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An Exhaustive List of People Who Deserve Coach of the Year Consideration (Before Dan Mullen)

NCAA Football: Coastal Carolina at Arkansas
They picked who??????
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Okay, now that you’ve read that serious title, it’s time for me to come clean. This post is really just an excuse to rag on whatever the heck this is:

To be fair, every one of those four losses the Gators had this season was statistically brilliant. They were also totally excusable.

The Gators lost to Texas A&M because the Aggies were allowed to have a quarter-filled stadium.

They lost to LSU because the officials failed to recognize that throwing an opponent’s shoe is “a football move.”

They lost to Oklahoma because “the 2020 team played its last game 11 days ago.”

You know what they say, excuses are like SEC titles, everybody has one . . .

Except Dan Mullen.

So by all means, recognize the fact that Jamey Chadwell took Coastal Carolina from 5-7 to 11-1 and a top 20 ranking in the school’s fourth season of FBS football.

Recognize Tom Allen for turning Indiana (Indiana!) into a top ten team.

Laud Pat Fitzgerald for taking a northwestern team that was physically painful to watch on offense in 2019 and turning it into . . .a Northwestern team marginally less painful to watch on offense.

Celebrate Luke Fickell for taking Cincinnati through an undefeated regular season.

Grudgingly recognize Nick Saban for continuing to keep his frightening Borg of a football program hurtling through space ridding the world of joy and individuality.

But don’t reward the guy who literally had more excuses than elbows in 2020.

Go ‘Dawgs!!!