As has been noted many times before, the SEC is pretty much a murderer’s row of coaches. In the West division alone, you’ve got two BCS championship winners (Les Miles, Nick Saban), one championship-winning offensive coordinator (new Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen), one shark-eyed killer (Bobby Petrino), and one wily madman (Houston Nutt).

So, if you’re Auburn, and you’ve just jettisoned the guy who won more than 70 percent of his games, went undefeated in 2004, beat Alabama six straight times and was chosen as the second best coach in the SEC in

the prestigious Razorback Expats pre-season power poll, you’d better have someone pretty great up your sleeve to compete with that bunch, right?