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Kurt


Brooklyn, NY

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Comment 07 Jun 2016

Arguably illegal play too (I believe the ball can't hit the ground on a lateral).  Regardless, point remains that Ole Miss had the West won in that game and Alabama would've likely been locked out of the playoff rendering Bucksvstheworld's comment above completely absurd.  Saban isn't running a monopoly.

Comment 06 Jun 2016

Most definitely a move to quell some rumors about his job security.  Auburn after all is pretty well known for not hesitating to fire the top guy when a few clouds roll in.  

I still think Malzahn is one of the top coaches in the P5.  Everyone points to the fact that they struggled finding a QB last year - which was very very odd to watch happen given how good Gus has been at winning games with almost anyone under center (remember, Nick Marshall was a defensive back transfer from UGA).  But even in 2013 they didn't have great passing offense numbers, it's always been about the running game and they struggled in that department last year too.  With Herb Hand back working with Gus I would expect that area to improve greatly and ease the pressure on the QB position.

Finally he's struggled to find the right defensive coordinator - I think each year that position has changed over since he's been HC.  It really seemed to me that Champ had things headed in the right direction last season until South Carolina inexplicably hired him away.  They got what should be a great replacement, but at a hefty price.  

They'll be back next year if they can rectify the QB position somewhat, improve the running game, and continue the defensive progress.

Comment 14 Jan 2016

The players (excuse me, student athletes) that went on strike at Missouri just began to scrape the tip of the iceberg of the power that the football student athlete yields at universities.  If they want that day, they can get it if they can organize.  

Getting paid may be a ways off in the distance.  But getting practical benefits such as more time away from the athletic facilities and having a balanced student/athlete life are almost immediately achievable. 

Comment 13 Jan 2016

Just to be clear, if Arkansas doesn't pull off that crazy win at Ole Miss, Alabama does not go to the SEC CG.  

It's crazy to think now about how close Alabama was to sitting at home while Ole Miss would go on to Atlanta...and likely get held out of the 4-team playoff.

Comment 11 Jan 2016

Herb Hand worked with Gus Malzahn at Tulsa.  Malzahn was the OC and Hand landed in Tulsa after RichRod went to UM.  I think their coming together resulted in Malzahn really understanding the read-option and power running game from the spread formation (which Hand knew well from Rodriguez), previously I think Malzahn was mostly a spread passing guy.

Comment 10 Jan 2016

Funny, the one thing that Michigan fans should be most hopeful for in a possible OSU slide from power is completely and entirely undiscussed: our on-going co-co-co-OC debacle.  Players and talent is not the issue (otherwise we'd be playing Monday night), but if this discombobulation of an offense continues into next year, then yes Wolverines, you have hope.