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Matt Bush-USA TODAY SportsForty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football, where pink slips are flying:FIRST QUARTER THE SEC SAUSAGE FACTORY ROARS BACK INTO ACTION Last year at this time, the famously impatient and demanding Southeastern Conference did an amazing thing—it fired none of its coaches. All 14 who led programs in 2018 led…

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Final Twelve months today, the famously impatient and stressful Southeastern Convention did a good thing—it fired none of its coaches. All 14 who led functions in 2018 led the connected functions in 2019.

This Twelve months the league is working stressful to avoid losing up for that benevolent lapse. Three coaches were fired, two of them by their alma maters. Three others own survived no topic vocal fan criticism. And there almost completely can be coordinator bloodletting in a pair of locales.

Doubtlessly the most impartial SEC firing became as soon as basically the most most in style: Mississippi (1) canned Riot alum Matt Luke Sunday. It wasn’t a surprise because Luke became as soon as some style of accomplished coach; his file declined from 6–6 to 5–7 to 4–eight in three seasons, and he became as soon as appropriate 6–18 within the SEC. The surprise generated from the tag of what it would take to purchase out Luke and his crew, which included lengthy-length of time contracts for coordinators Prosperous Rodriguez and Mike MacIntyre.

That buyout quantity has been reported at wherever from $12 million to $17 million—a gigantic quantity for a college like Ole Pass over. But the Rebels are ready to pay it, most doubtless because of terror in regards to the quantity of players stated to be ready to switch out of this system—and even because of competition for the length of the league for a focused next coach.

(We’ll have the opportunity to find to him in a minute.)

The news of Luke’s firing completely got here as a surprise to Luke himself, who reportedly became as soon as on an in-residence talk over with with a recruit when he learned he became as soon as terminated. Which seems to be as if a normal Ole Pass over roughly pass.

Beyond tag tag, the outlandish thing about Luke’s dismissal is that it runs counter to feedback made lately by most in style Ole Pass over AD Keith Carter to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: “I mediate our soccer program is headed in a gigantic course. I’m so inflamed about Coach Luke. He is our coach. We would possibly perhaps well not be more inflamed in regards to the opportunity we now own next week in Starkville.”

Ah, sure. That opportunity in Starkville.

It ended with Rebels receiver Elijah Moore lifting his leg and shedding the Egg Bowl in an legend flourish of tragicomic grandstanding. The ripple enact from Moore’s faux urine puddle is a puny bit much less hilarious now, because it it sounds as if played a allotment in masses of coaches shedding their jobs. Which would possibly perhaps well also save the total episode the last SEC soccer fable.

A day earlier than Luke became as soon as nuked, Missouri (2) purchased rid of alum Barry Odom after 4 seasons. Odom departed with a 25–25 file, thirteen–19 within the SEC, having failed to determine on up sizable with 12,000-yard profession passer Drew Lock in his first three seasons and a indubitably easy schedule in his fourth.

The Tigers started 5–3 this Twelve months no topic being preferred by more than a landing in all of those first eight video games.

These two moves follow the early November firing of Chad Morris at Arkansas (3), after decrease than two seasons. Morris became as soon as an underwhelming rent after a mediocre urge at SMU, then grew to change into out to be even worse than anticipated by going 4–18 and failing to determine on up an SEC sport.

In varied locations within the league, Joe Moorhead barely survived at Mississippi Snort (4), Derek Mason became as soon as controversially retained at Vanderbilt (5) and Will Muschamp held onto his job at South Carolina (6). Moorhead has coached the Bulldogs for two seasons, Muschamp has led the Gamecocks for 4, Mason at Vandy for six.

So whenever you’re scoring at residence, Luke became as soon as whacked after 36 video games, Odom purchased 50 and Morris purchased 22. Moorhead became as soon as almost let lumber after 25. Muschamp has made it to 51. Mason has lasted for seventy 4. The latter three will all open 2020 on basically the most fashioned of sizzling seats.

These are stressful jobs. They are competing against functions with most well-known inherent advantages, and major breakthroughs are in total short-lived. (Missouri’s two SEC East titles in 2013–14 and South Carolina’s in 2010 had been largely the implications of underachieving from the vitality functions in that division, and all three of them ended in emphatic defeat within the league championship video games.)

However the expectations are easy there, and, if anything else, rising bigger the total time. The patience SEC colleges exhibited this time closing Twelve months became as soon as a blip, an irregularity. It’s now encourage to merciless business as traditional.

Right here’s what coaches join on this league. One day your AD is firmly within the encourage of you; the following a sophomore large receiver pretends he’s a canines peeing and you’re gone. Moderately a profession.


The object that would indubitably flip the carousel on its ear is if all three SEC colleges now hunting for coaches are attempting to land the connected man—none varied than the incorrigible Lane Kiffin (7) his gain self. There are studies and/or speculation that he’s on the radar of the Razorbacks, Tigers and Rebels. And if Mississippi Snort had opened, he would possibly perhaps well also need been within the mix there as effectively.

Kiffin is the sizzling mess of a gigantic mannequin soccer executives appropriate can’t appear to withstand. He’s been fired by the Oakland Raiders and USC Trojans in old lives, and in between those gigs made a uncomfortable resolution to jilt Tennessee after one season. As offensive coordinator at Alabama he became as soon as suggested to take a hike within the heart of the College Football Playoff by Prick Saban, because his mind became as soon as on his next job and now not on playoff business. The gradual SEC commissioner Mike Slive couldn’t stand Kiffin all the scheme through his Twelve months at Tennessee.

Kiffin went to Florida Atlantic to rehab his image, and he’s done some successful while there—he’s 25–thirteen and will play for his second Convention USA title in three seasons this week. The memory of him drawing up gorgeous performs for Alabama about a years within the past easy lingers within the heads of SEC administrators. He has the unctuous enchantment to crush it on the recruiting path.

However Kiffin additionally has a map of unveiling that he’s easy a 15-Twelve months-broken-down smartass at coronary heart. Esteem after a loss to Marshall in October, when he tweeted a picture of ostensibly blind soccer officials being led by seeing-behold canines—and tagged the C-USA place of work within the tweet. That earned him an even and public reprimand.

Know this mighty: Kiffin is extremely in getting encourage into a Energy 5 job, and he’s an aggressive flirt who will work any and all publicity to his income. So we’ll behold how mighty of the Sunday Kiffin smoke is coming from exact SEC fires, reasonably than a smoke machine in Boca Raton.

A Kiffin return to the league would completely up the drama ingredient. Kiffin at Ole Pass over would be flatly hilarious, since his brother Chris literally this week is coming off a two-Twelve months indicate-trigger penalty from the NCAA for violations he dedicated … while an assistant at Mississippi.


At Tennessee two years within the past, the fans mobilized to preserve up their faculty from hiring Greg Schiano (eight). It purchased grotesque. The fans acquired.

Now at Rutgers, the fans mobilized to avoid losing their faculty rent Schiano. It purchased grotesque. The fans acquired.

Being guided by mob mentality is most frequently now not amongst the correct practices of executives to blame of hiring. However in point of fact, Rutgers purchased the correct man it most doubtless would possibly perhaps well also own landed for its disastrous soccer program. No idea why Schiano wished to take on the scenario of the toughest Energy 5 job now not named Vanderbilt, but he did and he’s.

No longer decrease than he purchased an eight-Twelve months contract, in conjunction with some vagueness about “wanting into” constructing a most modern soccer facility. Possibilities of rekindling the magic of earlier this century, when he acquired like no one has ever acquired at Rutgers, seem a ways-off—that became as soon as the Mammoth East, this is the Mammoth Ten East. However Schiano will carry rapid credibility and connections to the native recruiting ground, which is now being robotically looted by Ohio Snort, Michigan, Penn Snort and Notre Dame.

One mob’s reject is yet every other mob’s savior. College soccer is a uncommon map.


Whereas we wait to behold what Florida Snort (9) goes to enact—the scuttlebutt is voluminous and inconclusive—there is a likelihood that fired Seminoles coach Willie Taggart would possibly perhaps well also land on his feet on the map where he had his perfect success.

South Florida (10) fired Charlie Strong Sunday after appropriate three seasons—yet every other immediate hook for an African-American coach. Strong’s file had declined sharply, going from 17–2 in his first 19 video games at USF to 4–14 over his closing 18. Since leaving Louisville, where he went 37–15 and acquired the Sugar Bowl, Strong struggled through three years at Texas and three at USF with a mixed file of 37–37.

Could perhaps the Bulls strive their gain version of the Schiano-Rutgers reunion with Taggart? He became as soon as there from 2013–16, constructing impressively from 2–10 to 4–eight to eight–5 to eleven–2.

If Taggart does find the USF job it can perhaps also save Florida Snort loads of buyout money. The college’s termination settlement with Taggart is refined by the truth that he never signed a proper contract, but financial terms indicate a buyout of about $18 million. On the different hand, if Taggart enters into “subsequent employment” this can offset the quantity of the buyout, in step with the Tampa Bay Events.

What exactly constitutes “subsequent employment” can be as a lot as most well-known appropriate debate. However yet every other FBS head-instructing job would possibly perhaps well also put of dwelling Florida Snort free—or no lower than save its buyout price much less scandalously monumental.