Some NFL teams are increasingly concerned about quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as a prospect, and it is not because of his recent injury.
© John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Either due to injuries or other concerns, some NFL teams may have doubts about quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. According to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, several teams have been less enthusiastic about Tagovailoa lately. Miller said one team dropped him to the third quarter on his dashboard and another team brought him down to fourth.
Miller says it’s not because of Tagovailoa’s hip injury. Instead, some teams see it as part of a system in Alabama, reinforced by an elite offensive line and blueprint.
It only takes one team to disagree with this assessment, and there are certainly some who still assess Tagovailoa behind QB Joe Burrow alone.
It is interesting to hear that some teams clearly disagree with what was thought to be consensus.
The signals regarding Tagovailoa’s health were universally positive throughout the pre-project process. This does not seem to reduce the uncertainty as to Tua’s final destination.
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The last time that successful college football programs were terrible
One of the engaging things about college football is the excellent programs that have had decades of success and expect to be challenged every year for the championships. For many of these schools, a 6-6 season is unacceptable and considered an absolute failure. (For some, a 9-3 record is a reason to fire a coach.) But all of these schools have endured a season or two (or 14) when times were really bad – when winning a game was more difficult than winning another championship. These are the worst times; these are the times when fans want to erase their memories … if they were still alive then. Here is the last time that 20 of the most successful programs of our time were just horrible.
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Alabama Crimson Tide (2000-2007)
It is hard to remember a time when Alabama was not a dynasty that constantly competed for championships, going to the BCS bowls and the College Football Playoff. But before Nick Saban arrived in 2007, the Crimson Tide was a mess. After Gene Stallings retired in 1996, the tide was a program roller coaster. Mike Dubose went 24-23 in four seasons to Tuscaloosa before he was fired. (There was also news of an affair he had with his secretary.) Dennis Franchione turned things around in his two seasons, but left for the A&M position in Texas due to NCAA sanctions against ‘Bama. Mike Price was later hired as the new head coach, but never led a game for the Tide after reports of his strip club attendance were revealed. To Mike Shula. It started abruptly in its first two years, but jumped to 10-2 and a Cotton Bowl win in 2005. It dropped to 6-7 the following year and due to more rule violations. the NCAA, the program had to cancel the 16 victories of 2005 and 2006.
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Auburn Tigers (2012)
Most of the schools on this list have a period of seasons when the program was in the gutter, but for Auburn, we are looking at a singular season not only because of the gravity of the situation, but also because it was at the shadow of one of the highlights of the program. The 2010 Tigers went 14-0 and beat Oregon for the national championship behind Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. After a decent 8-5 season the following year, everything fell apart. Auburn’s offensive and defensive coordinators left after the 2011 season, ball carrier Michael Dyer left the program with several other players, and a shootout at an off-campus party left two people dead (transferring Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian ). The Tigers went 0 to 8 in the SEC with their only wins against Louisiana-Monroe, the State of New Mexico and Alabama A&M. Auburn lost to Alabama rival 49-0 to end the season and has lost his last three SEC games by a combined total of 150-21. Gene Chizik was fired the day after the loss of Alabama.
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Boise State Broncos (1996-1998)
Boise State has in a way become for college football what Gonzaga is in college basketball: mid-major in a way that still matters on the national scene. Boise State has won at least 10 games in 16 of the past 20 years and has been in a bowl every year since 2002. In the late 1990s, however, the Broncos did not look like a program that was about to break through to hang on with the fat guys. From 1996 to 1998, Boise State went 12-22 as he made the jump to the I-A division, and he suffered a tragedy off the field. Head coach Pokey Allen was diagnosed with muscle cancer and died at the end of the 1996 season. Houston Nutt resumed the following year and led Boise to a 5-6 mark… then left for l ‘Arkansas. Dirk Koetter would take the reins in 1998 and reverse the program with a score of 6-5 to lay the foundation on which the program is still being built.
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Clemson Tigers (1968-1976)
Clemson had relatively difficult years in the Tommy West years, but other than a gloomy 3-8 record in 1998, it was not without hope. You have to go back to the late 1960s and mid 1970s to find the last time the Tigers were considered lost. Ironically, it all started at the end of Frank Howard’s 30-year reign, when his coaching concepts became obsolete. After finishing with two seasons of four wins in 1968 and 1969, Howard retired and Hootie Ingram reached a mark of 12-21 in three seasons as a replacement. Red Parker was the ACC coach of the year in 1974 before burning in seasons 2-9 and 3-6-2. The Tigers spent 17 years without reaching a bowl (which was a little easier to do before 40 bowl games). Parker was replaced by Charley Pell, who reversed the schedule (file 18-4-1) but left for Florida and was later convicted of recruiting violations.
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Florida Gators (1978-1979)
The Gators have been fortunate to have Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer sidelined for 18 of the past 30 seasons, so there have not been too many low points in recent memory. You have to go back to the 1978 and 1979 seasons to see the Gators when they were really terrible. Head coach Doug Dickey has had a frustrating tenure at Gainsville who has found the Gators competitive in his nine seasons, but rarely a factor in the SEC race. In 1978 his Gators fell to 4-7 (although this season saw a former Heisman Trophy quarter-winner, Spurrier, get his first coaching gig). Charley Pell replaced Dickey and took over a team that was destroyed by injuries and had to start four different quarterbacks during the year. Florida finished 0-10-1, including just two games where the Gators scored at least 14 points. Fun fact: Cris Collinsworth was a junior in this winless Florida team. Now here’s a guy …
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Florida State Seminoles (1973-1975)
Most of you know that Florida State’s 36-year streak reaching a bowl game ended in 2018. Obviously, the Seminoles haven’t been terrible for a long time, but it was a spectacular failure . Before Bobby Bowden resuscitated the program, there were Larry Jones and Darrell Mudra. Jones started off well, with records of 8-4 and 7-4 in 1971 and 1972, respectively, but a terrible 0-11 season that saw the state of Florida get pounded every week ended his term. . Mudra was hired in 1974, but barely improved from 4 to 18 in his two seasons, before Bowden was hired in West Virginia. Fun fact: Although Bowden had great success in Florida State, Mudra would have a Hall of Fame career as head coach of Division II / I-AA.
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Bulldogs of Georgia (1953-1963)
Georgia is usually never mentioned in the designation of traditional college football powers, but it is one of the most consistent programs. The last really downward stretch took place during the Ray Goff regime of the mid-1990s. However, it involved 500 teams, which is light years ahead of the decade-long program. 1953 to 1963. Hall of Fame head coach Wally Butts has had a lean past few years in Athens, winning at most four games in five of his last eight seasons (although a 10-1 mark in his fore- last season was a high rating). Former player Johnny Griffith took over and has not fared much better, 10-16-4 in three seasons, and has never finished better than seventh in the SEC. In those 11 seasons, Georgia has had only three winning seasons and has finished higher than the SEC sixth twice.
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LSU Tigers (1998-1999)
Gerry DiNardo’s time at Baton Rouge got off to a good start with three straight games with a bowl and a 26-9-1 record. In 1998, after winning the first three games and moving up to sixth place in the national rankings, the wheels fell off. The Tigers have lost seven of their last eight games – although five of those games have been against ranked teams. The 1999 season went the same way, as LSU won its first two games against the State of San Jose and North Texas, before losing the following eight (again, five of these teams were classified). DiNardo was fired prior to the season finale against No. 17 Arkansas, which the Tigers won under interim coach Hal Hunter. During this two-year streak, the Tigers went from 7 to 15 and have experienced dramatic collapses every season. A few weeks later, they hired Nick Saban to become their new head coach.
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Miami Hurricanes (1975-1978)
To be fair, no one would have pegged the Miami Hurricanes to be an elite soccer program in the mid-1970s. Miami was rarely ranked and only sporadically went to bowl games. It was in 1983 that the program became a national competitor, so the years leading up to Howard Schnellenberger and Jimmy Johnson’s victory at the national championships were not viewed with the same glasses. In 1975 Carl Selmer took over the Hurricanes program, becoming his fifth head coach in six seasons. Attendance has been a problem at the Orange Bowl, and Selmer’s seasons 2-8 and 3-8 have made it even worse. He was fired in favor of Lou Saban, who won only three games in his first season. Saban started reversing the program in 1978 with a score of 6-5 and some excellent recruiting classes that would eventually become 11 players in the NFL. Saban’s time ended in controversy, when three hurricane players attacked a Jewish man on his way to a campus church service and threw him into a lake. Saban made unhappy comments and resigned at the end of the season. The university has had discussions about whether to drop out of football (or move to Division II) when hiring Schellenberger. Well, that made an excellent decision.
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Michigan Wolverines (2008-2010)
Rich Rodriguez’s three-year era at Ann Arbor was completely over. Rodriguez brought his extended attack from West Virginia to replace Lloyd Carr’s professional style attack, and it didn’t start off well. Players left early for the NFL or simply left to play elsewhere. Rodriguez went 3-9, scoring the Wolverines’ first losing season since 1967 and the most loss in the history of the program. Michigan would improve to 5-7 the following year but lost seven of its eight Big Ten games. In 2010, the team would start season 5-0, but skipped the streak, losing six of their last eight games, including blowout losses to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Mississippi State to end the game. season. Rich-Rod was fired after the team lost to the Gator Bowl and holds the worst record of any coach in Michigan history.
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Cornhuskers of Nebraska (1957-1961)
Of course, the last two seasons in Nebraska have not been Lincoln’s best, as the 4-8 consecutive seasons are unseemly for a program with such a rich history. It could be worse, as it could be Bill Jennings’ five-year tenure with the Cornhuskers who saw the team go 15-34-1 and not win more than four games in a season. The Huskers dominated the first four decades of the 20th century, but the program struggled after World War II. From the outbreak of the Second World War to Bob Devaney, who took over in 1962, the Huskers recorded the second winning percentage among the major university teams behind Kansas State.
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2003-2007)
Notre Dame is Notre Dame, and fans and alumni expect the best year after year. In the mid-2000s, however, the best was not what they had to watch on Saturday. Ty Willingham and Charlie Weis had moments of success during their stays at South Bend, but they were often followed by thunderous hollows. The Irish blew themselves up regularly … especially by rival USC … and Willingham was sacked after three seasons. Weis walked in and ignited a spark in the program in his first two years but, again, he couldn’t follow through. The Irish went 3-9 in 2007, setting the record for the most losses in a season that included being beaten by the Navy for the first time in 43 games. The Irish were back to lose big (38-0 double loss to USC and Michigan), and even when they had a good year, they lost nine straight.
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Ohio State Buckeyes (1987-1988)
To be honest, it’s rare to see the Buckeyes for too long. Yes, Luke Fickell’s 2011 season was somewhat of a disaster, but it was due to the scandal and the sudden resignation of Jim Tressel. We have to go back to 1987-1988 to see the last time that Ohio State was really in the landfills. Head coach Earle Bruce was unlucky. Cris Carter was kicked out of the team for hiring an agent and his Buckeyes were destroyed by Indiana; it was the first time in 35 years that they had bowed against the Hoosiers. The president of the university decided before the Michigan game to fire Bruce at the end of the season, but the cat immediately got out of the bag while athletic director Rick Bay announced the layoff when he resigned. protest sign. The team declined an offer to play the Sun Bowl in solidarity with Bruce. John Cooper was hired to replace Bruce and put the parts back together in Columbus. Cooper lost to Michigan State and Michigan (something he used to do) this first year and, again, lost to Indiana en route to a 4-6-1 season and the first losing season of program since 1966.
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Oklahoma Sooners (1995-1998)
It hasn’t always pleased Heisman quarters in Norman, you know? In the mid-1990s, the Sooners went through a rough patch that lasted three coaches and a bunch of angry fans. Howard Schnellenberger took over after the much-maligned Gary Gibbs resigned and rubbed Sooner Nation the wrong way. After a 5-5-1 season, he resigned and Oklahoma hired John Blake, who had limited experience as a coach – let alone experience as a head coach in a high profile program like the Oklahoma. He went 12-22 in three seasons at the helm (the first time since the 1920s that the Sooners had three consecutive losing seasons) and was fired. Although Blake did not win at Oklahoma, his recruiting efforts helped his replacement, Bob Stoops, get off to a good start and soon win a national championship.
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Penn State Nittany Lions (2000-2004)
Obviously, the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the end of the Joe Paterno era in Happy Valley were at the bottom of the program, but the team’s real game had not been terrible since the turn of the century. In the early 2000s, the Nittany Lions fell 26-33 under Paterno and 7-16 in 2003-2004. In one of the lowest points in the history of the program, the Nittany Lions lost to Iowa 6-4 in 2004 with their upcoming two-game high score. Some called on Paterno to resign as head coach because the match had apparently passed him. In 2005, after admitting that he might have to leave if the Nittany Lions continue to fight, Penn State rallied for an 11-1 season and defeated Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
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Texas Longhorns (1954-1956)
Most Longhorns fans would say that the Charlie Strong era was the last time Texas was terrible. The Longhorns were indeed bad, but they weren’t really that bad. Let’s go back to the mid-1950s when Ed Price was on the sidelines in Austin. In 1954 Texas suffered its first losing season in 15 years, then lost 5-5 in 1955. The 1956 team was the worst in Longhorns’ history, 1-9, with a win on Tulane by a score of 7-6. The Texas team lost to Oklahoma, 45-0, TCU, 46-0 and USC, 44-20, with Price resigning at the end of the season. No Texas team before or since has lost as many games in a single season.
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Texas A&M Aggies (1959-1972)
Okay, 14 years can be a long time, but that’s how bad Texas A&M was during that time. It was just after the end of his four-year term at College Station, Bear Bryant, and the program struggled to pursue success. Meanwhile, the Aggies had exactly one winning season (7-4 in 1967) and have twice as many seasons with a single win. All told, the Aggies went 44-92-6 in those 14 seasons with Jim Myers, Hank Foldberg and a very young Gene Stallings all exhausted for their lack of performance. Emory Bellard would end up restoring A&M with respectability.
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USC Trojans (1990-1992)
Trojans haven’t had a long period of football failure since World War II, but the 1991 season was pretty bad in itself. After three successful seasons that ended with a place in the Rose Bowl, Larry Smith’s team took a turn for the worse. After an eight-win season in 1990, Smith argued with star quarterback Todd Marinovich, who is reportedly arrested after the season for cocaine possession. There were numerous arrests during the off season, and Marinovich chose the NFL. USC went 3-8 in 1991, and the devotees were furious at their head coach. After an uninspiring 1992 season that saw the Trojans limp to 6-5-1, Smith was fired.
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Washington Huskies (2004-2008)
Ty Willingham makes this list with two programs. Two weeks after being discharged from Notre Dame, Willingham was hired to take over a faltering Huskies program. The year before his arrival, Washington went 1-10 under Keith Gilbertson, and Willingham was chosen to inject discipline back into the program. It didn’t work, as Washington went 11-37 in four years as head coach… highlighted by a 0-12 record in 2008. This team was dominated 463-159 over the season, and only three games were decided by 19 points or less.
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Wisconsin Badgers (1985-1990)
Wisconsin has been a major player for the past 30 years, although it has not broken through to be a true elite program that wins championships. What makes it even more impressive is where it comes from. From 1985 to 1990, Wisconsin’s combined record was 15-52 while losing 41 of 48 games in the Big Ten. The fall really started when head coach Dave McClain died of a heart attack before the 1986 season. Jim Hilles succeeded provisionally and finished 3-9. Don Morton was hired at Tulsa, and things got worse as his teams won only six games in his three seasons. Barry Alvarez took over a debt program and, playing in a half-empty stadium in 1990, his team quickly increased to 1-10. Of course, Alvarez would end up changing the program as the Badgers’ head coach and sport director.
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