The Jarrett Stidham Effect
Writer: Anthony Aleman
Jarrett Stidham’s transfer from Baylor to Auburn didn’t cause a huge commotion in the world, but in reality, it affected the jobs of multiple head coaches, and here is why. Jarrett had a top three of a trio of SEC schools, Auburn, Florida, and Texas A&M, all great schools with immediate needs for a star quarterback. Eventually Stidham chose the Gus Malzahn lead tigers to be his second and final team in college. Jim McElwain and Kevin Sumlin lost out on a huge transfer who could come in and fill gaps taken up by young recruits from high school. As the season ended, both of the latter coaches got fired while Auburn made a new year's six bowl, while having a great year. So the question is there to ask, would Stidham and his play this year have saved either of the other two coaches? I believe so, not only do I believe that, I also believe Malzahn would have left for the vacant Arkansas position after another lackluster year with Sean White under center. Stidham would have either kept Sumlin at A&M, causing Jimbo Fisher to stay at Florida state, keeping Willie Tagart at Oregon, and keeping Mario Cristobal as offensive coordinator at Oregon. Or he would have saved McElwain, which in turn would have kept Dan Mullen at Mississippi State, and Joe Moorhead at Penn State. Auburn would have opened up in the first scenario, and who knows what coach would have taken the position, maybe Fisher from Florida State, maybe some upcoming coordinator with recruiting tactics to work against the SEC. In the end, none of this matters now, however it is easy to see how this transfer was the most important of the year.