By: Monte Perez
In 1998, the band Semisonic released a song titled, “Closing Time.” The chorus goes as follows… “You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here” These lyrics apply to a few head coaches in Division I. In my college football pre-season article I wrote, “ Les Miles has underachieved, he should have been fired at the end of last season.” I got a lot of negative feedback on social media for those words. There is no doubt Miles is an excellent recruiter. Over the last 10 years, LSU has had 63 players drafted in the NFL. (that is second to USC, who had 69 players drafted.) Despite great talent, over the past 4 years, Mile’s team had a record of 5-3, 4-4, 5-3 and 1-1 in the SEC. That is just not getting it done. LSU is one of the top 5 college coaching jobs in the country. If I was the athletic director, my first call would be to Houston Cougars Head Coach Tom Herman. The Houston coach will be the #1 priority for schools like USC, Oregon, and LSU. Miles will get another coaching job and he will have success again. He doesn’t have to go home but he can’t stay on the sidelines in Baton Rouge.
Here are 5 things the Sports Whisperer Learned about Week 4 in College Football:
It is time for Oregon coach Mark Helfrich to go: The Ducks lost to Colorado 41-38 at home. Oregon is now 2-2. Just a few years ago, under Chip Kelly and Marcus Mariota, this team was ranked in the top 5 at the end of the season for 3 straight years. It’s not just the bad play calling and schemes, Under Helfrich, the team has lost a ton of talent. Kelly had 2 and 3 5- star players at each position, Helfrich doesn’t. This season the Ducks hired Brady Hoke to be their defensive coordinator. Hoke had 2 winning seasons in 6 years as a head coach in the MAAC Conference. He was 13-12 in the Mountain Western Conference. His last 3 years in Michigan he was 8-5,7-6 and 5-7. Great coaches get promoted, not demoted. The Ducks are my favorite team in college football and what was once a national powerhouse is now a mediocre program. It will only get worse until they fire their head coach. Helfrich doesn’t have to go home but he can’t stay on the Oregon sidelines.
USC, Olympus has fallen: Utah rallied back from a 14-point deficit to beat the USC Trojans in the final minutes 31-27. The Trojans are now 1-3 and they may finish under .500 for the first time 2000. Since 2009 the Trojans have had four coaches, Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron, Steve Sarkisian and Clay Helton. Like LSU, USC is one of the top 5 college coaching jobs in the country. I would be absolutely shocked if USC wins more than 6 games and if Helton is back on the sidelines next year. Helton doesn’t have to go home but he can’t stay on the Southern California sidelines.
Clemson Football: There is a big difference between being the hunter and being the hunted. The Tigers shocked a lot of teams last season but no one is taking them lightly this year. There is just not something right about Clemson (They beat Georgia Teach on the road for the first time since 2003, 26-7). But, this team is playing sluggish and looks bored at times. I wonder if they have a National Championship hangover? Are they playing for their draft status? This is a team that has a plethora of talent on both sides of the ball but they don’t seem to have a 2nd gear so far.
What has happened to Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish are getting Knocked out every week. They are getting manhandled in the trenches. They are now 1-3 and lost at home to a 2-2 Duke football team, 38-35. I didn’t expect ND to be a national championship contender but I thought they were a legitimate top 15 program. They have given up 50, 36 and 38 points in three of their first 4 games. ND travels to 2-2 Syracuse next week so look for them to get back on track. If not, they are looking at 5-6 wins
The frustration, for now, is over for Tennessee fans: After 11 years of losing to the Florida Gators, the Tennessee volunteers beat the arch rival FLA 38-28. After trailing 21-3 at halftime, the Vols scored 35 points in the second half. Head Coach Butch Jones has been on the cusp of taking this program to the next level for a few years. He will have two huge tests in back to the back weeks in October. The Vols play at #9 Texas A&M and at home against #1 Alabama. Jones could have his team winnning 10 or 11 games this yer, the future is looking bright.
After four Weeks of the season here is my top 5
#3 Ohio State
# 5 Michigan
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