As a result of SEC-Huge XII match-up of Vanderbilt versus Missourah’s postponement, that is an unprecedented third mail bag between video games. Huzzah?
Since VU doesn’t play this week, my query is about Them. If They arrive on West Finish on Nov. twenty eighth with just one extra win (i.e., 3) then they’ve now, which is completely believable given the rest of their schedule, is Pruitt taking part in for his job at that time? If VU defeats UT, is that the catalyst for UT to fireside not solely Pruitt, however maybe additionally Fulmer?
Andrew VU ‘04: (crosses fingers; blows out birthday candles; pulls out eyelash; sees capturing star)
Tom Stephenson: Whereas I don’t one hundred pc consider the narrative that Everyone Is Secure From Firing As a result of Of The Pandemic (as a result of, like, have you ever met SEC boosters?), I believe on this case, Tennessee is totally going to make use of it as a pretext for preserving Pruitt. In spite of everything, he did simply signal an extension after final season. See, we’re not the one ones who signal coaches to essentially silly contract extensions.
Stanimal: Aren’t THEY nonetheless paying Butch to be Saban’s intern? I is likely to be two years too late. Don’t assume THEY will make a training change however the seat will get means hotter.
DoreonthePlains: Pruitt’s extension runs by way of the 2025 season and is price $4.2M per 12 months. The small print of a possible buyout haven’t been launched to my data. Even at 50% of his remaining wage (a low estimate for such an early termination), the “college” would owe him $10.5M. Asparagus Boy is probably going secure until he goes 2-8, however going 3-7 with a number of blowout losses down the stretch may let him be part of Butch Jones within the “paid to not work” line. They did lastly pay Dooley off although, proper?
I’ve heard of one thing referred to as “soccer”. A lot of my outdated highschool mates who attended numerous massive state schools within the South are all the time speaking about this with a bunch of groups referred to as the S-E-C. These mates additionally consistently make enjoyable of me for realizing nothing about soccer and inform me it may by no means be performed at a faculty like Vanderbilt. Are you able to inform me extra about this “soccer” and whether or not it’s viable for it to be performed at Vanderbilt?
Andrew VU ‘04: I consider we name it “Soccer” within the Colonies. And no.
Tom Stephenson: From Wikipedia:
I’m assuming primarily based on our kicking recreation that it isn’t viable to be performed at Vanderbilt.
Stanimal: (Loud night breathing on the sofa)………….wah wah? Do I nonetheless write for Vanderbilt Sports activities Line? Is James Franklin nonetheless the coach?
DoreonthePlains: I’m not certain anybody can argue towards the viability of a program that received the SEC common season championship 2 years in the past and received its division final season. How are you unaware of Haley Hopkins, Madison Elwell, and firm? It’s not just like the recaps of the video games go up at actually bizarre hours…
What sort of coach do you like to switch Mason? Head coach at a G5 program, profitable OC, profitable DC, or high recruiter from a serious program however doubtlessly not a coordinator (Dabo is the one man who instantly involves thoughts the place this labored), Nadia Harvin, or one thing else I’m not pondering of. Additionally would you typically favor an offensive or defensive-oriented coach given each our roster and and what the opposite SEC groups are doing?
Andrew VU ‘04: Give me Nadia Harvin, Jamey Chadwell, or some younger up-and-comer (they might be a head coach at a small college, a profitable OC, or perhaps a decrease degree staffer who interviews properly, like when Andy Reid was GB’s QB coach, or Jon Harbaugh was the particular groups coach in Philly earlier than taking their first HC jerbs). Primarily what I need is somebody with an in depth plan, who thrives in a problem, and who can discuss anybody into operating by way of a wall for them. I need them to be sensible, perhaps even a little bit conceited, with a degree of satisfaction approaching hubris. Maybe a bald fellow making an attempt to get out of the sizable shadow of somebody like a Ralph Friedgen—simply off the highest of my head…
Tom Stephenson: So, I’ll preface this by saying that I believe Vanderbilt ought to rent the most effective coach they will discover and never insist on any person checking a bunch of arbitrary bins. That mentioned, I would favor somebody with an offensive background. I don’t assume Vanderbilt can land a coach who’s been a profitable coordinator earlier than piloting his personal G5 program (learn: Billy Napier), so actually the alternatives are between P5 coordinator who’s searching for his first head teaching job and a man who’s at the moment at a G5 college (and even FCS) and has grinded his means up the ranks. I would favor the latter, and the right reply is Jamey Chadwell. As an apart, I don’t perceive the love that many Vanderbilt followers have for Will Healy, largely as a result of Jamey Chadwell is principally a extra profitable model of Will Healy, and why would you could have the much less profitable man as your first selection?
Stanimal: To reply it merely, with the offensive expertise being what it’s, I desire a coach with a strong offensive method. I’m going to order names for now.
DoreonthePlains: However Tooooooom! We may have Membership LIT!
Okay, now that I’m achieved rolling my eyes, I’m a little bit shocked Tom doesn’t assume we may get Billy Napier. Possibly he’s proper. Napier might be in line for a lot greater jobs this offseason or subsequent. Proper now, he’s in all probability on the high of my record with Jamey Chadwell second. The SEC swinging to having so many high-powered offenses means the rent in all probability must be an offensive coach, however it’s potential that an aggressive defensive coach may get my curiosity IF he can persuade me he’s prepared to let an offense do its factor AND has choices already in thoughts for his workers that make me consider him.
In all probability Derek Mason stays for 2021 no matter how this season performs out. Outdoors of marked enchancment in 2021, I believe even Vanderbilt will lower ties with him.
Auburn followers are but once more on the warpath desirous to do away with Gus Malzahn. His buyout this 12 months is over $20 million. If I learn the reported phrases accurately, on the finish of 2021 Auburn would owe him one thing round $15 million to go away. Who is aware of, they may pay it. These large packages don’t appear to thoughts throwing loopy cash round.
Any likelihood in any respect that we replay 2011 and go after Malzahn after subsequent season assuming Auburn cuts him free?
Andrew VU ‘04: No. Typically, it’s not a good suggestion to go after a coach who at the moment has limitless sources and expertise (crootin’ a plethora of 4 and 5 star youngsters, and really getting them to campus), however who repeatedly squanders it, after which giving them fewer sources and expertise, however maintain them in the identical convention. Would he be higher than Mason? All however assuredly. Would he go away the second he acquired any success (even one bowl season)? No doubt. Nonetheless, as I mentioned above, give me Nadia Harvin, Jamey Chadwell, or some younger up-and-comer over Ol’ Gus.
Additionally, if he did specific curiosity, it might solely be to make use of our provide as leverage for his subsequent employer. We’ve been down this street earlier than.
Tom Stephenson: No, as a result of why would you need to coach Vanderbilt when you possibly can go be part of Nick Saban’s military of analysts and gather a buyout examine?
Stanimal: Malzahn’s not going to be a match beneath this administration. They’ll need one thing extra Corbin and fewer Franklin.
DoreonthePlains: Gus Malzahn can be worse than Mason. I’d actually somewhat maintain Mason than rent Malzahn. The flaming tire fireplace that has been the Gus Bus for the reason that magical 2013 season is 64-33 (35-25) at Auburn. He has solely matched Franklin’s 9-4 mark 3 instances in 7 seasons and appears to be on his option to fall properly wanting that in 12 months 8. The expertise hole between Auburn and Vanderbilt is far more than the distinction in leads to 8-4 (5-3) and 5-8* (2-6), even in case you account for the SEC West being tougher than the SEC East most seasons. Hiring Malzahn would make me take a look at as a result of I do know what a cluster can be coming.
*Mason’s common season is definitely 4.5-7.8 (1.7-6.3). The bowl seasons twisted the averages a bit, together with touchdown proper at 4.5.
If Athletics wished to kill the Spirit of Gold, what would they be doing in a different way? Should you had been answerable for the Spirit of Gold, how would you make them higher?
Andrew VU ‘04: Exchange all their devices with Theremins. Each solutions.
Tom Stephenson: In the event that they wished to kill the Spirit of Gold, they might have the opposing workforce’s band play the halftime present at Homecoming. Oh, you mentioned “in a different way”? Properly, I don’t know the reply to that. Anyway, the reply to make them higher is to ship them to multiple street recreation a 12 months as a result of why join the Spirit of Gold if to not get to take street journeys to soccer video games?
Stanimal: They’re not lifeless but? Final I recall a lot of the Spirit of Gold didn’t go to Vanderbilt, however I might be flawed right here…..
DoreonthePlains: Fireplace the brand new band director that’s apparently getting a great deal of reward from these related to the band. Doing so is likely to be the one factor left Vanderbilt may do to make the band much less vital and kill it.
Based mostly on what we’ve seen from the primary 4 weeks, what now looks as if probably the most ‘winnable’ recreation(s) remaining on the schedule? Additionally, what technique would you use to win mentioned recreation?
Andrew VU ‘04: My reply is both workforce from Mississippi, as Mizzourah is the final recreation of the season, and I can’t see us having sufficient wholesome our bodies to compete towards the Huge XII’s most interesting. That they whooped Yellow Shoe doesn’t assist. Oh, and I don’t count on us to beat both Admiral Ackbar or Clanga—they’re simply the one groups we may catch slipping.
Tom Stephenson: Mississippi State has scored one offensive landing within the final two weeks, so I really feel assured that Vanderbilt may be capable of dick-trip their means into successful 14-7.
Stanimal: I agree that Mississippi State is the most certainly. I’m nonetheless not FULLY satisfied about Missouri, however I’ve been flawed about nearly every little thing this 12 months, so in case you’re searching for a legit opinion you’re in all probability within the flawed place.
DoreonthePlains: State is the fast thought. I’m beginning to eye THEM although as a result of they give the impression of being able to fully implode. Additionally, keep watch over Ole Miss’s COVID scenario. There’s an opportunity that recreation will get postponed, however, if not, we may have them significantly weakened. Theoretically, our coaches and gamers have three full weeks to arrange for Ole Miss. I do know the bodily practices have been restricted for some, however it opens some fascinating scheme and gameplanning. I’d nonetheless say State is first with Ole Miss second and a watch on a Knoxville Sinkhole.
What had been/are your favourite AOG rubbish posts? I favored when TSK did an influence ballot, and we’d have a bunch poll and make silly remark solutions.
Andrew VU ‘04: You’re asking the flawed individual, as all of my posts are gold. If I needed to choose one which I really like that didn’t get the eye it deserved (because it was ostensibly an April Idiot’s prank), I’ve acquired to go along with this one. *Observe: That was written properly earlier than Stackhouse (nee the reincarnated from of Anton LaVey) was employed.
Tom Stephenson: Personally, my favourite was this one making an attempt to rationalize Vanderbilt’s choice to retain Bryce Drew, which was revealed roughly half an hour earlier than he was fired.
Stanimal: Hell I’m fairly amazed by all of the posts on right here of late. I’ve actually loved studying all of those guys stuff.
DoreonthePlains: The Corbin-LaVey April Idiot’s submit was unbelievable. The thought of Corbin saying these issues to youngsters had me crying laughing. My favourite rubbish posts are Saturday Predictions when all or most of us go mind lifeless and really have optimism for a win. And an actual one, not only a ethical victory.
I simply began watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. The place has it been my entire life?
Andrew VU ‘04: The present’s been on the air for like 20 years now. I don’t know reply this. HBO? A few of them are in my DVD assortment (again when that was nonetheless a factor to gather)? Both means, take pleasure in. It’s fairly fairly fairly good.
Tom Stephenson: I don’t know. I’ve by no means watched it.
Stanimal: (Insert Larry David inner wrestle over good and dangerous.GIF)
DoreonthePlains: By no means seen it. I don’t watch a lot TV until it’s sports activities associated. The one two non-sports reveals that I can say I’ve made appointment viewing are Supernatural (RIP) and Brokers of SHIELD (additionally, RIP).