It never takes long for pundits and fans alike to begin looking toward next year once the college football season ends. Once Alabama hoisted the Coaches’ Trophy for its third BCS championship in four years, the conversation immediately turned to whether the Tide can win three consecutive titles in a row.
The early favorite to challenge Nick Saban‘s program? Ohio State. The Buckeyes went 12-0 this season, but because of a one-year postseason ban, did not go bowling. That won’t be a problem for Urban Meyer in 2013, but he doesn’t want to talk about national championships one year away.
“For me to say we have to get there next year, that’s like talking about how we have to go fly to the moon,” Meyer said on Friday. “We’re nowhere near having that conversation.
“We had a good season and there’s a lot of conversation about things that shouldn’t be discussed, because it’s not true… we get a lot better, like a LOT better.”
It’s standard coachspeak, but Meyer is going to have to answer similar questions all offseason and potentially through the season. That distraction will test Meyer’s ability to motivate his team. The first-year coach had to find a way to motivate his group to win 12 games this past season with no bowl game at the end. Now, he has to keep his team playing with an edge even with all the hype surrounding the program again.
(Quotes courtesy of Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.