"It's not luck, it's random bursts of talent." - Gage Robinson
The fact is that if you think Saban gives two rips about that garbage fire, you underestimate his targets these days. LSU and TAMU are the teams standing in our way. Florida, Georgia, and USC loom on the other side. Those are the competition. Notre Dame looks like they're poised to consistently be waiting in the wings every few years too, using a model very similar to our own. Auburn isn't even a blip on the radar. He's shut them out twice and beat them by at least 4 touchdowns 3 times.
Kirby is very Smart. I just wonder how the NCAA investigators will feel about the "in family" hire of Malzahn.
I wonder what they'll think when a good deal of that staff is kept on board.
For what it's worth I posted this on another thread earlier and I think I'm right...
"Personally I think he would not have taken the Auburn job even if they offered him 5 million a year because it is a total no win for him.
First of all there's the possibility of pending NCAA trouble.
Secondly, I truly believe he would have tried to implement the Saban process he has learned under. That mind set may have scared off the majority of players on their current team.
Thirdly, in order to implement that process you have to recruit great players, that simple. THAT takes time. AUBURN, obviously doesn't give coaches very much time.
Fourthly, I think he truly believes, as I do, that he will be our next head coach. Why in the world would you jeopardize that possibility by jumping from an Air Craft Carrier to a sinking canoe?
All that said....you still gotta listen to what other folks have to say.
What I take from a day: Arkansas and Auburn had critical "turning point" hires because the expansion environment has shaken up the pecking order in this division and the SEC at large.
Arkansas doubled down on the power run game and defense in an effort to become more like the traditional contenders.
Auburn decided on becoming the Texas Tech of the SEC.
I stated on another thread that Malzahn's peer group for the foreseeable future is the Mississippi schools.....see who can get in the Independence Bowl. aTm has taken the place of both Arkansas and Auburn as a team that can get to Atlanta every 6 years. I do not know much about the Arkansas hire other than Wisconsin always looks pretty solid to me and seems to always be one of the more physical teams, so Arkansas should get back up to mid pack quickly after they recruit on defense a couple of years
If I was a coach, I would much rather follow a defensive minded head coach than an offensive one. The former takes longer to build but it is more solid, the latter can leave you in a real bind, as Smith found out. It can all come down fast.
I think Kirby is taking the UGA or Alabama job unless something impressive opens up outside the SEC. Of course, it depends on who retires first: Richt or Saban.
I know one of the guys I work with pretty close has never liked him.
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