Re: Coach Elliott...I like this guy
Meaning no disrespect to Elliott, but why would an SEC team that will likely have averaged nine-plus wins over a several-year period when Spurrier retires take a leap of faith on someone who has never even been a coordinator before? (and I realize that Elliott is the run game coordinator, but this was a figurehead title necessary to get him a multi-year contract... he's our line coach).
We should have the allure to pull in an experienced winning head coach when Spurrier decides to step down. Every hire is a risk to a certain extent, but I would much rather have a real resume to judge rather than hiring a legacy because he's enthusiastic or high-energy.
One of the reasons that Brad Scott failed at USC was that almost everyone on his initial staff here received a promotion to come to USC. BS was an OC who became a head coach, Burnham, Reaves and Eason were position coaches who became coordinators, and I think that multiple of our position coaches coaches had fairly little paid coaching experience.
If Elliott were hired (or any other SEC position coach who toils in relative anonymity), his name would not necessarily attract the kind of experienced coordinators he would need for support as a first-time head coach. I would be very disappointed with such a hire... not because it was Elliott, but because it wasn't someone else.
Dabo Swinney is an interesting parallel, but he also took a job in a conference where he was assured of having 8-9 layups on his schedule every season. He could grow into the job (and survive coordinators like Napier) and still win enough games to stick around. I don't know that USC's schedule would allow the same on-the-job training.