As I listen to more and more national pundits screw up talking about College Football, I swear I could do that job. This little blog is just a hobby, and there are some mistakes. But I feel like if this were a full time gig, Corbindawg would be better suited than most of the idiots on ESPN, Yahoo, Dan Patrick Show, etc…
But alas, my vote on anything is worth about as much as a ticket to the ACC Championship game.
But if I did have a vote for the SEC Coach of the Year, I would pick James Franklin of Vanderbilt.
Now, there are some very legitimate options out there. Will Muschamp has done an outstanding job at Florida, having the toughest schedule in college football and only one loss to another 11-1 team by 8 points. You have Steve Spurrier, who has guided the Gamecocks to another 10 win season, is the schools all-time winningest coach, and won on the road to Clemson in a hostile environment without the services of Shaw or Lattimore. Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss has the Rebels bowl eligable, which is a huge feat. Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M had a terrific first year at the school and in the SEC.
Of course, the winning coach of the SEC Championship Game should get some consideration going to the National Championship Game.
But as much as it pains me, what James Franklin at Vanderbilt has done this season is nothing short of remarkable. The Dores won 7 in a row and went 5-3 in the SEC. Sure, they didn’t really beat anyone great, but to win like that at a school like Vanderbilt deserves some major credit. The won some close games, which is another sign of a good coach. They played Florida and South Carolina close (and probably should have beaten South Carolina).
Several coaches in the SEC failed big time this season. Others earned their lofty paychecks. But James Franklin by far had the best coaching performance of anyone.