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The NCAAlooks like either like a group of morons or that they are on the take. A half-game penalty is laughable. If they have nothing, leave the kid alone. If he is guilty, make the penalty painful. Sometimes the NCAA appears to be a bunch of clowns trying to run a circus.
1 year, 6 months ago on Report: Manziel Suspended For First Half Of Opener (Updated)
While I personally enjoy Spurrier's digs and sound bites,I don't think coaches trash talking would be a good thing. The trash talking itself would likely be entertaining for most fans but we simply have too many redneck fans that would take things to the next level. The fan emotions run high as it is which results in some pretty bad behavior. I think that if the coaches get into the trash talking game, it will stir the pot enough to incite even more fans into doing something stupid. And I do believe that some fans take on the personality of the coach..
1 year, 11 months ago on Saban Won’t Bite On Bielema’s Comment, While Some Say College Football Needs More Trash Talk
Please don't mention Kiffin. Us Vol fans are trying to purge him from memory. Every time his name is mentioned, it makes us get diarrhea again.
1 year, 11 months ago on Bielema On Saban: “Can’t Compare.” On Previous Staff: “Emphasis On Pretty Boys”
Whatever Beilema's current winning percentage is against Saban, I would be willing to bet it's the highest it will ever be.
Spurrier says what other coaches want to but don't have the balls to do so.
1 year, 11 months ago on USC’s Spurrier Takes A Shot At ESPN, The Other USC
In my opinion, Henderson is definitely a leader,. But in his case, that probably is not a good thing.
1 year, 11 months ago on UM’s Henderson Wants To Be A Leader… If He Returns
Maybe now the bitchin about being passed over for the big dance will stop at Kentucky and Tennessee. Makes all that talk about the SEC being under-rated look kinda silly. Before you can be a consistent team, you have to have sound fundamentals and both these teams are lacking. Both also had too many nights when they didn't show up for some reason.
1 year, 11 months ago on Boxscore Breakdown: Mercer 75 – Tennessee 67
Henderson is a punk without much of a basketball I.Q. Iverson without the corn-rows and a lot less talent. We'll probably read about him in the sports pages for one more year and then the only time we will read about him will be in the police report. A punk with that much mouth is going to get in trouble.
1 year, 11 months ago on UM’s Henderson Tweets An Insult At LSU’s O’Bryant
Hunter undoubtably has NFL talent but I don't think he completely recovered from last season's knee injury. From the outside looking in, he appeared to have recovered more physically than mentally. I don't recall him shying away from contact like he seemed to do this year on some occasions. Even with a season somewhat better than this one, I doubt that another year at UT would improve his draft position all that much, if any at all. For selfish reasons I would like to see him return but, if I were in his shoes, I would probably move on as well. I wish him much success in the NFL.
2 years, 2 months ago on Report: Tennessee Wide Receiver Justin Hunter Turning Pro
Cheney is a class act and I wish him well. Always low-key and content to be out of the spot-light. On the surface, there appears to be a clash of cultures between Cheney's and Bielema's offensive philosophies, but who knows, this may be a match made in heaven. It will be interesting to see how the Razorback offense looks next year and which philosophy the team leans towards more.
2 years, 2 months ago on Ex-UT Offensive Coordinator Chaney Lands At Arkansas, Not Missouri
College football needs more people like Marcus.A true class act. Hope he has a great pro career.
2 years, 2 months ago on Report: Carolina RB Lattimore To Go Pro
Not sure about WKU's QB situation but if Petrino has a decent QB (he will easily be able to recruit one) this will be a stepping stone back to the
SEC. He will be coaching with the big boys again within 3-4 years and maybe sooner if an opening occurs before then.
2 years, 2 months ago on Nightmare Scenario For UK: Petrino Hired By WKU And Will Open Against New Wildcat Coach
Everyone in Tennessee is a great AD and an even better Head Coach. Most of those making fools of themselves likely didn't even know who Butch Jones was, where he coached or what his track record was because they only watch a few SEC games each year. The only thing a lot of these big-mouths know about football is that they were never very good at playing it. A lot of the more vocal fans wear orange-tinted glasses and think every coach in the nation should beg to come here. They just don't realize that there are many other attractive programs and that you are not always successful at luring coaches away from a successful situation, especially when the money is relatively the same and fans have realistic expectations. I don't think Butch Jones was anyone's first choice but he seemed to be the only coach campaining to come and attempt to get us out of the sewer we are drowning in. Jones has won where ever he has been, is fiery on the sidelines and, by all indications, runs a tight ship. We at least should get behing him and give him a chance. Considering that the football program is in shambles, the Athletic Department is broke and the unrealistic expectations of many of the fans, I believe Jones was about as good as we could have realistically hope for. When all things are considered, I'm not sure we deserve Butch Jones.
2 years, 2 months ago on Why They’ll Work And Why They Won’t: The SEC’s Rookie Coaches
After typing this, I am going to fumigate my keyboard and sterilize my hands but I think the best thing for our football program at this point is for us to swallow our pride and dignity and hire Petrino. At least we would have a proven coach and he would not fit into our budget. He has no bargaining power so he would likely agree to any morals clause put in front of him. Make the base pay low and incentive laden with no buyout clause. Once we get over the initial stiench, it would probably be okay.
2 years, 2 months ago on UT Search To Start All Over From Scratch? Looks That Way
Sorry for the above typos. I threw my glasses across the room when I read the article and I could not see well with fire in my eyes and no glasses.
2 years, 2 months ago on Strong Still Mulling UT, Louisville Offers... Or Is He?
I can't believe I am typing this but if Strong turns us down, I think it may be time to sell our soulsl to the Devil and hire Petrino. Or maybe, we sold out soul earlier and we are now in ineternal football hell.
I was not opposed to replacing Fulmer but the "Upper Level Medioctity" everyone was bitchin' about during his rein is looking mighty good about now.
Of the two coaches that still SEEM to be on UT's wish list,I could not agree more with VolTN.
2 years, 2 months ago on Report: Gundy Offered UT Job
Of Strong or Gundy, I think Strong would be the better choice for UT considering his defensive background and his name being more recognizable in the Florida area. Gundy offers more from the offensive side but in the SEC, defense wins championships. I just hope we don't fool around waiting on Gundy to make a decision and have him leave us standing at the altar while Strong gets PO'd by appearing to be the fall-back choice. I remember us losing Kevin Stallings as basketball coach in this fashion when we decided we might have a chance at Tim Floyd. Stallings has had a successful carreer at Vandy while Floyd got USC on probation and we had to endure the Jerry Green and Buzz Peterson eras before we finally hired a decent coach. I believe Gundy is just using this as a way to fortify his status at OSU and make a few dollars in the process.
2 years, 2 months ago on Vols To Hire Strong Today? Gundy Not Out Of The Picture Yet
While this site does post reports from outside entities, many incorrect, , I think they do a good job of making it clear where and from whom the original report came from and makes no claims as to their accuracy.. During coaching searches, speculation is part of the fun. I enjoy reading other articles, substantiated or not. At this time of year, with all of the cloak and dagger interviews, you have to take every article and report with a grain of salt, regardless of where they come from. Some schools intentionally leak misinformation in order to distract from the true path they are taking. Speculation is what makes this time of year and National Signing Day interesting..
2 years, 2 months ago on What's With All The Bad Information On These Coaching Searches?
It will be interesting to see how Bielema does in the SEC against tough opposition each week and the different style of play. . No hire is a sure thing but I think Bielema is a solid choice. While I'm sure there will be significant improvement next year, it may take 2-3 years until he can recruit his type of athletes before his true worth starts shining through. Congratulatrions to the Hogs.
2 years, 2 months ago on Report: Bielema To Arkansas
This year has the most unattractive bowl line-ups I can ever remember, especially the BCS games. I would like to see the bowl tie-ins disolve. The tie-ins result in too many unattractive matchups and too many repeated matchups. I used to live for January 1st when all of the major bowls were on, Now, no so much. Hopefully, the upcoming playoff sysem will add some needed spice. Hope it goes to eight teams quickly.
2 years, 2 months ago on The Good And Bad Of The SEC’s Bowl Matchups
Gruden loves the courting and dating process but he is not at all interested in stepping to the altar.. . Like sojourner, I wish he had spoken up sooner but I think Jon enjoys seeing his name being tossed around. .I'm glad this fantasy has been put to rest so we can get back to the real world.
2 years, 2 months ago on Gruden's Agent Shoots Down UT Talk
Fisher's statement may be completely true, but that doesen't mean contact through his Agent could not have taken place. While not my top choice (Gary Patterson), I have a gut feeling that Fisher will end up at UT. If so, I would not be all that much disappointed because I think Fisher would do a pretty good job.
I can't imagine that Dave Hart has been sitting on his hands the past couple of weeks and not putting out feelers to several coaches, and Fisher would have to be on his short list.
2 years, 2 months ago on Jimbo Fisher: "I Have Not Spoken With Dave Hart"
VolTN is spot on. The loser in this fiasco will be Dave Hart. No matter who he signs as coach, the hoards of "Grudenites" who thought he would be the savior will blame Hart for not signing him. Most of these unreasonable fans have abolutely no business sense and will refuse to entertain the fact that Gruden was not interested. They will believe that UT sshould have made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Even when you get your dream hire, it doesn't always work out. I distinctly remember when Johnny Majors came home to UT in the mid-seventies after winning the NC at Pitt,, there were immediately lots of bumper stickers that said
"University of Tennessee---1980 National Champions". Things just didn't work out exactly as planned.
2 years, 2 months ago on Gruden Fever Explodes Again In Tennessee With Chattanooga Report; But No Proof Yet
Anywhere Petrino winds up, there will be a backlash from a large segment of the fan base. But this will go away if wins follow. As I have said before on this site, a lot of fans would accept Lucifer himself as a HC if he would keep their team in contention for conference and National Championships. While that may be a slight exaggeration, I think it is only slight.
2 years, 2 months ago on SEC Coaching Carousel Update - 11/29/12
I just don't see Chavis being named as HC at UT at this point in time for a couple of reasons. First. if the hire fails to pan out, Hart, who is already unpopular with a lot of fans, would likely never recover. So, I think Hart will go with a proven commodity instead of a DC with no HC experience. Secondly, Chavis would not be a popular choice with a majority of UT fans. After the last two coaching debacles, UT fans also want a big name coach with a proven record. However, because he is a UT grad and an ex-assistant, I think Chief would be the only person with no head coaching experience that Hart could hire and avoid being tarred and feathered and ran out of Knoxville on a rail. I would love to see Chief get a chance at being a HC if that is what he wants, but I just don't think now is the time at UT.
2 years, 2 months ago on You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers: From Why Your Search Is Taking So Long To SEC Expansion
Danielson is the best, in my opinion. It's uncanny how well he can predict the plays an offense is going to run in certain situations. That shows he studies a lot of film and tendencies. I agree that defense is the key to winning consistently, that's why I would like to see UT go after Gary Patterson at TCU. As the old saying goes, offense sells tickets but defense wins games.
2 years, 2 months ago on CBS' Danielson To SEC Critics: "Everybody Should Shut Up"
Like many others, Dave Hart has yet to give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. But I will say this for the man, he does not seem afraid to make a decision.
2 years, 3 months ago on SEC Athletic Directors: Time To Hold Your Nose, Hire Petrino
I don't think that Petrino would be or should be the top choice of any AD, there is just too much to lose if the hire doesen't work out. However, if I couldn't land one of the coaches on my short list, I would certainly hire him as oppossed to a coach with "potential". I think the SEC has proven that it's simply too difficult a league for any on the job training. Where ever Petrino eventually ends up, it will not be a popular choice for a large portion of the fan base. But, everyone loves a winner and the detractors would eventually be won over when the victories started piling up.
Tennessee fans pretty much knew from day one that Lane Kiffin was a complete jerk who tight-roped the gray area where rules were concerned. But he seemed to be a great recruiter and appeared to have assembled a good coaching staff so fans were okay with looking the other way. He was a jerk but he was "our" jerk. We had hopes that he could improve the program so we overlooked the flaws that was so obvious to non UT fans. Despite his prima-dona, arrogant attitude, he would be wildly popular had he stayed at UT and produced a winner.
Hiring Petrino would leave a bitter taste in a lot of fans mouths, but the vast majority of these fans will be more than willing to forgive and forget when the wins come. Since John's column had religious overtones, I will add the following: As long as he could produce SEC and National Championships on a regular basis, most fans would be willing to accept Lucifer himself as their coach., .
I would love for UT ro hire Gruden. Eventhough the hire could possibly be a mistake in the long run, the excitement and anticipation would alone be worht the gamble, at keast in my humble opinion. The possible upside is simply to much to ignore. With that said, I think Vol fans are about to be left standing at the altar while being doused with a bucket of ice-cold water. I think Gruden feeds off of "being wanted" and being relevent and loves the attention he gets each year at this time. I hope the hire materializes but I will believe it when it happens. This would be the most exciting hire in UT athletics since Johnny Majors came home in the mid-seventies. Anyone who is hired will have a percentage of detractors but I am sure Gruden would have fewer than anyone else, He would unite the fan base and would certainly put butts in the seats.
2 years, 3 months ago on As The Gruden Turns: Hogs Swing And Miss, Vols On Deck (And Sources Say They’re In Good Shape)
Travis, i agree that Gruden is an extreme long shot. I also believe he could initially recruit on name and reputation alone. If he is successful early, the recruits would continue to come but if improvement doesen't come quickly, there could be a problem. I think Gruden would be wise enough to hire a great recruiter or two and he could then finalize the deal. . If you don't aim for a big name, you are certainly not going to get a big name. After tje last few years, it's okay just to sit back and dream a little.
2 years, 3 months ago on Rumors Gruden Style: A Hogs-Vols Bidding War?
Well said. You can never blame somene who is willing to accept a promotion that is a definite step towards their ultimate goal. No matter our intelligence level or experience, we can all be promoted to a level of incompetence. You should never blame anyone who takes the challenge and fails as long as that person is giving their full effort. I have never read or heard that Dooley was a slacker. When someone is promoted to a position over their head, or are not given the resources to suceed, the blame should be placed on the person giving the promotion and not the person taking the challenge.
2 years, 3 months ago on Derek Dooley Fired At Tennessee
The King is dead. LONG LIVE THE KING
From a business standpoint, i don't see how UT can keep Dooley. Sure a buyout will put a squeeze on the athletic budget but the Athletic Department will likely lose money again next year, and every year thereafter, if their cash cow fails to draw a near full house. Every dollar the football team fails to take in is a dollar that cannot be used to finance non-revenue sports. Personally, I think the ROI on a buyout is a no-brainer.
2 years, 3 months ago on UT’s Dooley Says Hart Told Him There’s Been No Decision
UT may not be able to afford to fire Dooley without putting itself in a financial bind but, they certainly can't afford to keep him.. $5-million is a lot of money to pay out but it pales in comparison to the amount lost by donor apathy and 25,000 empty seats per game. Not to mention the fall in clothing and memorabilia sales. Sure Dooley was dealt a bad hand but the program has not improved under him - especially from a won-lost standpoint. A new coach, especially if it is a big name coach, would excite the fan base but that coach too must show some gradual improvement. I know Petrino can coach and he will produce a winner wherever he ends up. But I can't help but believe that as many UT fans would be upset at his hiring as those who would be happy. I think the "Campus Castle" may be stormed if Dooley is not fired and I think it may also be stormed if they make another knee-jerk hire and don't hire a proven commodity. The torches are probably being lit as we speak, just in case.
2 years, 3 months ago on Fans Waiting For Puffs Of Smoke In Auburn, Knoxville As Fates Of Chizik, Dooley Stir Rumors
My job has me stuck in southeast Texas at the moment and I hve been here for the full football season. There are a ton of LSU fans in this area, second only to Texas I would guess. I think LSU will always recruit strong east of Houston since this area is much more like Louisiana than it is Texas and Baton Rouge is not all that far away. The Longhorns have had super recruiting classes the past few years but the players haven't lived up to their billing. I'm not familiar enough with the Longhorns to have an opinion one way or another whether the players are over rated or if coaching is the problem. The majority of UT fans I have talked to around here seem to like Mack Brown.
I think A&M will benefit more by swapping leagues than any other school since this recent "realignment" has been taking place.
2 years, 3 months ago on Longhorn Fans Should Worry As Aggie Goldmine Opens For Business
Franklin is a Spurrier wanna-be without the resume' or the humor. How smug and arrogant would this guy be if he coached a winner?
2 years, 3 months ago on UM’s Freeze Tries To Be Nice, VU’s Franklin Says There’s No Need To Be
At any major college, the way to increase attendance in any sport is to build a winning program. "Build it and they will come."
2 years, 3 months ago on Only 18,885 Fans Showed Up For UK-VU Last Saturday; Think Rupp Would Ever Be Just 27% Full?
Looks like Western Kentucky must have a pretty good road following for a smaller school.
If getting embarassed in public is what it takes to get going, maybe we should have a public flogging for Coach Sal.
2 years, 3 months ago on Coach Says UT's Bray Playing With "A Measured Amount Of Discipline"
I enjoyed the article on the struggles of Lane Kiffin at USC. Pat Hayden had better keep a close eye on that prima-donna or he will leave that program in ashes as well. I am still baffled as to how he get appointed as HC of the Raiders, UT and USC with a resume far inferior to literally hundreds of coaches across the U.S. It must be because of his dad's previous success (emphasis on "previous". Hiring kiffin as head coach of a pro or major college team is the equivilent of hiring a chicken farmer named Sanders to run KFC.
2 years, 3 months ago on SEC Headlines 11/8/2012
Jimmy Johnson has been breathing too much hair spray. Rehiring Petrino would be like taking a big gulp of milk and discovering it has soured, then putting it back in the fridge and expecting it to taste better the next time.
2 years, 3 months ago on Ex-Hog, Cowboys Coach Johnson Says Arkansas Should Re-Hire Their Ex
I too think Joker is a class act and has a lot of football knowledge. But not everyone has what it takes to be a good HC. Joker will land on his feet and will have a nice career as a top assistant. However, it will be difficult for him to ever get another HC gig.
I can see where a Fulmer or Cutcliff would be seriously considered for the job. Although both are getting a little long in the tooth, they would be a recognizable name and both have good track records as recruiters. Either would likely add some stability to the program, at least for the short term. I think Dykes has a huge upside but I am not sure he is ready for the SEC and he does not have the immediate name recognition as Cutcliff or Fulmer. Although Dykes has had success and is obviously a good coach, the SEC is a different animal. It's a career killer for coaches who get the chance but aren't yet seasoned enough. They won't last long and they will likely never get the chance again.
2 years, 3 months ago on Phillips Out As Coach At Kentucky After Season
If UT loses another game Dooley will likely be reciting lyrics from a Barbara Streisand song: "The Way We Were". I certainly don't see how moving Sal to the Press Box could hurt anything. Unfortunately for Sal, I think the Press Box is his last stop before the Bus Stop.
2 years, 3 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.mrsec.com/2012/11/uts-dooley-quotes-bruce-hornsby-says-d-coordinator-sunseri-may-move-to-press-box/
I agree that Mizzou should have the advantage and i am aware that Syracuse plays indoors. But I would guess that the outside temperatures in Syracuse is significanrtly less than in Missouri this thime of year, of course i could be wrong since I haven't checked. I do know one thing, the Miami Hurricanes sure don't like the cold weather. If I were their A.D., I wouldn't schedule anyting north of the Mason / Dixon line after September.
2 years, 3 months ago on SEC Finalizes TV Schedule For Saturday, Releases Schedule For November 17th
Syracuse will think they are playing in the tropics.Probably a foot of snow on the ground there by now.
I've spent 90% of all I've earned on wine and women - the other 10% I just wasted.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thought Of The Day - 11/2/12
I'm not "connected" over on the hill so I don't know what the powers-that-be are thinking and planning. But, I have been around long enough to know that when fan apathy sets in and seats are empty, something is going to be changed.. Will Dooley succeed if given another year or two? I don't have a crystal ball but the track record indicates "No". But, I don't blame Dooley for this situation. It lies at the feet of past A.D.'s and big money boosters who continually botch both hirings and firings of coaches. The football program undoubtedly had declined in Fulmer's final few years but it certainly was far from being in shambles,Why would you announce his firing in mid-season before having another coach lined up? It's not like we were totally desparate at that time. It's not all that easy to lure away a successful coach at a high-level, high profile school and I think UT found that out the hard way. But, most any coach at a mid-major school, whether they are experienced enough or not, would jump at the opportunity to coach in the SEC. There is no reason any SEC team should have to "settle" for a coach without a proven record or at leastt a top-notch assistant from a high profile school. The California Kid had little experience and was a jerk who did not fit into the SEC culture. Dooley knew the culture but had not proven he could coach winning football. It befuddles me why a school with UT's tradition and resources would hire either of these coaches, I do believe that Dooley has to win the remaining games, and look good doing it, in order to have any chance of saving his job.
2 years, 3 months ago on UT’s Dooley Says He Doesn’t Think About His Job Status
The tweet had to be the final straw that led to the suspension. If Phillips truly has four-star talent, he must either have the world's worst attitude or some other serious issues if he can't even get on the field with UT's pathetic defense.
2 years, 3 months ago on UT’s Dooley Suspends Freshman Phillips After Twitter Shoutout To Florida
Spurrier is dumb like a fox. He knows exactly what he is doing when he takes these jabs at opposing teams, coaches and fans. He knows it will energize and entertain his fans and annoy and pi$$ off the team and fans of his target. People like Spurrier don't care if the fans are screaming for them or against them;. They know they are relevant as long as they have the fans screaming. As a Tennessee fan, I would guess that Spurrier has aimed more jabs at the Vol Nation than any other. Even so, I actually enjoy his witty comments and I think the SEC is much better off having him as a coach in our league..I have never thought his comments were intended to be mean or malicious but he does seem to know precisely where his opponent's "hot buttons" are located...
2 years, 3 months ago on Spurrier Says Lattimore Will Play For USC Again, Then Takes Shot At Clemson’s Swinney