Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Story ESPN is Not Talking About

And what story may that be? Why the disaster that is the Alabama head coaching search? It's been a little over a month since Alabama fired Mike Shula, who went 10-2 and received a contract extension just a year earlier. While I don't think Shula was that great of a coach, you only fire a coach if you can get a coach who was better than the last coach, and to this point it doesn't look too good that Alabama is going to be successful in that respect. Alabama has certainly tried. Steve Spurrier. No. Bobby Petrino. No. Rich Rodridguez. Ok, maybe. On second thought, no. Nick Saban. No. No. No. No. For the last time no and please stop calling me or I'm going to call the police. And these are just the names we know about. Who knows who else has turned down the job. At this rate, Alabama will probably have to settle for scientists to try to bring Bear Bryant back from the dead or rehiring Gene Stallings.

Even though this coaching search has been been f-ed up from day one, have we heard a peep from the world wide leader about this? Of course not. No breathless, X coach turned down the job today well I guess Alabama football is irrelevant stories. But hmmm, that always hasn't been ESPN's stance. I seem to recall a head coaching search of a prominent college football program a couple of years ago that ESPN couldn't wait to broadcast how screwed up the coaching search was and who had turned down the job. Urban Meyer, Jon Gruden, Bobby Petrino, Mike Bellotti, Barry Alvarez, Jeff Tedford, Dave Wannstedt, former president Bill Clinton and on and on. It didn't matter whether that said school was actually interested in the coach. So I have to ask ESPN, why the double standard?