As promised, I’m back with the latest in NCAA football coach musical chairs. You really can’t tell a player without a program anymore.
Lane Kiffin: From Tennessee to USC. Violations. Investigations. And L’il Wayne. Blah, blah, blah. It just sucks that I happen to live in LA and will hear about this yahoo for-evah. Yeah, I’m not too jazzed.
Related: Derek Dooley will replace Kiffin at Tennessee. Who? Oh well. After the drama of Kiffin and the ongoing investigations, who could blame them? I’m ready for the Vols to be back in the top 10. Anyone with me?
One of the most watched hires will be Brian Kelly as he attempts to return the Blue and Gold to their former glory. Under Charlie Weiss, Notre Dame took a nose dive in defense, quarterbacks, and, oh yeah, WINS. The buzz on Kelly is positive, so keep an eye out for Irish fans rising from the ashes all around you to rally behind their team.
One of my personal favorite coaches, Bobby Bowden, left some big shoes to fill at Florida State, and I hope that Jimbo Fisher will deliver, if not in pure class, then at least in wins. The Bowden winning legacy, a whopping 315-97-4 record, will take a lifetime to top. Get movin’ Jimbo.
Yes, as previously reported, Tommy Tubberville will go to Texas Tech. Thankfully, Ruffin McNeill, former Tech defensive coordinator , was hired by his alma mater, East Carolina University. A class act amidst the chaos of the Leach debacle, McNeill is poised to do an excellent job for the Pirates.
Other notable new hires are Skip Holtz at South Florida and the proven Mike London at Virginia.
Phew. I’m exhausted. Anyone want to go out for a beer?