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a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. i'm comfortable with jones, just as I was damned comfortable with firing dooley (4 coaches in 5 years! think of the kids! what will espn say!). if the vols go 0-12, the sun will still come up, the mountains will be beautiful, and knoxville will be a great place. in other words, I can live it.
10 months ago on One Big Question: Tennessee Football 2014
More "penetration" in the Texas market? Adding SMU would be a bone head ploy that would confirm the fantasy in the T-sip's minds that they were the ones the SEC had to have all along. A&M will do just fine on its own. How many Florida schools are in the SEC? How many Georgia schools? How many Louisiana schools? No penetration worries there. As time goes on and if the SEC maintains its hegemony in football, I'd bet that A&M will turn the horns program into one big yawn.
10 months, 1 week ago on If Division IV Comes, Which Schools Might Be Thrown A Lifeline?
given the dramatic economic progress in the south over the last third of the twentieth century and the first two decades of the twenty first, the flagship state schools of the sec should have closed the gap with the rose bowl conference schools. they haven't. and given that the region has fallen into a malignant political fever that afflicts the sufferer with a contempt for learning in general, the situation isn't likely to change soon. having worked with grads of aau schools and having gotten my own education at an sec school, i'm convinced that's there's no significant difference in the quality of the student bodies, but try to tell that to employers dangling choice jobs. when and if southerners get tired of being laughed at for their supposed intellectual deficiencies, perhaps they'll start electing people who will do something about it.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Big Ten, Pac-12 Partnering Up On Autonomy Front; Who Will Dominate Future Decisions?
@sec_fan "liberal rag"???
God forbid that you ever be exposed to any fact that might cause you to think.
1 year ago on SEC Headlines 3/16/2014
Kasin's presumption in speaking for all liberals is as convincing as the arguments of fundamentalists that they speak for all Christians. I'm considered pretty damned liberal and I think LBJ will go down in history as one of our greatest, most transformative presidents. Kasin can take his Naderite hypocrisy and intolerance and shove it.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117346/lbj-should-not-be-celebrated-liberal-hero
the best comment i've read goes something like this: "just think what this team's going to be like when they're seniors."
1 year ago on A Cliche About Kentucky’s Hoops Team That Needs To Be Retired
As a vol fan (and U.T. grad), my personal feelings are that I hope he stays, for a long time, but I'll understand if he hands the keys over and tells Hart to shove it. I'm appalled by the stupidity I see posted daily on some of the fan websites (one yesterday on volnation was to the effect that it'd be wonderful if he left so they could get Greg Marshall. Try to figure that one out. It makes about as much sense as saying, 'lets fire Butch Jones so we can get Jon Gruden').
1 year ago on Like Sands Through The Hourglass, Tennessee/Martin Soap Opera Goes On And On
as a vol fan, whenever i think of pearl its like thinking of an old girlfriend who was nothing but bad news, but i can't get her out of my system.
1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Fans All Clamoring For Pearl (Which Is Why He Should Sit Tight)
re: riley ferguson. pardom me if i hold going ga-ga until he's done something.
1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Headlines 3/14/2014
i gotta admit i've got mixed feelings over this one. i cringe at the hit my alma mater would take in the credibility and integrity departments, but then i remember how creeps like woody hayes and bobby knight were kept long after they should have been fired at those 'we're better'n than you are' universities. what bruce was guilty of stunk far less than the mess pete carroll left in his wake. but, still i like to think the vols value honor at least as much as they do wins. color me undecided.
1 year, 1 month ago on Pearl Deserves A Second Chance… With Conditions
in re expectations at tennessee
i remember 1977. johnny majors had just taken over fresh from a national championship at pittsburgh. his first recruiting class astounded everyone. as i recall, sports illustrated commented about it that the last time that much manpower was assembled, the allies landed at anzio. three seasons of lousy football interspersed with one shot at mediocrity followed. to be fair, majors attained little more than a higher level of mediocrity over his entire 15 years in volville. so, i think i can keep from going overboard.
1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Headlines 2/27/2014
based on his record, i'd be surprised that the boy with the famous last name could remember his phone number.
1 year, 1 month ago on Tennessee’s Jones: “We Treat Georgia As A Home State For Us”
one more reason for me to say to hell with it. truly, time has passed me by.
and while i'm at it, even the watching from home has deteriorated. instead of getting to watch two bands perform at halftime, we get lou holtz drooling on himself. get rid of the talking heads and give the musicians (who have well earned it) their time on the tube.
1 year, 1 month ago on Get Ready For More Canned Music At SEC Football Games
in reminding me that pearl received a buyout "despite being fired for cause", you reminded me of the range, depth, and duration of mike hamilton's imbecility. not to be mean to pearl, but what kind of idiot gives someone who's fired for breaking a rule and lying about it a severance package? the only greater travesty was the one hamilton paid himself for running the athletic department into the ground.
1 year, 1 month ago on Ex-SEC Coaches From One Era Defend A Pair SEC Coaches From This Era
@viciousdawg that's an option only if you are blind.
1 year, 1 month ago on DirecTV Emails About SEC Network Only Confirm What We’ve Been Telling You From Day One
he's convinced that amity shlaes knows something about economics and history. nothing further need be said.
1 year, 2 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116426/george-will-finds-his-wild-side
@the_voice the pigs do themselves no favors, recruiting or otherwise, by playing marquee games in that outdated high school stadium in little rock (georgia gets to visit there this year).
1 year, 2 months ago on SEC Leads Nation In Football Attendance; Here’s Each School’s 5-Year Average
"Tennessee fans were glad to see Derek Dooley go."
you got that right! but he was only number 2 in the 'don't let the door hit ya' derby. number 1 was and always will be mike hamilton who could screw up a one car funeral.
@kerrigjl@sojournerYeah. They damned sure ought to look into it.
1 year, 2 months ago on Former Vandy QB Rodgers Eviscerates Alma Mater Right Before Signing Day
As is evident from their long history, Vandy is clueless about serious college football. I can't imagine the Vols treating former players this shabbily. Until they are able to buy a clue, the 'Dores should stick to lacrosse.
I couldn't agree more. Butch Jones was a 'who's he?' hire, but he's already proven himself heads and shoulders above his predecessor (the boy in the orange pants with the famous last name).
1 year, 2 months ago on At Arkansas – And Elsewhere – Unanswered Prayers Are Sometimes Best
miles is doing for football what calipari has done for basketball.
1 year, 3 months ago on 29 SEC Players Part Of Record 98-Man Class Of Underclassmen Turning Pro
@sec_fan@sojournerThere's a big difference here. Nothing weasel boy or Orgeron could do was going to hurt the Vols for very long. This is devastating for Vandy. It puts me in mind of a respectable well-off widow who takes in a fast talking, down on his luck, street hustler. Once he gets on his feet, he hooks up with a snazzy young thing and walks out. Fair enough, but then he goes back for her jewels and silverware. There's a limit.
1 year, 3 months ago on Reports Suggest Vandy’s Williams Searching High And Low For New Coach
"Vandy is a helluva lot more than it's football program."
Given the state of its so-called football program at the moment, I would hope so.
@Leon DespairHe was fortunate to play them when the program was hitting rock bottom (for that matter, the great majority of his wins came against teams with losing records). Vandy fans ought to enjoy that streak. It isn't likely to happen again this century (or roughly, until they get another bowl invite).
1 year, 3 months ago on Franklin Defends His Decision To Swing Vandy Commits To Penn State
I read where Vandy's recruitng class imploded overnight with the Franklin fiasco. I also read where Franklin was justifying his thievery of recruits by saying, "...recruits commit to a coach, not a school." Amazing. Even Kiffen and Orgeron weren't that sanctimonious when weasel boy booked for the coast. Here's hoping Franklin enjoys the same kind of success. There are some sobering differences here. The Vols were a helluva lot more than one coach; Vandy had little else. With Tennessee's tradition, facilities, history and fan support, it was little more than a temporary hiccup till things started looking up in Knoxville. It would have come even sooner had the Vol's A.D. known that you don't hire a head coach for his last name. Vandy is back where it was the day Franklin stepped off the plane, smoke and mirrors in hand. I almost feel for them.
moms mabley ought to sue. she was the one who came up with, "you keep on doin' whatcha been doin', and you're gonna keep on gettin' whatcha got."
1 year, 3 months ago on Saban Posts Reminder Of Two Losses For Bama’s Players
That he bailed on Vandy doesn't surprise me. He's a professional coach with an ego and some awareness of reality. What are the chances that his achievements at Vandy, whatever they might be in the future, would approach, let alone rival what he could do at Penn State? What bothers me are the reports that he and his staff are actively recruiting some of the players he recruited to Vandy. That is dishonorable, and smacks of what Kiffin and Orgeron did after they left Tennessee. If he has to rob a program like Vandy to succeed at Penn State, then the Lion fans might want to re-evaluate their new hire. They may have hired the next Lane Kiffen.
1 year, 3 months ago on Franklin’s Departure From Vandy A Great Reminder: Don’t Put Blind Faith In A Coach
I wouldn't be surprised if, within a couple of seasons, he weren't reunited with his daddy as head coach of the Cowboys.
1 year, 3 months ago on Kiffin Set Up To Succeed At Alabama
@John at MrSEC@sojournerI think it should have been obvious to most any reader what my point was--i.e. the state of Vandy football vis-a-vis the SEC.
1 year, 3 months ago on If Franklin Goes, Can Vanderbilt Find A Suitable Replacement?
@John at MrSEC@sojourner
I'm no Arkansas fan. I'm somewhat familiar with Blank's history of constancy and fidelity. I'd never confuse him with Little Bo Peep.
1 year, 3 months ago on Louisville Destined To Be Burned Again By Petrino
"In general, there exists a commitment to football at Vanderbilt."
So that's why they struggle to fill their forty something thousand football stadium when the marquee teams come visiting. I've heard that other SEC teams enjoy playing there because its a chance for their fans who can't get tickets for home games to watch their teams in person. Vandy ought to stick to appropriate sports, say lacrosse, crew, or tiddly-winks. Yeah, those "fiery up and comers" might be the thing provided they stick his name on the door with Velcro, or refer to them as 'up and soon to be goners'.
I'm constantly amazed at how the mere mention of the name Petrino excites a Pavlovian response in some commentators. I'm not defending him; his won-loss record does that more than adequately. But, I'm curious about how the Falcons episode seems to some to be a latter day version of Othello. Petrino didn't show up at Blank's door with an employment application. His history was well known at that point, especially the won-loss part. Blank didn't hesitate. As coach of the Falcons, it was pretty obvious it wasn't working out. Petrino pulled the trigger before Blank got the chance. I appreciate compassion, but there are a helluva lot more deserving recipients than Arthur Blank.
nobody hated it more than i did when pearl was canned, but i knew it was the right thing to do. i also knew that bruce was the best vol bball coach ever whose zipper was in front. this is the only vol athletic fiasco that's happened in the last seven years that i can't blame on hamilton. this was totally on pearl. i know in my heart of hearts that the vols will never see another coach like him in my lifetime, but i can't bring myself to believe that he should be rehired. i'm all in favor of redemption and second chances, but it wasn't just his reputation he stained. if he's rehired, we give up any pretense that the university of tennessee is any more than an excuse to field athletic teams.
disclosure: i'm a tennessee grad (71 & 73).
1 year, 4 months ago on A Bad Homecourt Loss Will Rev Up The Pearl Talk At Tennessee
although i'm a tennessee grad and bleed orange juice, i take an interest in arkansas as it has been nigh on 40 years my adopted home (my son graduated from there). i'm highly disappointed in how little progress the hogs have made since last year. truth be told, the last good recruiter to coach there was frank broyles (retired 76). the only way they are going to dig their way out of the hole they're in was commented on by the ole ball coach after he swatted them this year--they're gonna have to recruit their way out. looks like bielema needs a bigger shovel or a gift certificate for u-haul. guys like holtz, hatfield, and petrino could make up for lousy recruiting by sheer coaching ability. whether b.b. has that kind of moxie remains to be seen.
(btw: the turn around at u.t. doesn't surprise me at all. the vols have it all, facilities, tradition, fan support, and a historic stadium. all that was needed was a real coach.
1 year, 4 months ago on SEC Commitment Comparator – 12/17/13 Vs 12/21/12
one of the things i like about jones is that he earned the right to be where he is, which is a helluva lot more than his predecessor could say. every time i hear the name, mike hamilton, i remember the five million dollar golden parachute he paid dooley for living down to his resume. jones deserves three years; i wouldn't have given dooley three minutes. i hear dooley is now prowling the sidelines for the dallas cowboys, clipboard in hand. with that kind of coaching i suspect they'll build on their unprecedented string of being home for christmas.
1 year, 4 months ago on Tennessee AD Hart “Very Pleased With Where The Program Is Headed”
@FCDoreselling tickets is one thing. showing up is another.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of This Year’s SEC Bowl Slate
@vandyfan1@sojournergreat idea, vandy fan. now, if vandy will only complete the circle and withdraw to a more appropriate conference, say the one rhodes, sewanee (another former sec team), and davidson are in.
vandy can't fill their own stadium with name brand opponents, a good coach, and a chance to become relevant. i'd almost be willing to bet that there will be more on the travel squad than vandy fans at this bowl. too bad, but i'll be surprised if franklin hangs around should he get a serious offer.
i'm not even a bama fan, but i'm hoping saban stays for no other reason than to watch the horn fans wipe the egg off their faces. there will be enough to stock every i-hop and crackerbarrel in the country.
1 year, 4 months ago on Texas Website Says Saban Has Started Thinking About His Longhorn Staff (Which Sounds Kinda Funny)
saban is looking at 63 come next birthday. that should be sobering to both bama and texas. bowden, paterno, hayes. there's a long list of coaches who "...wore their honors out, runners who fame outran, and the name died before the man."
1 year, 4 months ago on Nick Saban, Everybody Wants You
@TheN8tureBoy @sojourner the team i pulled for wore orange and white, a time honored tradition. what's next--painting the field orange ala boise state?
1 year, 5 months ago on Tennessee To Bust Out The Gray Uniforms Again
@TheN8tureBoy @sojourner i suppose you also have a commission authorizing you to declare who is and who is not a fan.
@TheN8tureBoy @sojourner yeah, maybe not, but i assume that you own a t-shirt which makes you one.
@sec_fan disagree. institutions and traditions are bigger than the individuals who pass through. that's why they are institutions and traditions. can you imagine what the marine corps reaction would be if one of its members tried to get them to ditch their dress blues for a star trek outfit?
this is one Tennessee grad who, for the first time, will not be pulling for a win. i'm sorry, but i'm a little too old and set in my ways to appreciate this emmett kelly/boise state sacrilege of a fine old tradition.
dooley had been a perennial loser since he took up the whistle and clipboard. he kept it up in knoxville until the fans had enough. courtesy of the most incompetent a.d. in the history of college athletics, he left with a five million dollar reward for not breaking the mold. now, he's with the big boys in dallas. somehow, i get the idea he's gonna fit right in. hell, i wouldn't be surprised if j.j. doesn't make him the next head coach. they love losing there.
1 year, 5 months ago on Malzahn’s Success Further Exposes Chizik’s Missteps At Auburn Last Season
what jones is dealing with is the incompetence of mike hamilton, the former a.d. what kind of moron would hire a head coach with zero qualifications other than his last name? the icing on the cake was the five million dollar golden parachute should dooley live down to his resume (he did, in spades). this blithering idiot had the option to get out of one of two daunting out of conference games, oregon and north carolina. guess which one hamilton chose. hamilton had the ability to screw up anything he touched. it is a lingering gift.
1 year, 5 months ago on Tennessee’s Jones: “We Have Absolutely Zero Depth”
25 teams huh? guess i missed the latest expansion.
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Headlines 10/14/2013
1 year, 6 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115134/gop-death-watch-final-days-republican-party