Inside the SEC
Updated: September 2, 2003, 4:35 PM ETBy By Pat Forde | Special to ESPN Insider
Mike Shula has a bit of a learning curve, Ron Zook has a big decision at QB and Ole Miss' search for a running back highlights the SEC team notes.
Mike Shula will be in his 114th day on the job when the Crimson Tide open against dangerous South Florida. We'll see how the crash course in head coaching goes -- but at the very least, Shula is not competing against overwhelming precedent. Dennis Franchione started 3-5, including a loss in the opener. Mike DuBose went 4-7 his first year, including losses to Kentucky and Louisiana Tech. Gene Stallings started off 0-3. Even Coach Almighty, the Bear himself, lost his opener in Tuscaloosa 13-3 to LSU and followed that up with a scoreless tie against Vanderbilt. The fastest starter in school history was Thomas Kelly, who went 5-0 in 1915 (which, of course, hardly counts). Ray Perkins was 4-0 in '83 following the Bear.