In something of a semi-surprising move, assistant coach Ernie Nestor resigned as a member of the Missouri basketball coaching staff to take a similar position at the Naval Academy. Naturally, this has increased the angst of the Tiger fan base as this is the second assistant to leave during this off season. You may remember that Issac Chew stopped for a cup of coffee at Illinois before he moved yet again to Marquette. The popular theory among our more doomsday scenario fans are that these are guys bailing before Frank Haith gets zapped by the NCAA for violations reportedly committed at Miami. I somehow doubt this is true as no one has any idea what the NCAA might be thinking or if they are capable of thought. I do know that Nestor coached under Navy head man Ed DeChellis at Penn State who left the job because, in his words, "They just didn't care". He's 65 years old and has lived and coached on the east coast for the majority of his career. It may just be that simple. As for Chew, he left a position as # 3 coach to move up to first assistant. That's what young coaches do. If the Tigers are successful again this season you can expect head coaching jobs will become available to current # 1 Tim Fuller. If you're winning, your assistants are in demand. Pardon me if I wait a bit longer before I panic.
In what would be called a completely assed surprise, Alabama head coach Nick Saban says he's actually prefer a 9 game conference schedule, despite the coaches voting 14-0 to keep it at 8 games. Actually from what little I've been able to glean from how Mike Slive and the SEC work as a unit, I personally believe this is just letting the networks, such as ESPN know that the conference would be willing to add more conference games to provide content for an SEC network that all of us know is coming. Yes, I know that winning in the SEC is tough and that their champion will be a likely participant in the national championship game, or tournament if that's what happens. The coaches would prefer to schedule some cupcake instead of another conference match up, but if it were to bring in another 8 to 10 million dollars per team with a new network, well, then so be it. You can expect an announcement coinciding with an SEC channel press release. First and foremost, it's an arms race and the SEC has no intention of being #2.
No idea who these gals are? Well the one on the left is named Robyn Ereth, who was immortalized by You tube and Facebook as the bulbous bitch that ripped Donald Driver's shoe out of a kids hands that Driver was obviously tossing to him as a souvenir following a charity softball game. Then, just to add insult to injury Ereth was stupid enough to post a photo of herself on Facebook with her equally unattractive friends boasting of collecting this sweaty piece of memorabilia. Deadspin was on the spot and outed her, her Facebook page was deleted and now she say's she's sorry. Half of America thinking you're a cunt will do that to you. But as an aside, Driver was able to find the boy and make it right with him. Donald Driver goes into my list of favorite athletes.
We knew that when Missouri announced they'd be joining the SEC that the Tigers were going to have to do some catching up. Not a lot of weeks that you can take off in football, thus the schedule with some rummies and throughout the season. We can expect an announcement in the next few weeks about improvements being made to Faurot Field, that over the next few years will cost the university upwards of 100 million dollars. Yet another spot where we trail woefully is our tailgating for visiting fans. But that will possibly begin changing as soon as next year with the birth of Tiger Town, a proposed 6 block area in the heart of downtown featuring beer gardens, concerts, and live radio broadcasts. Take a walk across campus and you're at the stadium. I can't wait to hear more.
One sport the Tigers have always been thought to have the potential to compete in the SEC, where a little less attention is given to basketball. Of course, the hiring of Frank Haith put some of a damper on that as fans looked at his record at Miami and immediately labeled him as doomed to failure. But just look at the rankings and you'll see the Tigers sitting at # 2 in the nation. The job that Haith and his staff have done this year is nothing shome money in the near future, and guaranteed to generate some mail if you're a TSF member. Assistant coaches like Tim Fuller, Ernie Nestor and Isaac Chew are going to be in demand, and with guys like Denmon, Ratliffe and English and Matt Pressey leaving after this year, I'd like to see the staff remain in place to integrate the new recruiting class.
Our former conference mates, especially those residing in the state of kansas, just don't get why Missouri would have been invited to the SEC. They claim that Missouri will be pounded weekly by SEC opponents and will be an embarrassment to the conference. Frankly, I think they're scared to death that the Big XII is going to collapse and Oklahoma and Texas are going to leave. Regardless, while I personally think the Tigers are going to remain competitive, Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage has written an article detailing how the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M is worth about 114 million dollars a year to the upcoming SEC Network. I guarantee that beak and K State fans will call this ridiculous and there's no way the Tigers will add that kind of value. I guess we'll see, and it will probably be sooner rather than later.