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Coaching Search

By on November 30th, 2012 in Football 15 Comments »

I thought it was time for a coaching search side bar post to give everyone a chance to see, or say what they want. Just start commenting. This is not a place for you bash on each other, or to send hateful remarks  to those who see things differently than you.

Feel free to say what you will, without trolling someone else’s thoughts.

My first choice for AU would be Gary Patterson. 116-34 is pretty dang good. Yes I know the competition he plays, I also understand that he has to recruit against Texas, Oklahoma, Okie State, and many other programs in Texas. At least in Auburn he could have a much better chance at bringing in top flight talent

My second choice is Jimbo Fisher, followed closely by David Shaw.

Now it’s your turn…


  1. TigerintheHass TigerintheHass says:

    1) Kirby Smart – he’ll flip the best recruits, use his knowledge of the “process” to beat Bama, coach up a nasty defense (defense wins championships).

    2) Gus Malzahn – he’ll use the players he recruited for his system in the way they were recruited to play.

    3) Bobby Petrino – he can coach. Whatever.

    4) Everyone else.

  2. war76eagle says:

    Would like to see serious interest in Jim Mora,Jr and David Shaw. Time to get away from the gobn hoodwinks. JMHO W D E

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      I’m intrigued by Mora. I think he would do a fine job. He has turned around UCLA and got the Falcons to the NFC championship game with a uber talented but head case QB….not too shabby. He may not be a young Saban but I would take a chance on him before many of the other candidates. He has a personality that would certainly relish a rivalry with Saban. The more I think about it….I think he would be my top choice.

  3. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    If we can’t get a proven BCS era winner – like Pete Carrol or Chip Kelly, I would really like to see us focus on guys that have been able to take a low level program and make them consistent winners. That would be Peterson, Patterson, Schianno, Butch Jones, Gundy, even the hated Dan Mullen etc.

    If we are going to bring back the spread, don’t retread Gus Malzahn, go get Mike Leach!! At least he has a good deal of head coaching experiance and won’t take any smack from a teenager….without locking him in a toolshed. He served his time at Washington State as pennance for that screw up, let him play with the big boys.
    And wouldn’t you love to see a Leach vs. Saban matchup?

    Another guy who hasn’t really been talked about that has to compete under difficult circumstances is Mike Dantonio at Michigan State.

    I hate to say it but I really think Petrino will get hired next week.

  4. auburntoby says:

    1. Bobby Petrino
    2. Gary Patterson
    3. Kirby Smart
    4. Gus Malzahn

    This isn’t based on who I like or who I think Jesus likes. It’s just who I think we have the best chance of winning with.

  5. auburntoby says:

    @Col.Angus – I’m curious as to why you think Mike Leach is a good coach? He has a terrible head coaching record. He has been accused twice (and fired once) for abusing players. His only decent season was with an NFL receiver. He is a proven loser and proven abuser. I’m interested to learn what I’m missing here.

    • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

      Well, anybody would lose at Washington State, especially in their first year, but at Texas Tech he was 84-43 and turned them from a Big 12 afterthought to a consistent winner. You see, I look past one year of employment. Never had a losing season there.

      As for abuse? Allegedly Wilson has recanted his statements. And James? Well, I’m old school. I used to have coaches fling me around by the facemask all the time when I screwed up. I figure if you can go up against Alabama you can take some “abuse” from your 59 year old coach. Saban allegedly stepped over one of his Dolphin players while he was convulsing on the ground…..and I would take Saban in a nano-second.

      I want somebody who can overcome adversity and win. Anybody should be able to win at Florida, FSU, UGA or Alabama, Texas, USC and the like. THEY GET ALL THE TALENT. What I want to know is how can you do when the deck is stacked against you, when you DON’T have the edge in talent. That is why the spread offense exists…if executed properly it negates the edge that the perrenial powers have of getting all the huge lineman recruits to clog up and dominate the line of scrimmage. Leach was able to do that at Texas Tech and compete with Texas, Oklahoma and the rest of the Big 12. Thats impressive to me. Imagine what he could do with our talent.

  6. TigerintheHass TigerintheHass says:

    I think of Mike Leach as a crazy drunk uncle who talks like a pirate. But there’s something about him that makes me think he may be part genius. Still too risky.

  7. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    1. David Shaw
    2. Petersen

    Something to think about with Petrino is whom he will hire for OC….I know what you’ve heard that the UAB coach will come on board, but Bobby has a habit of hiring family and friends…ick. Someone brought this up in another thread, and it’s a solid point….we don’t know if Bobby will be the same after his hiatus (see Tiger Woods). I wonder if he will be an effective coach when he is tethered by multiple and necessary ‘Good Behavior’ clauses….

    • TigerintheHass TigerintheHass says:

      I think Petrino would definitely bring his brother on as OC. Think about it – he completely hung Paul Petrino out to dry when he screwed up at Arkansas. They will be getting a new coach and PP will most likely be unemployed unless Bobby hires him, based on Arkansas’ offensive performance this year. (Offensive, indeed). So I think it is a safe bet Paul and Bobby are a package deal. That does not sweeten the Bobby Petrino pot for me at all….

      • Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

        For this and SOOOO many other reasons, Petrino looks like an embarrassing disaster waiting to happen. I’m afraid he’s the guy though because he looks like he would come in an win immediately…but like you and TOTM state….he may not be the same coach on a short leash with everybody looking over his shoulder.