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It appears we're headed that way, Rusty. Smart has seen his salary jump by about 200 percent since 2008, so why not?
Oh, I don't think it would be something UA/Saban would make public (like Mack did with Muschamp). Hence, the inclusion of
"(without actually saying it)" in my comments. As for what kind of job Smart would be willing to take, it's looking like a very small pool of jobs. Probably have to be something along the lines of what Muschamp left Texas for. When/if he leaves, it'll be for a place where he knows he can attract elite talent and win. He's got the luxury of sitting tight until a slamdunk gig opens up.
This post was edited by Travis Reier 17 months ago
That's what I'm thinking. Keep him at the top of the DCs base-wise and go from there.
I personally believe that we're already down to the elite jobs of the college football world & would be hard pressed to see him leave for any non-SEC job that isn't either Texas, OU, FSU or USC.
Obviously an Ohio State or Michigan would typically make that list, as well, but I just have a difficult time envisioning a high level coach, who's been brought up learning all about the importance of recruiting, taking either of those jobs.
This thread is amazing. I feel like I'm reading an internal 247 email chain. Thanks Travis/Lucky/Rusty for sharing your thoughts on this.
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Totally agree Travis. Ticket sales are 100 per going to be a problem (i believe even at schools like Alabama). Amazing technology and decline in discretionary spending is going to put a hurtin' soon. The NFL model of controlling supply and demand for decades is brilliant. Turn seats into suites and stop adding seats... Haha. Stadium expansion is going to bite ADs soon.
This post was edited by Lucky 17 months ago
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Yep. Overbuilt stadiums and wait until the playoff starts. How many fans are going to be able to afford season tickets/travel and then pull off the SEC title game, national semi and national final in succession? It's the ticket bubble.
if they don't play the semi's at a home stadium (and even if they do) they will be very poorly attended IMO...only those with corporate perks (giveaways), locals picking up cheap tickets would attend. I can't see forking out the coin for one ever, regardless of location...game is meaningless in the grand scheme of things.
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Keeping Smart as long as we can is just----eerrrr----well------smart
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def agree with both points. BB is one of the most underrated coaches in America, IMHO...let's get him on a lifetime plan...
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They will probably resemble an ACC or Big10 championship game - I really am surprised they went that route, when it seems they could have allowed sponsors to just bid for those games and let them be played on-campus. It can/could still be the Nokia or Discover Semi-Final @ Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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This is what I'm hoping for.
I was just gonna ask this question: Do you think USCe or Clempson are possibilities?
Not to mention I don't think they could go public with it.
If you recall when the HC-in waiting thing was the cool think to do at Texas, FSU, UK and Maryland (wow did they screw that one up with ditching Friegen, refusing to hire Franklin and instead got Mr. Popular Edsell) the NCAA brought out new rules with HCIW. They said something along the line that whatever recruiting rules that were in place for the head coach would now apply to the HCIW. So any school would be foolish to name a HCIW because of those recruiting restrictions.
So if Mal did think Smart should be the guy to lead us post Saban, then it would be wink-wink behind closed doors indication. Nothing formal, nothing public and nothing put into stone.
personally, I don't believe so...USCe facilities are not up to par, IMO, with the elite SEC schools (unless you are talking baseball), and there is nothing appealing about Columbia, SC unless you are an iguana that loves heat and humidity. Clemson I suppose might be a possibility, but, again IMO, CU is cheap, and I don't believe they would give the kind of control to him he will demand...I also believe recruiting at both these schools would be tough in that, #1 they compete against one another in a small state with talent that is not consistently deep year in and year out, #2 the next best place close to them is GA and it's tough to pull talent from there with UGA and Bama virtually owning the top talent there.
I agree with TR and Lucky.
I don't want to see Saban retire-ever...but I think if he does anytime soon...Smart is the front-runner
All while Grantham is an underachiever. Lol at Georgia
I would like to retain Kirby and then hand him the keys when Saban leaves. There's no sense in letting him run a program elsewhere. He's got Sabans philosophy and phone number. He'll do great here.
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