhere around the country, and we also never got the impression that there was any real pressure on the Tennessee staff to WIN the UCLA game. Yes, Fulmer and the Vols wanted to beat UCLA, but they did not REALLY WANT TO BEAT UCLA. Stand on the sidelines of USC, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and one will find on the bench an attitude that it will be a damn disaster if we do not win the game we are playing in, and that desperation and determination by top teams to win football games is a dynamic that all great football teams have. We never got the impression from Tennessee that winning or losing football games REALLY MATTERED and that lack of desperation and determination to win games is what was really missing from UT football under Fulmer. No football program, college, pro, or high school can become a champion unless winning every game is the most important thing in the world for those 3 hours that the game is going on and that a loss would be a damn disaster. If a head football coach wants to know if he has a winning football program, he can look no further than the reaction by his team and coaching staff to a loss. If they accept that loss at all, then that is a football program in decline….
It looks like we will have at least a couple of new head coaching announcements on Monday, with Lane Kiffin taking over at Tennessee and Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen taking over at Wyoming. If those 2 jobs are filled that will leave 11 schools still looking for new head coaches (and maybe some more jobs opening up) and it will be very interesting to see just who all of these schools end up hiring. Yes, that will be damn interesting….and we will be watching closely…..and commenting on the hires of course!