SEC Football (Coordinator Battles): Schottenheimer V Wommack


Rivalries are a part of what makes sports great.  Jets-Patriots.  Vikings-Packers.  Silva-Sonnen.  Lipinski-Kwan.  Already I have offended people by not including their favorite rivalry.  As posted in the first article in this series, however, each post will contain some new rivalries in the introduction, so feel free to make a suggestion in the comments or tweet @southbounddown or @jcrichardson12 (still not great with “the twitter”) with your suggestions.

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If you have been following along with this series, you can skip to the voting portion.  I have continued to include the following for first-time readers of this series.  It is especially important to fans of programs that have not yet been mentioned or are being mentioned for the first time.

Originally I intended for this to be strictly SEC Football rivalries and coaches.   Fortunately I realized my folly.  If I were to limit this series to only SEC games, some great rivalries would get left out.  Additionally, the SEC East would be done a huge disservice.

Many SEC West teams have the (dis)advantage of having one of their biggest rivals be not only in the same division, but also in-state (Alabama-Auburn, Ole Miss-Mississippi State).  Many teams in the SEC East, however, have one of their biggest rivalries with an in-state team that is not a part of the SEC (Georgia-Georgia Tech, Florida-Florida State, South Carolina-Clemson, Kentucky-Louisville…it counts).

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I also thought the wording of the question was key.  “Who would you rather have take over your program right now” eliminates coaches who may not be in the game very much longer.   “Who would you rather have for one season” negates recruiting expertise to an extent.  So it was settled that the question would be “Who would you rather have for the next 4 years?”  That encompasses coaching and recruiting.  It implies that the coach cannot retire after one season.

If you have a preference, you already know which way you are going to vote.  The introductions and overview here will be kept at a minimum.

So without further ado, let us introduce our new coordinators for our ‘Rivalry Coaches’ series . . . instead of limiting the coordinators to rivalries, we changed the rules a bit.  Instead, the rivalry will be for coordinator supremacy rather than a rivalry between the two schools being a requirement.  This battle will key-in on two coaches that have never coached against each other and will only see each other sparingly if they remain in their current stations.  This will also be the last of our coordinator battles, leaving us with 4 winners for round two.  Check out the prior battles here:

Auburn’s Rhett Lashlee (OC) V Georgia’s Jeremy Pruitt (DC) 

Alabama’s Lane Kiffin (OC) V Alabama’s Kirby Smart (DC) 

Auburn’s Will Muschamp (DC) V Texas A&M’s John Chavis (DC) 

The Venue:  Every 6 Years

Brian Schottenheimer: 

*cue announcer voice* Fighting out of the Black and Red corner and reminding people he just came to Georgia after a stint in the NFL…he will be replacing a legend that was entrenched in SEC hierarchy… If he can improve the offensive attack of Georgia, Georgia will have an underrated staff of coaches…he was not quite aggressive enough in the NFL with his passing game, but he should fit Georgia’s scheme just fine…he’ll be able to deliver body blows from a stable of running backs and dump to his tight end with regularity…his supporters love his NFL experience…his haters say he couldn’t cut it there, he won’t cut it here… BBBBBBRRRRRRRIIIIIIIAAAAANNNNNN  “THEEE NEEEEEWWWWWW KIIIIDD ON THE BLLLLOOOOCCCCKKKK ” SCHOOOOOOOTTTTEENHEIMER

Dave Wommack:

*throat clear, cue announcer voice* Fighting out of the Red and Blue corner and reminding people that he is the only real coordinator in Oxford, MS…he has risen and fallen from D-1 jobs more times than he cares to remember…he is the architect of the landshark defense and look to be extremely aggressive with his counters…his unit is loaded with potential and he has shown an ability to get the most out of it…his supporters say he is vastly underrated based of his 2014 results…his haters say it is just a matter of time before he flames out again… DDDDDDDAAAAAAVVVVVVEEEEEEE “THHHHEEEE SEEENNIIIOOOORRRR LLLLAAANNNNDDDSSHHHHAAARRRRKKKK” WWWWOOOOOOOOOOOMMMAAACCCKKK

Take your pick.  Share with friends.  Make sure your coach comes out on top.  Results for round 2 purposes will be taken a week after the publish date (8/31/2015).   The poll will remain open and like LL Cool J said, “Don’t Call it a Comeback”

For more on SEC Rivalries, check out Barrett Sallee’s article: ‘SEC Football:  Ranking the Conference’s Best Rivalries

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