Chris Doering, who was a first-team All-SEC selection back in 1995 as a standout wide receiver for the University of Florida, now uses that experience as an analyst on the SEC Network. Doering joined 1010XL Radio in Jacksonville to talk about the new coaching hires in the SEC for 2018 and what he expects from these hires entering their first-year on the job.
“I’m excited about the way that the coaches in this conference are evolving,” Doering said. “If you look back at the SEC’s success in basketball this season with eight teams in the NCAA tournament, it all goes back to the coaching that is in the conference now. When you look at Rick Barnes at Tennessee, Bruce Pearl at Auburn, Ben Howland at Mississippi State and now adding in guys like Tom Crean at Georgia and Kermit Davis at Ole Miss, there are so many good coaches in basketball and I think that is where the SEC has been lacking in football.
“I’m not saying the SEC new football hires are on the same level of experience and success as those guys I just mentioned in the basketball ranks, but I think they are continuing to evolve and adding guys that have great resumes.”
Doering likes the hire that was made at his alma mater.
“I really like what Dan Mullen was able to do at Mississippi State, with a talent level that is not on the same level as what Alabama, Florida, or Georgia roll out there. I think he is a great coach.”
As for the Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M?
“In Jimbo Fisher you have a guy with a tremendous resume that has longed to get back into the SEC,” Doering said. “He is going to be able to recruit the state of Texas extremely well.”
Ole Miss took the interim label off of Matt Luke, which was a move applauded by Doering.
“I thought Matt Luke was a perfect hire given what was going on at that school. He is an alum there and he is invested in making that thing get back to the success they were having a few years ago.”
Doering also says he liked the Jeremy Pruitt hire at Tennessee, but it may take Pruitt a little longer to get things rolling in Knoxville.
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