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Excited to see Malone and Pearson on the field with Pig Howard and Marquez North this fall. Hopefully, Jalen Hurd will give us the running attack we've been lacking as well.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Top Five Wide Receiver Signees For 2014
As a Tennessee fan who doesn't want Pearl rehired, my thought is this: Cuonzo Martin teams are poorly coached. This team has at least two All-SEC players (McRae and Stokes) and many more talented players. They shouldn't be this bad, especially playing .500 ball in the SEC. Martin shouldn't be fired because he's not Pearl, he should be fired because he's not a good coach.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Pressure On Tennessee’s Martin More About Pearl Than Martin
Starting to wonder if we can ever get out of the gutter in Knoxville. Years of nothing but horrible play on the field, bad recruiting, off the field issues. Then you have arguably a top 5 recruiting class on Wednesday, 4 days later nine players get in trouble.
5 months, 1 week ago on 9 Current Vols Facing Alcohol-Related Charges In First Test Of Jones’ Temper
While I'm starting to believe that Martin is not going to last at Tennessee, I also think Pearl should not come back to Knoxville. Lets move on and find a new coach to lead this team. Unfortunately, it appears that Martin can't get this team started until January, and by that time it's probably too late with the lack of NCAA Tournament quality teams in the SEC.
7 months ago on A Bad Homecourt Loss Will Rev Up The Pearl Talk At Tennessee
@RT77 @VolTN @the_voice heh, think Bama is winning those NCs every year without Saban? What I'm saying is, replace Chizik with any other head coach in 2010, and you probably still win the National Championship. Chizik was lucky to have the situation he had in 2010. That's why Auburn was quick to replace when the wheels fell off after Cam and Gus left.
8 months ago on Malzahn’s Success Further Exposes Chizik’s Missteps At Auburn Last Season
@the_voice In response to your last sentence: but like you said, that national championship was a gift because of Newton and Dyer along with a scheme to fit their abilities brought in by Gus.
Reminds me of Dooley trying to go from 4-3 to 3-4 with his job on the line. Wilcox defense was actually pretty good before they decided to move to 3-4 under Sunseri.
8 months, 1 week ago on Malzahn’s Success Further Exposes Chizik’s Missteps At Auburn Last Season
@HoustonVol No doubt, I agree with you. Third year should see a 7-8 win return. Actually competing for SEC championships with 9-11 win seasons should be 4 or 5 years out.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Ex-Vol Coach Fulmer Says New Vol Coach Jones Faces “Lots Of Challenges”
@the_voice Everything Butch Jones has done so far has been absolutely positive. Anyone believing that he could take the same depth chart that Fooley left and make it into a 10 win team should find a new sport to watch. With his recruiting so far, he's two or three years away from having this team ready to compete in the SEC again. With all of the turnover we've had in the past 6 years, I say he should get at least 5 years to show improvement.
@HoustonVol Agreed, I can't imagine anyone in our fanbase starting any firing talk. It takes at least two seasons to start seeing a real turnaround (maybe even longer with the depth chart he took over). If you give Fooley three years, you should give Butch at least that.
10 months, 1 week ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 9/16/13 (“Why The SEC Is Down” Edition)
Am I the only person who thinks that if my team plays a tough schedule, that it's better? If you get to the SEC or National Championship beating the likes of Kentucky, Mississippi State and Bowling Green, do you really feel like your team accomplished something? The best way to prove you're the best team is by beating the best teams. Regardless, you're still going to have to play the best team in the SEC Championship whether you play anybody else or not. And that's when you'll either be shown as legit or a fraud.
11 months ago on That Didn’t Take Long: Whines About “Unfair” SEC Schedule in 2014 Begin
Wouldn't be surprising considering the info that was in the cover stories last week. The guy absolutely hates that Texas A&M makes any money from him (see the Heisman Trophy fundraising) and he absolutely acts like a child when he is asked for his autograph from people who knew him before he was famous (see high school teacher). I could totally see him just not caring enough about TAM or college football to get a quick payday through autograph sessions. Whether he thought he could get away with it or not I think is not really on his mind. I think he truly just doesn't care.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Like The Rule Or Not, Manziel Allegedly Violated An NCAA Biggie
As a Vol fan living in Nashville, I have nothing but the utmost respect for what Franklin has accomplished on West End. Living in this city through the horrible years that Vandy has had, I'm proud that they are out of the cellar in the SEC. Tennessee's problems have been created by Tennessee, not Vandy. The late Fulmer era, Mike Hamilton, Kiffen debacle, and the Dooley years are what caused the issues.
1 year, 3 months ago on Franklin Says He’s Building Vandy, Not Tearing Down UT
What about D'Andre Payne to Tennessee commitment yesterday? 4 star CB.
1 year, 3 months ago on SEC Recruiting Headlines 4/3/2013
The chart says 7 commits for Tennessee, but 8 commits are listed (4 and 4).
Also, does this include D'Andre Payne who committed this morning?
1 year, 3 months ago on SEC Commitment Comparator – 4/3/13
Really excited with the way the Tennessee coaches and the committed recruits are pushing for more recruits to take a good look at Knoxville. Haven't been this excited about the future of the Vols program in years. GBO
1 year, 4 months ago on SEC Recruiting Notebook: Jones Changing Tennessee’s Perception
I love the boost in recruiting for Tennessee over the last week. I hate that it isn't February 2014 though. These commits right now might not mean anything in 10 months when kids might be de-commiting.
1 year, 4 months ago on SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/14/2013
If Tennessee can make it in after that awful showing at Georgia, they should consider themselves lucky. Reminded me of early in the season when McRae was the only scorer you could depend on.
1 year, 4 months ago on SEC RPI Watch - 3/4/13
Wow, that hurts. Graham was a Tennessee guy, who knew the area and was a damn fine recruiter.
1 year, 4 months ago on Vols Lose Assistant/Alum Graham To Florida State
Smartest decision Butch Jones made was also the simplest: Keeping Jay Graham on staff. That guy is worth every penny he gets. Now I want to see another assistant land a big fish.
1 year, 5 months ago on Marquez North Commits To Tennessee
Everyone knows that Chudzinski is just a smokescreen for Gruden to show up in Cleveland. Just keep waiting....
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Headlines - 1/11/13
@Tired of waiting I wouldn't say 'nobody cares'. I care, because I like to see how my school is comparing to others in the conference.
1 year, 6 months ago on MrSEC.com Commitment Comparator – 1/10/13
Just shows you again how much James Franklin has done with that team only having used 4 true freshmen this year. Shows that they have enough upperclassmen talent to compete in the SEC. Amazing job.
1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Headlines 12/20/2012
That's probably for the best. Butch Jones needs a fresh start in Knoxville and while Hunter wasn't the problem that Bray or Rogers was, I had a feeling that he was playing all year with his mind on the NFL. I would love to keep Cordarelle around one more year but it appears that he'll probably be declaring any minute now.
I'm fine with getting Bray as far away from our team as possible.
1 year, 7 months ago on Report: Tennessee Wide Receiver Justin Hunter Turning Pro
If it's true that Tee will stay at USC, Coach Jones needs to find another SEC assistant. Too much of his staff is being brought from Cincinnati. We need more southeast ties.
1 year, 7 months ago on UT's Jones Tries To Coax Favorite Son Martin Back To Knoxville
@badbadhoggie Yes, he doesn't care about being successful and wants to lose the chance to get another job as an AD down the road because he has a vendetta.
1 year, 7 months ago on December 7th A Date Which Will Live In Infamy For Vols?
@mikec1000000 This is the smartest thing I've seen all morning. Absolutely 100% correct. Head coaches can be great or bad but it all comes down to the staffs they bring with them. Dooley could have kept his job if Wilcox would have stuck around or if he could have brought in another coordinator with the same philosophy. I can't understand why Dooley would change the defensive scheme in a year where it was make or break. Unless he was forced to take on Sunseri for some reason.
@GeoffDawg @badbadhoggie I believe he's thinking Sewanee as the "Harvard of the South"
1 year, 7 months ago on Butch Jones Hired By Tennessee
@etsu2k4 You realize that the Fulmer firing and Kiffen/Dooley hiring were done when Dave Hart was at Bama, right? Mike Hamilton is more to blame with the current issues than Hart. At least judge Hart after Butch Jones has coached a few games. Everyone is a critic before we see the results on the field.
Gotta wait it out. The guy is hired, it's over and done with. No amount of fan complaining is going to turn this ship around. He's going to be given some time to prove himself. At this point, let's see if he can get the job done. Anyone saying right now that he absolutely will fail is the same person saying that Gruden was in the bag. Go Vols!
The reason Tennessee is getting turned down (besides Strong being loyal to Louisville) is because of recruiting base and the number of great teams in the SEC. Tennessee doesn't have a lot of recruits in state that are Division I prospects. The 100,000+ stadium, the new complex, the great fanbase means nothing if you can't get the players you need to compete year in and year out. And with at least 6 teams (Bama, LSU, A&M, SC, Florida, Georgia) all being in the hunt for championships every year, it makes it difficult to win early and often. Any coach that comes here will be asked to win 9 to 10 games a season. And when you play Bama, SC, Florida, and Georgia every year (not to mention the chance of playing LSU and A&M every few years), winning 9 or more games is going to be a struggle. Let's face it, this is not the Top 20 job we thought it was. Hart might have to start looking at Petrino or assistants (Kirby Smart) or even Phil if this goes badly with the Golden, Fedora, and Pelini offers.
1 year, 7 months ago on UT Search To Start All Over From Scratch? Looks That Way
@j_scott_o @John at MrSEC And 10-11 games might not win the SEC Championship either. Georgia didn't win it this year (11 wins) or last year (10 wins), Florida in 2009 (12), Arkansas in 2006 (10), and LSU in 2005 (10). So winning '10-11 games a year' doesn't automatically guarantee SEC Championships. It might work with a Gundy style offense in the SEC, but if he comes with that same defense that he has at OK State, I don't see a difference with what Dooley was putting out this year. Especially if you get to Atlanta and the Tide or Tigers are bringing a powerful defense.
And if the rest of college football has their way, the playoff won't matter if you don't win the SEC.
1 year, 7 months ago on Report: Gundy Offered UT Job
@Clarence I'm fine with Fedora as a backup to Strong.
1 year, 7 months ago on Report: Strong Re-Working Deal With Louisville (Maybe)
@John at MrSEC Depends on what we are talking about. Winning 10-11 games a year? Sure, Gundy could do that. Winning SEC Championships? I dunno when you go against the big defensive teams in the West or SC and Florida in the East.
And until Auburn wins a championship without a once in a lifetime player like Cam Newton, I'm not going to touch that 2010 Chizik win.
If this turns out to be true, I'm not happy. Gundy is a great coach, but he's great because of the offense that he runs in the Big 12 and not playing defense. Does that sound like it will work in the SEC against the LSUs, Bamas, and Floridas? I don't know. Strong was an SEC coach with great recruiting ties in Florida. I think Strong should have been 1 (no A or B), Fedora 2, and Gundy 3.
Not sure about Gundy. First of all, we have to be looking at a coach that can recruit in the state of Florida. Gundy doesn't recruit in Florida based on the current OSU roster. He does recruit well in Texas but it's not a sure thing that he would be able to recruit from Texas to Tennessee with A&M now in the league.
Fisher has the Florida pipeline to recruits so that's a plus. I still wonder if this is just a ploy to get a raise at FSU.
Charlie Strong is the candidate I would personally want. He's coached in South Carolina and Florida and can recruit from those states. He's a great defensive mind and he's done pretty well in a short time at Louisville after that program was down under Kragthorpe.
Larry Fedora is the interesting candidate. From everything I hear, he's the one that could be a huge get. Based on Southern Miss (12-2 in his last year, 0-12 this year after he left), he appears to be a worthwhile coach and the 4 losses NC had this year were by a total of 27 points. Like Gundy, recruiting in the deep south would be a question mark.
1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Coaching Carousel Update - 12/3/12
Here we see again that the Gruden dream just won't die. This guy plays around with teams every offseason to get ESPN to come up with some more cash for him OR to get the best NFL coaching job available. Any Tennessee fan who actually wants a guy like that to be coaching his team gets what's coming to them. Even if he came to Knoxville (he's not, I don't believe it whatsoever), each offseason would be a 'will he or won't he' circus about the NFL head coaching offers. You don't want the head coach of the University of Tennessee Football team to be constantly looking for something better. The fans who care about the tradition and history of this team want a coach who wants to be here, who wants this to be their dream job. If Gruden was hired, you're gonna see another ridiculous burning mattress tirade by people in Knoxville in January 2014 when Gruden accepts an NFL coaching gig and leaves the Vols in another horrible position.
1 year, 7 months ago on Gruden Fever Explodes Again In Tennessee With Chattanooga Report; But No Proof Yet
@sojourner Mike Hamilton is to thank for that. Why in the world you give a coach with NOTHING on his resume a buyout of $5 million when he walks in the door is beyond me. Hamilton is the reason we're in this mess.
1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Coaching Carousel Update – 11/26/12
@TravisChumley I don't question his on the field abilities. Yes, he had success at Oakland. Yes, he got TB over the hump in the playoffs where Dungy couldn't. But this isn't the NFL. You can hire all the recruiters you want but you are going to have to do some of that yourself. You're gonna have to go into kids houses and talk to their parents about why your program is the best fit for them. Can he or does he want to do that? Who knows at this point. I'm saying there are plenty of good proven college coaches out there that Tennessee can take a look at. Acting like Gruden is a sure fire proven championship winning COLLEGE coach is ridiculous. He's as much a question mark as any small college head coach at this point (i.e. Derek Dooley).
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)
Cannot for the life of me figure out what everyone sees in him as a college head coach. Won at Tampa Bay with Dungy's players for the most part. Got fired there. Hasn't coached or recruited in college in over 20 years. What is with this madness?
My question about Gruden is why is he so sought after from a college level? He hasn't been involved in recruiting since the 80s. He also was fired from his last job and won a Super Bowl the year after he took over from Dungy with a lot of the players that Dungy had brought in. I can understand it is intriguing but it isn't a guarantee that he'll win in the SEC even if he accepted a job.
1 year, 8 months ago on Cowher Or Ryan To Cats? Gruden To Vols Or Hogs? Lombardi To Tigers? Making Sense Of The Nonsense
Here are the teams that Tennessee has defeated in the Dooley era:
North Carolina State
Look like he's making improvement?
1 year, 8 months ago on UT’s Dooley Says He Doesn’t Think About His Job Status
@sojourner Because absolutely no one else wanted the job. Hamilton went to Gruden, Will Muschamp, TCU coach Gary Patterson, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun and David Cutcliffe. All of them turned him down. So in a panic, he decided to hire Dooley. Let's face it, Kiffen leaving in the middle of January made it almost impossible to find a big name coach so close to signing day. Probably would have been better to go the Arkansas route and have an interim until December 2010 and then start a coaching search.
Am I the only one who finds it infuriating that Dooley continues to use this sort of dialog when speaking on his coaching tenure? The first season at UT he called 'year zero' because of the lack of depth. Now he says that the cupcake schedule at the end of this season is 'second season'. Dooley, you're not fooling anyone. You're trying to make people take it easier on you by making things seem better than they are. No one else in the SEC is talking about the next 4 games being a new season. The standings from the first 8 games still count. It's ridiculous.
@gobigorange5001 @kdlewis04 @WillieT First of all, no one has said anything about hiring a "NON coach". Every person we have discussed so far is a coach.
And again, where would Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Georgia, Mississippi State, and Louisville (all in the Top 25 right now btw) be right now if the AD had the idea that only current head coaches should be considered for the schools head coach position? Seriously, Mike Hamilton went out and got a current head coach with Dooley (@ La Tech) and you see how well that has turned out.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Dooley Debate Rages At UT; Sources Claim He Talked Buyout Last Year
@AllTideUp Have a source on that? I heard he was told to fire his assistant coaches and he wouldn't do it so they fired everyone.
1 year, 9 months ago on Petrino For UK? Someone Like Cutcliffe’s More Likely… But How Will New Prez Weigh In?
@daveandjude @kdlewis04 @WillieT Yeah, it certainly hasn't worked out for Florida, Florida State or Michigan State with those Saban assistants.
@I4Bama @kdlewis04 @WillieT l4Bama, it depends on how much he wants to be a head coach. Any head coaching offer he gets is going to be to a school in a bad spot unless a great teams head coach retires. There are worse places to be a head coach than Tennessee, especially now. Dooley may not be a great on field coach, but he has done pretty good with recruiting talent, he definitely has it better off than when he found it.
@kdlewis04 @WillieT Ok, so let's both pretend it's too early to say one way or the other since this season isn't over. If Tennessee can win out, I say Dooley keeps his job 100%. If Tennessee loses to South Carolina and then wins out, I'd say it's about 50-50 chance of keeping it. If Tennessee loses to South Carolina and one of the other remaining games (namely Missouri or Vandy), I say he loses his job because 6-7, 5-7 and 6-6 does not show any progress at all.
@kdlewis04 @WillieT Having never been a head coach doesn't tell you anything about whether he can do it or not. Muschamp was never a head coach before Florida, Jimbo Fisher was never a head coach before Florida State, Mark Richt was never a head coach before Georgia. Dooley has a losing record at both schools he has been the head coach of. And he isn't showing progress at the school he is at. Hell, he was playing more competitive against top teams his first two years than he is this year.
I could care less if they give Dooley another season or not, but I'm not about to spit in the face of the best assistant in the country (Smart) if Tennessee wants to hire him.
@kdlewis04 @WillieT Actually, I believe hiring Kirby Smart is about the best UT can hope for outside of the dream that is Gruden. Kirby Smart is a heavily sought after coach on all coaching hire lists. Having Hart here makes it a no brainer. I think Kirby Smart as defensive coordinator at Alabama is a better hire than Dooley out of La Tech was.
Cutcliffe has just won everywhere he coaches. Any school would be lucky to land him. Ole Miss was stupid to give up on him.
The difference between Spurrier at South Carolina and Dooley at UT was that Spurrier was a successful coach coming into a program that had never had real SEC success. The fanbase at SC was totally behind a big name coach coming in and they were going to give Spurrier as long as he needed to turn South Carolina into a legitimate SEC contender.
Dooley, on the other hand, was a coach who hadn't really succeeded at La tech (17-20) and was the 4th or 5th coach that UT had interviewed in the January 2010 process. Of course the fanbase isn't going to wait around for him to show some success.
Vols get two weeks to prepare for Miss State. Better continue running the ball well and learn how to stop the run or Fooley will be out of town before you know it.
1 year, 9 months ago on UT's Dooley Downplays CBS' Danielson's Play-Call Pick-Up