'Noles News 12/14/2011: Just How Bad Does Auburn Want Mark Stoops?

Yesterday came and went without any official announcement on Mark Stoops. However, today brings new speculation, as Auburn has offered Stoops over one million dollars. That's all very interesting, because Auburn just lost Gus Malzahn, who left for Arkansas State and took an enormous pay cut. Also, seriously, Auburn? $1M for Mark Stoops? Stoops is a good coach who has produced very good results with elite talent. I do not see him as a program changer as a DC. If Mark Stoops can get $1M a year, he should go. Seriously.

But things at Auburn seem strange to me. Stoops and Jimbo don't have an amazing relationship, but it seems crazy things are going down at Auburn. Why in the world would Malzahn take a 50-percent pay cut to become the head coach at Arkansas State?

Yesterday we covered some of the reasons why Stoops might leave, and some why he might stay. I'm not going to rehash those here. Basically, just take what I wrote yesterday, and make the number north of $1M. Obviously, FSU will not be matching that if it were true. Also, add Stoops questioning whether he should really take a job at Auburn, where people are fleeing like rats off a sinking ship.

Stoops will make money money next year no matter where he lands. I bet FSU is willing to go to ~575-725K (makes ~440K now). The devil you know... . As I believed yesterday, I still think Stoops is staying.

On to other news...

THE CURIOUS INDEX, 12/14/2011 - Every Day Should Be Saturday
Gus Gus Gus

Eye on the U | Ray-Ray Armstrong will return to UM for his senior season
Finally, some good news for UM football fans from an underclassman. Albert Armstrong, the father of UM junior strong safety Ray-Ray, told the Miami Herald tonight that his son has decided to return for his senior season.

Cody Blue is Latest Maryland Football Transfer, Raises Transfer Count to Seven - Testudo Times
Maryland loses another, and this time it's a reserve lineman. The mass exodus continues.

Video: ACC's bright future - ACC Blog - ESPN
Heather Dinich looks at the young talent in the league and predicts a bright future. She also examines the talent at the QB position and expansion.

EDSBS STUDY GROUP: MACROECONOMICS - Every Day Should Be Saturday

Tuesday Top 10: Most intriguing bowl matchups - CBSSports.com

10-Champs Sports, Dec. 29: Notre Dame vs. Florida State: Two programs with rich histories who had duds of seasons amid a lot of lofty speculation. Winner can make the claim that they finished strong and were really "just a year away." Pregame

No More Craig James!

Clemson's Bellamy suspended for bowl game, bowl practice | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment
Kid is a total mess

Headlinin’: Jeff Godfrey bails on UCF, but can he go home again? - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Miami for Godfrey? Doubtful.

Chomping At Bits: Expect Florida's Next Offensive Coordinator After The Gator Bowl - Alligator Army
Will Muschamp will wait until after Florida's bowl game to pick the Gators' next offensive coordinator. That might help Muschamp find a candidate with the desired NFL experience.

The interplay of recruiting, eliteness and pro-style versus spread schemes | Smart Football
Blutarsky and B&B discuss some interesting points.

ACC's top freshmen in 2011 - ACC Blog - ESPN
As you can imagine, FSU has a lot of players on this list.

Who's Playing: True Freshmen - Shakin The Southland
Want to see an FSU article like this?

Denton Ryan DE Mario Edwards says he's '50-50' on whether to attend Florida State or commit elsewhere | High School Football News - Sports News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW
Not sure I put a lot of faith into this report.

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