We’re now in what is called the “silly season” of college football. Coaches are fired, and hirings begin with fans trying to watch for every possible sign of their favorite next coach being hired, whether that be by tracking plane flights through Flightaware, social media photos of celeb coaches, athletic directors or anyone that looks like them at airports, you name it.
I’m watching what’s going on... Sunday I spent the entire day watching twitter for updates, and smoking a turkey. Well, okay, I spent a couple hours smoking the turkey because we go to our neighbors place for Thanksgiving, and she makes the turkey so my house doesn’t have leftovers. Turkey is 79 cents a pound at Cub Foods - around Thanksgiving - that is remarkably cheap for meat. We typically buy a couple of them at least, so I can freeze them and smoke them later. I also happen to be that guy who uses the carcass to make soup.
This is what I woke up to.
OK, it’s late. Wee hours musings.. but the Scott Frost @Huskers “homecoming” front has been REAL quiet lately. TOO quiet. Deft bobbing and weaving. How much longer until the lid comes off?— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) November 26, 2017
Wooooooooo Scott Frost.
Seriously. About this - there are about, oh, maybe 3-5 people who know what’s happening with Frost. Maybe (MAYBE) his parents. Maybe (MAYBE) Bill Moos. Maybe a lawyer. No one else. This is a deal worth millions - so who is going to screw it up? Hopefully nobody by talking about it.
So screw your contacts. They know NOTHING. These “done deal” things are coming from a select source of people. And they don’t know either, they’re just well connected and hopeful.
Todd Graham at Arizona State was fired... and look at the deal he gets!
UPDATE: Todd Graham’s buyout is $12.3 million that is his, won’t be offset by any new job, per @ByBerkowitz. Incredibly irresponsible deal.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 26, 2017
And then there was this stupid crap about Tom Osborne calling Scott Frost, telling him it was time to “come home”
While that still might happen, a source told FootballScoop last night, Tom Osborne called Frost yesterday and told him it was time to come home. We were told Frost understood the message.
These are the same people who said Nebraska was going to hire BERT the last time around... that article references this tweet by NFL dude Gil Brandt.
I remember this tweet because my response to Brandt was very specific. I told him to go fuck himself, because this is just an incredibly dumb tweet from a guy who is well known and respected, and obviously doing BERT’s agent a favor.
I digress. Back to yesterday...
That tweet about Osborne lead to denials by Osborne in Nebraska’s media because Sipp always has OZ on speed dial.
Tom Osborne tells me he hasn't asked Scott Frost to "come home." Hasn't talked to Frost this weekend. But Osborne says he obviously would welcome Frost as Husker H.C. “Well, I hold Scott in high regard. He’s a great coach. I’d just leave it at that.”— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) November 26, 2017
Story with more details from sources on Florida targeting Dan Mullen as the next Gators coach. https://t.co/tGP0lL5m9z— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 26, 2017
Because this happened before that did:
And well this did too.
Official: Texas A&M University Director of Athletics Scott Woodward has relieved Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin of all duties effective immediately. Assistant Coach Jeff Banks will serve as interim head coach.— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) November 26, 2017
If that ain’t all... because there are idiots in athletic departments signing contracts all over the place. I’m not talking about Sumlin here... I’m talking about an Athletic Director being out-maneuvered and crushed while bargaining.
Kevin Sumlin's $10.4 million buyout doesn't get any smaller if he takes another coaching job.— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) November 26, 2017
and oh also it's due to him within 60 days https://t.co/LzkjaSF7bX
Then something happened at Tennessee. They tried to hire Greg Schiano. Then everything exploded.
Greg Schiano is currently concerned with the climate of the Tennessee fan base and the reaction towards reports of his contract being finalized at Tennessee. The deal may not get finalized.— Dan Harralson (@danharralson) November 26, 2017
Tennessee has a big rock where they can write wrong things that need to be righted.
Goodness, check out The Rock on Tennessee’s campus pic.twitter.com/R9EwVGVGkh— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) November 26, 2017
Some see this as a smoke screen. Morality over coaching. We’ll come back to this.
The narrative that Tennessee fans don’t want Greg Schiano b/c of Sandusky connection & not b/c of his 28-48 Big East/11-21 NFL record is laugh out loud hilarious https://t.co/9Lr7do9xtA— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) November 26, 2017
Florida found their coach.
Sources: Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen has reached agreement to become Florida’s coach— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 26, 2017
Here's where we are:— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) November 26, 2017
Oregon State coaches, minus Cory Hall, must work from home starting no later than Tuesday night.
All have been told their contracts, which run through next season, will be honored.
OSU hopes new coach will be installed by early next week; he picks personnel.
In an absolutely crazy sport, Tennessee fans potential torpedoing a football coaching hire would be about as wild as it can get.— Future Tennessee Head Coach (@PaulMyerberg) November 26, 2017
Mississippi State acknowledge that Mullen is in fact leaving.. for another SEC school. That is crazy in itself.
Mississippi State president Mark Keenum just released this statement. pic.twitter.com/gUKbfMhNKZ— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) November 26, 2017
Then the whole Schiano to Tennessee thing blew up in their faces.
I am told Tennessee was going to have a press conference tonight to announce the hiring of Schiano but canceled it due to protests. Unsure if it will be rescheduled tomorrow or if the deal has fallen through. One prominent booster wasn't happy with Schiano hire.— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) November 26, 2017
SOURCES: There is some talk going on now between Greg Schiano's reps & #Tennessee about an exit strategy of what has become a very volatile situation. Paperwork was in progress. “They’ve spooked them all,” said a source. "It's a hot mess."— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 27, 2017
Meanwhile, the CFL Grey Cup happened and it was fun and exciting!
The Greg Schiano to Tennessee deal is dead. Following a public outcry among fans and state politicians, Tennessee backed out of a memorandum of understanding with Schiano that had been signed earlier in the day by both parties.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) November 27, 2017
SOURCES: Interim #OleMiss HC Matt Luke is expected to be named the permanent head coach. OM is having a staff meeting at 815 PM tonight.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 27, 2017
I came up with our prayer for the week. Or year. Or our lives.
dear lord baby jesus please let scott frost chose to coach at nebraska next season lest my fanbase degenerate themselves into angry mobs, neighbors against neighbors, destroying themselves and everything they hold dear— CornNation (@CornNation) November 27, 2017
Mullen is headed to Florida. Nice looking family.
But let’s go back.
Why did this whole Tennessee thing happen?
It happened because one guy, already a questionable dirtbag, decided that he’d like to throw some bullshit on the situation. “May Have” is the key phrase here. “MAY HAVE” killed five hookers. It’s about the same thing.
Greg Schiano is a disaster of a hire for Tennessee. John Currie should resign if that’s his actual decision. Guy may have covered up child rape at Penn State. I would 1 billion % rather have Lane Kiffin back. Leach would also be better. So would Bobby Petrino. Just awful.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 26, 2017
What we’re seeing here is the same thing that’s happened in politics. People tweet stuff that is partially true (MAYBE), but contains just enough bullshit for people to go batshit insane. They have destroyed themselves over a perceived morality play.
Is Schiano a guy who “may have” covered up child rape. Yes, he MAY HAVE. Then again, probably not. Read the following by Dan Wetzel, who covered the Penn State Sandusky issues closerly.
In their effort to keep Tennessee from hiring Greg Schiano, fans dug up allegations tying him to the Penn State-Sandusky scandal — claims that were never proven.
If you don’t want to read the whole thing, just search for the word “deposition”. Schiano is mentioned. That’s it. That’s like you being a potential suspect in a murder case because your neighor was murdered and you once yelled at him because his dog pooped in your yard.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Make his phone blow up and voice your displeasure. pic.twitter.com/RwNF1eZs2Z— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 26, 2017
That ass that tweeted this stuff has not deleted them. Why? Because he knows that it only makes him more famous. He wants that Skip Bayless money. It doesn’t matter if what he says is true or not... things “may have” happened. If there’s a riot, all the better. Fame, fortune, money. That’s what counts.
Twitter is now weaponized, just like in politics, for college football. Just like our current POTUS who tweets bullshit. If you’re on his side, you’re all for it. If you’re not, then he’s a liar.
Nobody really cares anymore what the truth is, they just use it for their personal gain, especially the people who understand that there is this place on earth where no one cares where your soul is, they only care at what level Mercedes you drive and how big your house is.
You might be thinking... well, that’s the South. They’re all crazy there. That can’t happen to us. You might think the same about Tennessee. Or Florida.
You’d like to think we were better than this as humans. We are not.
There is nothing new under the sun ( Ecclesiastes 1:9).
We are the same humans we’ve always been, willing to throw people to the lions and fight each other for our entertainment. Perhaps this is not shocking, but it is sad.
It is sad that one jackass has turned college football into this. Now more will follow. And no one will care.