OCCASIONALLY YOU HEAR a few rumblings that South Carolina should implement a succession plan for Steve Spurrier, like other schools have done. The idea, supposedly, is to have a smooth transition.
OK. Well let's see how that's working at other places, shall we?
Jimbo Fisher's presence as the designated successor at Florida State hasn't prevented the Bobby Bowden situation from becoming a disaster. Fisher may not be the problem - but how many people are sure he's the solution?
Maryland designated James Franklin as the successor to Ralph Friedgen in February. Now the Terps are 2-8. If Friedgen gets the boot, the school either lets Franklin (the man guiding the sputtering offense) take over, or gives him $1 million to go away. Nice choices.
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The jury remains out on Wisconsin's Brett Bielema and Oregon's Chip Kelly. At Kentucky, Joker Phillips is on deck - but with Rich Brooks continuing to get it done, what's the hurry?
At Texas, Mack Brown shows no sign of leaving. After all, at 58, he's one drinking-age eligible person younger than Bowden. And his designated successor, Will Muschamp, is 38, so this transition may not happen until the next Mayan calendar.
Meanwhile, Clemson and Miami are both having good seasons with coaches who worked on the staff of the school's fired coaches. But Dabo Swinney and Randy Shannon weren't coaches in waiting, they just emerged as the best choices later.
Moral of the story for USC fans: Ellis Johnson, G.A. Mangus and Shane Beamer are wonderful coaches. But so are Charlie Strong, Pat Fitzgerald and whoever the hot name is when Spurrier steps down.
Virginia at Clemson (-21): Annonymous e-mails going out to Heisman voters arguing that C.J. Spiller is overrated, has not produced an authentic U.S. birth certificate and will create health care death panels for seniors. Pick: Clemson covers.
Vanderbilt at Tennessee (-16.5): The Volunteers, two days without news of a run-in with the law! Pick: Vanderbilt covers, but Tennessee wins.
Connecticut at Notre Dame (-6): Athletics director Jack Swarbrick (gesundheit) says he will evaluate the football program at the end of the season. No decision has been made. And that nameplate in Swarbrick's pocket was for another Brian Kelly, a men's soccer assistant coach, let's say. Pick: Notre Dame covers.
Florida International at Florida (-45): Gator first-teamers have been granted permission to leave at halftime to go watch "New Moon." Pick: Florida covers.
Kansas at Texas (-27.5): I hear that Mark Mangino, Friedgen and Charlie Weis are all heavy favorites to lose their jobs. Pick: Texas covers.
Ohio State (-13) at Michigan: Signs Thanksgiving is almost here: The leaves on the ground, Christmas lights go up and Ohio State beats Michigan. Pick: Michigan covers, but Ohio State wins.
Georgia (-9) covers against Kentucky ... Mississippi (-3) covers against LSU ... Boston College (-3) covers against North Carolina ... Arkansas (-10.5) covers against Mississippi State ... Florida State (-19) covers against Maryland ... N.C. State covers, but Virginia Tech (-21) wins ... Miami (-20) covers against Duke ... Wyoming covers, but TCU (-32) wins ... Utah State covers, but Boise State (-23) wins.
Last week: 10-4-1 vs. spread, 15-0 overall.
Season: 83-78-3 vs. spread, 132-36 overall.