Welcome to the Haterade Cooler. What happens in the Cooler, stays in the Cooler. Visit the Haterade Cooler for the latest trash talk.
The Mayans almost got it right; the apocalypse was not in December 2012 like most interpreted their prophecy to be, but rather the world may just collapse in on itself on February 6, 2013.
That is National Signing Day, or the last day recruits can accept a scholarship to play for their program of choice.
In recent years, recruiting coverage has exploded in popularity. The upcoming edition will thus be broadcast on ESPNU so that fans can know immediately what to expect out of their teams in the near future. There is always intrigue, as these teenagers must make a choice that will affect the rest of their lives. There are always surprises, as several decisions come down to the very last moments.
One huge surprise, however, has absolutely nothing to do with the players — because Derek Dooley and Gene Chizik have absolutely nothing to do with any football program.
After collecting an embarrassing zero conference wins between the two of them, Dooley and Chizik were fired from Tennessee and Auburn, respectively, following a disastrous 2012 season. Tennessee did beat Kentucky to end the year, but Dooley wasn’t even around to see it, as the Vols’ athletic department had already canned the guy.
It is going to be interesting to see if any of the young men choosing schools head to either Knoxville or The Plains. They will be choosing the schools in preference to one of these deposed coach’s replacements, and then Dooley and Chizik will have to analyze why that player picked their former school.
Well, hopefully they at least analyze it better than they did game film and in-game Xs and Os, because both coaches were awful at that. And we’re going to go out on a limb and say that fans of both the Vols and Tigers would agree.