ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, dubbed by many as “Mr. SEC,” declared the official end of the SEC’s dominance over college football during an appearance on Outside the Lines earlier this week.
Finebaum blamed “poor coaching” as the main culprit for the conference’s move back towards the pack.
During an appearance on Mike and Mike Thursday morning, Finebaum reiterated his stance, claiming that SEC fans need to “tell the truth” and admit that the league no longer has a stronghold over college football as it did 5-10 years ago.
Earlier this week, USA Today?s Dan Wolken claimed that seven SEC coaches could end up on the hot seat this year.
“Three weeks into the season, as it turns out, dissatisfaction around the SEC is worse than anyone even imagined in June and July,” Wolken wrote. “Among those who were perceived to be on the hot seat ? Texas A&M?s Kevin Sumlin, Auburn?s Gus Malzahn, Arkansas? Bret Bielema and Tennessee?s Butch Jones ? nobody has done anything thus far to help their case.
“Meanwhile, antennas have already been raised about Missouri?s Barry Odom and LSU?s Ed Orgeron following disastrous starts. And industry perception is that Ole Miss? second-half flop at Cal almost assures that interim coach Matt Luke, who took over for Hugh Freeze following the escort phone call scandal, won?t be retained.”Advertisement
Finebaum also noted Nick Saban’s impact on other SEC coaches during his initial claim about the SEC’s declining dominance.
?A lot of people want to blame it on Nick Saban but I would strongly disagree. The issue, I think, is the coaching in the SEC. You go back eight or nine years when the SEC was winning six straight BCS championships, you had Spurrier, you had Mark Richt, you had Les Miles, you had Bobby Petrino, you had Urban Meyer. Now, they?re all gone and the replacements have not been very good.Advertisement
You have a couple of Saban disciples in the league. You have a couple of incredibly mediocre coaches who are close to getting fired. I think that is the issue. If you look at the NFL Draft every year, you still see the SEC leading in players in the draft, but the coaching is incredibly mediocre.?
Since Saban’s arrival in 2007, every single other SEC team has gone through at least one coaching change. Talk about inconsistency.