There are four jobs in college football where anything less than a 9-win season should be considered borderline disaster. At Miami, Texas, Southern Cal and UCLA there is simply no excuse for a bad season, not with the amount of talent within a three-hour drive of their campuses.
Buffalo is the latest to do a fascinating impersonation of Roberto Duran. The administration threw up its hands and screamed “no mas!” earlier in the week when Jeff Quinn was pink slipped. His heinous crime? He lost to Eastern Michigan, which is akin to having your tackle football team taken to the woodshed by the powder puff all-stars from the Thursday night Girls Football League down at St. Agnes.
The seventh week of college football means the firing season has officially begun. Sure, three coaches have already found their way to the Extinct Species List, but that’s just a warm up for what’s ahead.
Notre Dame feels your pain Kansas.
Earlier in the week, Kansas pink slipped Charlie Weis to nobody’s surprise. Even at a football Sahara desert like Kansas there is only so much losing you can take. But jettisoning Charlie comes with a price. KU will be paying him the rest of this year and the next two years. Full salary.
From 1993-2001 the defining moment in the SEC season was always the Florida-Tennessee game, usually the third or fourth week of the season in September. Whoever won that game went on to win the SEC East and then turned whoever won the West into a sacrificial lamb.
There haven’t been very many defining moments in the series since then, a series dominated by Florida, which has won the last 10 games.
Here we are, just days away from October and we’ve only had one firing. Okay, technically speaking June Jones (Wink! Wink!) resigned at SMU but are you buying that story? Of course, you’re not. Just like you shouldn’t be buying the story that Will Muschamp is teetering on the verge of a firing.
There is a simple solution for college football’s first Division I playoff. If they really want to bring the best four teams to the table to duke it out for the closest thing we’ve ever had to something that isn’t a mythical national championship, then why not invite the top four teams from the SEC West Division? Of course, they won’t do that because the folks at Oklahoma, Oregon and Florida State would suddenly go into a state of apoplexy, but you can make a strong case that the Southeastern Conference deserves two seats at the Final Four table and both of those teams should be from the SEC West.