One of the things I enjoy most about writing the SN column is that I can take the various theories I'm working on here or over at the Teblog and take them "mainstream."
The Notre Dame coaching story remains the hot topic of the week. If yesterday morning was about Weis, by the afternoon we had moved on to "Who's next at ND?"
Notre Dame fans continue to insist that Meyer is an option -- Meyer shut that down personally yesterday. But then Tebow said something that gibed with a long-standing theory of mine, which leads today's column:
It's not that Meyer will NEVER coach at Notre Dame -- it's just that he won't coach there NOW. Thus:
It is very easy to see him coaching at Florida through his current contract (5 more years)...
...At which point he is recruited personally by Bob Kraft to take over for a retiring Bill Belichick (who takes on a Parcells-style operating role)...
...Meyer will spend 10 years in New England (undoubtedly coaching Tebow, but that's another theory for another day)...
...Then feel the lure of college football for one more run at the only other job he has ever wanted: Notre Dame, which will pay Meyer the $100 million I keep talking about (in 2025, that will hardly be a big number, when you factor in inflation)...
...And he will finish his career with 10 years (and a couple national titles) at ND.
Not only is that theory NOT unreasonable, but it is the most reasonable of any scenario I have seen.
Given Meyer's tight relationship with both Kraft and Belichick, Meyer seems like the ONLY logical option when the time is right to move Belichick into an operating-only role.
Anyway, as far as theories go, I think it's a good one. And to ND fans who want to cling to a fantasy of Meyer coaching there -- there you go.
More you'll find in today's column:
*The most intriguing team in the NFL is in last place in its division. (Titans)
*Brandon Jennings had a wee bit of trouble with the Spurs D last night.
*Purdue-Tennessee in hoops felt like a March game.
*I'm all for Joe Mauer winning MVP, but where was the love for Ben Zobrist? (Zobrist is Exhibit A that awards-season triumphalism by those comfortable with stats only goes so far.)
Check out the complete column here. Be sure to circle back tomorrow morning for the column, because it's like a Friday column on a Wednesday, given the holidays.