Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof's pass-rushing unit may have been weak for a few seasons now, but the same can't be said for the veteran coach's status across the college football landscape: Roof has now been linked to the currently vacant defensive coordinator job at Auburn. Though Roof apparently indicated through a text message that he hasn't spoken to Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn about replacing Will Muschamp at the SEC football factory, it appears that there has been enough mutual interest for the idea of Roof to Auburn to gain some early momentum. Roof served as Auburn's defensive coordinator from 2009-2011, winning a national title along the way, and has now coached for three seasons at Tech in his second stint as defensive coordinator on The Flats.
With the Falcons (and Saints, you are one of those people) finally ruled out of playoff contention, now is the time to fully turn your focus to the sextet of Jackets currently playing in the NBA. Chris Bosh and Derrick Favors, of the Heat and Jazz respectively, have had far and away the best seasons of the Jackets in the NBA. Bosh, who is in the midst of another quietly fantastic season in South Beach, has averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while Favors has added in 16.8 and 8.6 for Utah. I could've sworn that Will Bynum got himself a one-year deal somewhere in the league, but he's actually playing this year for the Guandong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
To most fans, the massive increase in offensive production for Brian Gregory's Yellow Jackets has been nothing short of a miracle. To Gregory himself, however, the resurgent offense has led to a problem of its own: a decreased focus on his normally stingy defensive philosophy. Gregory, currently in his fifth year on The Flats, has simply never had any kind of offense to go with his above average defenses. And though this year's defense is not looking to be as dominant as we've seen in years past, I'm more than happy with the trade simply because good offense and bad defense is so much more bearable in a game like basketball. Give me 80 points every night, even if the opponent ends up scoring 81. That's much easier on the eyes than the 50 to 60-point showings of last year.
If you are a fan of high-powered offenses, bad defenses, and lots of points? If so, then tonight's Russell Athletic Bowl is for you. Baylor and UNC, two of the top 20 teams in the nation, will square off in what should be one of the more entertaining games of the season. In fact, any game that gives me a chance to watch Art Briles -- a man with the personality of Nick Saban and the fancy-pants offense of those no-good millennials -- is a win.
Have a great Tuesday!