If the old second tier was 1-AA and the big boys were 1-A, do we now need a new class for the SEC, a 1-No-A?
The coaching merry-go-round continues, with Sun Belt champ Arkansas State losing coach Gus Malzahn to Auburn; that's a definite upgrade in position. Malzahn was the OC for the national title team before heading west.
What isn't a clear upgrade is a power-conference champ's coach looking to jump ship for 1-0A; the Vols have a strong shot at getting Louisville coach Charlie Strong. Louisville is in the Big East, heading to the ACC.
Tennessee has a strong football tradition that has taken a nose-dive in the recent past, having Lame Kippen do a one-and-done, heading to USC just before the NCAA gumshoes came a-snooping, then having Derek Dooley go from being a Bulldog heir (his dad Vince was the vintage coach at Georgia) to a dog of a coach, lasting three years before getting the heave-ho just before the end of the season, going 15-21.
Do you leave a conference champ of a power conference (the 'ville is slated to move to the ACC before the Big East gets demoted to mid-major status once the new post-season framework sets in for 2014) to take on a rebuilding project in the SEC? We have Bielema saying yes to a comparable proposition to move from Wisconsin to Arkansas. It wouldn't be much of a stretch for Strong to make that move as well.
If he does, we can essentially bracket in the SEC champ in as the perennial one-seed in the football mini-playoff.