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pcshowtime writes:

in response to VolunTenMile:

Petrino = Kiffin with lower ethical standards. Don't go there, Vols!!!!!

Petrino has never had a sniff of an ncaa violation they are nothing alike.

underthehill writes:

Cutcliffe probably has a better job at Duke..and definitely more security..but he would be a good fit for UT at this time..if they could get him...

Rumblefish writes:

-Coach Cut as HC and QB coach
-Chavis as DC and associate HC to lessen the duties on Cut
-Retain Chaney to assist Cut with playcalling and avoid his buyout
-Retain J.Graham and S.Pittman...b/c they are the only current UT coaches who DESERVE their positions and have done a great job
-Clean out the rest of the house

Razzle writes:

in response to volsguy16:

i could care less what petrino has done in his personal life. if he wins bring him in. to heck with integrity and lets win some games. same with players. if they want to rob, steal, beat eachother up, who cares. just win! win, win, win, win. i could give 2 craps what these kids and coaches do off of the field. if they are winning then the more the merrier!

Yea get B. Petrino!!! Change the name to the Sleezeateers.

Tenn_Traveler writes:

in response to OLROCKYTOP:

Chavis coming back would be great, but no one from the Fulmer days are even part of the football program anymore. I just don't see it happening.

Yes for John Chavis. Also, why not David Cutcliffe as head coach and Chavis as Associate Head Coach over defense? Just find out what they need to get them and make the hire.

pcorange writes:

Reading these and other comments over the last several days, I am tired of hearing talk of our fans being impatient. I think we have been more than patient. It is a well established school of thought that a coach should be showing decided improvement in his third season. While it is true that the offense has improved due to better line play, overall we are worse than last year. Offense scores points, defense wins football games. That has been proven over and over this year. Under Coach Dooley, we take one step forward and two steps back. After three seasons, he is 0-15 against ranked opponents. He is 4-18 in the SEC, 0-6 this season alone. He has the distinction, shared only with Vandy in SEC history, of three consecutive 0-5 SEC starts. He lost to Kentucky last year with Kentucky starting a WR at QB in a game that was a must-win for UT to become bowl eligible. He just lost to Mizzou yesterday, which gave them only their second SEC win this season, after we had a 21-7 halftime lead. His record at UT? 6-7, 3-5; 5-7, 1-7; and 4-6, 0-6 so far this year. Impatient fans? I think not.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to GburgOrange:

John Chavis. Defense anyone.

We cant affort to hire someone without head coaching experince.

fearthehound writes:

in response to bmaples:

As someone who was here for all four years of Petrino-Ball, I think I have some perspective into that possible hire:

PROS
====
-- Bobby Petrino is an offensive genius. I mean that. His offense looks like someone playing a video game against a bad opponent. We came to EXPECT 50 points every game.
-- He is an absolute taskmaster on the practice field. He expects routes to be run to the inch, and if you don't do it right you don't play.
-- He recruits well, and apparently polishes up well for the visits in the home.
-- He wins. If not for one bad half at Rutgers in 2006, Louisville would have played for the national championship, or at least been in the discussion.

CONS
====
-- He lies. I don't mean sorta, I mean flat-out lies. The classic was when he told the local media how happy he was here and how he wanted to stay forever, knowing he had an appointment with the Auburn AD the next day. He pulled this cr*p so often that we finally just assumed he was lying whenever he spoke.
-- Along with that, he is not loyal. To anyone. The Louisville AD did everything but give him a gold toilet, and it wasn't enough. Tommy Tuberville was his mentor, but Petrino interviewed for Tuberville's job while Tommy was still hired.
-- He is not warm and fuzzy with anyone. Not players, not fans, not boosters, not administrators. If you are looking for someone to glad-hand the givers, look somewhere else.

Is it possible he has learned from his amazing stupidity at Arkansas? Perhaps. At this point, though, I'd like to see it played out, rather than just words at a press conference.

Surely, somewhere there is a coach who both wins and tells the truth.

Bruce in Louisville

Sounds like what we need--I like him already. Bring him.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Vince Lombardi couldn't turn this thing around. It's just over for UT, permanent Ole Miss status.

A good season will be the occasional 9-4, but 6-6 is your annual status from now on.

And you did it yourselves when you fired the legendary Fulmer and replaced him with the devil in disguise, lane Kiffin. You sold your soul, right there!

DennisVols writes:

UT would be foolish to even consider Petrino. I don’t care if he has a record as a winning coach. The issue with Petrino is oblivious. He never stays put long enough. If you interview a possible employee and even though they seem to have all the skills you are looking for but every other year they are in a new job with a new company the stability issue rears its ugly head. Petrino might make UT a winner next year but the following year we could look just like the Razorbacks do this year. It is not worth the risk.
There are too many other opportunities for picking the right coach to go that direction.
Keeping it Real
GoVols!!!

CrankE writes:

WILL SLAP SAL'S HEADSET OFF FOR FOOD!

Rumblefish writes:

in response to Tenn_Traveler:

Yes for John Chavis. Also, why not David Cutcliffe as head coach and Chavis as Associate Head Coach over defense? Just find out what they need to get them and make the hire.

read my comment on the previous page

willtowin writes:

in response to fearthehound:

Being a newsman, you're not supposed to be an advocate one way or the other, but I guess I wouldn't expect you to know that. After all, you're about as much a newsman as Dooley is an SEC coach.

No offense but Adams is a columnist not a newsman. His job is to opine. He is just stating his opinion. We can agree or disagree.

deputy658 writes:

I'm all in for Gruden as he would be a recruiting goldmine. As for the other two Petrino and Tuperrville if we can't do any better than these two clowns then I say give up football all together. Petrino has the morals of an ally cat and may embarrass UT but not being allowed into the homes of some recruits and Tuberville is lucky he is not facing assallt
charges after the episode with his offensive cord. in the game yesterday.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to volsguy16:

i could care less what petrino has done in his personal life. if he wins bring him in. to heck with integrity and lets win some games. same with players. if they want to rob, steal, beat eachother up, who cares. just win! win, win, win, win. i could give 2 craps what these kids and coaches do off of the field. if they are winning then the more the merrier!

"couldn't care less"

Rumblefish writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Vince Lombardi couldn't turn this thing around. It's just over for UT, permanent Ole Miss status.

A good season will be the occasional 9-4, but 6-6 is your annual status from now on.

And you did it yourselves when you fired the legendary Fulmer and replaced him with the devil in disguise, lane Kiffin. You sold your soul, right there!

yeah, b/c florida has ALWAYS dominated. oh wait....

dude, come on. quit being such a tool. you're so transparent with your off the cuff comments to try and incite whomever. pretty weak.

fearthehound writes:

in response to CrankE:

WILL SLAP SAL'S HEADSET OFF FOR FOOD!

Ha! I'm guessing you're requesting broth. Sal looks pretty tough. How tough are you?

movol53 writes:

Cutcliff is a middle of the road Head Coach. Look at his winning record at Ole Miss. Yes, he would be a step up from Dooley but does he have the energy to clean up this mess??

DownTheField15 writes:

Petrino haters: You can sing the song about parents not wanting him recruiting their sons all you want, but football is a business. The parents of HS players with the skills to possibly make it to the pros want their sons to play for coaches who can help them capitalize on their talent. These same parents should call the police if Derek Dooley offered to come anywhere near their sons. Some AD is going to figure this out. It may not be ours, but Petrino will be coaching again soon.

Now, if I had a daughter who wanted to intern in the athletic department and Petrino was the coach, that's another story.

pcorange writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Vince Lombardi couldn't turn this thing around. It's just over for UT, permanent Ole Miss status.

A good season will be the occasional 9-4, but 6-6 is your annual status from now on.

And you did it yourselves when you fired the legendary Fulmer and replaced him with the devil in disguise, lane Kiffin. You sold your soul, right there!

Screw off, DC3. Florida didn't even exist until Spurriers return. After having to have OT to beat ULL and getting your butts spanked by Georgia, I'm not so sure you've got a whole lot of room to brag right now. Shut up and go worry about your own back yard.

tnvol34 writes:

Tommy Tuberville? NO THANKS!!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to OrangeAndBlueWaffles88:

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Why do you care? Florida fan, right? Don't worry, UT will not hire Petrino, I think..

jimmyrayvol writes:

in response to underthehill:

Cutcliffe probably has a better job at Duke..and definitely more security..but he would be a good fit for UT at this time..if they could get him...

I agree, but I can't see it being a long term fix. He is good at what he does and all VOL. I think any long time VOL fan has a lot of respect for him. I'm just not sure its what we need for the long term. I think he would have been a great coach here at one time, but he may be where he needs to be. Its a young mans game now. Although I don't agree with that mind set. Thats how the game has transformed.

10Vol85 writes:

I wouldn't want Petrino even IF he were a great coach. He's not a great coach. He couldn't compete with the top teams in the West and hasn't won anything in the SEC. He is a great offensive coach. How's that going to solve our problems? I would hope you know, especially after this year, that it also takes a defense. Regardless, I don't won't his style of leadership at UT. I and many others won't support it. If the leadership at UT believes otherwise and they go this route, they will make a huge miscalculation. If you're putting out feelers for them, feel this: Absolutely, NO!!!!!!!

As for Tuberville, a good coach but not good enough. Aim higher. This is Tennessee. Unfortunately, the outsiders that lead us don't comprehend that.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

The main obstacle with Gruden is that The Philadelphia Eagles may have a coaching vacancy soon.

fearthehound writes:

in response to willtowin:

No offense but Adams is a columnist not a newsman. His job is to opine. He is just stating his opinion. We can agree or disagree.

I respect your opinion on this, but I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. Adams, and others of his ilk, repeatedly tell us that they pull for no one--they are third part observers, merely 'sports' journalists. John loves to play both sides. He can't be pro-Vols, he's a journalist, but when the time is right, he's a columnist. Nice gig.

frblalack writes:

in response to VOLFAN4LIFEINFLA:

1) Keep Coach Dooley
2) Hire a new defensive coordinator
3) If we had Justin Wilcox this season it would be a totally different outlook on this season.
4) Try to hire John Chavis back to where his heart is in Knoxville.
5) Fire JOHN ADAMS!!

Good ideas! Especially numbers 2 & 5. If the Vols would ever stoop to hiring someone of the character of Petrino, I for one would no longer watch another Tennessee athletic event. The fact that Petrino has even been mentioned is enough to make one wretch. FIRE JOHN ADAMS!

Been a Tennessee Vol since '65!

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

I don't pay my pest control guy, roofer, or physician 3 to 4 million a year either. So how does that even compare with the integrity we should expect from our coach and leader of young men.

SummittsCourt writes:

Hey JA, give being a stupid pin head a break for once and write a good article for once. 0 for your life has to be hard.

willtowin writes:

in response to fearthehound:

I respect your opinion on this, but I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. Adams, and others of his ilk, repeatedly tell us that they pull for no one--they are third part observers, merely 'sports' journalists. John loves to play both sides. He can't be pro-Vols, he's a journalist, but when the time is right, he's a columnist. Nice gig.

I am not an Adams sympathizer by no means. I have disagreed many times with him but I have to say he was pretty high on the vols coming into this season. He has a vote in the ap top 25 and he had Tennessee ranked higher than anyone until the Florida loss.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

The main obstacle with Gruden is that The Philadelphia Eagles may have a coaching vacancy soon.

And the Browns, Cowboys, Redskins, Panthers, Chiefs and Saints.

MinisterOfDefense writes:

I've got a few thoughts on the coaching situation at UT. First and foremost, let's take a gander at the candidates, in order, they should be considered:

1. Jon Gruden. Mike Hart, if you're serious, write this man a blank check. Not only is a he a Super Bowl Winning Coach, hang on, I'm gonna say that again, SUPER BOWL WINNING COACH, he had the credentials as on offensive mind to get Bray, Hunter, and Patterson to stay. This guy makes you relevant within 10 seconds of hiring him. Judging from the QB Camps he does pre-draft, I find it extremely hard to believe that college kids wouldn't love to play for him. He's also a blood and guts, fireball, take-a-bite-out-of-the-goalpost kind of coach, something we're sorely in need of.

2. David Cutcliffe. Say what you want, the man wins. He won at Ole Miss, and was fired after his first losing season in which he lost half his team, including Eli Manning. He has won at Duke......Yeah, letting that one sink in for a minute. Cut has more wins since going to Duke, and has appeared (or will appear in) more Bowl games than Tennessee in the same time frame. He was directly responsible for any success Tennessee has had since the early 90's. Don't believe me? When was the last time Tennessee was successful without Cut on the staff, or players he coached/recruited starting? Cut was always the discipline on the Fulmer teams, and everyone knew it. Finally, this is the guy that PEYTON MANNING AND ELI MANNING STILL go to when they have questions about how to play QB. The man should be hired on that alone. He doesn't have the flash, but he is a winner, and has done so with drastically less resources than he'll have a his disposal at UT.

gohawks1 writes:

J Adams may be okay with Petrino, but he's forgetting that young people and their parents are involved here. Momma might not like the idea of Petrino being the father figure of little Johnny Vol... could negatively affect recruiting.

Pullingguard writes:

Hire Petrino...Were not looking for a preacher, we are looking for a football coach who can win...If you don't like what he did, and it was wrong, but everyone makes mistakes...Vols will dicker around and Auburn will hire Petrino

pcshowtime writes:

What about Mike Leach and before you say his offense does not work in the SEC. kevin summlin at Texas A & m is from his coaching tree and runs the same style offense.
Also if you have mobile qbs cam newton or tim teabow the spread read option works great. I do not think due to our recruiting base we will ever be able to get as many 4-5 star lineman and RBs as bama, FL, or LSU. To try to line up and power over them does not make sinces. We are not going to be able to out Saban alabama.

VolunteerLifer writes:

What about Mullen at Miss St, the guy at Texas A&M, or the head coach at Vanderbilt? They all have head coaching experience in the SEC, and they are all up and comers. Why not make our job in the SEC easier by picking someone off like one of these guys? Hell, why not make a run at Saban, Miles, or Richt? I recall how Florida hired Dickey away from us way back when.

I like Cutcliffe if we have to save money, but he will ikely leave after four or five mediocre seasons I agree we should not hire anyone without HC experience. This job is going to be too tough for someone without the knowledge that comes from having been a head coach.

Presumably, Hart has his list all ready to go. If he doesn't he isn't doing his job. His biggest problem will be his checkbook.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to MinisterOfDefense:

I've got a few thoughts on the coaching situation at UT. First and foremost, let's take a gander at the candidates, in order, they should be considered:

1. Jon Gruden. Mike Hart, if you're serious, write this man a blank check. Not only is a he a Super Bowl Winning Coach, hang on, I'm gonna say that again, SUPER BOWL WINNING COACH, he had the credentials as on offensive mind to get Bray, Hunter, and Patterson to stay. This guy makes you relevant within 10 seconds of hiring him. Judging from the QB Camps he does pre-draft, I find it extremely hard to believe that college kids wouldn't love to play for him. He's also a blood and guts, fireball, take-a-bite-out-of-the-goalpost kind of coach, something we're sorely in need of.

2. David Cutcliffe. Say what you want, the man wins. He won at Ole Miss, and was fired after his first losing season in which he lost half his team, including Eli Manning. He has won at Duke......Yeah, letting that one sink in for a minute. Cut has more wins since going to Duke, and has appeared (or will appear in) more Bowl games than Tennessee in the same time frame. He was directly responsible for any success Tennessee has had since the early 90's. Don't believe me? When was the last time Tennessee was successful without Cut on the staff, or players he coached/recruited starting? Cut was always the discipline on the Fulmer teams, and everyone knew it. Finally, this is the guy that PEYTON MANNING AND ELI MANNING STILL go to when they have questions about how to play QB. The man should be hired on that alone. He doesn't have the flash, but he is a winner, and has done so with drastically less resources than he'll have a his disposal at UT.

Can't argue with that..GBO!

DownTheField15 writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

Hire Petrino...Were not looking for a preacher, we are looking for a football coach who can win...If you don't like what he did, and it was wrong, but everyone makes mistakes...Vols will dicker around and Auburn will hire Petrino

+1

traderjoe writes:

Petrino? He can recruit and his teams win...and, perhaps more importantly to a cash poor AD, we can get him cheap...no $5 million buyout clause. I think a $250,000.00 a year contract, his pick of some Hooter's girls for administrative assistants, and a brand new Harley will do the trick. LOL

fearthehound writes:

Ok everybody, I'm going to give my opinion, cause God knows I don't ever do that (LOL). How about hire a guy who took a perennial loser (Ole Miss) to heights never reached, and then came home and salvaged a career--temporarily (Fulmer), and then went and took another perennial loser (Duke) to new heights never attained. This guy is only 58 years old, meaning he has at least another 10 to 12 years left in him. He is the reason Peyton came to Tennessee and Eli went to Ole Miss. Give him what he wants and bring him home and when he's finished, Peyton will take over.

MinisterOfDefense writes:

Sorry for the break, but my comments tend to be a bit lengthy....

3. Bobby Petrino. I am a Falcons fan. The guy bolted. I understand all the negativity, but let's put something in perspective here, the man had an affair, with a young lady on the same payroll he was, it was a government entity, and he lied about it when caught. If I recall, we retained a President of our country that did EXACTLY the same thing. The man can flat coach, and like Gruden and Cutcliffe, I truly believe that Bray, Hunter, and Patterson would stay to play for him. He may me a low down, dirty human being, but he can flat coach football, in the SEC to boot.

4. Gary Patterson. Great defensive coach, proven winner at TCU, and high character guy. It'd take a pretty penny to lure him from the Horned Frogs, but the only con to this guy is that he hasn't coached in the SEC.

5. Tommy Tuberville. The man won at Ole Miss. The man won at Auburn. I still haven't quite figured out why they canned him down on the plains outside of the fact that he made the decision to bring in an offensive coordiantor that bombed in a critical season. I think he could be lured back as an SEC coach, and I've been thinking some of our coaches could use a beating with a hickory switch, one little slap ain't so bad. (See also Fulmer, Phil and for the defensive version Dooley, Derek.)

BolivrBob writes:

Great article John. Petrino would be a home run hire. Gruden a grand slam. I don't see a grand slam. Get Petrino QUICK!!!!!!!

arkyvol writes:

people can carp all they want about petrino's mating habits, but they can't deny one thing, he's one helluva coach.

ReverendOrange writes:

The Vols should go after Bob Stoops and all of his brothers. Make a package deal and two years from now we'll be in the national championship game.

wagee12 writes:

Saw a post above, I could care less what Petofilerino has done in his personal life. An Obama voter for sure, that's why the country is headed down the toilet. Hey bozo, would you let your daughter play volleyball at UT if that scumbag was the coach?
And then there is the idiotic, manical Cutcliffe Beef Chavez post!!! Hey brudda, did you happen to see the end of the Bama, LSU game when third and Chavis reared it's ugly head once more. Cutcliffe recruiting as head coach, laughable. Some of these people are absolutely hilarious.

Rumblefish writes:

in response to ReverendOrange:

The Vols should go after Bob Stoops and all of his brothers. Make a package deal and two years from now we'll be in the national championship game.

Yeah...b/c Bob Stoops is known for winning big games.....NOT.

BolivrBob writes:

in response to fearthehound:

Ok everybody, I'm going to give my opinion, cause God knows I don't ever do that (LOL). How about hire a guy who took a perennial loser (Ole Miss) to heights never reached, and then came home and salvaged a career--temporarily (Fulmer), and then went and took another perennial loser (Duke) to new heights never attained. This guy is only 58 years old, meaning he has at least another 10 to 12 years left in him. He is the reason Peyton came to Tennessee and Eli went to Ole Miss. Give him what he wants and bring him home and when he's finished, Peyton will take over.

So you have never heard of Johnny Vaught or Steve Spurrier? Once Eli left, Ole Miss went down the tubes and he was fired. Love the guy but he is not what we need.

walt2010 writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

The context of Matthew 7:1 has nothing to do with the hiring of a man who lied and committed adultery. It was pointed directly to a hypocritical group who demanded others to keep rules they themselves scoffed at. I for one do not lie to my employer nor commit adultery. So when I have problems with a guy who did, I am not judging, Walt. You sure render a lot of judgmentalism on posts I have seen from you. UT does not need Petrino. Let him make Kentucky a 7 to 8 game winner per year.

Jesus also said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone," which I think pretty soundly refutes your interpretation of the verse. Unless you personally are without sin, which the Bible clearly states no man is, I don't think Jesus would endorse your stance toward Petrino.

I don't approve of what he did any more than you did - I was disgusted, and was glad UA fired him. Does that then give me the right to pronounce judgment on the rest of his life? It does not.

arkansasvol1975 writes:

You know, I hear alot of fans declare of what a good person Coach Dooley is. Well, how do they know? I mean, unless you are around him all the time, you have no idea who he is. We need someone who is proven. I don't think Bobby Petrino would be that bad of choice. The guy made a mistake, but is a hell of a coach and recruiter. When you are a high profile person who makes alot of money, young women are attracted to that. My guess, in the real world, probably most of the high profile coaches have dabbled, if you will, with the ladies. Coach Saban's players say how great he is, but look at what Sentimore said about him. I believe former LaTech players came out and said Dooley was a a-hole a few months back and they was glad he is gone. The thing is, a-hole or not....cheater or not, we pay coaches to WIN! We can guess all day long how a person is, but if you do not know them, you have no idea what kind of person they are, even if they seem nice. WE NEED A WINNING COACH!

BruisedOrange writes:

If sport isn't about character, then it serves no purpose in society.

Just replace football with Madden. Games every other night. Tournament starts in October. No polls. No BCS. A consensus National Champion every year.

No recruiting violations. No concussions. No athletic budgets. No pressure to fill stadiums. No angry alumnae.

Put it on TV. Sell beer.

Happy?

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