Monday night’s Chick-Fil-A Bowl is a match up of strength against strength: one of the nation's best offenses versus one of the top defenses when No. 14 Clemson and No. 9 LSU meet in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia Dome.
If you didn’t know any better, you’d think this year’s contest was a love affair instead of a football game. I understand that coaches feel like they have an obligation to be cordial and not provide any bulletin board material for their opponents. But Les Miles and Dabo Swinney have taken cordiality to a whole new level.
Here is how their love affair has transpired.
Dabo Swinney, the head coach of the orange and purple Tigers from Clemson oozed with adoration in regards to the LSU team and, specifically, their defense.
"Our coaches, our players and our fans always look forward to playing against the best programs in the nation, and LSU certainly fits that description," Swinney said last week. "We are going to have the opportunity to compete against a top 10 team that played for it all last year."
Yesterday, the athletic director for the Western Kentucky Hilltopers, Todd Stewart, made a bold decision and gave Bobby Petrino a second chance.
People all over the country have voiced their opinion on how Stewart is risking the integrity of the university by setting morals aside to hire a coach with a questionable background to win at all costs.
Let he who is without fault cast the first stone.
There’s no denying that Bobby Petrino screwed up. Royally.
Last spring, Petrino took a Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride that changed the course of his life forever. It wasn’t just the ride. It was the intern that was along for the ride. It was the lies he told to athletic director, Jeff Long, in the hours and days following the wreck. It was the uncovering of the fact that the intern was actually Petrino’s girlfriend. And it was the fact that Petrino had manipulated the hiring process to get her a position within the athletic department.
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.
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.
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.