Still nothing out of Tuscaloosa regarding the hiring of a new offensive coordinator, but at the same time, as I said yesterday, it doesn't really matter. Whoever comes in will be a quarterbacks coach with experience calling plays, but he won't be bringing his own offense. Coach Saban knows what he wants to run, and it is what it is.
Let me get this straight. Auburn is ranked #8 in the first pre-season SI top 25? They lose their starting quarterback, a key member of their secondary, and 2 starting defensive linemen and they're expected to be a top 10 team? Gimme a break, or at least a toke off of whatever pipe Stewart Mandell's been smokin.
One of Ole Miss's recruits, Jared Foster from Gulf Coast Community College (yes, same as Terrance Cody), has had his scholarship offer pulled after he was arrested in Oxford for selling steroids. Read more here.
McNulty, the OC from Rutgers, is expected to stay at the school, according to this report.
According to the bamaonline.com message boards, Terrance Cody's visit to Miami has been cancelled, due to Miami not having anymore scholarships to offer for defensive linemen. We really need this kid. Having him and Murphy fronting what looks to be a hellacious defensive line will be key for next season. Even though they're young, they'll still be DAMN talented.
McElwain is the front runner for the offensive coordinator position, currently. Read this article from the Fresno Bee. I like his resume, so we shall see what happens. Message boards are spreading rumors that we could hear an announcement this afternoon. Of course, there was also a flight to New Orleans last night to pick up Gary Crowton from LSU. I think this story's a long way from being over.
Last, but certainly not least, Alabama hosts #8 Tennessee tonight at Coleman Coliseum. The game will be on ESPN at 8pm CST, so make sure you've got your DVR set. For some reason, Gottfried's teams have lined up well against Bruce Pearl's Tennessee teams the last two seasons. 2 years ago, they came into town, ranked #8, and got beat 93-79. Last year we went into Thompson-Boling Arena and took them to overtime before falling 66-63. I would almost guarantee that Hollinger will start at the point tonight, and we'll substitute freely all evening. If the guys play with the same defensive intensity that they did on Saturday, we've got a shot to win this game because, athletically, we match up well. Here's hoping our shots are falling and theirs aren't. If we can sneak this one out, we've got a good chance to beat LSU at Coleman on Saturday, which would make us 3-4 in the SEC. Not too shabby for a team that we thought for a while wouldn't win a single game.
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