What do you do if you’re the quarterback of a major division one college football program that defied all the odds and had a record breaking year in the first season in your new conference?
What do you do if you’re the quarterback who took your team into Tuscaloosa, Alabama and dethroned the number 1 ranked, mighty Crimson Tide when nobody gave you a chance to even keep it close?
What do you do if you’re the quarterback of a football team that finished the regular season ranked #8 in the BCS polls and secured a date in the Cotton Bowl under first year head coach Kevin Sumlin?
What do you do if you’re the quarterback that became the first freshman player, in the history of the award, to win the Heisman Trophy; and the first for your school in over 50 years?
What do you do if you’re Johnny Manziel?
Go to Disney Land? Actually, that response is reserved for Super Bowl MVP’s.
So where do you go? Well, there’s nowhere to go but up, just barely. Especially after the season Texas A&M just had. And after the records Johnny Manziel broke this year, there’s not much more he can accomplish.
It’s reached the ridiculous stage now with big-time intercollegiate athletics.
Loyalty, integrity, commitment … forget about ’em all. The first chance a better opportunity comes along, or even one that just catches someone’s fancy, all bets are off. The temptation is too great. The fear of being left behind even greater.
If anything bucks the human trend to avoid change it is being thrust upon the nation in pounding-home fashion these days with conference reshuffling and the coaching carousel.
The former has taken a break the last week after some serious upheaval in a short amount of time. The latter? Um, wow – things have been a bit busy of late on that front.
We all know that things are fueled by money, and to a lesser extent prestige and/or potential future stability. We also know that football is the main driving force behind that.
But what’s gone on the past few days has been hard enough to follow, never mind believe in some cases.
Still, some initial impressions …
Arkansas Razorbacks Football News: Jeff Long Pulls Off Coup Luring Wisconsin's Bret Bielema to Fayettville
Fight fire with fire.
That’s what Jeff Long, the AD at Arkansas did today.
The last year at Arkansas has been a roller coaster. Coming off of a Cotton Bowl win against Kansas State, the Razorbacks had high hopes of making a run at an SEC championship and possibly even a national championship this year. Then a Sunday afternoon motorcycle crash led to the firing of then head coach Bobby Petrino. Enter interim coach John L. Smith, who had just left the program to become the head coach at his alma mater Weber State. What followed was the biggest collapse of any team. The Hogs went from a preseason #8 ranking to an embarrassing and lack luster 4-8 finish.
Smith was reassigned as soon as 00:00 hit the clock after the LSU game and the search for a new head coach began.
A lot of questions surrounded who the next head coach in Fayetteville would be.
Who would be interested?
Who could Arkansas even get?
Who would be a good fit?
Which direction would they go?
There were a lot of questions to answer. And every news outlet and talk radio show associated with the program tries their best to answer them.
Perhaps more interesting, and certainly more disturbing, than Northern Illinois busting the BCS conference stranglehold on the major bowls this weekend with being granted a berth opposite ACC champ Florida State in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day was the absolute arrogance of the guys breaking the news on ESPN Sunday night.
Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack and Jessie Palmer – shame on ya, guys. Talk about biased. Their too-close connections to BCS programs at Ohio State, Georgia and Florida, respectively, due to their now long-ago scholar-athlete days came oozing out with every syllable uttered in dismay, discord or downright condescension at the Huskies’ inclusion at the main table.
OK, we get it. North Illinois doesn’t have wave upon wave of athletes of the caliber seen at places like Oklahoma. It doesn’t have the pedigree or history of any other squad in the top 25, and probably the next 25, too.
Thing is, the aforementioned athletes-turned-analysts need to hear their own words and abide by them: This is the system, deal with it.
Tis the season for wish lists. Some are long. Some are short. Some are filled with expensive gifts. Some are filled with wishes of health and happiness for family and friends. I have a Christmas wish list. Mine is short. As a matter of fact, it only has one thing on it.
If anyone has connections with the heads of the BCS, would you get this into their hands? I know they wouldn’t want to disappoint during the holidays.
After watching Alabama beat Georgia in the SEC Championship game in what was arguably the best game of the entire 2012 season, my wish is that the powers that be would implement a system that could duplicate what the SEC game produced yesterday. Honestly, the other games that were played were either cold appetizers prior to the main course or stale desserts to follow.
To duplicate the SEC game would mean each conference would have to host a championship game where the winner has a berth in the playoffs on the line. It’s simple: win and you’re in the playoffs, lose and you’re relegated to a bowl.