Monday, June 6, 2011

Is UGA a Top-5 Coaching Job? Sports Illustrated Thinks So

Andy Staples, who is a columnist for Sports Illustrated, has released his "Top 20 college football coaching jobs" list. And that means one thing: when anything "list" related is released about college football, we have to write about it. What is particularly interesting about the article is how high Staples is on the Georgia job. His criteria is more "if the head coach were fired, what job would create the most demand" not "who is the best team".

Here is the top 10 in his list:
  1. Texas
  2. Ohio State
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia
  6. LSU
  7. Alabama
  8. Penn State
  9. Auburn
  10. Oregon
He points out all the usual stuff in regards to UGA: facilities, recruiting advantage, no serious in-state rival to compete with (I enjoyed this part), and the "iconic" Sanford Stadium. I can't say that I disagree with all of these and it is a double-edged sword for Mark Richt: it's a great job....if you can keep it.

The fact that we rank ahead of Alabama and LSU (and the fact that there are 5 SEC teams in the top 10) means that the "wicked media folk" still think a lot of our program. People who criticize ESPN drive me crazy as well. Sure, some of the analysts are horrible, but they sacrificed a lot of crappy women's softball games on ESPNU to have that TV contract with the SEC. I think some people think ESPN is run by the government or something. Don't forget, our first two games are on their network (and the second one could result in me having a massive heat stroke oh my God it's gonna be hot).

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