Wow. News is breaking in college football and major league baseball in recent days faster than I can keep up with it, so, let’s just stick with college football.
Lane Kiffin is at Ole Miss now (no response from Archie Anderson yet, but I’m pretty excited about the “Lane Train” being back in the SEC). I said before he went to FAU that he might be the one personality who could replace Nick Saban at Alabama, but I was punched in the nose twice by Bama fans, so I shut up.
I think he can coach. But he’ll have to hit the ground running at Ole Miss. Seen the Rebels’ 2020 schedule? For starters:
• Baylor at Houston, Sept. 5
• Southeast Missouri at home, Sept. 12
• Auburn at home, Sept. 19
• At LSU, Sept. 26
• Alabama at home, Oct. 3
So much for a Honeymoon at Oxford.
• When it was announced that Auburn offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham had been hired at Florida State as Mike Norvell’s offensive coordinator, everyone I know said it would be a “lock” that recently fired Arkansas coach Chad Morris would rejoin Gus Malzahn’s staff.
But wait. Dabo Swinney finally lost an assistant coach when Jeff Scott was named South Florida’s new head coach.
Could Chad Morris land there instead of AU? Stay tuned.
• Jake Bentley, the former South Carolina QB sensation, is headed to Utah as a graduate transfer. Utah’s current QB, Tyler Huntley, is a senior.
Speaking of South Carolina, recently fired Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo is the new Gamecocks offensive coordinatior. He and Will Muschamp were teammates at Georgia.
Also, guess whose name has popped up as a possible replacement for Bobo at Colorado State?
Butch Jones, the former Tennessee head coach and Bama assistant.
His record is 84-54 in three coaching stops.
• Auburn’s Derrick Brown has been named the AP’s SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Brown and teammates Marlon Davidson and K.J. Britt were named to the AP first-team defense. Jeremiah Dinson was named to the second team.
Alabama had 5 on AP All-SEC team: Jedrick Wills, DeVonta Smith, Anfernee Jennings, Xavier McKinney and Trevon Diggs.
Second teamers seemingly were bigger “names”: Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy, Jaylen Waddle, Landon Dickerson, Najee Harris and Alex Leatherwood.
• Don’t read too much into this but a longtime Bama beat writer is reporting the Tide may have fewer early departures than anticipated.
Cary Clark wrote:
“What you are about to read may surprise you, and if you’re an Alabama supporter, surprise you pleasantly.
“Sources say a larger number of draft-eligible juniors on the Crimson Tide team may elect to return to school than has been widely reported. As of today – Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 – here is what I am hearing:
“Those juniors who are planning to leave for the NFL 100 percent include wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, running back Najee Harris and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. That’s a MUCH shorter list than has been discussed.
“A junior who is roughly 50/50 on staying/going is safety Xavier McKinney. When the dust clears, it won’t be a surprise if he departs. The only thing keeping him in play is the money McKinney could lose by not being a top 15 pick.
“There are a LOT of names not mentioned yet who seem at this point to be leaning toward staying. Among those I’m hearing are least 75 percent certain to remain on the Crimson Tide roster are quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, wide receivers DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III, offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood and linebacker Dylan Moses.
We’re also hearing that linebacker Joshua McMillon (knee) is in very good shape to have a sixth year of eligibility added by the NCAA, though that is not yet official.”