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Let's think about this, assuming a candidate is interested and open to a change; the Vols offer a huge fan base, top 10 stadium, amazing facilities, deep pockets and a conference you don't even need to win or play for the conf. championship to play in the national championship. Coaches at schools who don't offer all of this, are turning UT down. Now, did they offer Gruden, most certainly. I don't imagine any CFB job would've brought him in. Gundy from Ok St, maybe they did offer him, but why on earth would the #4 paid coach in all of CFB leave his alma-mater? T Boone Pickens probably bought him a helicopter or something. Anyway, the biggest "sting" was Charlie Strong. A great coach at school that doesn't offer what I listed out above. So why? I'm beginning to believe it has much less to do with any of those things and more to do with the people in the athletic department and the administration.
2 years, 4 months ago on UT Search To Start All Over From Scratch? Looks That Way
Remaining list - Gary Patterson TCU, Butch Jones Cincy, Larry Fedora UNC, John Chavis DC at LSU. All would be solid hires, that latter is a DC, not a HC but he's a great DC and a member of the family.
@allouttabubblegum I'll be excited when we win
2 years, 4 months ago on Gruden Mania Won’t Die In Tennessee: The Latest On UT’s Search
@Catfish I read yesterday Les Miles endorsed Chavis as the next UT head coach. Pretty interesting stuff.
@bvkv09 I'm not keen on Golden either. I'm completely against Petrino. I don't think Fisher or either of the Oklahoma coaches are interested. Gary Patterson, he's in a BCS conference and can essentially write his own ticket at that university (though I thought the same for Fulmer until old "highlights" canned him). My list would go - Gruden, Strong, Fulmer (yes, you read that correct). I'm also not interested in hearing about any coach that just got fired.
I like the Charlie Strong option personally.
@bvkv09 Ok. That makes sense. I guess I agree with that sentiment, though deep down I still have love for our old DC. Thank you bvkv09.
I was wondering why John Chavis isn't being mentioned.