High expectations produce high turnover in SEC

Auburn coach Gene Chizik watches from the sidelines during the second half of a 49-0 loss to Alabama in a NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Chizik was fired Sunday after a 3-8 season by Athletic Director Jay Jacobs. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Auburn coach Gene Chizik watches from the sidelines during the second half of a 49-0 loss to Alabama in a NCAA college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Chizik was fired Sunday after a 3-8 season by Athletic Director Jay Jacobs. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coaching in the SEC means taking home some of the biggest paychecks in college football — and managing some of the greatest expectations in the sport.

The Southeastern Conference will play for its seventh consecutive national title this year. As the championship total has increased, so has the pressure to win.

Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee fired their coaches this year. No other league has dismissed more than two coaches thus far.

Volunteers athletic director Dave Hart says, "This league, it's a different world."

Kentucky has filled its vacancy, going with Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops. He replaced Joker Phillips, who went 13-24 in three years.

Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee are still searching.

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asleep#212036 writes:

OK.....?

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

No mention of Jon Gruden?

Am I on the wrong site?

david_light_38230#225602 writes:

Mmm . . . I take it the fella who wrote this isn't from SEC country . . . probably the West coast . . . go figure!!!

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Has there been any report of Hart interviewing anyone? I don't expect him to totally show his hand, but couldn't he let us know he's doing something? Notwithstanding all the Gruden rumors, there has been no credible report that Hart has even attempted to contact Gruden, or Petrino or Tressel. I wish he would at least schedule some interviews. I understand that he has to have permission to talk to any coach under contract, but has he asked for permission to talk to anyone? Besides, the best two available coaches, Petrino and Tressel, are not under contract.

MurfVol77 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Has there been any report of Hart interviewing anyone? I don't expect him to totally show his hand, but couldn't he let us know he's doing something? Notwithstanding all the Gruden rumors, there has been no credible report that Hart has even attempted to contact Gruden, or Petrino or Tressel. I wish he would at least schedule some interviews. I understand that he has to have permission to talk to any coach under contract, but has he asked for permission to talk to anyone? Besides, the best two available coaches, Petrino and Tressel, are not under contract.

Petrino is a BUM and If you want him as the face of our university then there is no hope left for humanity (I understand he is a great coach but as the face of the university well ummm NO) and Tressel has a show-cause penalty we can't afford the scrutiny that trying to hire him would bring from the NCAA. Gruden I too believe he would bring rock star status with him but we all know he wouldnt be here long term. Jimbo Fisher said it right...its never the guy whos in all the rumors. I'm willing to bet it ends up Butch Jones, Larry Fedora or Al Golden. Just my simple opinion.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor believe Gruden a big ole chicken if he not come to the SEC and Tennessee. (in case hes reading lol)
bak bak bak bak bak
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to titletownz:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Witch Doctor say for some reason that make Witch Doctors stomach feel queasy after reading.. ? Witch Doctor say the Florida game was really Dooleys Waterloo....BUT the gators turned out to be better than everyone expect...now Witch Doctor think he gonna throw up for some reason ..? lol
Bones never lie.

Colts_VolFan writes:

I hope the AP didnt pay for that article. If they did I hope they at least got dinner.

GatorHater1998 writes:

I just heard from Ed Butler, a DL from the 1998 championship team. that it will be announced at 2:00 tomorrow that Jon Gruden has been hired as the next volunteers coach.

wallingdad writes:

in response to titletownz:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

good news is relative. just like the difference between comedy and tragedy.

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer hole and die. (Mel Brooks)

VolBy3 writes:

The expectations are real and Saban has some of the highest. He may want to tone them down, at least for a little while, and come on over to the East side and see if he can work his magic. Georgia has steadily improved and Bama has dropped off some while also getting bit by the injury bug. If Georgia wins, Bama won't be happy in the Outback bowl and probably will lose that too. Then we'll finally have that Hart to Saban talk.

All4Vols!!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to GatorHater1998:

I just heard from Ed Butler, a DL from the 1998 championship team. that it will be announced at 2:00 tomorrow that Jon Gruden has been hired as the next volunteers coach.

Witch Doctor figure the earlyist could be this friday;right before the SEC championship. Witch Doctor say they'd have to talk about it and get great PR.right? lol
Bones never lie.

dvhill100 writes:

If you are going to be a bear, be a grizzly. This is the SEC's world, and everyone else is just renting space. New coaches, bring your A game. This is not for the faint of heart.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor believe Gruden a big ole chicken if he not come to the SEC and Tennessee. (in case hes reading lol)
bak bak bak bak bak
Bones never lie.

Come on Witchie, you can do better than that. You been over at Vol Nation too much. You should know that UT is NOT the Holy Grail of College Football. Any coach with a winning record who would take the job would be a great improvement. Gotta crawl before you can walk. Give Hart time, no way he can do worse than Hamilton, is there? Not going to give away his hand before he has his guy. I will support whoever he hires, at least for a little while!

GBO!

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to GatorHater1998:

I just heard from Ed Butler, a DL from the 1998 championship team. that it will be announced at 2:00 tomorrow that Jon Gruden has been hired as the next volunteers coach.

I am announcing at 2:14 tomorrow that I'm becoming a Chinese fighter pilot.
SAME ODDS !

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to VolBy3:

The expectations are real and Saban has some of the highest. He may want to tone them down, at least for a little while, and come on over to the East side and see if he can work his magic. Georgia has steadily improved and Bama has dropped off some while also getting bit by the injury bug. If Georgia wins, Bama won't be happy in the Outback bowl and probably will lose that too. Then we'll finally have that Hart to Saban talk.

All4Vols!!

What are you smoking?

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Vol_in_Mich:

Come on Witchie, you can do better than that. You been over at Vol Nation too much. You should know that UT is NOT the Holy Grail of College Football. Any coach with a winning record who would take the job would be a great improvement. Gotta crawl before you can walk. Give Hart time, no way he can do worse than Hamilton, is there? Not going to give away his hand before he has his guy. I will support whoever he hires, at least for a little while!

GBO!

Witch Doctor can still hope for Gruden. but still support whomever Hart hires. Witch Doctor a dreamer...sorry! lol
Bones never lie.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to titletownz:

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They're raking them in. Rivals has them #2, behind USC. It's just too easy for Florida. Out of 21 commitments, 15 (including 12 4* and 1 5*) are from Florida. Tennessee has 18 commitments, with only 6 being from Tennessee (3 3* and 3 4*).

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to MurfVol77:

Petrino is a BUM and If you want him as the face of our university then there is no hope left for humanity (I understand he is a great coach but as the face of the university well ummm NO) and Tressel has a show-cause penalty we can't afford the scrutiny that trying to hire him would bring from the NCAA. Gruden I too believe he would bring rock star status with him but we all know he wouldnt be here long term. Jimbo Fisher said it right...its never the guy whos in all the rumors. I'm willing to bet it ends up Butch Jones, Larry Fedora or Al Golden. Just my simple opinion.

Petrino, like most of us, made a mistake. In his case, he paid a heavy price. Hopefully he is smart enough to learn from it. As for Fedora, I am a little concerned about his defensive skills cutting it in the SEC. He's obviously a good coach, but the same Ga. Tech team that got beat by MTSU 49-28, beat Fedora's UNC 68-50. Just like UT this year, they had to score a ton of points to beat anybody. Besides Ga Tech, Louisville, Va Tech, Duke, NC State, and Maryland all scored more than 30 points against them. Wake Forest, however, just beat them 28-27, so that was a good game for their defense. I would prefer a good defensive coach, like Charlie Strong or Gary Patterson, to Fedora. We already saw up close this year how a good offensive and bad defensive team competes in the SEC, and I don't want to see a repeat of that.

mrvol2u writes:

in response to Vol_in_Mich:

I am announcing at 2:14 tomorrow that I'm becoming a Chinese fighter pilot.
SAME ODDS !

How do you fly with chopsticks?

not_guilty writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Petrino, like most of us, made a mistake. In his case, he paid a heavy price. Hopefully he is smart enough to learn from it. As for Fedora, I am a little concerned about his defensive skills cutting it in the SEC. He's obviously a good coach, but the same Ga. Tech team that got beat by MTSU 49-28, beat Fedora's UNC 68-50. Just like UT this year, they had to score a ton of points to beat anybody. Besides Ga Tech, Louisville, Va Tech, Duke, NC State, and Maryland all scored more than 30 points against them. Wake Forest, however, just beat them 28-27, so that was a good game for their defense. I would prefer a good defensive coach, like Charlie Strong or Gary Patterson, to Fedora. We already saw up close this year how a good offensive and bad defensive team competes in the SEC, and I don't want to see a repeat of that.

Do we really want as football players, representing our university, young fellows who have been reared by parents who would let Bobby Petrino into their homes?

PUL4VOLS writes:

It'll come whenever it comes. All speculation never hurries anything. We will have a new head coach...that's my prediction.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to not_guilty:

Do we really want as football players, representing our university, young fellows who have been reared by parents who would let Bobby Petrino into their homes?

The sanctimonious fans who have never made a mistake will not be happy with Petrino. Hart won't be able to please everyone. The group I would care least about pleasing would be those sanctimonious fans.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to CantStandCantStandSaban:

No mention of Jon Gruden?

Am I on the wrong site?

LOL

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to VolBy3:

The expectations are real and Saban has some of the highest. He may want to tone them down, at least for a little while, and come on over to the East side and see if he can work his magic. Georgia has steadily improved and Bama has dropped off some while also getting bit by the injury bug. If Georgia wins, Bama won't be happy in the Outback bowl and probably will lose that too. Then we'll finally have that Hart to Saban talk.

All4Vols!!

Can you imagine Saban coming to Tenn? Wow! That would be like having a John Majors who can WIN BIG! He's just as arrogant as Majors.

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Petrino, like most of us, made a mistake. In his case, he paid a heavy price. Hopefully he is smart enough to learn from it. As for Fedora, I am a little concerned about his defensive skills cutting it in the SEC. He's obviously a good coach, but the same Ga. Tech team that got beat by MTSU 49-28, beat Fedora's UNC 68-50. Just like UT this year, they had to score a ton of points to beat anybody. Besides Ga Tech, Louisville, Va Tech, Duke, NC State, and Maryland all scored more than 30 points against them. Wake Forest, however, just beat them 28-27, so that was a good game for their defense. I would prefer a good defensive coach, like Charlie Strong or Gary Patterson, to Fedora. We already saw up close this year how a good offensive and bad defensive team competes in the SEC, and I don't want to see a repeat of that.

With a good defense you are never out of the game. With a bad defense, your opponent is never out of the game. I'll take a coach committed to a good defense please. Sorry Coach Fedora (who also runs an Oregon-type spread offense - yuk!!!), hello Fisher, Golden, or Strong. Go Vols!!!

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