“I hope I ween.”
You change coaches when you start losing to teams you’re not supposed to lose to, historically speaking, and you do it in consecutive games.
You change coaches when you’re off to your worst start in 60 years, and you’ve passed the season’s midpoint and you still can’t be sure you’ve hit bottom.
You change coaches when you’ve fallen so far behind your biggest rival that you have to trade in your binoculars for a telescope to watch him pull farther and farther away.
Somebody writing about Kentucky, you say? It might sound like it, but Kevin Scarbinsky, of Al.com, wrote this recently about the struggling Auburn Tigers.
The Tigers are faced with the worst-case scenario: not only are they losing miserably, but in-state rival Alabama is having a ridiculous level of success. Similarly, though not as severely, Kentucky fans have to watch a currently-winless SEC season, while Louisville remains undefeated and ranked fairly high in national polls. For a basketball state, where we’re not gonna go ripping off titles anytime soon, this is about as bad as football can get.
So, with Auburn beat writers discussing the inevitability of Chizik’s discharge, is it a race to hire the best coach available? A lot of UK fans have mentioned Bobby Petrino in their hushed whispers, but even if the entire fanbase should decided they want Bobby, that may not be enough.
According to Scarbinsky, apparently there is “a quiet movement has begun behind the scenes to gauge and enlist support for Bobby Petrino as the next coach [at Auburn],” or so an anonymous booster told him.
So, Auburn, and probably Tennessee, find themselves all in a similar position. And possibly all looking at the same small pool of applicants. Sounds like an arms race to me. And what can Kentucky do to get ahead? The Auburn folks are already gearing up:
The discussion of the next coach can wait. The machinery to create the opening can’t, not with actual or potential job searches at Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky as well.
They’ve jumped feet-first into the coaching search for next year, and if Auburn is already both feet into their coaching search, what should we be doing? Should we be past the hypothetical stage, where we fill our reasonings with “probably’s” and “currently’s?” Scarbinsky may have written about the inevitability of a change at Auburn, but it reads, prophetically, like it was written for us. And he’s right. The Tigers are already looking for a coach; if we don’t start soon, we may be left out in the cold.