That’s what Dennis Dodd asks here.
Our thoughts on each of those questions:
What happened to the first family of football?
By this, Dodd is referring to the Bowden family. Our belief is that the tides of college football have moved on and the Bowdens are now like sandcastles on the shore, slowly sinking into the surf as each wave hits them. Simply put, it’s tough to stay on the cutting edge in coaching. About five or six years ago, we would have tagged Dennis Franchione as the best coach in the country. Now, he’d be lucky to make our top 10 (though he is still a fine coach).
But it seems like Bobby Bowden has been nothing more than an absentee landlord for his program for the better part of a decade. That thought hit me when he did a sideline interview during the 2000 National Title game with Virginia Tech. Not a halftime interview….but during the game. I’ve never seen a head coach do that before or since and certainly not in a game of that magnitude.
Tommy Bowden is another coach who made an instant splash and then lost his cutting edge. Although we find it funny that Clemson thinks enough of itself that it expects more than a 7-5 season from its program, it looks like he is on the way out soon as well. A weird thing, expectations.
Anyway, as we said earlier this spring, this is probably the curtain call for Bobby. Happy trails, dadgummit.
Is Larry Coker really on the hot seat?
As Dodd points out, only if the ‘Canes lose two or more games again this year. There’s little doubt that Coker has lost some of the momentum that Butch Davis created at that program. He was able to ride the talent for a couple years, but it looks like some of that talent–and the all important Miami swagger–has been diluted of late. With Florida State not a real threat this year, Miami should be able to come through with at least a 10 win season (provided they find a running back).
Is Jacksonville a trap door?
Dodd wonders if a conference title game is a bad thing and asks: “If an undefeated Auburn can get denied a title shot after going 12-0 in the SEC, why can’t the ACC champion?”
Well, first off, the ACC champion will be playing in a better overall conference top-to-bottom. Second, the ACC champ will likely not play The Citadel, Northeast Louisisna and Louisiana-Monroe in it non-conference slate. So, no worries there. The only real worry will be to get through such a tough conference slate, where there are no real Saturdays off, save for the one against Duke. And if you are a Boston College, for instance, you don’t even play the Blue Devils this year.
Is Marcus Vick as good as his brother?
Uh, no. Not even close. In fact, we don’t think that Vick will even survive the season as the starter at quarterback. In the end, we think the guy will be Sean Glennon, who better fits the mold of a Beamer quarterback.
Who is the all-ACC quarterback?
We’ll go with Kyle Wright of Miami. He should surpass Brock Berlin’s numbers from last year, which on the surface were pretty impressive (22 TDs, 6 INTs).