I promised a response to earlier comment and here it is.
Why an advocation for Kirby Smart is an advocation for Gene Chizik 2.o:
I’m going to put this is the simplest terms possible for you…..
HE IS COMPLETELY UNPROVEN.
Kirby Smart is 36 years old, a beneficiary of one of the strongest recruiting bases and tutors in the country, and he had NEVER BEEN A HEAD COACH!!!
What part of this do you not understand?
Every person I see advocating for Kirby Smart can only talk about how he’d help with recruiting. That is the only reason anybody can seem to come up with regarding hiring Smart. That and ‘sticking it to Bammer’.
Those reason are STUPID.
Were you not watching the last 4 years? Gene Chizik was an awesome recruiter, too. Look where it got us. Gene Chizik was a great assistant coach and coordinator too. Look where it got us. The difference is, between the two is that Chizik had a record: 5-19. With Smart we don’t know.
To be fair, Kirby Smart could turn out to be the greatest coach in Auburn history. He could start a dynasty and win 10 national championships. Or, he could be a complete flop. Here is the thing: WE DON’T KNOW!!!!!! We have no idea how successful he will be because Kirby Smart has never been THE MAN and had to run the show.
EVERYBODY ELSE we are looking at has some kind of head coaching experience that we can draw upon. Kirby Smart does not. Hell, he’s 1 year older than me. He’s still a kid. You don’t hand over the reigns of one of the top programs in the country to a guy who has never run a program before, especially when you have 20 other guys interviewing that all have PROVEN records of success as head coaches. That’s like handing over the controls of a 747 to a guy that has never flown anything bigger than a small single engine when you’ve got 20 other current and qualified 747 captains sitting behind him with experience.
It’s simple odds, people. We just flat out DON’T KNOW. You’re in the gym picking a basketball team. There are two guys left: a 5 foot tall asian that you’ve never seen play, and a 6 foot 5 black guy who you have played with before and know is good. Who do you pick? The Asian might turn out to be the best basketball player there, and end up torching you, but you have NO IDEA. You’ve never met the guy. In that case, I’m going with the odds……I’m picking the brother.
I am seeing the same short-sightedness from people that I saw all during Chizik’s tenure, and it pains me. I can totally understand why we made such a bad hire last time, if the people making the decisions are as short-sighted as some of the people I’ve seen on this website. Do what you can and take emotion out of the equation and look at the resume comparisons. Kirby Smart is WAY down on the list if you do this. He’s below pretty much everybody simply because he’s never been a head coach before. Let him go coach at a CUSA or some other mid-tier school and get some experience before we give him the keys to the kingdom.
I have to be honest, I could be dead wrong. He could turn out to be awesome. Thing is, WE DON’T KNOW!!!!!!! That is the ultimate reason to not hire him. You are passing up 10 other guys that all have PROVEN success as a head coach to take a chance on a guy that has NEVER run the show anywhere. Why in the hell would you want to do that? We took a chance last time. I don’t want to take another damn chance. I want to go with the odds on this one.
How can you not see that?