Cole Cubelic offered solid analysis about three SEC programs Tuesday.
Speaking on WJOX 94.5 FM, the SEC Network analyst was asked to provide letter grades for three SEC teams: Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU. Each program is in an interesting spot at the moment. Arkansas is moving forward with new coach Chad Morris after Bret Bielema was fired following the most recent season. Tennessee has begun the Jeremy Pruitt era after parting ways with Butch Jones in the fall. And LSU will look for more after finishing 9-4 in Ed Orgeron’s first full season as coach.
During the interview, Cubelic broke down where the Razorbacks, Volunteers and Tigers stand. He isn’t blown away with where any of the teams are heading into the offseason. But he delivered revealing analysis nonetheless.
Check out the grades he awarded, plus part of his commentary about each program.
Cubelic: “I think they made a good hire [with Morris]. … They’re trending up, but a lot of that has to do with how bad they were a year ago. It can’t get a whole lot worse.”
Tennessee: low grade, but not an F
Cubelic: “I don’t view Jeremy Pruitt’s hire as an ‘F.’ I think the hire is an upgrade, because he’ll immediately bring, at worst, similar recruiting. … I think Jeremy will be a better recruiter. I think he has already put together a better staff. And I think they are trending up.”
Cubelic: “I don’t think talent is going to be a problem. They’re a team and an organization I look at and say, ‘From a staff perspective are they heading in the right direction?’ … They’re probably trending flat.”
All three teams have something to prove next fall.
Arkansas and Tennessee will start a new chapter, so there might be some growing pains in 2018. LSU, meanwhile, needs to show progress with new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger after the program parted ways with Matt Canada.
It will be fun to see if Cubelic is right about his analysis later this year.
— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) January 23, 2018