Wednesday, January 16, 2008  
I suppose it's done.
Went bowling again last night. Not so good this go round. My little brother did bowl a 196 though, so that was cool.

I went out and bought the Egypt Central cd yesterday. Same cd that's been out for 3 years...but it's still cool to see a national release from those guys. I'm happy for them, so go out and support your local rock bands. Haha.

Ok, so it seems to be a foregone conclusion that Major Applewhite will be taking the position on Texas' coaching staff. From everyone that I talked to last night, the word is that Saban may have told him that it wouldn't be a bad idea to go check it out. He may have been forced out after signing day anyway, and at least this way he could say he left on his own terms.

So where do we go from here? Well, the message boards are focused on 3 key names that I've seen.


NORM CHOW - former Tennessee Titans and USC OC

Chow was at BYU from 1973-1999 as the offensive coordinator. Pete Carroll hired him away from NC State after just one year in 2001, and he immediately transformed the USC offensive to the most threatening in the country. In his 2nd season he had the Heisman Trophy winning QB (Carson Palmer) and again in his 4th season (Matt Leinart). In '05 he left to take over the OC position for the Tennessee Titans. He was released yesterday from that position. His wife still lives in California, so I could see where he would take the UCLA position since he's getting closer to retirement. He is 61 years old.




JEFF BROHM - former Louisville OC

Jeff Brohm got the Louisville OC position because of...well...his brother being a stud recruit, for all I can tell. Regardless of that, I was impressed with the offense he ran at Louisville, even though a good portion of it was actually Bobby Petrino's. Brohm offense was not bad this year, but the defense was awful. They weren't as high scoring as expected, but injuries and bad defensive play really hurt that team. I don't think Brohm is the "home-run" hire that we would be looking for, but it's definitely a possibility. He is only 36, and he knows how to manage a game. He has only coached at Louisville though, as QBs coach then as OC.




CHRIS HATCHER - head coach at Georgia Southern

Hatcher has been a head coach since 2000. He was at Valdosta State from 2000-2006, and he took over Georgia Southern this past season, leading them to a 7-4 record this season. He had a 76-12 record at Valdosta State, with a National Championship in 2004. Just to give you an idea of what he does, in '06 (his last year at Valdosta), his team was 6th in the country in passing yards (283ypg), 12th in scoring offense (34.9ppg), and 19th in total offense (389.9ypg). And that was a bad year. Another plus is that he has coaching experience in the SEC, coaching at Kentucky from 1997-1999.



It won't be known until tomorrow whether or not Major Applewhite has officially taken the job at Texas, but the Houston Chronicle's sources say that he is expected to accept the position. We won't know until Thursday due to job posting rules.

Scarbinsky feels that Saban really needs to get it right the 2nd time, since Auburn has redefined their offense. I, personally, don't think that Auburn has everything fixed yet. Dude's been on the job for a month. Nothing's been proven yet, other than the fact that they scored 23 points, in an overtime game, against Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

MikeyintheHam makes a good point over at TideSports.com's message board. Saban's staffs change pretty regularly. I guess it is what it is.
 

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