In hindsight he probably should have hired someone else during the offseason, but he wasn't going to hire a new DC in the middle of the season. If Odom survives this season I'll be interested to see what he does with the staff. He has said he'll want to keep calling the defense. Might be hard to find anyone to come on board as a DC who won't call the defense on Saturdays.
Leach only makes $3 million, so it wouldn't take a lot to pay him more. But I'm not sure he'd want to jump into the SEC where he'd be expected to beat Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, etc. Leach seems to be happy working in the more desolate markets where there's less pressure to win at a national level.
It's not dead if you ask fans.
Which Petrino, Paul or Bobby? Bobby's stock isn't too high right now. Louisville has cratered since the middle of last season. I don't think he's a good fit to work with Sterk. As for Frost, get in line. And any place that hires him outside of Lincoln will always be concerned that he'd head to Lincoln at some point.
I think Sterk has a big decision at 5-7 depending on the context of the final six outcomes. As Ben Frederickson wrote yesterday, it could be an easy call at 4-8 or worse.
Well, sure. Why would a win not be great?
Thanks for buying the book. Glad you enjoyed. No doubt Porter will have some huge scoring games, but I'm not sure about the consistency you need to average that high of a figure.
I'd say going 5-1 is unlikely but not impossible. Vandy has spiraled. Tennessee is terrible. Arkansas just can't figure things out offensively. But has Mizzou done anything in the last two years that would lead you to believe it's capable of winning five out of six games - when they've only won five games under Odom overall? Tennessee or Arkansas would be the next toughest win. John Kelly is a legit running back for the Vols - but they have QB issues.
Terez Hall has had a pretty good season. Cale Garrett is showing promise. Acy can develop into a good corner. He's just raw. I still think Perkins can be a serviceable safety.
Next year's schedule looks much more difficult. They get a really good Memphis program at home. They have to play at Purdue. You drop a home game vs. Auburn and replace it with a game at Alabama. Road games at Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida. It's a much more challenging schedule.
From what I've heard with some of those guys, Pinkel would have made the same decision. Dilosa was charged with felony assault. Howard had multiple arrests and other issues. They weren't caught jay walking.
Bill has been the most outspoken voice against playing Missouri - and for a reason. He has the most currency on that side of the border. More than the AD, far more than the football coach, more than the chancellor.
Yes, but I haven't read it lately.
Any AD that fires a coach this year has to do it swiftly - and hire a replacement very quickly because of the new early signing date. A new coach will have to be in place as soon as possible to salvage commitments and land more recruits before the pool thins out with that late December signing date. ADs have to be on their toes like never before.
It works for some coaches, not as much for others. It all depends on the coach's capacity. It's worked for Mike Leach. It's worked for a lot of NFL head coaches. I think first-time head coaches should guard against it, but some are capable of multitasking.
I can't verify if that's true.
I don't think the administration is that concerned with Odom's spin. It's more about results and fan support. He can say whatever he wants if he wins and draws big crowds.
The more time that passes since November 2015 the less that becomes a stain on this program. Plus, the AD and campus leadership has turned over since then. Yes, it doesn't look good when you pull the plug after two years, but when there's little to show for progress and the crowds and revenues continue to sink, sometimes you have to make that call if you don't believe your leader is equipped to turn it around. Yes, Alden was patient with Pinkel when he had losing seasons three of his first four years, but Pinkel also had a track record at Toledo and had proven he could build a winning program at the college level.
OK, chatters. I've got to get some writing done and have a plane to catch. Thanks for your time.