Three coaches kicked off SEC Media Days Monday.
One once had great success at Wisconsin. One once had great success at Central Michigan and Cincinnati. One has lost seven more games than he’s won as a head coach.
Bret Bielema, Butch Jones and Ed Orgeron are not atypical when it comes to the current lineups of SEC coaches. Yes, there’s a case to be made that all three could have major success in the league.
But there are just as many legitimate doubts.
Even Gus Malzahn, who led Auburn to within a few seconds of the 2013 national championship and is thus the second most accomplished coach in the league, is being met with as much skepticism as praise.
Only Nick Saban doesn’t fall into the wait-and-see category.
This year’s SEC Media Days has the feel of a transition year.
Is there another Steve Spurrier, Les Miles, Urban Meyer or Mark Richt on the horizon?
There could well be. But for now, it’s only Saban and a bunch of coaches still trying to prove they deserve to be considered elite at among college football’s best.
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.