Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Morning Six Pack: November 28, 2012

Coaching searches always go better with six cold ones. So, here are six college football stories from around the country.

“Pooo Sig Wooie!”

According to a report from Times-Picayune/ on Tuesday a source close to LSU confirmed that Arkansas is pursuing LSU head coach Les Miles for the vacant Arkansas head coaching position. The offer is reportedly for five years and $27.5 million.

NCSU-Dykes marriage rumors heating up

Thanks to a stellar, relatively speaking, three years at Louisiana Tech, Sonny Dykes has become one of the hottest commodities on the collegiate coaching market.

Ex-Buffs coach blames racism for Embree firing

Former Colorado coach Bill McCartney said racism was a factor in Jon Embree's firing from the Buffaloes position after only two years on the job in Boulder.

Lacy getting healthy at the right time: Tide running back coming back from nagging injuries

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy has gained a whole new perspective on turf-toe injuries. After recovering from one for about a year, he appreciates how good he feels these days.

AP Source: ACC leaders to discuss expansion plans

The Atlantic Coast Conference's presidents and chancellors have scheduled a conference call for Wednesday morning to discuss plans about replacing Maryland, a person familiar with the situation said.


The funniest part of all of this for those who don't bleed orange is that Philadelphia Eagles fans are apparently becoming as convinced as Volniacs that they're going to land Gruden.

They may or may not be as excited about it as Tennesseans -- one Internet poll has consistently ranked Gruden the favorite of 53 percent of the UT fan base with Stoops a distant second at 11 percent. Those rates have held fast for more than a week, whether the total votes were 3,000 or close to 30,000.

So to be Hart is to clearly know your fans' collective choice, despite the fact that Gruden has never been a college head coach.

Yet to be Hart is also to know that winning the news conference is not necessarily winning the war. Slimy though he may be, Bobby Petrino has a far better collegiate pedigree than Gruden. Bob Stoops is a no-brainer if available. And Cincinnati's Butch Jones may be the best of the bunch -- Notre Dame's Brian Kelly in training pants.

Point is, it doesn't have to be Gruden to become an impressive hire. But it seems to need to be Gruden to tame a savage fan base.

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