What I Know

Not a day goes by when I am not asked - at least 20 times - Chuck, what do you know? Here's my latest list.

For those wanting the inside scoop on what I know, here's a rundown.

Unfortunately, it's going to be a short list and will painfully reveal my lack of intelligence.

Despite knowing this will really damage my reputation, here goes.

* Bonanza wasn't the same after Pernell Roberts (Adam) left the show. They tried to bring in some character named Candy, but he was as screwed up as Lindsay Lohan with a fresh coke supply.

* There are not two people on the planet I would trust more with the Ole Miss coaching/AD search than Archie Manning and Mike Glenn. One, they can pick up the phone and call anyone in America and have name recognition. Two, they love Ole Miss. Three, they are dead serious about this search. Four, they are eminently qualified due to their athletics and business backgrounds. Five, they are strong enough not to bow to any outside, or inside, influence and have enough confidence in their abilities to make the right hires and stand by them.

* Jiff is better than Peter Pan. I don't know why - it's just smashing peanuts to make the ultimate partner for grape jelly and loaf bread - but Jiff just tastes better. (Also, Lea & Perrins is the only worcestershire sauce that goes in my mouth and Heinz is the only ketchup.)

* Despite many accusations, I do not have a "favorite" in the searches. One, I don't have the resources to do the proper vetting. Two, it's as much about the right fit at Ole Miss as it is prospects' track records. To me, everyone who has been mentioned in the coaching search has redeeming qualities and has proven to be a good coach. It's up to the seach committee to determine who meshes at Ole Miss, as unique as any institution in the country. Quentin Tarantino is my favorite film director, but I do not want to see him doing a romantic comedy. Square peg in a round hole.

* Prostate biopsies are no fun. No further explanation necessary.

* The Ole Miss athletic department needs a change in culture. I'm not a Pete Boone basher, but I think even he would admit it's time for change. New blood will rev everyone up. The attitude of Ole Miss folks - overall - has become stagnant and negative. There's a sense of hopelessness that dictates something new and different has to take place. We need dynamic and hungry, an earth-shaker. We are in the most explosive, successful, competitive and visible conference in America. We have to respond in kind. To me, the AD hire is as important, if not moreso, than who will be the coach. While the coach is certainly more high-profile, to have the engine running smoothly administratively is just as crucial for a quick recovery.

* Pay attention to the global economy. If it continues crashing in places like Greece and Italy, it will have far-reaching consequences for America.

* Mike Leach, Hugh Freeze, Kevin Sumlin, Mark Hudspeth, Kirby Smart, Rich Bisaccia, Gus Malzahn, Larry Fedora, John Chavis, Paul Johnson, Tony Dungy, John Gruden and some more have been mentioned by just about everyone following and reporting on Ole Miss as being contenders for the head coaching job. Not a bad list, and fun to speculate on, but the problem is that those names have not publicly come across the lips of Manning and Glenn. Don't be surprised if a candidate or two nobody has mentioned pops on the scene and some of these listed are not included. Then again, maybe not. . . . Point being, nobody but them knows for sure. The rest are educated guesses, and that's the way they want it, a philosophy I totally agree with.

* The Rolling Stones is the greatest rock band in history due to consistent quality of music, longevity, showmanship and the number of songs engrained in our culture. I will accept no arguments to the contrary.

* Rumors abound the Ole Miss football program is in shambles. Based on the results, that's hard to argue. There's a lot of discussion going on about academic and discipline issues. Certainly, some of that is true - something we will address later - but I will attest there are a lot of good kids on this team as well. Kids who go to class, make good grades, keep their noses clean and have no discipline issues. My wish is that folks would stop throwing around outrageous numbers when referencing these issues. It makes it look like we have a team of turds and I just don't believe you can throw that wide a blanket over this squad. Issues? Certainly. Insurmountable issues? No. They just need a new hand guiding them. Undoubtedly, there will be some attrition, which this squad and a new coach can ill-afford - I'm already pleading for patience for the new coach, by the way - but the right hire can get us back on the right path quicker than some believe, it says here.

* Liver is like the New York Yankees. Either you love it or you hate it. There is no middle ground. I love liver smothered in onions and gravy. Yep, I do.

* If our players really want it badly enough, they can beat Mississippi State Saturday and spoil the Bulldogs' bowl hopes. It's going to be up to them, though. The fans can't make them do it. The coaches can't make them execute. They will - individually - have to draw from their well of pride and find more than they have been exhibiting. The ball is in their court.

* Want to solve the world's problems? Eat breakfast at the Beacon every morning.

* One of the biggest problems the last two years on the Ole Miss football team has been a lack of leadership from the senior classes. Basically, neither had many strong personalities and they were so thin they got outnumbered, so to speak. Next year's senior class will be much bigger and will have a dynamic leader in D.T. Shackelford. Some of the issues on this team will go away. I don't believe the upcoming senior class will stand for the shenanigans we have been seeing.

* Change can't get here soon enough. There's a lot of athletic-related misery going on from a lot of angles at Ole Miss. Time to turn the page. . . .

Please, for the next day or two, don't ask me what I know.

As you can tell, beyond a lot of speculation, it's very little.


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