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With a less than two months to go before toe meets leather for the 2010 college football season, Three & Out returns to give you a periodic look at what's going on this summer in the SEC. In today's edition, we take a look at the situation in the Georgia athletic department, karma working in Tennessee's favor and Nick Saban's other career.
TROUBLE IN PARADISE?
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that there's been upheaval in the Georgia athletic department following the arrest, and subsequent resignation, of former athletic director Damon Evans.
Since the incident, I've been asked several times if Mark Richt's job status will be impacted by a Georgia having a new AD.
My response: No. As a matter of fact, it may solidify it.
I understand the rationale behind the question. Typically, when a new president or AD is introduced, that person likes to put his or her stamp on the program, usually by hiring people that they are comfortable with. I don't think that will be the case with Georgia.
Contrary to the belief of some, Mark Richt isn't on the hot seat. A seven-win season would put him on thin ice in 2011, but it's not going to get him fired, no matter who the AD is. Could a 5-7 season get him fired? Sure. But the same can be said for virtually every other coach in the SEC not named Nick Saban or Urban Meyer.
In the wake of the Damon Evans scandal, the Bulldogs need Richt now more than ever. Georgia needs stability, and Mark Richt – a man that is the epitome of stability – is the perfect man to provide it. Now, if the football program continues to deteriorate for the next couple of years, then yes, maybe it will be time for him to go. But that will have nothing to do with the athletic director and everything to do with the direction of the program.
OH SWEET IRONY
Remember back in January when Lane Kiffin and Co. bolted Knoxville and headed west to sunny Southern California? Well, apparently that's a two-way street.
Malik Jackson, junior defensive end formerly of the USC Trojans, has decided to transfer to Tennessee. Since Jackson is a junior, and thus can't participate in a bowl game for the remainder of his career at USC due to NCAA sanctions, he is eligible to play with the Vols in 2010.
While the sanctions levied on the USC program are an issue for the Trojan program, Jackson told the Los Angeles Times that his transfer is based on playing time, rather than the NCAA sanctions.
Jackson, who recorded 3.5 sacks as a reserve for the Trojans last season, told the paper that they Tennessee coaches "hit him up" and said that they needed help at defensive end. I suppose that's fitting considering all of the shenanigans that the Kiffin regime pulled on their way out of town.
Karma works in mysterious ways...except in this case, where it's pretty apparent.
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...
If Alabama head coach Nick Saban ever wants to pursue other career options, maybe he should consider acting. After all, he's been doing a lot of it lately.
Following his cameo last year in the hit The Blind Side, Nick Saban is hitting the silver screen again. This time, he's starring in a documentary from Flashlight Media Group entitled Nick Saban: Gamechanger.
Saban gave the filmmakers unprecedented access this winter and spring, allowing them to follow him during A-Day weekend, to staff meetings, on a trip to film a commercial for ESPN's College GameDay and even to his Georgia mountain home on Lake Burton.
The film will debut in theaters on August 24, and will be available on DVD after the run on the silver screen ends.
Barrett Sallee covers the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @BarrettSallee
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