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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.

4 weeks, 1 day ago on One Big Question: Tennessee Football 2014

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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. 

1 month, 1 week ago on If Division IV Comes, Which Schools Might Be Thrown A Lifeline?

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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. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Big Ten, Pac-12 Partnering Up On Autonomy Front; Who Will Dominate Future Decisions?

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@sec_fan "liberal rag"???


God forbid that you ever be exposed to any fact that might cause you to think.

3 months, 1 week ago on SEC Headlines 3/16/2014

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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. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117346/lbj-should-not-be-celebrated-liberal-hero

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the best comment i've read goes something like this:  "just think what this team's going to be like when they're seniors."

3 months, 2 weeks ago on A Cliche About Kentucky’s Hoops Team That Needs To Be Retired

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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'). 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Like Sands Through The Hourglass, Tennessee/Martin Soap Opera Goes On And On

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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.

4 months, 1 week ago on SEC Fans All Clamoring For Pearl (Which Is Why He Should Sit Tight)

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re: riley ferguson.  pardom me if i hold going ga-ga until he's done something.

4 months, 1 week ago on SEC Headlines 3/14/2014

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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.  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Pearl Deserves A Second Chance… With Conditions

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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.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Headlines 2/27/2014

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based on his record, i'd be surprised that the boy with the famous last name could remember his phone number.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Tennessee’s Jones: “We Treat Georgia As A Home State For Us”

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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.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Get Ready For More Canned Music At SEC Football Games

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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.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Ex-SEC Coaches From One Era Defend A Pair SEC Coaches From This Era

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he's convinced that amity shlaes knows something about economics and history.  nothing further need be said.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116426/george-will-finds-his-wild-side

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@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). 

5 months, 1 week ago on SEC Leads Nation In Football Attendance; Here’s Each School’s 5-Year Average

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"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.

5 months, 1 week ago on SEC Leads Nation In Football Attendance; Here’s Each School’s 5-Year Average

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@kerrigjl@sojournerYeah.  They damned sure ought to look into it.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Former Vandy QB Rodgers Eviscerates Alma Mater Right Before Signing Day

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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.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Former Vandy QB Rodgers Eviscerates Alma Mater Right Before Signing Day

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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).

6 months ago on At Arkansas – And Elsewhere – Unanswered Prayers Are Sometimes Best

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miles is doing for football what calipari has done for basketball.

6 months ago on 29 SEC Players Part Of Record 98-Man Class Of Underclassmen Turning Pro

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@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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Reports Suggest Vandy’s Williams Searching High And Low For New Coach

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@vandyfan1@sojourner

"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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Reports Suggest Vandy’s Williams Searching High And Low For New Coach

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@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).

6 months, 1 week ago on Franklin Defends His Decision To Swing Vandy Commits To Penn State

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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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Reports Suggest Vandy’s Williams Searching High And Low For New Coach

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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."

6 months, 1 week ago on Saban Posts Reminder Of Two Losses For Bama’s Players

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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.

6 months, 1 week ago on Franklin’s Departure From Vandy A Great Reminder: Don’t Put Blind Faith In A Coach

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I wouldn't be surprised if, within a couple of seasons, he weren't reunited with his daddy as head coach of the Cowboys.

6 months, 1 week ago on Kiffin Set Up To Succeed At Alabama

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@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.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on If Franklin Goes, Can Vanderbilt Find A Suitable Replacement?

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@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.   

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Louisville Destined To Be Burned Again By Petrino

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"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'.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on If Franklin Goes, Can Vanderbilt Find A Suitable Replacement?

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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. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Louisville Destined To Be Burned Again By Petrino

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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).

7 months ago on A Bad Homecourt Loss Will Rev Up The Pearl Talk At Tennessee

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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.

7 months, 1 week ago on SEC Commitment Comparator – 12/17/13 Vs 12/21/12

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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.

7 months, 1 week ago on Tennessee AD Hart “Very Pleased With Where The Program Is Headed”

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@FCDoreselling tickets is one thing.  showing up is another.

7 months, 1 week ago on The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of This Year’s SEC Bowl Slate

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@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.

7 months, 1 week ago on The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of This Year’s SEC Bowl Slate

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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.

7 months, 1 week ago on The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of This Year’s SEC Bowl Slate

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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.

7 months, 1 week ago on Texas Website Says Saban Has Started Thinking About His Longhorn Staff (Which Sounds Kinda Funny)

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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."

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Nick Saban, Everybody Wants You

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@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?

8 months ago on Tennessee To Bust Out The Gray Uniforms Again

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@TheN8tureBoy @sojourner i suppose you also have a commission authorizing you to declare who is and who is not a fan.

8 months ago on Tennessee To Bust Out The Gray Uniforms Again

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@TheN8tureBoy @sojourner yeah, maybe not, but i assume that you own a t-shirt which makes you one.

8 months ago on Tennessee To Bust Out The Gray Uniforms Again

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@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?

8 months ago on Tennessee To Bust Out The Gray Uniforms Again

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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.

8 months ago on Tennessee To Bust Out The Gray Uniforms Again

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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.

8 months, 1 week ago on Malzahn’s Success Further Exposes Chizik’s Missteps At Auburn Last Season

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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.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Tennessee’s Jones: “We Have Absolutely Zero Depth”

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25 teams huh?  guess i missed the latest expansion.

9 months, 1 week ago on SEC Headlines 10/14/2013

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as a vol grad, i don't blame dooley.  he is what he is.  unfortunately, that didn't include packing the gear to be a head coach in the sec.  if history is any guide, he was lacking in the wac as well.  other than his last name, he had zero credentials for the tennessee spot.  if finebaum wonders why kiffen qualified for the usc job, what must he wonder about dooley?  the answer is that both dooley and kiffen owed their hires at tennessee to an athletic director with even less qualification for his job.  however long tennessee athletics exist, i hope to god that it never experiences that level of incompetence again.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on As Tennessee And Georgia Prepare To Clash, Dooley Talks About His Job Change

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I agree, but in fairness, Tennessee hasn't been Tennessee since phil decided he'd paid his dues and was entitled to coast.

10 months, 1 week ago on ESPN’s Herbstreit Says SEC Fans Should Take Losses As A Group Just As They Do Wins

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i remember that back in the mid-70s when steve sloan was coaching at vandy, he engineered an arrangement by which full time students at george peabody (across the street) could play for vandy.  peabody was a school of education (including phys. ed) and the theory was that it would open a whole new pool of talent for the 'dores.  that never happened.  perhaps franklin has re-visited that arrangement.  btw, peabody was later merged into vandy proper.

disclosure:  sloan was a high school classmate, my wife holds a graduate degree from peabody.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Carolina’s Spurrier Thinks Vandy Must’ve Relaxed Its Academic Standards

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everybody's dirty?  i'd suggest the writer look up the definition of tu quoque.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Part One Of SI’s “Dirty Game” Investigation Into Miles’ Oklahoma State Program Isn’t Pretty

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don't get me wrong.  this is one vol grad who's happy with weasel boy being three time zones away from volville, but in all honesty, i'd take him back in a new york minute over the guy in orange pants with a famous last name who followed him.  as for the so-called a.d. who hired both (and worse), I wouldn't wish him on bama or florida (well, maybe florida).  what kind of fool hires a coach with a career losing record, then gives him a five million dollar golden parachute when he lives down to his resume?

10 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 9/9/13

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couldn't happen to a better bunch!

10 months, 2 weeks ago on The Power Shift In Texas Continues At BreakNeck Speed

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vandy should probably approach football the same way duke does, as an afterthought.  two years from now, franklin will be history and the dores settled into their usual spot in the sec hierarchy.

11 months, 1 week ago on Lack Of “Sidewalk Alums” Hurts Vandy At The Ticket Office

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@orangecherokee  

an athletic director's main duty is the hiring and firing of coaches.  kiffen, dooley, and todd raleigh (the baseball coach--a real piece of work).  that says it all about hammy. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Knoxville Columnist Blasts Ex-Tennessee Coach Fulmer

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fulmer may have earned his firing, but that in no way validates the competence of the man who fired him.  say what you will about phil fulmer--his record will suffice to prove that, before he became satisfied and convinced he was bulletproof, he was one of the best coaches in college football.  no such validation is remotely possible for mike hamilton.  he had the george w. bush touch; everything he touched turned to sh*t. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Knoxville Columnist Blasts Ex-Tennessee Coach Fulmer

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@5LittlePiggies  vol grad stranded in piggyville since 75.  back in the day, when broyles, holtz, and hatfield were strolling the sidelines, playing in little rock, in a stadium that would embarrass a good high school program wasn't that big a problem.  come the 90s and the move to the sec, it made absolutely no sense at all.  it was tantamount to piling up a mound of cash in war memorial and setting it afire, not to mention how it looks to recruits.  the only remaining excuse is that it satisfies the overweening ego of a certain little rock based fat cat.

11 months, 4 weeks ago on SEC Football Attendance Declines For Three Straight Years, But…

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in re Tennessee

Hamilton and Dooley.  Amazing what rank incompetence can do to a once proud program.


11 months, 4 weeks ago on SEC Football Attendance Declines For Three Straight Years, But…

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you can also throw in the increasing number of fans who seem to believe it is their god-given right to make the experience of those around them as unpleasant as possible.  i called it quits after it became obvious that some of these fans take an obscene pleasure in standing for no more reason than it blocks the view of those behind them.   that's another thing i don't have to deal with at home. 

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Coming Off An 11-Win Season, Florida’s Swamp Still Hasn’t Sold Out

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as a vol, i hope butch pans out, but to be fair, anyone with a pulse would have looked promising after three years of that stiff with the famous last name.

1 year, 1 month ago on UK’s Stoops And UT’s Jones Continue To Impress

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God forbid that some of that treasure be spent on anything remotely connected with the real purpose of a university, say a library, a lab, or a tenured chair.  The next thing that might happen is that the University of Alabama or the University of Tennessee start getting mistaken for being serious about educating their students. 

1 year, 1 month ago on A Waterfall In Bama’s Locker Room? Maybe We’re Spending A Bit Too Much On Athletics

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in re kiffin/ogeron

weasel boy seems to have knack for finding birds of his own feather.


1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Headlines 6/11/2013

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this is disgraceful.  i'd bet that the harvey updyke types who stoop to this kind of thing have never set foot inside a u.t. classroom.  supporting the team is one thing; being a low-class moron is something else entirely.  being a tennessee grad and a native of cleveland (20 miles south of athens) makes me doubly embarrassed for my school and my home.

1 year, 1 month ago on Security “Beefed Up” Ahead Of Saban Speech In Vol Country

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it might be worth mentioning.  the lady vols have made it to the world championship game in softball, one of two teams still standing.

1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Headlines 6/3/2013

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as a vol fan, i'm already feeling a thousand times more confident than i was this time three years ago. 

1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Recruiting Notebook: Vols Grab No. 1 Ranking

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i took my cue from the first paragraph and did not read further.  that seemed point enough.

1 year, 1 month ago on What Happens When Finebaum Calls For A Coach’s Job On The SEC Network?

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what happens when finebaum calls for a coaches job?  nothing. nada. zip. zero.  if and when he calls for a coaches job and something happens, you can damn well bet that coaches goose was cooked well before finebaum mouths off.  finebaum is a mouth with a microphone whose opinions can be topped for insight and intelligence in any corner pool hall or beauty shop.

1 year, 1 month ago on What Happens When Finebaum Calls For A Coach’s Job On The SEC Network?

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i was a fervent admirer of phil fulmer, but i remember that one year he had a starting center come to him and ask to transfer to school closer to his home and family in texas.  from all the reports i read, it was a pure case of chronic homesickness.  phil did everything he could to punish the guy.  at the time it was going on, i couldn't help but wonder how other texas athletes (where phil did a lot of recruiting) were viewing phil's pettiness.  not well i suspect, because i don't remember phil ever signing another one from there.  maybe the entire conference ought to adopt the same attitude toward its athletes the conference has with regard to its teams.  anybody can leave any time they want with no penalties, no exit fees, and no hard feelings.

1 year, 2 months ago on OSU’s Gundy Takes Heat Over Transfer Limits; Time To Take The Power Out Of Coaches’ Hands

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vandy to the b1g?  the big ten offers nothing that vandy doesn't already have, and in leaving, vandy would be walking away from the privilege of playing in the best athletic conference in the country.  they could look at a future of being a perennial homecoming team or playing who cares games with the likes of illinois and minnesota.  it should be even less likely now that they've found a pulse in their football program. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Sources: The Big Ten Did Expansion “Homework” On Vanderbilt, Kansas & Oklahoma

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i was a student at u.t. when battle was hired in 70 and was there through the 72 season (his glory years; seems like they went 10-1, 9-2, and 9-2).  i followed them religiously even though i lived in swc country by then.  i always thought that battle got less than a fair chance, but there were two things he couldn't contend with, first, his recruiting was terrible, and second, the fact that a vol legend (johnny majors) had just won a national championship at pittsburgh.  it wasn't so much that the vol faithful hated battle (such as what kiffen is building for himself in l.a.) as it was that visions of more national championships were dancing in their eyes.  well, they got johnny back and suffered through seventeen years of a higher level of mediocrity.  i've always wondered what battle could have done had he got the recruiting turned around.  (hard to believe:  the boy wonder is 71 years old!)

1 year, 3 months ago on New Bama A.D. Battle Talks About His Decision To Leave Coaching Behind

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in re: dodds

 

go easy on him.  its got to be a shock, having to admit that you're not as special or as desirable as you thought you were.

1 year, 4 months ago on Writer: Texas’ Dodds Needs To Let Go Of Aggie-phobia

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back in the day (when arkansas and s.c. joined the sec), i was hoping that texas and a & m would tag along.  i thought it would make for a super conference.  it had never dawned on me, the superiority complex which infects the powers that be at texas.  they weren't about to dirty their hands with the auburns and georgias of the sec when they considered themselves more at home with the likes of cal-berkely and stanford.  now, i'm relieved it never came to pass.  the worst i could hope for texas is that they get their wet dream of being allowed into the pac-whatever.  besides the logistical problems it will be pure delight, watching them being dismissed as rubes by the west coast snobs.   

1 year, 4 months ago on Texas A.D. Dodds Blames End Of A&M Series On A&M (Also Talks Expansion)

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 @John at MrSEC

 we're apparently on different wave lengths.  the players are suspended.  i agree with that.  i suppose the university will conduct its own investigation and once convinced that they are guilty, the players will be expelled.  i have no problem with that.  what i do have a problem with is somebody bawling for a hang rope on the basis of confessions they've never read or seen. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players

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 @John at MrSEC

 from the way the university is handling the situation, its pretty obvious they're closer to my position than yours.  

1 year, 5 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players

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 @John at MrSEC

 look at my first post.  i'm not suggesting that these players escape just punishment.  all i suggested was that the university retain its dignity by affording them something called due process.  that might be a quaint notion in some places as is the idea that one is considered innocent until proven guilty.     

1 year, 5 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players

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 @John at MrSEC

 considering your grasp of the situation, i'd have to agree.

1 year, 5 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players

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 @John at MrSEC

 "and a confession means you're guilty."

 

well, glory hallelluah!  lets just bring back the rack and the iron maiden and break out the water boards.  fire all the judiciary and lay off the investigators.  rope is so much cheaper and quicker.  thanks for enlightening me.  

1 year, 5 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players

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considering the magnitude of the charges, these men have a lot more to be concerned about than the loss of a scholarship.  but before breaking out the lynch rope, everyone needs to settle down and let the process run its course.  that is not the same as letting these men escape justice.  if they are guilty, justice will be done.  that might not be as satisfying as a good, quick lynching, but it will protect the university's reputation.

1 year, 5 months ago on Alabama Suspends Four Arrested Players

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i hope you're right.  i'd love to see the sec come into its own as an inter-COLLEGIATE conference.  unfortunately, if you took a poll, i'd be willing to bet that, by a considerable margin, those sweat shirt wearing, rv driving 'fans' consider academics as an unnecessary impediment to recruiting.

1 year, 5 months ago on SEC Pushing Its Academic Oomph

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there are those of us who have actually graduated from an sec school who take pride in the name 'university'. 

1 year, 5 months ago on SEC Pushing Its Academic Oomph

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both of clausen's older brothers played q.b. for the vols.  maybe he visited gatlinburg while he was in to watch them play and picked up the idea for the t-shirt.

1 year, 7 months ago on From “Catholics Vs Convicts” To “Catholics Vs Cousins”

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 @NatanElias

 I don't condemn Petrino or Saban for bailing on their NFL gigs.  Nobody seems to get their guts in an uproar when an owner cans a coach.  If an owner has the absolute right to terminate the relationship, so does the coach. Slavery went out with the civil war.  But, I'd lay off the self-righteous angle.  Petrino did no different than did Saban.  That he did it for Bama confers no absolution. 

1 year, 7 months ago on ESPN's Jaworski On Bama's Saban: "I Don't Like Liars"

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just a thought:  if strong doesn't work, it may be petrino by default.  its a win-win situation.  he can be had for peanuts, he wouldn't dare screw it up, and best of all, he's the best damned pure coach in football.

1 year, 7 months ago on Louisville’s Strong Weighing Offers From UT, Louisville

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i have no clue as to who the next hog head coach will be, but wally hall is the last person i would expect to have better information.  anyone regularly exposed to his 'work' can attest that it is nothing better than a hodge-podge of his fact free opinions, pique for perceived slights, admiration for some jeebus loving jock, and whatever outhouse rumors he can swipe off the net, all of it in such pathetic form it wouldn't be tolerated in a middling high scool rag. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Report: “Arkansas Has Found Its Man In Mike Gundy”

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i enjoy being a football fan as much as anyone, but this is one tennessee grad who is not running around with his hair on fire over Gruden saying no thanks.  I wish he had spoke up sooner and saved us this charade and unnecessary embarrassment.  As one poster observed, "Sometimes the best hire is the one you don't make."  Amen.  I just hope Hart has the good sense to seek out someone who really wants the job, who isn't convinced he'd be doing us a favor, and who wouldn't want a king's ransom for the privilege  of his company.   

1 year, 7 months ago on Gruden's Agent Shoots Down UT Talk

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i think jeff long has put his job as arkansas a.d. in jeopardy.  its becoming obvious that in spite of having an eight month head start, he has done little more than sit on his fanny and collect his salary.  i don't believe for a minute that he was seriously considering miles in, say july or august. this ploy has the stench of desperation about it, the same stench we vol fans came to expect from mike hamilton whenever he was called on to make a hire.  i hope to goodness for arkansas that the results are not similar.  long better pray that lightning strikes twice and that another bobby petrino falls into his lap.  otherwise, he's toast.

1 year, 7 months ago on Thought Of The Day - 11/29/12

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its nice to hear from patterson "that you always listen" to a serious offer.  three years ago our a.d. (mike hamilton) couldn't get the time of day from any coach on everyone's short list.  hence the boy with the orange pants and famous daddy.

1 year, 7 months ago on NCAA Cloud Could Lead Auburn To Petrino: The Latest On AU’s Coaching Search

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how much experience running a program did muschamp or franklin have?  i think its a good hire.

1 year, 7 months ago on UK Makes Stoops Hire Official, But Was He The Right Choice?

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ah, gen chizik.  the only big time coach with a pre-hire resume thinner than derek dooley's. but, i think dooley wins.  iowa state might be the siberia of d-1 ball, but it and 20+ years of coaching trumps daddy's name.  dooley is still the head scratcher of the ages.  (but, he rides off into the sunset will a five million dollar payoff for establishing his incompetence).

1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Coaching Carousel Update – 11/26/12

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i don't know whether gruden is the ticket for the vols, but he comes with something more than a last name.  if he's hired, my first reaction won't be 'what in hell were they thinking?'  that's a big change from the last hire.

1 year, 8 months ago on As The Gruden Turns: Hogs Swing And Miss, Vols On Deck (And Sources Say They’re In Good Shape)

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my definition of a nightmare:  knowing mike hamilton is going to be hiring your next head coach.

1 year, 8 months ago on Report: Hogs Reach Out To Dores’ Franklin

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i'd like to think that tennessee has raised its academic standards.  it takes about five minutes of perusing the posts on the vol websites to conclude that the great majority of so-called vol fans are utterly indifferent to the fact that the university of tennessee is first and foremost an institution of higher learning.  they consider that fact to be, at best, an impediment.  its no coincidence that the big ten and pac twelve routinely point out the sec's academic inferiority as a major component in its success.  i'd like to start proving them wrong. 

1 year, 8 months ago on USC’s Spurrier On UT Job: “Maybe Not As Easy Of A Job As It Was 10, 20 Years Ago”

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if dooley splits the next two games and is still employed come christmas, then its pretty obvious that the vols need an new athletic director as well as a head coach.

1 year, 8 months ago on UT’s Dooley Says Hart Told Him There’s Been No Decision

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 @mikec1000000  @sojourner

 you're missing my point.  i don't deny that competence and integrity can inhabit the same person (pat summitt for example), but some people have made a fetish out of integrity to the point that it is supposed to excuse the most obvious ineptness.  that has been the fall back position whenever somebody pointed out that dooley had zip for qualifications other than his last name. "oh, but he's doing it the RIGHT WAY".  truth is, he was doing squat, regardless of how many merit badges he had in his closet.  the undeniable truth is that when it comes to things like attendance, t.v. ratings, general respect, and championships, a rogue like saban or petrino beats the likes of 'dudley do-right' dooley every time.

1 year, 8 months ago on Fans Waiting For Puffs Of Smoke In Auburn, Knoxville As Fates Of Chizik, Dooley Stir Rumors

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 @mikec1000000

 in case you haven't noticed, we're reaping the benefits of prizing the staple of integrity over competence.  does anybody in knoxville feel cleaner? 

1 year, 8 months ago on Fans Waiting For Puffs Of Smoke In Auburn, Knoxville As Fates Of Chizik, Dooley Stir Rumors

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fact is dooley had no business being hired in the first place.  for three years those of us who didn't deny that fact were bombarded with, 'you're a hater, look at the mess he inherited, nobody else wanted the job', yada, yada, yada.  the biggest excuse for keeping him was, 'the disaster of having three coaches in four years'.  oh, the horror!  well, here we are, three years in and dooley has lived down to his resume.  i'm still waiting for someone to explain why it would have been so disastrous to have canned him after last year's kentucky fiasco than keeping him for another damaging year.  all that keeping an unqualified coach does is put a program further down in the dumps.  the mess dooley is going to leave is a helluva lot worse than what he was handed.  

1 year, 8 months ago on Fans Waiting For Puffs Of Smoke In Auburn, Knoxville As Fates Of Chizik, Dooley Stir Rumors

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three years in and i'm still waiting for someone to come up with an explanation for why dooley is where he is that doesn't have to do with his last name.  

1 year, 8 months ago on UT’s Dooley Says He Doesn’t Think About His Job Status

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more evidence of the mind blowing, staggering incompetence of mike hamilton.  giving a coach with a losing record in the bush leagues a buyout/payoff like that.  i realize it was his reaction to getting stiffed by kiffen who booked for california after paying chump change (hamilton change?) for the privilege, but it didn't seem to occur to him that dooley's record might just be an indication of his future.  also, he failed to factor in that dooley's buyout worked both ways--getting rid of him was as expensive to u.t. as it would for notre dame, texas, georgia, or the new england patriots to steal him.  it reminds me of the click and clack story about they yugo owner who always left his keys in the ignition.  after the neighborhood had a rash of car thefts one night, the yugo was still there.

1 year, 9 months ago on Firing Dooley And Staff Could Cost Vols Up To $9.3 Million

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i'd say bite the bullet and hire petrino.  he knows how to do something dooley hasn't been able to do in his career--win.  to be sure, there'd be howls of anguish about how the vols have sold their souls and you could plan on reading the sanctimonious editorials from one coast to the other (the same stuff the hogs put up with).  then, he'd begin to win and win big, and all you'd hear or read is what a genius he is.

1 year, 9 months ago on The Dooley Debate Rages At UT; Sources Claim He Talked Buyout Last Year

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time was vandy used to be the only sec team the big ten would consider playing.  the more things change, the more they stay the same. 

1 year, 9 months ago on Vandy Takes Some Heat For Dumping A Pair Of Big Ten Foes

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 @jtboyd310  @sojourner44

 please have someone read my post to you and listen carefully.  not once did i say i "hate" dooley.  it'd be like hating the village idiot (no offense intended).  as for whether his buyout is 5 or 7 million dollars, my take is that anything exceeding bus fare or the price of a u-haul is over generous.  the rest of my post is absolutely factual.  if quoting facts is "hate", color me guilty.

1 year, 9 months ago on Louisiana Tech Player Takes Shot At UT’s Dooley

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i've been in new orleans in the spring, summer, and fall.  never have i been there that it didn't remind me of the weather in saigon.

1 year, 9 months ago on LSU’s Loss To Florida? Oy, It Was So Humid!

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does the sec even have/need an exit fee?  says something about the conferences.

1 year, 10 months ago on Notre Dame To The ACC, Exit Fees Rising, “VT/NCSU To The SEC” Rumors As Dead As We Always Said

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the big news here is not notre dame.  its the $50 mil straitjacket/leg irons the acc is imposing on it members.  guess they were really getting worried. 

1 year, 10 months ago on Notre Dame To The ACC, Exit Fees Rising, “VT/NCSU To The SEC” Rumors As Dead As We Always Said

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big f'ing deal!  notre dame's market value begins and ends with football, which they're keeping to themselves.  for example,  how much would it be worth to get texas's b.ball team w/o the football? so. cal's? oklahoma's?  how much did having notre dame's so-so b.ball program help the big east (which by the way is a b-ball league)?  as events go, this is strictly below the fold.

1 year, 10 months ago on Notre Dame To The ACC, Exit Fees Rising, “VT/NCSU To The SEC” Rumors As Dead As We Always Said

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i rest my case.  what kind of idiot would hire a sub .500 coach from the bush leagues and give him a 5-6 million dollar buyout?

1 year, 10 months ago on MrSEC.com’s Hot Seat Rankings: At 5-7, How Much Trouble Would Your Coach Be In?

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funny, how bad coaches seem to draw bad luck like an outhouse draws flies.

1 year, 11 months ago on Dooley Says He Doesn't Expect Rogers To Return To UT

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ah, jennifer!  i'd long since concluded that it was impossible for this woman to join two words without turning one or both into a damned lie. 

1 year, 11 months ago on An open letter to Fred Hiatt | Daniel W. Drezner

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you might look up the definition of metaphor, natureboy.  in addition to the boy with the famous last name, i'd suggest todd raleigh as another example.

1 year, 11 months ago on Hatcher: ‘You Lose To UK, You Lose To Everybody’

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there are those in knoxville who still swear that dooley is the second coming of general neyland.  i never realized that the color orange could be so blinding. i don't blame dooley for taking the job anymore than i blame sarah palin for thinking she's qualified to be president, but like its mentioned on this site, "a man's got to know his limitations".  dooley is the archetype of the mike hamilton hire.  that's who i blame.  if they ever erect a hall of fame for incompetent a.d.s, i guarantee you hammy will lead the first class. 

1 year, 11 months ago on Hatcher: ‘You Lose To UK, You Lose To Everybody’

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this is the kind of advise i'd expect from somebody in a striped suit.  this may seem quaint, but i still admire integrity.  after reading this column, i feel an urge to take a shower.

1 year, 11 months ago on Free Advice To Schools: Don't Ask For Outside Reviews On Scandals

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so, when the hell does the sec get off its collective butts and get on with the network?

 

all i know is that i live in decidedly non-big1g country, but when i run through the channels, i have the opportunity to see a lot more than i care to of michigan, northwestern, wisconsin,...  it'd be nice to have the same option with sec teams.  thirty years ago the big ten was sitting fat, dumb, and happy with its EXCLUSIVE ROSE BOWL arrangement.  only its champion deigned to go bowling and then, only to pasadena.  it left all the other bowls to the peons of the world.  what they ignored and didn't want to admit was that their conference, other than osu and michigan, was withering, and the bama's, texas's, and florida's were getting a lot of air time in places like new york and california, places where a lot of people couldn't identify michigan state's uniform, but could tennessee's.  they spent twenty years catching up and now slive and company seem to be repeating their old mistake.     

2 years, 1 month ago on Big Ten/SEC Money Comparisons Aren’t Exactly Accurate

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 @omahahog no problem.  and unlike john, i do root for tennessee (i'm a double grad of utk).

2 years, 3 months ago on Nebraska's Pelini Scoffs At Arkansas Rumor

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 @omahahog i'll type this slowly.  what i said was that it was amazing that nebraska wasn't montana or utah state.  and i don't doubt that husker fans are committed and travel well.  my point was that in a few years, they can all car pool. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Nebraska's Pelini Scoffs At Arkansas Rumor

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'was' a destination job is probably closer to the truth. that nebraska was ever much more than a run of the mill montana or utah state is amazing when you consider the demographics, location, and playing conditions for a good third of the season.  its tradition is a tribute to two superior coaches, devaney and osborne.  they would have won wherever they were.  i don't see pelini as being in their class.  furthermore, now that they're in the ebbing big ten, they're no longer the only show in town.  the sec really caught a break when the big ten stiffed mizzou for the huskers.  i see nebraska becoming the big ten version of iowa state or kansas state.    

2 years, 3 months ago on Nebraska's Pelini Scoffs At Arkansas Rumor

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with regard to the $20k payment, i wonder, how does ms. dorrell report that on her income tax return?  how does petrino?

2 years, 3 months ago on Petrino’s Out, But What’s Next For Arkansas?

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being a vol fan, i remember all too well the bruce pearl fiasco.  i can sympathize with hog fans.  but, petrino, like pearl, has placed himself beyond what is acceptable if the university is going to hold itself out as anything more than an nfl farm team.  arkansas has a firmer, surer hand to guide it in long.  tennessee's torment was unnecessarily prolonged because of its clueless, gutless a.d. at the time.  the sooner this boil is lanced, the better.  arkansas has got to remember that the program and the university are greater than any one coach or player.  tennessee wasted a year reminding itself of that fact.

2 years, 3 months ago on Hog A.D. Long In The Hot Seat, Too

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