Has the dust settled yet? Is the Season of the Weird finally over or is Derek Dooley going to hire Mike Tyson to be his defensive coordinator?
Most importantly, what does it all mean to the Gator Nation?
Did Tennessee weaken itself with the hiring of Dooley? Not really. Those who know him best think he’s an outstanding young coach. Was it a reach? Sure. Mike Hamilton has had to reach on both of his football hires. So he’s reached out for a coach with a losing record and a famous daddy. I guess Skip Holtz was out because he had a winning record last year.
Still, Tennessee’s football program is not going to go south because of the hiring of Dooley. It is irrelevant because of the hiring of Lane Kiffin. He did more damage to Tennessee football than Steve Spurrier. On my radio show Friday, my buddy Chris Low of ESPN likened it to being napalmed. It’s going to take a while for Tennessee to recover and it would have no matter who it had hired.
Unless it was Nick Saban or Urban Meyer.
Which brings me to the new ranking of coaches in the SEC. Let me know what you think.
1. Nick Saban and Urban Meyer. Sorry, but there is no way to take one over the other. I’m convinced Meyer will be fine in the fall but won’t be around for a lot longer coaching the Gators. If you want to use that as a criteria, OK. But both coaches are at the top of any list.
3. Bobby Petrino. Watch out for the Hogs this season.
4. Mark Richt. Todd Grantham was a great hire.
5. Houston Nutt. Loses points for 2009 season.
6. Steve Spurrier. Are the Gamies ever going to win nine games?
7. Les Miles. A lot of luster has dropped off The Hat.
8. Joker Phillips. Savvy guy who is a big reason Kentucky has turned it around.
9. Gene Chizik. I may have been wrong about him but let’s see this year.
10. Dan Mullen. Good start, but jury is still out.
11. Derek Dooley. A 4-8 record last year didn’t make itself up.
12. Bobby Johnson. I understand the pitfalls but last year was pathetic.