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Good post! Reminds me of the fact that Tennessee was the last major college to abandon the single wing formation in football, and how the transition was viewed by many of the faithful as heresy. In more recent times, wouldn't you say that the athletic dept. turmoil goes all the way back to the Bill Battle fiasco? Battle never had a losing season, went to five bowl games in seven years, and left Knoxville with a .723 winning percentage. Yet the way he was treated gave a whole new meaning to the word "shabby." And it started way before he went 6-5 in his final season.
Do you think .723 after seven years would be good enough to keep Butch Jones in his job?
At any school, a rabid fan base can turn on a dime and start throwing rocks through the coach's bedroom window. That's what happened to Bill Curry at Alabama. He took the Tide to the national championship game and got fired for not winning it, after he benched one or two star players for violating team rules.
Cuonzo Martin should be coach of the year in the SEC. Any prospective coach with other options should take a long, hard look at Martin's tenure at UT and how it ended.
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