Same. Alabama will still be Alabama without him, and we have no idea how good he really is. IMO, the only bad thing about losing him to TX is the boost that this will give Sark in this recruiting cycle. A lot of kids will want to play with Manning at QB. Name recognition is a powerful thing.Not sour grapes - I've posted this before - but if his last name wasn't Manning there'd be far less hype.
Lived in Dallas Metroplex for 7 years and went to Austin two times for games. Like a lot of big metro areas in Texas there were just too many people there to enjoy it. Horrible traffic (there are jokes about I-35 and how they'll still be working on it when the Lord comes back) and just getting out of a parking deck and into the stadium and trying to beat the traffic out made me never want to return to Austin again. Yeah, there's good food and if you're into drinking there's that, but I WOULD NOT consider Austin a great college town. JMOI didn’t say one way or the other. But the comment was that he was looking for a great college town. I wouldn’t call Austin a college town.
I've never been to Austin, but I just have a problem calling any place that's the state capital and has a population just shy of one million a great college town. Tuscaloosa, Oxford, Auburn, Happy Valley...those are great college towns. Take the college away and the town dries up...that's a great college town.Yeah, there's good food and if you're into drinking there's that, but I WOULD NOT consider Austin a great college town. JMO
He would have started immediately at jawja...On to something here I think. At Bama, he'd compete against Milroe, Simpson, and Holstein. He'll probably start right away at TX as far as I can tell.
It was an interesting thought, but I could never really imagine a Manning at Bama. Just glad the drama's over such as it was.
In addition to being what to do by boosters, now Sark has to deal with the Mannings...FWIW, I like our 2023 QB room as is. I think Manning and his celebrity family could easily have been a team disruption so I'm not losing a bit of sleep over his opting for tu. (I reserve "UT" for Tennessee.)
I agree, the media distraction of having a QB named Manning could be problematic. I remember after Tebow was released from the Broncos, Peter King was saying that teams would not take him as a backup, not because he couldn't be a serviceable backup, but because they didn't want the media distraction of having Tebow on the team. It just wasn't worth it. I'm sure Arch Manning will be a fine college QB and maybe make the NFL, but I think his last name has a lot to do with his hype.FWIW, I like our 2023 QB room as is. I think Manning and his celebrity family could easily have been a team disruption so I'm not losing a bit of sleep over his opting for tu. (I reserve "UT" for Tennessee.)
I think family history played a role at some level. The Mannings aren’t Alabama people. Could be dead wrong don’t think the kid was ever coming to Alabama.Texas with Sark and Bama with O'Brien for QB development.
I doubt that O'Brien is still with us next season, so I can see why he chose them.
I also did not want to see Peyton and Eli walking the sidelines with bama gear on either. Especially, Peyton. I still don't care for him.I may be in the minority but I'm glad the circus won't be in T'Town. Wish the kid well but we'll be fine without all of that.