Could Virginia Tech get an SEC coach?


Could Virginia Tech get an SEC coach?

As Virginia Tech fans continue to look back on the storied career of Frank Beamer, Whit Babcock has the unenviable task of looking forward and replacing the legend. The list of potential coaches continues to change in the always volatile college landscape and two new names from the SEC have emerged as possible candidates.

Les Miles

Why he makes sense: It appears Miles' time in Baton Rouge may be coming to an end, yet another college coaching victim of a delusional fan base.

Miles faced questions from the media on Monday about his job status during his weekly press conference and the LSU athletic department gave no comment, a worse sign than even the dreaded vote of confidence. It seems that even a $15 million buyout will not deter Miles' detractors.

If Miles is indeed let go after the season, he should be the first person Babcock calls. Miles has a 110-32 record at LSU with three division titles, two SEC titles and a national championship in 2007. He has recruited very well as LSU has had a top ten recruiting class as ranked by for the past three years and their 2016 class is currently ranked No. 1.

Hiring Miles would add instant energy and credibility to a program trying to remain nationally relevant. His only crime at LSU is seemingly not being able to beat the nation's best coach in Nick Saban.

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Why he doesn't make sense: Miles won't just be at the top of Virginia Tech's wish list - if he leaves LSU he will instantly become the top coaching candidate available. Virginia Tech is not the best job coaching vacancy and will continue to fall on that list as the annual coaching carousel continues. Why would Miles go to Virginia Tech over USC or other SEC programs like South Carolina and possibly Georgia?

Even the biggest Hokie fan can't argue that going from LSU to Virginia Tech would be a step down. For a coach that will be one of if not the best coach on the market, a coach who essentially will have his pick of any job in the country, it's hard to see him choosing to go to Blacksburg. Babcock would really have to open up the check book and I'm not sure they have that kind of money.

You also have to wonder if Miles wants to continue coaching. As young as the "mad hatter" may look on the sideline, he is actually 62 years old. He has been the head coach of the Tigers since 2005 and spurned other job opportunities in the past including his own alma mater, Michigan, to stay in Baton Rouge. Will he really want to start over again somewhere else?

If Miles and LSU part ways, it's not hard to imagine him calling it a career.

Dan Mullen

Why he makes sense: According to FootballScoop, Mullen is a serious candidate for Virginia Tech's head coaching vacancy. While most SEC schools are considered top tier jobs, Mississippi State is not.

It's really hard to win in Starkville. The Bulldogs have won eight games this season and are in sixth-place in the SEC West, ahead of only the imploding Auburn Tigers. The success Mullen has had in Mississippi State not only reflects how good of a coach he is, it reflects the difficulties of finding sustained success there.

Mullen is in his seventh season at Mississippi State and has won at least eight games in four of those seasons. In 2014, he led the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record, only the second 10-win season in school history. They were ranked No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings last season, they have won eight games this year and still remain a footnote in the SEC conversation.

Star quarterback Dak Prescott is a senior and will be gone after this season. Mullen may decide to leave with him.

It may be an SEC program, but leaving Starkville and the brutal SEC West for Blacksburg and the very winnable ACC Coastal is arguably an upgrade.

Why he doesn't make sense: While Miles looks like he is getting pushed out of Baton Rouge, Mullen is not and is still employed. You can expect athletic director Scott Stricklin to do everything he can to keep Mullen in Starkville.

Mississippi State's roster was built for a big 2014. They were expected to take a step back this year and they have, albeit a small one. If Mullen wanted to leave Starkville, the time to do it was lest year when his stock was at its highest.

The news surrounding the coaching search in Blacksburg is that Babcock wants to get this hire done quickly. Expect Virginia Tech to be one of the first of the growing number of vacancies filled.

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors


Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll


West Virginia, Penn State drop in new AP top 25 poll

After four of the top eight teams lost, The Associated Press college football poll had a new look behind No. 1 Alabama, with Ohio State reaching No. 2, LSU jumping back to No. 5 and Michigan moving into the top 10 for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 61 first-place votes from the media panel Sunday, with Ohio State receiving the other. No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame also moved up a spot. LSU jumped eight after handing Georgia its first loss of the season. The Bulldogs slipped from No. 2 to No. 8.

No. 6 Michigan has its best ranking of the season after blowing out Wisconsin and Texas is up two spots to No. 7.

No. 9 Oklahoma moved back into the top 10 while it was idle and Central Florida remained No. 10.


1. Alabama 7-0 (60 first-place votes, no change from last week)

2. Ohio State 7-0 (1 first-place vote, No. 3 last week)

3. Clemson 6-0 (No. 4 last week)

4. Notre Dame 7-0 (No. 5 last week)

5. LSU 6-1 (No. 13 last week)

6. Michigan 6-1 (No. 12 last week)

7. Texas 6-1 (No. 9 last week)

8. Georgia 6-1 (No. 2 last week)

9. Oklahoma 5-1 (No. 11 last week)

10. UCF 6-0 (No change from last week)

11. Florida 6-1 (No. 14 last week)

12. Oregon 5-1 (No. 17 last week)

13. West Virginia 5-1 (No. 6 last week)

14. Kentucky 5-1 (No. 18 last week)

15. Washington 5-2 (No. 7 last week)

16. NC State 5-0 (No. 20 last week)

17. Texas A&M 5-2 (No. 22 last week)

18. Penn State 4-2 (No. 8 last week)

19. Iowa 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

20. Cincinnati 6-0 (No. 25 last week)

21. South Florida 6-0 (No. 23 last week)

22. Mississippi State 4-2 (No. 24 last week)

23. Wisconsin 4-2 (No. 15 last week)

24. Michigan State 4-2 (Not ranked last week)

25. Washington State 5-1 (Not ranked last week)

Virginia and Maryland are among those that received votes, with each team getting two apiece.


Eight ranked teams overall lost Saturday, including three previously unbeaten teams. Joining Georgia among the previously undefeated on Saturday were West Virginia and Colorado.


All the losses up and down the rankings meant plenty of movement. Joining LSU and Michigan as teams that gained at least four spots were:

-- No. 12 Oregon jumped five after beating Washington in overtime. The Ducks have their best ranking since September 2015.

-- No. 17 Texas A&M moved up five after edging South Carolina on the road.

-- It was a good week to be idle and watch teams plummet. No. 14 Kentucky and No. 16 North Carolina State each gained four spots in an idle week, and No. 20 Cincinnati moved up five.


-- No. 13 West Virginia lost at Iowa State and fell seven spots after reaching a season high last week.

-- No. 15 Washington dropped eight spots after losing at Oregon.

-- No. 18 Penn State's second straight close home loss, this time to Michigan State, dropped the Nittany Lions 10 spots.

-- No. 23 Wisconsin, which started the season ranked fourth, dropped eight spots after its second loss.


-- Colorado reached No. 19, racking up wins against a weak schedule, but USC manhandled the Buffaloes in Los Angeles and now they are unranked.

-- Miami, which started the season at No. 8, is out altogether after losing at Virginia.

-- Auburn, which started the season ninth, is out and no longer receiving votes after getting beat at home by Tennessee and falling to 4-3.


-- Iowa surged into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 19.

-- No. 24 Michigan State is back in after a week out.

-- No. 25 Washington State moved in just in time to host ESPN's "College GameDay" for the first time ever with Oregon coming to town. Getting to Pullman, Washington, is notable for the show because for years it has been followed around by Wazzu fans waving the `Ol Crimson school flag.


A week after the Southeastern Conference placed a season-high eight teams in the poll, the SEC lost one and the Big Ten gained two. The ACC has only two ranked team for the first time since Oct. 4, 2015, when Clemson was No. 6 and Florida State was No. 12. The Tigers played for in the national championship game that season.

SEC -- 7 teams (1, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 23).

Big Ten -- 6 (2, 6, 18, 19, 22, 24).

American -- 3 (10, 20, 21).

Big 12 -- 3 (7, 9, 13).

Pac-12 -- 3 (12, 15, 25).

ACC -- 2 (3, 16).

Independent -- 1 (4).


No. 16 North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson. The ACC's only ranked and unbeaten teams meet in a game that will likely go a long way toward settling the Atlantic Division.

No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU. This will be the fourth ranked team the Tigers have faced -- though two (Miami and Auburn) are no longer.

No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State. Another chance for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines to flipped the narrative.

No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington State. The Ducks look to make it an Evergreen State sweep.