Random Thoughts: Florida picked the better coach

by Gary Shelton on November 25, 2018 · 4 comments

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Random thoughts:

Maybe it's just me, but I'm watching the Florida-FSU game, and this occurs to me. would the result have been different if Dan Mullen went to FSU and Willie Taggart to Florida? I think it would have been.

-- Phil Mickelson, old guy, beating Tiger Woods, old guy, was the biggest farce since Evil Kneivel didn't jump the Snake River canyon. It isn't quite as good as when Bobby Riggs convinced women tennis players they could strike a blow for feminism by beating up an old man on the tennis courts, but it was close. Whose next? Sam Snead and Julius Boros?

-- A Buc player who needs to play well against San Francisco. Jameis Winston. True, this list always starts with the quarterback flavor of the day. But if Winston can take care of the ball, the Bucs have a lot more talent than the 49ers, and quarterback Nick Mullens should be mortal.  If the Bucs don't have a big edge here, it may be the most incriminating stat of the season.

-- You can start your debates now, but if I ran the college football playoffs, I'd go with Oklahoma despite a terrible defense. Oklahoma lost to a good Texas team; Ohio State lost to Purdue.

-- If you're keeping score, Urban Meyer is now 7-0 against Michigan. Jim Harbaugh is 0-4 against Ohio State. Any questions

-- Every time I hear Charlie Strong moan about his defense being too small, I wonder what he thought last January. Did he think his linebackers who gain weight until they were defensive tackles? Did he look at junior college guys and say "no thanks." Did he think that 2018 would come, and the world would no longer need big guys? It all comes back to coaching, people.

-- Gee. Don't they invite defenses to rivalry games anymore? Let's see. Michigan gave up 62, West Virginia gave up 59, South Carolina gave up 56, Auburn gave up 52, Georgia Tech gave up 45, FSU gave up 41 and USF gave up 38 to a backup quarterback. What does the word "rivalry" mean? "Block that point?:

-- I wonder if even Bobby Bowden turned the TV off Saturday.

-- Here's the question on the minds of the colleges with first year coaches. How many would hire them again? Yes: Dan Mullen, Florida. Probables, but without a lot of evidence: Scott Frost, Nebraska; Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M; Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee. Nos: Willie Taggart, FSU; Chip Kelly, UCLA; Chad Morris, Arkansas. The rest? Meh.

-- A Bucs' player who needs a good game against the 49ers: Linebacker Adarius Taylor. The Bucs are out of linebackers.

-- I really do enjoy the TV series The Walking Dead. I just wish USF's Charlie Strong would stop recruiting there.

-- Buc player who needs a big day against the 49ers: Peyton Barber. If the Bucs can run, then Winston can throw fewer times to the free safety. Of course, he's open.

-- Let's grade Winston's last six games. An A would be three wins and no more than one intercetpion. A B would be two wins and five touchdowns passes, with two picks. A C would be one win and three or more interceptions. A D is one win and four turnovers. And F would be no wins, five or more turovers and an arrest. Sound about right?

-- Here's something to consider: Last February, UM held beat Ohio State ... and gave up 62 points. The Wolverines did that Saturday.

-- Looking back, it was a bad thing for Michigan to use USF's defense, wasn't it?

--  Buc who needs a big game against the 49ers: Jason Pierre-Paul. A young quarterback is more suspectible to pressure.

-- Funny that after Phil Mickelson won his counterfeit competition, his championship belt wouldn't fit, which is going to make his championship pants fall down. Ric Flair never had that problem.

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Larry Beller November 25, 2018 at 7:47 am

I actually thought Urban Myer was going to stroke out during the first half of that game when it was reasonably close. The announcer kept talking about his migraines and it looked like he was about to lose it. Fortunately for him OSU pulled away or he could have had a serious health episode right there on the field.

I’ve been an advocate for expanding the playoffs as you know but this year they may as well cut it back to just 2 teams. Alabama vs Clemson is the only game I want to see. Pencil those teams in for next year too. The college football regular season is becoming redundant.

For the record, Jim Harbaugh’s days as a top coach at any level are over. You can take that to the bank. Is he still a good coach? Probably. But not championship caliber. He would fail in the SEC. Be careful what you wish for if you are hoping he gets hired as the Bucs next coach.


Gary Shelton November 25, 2018 at 9:18 am

Meyer is worrisome. You don’t want a guy to die on the sidelines, and he may. I’m not fan of his, but I do think of his wife and daughers. He should get out.

I’m not as wild as most about expanding the playoffs simplly because it would make the regular season even more redundant. Rivaly week and champions week usually get ride of most of the arguments. There is usually a fifth team with a claim, but not an unshakable one. I wouldn’t want to see eight teams in this year, for instance. We’re getting close to a team or two that doesn’t belong.

I’m nto invested in Michigan the way you are. I still think Harbaugh is a good coach. Not a great one, mind. you, or he would have gotten over the hump in four years. But I cerainly could be wrong. I’d cede to how closely you follow the program. No one knows the shortcomings of a coach like a real follower. Right? That had to be embarrassing to watch after going in as a favorite.


Larry Beller November 25, 2018 at 10:25 am

Embarrassing is putting it mildly. I had recorded the game and was watching the first half that was fairly close when I got a text from a friend about OSU putting up 60 points. I didn’t watch much after that.

Someone wrote that Michigan fans haven’t bought into Harbaugh as much this year because of so many disappointments in the past. That’s true for me. When I looked at the schedule weeks ago and saw the game was in Columbus I knew things could go badly. But nobody could have predicted that disaster.

Down through the years Michigan never has never been good defending against speed and OSU has a ton of it. The Michigan QB is average at best and couldn’t overcome the lack of talent around him. So yet another season ends in frustration. 14 of the last 15 years have ended that way. And so it goes.


Gary Shelton November 25, 2018 at 2:48 pm

I feel for you, Larry. It would be better for all of us if Ohio State didn’t win it every year (lately). Meyer is a dweeb.


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