FEINSWOG: Football's Second Season Busy

Football season is finally over. Now a new season begins in an entire college-football industry of its own: Recruiting.

Welcome in, Class of 2014 (they start in 2008-09 and, figuring a redshirt, leave five years later).

Speaking of signing day, things really couldn't get any bigger for the Bayou Bash, but you can just imagine the fun and excitement involved with that event this year.

It was almost a year ago that Les Miles kicked off the 2007 season with his F-bomb on Alabama at the Bash. The rest became part of history, capped by last week's national championship victory.

But in this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, consider what the coaches in the Southeastern Conference are up against in the form of each other as signing day nears.

The SEC West now includes two coaches who have won it all (Miles and Alabama's Nick Saban), another who can lay claim to it but got voted out (Auburn's Tommy Tuberville), the most underrated coach in the nation (Ole Miss' Houston Nutt), the SEC coach of the year (Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom), and the newcomer straight from the NFL (Arkansas' Bobby Petrino).

As if that's not enough, the SEC East has three coaches who have won it all (Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier and Florida's Urban Meyer) and another who claims he could have (Georgia's Mark Richt).

You can bet all 10 of those guys are going all out in recruiting and expect the aforementioned recruiting experts to rank them right up there when the ink clears. Which means all 10 of them can't be in the coveted top 5 and all 10 of them can't win the BCS every year or every other year or even once in nine years, which means most of them will ultimately be failures.

Hmmm ….

And now some final thoughts about the LSU season just past as we turn our attention to the flailing basketball Tigers the rest of the winter.

This LSU team appeared to be a collection of really nice people. The media in this area will tell you that we've been lucky the past few years with the players and coaches we've dealt with. They're generally accommodating, articulate, friendly and seem sincere in their respect for the game and each other.

Accordingly, it's nice to see nice things happen to nice people. Guys like Jacob Hester and Glenn Dorsey and Matt Flynn and Ali Highsmith and Kirston Pittman and Early Doucet, just to name a handful, were always patient with us. They should know it was appreciated.

Bo Pelini will be missed. He was a breath of fresh air in a stodgy football world: gray sweatshirt and honest post-game answers and a great sense of humor. Here's to hoping Nebraska meets LSU in a big bowl in the near future.

And finally, I hope one day I turn on "SportsCenter" and see one of my all-time faves, punter Patrick Fisher, conducting a top-notch interview. More football players should serve as sports information workers to see how the other side lives.

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Baton Rouge sportswriter Lee Feinswog is the host of the weekly television show "Sports Monday". He's covered LSU athletics since 1984. His book "HoopDaddy" is available at www.HoopDaddy.net. Contact Lee at sportsmonday@aol.com or (225) 926-3256.


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