Thursday, April 24, 2008

Spurrier on the Hot Seat???

The The Dead Guy's SEC site has a interesting post concerning the Fox Sports article about 20 burning questions about the 2008 college football season.

The Question that stuck out to me was #7 on the list. It asks -

Which coaches will be on the hot seat if the team doesn't meet expectations?

It says -

Charlie Weis, Mike Stoops, Steve Spurrier, Tommy Bowden, Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno. Ok, those last two coaches will never be fired, and rightfully so. But there will be discontented whispers, and that may cause a new opening in the Athletic Department to come up, if the Nits and the 'Noles don't have winning seasons and/or a bowl berth. Or the conduct of their players continues to be a sore spot. Weis has already been explained in question #14, and Mike Stoops is sharing the hot seat with him. Simply put, Arizona hasn't improved, and it looks like Stoops' real talent- that of a DC- would be better served back in Norman, Oklahoma. Steve Spurrier has been put on the hot seat because when you are making as many millions as he is, dropping five straight games after reaching #6 doesn't cut it. Throw in some questionable discipline techniques, four years to rebuild, and you have a seat dialed up to hot. Tommy Bowden's record is very good at Clemson; 87-46. Heck, he was even coach of the year in 2006. But when are we going to move past the Champs Sports Bowl, Chick-fil-A bowl and the Music City Bowl? The Tigers are loadedthis year, and there is no excuse for them not to be in a BCS bowl. None.

So I ask you - do you think it is just to to even place Spurrier's name in the mix of "being on the hot seat?" I guess what I am asking is if Spurrier delivers the gamecock faithful another 6-6 season would the AD department begin to think of life after Spurrier?

I don't think Spurrier is "on the hot seat;" we gotta understand what he was left with and in today's football world it takes more than 5 years to turn a team around, especially in the SEC. I agree the expectations are high but we also got to realize what we got and who we are up against....give Steve-O some time people and we will work his "black magic."


Anonymous said...

i was calling for his head after the 18-0 home loss against uga...

Then again i was pretty drunk...

gowens said...

5 years to rebuild a program is ridiculous. Look at coaches who came in and turned things around much quicker with possibly less resources. I think he should be on the hot seat if we dont go to a better than average bowl.

A few coaches who come to mind who built programs or keep them going in less than 5 years.

1. Ron Zook - Illinois
2. Dennis Erickson - Arizona State
3. Jeff Jagodzinski - BC
4. Brian Kelly - Cincinnati
5. Urban Meyer - Florida
6. Les Miles - LSU

Thats just to name a few. Hell even Skip Holtz can be added to the list.

Anonymous said...

LSU, Florida and BC had really good teams in place when the new coach came in to year 1 so I disagree but yes they have kept it going...much easier to keep a well oiled machine going that too build a new one!! Holtz left Spurrier with not a whole lot and USC is just getting to a point where we actually have a 2nd string and a 3rd in some positions not too mention some senior leadership...also look at some of Spurrier's recurits the first couple of years they did not pan out...give him one would have guessed we would start 07 at 6-1 but also no one would guess we would be 6-6 to end the is all just starting.

I agree with ASU, Cinncy and especially Ill....keep in mind if Florida had patience it would be Zook leading UF but they got impatient.

Any who back to cow tippin'