While we try and hear the phone ring in Butts-Mehre today from a call way down in Coral Gables, let's take a big step back.
Watch your step! Don't trip over my desperate Visor research. It's a big mutha!
There you go. OK...
The only person to mention Willie Martinez's name in relation to the defensive coordinator's position at Miami is a Miami Herald writer. When prompted for names, Hurricane head coach Randy Shannon gave no names, other than his own, as a possibility.
How'd that feel? Here's another wave coming...
If that phone does indeed ring and ol' Coach Willie gets an offer covered in ibis feathers, there are three people in control of the situation at that point. The captain, engineer and cruise director on a luxury cruise ship, if you will.
You and I...we're more like Ed and Ethel Peters from Cincinnati. Involved, but on the periphery; out on the shuffle board deck, not inside the control room.
CMR wants to keep Martinez. Rest assured he will make a play to do so. He went to bat for Garner and Searels and they got paid! He'll do the same for his friend and DC.
Enter Damon Evans.
Right now, the only coach assured of more than one year's salary from UGA is CMR himself. Miami may offer two to Martinez if they really want him. Subsequently backing Evans into a corner.
Evans could counter and keep his head coach happy. You know...show some support. He could also stand pat, and placate the die-hard fan from Marietta who knows all there is to know about running defenses and Willie needs to go dammit!
And either way, ol' Coach Willie could decide he's happy in Athens where even a one year contract is more secure than a two year one under Randy Shannon. Hell, even more secure than a ten year contract.
So I guess Hurricane Willie could be quickly downgraded to a tropical depression.
Question is, would you still enjoy the off season cruise...?