Chat with Chris Low
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, ESPN.com's SEC blogger Chris Low will stop by to talk some college football.
Low joined ESPN.com in 2007 after 10 years with The (Nashville) Tennessean covering the University of Tennessee and SEC. The Rock Hill, S.C., native lives with his wife in Knoxville and has three sons.
Send your questions now and join Low Thursday at 1 p.m. ET!
Chris Low (1:04 PM)
A year later, Urban Meyer has resigned ... again.
Dave (Myrtle Beach)
Think Urban is done for a while? Does he resurface in two or three years in a place like Ohio State when Tressel retires or will he be back next year somewhere?
Chris Low (1:05 PM)
No, I definitely don't think he's done coaching. That said, I'd be very surprised if you see him coaching somewhere again next season. I think he'll get away for a year or two and then re-evaluate.
Dan (New York)
Chris, I don't understand why Ryan Mallett wasn't invited to New York as a Heisman finalist? Do you think he deserved to be there?
Chris Low (1:07 PM)
I can tell you I voted Mallett third on my ballot. I felt like he had an excellent year and was a big reason the Hogs finished so strongly. But guys like Luck, James and Moore also had big years. I would think Mallett probably ended up somewhere around fifth or sixth in the voting.
Bruce (Columbus, GA)
Chris: Spurrier back to Florida? Is that a possibility?
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
Don't see it. Spurrier is 66 and wants to coach another year or two and then hang it up. Plus, he's going to have a good team again next year.
Do you have a Heisman vote? Either way, who would you vote for?
Chris Low (1:08 PM)
Here's the way I voted:1. Cam Newton2. LaMichael James3. Ryan Mallett
JP (Tualatin, Or)
Any truth to the rumors that Meyer resigned as much for stress of his role in the Cam Newton situation and some recent recruiting battles. I had heard he was also stressing about what direction to go with his assistants. Maybe his lack of having all the answers come easy made him miss his family more?
Chris Low (1:11 PM)
No, I don't think anything relating to Cam Newton had anything to do with it. It was more the overall stress of that particular job, the way it had consumed his life, combined with his past health problems, and his realizing that he had put his family second way too much in the past. A lot of coaches fight that same fight.
Steve (Atlanta, GA)
Chris, What do you think about Spurrier winning the SEC coach of the year! Anything to read into it since Auburn crushed SC this past Saturday?
Chris Low (1:15 PM)
I'm a big Spurrier fan and thought he did a very good job this year, but Gene Chizik was clearly the coach of the year and was our selection on the ESPN.com All-SEC team we did. Spurrier would probably be the first to tell you that Chizik deserves the award. Remember, this was the coaches' vote. Makes you wonder if coaches refused to vote for Chizik because of all the Newton stuff, etc., especially given that Chizik beat Spurrier twice.
Derek (The Swamp)
How likely is it to assume that Foley will go for Dan Mullen? And how successful do you see UF being in their first year with a coach like Mullen at the helm?
Chris Low (1:16 PM)
If Foley decides he wants to continue with the Meyer approach, stick with that same offense, then Mullen makes the most sense. It could be, though, that Foley wants to break away from that style offense, which in that case would probably eliminate Mullen.
Any chance Meyer is stepping down, because he would not be pushed around from the pressure to fire Addazio?
Chris Low (1:17 PM)
Don't know about that. I can't see Meyer being pressured to do anything. However, I do think there were some issues on the staff and that it was a very tough season all the way around.
Chris, the coaches vote for coach of the year rarely fits with the media's vote. Saban didn't win it last year. Meyer never won it. The Newton situation had zero to do with the coaches vote.
Chris Low (1:20 PM)
You're right. It's always tough to gauge which way the coaches will vote. I just find it strange that a guy who was 13-0 coaching a team not even picked to win its division would lose the award to a coach he beat .. twice ... during the season.
Wouldn't Miami be considered the better coaching job, because you would get to live in Miami instead of Gainesville?
Chris Low (1:23 PM)
I guess so, if you're looking at nightlife, beach access and a big city. But in terms of winning a national championship, having great fan support, great facilities and being one of the pre-eminent programs in the country, it's not close. In my opinion, Florida is the top job in the country.
Chris, a lot of fellow Auburn fans have been pointing to last season's Northwestern bowl game as a huge catalyst for this year. With that in mind, which SEC team (outside of Auburn) has the most to gain with a win this bowl season?
Chris Low (1:25 PM)
Good question. Arkansas would be right up there, given what a BCS bowl win would do for that program. South Carolina needs to go into the offseason with some momentum because the Gamecocks have most of their top players coming back. Also, Tennessee needs to finish off its run and get to seven wins, which would only build the confidence of all the young players on that team.
Do you think Miles is gonna replace crowton,since LSU offense is horrific considering the talent theyve recruited
Chris Low (1:28 PM)
Miles sure didn't give Crowton a ringing endorsement when asked specifically about it, did he? Rather, Miles said he didn't want to talk about it. At the same time, if Miles were going to cut Crowton loose, you'd think he would do it before the bowl game. I agree, though. There's no excuse to be 11th in the SEC in total offense this year and last a year ago in total offense with the kind of players LSU recruits. The Tigers have to find a quarterback. Maybe Mettenberger's the guy. I know the coaches on the Georgia staff think he's the real deal physically.
Alex (Los Angeles)
Chris, any chance Florida poaches a hot Pac-10 coach like Kelly or Harbaugh? Or Kiffin (kidding)?
Chris Low (1:29 PM)
Of the three, Harbaugh would make the most sense to me. But Kiffin? Could you imagine Meyer's reaction if Foley brought in Kiffin to replace him? Obviously, that's not going to happen.
According to the media, the long layoff is beneficial to Auburn because it gives the Tigers time to scheme for the Oregon offense. Shouldn't the converse also be true? Won't the month of prep time help the Ducks get ready for Cammy Cam?
Chris Low (1:32 PM)
First of all, I hate the long layoff -- period. I think it's ludicrous that there's a five-week gap before the most important game of the season is played. How can you expect either team to be on top of its game after not playing a football game for five weeks? I don't buy that the layoff helps either team. Both offenses are difficult to prepare for, do a lot of different things and have explosive playmakers.
Nate (SEC COuntry)
Any Chance I wear my Ohio State hat in peace after the Sugar? Or will I hear 0fer 10
Chris Low (1:36 PM)
I know that's a tough drought for Ohio State fans to swallow. All I will say is this: Arkansas ended the season playing as well as anyone in the league. The defense is vastly improved from a year ago, and with Knile Davis' emergence at running back, there are no weaknesses on offense.
Mike (New York)
Considering that UF may be the best job in the country (top 3, no question) shouldn't the Gators really be swining for the fences with their coaching search? I think Dan Mullen would be a solid hire for most schools but shouldn't the Gators be concerned with his small sample size as a HC? This is not to discount what Mullen has done at MSU but he did inherit a veteran team and has had his success while the SEC has gone through a major transition.....Heck, Charlie Weis was considered a star after a year @ ND and we all know what happened there.
Chris Low (1:38 PM)
I think you're onto something, which is why I have no doubt Jeremy Foley will consider guys like Stoops, Gruden, Petrino, Petersen and Harbaugh.
Ramiro (Baton Rouge)
Why would the Capital One Bowl pick Alabama over LSU. I was under the impression that the Capital One Bowl had to go with the team that was ranked hightest and left out of a BCS Bowl.
Chris Low (1:41 PM)
No, the Capital One Bowl is free to pick whichever team it wants from the SEC, providing there's not a two-game differential, after the BCS selections are made. Typically, the Capital One Bowl has taken the highest ranked team, but went for Alabama this season. Part of that is that LSU went to the Capital One last year and felt like playing in Dallas in the Cotton Bowl would help recruiting.
What is your reaction to the worst program in the SEC and the best program in the SEC to both be looking for new head coaches? Do you think Vandy can attract an existing head coach from another FCS school? Would Florida go with a coordinatior (Malzahn or Smart)?
Chris Low (1:43 PM)
My guess is that Vanderbilt ends up hiring an assistant, but don't count out Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. As for Florida, I don't see any way the Gators would hire an assistant.
Any chance Cam doesn't win the Heisman?
Chris Low (1:44 PM)
Who is your early pick to win the SEC in 2011?
Chris Low (1:45 PM)
I'll go with South Carolina in the East and Alabama in the West. LSU is 1B in the West. I reserve the right to change that pick as we go forward.
Trey (Long Beach)
IF Florida did bring in Kiffin, I bet they don't riot at USC like they did in Knoxville.
Chris Low (1:45 PM)
Impact of Urban Meyer resignation on Florida recruiting?
Chris Low (1:46 PM)
May lose a few guys in this class. But long term, I don't see a huge impact. Florida's brand has become so national that the Gators are always going to recruit at a high level, especially when you consider how talent-rich that state is.
Jared (Atlanta, GA)
Chris, names like Harbaugh and Peterson sound good but I don't think they're realistic candidates for UF. Wouldn't Dan Mullen or Kyle Whittingham make more sense in terms of dollars and continuity?
Chris Low (1:47 PM)
Sure, and Mullen is certainly on the list. I was just pointing out that with a job like Florida, you can always afford to shoot high. But Jeremy Foley will be the first to tell you that it has to be a good fit.
Is AJ Green sticking around or bolting for the NFL?
Chris Low (1:48 PM)
I would say A.J. has played his last SEC game.
Who are your dark horses for 2011? I really like Arkansas in the West and Florida in the East.
Chris Low (1:49 PM)
I said South Carolina in the East and Alabama/LSU in the West. That's early, though.
Dusty (Durham, NC)
When will Georgia get back to National promanance? These last couple of seasons have not been ideal not by Georgia standards.
Chris Low (1:50 PM)
Big recruiting year for the Bulldogs. They have to recruit to that 3-4 defense, in particular bring in some bigger defensive linemen. I think Murray at quarterback is exactly the kind of guy you want to build around on offense. I'm still not sure they have a great one at running back, either.
Who's the best WR of Cobb, Jeffrey and Green?
Chris Low (1:54 PM)
In terms of who's the better pro prospect, I'd rank them: 1. Green, 2. Jeffery, 3. Cobb. As for this season, I think Cobb has been the best when you look at everything he's done, how versatile he is and the number of different ways he can beat you.
Jimmy The Geek (Birmingham)
I see the counting of Auburn out of contention next year has already begun. Don't guy guys ever learn?
Chris Low (1:56 PM)
Good of you to remind us, although you have to admit that's a different team without Newton and Fairley -- assuming they both come out.
Do you really think Harbaugh would have a chance at Florida or is he on his way to Michigan?
Chris Low (1:57 PM)
Probably more likely to Michigan.
Do you see any Alabama players sticking around that are projected in the first or second round or are they gone?
Chris Low (1:58 PM)
I think Ingram, Jones and Dareus are all gone. I think there's a good chance that Barron and Hightower will return.
Is there an award for National freshman of the year? Would your vote go for Marcus Lattimore?
Chris Low (2:00 PM)
Yes, I sure would.
Tired of the Cam stuff?
Chris Low (2:02 PM)
I think we all are.
Scott (Columbia, SC)
Chris your a rock hill boy. Should South Carolina land Jadeveon Clowney, would a Clowney/Taylor tandum be the toughest DE duo in the SEC in 2011? 2012?
Chris Low (2:05 PM)
I think South Carolina will get Clowney, and that will be a nasty tandem with Taylor, who was one of the most improved players in the SEC this year.
Chris Low (2:06 PM)
Appreciate the questions. Maybe by this time next week, we'll know who Florida's next coach will be.