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You have to give former coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff some credit for Auburn’s drive to the BCS National Championship Game. They recruited most of the seniors who played such a major part in the Tigers’ drive to the SEC title.

Phillip Marshall, Senior Editor, AuburnUndercover.com

At the same time, they’ll have to share some of the blame for a team that is going to be frightfully low on upperclassmen next season. …

You are going to see more and more assistants getting big-time head coaching jobs. It has become much more difficult to hire established head coaches, because their schools are locking them up with long-term contracts and very large buyouts. …

I really can’t believe my old friend Tim Brando has let Auburn fans get under his skin as badly as he has. …

How can the people who run college football try so hard to say football players should be just like other college students and then charge $300 for a single ticket to watch those players compete for a championship? …

Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley made a bold move, and I believe a good one, in naming Will Muschamp head coach. Muschamp is one of the more impressive young coaches to come through Auburn in my time covering the Tigers. He's first-class guy, too. ...

I expect Barrett Trotter to have a big season at quarterback in 2011. That assumes, of course, that Cam Newton doesn’t return for his senior season and Trotter beats out sophomore Clint Moseley and freshman Kiehl Frazier. …

My guess is the SEC favorites going into next season will be LSU in the West and South Carolina in the East. Of course, we saw this season how little that means. …

Unless Vanderbilt is willing to put literally tens of millions of dollars into facilities, it’s not going to make much difference how much it is willing to pay a coach. …

Imagine how different things would probably be today if athletics director Jay Jacobs had listened to popular opinion and hired Turner Gill instead of Gene Chizik in December 2008. …

Things change very rapidly in college football. Who would have thought at the end of last season that Texas, Florida and Alabama would have 15 losses among them and that Texas wouldn’t even be going to a bowl game? …

SEC coaches facing must-win seasons in 2011? Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt and Georgia’s Mark Richt. …

Until next time. …

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