Rumbling, Bumbling, Stumbling………..what is up with College Football?
It is so hard to believe some of the issues with College Football. The Coaching Carousel will be firing up shortly, with a few Big Names swirling around. The BCS is just so hard to agree with even when they seem to get it right. We are seeing so many teams go through the ups and downs year after year. What will happen between now and when Bowl Opponents are picked, is anybody’s guess.
I think some of the High Profile Coaches that will be at the front of the line for the carousel will be, Charlie Weis, Bobby Bowden, Rich Rodriguez, and Mark Richt. There will be others I am sure, but these come to mind immediately. There are many Fans/Alumni who aren’t going to be ok with 6-5 or worse. Charlie Weis will be a painful divorce for the Fighting Irish, since he has like 6 years left on his contract. It will probably cost Notre Dame more than $10 Million to release the coach. Bobby Bowden, the 2nd winningest Coach in the top Division of College Football, is another story. He has the right to return if he wants to, which he says that he does. With his long time Defensive Coordinator Mickey Andrews retiring and a Coach in waiting already getting paid big bucks, he should retire gracefully. It has stopped being about Football in Tallahassee. No shame is saying I finished second to the Great Joe Paterno. With Rich Rodriguez finishing with just 1 win in the Big ten and not getting Bowl Eligible, I can’t see the once Proud Wolverines keeping him. Stranger things have happened I guess. There are lots of Coaches to add to this list so feel free.
The BCS will again have some issues, or it appears so. Anything can happen over the next couple of weekends, as we have seen in Seasons past. As it stands there are 6 undefeated teams, 2 one loss teams, and the rest of the top 25 have 2 or 3 losses, respectfully. With Conference Championship games coming up, the picture may get a little clearer. Two of the undefeated teams, TCU and Boise State do not play in a BCS Conference. Florida and Alabama have a date to see who remains unbeaten and get the BCS bid for the National Championship Game. Pittsburgh has the last shot at ruining the Season for the Bearcats of Cincinnati, and propelling themselves into a BCS bowl game. Georgia tech has two tough games left with Inner State rival Georgia, and a potent Clemson Team in the ACC Championship Game on a neutral field in Tampa. Texas should take care of business and win the Big 12 Championship. With 2 weeks of games to play it will be interesting to see what happens.
The Rise and Fall of the Men of Troy, The Tarnishing of the Gold Dome, The Broken Arrow in the Sunshine State, The Wolverines are an Endangered Species. These are all realities of this absolutely crazy year of College Football. Who would have believed it; I mean who would have believed all of it. What has happened at these perennial powerhouses? There are many reasons for the Fall of the Great and Storied Institutions. Different reasons at each University. I believe for one that teams aren’t as deep anymore. Student/Athletes who can start as freshmen at another School will probably no longer sit on the bench for two seasons, even if it increases their chances of playing for a National Championship. Free Agency in the Coaching Ranks has also played a large part in the dramatic Rises and Falls for some of the Universities. I also believe that the ability to have information in minutes, via Television, Internet, and other avenues, has Student/Athletes making decisions that are the best for them and their Families. There are so many more options for these kids. With National Exposure, these kids can go to almost any School of their choosing. And after all isn’t that what it is all about, the Students.
Well here we go let the Games begin, so the arguing can begin. Between the BCS, The Coaches, who are supposed to be Leaders, and the NCAA, can we right this ship? I would start the Playoff System chant, but I think I gave you enough to think/talk about.