Here at Four Downs and Punt we're all about family.
That's why I spent a big chunk of Rivalry Week at Walt Disney World, chasing my 6-year-old daughter as she chased princesses. Yes, the holiday lines were long, but that gave me time to talk football with the thousands of other fathers, most dressed in the colors of their schools, who were also dutifully doing time. The most anxious group was the large contingent of folks draped Texas and Texas A&M garb on Thanksgiving Day.
As one dad from Fort Worth, Texas, said to me as we watched our daughters dance with Handy Manny and the Little Einsteins, "My entire day has been spent wearing my family out so that I can cart them back to the hotel and have them passed out in time for kickoff."
Then he smiled, slapped me on the shoulder and said, "And by the way, that stuff you wrote about A&M being the 'program that should be great but isn't' was total bull crap. Happy Thanksgiving."
To the plays!
First Down: Should Dabo Swinney Be Nervous?
The 2010 edition of the college football coaches firing line got cranked up on Saturday morning when Vanderbilt's first-year head coach Robbie Caldwell "resigned." By dinner, Randy Shannon was out at Miami, and by Sunday brunch word had leaked that Ricky Bustle was out at UL-Lafayette. Indiana canned Bill Lynch a few hours later.
What do all of the above gentlemen have in common?
1. They took over struggling programs and provided at least some sort of instant excitement that hadn't existed within their programs in quite a while.
2. They are exceedingly-nice men.
3. They were longtime, highly-touted assistant coaches, and three were promoted from within the staff.
4. They are unemployed.
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