It seems, at least for now, that the SEC's training carousel has stopped spinning.
According to several reports, Tennessee will hire Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to be its head football coach. That would be the sixth change of head coach of the SEC since mid-July.
So, how would you classify new employees? Here is a man's opinion:
1. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A & M – Fisher has not been covered in glory in recent years, but he has one thing that none of the other new coaches of the SEC has: a national championship. The Aggies launched a 10-year, $ 75 million offer to Fisher to move it away from the state of Florida, making it an expensive bet. But if A & M is ever going to close the gap in the SEC West powers, Fisher could be the man to do it.
2. Dan Mullen, Florida – The most underestimated coach in the SEC (perhaps in the country) leaves the relative quiet of Starkville for Gainesville's pressure cooker, which has chewed and spit out people like Jim McElwain, Will Muschamp and even Urban Meyer in recent years. Mullen is a certified quarterback guru and a good recruiter, he'll need to be if he's going to win in Florida.
3. Chad Morris, Arkansas – Morris's record of 14-22 as head coach at SMU was not exactly the same as the pound sterling, but he inherited a disaster there and got the Mustangs at 7 -5 this year. He has a history of offensive success as a coordinator in Clemson and Tulsa, and deep recruiting ties in Texas after many years as a high school senior trainer there. The SEC West is a butcher, but the Morris teams will at least be fun to watch.
4. Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State – Moorhead was the best available candidate who had not been FBS head coach, and the MSU athletic director, John Cohen, apparently attacked him early. Moorhead did great things as an offensive coordinator at Penn State, and he also had a good career as head coach at Fordham at FCS level before that. The ability to recruit the South is the question.
5. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee – The search for Volunteers has been a public show for almost three weeks, and not in a good way. According to conservative estimates, nearly a dozen coaches rejected Tennessee before finally deciding on Pruitt. However, as with Moorhead in attack, Pruitt is probably the most respected young defensive coordinator in the country. He is also an ace recruiter, who needs to succeed in Knoxville.
6. Matt Luke, Ole Miss – Luke did an admirable job in a difficult situation after Hugh Freeze resigned in July, posting a 6-6 record and defeating Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl The NCAA dropped the hammer on Ole Miss last week, which probably explains why the program felt like Luke, a career assistant before last season, was the best they could do. It's going to be a difficult road in Oxford.
So, how would you classify the new SEC coaching contracts? I will take your questions and comments about that or anything else in your mind starting at 10 a.m.