The Wall Street Journal has an interesting story today about how Alabama’s dominance has demoralized the rest of the SEC.
Reporters Andrew Beaton and Ben Cohen likened the phenomenon to a “learned helplessness” psychology experiment involving shocking dogs in 1967.
Helplessness aside, the article had an interesting take from Booger McFarland, the former LSU defensive lineman-turned-analyst.
Alabama coach Nick Saban’s dominance was detailed in the story, including how every school has fired at least one head coach in Saban’s tenure, and many have hired his former assistants, including the current offerings at Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.
McFarland surmises, too, that Saban’s dominance led to the downfall of a nice run Les Miles was putting together at LSU. The former Tigers standout said the 2011 national championship loss to Saban and Alabama, a 21-0 loss for LSU, threw Miles’ career off track.
“He got outcoached,” said Booger McFarland, an SEC Network analyst who played defensive line at LSU until 1999. “Ever since that moment, Les Miles hasn’t been the same coach.”
Miles had a nice run at LSU, but was fired earlier this season.
Another one gone to the dogs.