The deeper we get into November, the more coaches will be fired. The more coaches are fired, the more rumors about current SEC coaches will swirl. In fact, that’s already happening.
But SEC fans don’t have much to worry about… at this point.
According to multiple media reports in Colorado, Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins could be fired as early as today. Two weeks ago, a pair of Denver columnists speculated that Les Miles (LSU), Gus Malzahn (Auburn) and Jim McElwain (Alabama) would be on the Buffs’ list of potential replacements. Don’t bank on it.
With his team in the top five of the BCS standings, it’s unlikely that Miles would depart Baton Rouge. At the moment, he’s on top of the world again. And most importantly, Colorado doesn’t have the money to lure in Miles. The school is cash poor at the moment and it won’t be collecting a full partner’s share from the Pac-12 for a couple more years.
Perhaps that’s why so many in Colorado are suggesting that CU turn to Miles’ old boss, Bill McCartney. McCartney is now 70 and he hasn’t coached in 16 years. But he wants the job and he’d be cheap.
That immediately pushes him ahead of Malzahn and McElwain. McElwain’s stock, by the way, likely drops each time Alabama’s offense sputters.
Speaking of Alabama, the Nick Saban-to-the-Cowboys rumors have already taken root on SEC messageboards. Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News said yesterday that he expected those rumors to pop:
“It’s possible that someone will float the Saban to Dallas rumor. You’ll hear that until (Jerry Jones) hires someone for the job. … Saban has totally been up front about his NFL experience. It won’t stop people from speculating though.”
No, it won’t. But there’s no reason to believe Saban will coach anywhere other than Tuscaloosa next year. Like many other college coaches who’ve given the pro game a shot, Saban returned to his roots at the first opportunity.
In Alabama he rules with an iron fist. You can do that with college kids. But try that with multimillionaire professional athletes and you’ll find that it doesn’t work for long. (Unless you win a Super Bowl in your second season and give players a reason to by into your czar status… as Saban’s mentor Bill Belichick did in New England).
Also, we saw how long the marriage between Bill Parcells and Jones lasted in Dallas — four years. A kingdom can’t have two kings.
For that reason, if Saban winds up with the Cowboys, I’ll eat Les Miles’ hat.
Be prepared to hear more whispers in the wind regarding SEC coaches, but it doesn’t look like the first two jobs on the market will be filled by men from the league’s toughest conference.
UPDATE — Hawkins has indeed been 86′d at Colorado.