Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Coaching Hotseats sees Butch fall to the bottom

A couple weeks ago we looked at what could be the hottest collective seat for SEC coaches we've seen in some time. Now that we've had two more weeks of games there are some coaches who have only made things worse while others have righted the ship somewhat. Here's where I see them today in order from safest to most likely to get (trash) canned soon (the +/- indicates a move up or down from previous list).

Bama - Saban sounds upset about beating other teams so badly. Does it ever rain in Tuscaloosa anymore?

Vandy - Two consecutive losses, but Mason is still in a very safe spot. Even with a difficult stretch coming up (Georgia, @Ole Miss, @South Carolina), all Mason needs to do is show they are competing to keep his office in order.

Georgia (+1) - Kirby is on quite a roll. Nothing makes the Georgia faithful happy like passing on a chance to compare his defense to Bama in order to give Erk's Junkyard Dawgs a nod.
Miss State (-1) - I would say that two blowout losses really takes the shine off that dominating win over LSU, but Orgeron's Tigers are doing a good job of taking the shine off of anything football related in Baton Rouge. Still, Mullen has a chance to get well on BYU and Kentucky before a big trip to College Station.

Kentucky (+1) - Stoops's Cats are two uncovered Gators receivers away from being 5-0 on the season. That plus a solid road win over the Gamecocks moves him up a notch.

South Carolina (-1) - Muschamp's task of undoing the mess Spurrier left behind may be harder than originally thought. But the Gamecock brass will give him enough leash to do it, or hang himself trying.

Texas A&M (+7) - Lot of football left, but Sumlin is making a case that we were off base thinking the train was going to go off the rails so soon. It hasn't been pretty, but wins are wins and the Aggies look a little better each week.

LSU - Coach O's Tigers are a mess. But hard to believe he'll get run out of town before AD Joe Alleva does.

Auburn - Malzahn's offense has started to click. That and what looks like another good defense may keep the Gus bus from catching fire.

Florida (-2) - McIlwain got lucky against Tennessee and even luckier in Lexington the next week. Losing Del Rio adds another starter in street clothes along with the future felons Callaway and Scarlett. I don't think the Gators want to make a change, but our favorite shark lover is going to have find an offensive groove these next couple weeks at home (LSU, A&M, BYE) before another WLOCP showdown.

Arkansas - Things will get worse before they can get better for Bert. Trips to South Carolina and Alabama in the next two weeks could have Bielema coaching for his job against Auburn and Ole Miss to close out the month.

Missouri - Hard to see a single SEC win on the Tigers' schedule. When your defense is giving up 40 points/game even teams struggling to score consistently (like Kentucky, Tenn, Vandy) could find the endzone early and often. Odom won two conference games last year. If he goes winless in 2017 it may force Missouri to find a third coach in as many years.
Smoky gray bUTt fumble will get Butch trash canned. Sad.

Ole Miss (-3) - Each week it gets harder to envision a scenario where the Rebel Black Bears don't bring in a fresh face to lead them out of purgatory.

Tennessee (-1) - Surprised the Vols aren't already (officially) looking for Jones' replacement. They're out of the SEC East race (again) by October and in a bye week. There's zero chance Butch is around next season. And that's unfortunate, because I really liked what that cat was (not) building up there.

A little clearer picture than a couple weeks ago, but still quite a mess. LSU at Florida this weekend and Arkansas at Ole Miss to close out the month could bring some sweeping changes. Like I said a couple weeks ago, it's fun to watch when it's not your team in turmoil.


Update on Jones -if watching that train wreck of a Tennessee team Saturday wasn't enough to satisfy you, then reading about Jones' trip to the Memphis Touchdown(??) Club last night will do you well.
Then, it was dinner, and time for the Liberty Bowl’s high school player of the week, who just happened to be Cordova’s four-star offensive lineman Jerome Carvin, who just happened to have spent last Saturday visiting Tennessee.
“What impressed you?” asked Liberty Bowl’s Harold Graeter.
“Georgia,” someone quietly cracked.
Woo boy! Guess they're not even letting him use any sick days to get out of stuff like that. That's rough.

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