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Musket Musings: Coaches On Hot Seats And Other Thoughts

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When you have time on your hands, you think about the landscape of college football.

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“Hot Seats” Are Just Dumb: I get that fan bases and even the administration has expectations but placing a coach on the quote-unquote hot seat is silly. If you place said coach on the hot seat and he wins, is he on the hot seat again? If not, why not because he won in a single year? Why doesn’t that hot seat apply every year? If a coach has a resume of performance and suddenly suffers a down year, why is he on the hot seat? Overall, the idea of a coach in a put up or shut up year seems dumb to me. Either you think he’s good enough or he isn’t, so one year shouldn’t really make a difference.

College Football Post-Saban Will Be Mayhem: Despite the teeth gnashing that goes on a lot of times about how dominant Nick Saban has turned the Alabama Crimson Tide, his presence is good for the sport. Once he retires or simply gets tired of winning everything every year, the sport is going to experience a vacuum much like a black hole. Saban is currently 66 and is one of the five oldest coaches right now. He’s signed through 2024 and it wouldn’t be surprising if that is the end of his tenure on the field. What happens once he leaves? Bama won’t be content with not maintaining the standard he has set, which will set of a domino of coaching changes.

How Much Longer Will Meyer Coach: Urban Meyer is, by most accounts, the second best head coach in football today. While he is “only” 53 years old, he’s already retired once due to health reasons and is now entering his seventh season with the Ohio State Buckeyes. He’s currently signed through 2020. Will he stay on after 2020 when he turns 55? If he does retire, losing both Saban and Meyer in a short time frame would be a Thanos-level reset of college football.

With two major head coaches gone in college football, who would take over as the next in charge? Dabo Sweeney at Clemson appears to have his Tigers set to make run after run for the next few years. Behind him, Lincoln Riley has continued the Oklahoma Sooners machine. Could we see an ACC-Big 12 swoon while seeing a Big Ten-SEC dive back toward the norm?

Without the money, how would college conference look?: There is no doubt that college football is 100% driven by the money. If it wasn’t, just how would the landscape look? Would WVU find itself in the ACC, where many of its historic and natural rivalries are? Would it be left out in the cold or would the fact that WVU is one of the winningest programs in the country get it entrance to a conference where it doesn’t travel so far? I think that we would be in the SEC because no matter what, the ACC has the idea they are better than anyone else, money or not.