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I agree with sojourner as he hit the nail on the head and I still believe it was stupid to fire Phillip Fulmer. He should have been given at least one more year. I really believe in Butch Jones and I believe he will given sufficient time to turn the program around. Tennessee has no choice because replacing head coaches every three years is just stupid unless it is Derek Dooley and Butch Jones is a good coach with the ability to be a great one which Derek Dooley was not. I would be ashamed to take 5 million dollars from Tennessee after the way he performed for 3 years as a coach. This program really needs to make 6 wins and go bowling to any bowl because of the extra practice and for recruiting
4 weeks ago on Tennessee’s Jones: “We Have Absolutely Zero Depth”
I am not 100% sold that Missouri will beat Tennessee and if they do by how much. Tennessee is hungry to get back to a bowl game and Butch Jones is the best coach Tennessee has had since the firing debacle of Phillip Fulmer. Tennessee could come into Columbia Missouri loose with nothing to lose and upset Missouri. I do believe Tennessee goes bowling this year. If they get on a roll they could finish out with 4 straight wins and go 8-4 and make it to a bowl like the Gator Bowl or win the last 2 games and go to the Liberty, Music City, Independence or the BBVA Compass Bowl. The Gator Bowl and 8-4 sounds better to me. We shall see.
1 month ago on SEC Game Previews – 11/1/13
Listen, I am a Tennessee Volunteer who wishes we would STOP playing Alabama every year. They are the power of the conference and history shows they are the best and Tennessee number 2 although recent history is allowing several schools to catch us. Before 1992 when they were 10 SEC teams Tennessee played Auburn and Mississippi every year. Those were rival games as well and now it is rare we play either one of those teams. Things change and the world would not stop if we played Alabama less frequently..I can remember when Texas and Texas A&M and Oklahoma & Nebraska played every year and now they are in different conferences. The world did not stop. I wish the SEC only played every team in there division every year and went to 9 games and played 3 home and away from the other division every year. The only problem is they are now 7 teams in a division.
1 month, 1 week ago on Alabama’s Blowout Win Over Tennessee Won’t Help “Permanent Rival” Cause
@Statesman @mb6783 I am a fan of Missouri and they are a welcome addition to the SEC. I usually cheer for Missouri in the east over everybody but my beloved Tennessee Vols who is picked to lose 38-10 to Alabama and that is wrong as well. Tennessee will make a closer game of it than that. I hope Missouri beats South Carolina then loses a close one to Tennessee next saturday. I actually would love for Missouri to play Alabama in the SEC championship game and win since Tennessee already has 2 SEC loses.
1 month, 1 week ago on SEC Game Previews – 10/25/13
I hate to say this being a SEC guy but West Virginia would have made more sense than Missoui because they would leave if the BIG 10 came calling. The BIG 10 was foolish to take Maryland and Rutgers. I believe the pendulum will swing the other way in a few years with conferences going back to 10 teams. I kind of hope they do. SEC was just as good without South Carolina and Arkansas prior to 1992. West Virginia to BIG 12 was not a great move long term. As with Rutgers in the BIG 10. It is a long way from New Jersey to Nebraska and Iowa. College football will be in serious trouble in 10 years. It is already overexposed with about any game you want to watch on television and with the just announced 4-5 new bowl games. We are at 40 bowl games counting the NC game. It is nuts. There are only around 120 teams so now what go to 60 bowl games so everybody goes bowling. Overexposure will kill anything. Most of the blame goes to the networks especially ESPN because they need programming with 3-5 channels. Does anybody see a pattern here. OVEREXPOSURE
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Big XII, WVU Marriage Already Providing Some Expansion Lessons
I see Derek Dooley did not offer to give that monthly check he is receiving from Tennessee for the next 4 years for doing absolutely nothing back. What a piece of work. He makes Lane Kiffin look like a great coach and a great person. Mike Hamilton was the most incompetent Athletic Director in history and should have to pay for the Derek Dooley buyout out of his own pocket.
2 months ago on As Tennessee And Georgia Prepare To Clash, Dooley Talks About His Job Change
Some people just love to put down one of the top 4 coaches Tennessee ever had. Phil Fulmer was 18 wins shy of General Robert Neyland record as the winningest coach in Tennessee history. As for turning in Alabama I have heard other SEC coaches were involved including Steve Spurrier but if Alabama fans want to use Fulmer as the scapegoat for their lean years then go ahead but that dog won't hunt.
2 months ago on Ex-Vol Coach Fulmer Says New Vol Coach Jones Faces “Lots Of Challenges”
I really think we are seeing a SLOW decline in college football because it is just overexposed. You watch your favorite singer or actor or whatever all of the time and you get tired of them. There are many things to blame but ESPN with a half dozen channels, higher ticket prices, coaches making 3-6 million a year, assistant coaches making 1-3 million a year, conference schools spread out over 1500 miles or more not to mention 35 bowl games and counting. It is overkill and in 10 years the whole thing will come falling down. The biggest thing is 75 or more percent of the kids playing football do not even belong in college. Just because you are a great athlete does not make you a college student. College is not for everybody and unless you are sleeping under a rock you know most of the kids playing football are not there for a education.
2 months, 1 week ago on Schools’ Greed Damaging The Future Of College Football
I would love to see Tennessee upset Florida. would love to see Tennessee win of this big games they use to win most of the time. I would love to see a Elvis Presley in his prime concert again as well. The latter is probably just about as likely as Tennessee beating Florida in the swamp. I still believe Tennessee could go 6-6 and make a minor bowl game
2 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Game Previews – 9/20/20
They should have bought him some super glue because in his whole career at Tennessee he constantly fumbled at the worst possible times costing Tennessee a few games . I know my beloved Volunteers have certainly made mistakes with the NCAA as a lot of schools have, but the wierd thing is it has not helped in win loss column. You think as violation as a way to gain which Tennessee has not had any breaks in 5-6 years. I believe we are very close to 60-70 schools leaving the NCAA and started their own way to enforce rules which mainly means no rules at all which is probably the right thing to do because the big programs have not been about getting a education in 40 years. All and I mean all the big programs are just stepping stones to the NFLand we all know that. I do not know how the 5 million dollar a year coaches, athletic directors, chancellors, ect can say otherwise with a straight face.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Former Tennessee Running Back Arian Foster: “My Senior Year, I Was Getting Money On The Side”
I do not know why but I believe Tennessee will surprise and go 6-6 or 7-5 and go to a small bowl. Sure they will lose at Oregon, Alabama and probably Georgia or South Carolina but not both. I think they beat Kentucky and Missouri . They will win when Auburn comes to town and possibly Vanderbilt. Probably will lose at Florida but will be closer than most expect. I think next year they will win 8-10 games.
3 months, 1 week ago on MrSEC.com 2013 Opening Power Rankings
It goes to show what a great coaching and recruiting job that Phillip Fulmer and before him Johnny Majors did for 33 years at Tennessee. Tennnessee is only behind Kentucky in high school talent but Tennessee has always been great at recruiting nationwide. They in my opinion have finally found there guy in Butch Jones. This year they will be lucky to win 6 games but starting next year watch Tennessee slowly come back to being Tennessee again.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 1: Recruiting Base
I hope Coach Martin is able to stay long term but would love Bruce Pearl back at Tennessee . I think he has learned from this and would be a stright shooter if he came back but I doubt it would ever happen.
4 months ago on Another Ex-UT/Pearl Assistant Hired, But What About Pearl Himself?
Tennessee will overachieve and win at least 3-4 conference games and finish 6-6 or 7-5
4 months, 1 week ago on SEC Team-By-Team Preview: Eastern Division
This from a guy that has made millions in college football for basically doing nothing. Look at the difference at Notre Dame with Brian Kelly and look at the offense of Florida last year compared to his only year at Florida in 2011. When I heard Kansas was hiring him and passing over Phillip Fulmer I just smiled and said they will regret doing so. I stand by my statement.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Kansas’ Weis Backs Stoops’ Criticism Of SEC
The current bowl system and the number of bowls cannot sustain itself for many more years. A true playoff at the highest seed stadium and maybe one or two sites for semi final and final are the next wave
7 months, 1 week ago on New Playoff, New Era Give SEC A New “Mess” Of Bowl Possibilities
Jim Chaney was one of the best things Tennessee had going for it under the terrible and inept coaching of Derek Dooley. I believe Arkansas has a diamond in the rough with this hire. He is a really good offensive mind and would have actually been a better head coach than Derek Dooley was. I think the HOGS will be pleased
7 months, 4 weeks ago on OC Chaney Wants Hogs’ Offensive To Be More Explosive; Will His Style Mesh With Bielema’s?
Both of these bowls along with about 20 more need to shutdown. The bowl system is dead
8 months ago on BBVA Compass Pulling Sponsorship From Birmingham-Based Bowl
Hey Knucklehead St Louis is in the SEC territory now. Missouri is 100 miles west of St Louis. The SEC is a national conference not just a southern conference anymore
8 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Tournament Could Be Headed To St. Louis