Bowl season is right around the corner in college football. The climax, at the end of the season, does not include bowls for some schools; it includes replacing and moving on from their current head coach. This year could be one of the more interesting coaching carousels in recent memory. No conference will be immune, no matter how strong they think they are. Do you hear me talking, SEC? Here are a few predictable and maybe not so obvious coaching changes for this off-season. Get your applications ready.
Will Muschamp — Florida Gators
While this one may be somewhat obvious at this point, what is not so obvious is getting throttled by a Vanderbilt Commodores squad in something other than an academic competition. The Gators opened up their backyard for a party and the Commodores didn’t even stick around to help clean up. Vandy ended a 22 game losing streak to the Gators and notched their first road win in the series since 1945. The Gators are a lock to miss the postseason with the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida State Seminoles remaining on the schedule. The Gators will likely finish at 5-7 and Muschamp should be looking for a new job. I wonder if the Florida AD, Jeremy Foley, still has Ron Zook in his contact list?
Les Miles — LSU Tigers
Having spent seven years in the Bayou State I can attest to the expectations that Tigers’ fan have grown accustomed to. LSU competes for SEC titles and National Championships so this season cannot be classified as a loser. However, the Tigers sit at 7-3 and still have a dangerous Texas A&M Aggies team coming to Baton Rouge to test their “still growing” defense. What has the fans worried is that this pond is stocked with NFL talent. Both Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are projected to go in the upper rounds of the NFL Draft. The lack of competing for a NC this season even though this is the best offensive team during his tenure, coupled with a history of high profile off the field embarrassments, may lead to an opening with the Bayou Bengals.
Mack Brown — Texas Longhorns
If we thought that football in the southeast was big, we should all move to Texas and get a taste of what it means to be die-hard. Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the pressure to win. Brown and the Longhorns have not woken up from their dream season in 2009. Fast forward a few years and Vince Young, Colt McCoy and a gaggle of NFL talent have left Austin. Brown has gone a MAC-like 28-18 since winning the BCS. Texas fans are used to their team moving the ball and scoring gobs of points. During their championship teams they were perennially ranked in the top 20 in total offense. The last few years have seen the Horns as low as 76th. Boosters and fans alike are chumming the waters for a new coach in Austin.