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Fact or Fiction: Sam Pittman, Dante Moore, the Future the Pac-12

Fact or Fiction - Dante Moore

Fact or Fiction - Dante Moore

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In today’s Fact or Fiction, I look at three big recent topics in college football and decide whether the statement is indeed FACT or if it’s FICTION.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Fact or Fiction:

Sam Pittman is the best new hire in the last five years

Farrell’s take: FACT

This was a recent debate on social media based on an old article of mine and Pittman is the clear choice but with this one caveat. Lincoln Riley and Mario Cristobal aren’t eligible. Why? They were amazing hires at Oklahoma and Miami respectively but now they are brand new at their new schools. Thus, at least in my head, they weren’t eligible. So it came down to Pittman, who has done an amazing job at Arkansas after Chad Morris left that place a disaster, and Mel Tucker at Michigan State. Some will say Dave Aranda at Baylor and he makes my top five but he inherited a good situation from Matt Rhule while Pittman and Tucker stepped into messy situations. Pittman is only 12-11 at Arkansas but navigated an impossible 2020 COVID schedule while making a team that was 4-20 over its previous two seasons a respectable 3-7 with numerous close games. And to win 9 games last season in year two is astonishing in the SEC West. He’s my pick.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

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Fact or Fiction:

Dante Moore is the No. 1 player in the country

Farrell’s take: FICTION

Moore wowed at the Elite 11 and impressed me with what I saw even more than expected but the Michigan 5-star is still behind Malachi Nelson at USC in my book. The Elite 11 is great and all but radical ranking changes based on the event aren’t wise. That being said, Moore is now in the discussion to be ahead of Arch Manning in my mind as I continue to evaluate the 2023 QB class. I saw great improvement in many areas.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Fact or Fiction:

The PAC 12 is dead

Farrell’s take: FACT

The PAC 12 came out with a statement about exploring all expansion options after USC and UCLA left and I began to wonder — which conference is worse off when it comes to leadership and strategy, the PAC 12 or Big 12? The Big 12 let Texas and Oklahoma bolt to the SEC but the PAC 12 was blind enough to just stand pat after that while at least the Big 12 added some quality schools. Now Oregon and Washington could be gone and the PAC 12 has the guts to think they can raid the Big 12 or the ACC? C’mon now.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]