Charlie Strong

It cost Texas $266,990 to not get Nick Saban


The sequence of events that led to Texas having Mack Brown step aside and Charlie Strong come to Austin has been pretty well documented for the most part. Speculation was everywhere that the Longhorns had their sights set on Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Some even thought it was a done deal. Of course, Saban stayed in Tuscaloosa and Strong was lured away from Louisville. The search firm hired to find the best candidate for the job didn’t come free either, of course. Texas spent $266,990 on the services of the search firm.

As detailed by USA Today, the search firm of Korn/Ferry International sent the university a bill for $250,000 for helping to hire Strong. On top of that, the firm billed Texas an administrative fee of six percent, which was calculated to be $15,000. As if that were not enough, the firm also billed Texas $1,990 for miscellaneous expenses such as travel expenses.

Texas spent a good amount of money for their search firm, but at a certain point they could have paid one random contributor to College Football Talk $25,000 to be told Strong was a worthy candidate for the job. Let that be a reminder to any college administrator who may be reading in need of a search firm somewhere down the line.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.