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@John at MrSEC I'm a jackass because I'm mocking your self-important, non-sports rant about something that the rest of the world deals with everyday? Mental health? Lol. You're starting to sound like one of those lunatics that got after Mike Hamilton...
2 years, 6 months ago on Totally Off-Topic Subject: LinkedIn Is For People You Know
Yeah, come on guys. MrSEC is a wildly popular guy! He's the only person who gets spammed with BS LinkedIn and Facebook messages. That's because he's so popular and successful! I mean in the cutthroat world of sports blogs, where only Harvard MBA's need apply, a LinkedIn connection to John Pennington just might be the ticket! But seeing how only serious journalists need to tap into his vast network of basement-dwellers and awww-shucksers, cut the guy a break. You can only hit ignore so many times in a day...
You're right about Kiffin being a good hire. UT would've probably won the East again by now had he stayed. No one could have seen Pete Carroll running away from the NCAA and the Seahawks actually hiring him. Same with Pearl...good hire, and his demise was no fault of Hamilton's.
I think the reason a lot of UT fans hate Hamilton is because of attitude and arrogance. One of the things he liked to brag on the most was facilities improvements. He never mentions that those improvements consist almost exclusively of luxury areas in Neyland and TBA. I think, fairly or not, Hamilton was perceived as arrogant and aloof. When I was in grad school at UT during that time it did seem like the athletic department saw themselves as apart and different from what they called "the academic side" of the university. Hamilton didn't understand that he worked for the Chancellor, President, and ultimately the taxpayers of Tennessee. He seemed to walk around like a king that was above it all, and this didn't go unnoticed. If you watch the YouTube clip of Kiffin's crazy farewell press conference, it shows former SID Bud Ford telling the media "you're in OUR building". I think that sums up the attitude of the Hamilton-era UT Athletic Department.
He also consistently raised ticket price/contribution levels and moved parking spots around for long-time season ticket holders. He completely destroyed the baseball program, evidently overlooked criminal activity on the part of the men's swimming coach, let the track team fall apart due to issues with the coaches, clumsily handled the Pearl firing (although he had to do it), and generally didn't seem to carry much clout with the league office a la Jeremy Foley/Doug Dickey/Mal Moore.
All that being said, he's probably a good person and the death threat BS is ludicrous.
2 years, 6 months ago on Ex-UT A.D. Hamilton Says He Received Threats Before Stepping Down
This is really good stuff, guys. Great job.
2 years, 6 months ago on Recruiting Rankings Do Matter… If You Know How To Look At Them
These are all good points by MrSEC. Memphis, in my opinion, is a no-go. It's the only tourney site besides New Orleans where fans will likely get mugged, shot, or have their car stolen. Statistically it is much more like there than, say, Atlanta or Nashville. Like it or not, Memphis, these are the facts.
2 years, 6 months ago on Kansas City Aims To Become An SEC City, But The SEC Should Be Picky With Its Tourney
Excellent hire for UT. I hope Thompson stays around too. I just wonder if UT will be buying him out or keeping him if Dooley gets fired next year.
2 years, 6 months ago on Sunseri Leaves Bama To Join UT Staff
@Fayettechill14 His question was "Why didn't you play Jarrett Lee?". Of course he could've found a better, more direct, more respectful way to ask it. But you have to remember who the audience is. Who is reading about that press conference? LSU fans. Who wants to know why they didn't play Lee? LSU fans. Whose opinion do LSU fans seem to covet the most? Bobby Hebert.
2 years, 6 months ago on Hebert Defends Obnoxious Behavior At BCS Postgame Presser
Hebert has the most successful radio show in Louisiana. While not a journalist, that certainly makes him a member of the "media". It's not 1950 anymore, where the only legitimate media outlets are black and white broadsheets. Any human with a computer and internet connection can make their own blog and offer their opinion...that makes them media, by the definition of the word. The fact of the matter is that the overweight, poorly-dressed journalism students Class of 1980 aren't the only people capable of covering sports. I know there is a reflexive recoil by certain journalism types at the prospect of their stranglehold disappearing, but come on...it's 2012.
Further, I think Bobby Hebert is the perfect person to ask an LSU coach a QB question. He knows more about the position than some dope like Jimmy Hyams who probably played flute in the marching band instead of football. Most of the "mainstream media" would have just slurped the Mad Hatter up, "Golly shucks, Coach, what was the problem with the offense?". Boring. Hebert probably should've been less confrontational, but let's not act like it takes some kind of special insight or journalism degree to essentially say what everyone wants to..."You should've played Lee, moron".
"If his only credentials are the fact that he played pro ball 20 years ago...". Give me a break. That's more credentials than 95% of the rest of that room. What, exactly, are the qualifications to be a sports writer? Based on reading sports pages every day for the past 30 years, it's certainly not first-hand knowledge of an actual sport.
To criticize Bobby Hebert who, again, has the most popular media outlet in the entire state, for having the gall to ask a question in a press conference...that's ridiculous. I'd rather listen to anything he has to say than hear some "credentialed media member" like Erin Andrews get a 10-minute Sportscenter segment so that she can jump up and down because "I rode on the bus to NOLA with the team! And it was the FIRST bus!".
Real journalism indeed.