Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
I want you to ask yourself a few questions. I will provide the answers for you, though.
1) Is Lane Kiffin a good football coach? (No)
2) Is he a good recruiter? (Oh yeah)
3) Would any respectable school can a coach that is the kind of failure he's doomed to be after 3 years or so? (Definitely)
4) Is he really stupid enough to not know the situation he was walking into at USC, re: Sanctions? (I HIGHLY doubt it)
Everyone talks about Lane Kiffin taking the USC job because USC was his dream destination. True? Probably, but that's NOT why he took it. After two/three years like his first at Tennessee, he was definitely going to be "forced out", if not fired outright. There was only one choice if he didn't want to end up at the ass end of the football coaching universe after such a thing.
Go somewhere you will be rewarded for failure.
Assuming Kiffin had a pretty good idea of what was coming down on USC, he made the most brilliant move possible. Not only is he now the head coach at where he wants to be the head coach, but he gets at LEAST 5 years now, at LEAST, where losing monumentally will not be considered a failure. It will in fact be considered the only possible thing that could happen. FURTHERMORE, he won't just get a pass... he'll be glorified, because his Wizard Hat Supreme will, without any doubt, still manage to convince top flight recruits to come to a severely hampered program.
He'll go 2-10 in his first year, pull in a five star or two, and practically be crowned king for it!
The dude is a certifiable evil genius. No doubt about it.
2-year postseason ban, 30 lost schollies, four years probation. WIns vacated from '04 and '05. Kaboom.
UPDATE: with link:
Caveats: I don't know much about academic requirements for the Big 12 (which are presumably minimal) or about non-football sports (except that Kansas has a good basketball team). That being said, here's two scenarios:
1. The standard story occurs: Nebraska to Big Ten, Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahama, Oklahoma State to Pac Ten.
Missouri, Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State remain.
Given that the Big Twelve would still be an autoqualifying BCS conference with five teams that have played together, why don't they pick off some of the top Mountain West teams? The Big Ten is to the Big Twelve what the Big Twelve is to the Mountain West, except that the value of the Big Twelve comes from the BCS payouts. Utah, TCU, and BYU could sidestep the whole autoqualifier issue by just joining a BCS conference, which would then have eight teams and be represented in Utah, Iowa, MIssouri, Kansas, and most importantly Texas.
The major hangup with the Mountain West has been that it's extremely top-heavy, while the bottom-feeders are very weak. Well, even a crappy BCS school that goes 4-8 is probably going 3-1 OOC a lot of years by feeding on the weak non-BCS teams; it would greatly improve the strength of the conference that contains Utah, TCU, and BYU and they wouldn't be fighting an uphill battle outside of the system.
Add in Boise State or some other schools for bonus points. Yeah, the $ are lacking, but it would be worse in C-USA, where a lot of those schools could be headed if the Big 12 falls apart. At this point, it would strictly be a matter of better than, and those schools would be better off than they would be otherwise unless the MWC is sure to become a BCS conference and snipes several of the old Big 12 schools. The latter part is sure, but the former part is not certain.
I mainly bring up this scenario to set up my optimistic, biased scenario 2.
2.Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M to Big Ten; Colorado and Utah to Pac Ten.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Missouri, Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State remain.
If the Texas legislature likes Baylor so much, why would they allow it to be abandoned to perceived non-BCS doom? An eight team Big Twelve could turn into a southwest conference (ironically without Texas or Texas A&M), or it could expand if desired with some MWC teams, which would be less appealing without Utah. Either way, it would be an auto-qualifying conference, probably under the same name. The key here is that all four Texas teams would be in BCS conferences, while in the perceived PAC-16 scenario, Baylor would be left out.
This rests on the assumption that the Pac-10 doesn't really want to go to 16 without Texas - which is probably true. They need that brand name to justify watering down their existing, successful conference. The Pac-10 could go for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State... and then who? The Texas presence would be nice, but Tech and Baylor are pretty weak additions, and TCU is still just a small school. Do they try to illogically devour Kansas, or would they rather just go to 12 and call it quits?
Overall, I don't see why the Big Twelve has to die, if the schools causing instability (Texas and Nebraska) take off to the Big Ten. With a fourteen team Big Ten and a twelve team Pac Ten, there's nowhere left to run, and there's no real incentive to leave a BCS conference if there are no openings available elsewhere.
Also, in my hypothetical scenario 2, we give Notre Dame the finger and they stay independent.
Much like most of you, I feel awful about the whole situation. I felt the strong urge to reach out to Demar and wish him the best of luck and let him know that the fan base was pulling for him.
I will be combining everyone's thoughts in one letter and sending it to Demar. I will also produce a video (my first MGoBlog exclusive) which includes the most powerful quotes attributed to the MGoPoster.
Before you say what you want to say, here are some guidelines:
Please keep this on topic as possible, it will help me tremendously.
Attribute yourself at the end of your response ( -VideoTom)
Keep it short and sweet. The MGoCommunity is huge.
Thanks to everyone in advance for participating!
Cox Cable, New Orleans' cable provider does not offer the Big 10 Network. Most people down here are SEC fans obviously/unfortunately, but the local sports bars draw big crowds for Big 10 games and I've seen enough posters on this board mentioning they are from this area to know we're well represented. I don't think adding Nebraska will heighten the probability of getting BTN added but I wondered if any of you have or would be interested in trying to lobby to get BTN added to Cox (whether you live down here or not).
BTN provides a form that automatically sends a request to Cox, I've filled this thing out annually but so far no luck. I encourage others to help out and fill out this form, even if you don't live in Louisiana (though, someone with more computer knowledge might be able to tell me if they track where you're sending the request from and therefore disqualify anything out of the area).
I realize that this may not make one damn bit of difference but I thought it might be worth a shot:
If you're asked for a zip code add 70118 or 70115 (others from the area, feel free to add your local zip) and select Cox as the cable provider. If this catches on maybe we can help lobby for other areas without BTN.
So, with Nebraska and Colorado both moving, and assuming that the Big 12 is done, what does that mean for this fall? Are all these changes immediate, and a whole new schedule is on the way for all these schools? Or is the Big 12 going to hang on for one final year, which would seem very strange and uncomfortable, but easier on the scheduling.
I don't understand all the dynamics, but it seems like there's going to be all kinds of rescheduling problems even once the conferences figure out what they want to do in terms of how many non-conference games you still get, such as: not having the space in your schedule to play someone like UConn because you're playing more in-conference games, having to add new out-of-conference opponents because who is now in-conference was before out-of-conference, and all the rippling repercussions of scheduling.
I haven't seen any of this talked about anywhere, and I did a quick check on the board to find it. My apologies if this was already mentioned somewhere.
Any thoughts on this? I guess the biggest question is whether these decisions are immediately effective. My impression is that they are.