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3 months, 2 weeks ago on Since 2008, SEC Non-Conference Games Have Left Much To Be Desired
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
10 months, 2 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.
10 months, 2 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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.
10 months, 3 weeks 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
11 months, 1 week 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.
11 months, 3 weeks 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.
11 months, 3 weeks 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.
11 months, 3 weeks 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
12 months 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.
12 months 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.
1 year 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.
1 year, 1 month 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.
1 year, 1 month 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
1 year, 1 month 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.
1 year, 4 months 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
1 year, 4 months 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
1 year, 5 months 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
1 year, 5 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
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Tournament Could Be Headed To St. Louis
Cuonzo Martin is going to be a great coach. He already is very good but will only get better with time. I sure hope he stays at Tennessee for MANY years. He seems like a great person as well.
1 year, 6 months ago on UT’s Martin Joins SEC Hoops’ Best-Ever Photo Collection
I will always believe in my heart Tennessee was very foolish to fire Phil Fulmer and history will be back me up if it has not already. I know 100% that if he had been allowed to stay he would have had a winning season the next year. His problem was hiring a new offensive coach that ran a complicated offense that the players simply could not learn in one year and it cost him his job along with a restless fan base that have unrealistic expectations as I have been one of those fans that have thankfully wised up
1 year, 6 months ago on Texas’ Dodds Uses Fulmer, Saban To Defend His Football Coach
I see you did not notice the HUGE arena Tennessee has and the nice arena Arkansas has as well. They both are pretty decent most years in basketball and Vanderbilt and LSU are not too shabby as well and so is Alabama. Your logic does not hold water and yes basketball will always be second fiddle in the SEC
1 year, 7 months ago on Why Is The SEC Thriving In Football, Struggling In Basketball? Money
It still sticks in my crawl that Tennessee owes this clown 5 million dollars. He already made about 1 million per win his three years there. AD Mike Hamilton the gift that keeps on giving
1 year, 7 months ago on Dooley Has A Little Fun With Bielema’s Recruiting Philosophy
I do not blame LSU much. I wish Tennessee would leave the SEC for the ACC or BIG 12 because the climb back to the top would be much easier. I would love to be in a conference with some easier teams to beat since Tennessee has a recruiting disadvantage as does Kentucky
1 year, 8 months ago on Some LSU Fans Wanting Out Of The SEC? We Thought They Were The Tigers, Not The Chickens
Good Riddance and hopefully Tyler Bray goes as well
1 year, 9 months ago on Report: Tennessee Wide Receiver Justin Hunter Turning Pro
Great Hire Arkansas. He was the one bright spot in a otherwise dismal coaching staff at Tennessee. He would have been a better head coach than Derek Dooley as would about anybody would but seriously good luck Jim Chaney.
1 year, 9 months ago on Ex-UT Offensive Coordinator Chaney Lands At Arkansas, Not Missouri
You will be a part of something special at Tennessee and will enjoy living in Knoxville more than Clemson. Almost half million people in Knoxville with a decent nightlife
1 year, 9 months ago on Vols Offer Clemson Commit Jenkins
I think when all is said and done Tennessee got the best coach. They hopefully will be bowling again next year and win 6-8 games
1 year, 9 months ago on Why They’ll Work And Why They Won’t: The SEC’s Rookie Coaches
Maybe Tennessee can upset Vanderbilt which is hard to say in the same sentence that it has come to this for Tennessee
1 year, 10 months ago on SEC Game Previews – 11/16/12 (Glorified Scrimmage Edition)
If Tennessee could just beat Vanderbilt saturday there in the Liberty, or Birmingham Bowl but that is a big IF the way there defense has played all year.
1 year, 10 months ago on MrSEC.com Bowl Projections – 11/14/12
What really makes me mad is when Kiffin left in the middle of the recruiting season Mike Hamilton had a great interim coach in Kippy Brown who Mike Hamilton said he would interview for the job because Kippy was a Tennessee guy who had just moved back Tennessee to coach for Lane Kiffin. All he got was lip service from the AD and then he was quickly hired as an assistant at the Seattle Seahawks. He should have hired Kippy for at least a year if not permanently and then a lot more of the recruiting class would have been saved in 2010 and I think he would have done a better job than Derek Dooley. Now for financial reasons they have to keep Dooley for at least 1 more year
1 year, 11 months ago on The Dooley Debate Rages At UT; Sources Claim He Talked Buyout Last Year
Hang in there Missouri it will be a 2-3 year learning curve but you will be fine. Tennessee has had highs and lows in the SEC has everybody has. The SEC is a damn good family and welcome
1 year, 11 months ago on MrSEC.com's Power Rankings - 10/9/12
I have also heard Jennings did very little to earn a big salary and got a huge severance package. Pat still makes over 600,000 a year for not coaching and is still in the basketball program. Definitely sour grapes.
1 year, 11 months ago on UT And A.D. Sued For “Unlawful Discrimination”
Welcome to the SEC Missouri and Texas A&M . I am a Tennessee Volunteer and look forward to Missouri coming to Knoxville on Nov 10th. It should be a great close game. By the way I love both of your uniforms
2 years ago on SEC Game Previews – 9/14/12
I feel like this is Tennessee year and I believe they will beat
Florida but will probably lose to Alabama and Georgia. South Carolina and Mississippi State are away games that they could possibly lose or win. 8-4 and a Gator Bowl bid would be a good start back in the right direction. They should beat Missouri and Kentucky at home and Vanderbilt on the road.
2 years ago on MrSEC.com's Power Rankings - 9/11/12
Tennessee is in a bad spot because Derek Dooley has to get them to at least 7-5 and be competitive. On the other hand Tennessee does not need to have a fourth coach since 2008 and they still owe Fulmer 125,000 a month until Jan 2013 and had a almost four million dollar short fall last year and DD buyout is 5 million and drops to 4 million next year.
2 years ago on MrSEC.com’s Hot Seat Rankings: At 5-7, How Much Trouble Would Your Coach Be In?
That is what happens when you hire an inept Athletic Director and let him run the program in the ground for the last 8-9 years. You fire a veteran coach with a 70 % winning percentage after giving him a contract extension and a raise 4 months before you fire him with a 6 million dollar buyout. You bring in a hired gun for 1 year and pay his assistants a head coaching salary. He bolts after nine months and nearly destroying the football program. You cannot seem to find anybody interested even though it is a top 20 coaching job so you hire a unproven coach with 2 years experience and a losing record at a much smaller school that is not on the national stage. He is in his 3rd year and needs a break out year. You have to fire a damn good basketball coach for breaking the rules and give him almost a million dollar buyout while you fired your previous basketball coach 6 years prior and paid him a million dollar buyout. You fire a baseball coach you hired that did not pan out after paying him a buyout. You finally realize you have lost control of the job and the backers of the university have finally lost faith in the job you have done. You finally resign but not before giving yourself around 1.3 million in a buyout. The scenario I have described the last few years and dwindling attendance from your big money football program will have that kind of effect. Have I left anything out?
2 years ago on UT’s Athletic Department Lost Almost $4 Million Last Fiscal Year
I am a Tennessee Volunteer and would rather have Missouri or Mississippi or even Miss State as a permanent rival than Texas A&M as they are over a 1,000 miles apart
2 years, 7 months ago on A Divisionless Set-Up Would Help The SEC In Football