Auburn football fans should hope Mike Farrell Sports’ Kyle Golik is correct about which big-name coaches he foresees failing to reach the mountaintop via winning the College Football Playoff National Championship. Colorado’s Deion Sanders and Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin — who were to varying degrees candidates for the Tigers’ head coaching position following Bryan Harsin’s firing — were both on Golik’s list of coaches “who will never win a title.” Ouch.
Golik doesn’t see Sanders matching programs with similar talent levels given his past.
“I don’t feel we will glean much from Colorado this year, but we haven’t seen Sanders have to compete with programs that have as much if not more resources than he does, and our small sample size when he did, he failed,” Golik wrote.
As for Kiffin, the Mike Farrell Sports writer harshly pointed out that whenever the Ole Miss head coach has had autonomy over the inner workings of his program, things haven’t gone nearly as well.
“Kiffin will always be able to generate heat and leverage social media and media outlets how he wants,” Golik prefaced before saying, “Through all the opportunities Kiffin has had, he has never delivered when he was the one in charge.”
Auburn football head coach Hugh Freeze not being on the list could mean one of two things
Notably absent from Golik’s list of coaches who will never win was Auburn football head coach Hugh Freeze — and the lack of his inclusion could mean one of a few things, with those options on the opposite end of the spectrum.
On one hand, Golik could simply believe Freeze is capable of winning a College Football Playoff National Championship on the Plains, or theoretically, elsewhere. Freeze’s Ole Miss squad won nine games during the regular season, and as we all know well, Auburn has far more resources to offer the Oxford, Mississippi native. Believing he could up the ante and go on a run for a team that has appeared in two national championship games in the last 13 years is certainly a believable stance.
On the other, Golik may just not see Freeze as one of the top five coaches who will never win a national championship. Maybe he was Golik’s sixth choice. Perhaps it’s just not that deep.