Muschamp Hire: Auburn has anted up to bring Will Muschamp back to the Plains. This will be his third stint at AU.
Right out of college, Muschamp accepted a GA position during the Terry Bowden years under Wayne Hall and Bill Oliver.
After time with Nick Saban at LSU and at Miami in the NFL, he found his way back to Auburn with Tommy Tuberville's staff as defensive coordinator.
When you look at Muschamp's resume, his teams' defensive numbers are impressive. LSU and Auburn's defenses were good.
You can say that's because of Saban and Tubby, but Muschamp played a role. Look at what he did at Texas.
Mack Brown's team ranked 53rd in the NCAA in total defense before Muschamp took over as DC there in '08. The Longhorns were immediately better and finished in the top five nationally in Muschamp's final two years in Austin.
As a head coach at Florida, the Gators woes were on offense. UF was ranked in the top ten in total defense during all four years of Mushcamp's tenure.
Auburn should expect improvement on the defensive side of the ball. In 2013, they still played for a national title with the 115th ranked defense in the country.
If the Tigers can be in the top 50, coupled with one of the top offenses in college football, the future looks bright.
The university will be lighter in the pocket books however. They owe now fired DC Ellis Johnson $2.2 million and are making Muschamp the highest paid assistant at $1.6 million per year.
Isn't it worth it though? If it pays off, competing at the highest level will be worth the investment.
Muschamp is not complaining. With the $6.3 million he's owed by Florida added to his Auburn salary, in many ways he came out smelling like a rose.
There are many head coaches that won't bring in $10 million over the next three years.
Heisman: John Heisman, who happens to be a former Auburn coach, is the namesake for what is today the most recongized award in sports.
You can argue the Cy Young in baseball or MVPs in other sports, but no other award draws as much attention as the Heisman.
The three candidates appear to be class guys, a nice contrast from Winston and Manziel. Mariota gave a hearfelt acceptance speech during Saturday night's presentation.
The Heisman has become a quarterback award. Field generals have won it the last five years. It used to be that running backs carried equal billing. That's back when teams ran the ball more.
Alabama's Amari Cooper was a pivotal part of the Crimson Tide's offense in a position that doesn't guarantee a lot of touches. Look at the season Blake Sims had. Give Lane Kiffin credit, but what if Sims didn't have Cooper?
Cooper is the fourth Bama player since 2009 to finish in the top five of the Heisman balloting. Alabama's last top ten finisher prior to then was Shaun Alexander (7th) in 1999.