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Obviously, Coach Jones has had success. He is an offensive minded coach. Regardless of what happens around the country at other schools or in other conferences, in the SEC, defense wins championships. Coach Jones most important decision will be who he selects to run the defense. I've said several times that Coach Dooley's undoing was hiring Sal Sunseri and switching a fragile team from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Coach Sunseri may be a good coach, but no team adjusts well to a defensive scheme change until they have the personell and the time to do so. Defense will be the key to Coach Jones' success or failure at UT and that begins with his selection of a Defensive Coordinator.
2 years ago on December 7th A Date Which Will Live In Infamy For Vols?
Nick Saban is a great football mind, but he had a little help with the table being set when he arrived at UofA. Although Shula had issues with execution on the field, he recruited well and gave his successor a nice stable of athletes to orchestrate. A similar scenerio could be stated for the next hire at UT. As far as on the field execution, the Vols have made strides in certain areas of the game under Dooley, but have not met expectations. His major mistake was the change from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Sunseri is not a bad coach, but that type of overhaul on defense is difficult for NFL teams to manage in a single season. It's even harder for an NCAA team. It was not good timing considering the team was just starting to gel under Dooley. With Dooley gone and a new hire to come, UT has some talented young men. I'm not saying someone will have the same quick success that Saban did, but a good football guy can come into Knoxville and get that group of guys together quickly.
2 years ago on Time To Stop The Doom-N-Gloom Talk: No SEC School Is Facing A "Gotta Get It Right" Hire
@sojourner I believe integrity and competence can be found in the same person. We lowered our standards of integrity with the Kiffin/Orgeron experiment and look what that produced? NCAA investigations and a cloud over the program that most kids and coaches would avoid. Hamilton hired who he could at the 11th hour (which was not a smart move by him, could have been his only recourse given the situation). Regardless, here we are, three years later, with a mediocre team, a diminished national standing, yet we still have some talented young men. The right leadership can do better than what we have seen lately and we dont have to compromise an ethical idea to get the right person.
2 years, 1 month ago on Fans Waiting For Puffs Of Smoke In Auburn, Knoxville As Fates Of Chizik, Dooley Stir Rumors
As a UT fan, I hate to see a good man like Dooley lose his job, but his time has come in Knoxville. The idea that Petrino would be a good replacement sickens me. The man may win football games, but he has no moral center. His record speaks for itself. Flying from Louisville to Auburn while in mid-season, leaving a sticky note as a good-bye present to the Falcons, and then the affair ridden, con job in Arkansas all add up to someone I would not trust recruiting my son to play ball. If ethics mean nothing, I would prefer Jim Tressel and that is laughable considering the show cause issues. The fact is, integrity has to be a staple of the job at UT considering the circus over the past few years. Petrino is definitely not the man. Gruden is a fantasy for some, but doubtful. Realistic targets would be Charlie Strong or Kirby Smart. Defensive issues plague the Vols and it will take a defensive mind to right that ship.