I will go on the record here and now saying we should keep CGC. Why you may ask? I think CGC and the staff have not forgotten how to coach. I believe he should have a chance to right the ship. And I believe that there is not a good replacement at this time.
The earlier post discussing “Compound Grief” introduced something that most of us never think about much less give others a chance to work through. I have spoken to college athletes who have said that explains what they have seen in the team and the way they have played this year, not a lack of coaching, understanding or “loss of team”.
With the recruiting classes they have assembled they should be given a chance to use the recruits in the system they have in place. Let’s see what they can get out of these 4-5 star 18 year olds. Not to mention the damage to current and potential recruits caused by a coaching change.
All the posts I have read have mentioned a lot of potential coaching candidates names. None would be a move in the right direction. When we make a change we need someone who can recruit like we have been, be the big name with experience. Who is the big name out there now? Who can walk in and use what we have (the cupboard is definitely not bare) and be succesful immediately. I don’t think there is anyone currently or soon to be available this year that has the credentials to walk in and be successful in the SEC west.
I was there for the end Barfield era, ’78-’80, when I could legitimately say my high school team played better. I was there when Dye came and changed the whole team attitude back to smash mouth take it to them football. Bowden came in and won with Dye’s players using a chip on the shoulder attitude. After going undefeated they won with smoke and mirrors (or the best west coast offense). But the tradition set by James Brooks, Joe Cribbs, Lionel James, Tommy Agee, Bo Jackson was completely gone. They played for an SEC Championship and the line was “if Auburn can’t throw successfuly they have no chance” and they lost. Bowden could not recruit. Tuberville brought the winning attitude back to the planes (pun intended). Chizik has taken us to the promised land and maybe back to the wilderness. But maybe, just maybe, he can right this ship.
I would give him one more year on a short leash.
Most disagree with this opinion. But it is after all just that, an opinion.