Updated Thoughts on Coaches…
I’m going to keep this as short as possible, and add my two cents on the latest and greatest rumors I’m hearing about the coaching search. I’ve looked into it more and made some more conclusions based what I’ve been hearing and what is going on. My number one choice is now, (and probably always was), Bobby Petrino. The more I read about what people are saying the more disenfranchised I become. Every time I see an Auburn person on TV saying “I think Chizik should have gotten another year’, all I can think is one thing:
Are you (fricking) stupid?
Were you not WATCHING the last two years? Did you not pay attention this year? Are you a complete mother(fricking) moron? There was absolutely no justifiable reason to keep Chizik around. If you think so, you either know nothing about football, business, or both. Please, whatever you do, don’t procreate. There are enough stupid people in the world. We don’t need more.
Yes, some of the old CapnVegetto anger is back. The stuff I’m seeing is dragging it out of me. As far as the coaching candidates go, I’ve looked into it more, and come to a few more conclusions. I’ll put them after the names:
How anybody could actually WANT this guy is beyond me. The more I research him, the less I like him. Here is the bottom line: Jimbo Fisher is coaching at Florida State, and is perenially underacheiving. He reminds me a lot of both Mark Richt and Tommy Tuberville. Every year, their teams have a game or two where the team just looks like complete crap and loses to a team they never should lose to. This year, Jimbo Fisher lost to NC State. That is PATHETIC. With that talent, that team, and that schedule, that is BEYOND PATHETIC. FSU plays in the damn ACC. The ONLY games they should EVER be in danger of losing are Florida, MAYBE Clemson, and any high profile out of conference team. The rest of their games should be chalked up wins, period. Anything less is failure. Again, they play in the damn ACC with LOADS of talent. If he can’t win the stupid ACC, how in the hell do you think he is going to do in the SEC playing tough teams all year round? Do you have ANY reason to think that he won’t be the same or worse then he is? PLEASE stop with the ‘he’s a good guy’, ‘he coached at Auburn’, ‘he coached with Nick Saban’ crap. I don’t give a rat’s ass if he’s a good guy, I don’t care if he EVER coached at Auburn. People need to get their priorities in line. We don’t want a damn preacher. We want somebody that is going to run a $100 million dollar program and be successful with it, thereby transferring that success to the rest of the university’s athletic programs which depend on the football program for their funding. Stop thinking with your damn emotions and use logic.
Kirby Smart is not coming here. There are many reasons why, but here are some of the main ones. First, I very much doubt that they will hire a Bammer assistant to be head coach at Auburn. Even if they did, Smart would never take the job. Why? Because Smart wants the Bama job, and if he coaches at Auburn, the turds will NEVER hire him after Saban retires. Nevertheless, it is a good thing, because Kirby Smart has never shown me one damn thing that makes me think he will be a successful head coach, nor does he have any type of record to run on. I’ve said it plenty of times–I don’t want a damn unknown quantity. I want a PROVEN WINNER.
Just stop dreaming. Ain’t gonna happen.
REALLY not going to happen. Why in the hell would you leave a multi-million dollar a year stress-free commentator job to take a high-pressure, quadurple the workload coaching job at an embattled university competing against Nick Saban? Yeah, I thought so.
I’d love to see him here, although I do have several question marks. There is no doubt that this guy can flat out coach. But you have to remember, he is at BOISE FRICKIN STATE. He plays a nothing schedule every year, and never has to show more than about 30% of his playbook to win games, save for the 1 or 2 moderately tough games he has to play. I’m interested to see how he’d do in the SEC. Personally, I think he could handle it and would be successful at Auburn, but there is one GIGANTIC question mark that scares me about him: Can he recruit? At Boise State he doesn’t have to do that. Any kid in the state of Idaho that is even remotely decent at football wants to play for him. Every year, he just has to sit down with his assistants and pick the kids he wants. He doesn’t have to do the recruiting dance and compete like he would here. That is the only real concern I have with him, and there is no way to know if it would matter or not. I don’t think he’s coming anyway, because his name has come up several times the last few years and he’s never left for anywhere. There is a reason for that. He is a demigod in the state of Idaho that can do no wrong. He makes millions and doesn’t have to work half as hard as other major college coaches for it. He doesn’t have to recruit, plays a wimp schedule, and collects his money. Like Jon Gruden, that’d be a tough gig to give up.
I think we have at least a small chance to get him, and I’d be happy with it, although I have some concerns. There were some Chizik-esque lapses in discipline in his team this year, and that scares me. However, he’s taken a nobody in TCU and made them relevant. That is a good thing, and a proven record of winning.
Put the crackpipe down. You’re not going to get him unless you’ve got more money than T. Boone Pickens, and last time I checked, Bill Gates or the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia were not Auburn alum. Pickens will not let him go. He’s a damn good coach, and would be a good hire, but we can’t afford him. Until he falls out of favor with Picken$$$$$, nobody can.
I think he would be a good hire, but I still don’t think we’ll get him. Again, Louisville has publicly stated that they want to keep him, and will pay whatever is necessary to do so. Right now, I don’t think we want to get into a bidding war with anybody after shelling out $11 million bucks to fire the last guy. I could be wrong on this one, but I don’t think it’s going to be Charlie Strong.
Until he wins again, he’s a fluke. On top of that, he’s been linked with some NCAA violations and has a history of team discipline problems. No thank you.
I’d take him in a second. He’s a good coach, and has made one of the lowest budgeted teams in the SEC into a winner. They can’t quite get over the hump, but years of being a doormat will do that to you. The football psyche takes a while to fix, and Mullen is well on the way to doing that. He runs the spread, he coached Cam at Florida, and he’s taken a loser program and made them in perennial bowler and is on the way to making them a contender. Sign me up for some of that.
I don’t know much about him, but he’s like Gus Malzhan. He’s winning, but with somebody else’s players and built program. He’s good, but nowhere near the offensive genius of Malzhan. I’d rather have Malzhan, but I would definitely give David Shaw a chance if they hired him.
Not happening. He’s winning at Tampa, and we could’t afford to pull him away from an NFL job. It doesn’t matter anyway, success in the NFL does NOT transfer to success in college, and vice versa. Anybody remember Dave Wannstadt?
Nothing has changed. He’s still my number 2 choice behind Bobby Petrino.
This guy should, without a single doubt, be the next head football coach at Auburn University. He has the best resume, the best pedigree, the most solid, proven record, and we can get him CHEAP. We will be able to hire him for no more than a million or two per year, with no buyout clause, and a contract FULL of good behavior clauses. If he’s unsuccesful, we could fire him with no consequences. We could lace his contract with performance incentives and would only have to pay him if we won. In terms of getting what you pay for, it’d be like getting Donald Trump to come run your McDonalds for $5 bucks an hour. Of course, there are detractors that say a lot of dumb things. Let’s look at them:
1. He’s a felon!!
No he’s not. He’d be in jail if he was. He’s an as-hole, sure, but he’s not a felon. Anyway, that doesn’t matter. The fact that he did what he did does nothing but help us get him cheaper, and allows us to get rid of him cheaper should things go bad. Life is full of trades, and you have to weigh the pros and cons of everything.
2. He’s 0-4 against Bammer!!!
So (fricking) what? Tuberville was 0-4 against Bammer until he came to Auburn, then he promptly beat them 6 times in a row. Stupid argument that has no relevance in reality.
3. He’s a womanizer!!!
So was Terry Bowden. So was Pat Dye. Lots of people conveniently forget that.
4. He’s not a nice person/bad person/doesn’t fit the Auburn creed/blah blah blah
Oh for the love of God, STOP. THIS DOES NOT MATTER. He is a winner. He took a nothing program with little resources at Arkansas and made them nationally relevant. The 4-7 team this year would probably have been at least 7-4 or 8-5 MINIMUM with Petrino coaching and calling plays. He’s taken 3 different teams to BCS bowls. How many coaches have done that? I don’t care if he dresses up in a leather hood with a zipper over the mouth and screws chickens if he WINS. One thing we can all agree on: Bobby Petrino is one of the most brilliant offensive minds in all of football. Nobody is disputing that. We have a chance to get him for very little, on OUR terms. How anyone can not see the good business sense of doing that is absolutely beyond me.
The search continues, and unfolds a bit more each day. I’m getting more excited because I’m not hearing any overly stupid names yet, with the exception of Kirby Smart. Even Jimbo Fisher, while sucking, would at least be OK. I’m beginning to think this won’t be Chizik 2.0. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Wow, I didn’t keep that short at all.