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tovolny writes:

The best thing for Tennessee Football is to KEEP DOOLEY. It took Sabin more than four years to make Michigan State a winning team.

Hart, I hope you read these posts (I expect you don't) but COME ON and TELL US SOMETHING. Adams, Wiedner, and Climer are running off all the recruits. Remember, Dooley started with with almost no talent on the team. The most talented players were freshmen. Now they are Juniors, and they are playing good football on the offensive side. We have had injuries and good players that had to be dismissed on defense. And, we started a whole new defensive philosophy this year. Dooley's character shines an outstanding image on our school. No body is going to work harder at improving our team than Coach Dooley. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO At THIS TIME IS TO KEEP DOOLEY.

snafu14u#241639 writes:

Mr Adams: You normally write a fairly informed article that doesn't have Orange magic dust all over it butt your doing a disservice to the UT faithful with this one. The truth is that this is not the UT Football program from even 7 years ago. The UT head coaching job is not the job it once was, and we have plenty of blame to go around. We do not command the allure,stability or perch in the NCAA Football world that we still think of ourselves as. That's old Orange news. Past tense. The perfect candidate as Mr Adams lays out in this article doesn't exist or wouldn't be interested in THIS UT head coaching job. So you can throw out the Gruden's, Tuberville's,Leach's,Patterson's,Kelly's etc. As for broken like Petrino.....really? Cutcliffe and Chavis (who doesn't want to be a head coach) will never come back. Mullen is too smart too. Ans speaking of Smart, why would he come here to get ground up in the SEC. And Mr Adams has willfully misrepresented the attractiveness of this job at this juncture. We are either A) going to have Dooley minus Sanseri for one more year because that's all the UTAD can afford or B) hire a Dooley style discount coach and here we go again. It's a different UT Football program and the coaches we want to get (and money is not all that at their level) will stay comfortable where they're at. And I don't see any Saban's out there. Open your eyes guys and Mr Adams quit playing us for chumps. Be real. BonzaiVol

gobigorange5090 writes:

Cut is in his 60's. At that age I doubt he would want to leave where he's having success to come into a huge mess.

crutch1966 writes:

hell. how about the penn st coach? he has done a great job.

orange_eVOLution writes:

Cut is in the history books at UT. Get some new material already. Dang, man.

vols37 writes:

Does John Adams ever write an article that makes sense. Love what David Cutcliffe did for UT in years past. However, reference the above picture in this article. Need I say more. How can anyone with any sense think that bringing a tired ole Cutcliffe in would rejuvenate a lifeless program. No offense to Cutcliffe, but I think he's a little old to try and resurrect this pathetic UT program. No way he can recruit with the Saban's, Muschamps, Richts, and Miles. So many of the replacement suggestions coming in are tired, old coaches who are on the back end of their career. How about an article discussing a young, energetic, inexperienced coach from a mid-major college with a losing record. Oh yea, thats what we have now. I don't have any answers. What I do know is Dooley is arguably the worst in UT history and to bring in Cutcliffe at his age on the back end of a great career would be a qustionable call at best.

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to tovolny:

The best thing for Tennessee Football is to KEEP DOOLEY. It took Sabin more than four years to make Michigan State a winning team.

Hart, I hope you read these posts (I expect you don't) but COME ON and TELL US SOMETHING. Adams, Wiedner, and Climer are running off all the recruits. Remember, Dooley started with with almost no talent on the team. The most talented players were freshmen. Now they are Juniors, and they are playing good football on the offensive side. We have had injuries and good players that had to be dismissed on defense. And, we started a whole new defensive philosophy this year. Dooley's character shines an outstanding image on our school. No body is going to work harder at improving our team than Coach Dooley. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO At THIS TIME IS TO KEEP DOOLEY.

Wrong.

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to tovolny:

The best thing for Tennessee Football is to KEEP DOOLEY. It took Sabin more than four years to make Michigan State a winning team.

Hart, I hope you read these posts (I expect you don't) but COME ON and TELL US SOMETHING. Adams, Wiedner, and Climer are running off all the recruits. Remember, Dooley started with with almost no talent on the team. The most talented players were freshmen. Now they are Juniors, and they are playing good football on the offensive side. We have had injuries and good players that had to be dismissed on defense. And, we started a whole new defensive philosophy this year. Dooley's character shines an outstanding image on our school. No body is going to work harder at improving our team than Coach Dooley. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO At THIS TIME IS TO KEEP DOOLEY.

Three weeks ago I was saying the same thing, but after the SC loss I knew it was time for change. In 3 years under Dooley we haven't improved our record and recruiting this year is the worst in years, we have to make a change or We are the next Kentucky of the SEC.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

What about Dan Mullen at Miss St? He's done a good job at an SEC school for a number of years now.

I mentioned his name on another UT board and was told that he hadnt beaten anyone with a winning record.

mike4vol writes:

Two words...Mike Holmgren

Glentenn writes:

Can't see how bringing Cut back does us much good. Defense is our problem. I'd rather see Chavis as HC and keep our offensive staff as is.

If we want to start from scratch, I think our best bet is Butch Jones from Cincinnati. Young guy (44), proven he can win at Central Michigan and Cincy, has ties to talent rich Ohio, which is about the same distance from Knoville as Atlanta. He's currently making $1.6 million. I would guess we could get him for $2.6 - $2.8 million range.

AZ_Vol writes:

in response to tovolny:

The best thing for Tennessee Football is to KEEP DOOLEY. It took Sabin more than four years to make Michigan State a winning team.

Hart, I hope you read these posts (I expect you don't) but COME ON and TELL US SOMETHING. Adams, Wiedner, and Climer are running off all the recruits. Remember, Dooley started with with almost no talent on the team. The most talented players were freshmen. Now they are Juniors, and they are playing good football on the offensive side. We have had injuries and good players that had to be dismissed on defense. And, we started a whole new defensive philosophy this year. Dooley's character shines an outstanding image on our school. No body is going to work harder at improving our team than Coach Dooley. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO At THIS TIME IS TO KEEP DOOLEY.

I don't believe Dooley is going anywhere for the near future.

I believe it because I believe what Hart stated when he first got here: that repairing this athletic department was the first order of priority.

It's on record. It's too bad the UT media would rather flail away at rumors and such, but then, they suck.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to tovolny:

John Adams reminds me of a little nerdy boy who throws firecrackers in the campfire, over and over, and giggles each time one explodes. Here he is hitting our button about Cutcliffe. Ole coach Cut abandoned us in 1998 for the most important came since 1956. Cut is for Cut...and definitely not a real Tennessee person. Cut is, I believe, more Alabama than Tennessee...and why not, he went to school at Alabama. If not for Peyton and Eli, Cut would be selling used cars in lower Alabama. However, Peyton still does hold him in high regard. So, he does have that going for him.

So far John hasn't mentioned Joker Phillips as a replacement, but knowing John, that wouldn't surprise me. We expect things like that from John. My biggest problem is dealing with Wiedner and Climer. These guys are creative journalists and just fabricate things from their lower body orifice. Climer has got to be the biggest idiot to ever type a word on a QWERTY keyboard.

ONE OF THESE, ALICE, ONE OF THESE DAYS.

John is just doing the job he's paid to do.

AZ_Vol writes:

in response to mike4vol:

Two words...Mike Holmgren

One word: why?

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

BTW, even with your Adams numbers spin job, 67% is still much better than Majors.

Majors percentage was in the 50's.

willtowin writes:

Do not agree with Adams on this one

dejj3737 writes:

Why is no one saying the real names that we should go after? Louisville's coach or miss state's coach Mullen? That's who we need.. They have have the same time as CDD has had and both have a non winning football school doing nothing but winning? Anyone want to answer that one?

IdahoVol writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

No absolutely not. No reruns. No, no, no.

Realistically...Chris Petersen is the best choice; Young. Proven. Goes outside his home state to recruit. Level headed. Affordable.

Would love to see it but Peterson is not leaving BSU. When i lived there the story was that His son has a medical condition and one of the leading specialists for it is in Boise. Money is not the issue.

Razzle writes:

in response to mike4vol:

Two words...Mike Holmgren

Yea The Big Walrus. The Dallas Cowboys would love to have him too.

vut5686#1405392 writes:

We all have fun rushing in to these debates; let me give you a historical perspective I will never forget. Before Dooley, think back: Cutcliff was the hot rumor to come back. Strange and Adams wrote their detailed reports as to how it would work out. The only (minor) issue was Cut bringing his staff. I distinctly remember noticing 1850 responses...and counting, to one of these lead articles. I went to a Durham paper website, and there was one article relative to these events: an objective, bland report, hailing Cut's bio, his accomplishments up to that point at Duke, and acknowleding the possibility he was leaving. The site was interactive. The number of responses? -0-

Somewhere between our frothing workup to frenzy and Durham, NC having little interest would seem to be the reasonable position to be.

rb4346 writes:

I think hiring Petersen as HC along with Jay Graham, Tee Martin, Al Wilson, Trooper Taylor and a good special teams and kicking coach would be a winner. The vols would be back to where they should be. IMO!

Rumblefish writes:

John Adams,
How long is your editor going to let you continue to be a day late and a dollar short on your articles?????

Posters on here (including myself) have been throwing out Cutcliff's name for days now.

And now you post this article as if you're some free thinking innovative sports columnist???? What a freaking hack you are. Pathetic.

FWBVol writes:

in response to tovolny:

John Adams reminds me of a little nerdy boy who throws firecrackers in the campfire, over and over, and giggles each time one explodes. Here he is hitting our button about Cutcliffe. Ole coach Cut abandoned us in 1998 for the most important came since 1956. Cut is for Cut...and definitely not a real Tennessee person. Cut is, I believe, more Alabama than Tennessee...and why not, he went to school at Alabama. If not for Peyton and Eli, Cut would be selling used cars in lower Alabama. However, Peyton still does hold him in high regard. So, he does have that going for him.

So far John hasn't mentioned Joker Phillips as a replacement, but knowing John, that wouldn't surprise me. We expect things like that from John. My biggest problem is dealing with Wiedner and Climer. These guys are creative journalists and just fabricate things from their lower body orifice. Climer has got to be the biggest idiot to ever type a word on a QWERTY keyboard.

ONE OF THESE, ALICE, ONE OF THESE DAYS.

Take a chill pill man. When David Cutcliffe accepted the head coaching job at Ole Miss he offered to stay on through the NC game and Phillip Fulmer gave him his blessing to leave before the game.

If Cut had bailed to take another OC job that would have been one thing, but he left for a head coaching job.

The line about Cutt selling cars if not for the Mannings is pure ignorance. Cutcliffe worked wonders with every QB he's been around. Heath Shuler was second in the Heisman vote with Cutcliffe coaching him up. Ainge was much better the year he was coached by Cutt and let's not forget Tee Martin and what he accomplished with David Cutcliffe as his QB coach and those are the UT guys.

Cutcliffe has a reputation as being one fo the best QB coaches in the country. And that's one of the reasons Peyton went to him during the rehab process for his neck.

Yes, Cutcliffe attended school at Alabamas, but that was more than 35 years ago and he's never worked there as a coach. Coaches at every level work for a different school or team than they played for and that doesn't mean they aren't loyal to the team that is paying them and the players they are coaching.

As a Tennessee alumnus I'm ashamed of all of the Vol fans with conspiracy theories about the University of Tennessee president, the UTK chancelor, the UTK AD and every other bogey man they seem to think is out to undermine and destroy Tennessee.

I'm not saying David Cutcliffe should be the next head coach, but we could do far worse than David Cutcliffe as our head coach.

bigdaddy37821 writes:

My first choice is Dan Mullen second is James Franklin of Vandy Sean Payton would be awesome but thats just a dream.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

My first choice is to keep Dooley. But if you insist, YES, hire Cutcliffe, please!

proudveteran writes:

in response to volman69:

Couldn't agree with you more. Hire Cutcliff and Chavis. It's no secret that these are the top offensive and defensive minds of our prior success.

The current task is to minimize the damage; mitigate the risk by going with proven, and known coaches.

UT has the offense so hire Chavis as head coach or better yet how about Peyton Manning? Manning has been a coach on the field and off for years. He does does not need the money and is loyal to UT. UT does not need any coaching input from Adams...flush him and move on!

LSG410EC83 writes:

Have been sitting around like many and at some points ready to end all of this mess and get a new coach. Then, start looking at numbers to see if there has been any improvement and see there has been on offense for sure and also the defensive line. Our problem, if not obvious, is our secondary. With that being said, I dont know if dumping Dooley is the answer right now (Cue-here comes all the remarks about me being an idiot or a troll) He walked into a program that had all the traditions laid down over the years destroyed by Lame and troops. This damage was not going to be repaired over night. Feel this part of the puzzle is slowly being fixed. This along with the damage done with players leaving would have caused any program in the NCAA to suffer as we have been doing over the past 3 years. Now, our defensive secondary needs to be fixed and be the priority when it comes to recruiting. If not for being burned so many times in the secondary, we would have had a great season. I say give Dooley one more year. As if he does not know already, make sure without a shadow of a doubt that if things don't improve considerably, then he will be canned. Been a UT fan since a kid in the 60's and gradutated from there in 83and it kills me to see the Vols going through this. I am as tired of the let downs and losses as much as anyone. However, a majority of us are looking from the outside in and have little idea what has went on over the last 4 to 6 years and how much damage has been done. Have been, am, and will always be a Vol fan. No matter what, IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL.

volfan1202 writes:

David Cutcliffe? In a word... No!

Biggie writes:

NO!

GreerVol22 writes:

here's one for ya....Hire Cutcliff and Chavis....name them CO-Head coaches ...no coordinators....makes as much sense as anything else ive heard

chattbud writes:

Fire John Adams!

utfan2121 writes:

in response to Tenn_Traveler:

Absolutely!! Could not agree more as well. Cutcliffe and Chavis!!!! The Manning brothers and outstanding defensive teams speak for themselves. Gruden is on MNF making millions without the pressure

If we could get Cutcliff and Chavis I'm all for it. What Cutcliff can do with an offense has always been impressive and Chavis in my opinion is the best defensive coach in college football.

Geofffourmyle writes:

in response to tovolny:

The best thing for Tennessee Football is to KEEP DOOLEY. It took Sabin more than four years to make Michigan State a winning team.

Hart, I hope you read these posts (I expect you don't) but COME ON and TELL US SOMETHING. Adams, Wiedner, and Climer are running off all the recruits. Remember, Dooley started with with almost no talent on the team. The most talented players were freshmen. Now they are Juniors, and they are playing good football on the offensive side. We have had injuries and good players that had to be dismissed on defense. And, we started a whole new defensive philosophy this year. Dooley's character shines an outstanding image on our school. No body is going to work harder at improving our team than Coach Dooley. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO At THIS TIME IS TO KEEP DOOLEY.

If it is announced that Dooley will be retuning for 2013, we will all have the worst off-season imaginable and begin next year's schedule without hope of success.

Bray will leave, Hunter will leave, Patterson will leave.

If that happens, 3 wins will look good. And some moron will pipe in - "Hey, he won the games he was supposed to!"

Walt

UT '81

Orangethrunthru writes:

Reality is S Car. Florida LSU Georgia Alabama all have nationally ranked programs and facilities. Other bottom dwellers are doing well and have some sort of stability. Here we are thinking that a guy with a record in another conference who doesnt face top 10 talent will be able to come and compete. Majors had one winning season his first 4 here. I believe that stability has to be established. Great players want to know that their coach is going to be there. I say keep the millions its going to cost to buy out Dooley and the other coaches and at least give him 4 years. We kept Majors around and things got pretty good. We moved to Fulmer who was already an established fixture at UT and well, you know the rest.

wononta writes:

How about Jim Tressel?

CrankE writes:

If UT hires Cutcliffe, then the immediate question becomes nearly the same as it was in 2006 when Cutcliffe returned as OC, "Okay, so who is the NEXT head coach."

Cutcliffe might make some good things happen. He could develop Bray (or Worley). He wouldn't use UT as a stepping stone to his dream job. But at 58, he's not going to be here for the long haul either.

Hiring Cutcliffe says to the world, "We couldn't get the flashy name hire, so we'll take who we can get."

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to BigOrangeSports:

"Hiring Cutcliffe wouldn't excite the fan base the way a bigger name would. And perhaps he couldn't lift the program to a championship level.
But he would improve it. His track record is long enough to prove that."

Sure, let's sign him to a contract to "improve" the team for 5-7 years, then buy him out in 3, when he hasn't produced a Championship. There couldn't be anything wrong with that, could there? There has been enough time and money spent to improve things. If you are going to replace Dooley, then you need an exciting, young, up-and-coming coach for the long term, as others have said. Sure wish we had gotten Sumlin when Dooley was hired. I heard he was interested in the job at that time, but you couldn't get him out of College Station now with a truckload of dynamite.

Sumlin turned us down, long with five other coaches at the time. Dooley was the only one to jump at the offer.

BigOrangeRock writes:

No, he left us twice. One was before the National Championship game.

Bring Fulmer Back.

BolivrBob writes:

Come on man! Cutt couldn't cut it at Ole Miss. The only reason they hired him is, he could deliver Eli. After Eli was gone, he couldn't win. Heck Ole Miss fired him. Come on Man!

leedsvol2007 writes:

in response to BlueHarley:

I do think the only way Chavis would ever return to UT would be if Cutcliff was in charge. But I don't think Coach Cut is the answer....

And why not?

Cutcliffe started under Bear Bryant at Alabama and was responsible for recruiting and training Andy Kelley, Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning, Tee Martin and Eli Manning. And he started out as our linebacker coach.

He is held in universal high regard by everyone he has ever been associated with and he took a Duke team that had not won more than 2 games in a season for about 7 years and brought them to a winning record.

I watched his coaching show and you can see in the eyes of his players he knows how to motivate and instill confidence and the focus needed to win.

As much as it would be great if Jon Gruden were to come what is the likelihood? He has never been a head coach in college, was known to be very impatient with rookies in pro football, and makes a ton of money without any stress at ESPN.

I do not know John Chavis but why would he come back to Tennessee unless he is named head coach?

It is a lateral move into a more difficult recruiting situation and he never was paid anywhere near what his successors have made at UT or what he is currently making at LSU.

I like Cut because he has proven over and again he knows UT and how to coach. He would stabilize us immediately.

GoVols!

rbwtn writes:

Well I tried to give Dooley a chance he's a nice guy but doesn't fit Tennessee but tell you who would SHOCK the nation if he took the Job and you know he just might take it but he's tasted announcing on ESPN and it would be a Big decision for him but whoa would he fit! that's Jon Gruden.

hateNCloveTN writes:

in response to pcorange:

Enough, already!!! He hasn't been fired, and it isn't looking real promising that he will be. Just shut up until something official is announced.

after this coming saturday he will be

underthehill writes:

in response to vol_in_nc:

I am an East Tennessee native, a Duke grad, and current Triangle resident. Coach Cut is not leaving Durham. He will retire here. Its great for him. At least a six win season, beating Carolina, and a bowl game.....the Raleigh media doesn't pay a whole lot of attention to him other than positive stories. They are much more interested in State and Carolina. Just my humble opinion.

I am a Cutcliffe fan and share your opinion..Cut would not be interested in UT..or to put it better..why would he.. as his recruiting gets stronger ..so will his teams..he has a far more stable situation at Duke than he would at UT..

Geofffourmyle writes:

I like Coach Cut a lot and he did a lot for Tennessee. But it is hard to imagine with his age and health concerns that he would be able to give the level of energy and commitment it would take to get the Vols back where they belong.

UT '81

underthehill writes:

in response to Geofffourmyle:

If it is announced that Dooley will be retuning for 2013, we will all have the worst off-season imaginable and begin next year's schedule without hope of success.

Bray will leave, Hunter will leave, Patterson will leave.

If that happens, 3 wins will look good. And some moron will pipe in - "Hey, he won the games he was supposed to!"

Walt

UT '81

Attendance..or lack thereof..will be the deciding factor..not one individual..the fans..

volinky writes:

I was ready to fire Dooley in the middle of the 4th quarter Saturday. Today, I am wrestling with the fact we have one of the best offenses in the SEC and he is responsible for building it. Of course, he is equally responsible for the disgrace of the defense. However, do we want to start the entire "rebuilding" job over when half of the project is complete??? I don't know. Dooley hired great coaches for RB and OL - the improvement is amazing. Is it possible he makes a change with the DC for next year and spare us a 2-3 year overall?

underthehill writes:

in response to Geofffourmyle:

I like Coach Cut a lot and he did a lot for Tennessee. But it is hard to imagine with his age and health concerns that he would be able to give the level of energy and commitment it would take to get the Vols back where they belong.

UT '81

I see no reason to believe Cut would consider leaving Duke for UT..I think I read where Hart reported to the bama media that the UT ath dept is in the worst financial position of any in the SEC..if that is true they may have a problem raising money for the buyouts..

Geofffourmyle writes:

in response to volinky:

I was ready to fire Dooley in the middle of the 4th quarter Saturday. Today, I am wrestling with the fact we have one of the best offenses in the SEC and he is responsible for building it. Of course, he is equally responsible for the disgrace of the defense. However, do we want to start the entire "rebuilding" job over when half of the project is complete??? I don't know. Dooley hired great coaches for RB and OL - the improvement is amazing. Is it possible he makes a change with the DC for next year and spare us a 2-3 year overall?

He'll still play for a field goal to end the first half like he did against Bama or run out the clock to end the game the way he did against Missouri. He'll say (because he'll have the opportunity) "Best that we not go to a bowl game this year."

He is a disaster, a doofus,a dummy. He is pusillanimous. He has to go.

Walt

UT '81

pms151 writes:

Quit pretending you wear orange pants to work. You are not concerned with Tennessee's future. You are merely concerned with your own.

JackMustang writes:

Lane
Kiffin

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