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BolivrBob writes:

Another copy and paste article. I did like this Times article....

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/20...

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Where's Zook? He's always been UT fan's favorite UF coach.

I dont expect you to understand this (needs double-digit IQ to understand)but will give it a shot anyway. We liked Zook when he was at UF because he tanked the UF program. Anyone that brings down the UF program is a hero for us. That said, we dont want him here at UT. No thanks.

globalroamer writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

I'm not against Gruden,but he has not coached in several years. He's never coached college as a head coach and never recruited.

To say it would be a disappointment to not get him over some of the top college coaches currently coaching is assuming he would win a NC or something almost guaranteed. That's stretching things a bit.

My thoughts exactly! Having been a collegiate coach (not football) at the NCAA level, recruiting is vital and Gruden does NOT have the college experience to rebuild Tennessee. Who wants to have a coach get frustrated after a few years and jump ship (or get fired) AGAIN?

pingkr62 writes:

in response to born2ride:

If we don't get Gruden the next coach will be a huge disappointment whoever he is.

Prepare to be disappointed. Gruden is NOT coming to Tennessee. G.B.O.!!!

gglardon50#417841 writes:

I,m hearing Zook. I have several high ranking people telling me it's a done deal and will be having a press conf Fri.

The Tennessee Zookers-nice sound to it don't you think.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to kaman:

I completely agree, Petrino has all of the right background. More to the point, he's learned his lesson. Wife did not divorce him and he's expressed his remorse. Looking for a second chance to get it right. Craft the contract properly and sign him before someone else wises up.

the right background????????-----some of you folks are blinded in your man-love---do you know his background beyond won-loss record????????---its goes beyond his Arky indescretions and lying about it----the secret meeting with Auburn during the season who was courting him with more money--------when things were going bad with his Falcon team he abruptly cut bait and quit/ ran in middle of season---------do you want someone who cant be committed enough to not be lured and too uncommitted to stick with the job he was hired for during rough times which there will be at UT--------you folks clammering for Petrino are just as crazy and delusional as the others in their obsession for Gruden

dyerbey#281598 writes:

I wonder why some of these names are even being considered?
Reasons to not want Butch Jones:
1) he is playing with Chip Kelly's recruits
2) he is not going to win the conference and its not like he is coaching in a tough conference.
3) and oh by the way, Dooley and the vols drilled his arse in 2011. Do we really want a coach that Dooley beat?

Mike Gundy:
The only coach in the Big 12 that plays defense is Gary Patterson.

Bob Stoops:
See Mike Gundy above. Ok allowed 49 points to OK State Saturday and 48 points to WVA the week before, we already have a D Coordinator that can do that.

Sonny Dykes:
We already tried a coach from La Tech, it didn't work out to well

Larry Fedora:
1) He is playing with Butch Davis recruits
2) He has a mediocre team in a a mediocre conference.

Dan Mullen:
Miss State lost to every rank team they played then lost to Ole Miss. His biggest win came against Tenn in Starkville.

The only names on the "so called" list that can bring this program back are

1)Gruden
2)Patterson
3)Strong

Forget the rest.

formervol1950s writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Why didn't he want a search committee? You have to think Hart has someone lined up or close to it. He is not showing his hand. I believe next Monday December 3 Hart will announce our new coach.

Hope you are right . Recruiting is critical this day and time .

SCVOL90 writes:

I only see one person on the list who the administration would take and who would want to come, has SEC and head coaching experience.

rbwtn writes:

Here we go again Every reporter trying to out do the other in guessing or acting like they know what is best for UT. Let me remind you we all know what's best for UT however with the struggles we've been through since Fulmer SHUT-UP and stay out of it. Let the Well respected Athletic Director at UT handle it and quit speculating because you have nothing to talk about. Let him do his job quietly and in secret and we'll all be surprised together. I trust him.

VolBall18 writes:

I listened Dr. Jerry Punch on the radio, and his opinion is that Hart has already hired someone. He said he's had assistant coaches burning his phone up since Thanksgiving. The way he insinuated, was that Hart got Gruden. Not a fact, just what I got from it. I would personally love to have Gruden. I also really like Gary Patterson. He's a defense-first coach. Gruden would tear up the recruiting world. It's a tough decision. Most likely one that will either set Hart here for a long, long time or it will cost him his job in a few years. But, I think it should be between Gruden and Patterson. Stoops is pretty much staying in OU and Petrino, well COME ON! Why on earth anyone would want him is beyond comprehension. He's the human version of Hurricane Katrina. He destroys everything he touches and leaves it in a abominable mess.

IPOrange writes:

in response to born2ride:

If we don't get Gruden the next coach will be a huge disappointment whoever he is.

"NO, Mommy! I want the red one! WAAAAAA!"

IdahoVol writes:

Ask the people at Louisville, Auburn and the Atlanta Falcons (not to mention his wife) what they think of Petrino. He can coach, but he's a slime ball in every sense of the word. I didn't like Kiffin from day one because he has no ethics - same thing here. Let's not sell our soul for some wins. There are quality coaches available that are decent people too.

underthehill writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

the right background????????-----some of you folks are blinded in your man-love---do you know his background beyond won-loss record????????---its goes beyond his Arky indescretions and lying about it----the secret meeting with Auburn during the season who was courting him with more money--------when things were going bad with his Falcon team he abruptly cut bait and quit/ ran in middle of season---------do you want someone who cant be committed enough to not be lured and too uncommitted to stick with the job he was hired for during rough times which there will be at UT--------you folks clammering for Petrino are just as crazy and delusional as the others in their obsession for Gruden

I am not clammering for Petrino but he may the best available coach to do what needs to be done at UT..maintain attendance until the overall situation improves..a bit of intellect..which is sorely missing at UT..could dictate a contract to address the issues you mention..the current roster, schedule, and recruiting situation is about as bad as it could be and the next 2 years do not look any more promising than this..if Franklin stays at Vandy it looks like they are going to continue to get better..if Ky did hire Petrino in 2 years very few Ky fans would remember or care about the issues you mention..I can see where the financial situation would make it unreasonable to pursue Gruden..but Petrino may be the best bargain on the market and it would reduce the threat it would create if Petrino goes to KY..sometimes what is reasonable may seem delusional to some unless they are capable of looking at the overall situation and considering future ramifications..I would much prefer Petrino over another bama crony of Hart..but if UT did get another bama crony they could save money by keeping Sunseri..or would they lose money at the gate...

bikervol writes:

in response to titletownz:

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You should than Zook he got the talent to win you a NC-troll-richard head

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

They did this with the radio show down in Chattanooga, and I thought it would be interesting to do with the fans here. I will list some of the names that have been thrown out there as serious possibilities, and you say yes or no on whether you would feel like they were a good hire.

1. Jon Gruden
2. Sean Payton
3. Chip Kelly
4. Jim Mora Jr.
5. Todd Graham
6. Jimbo Fisher
7. Mike Gundy
8. James Franklin
9. Gary Patterson
10. Butch Jones
11. Bob Stoops
12. Jim Tressel (would face NCAA sanctions for a couple of years)
13. Bobby Petrino
14. Kirby Smart
15. Al Golden
16. Charlie Strong
17. Dan Mullen
18. Sonny Dykes
19. Tommy Tuberville
20. Steve Sarkisian
21. David Shaw
22. Gus Malzahn
23. Art Briles
24. Brian Billick
25. Mark Dantonio

1. Jon Gruden: NO College Exp?
2. Sean Payton: NO MOB Leader
3. Chip Kelly: HECK YES!! A proven winner
4. Jim Mora Jr.: YES, Maybe
5. Todd Graham: Who?
6. Jimbo Fisher: NO. Tied to Hart
7. Mike Gundy: YES. Will take big $$$
8. James Franklin: NO
9. Gary Patterson: YES
10. Butch Jones: Maybe
11. Bob Stoops: NO
12. Jim Tressel: (would face NCAA sanctions for a couple of years) ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!
13. Bobby Petrino: Again ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!!!
14. Kirby Smart: NO MORE BAMA!!!!
15. Al Golden: YES!
16. Charlie Strong: NO
17. Dan Mullen: MAYBE
18. Sonny Dykes: WHO?
19. Tommy Tuberville: MAYBE
20. Steve Sarkisian: NO
21. David Shaw: WHO?
22. Gus Malzahn: WHO?
23. Art Briles: MAYBE
24. Brian Billick: WHO?
25. Mark Dantonio: WHO?

Get rid of the unknowns (WHO?)

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to titletownz:

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title village,

Why are you so concerned with Tennessee? For that matter, why have any of you U F band wagon fans been so obsessed with the Vols?
.........Makes Tennessee kinda' special when so many non-Vol people hang out here all the time.

OhioVolJC writes:

What about Jeff Tedford? Yes, bad last year but proven to turn a program around and has developed some top level quarterback talent (Bray?). I don't know if we'd want to hire a fired coach but he's a better possibility than some of these other liabilities (e.g. Petrino, Tressel).

protegewill writes:

in response to SouthTexasVol:

Coach Bobby Petrino is the answer to our football problems. You dummies juat can't see that. you want a 7-5/ 8-4 coach who's a joker and can't win where he's at.H3ll you forgave slick willie why not bobby.

I say hire Petrino (ASAP) and put in a morality clause in his contract if it makes you feel better. The guy is a proven winner. He had Arkansas 2 years away from playing for a National Title. Plus it will be in our favor to have his coaching experience against the Best in the western division of the SEC (Yes Petrino has beaten BAMA then, not many coaches have. but he is 1-1 vs GA,3-1 vs SC and 2-2 vs LSU that is 6-4 against top SEC schools. He never coach against). In addition,I think Petrino will give us the best chance to end the losing streaks against the Beasts of the East.(Florida and Georgia:again I say, he has beaten them before). Dave Hart LET'S GET THIS DEAL INKED!!!!

stevefrommemphis writes:

I remember the first thing Franklin said in his post-game news conference after the loss in 2010 at Knoxville. He praised the fan support at Tennessee, which gave me the idea that he would be open to moving to a school (Tennessee, for instance) that gets more than 20,000 to come see a winning team. However, raiding the in-state rival is probably not a good idea.

kaman writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

the right background????????-----some of you folks are blinded in your man-love---do you know his background beyond won-loss record????????---its goes beyond his Arky indescretions and lying about it----the secret meeting with Auburn during the season who was courting him with more money--------when things were going bad with his Falcon team he abruptly cut bait and quit/ ran in middle of season---------do you want someone who cant be committed enough to not be lured and too uncommitted to stick with the job he was hired for during rough times which there will be at UT--------you folks clammering for Petrino are just as crazy and delusional as the others in their obsession for Gruden

No need to resort to name calling, we're just having a discussion.

Dave Hart made it clear he wanted a proven quantity (W's vs L's), someone with head coach experience, and someone who understands the high stakes in the SEC. My interpretation of Petrino's history is that he was "looking for a better deal" than what he was in at the time. Slimy? Yep. Probably ego-driven too. But that ego has taken a big hit. Do your research and you'll see. And by "craft the contract properly", I meant "Bobby, you're looking to get back in the game...we're open to that, but here's our conditions: we start at a reasonable salary and a plan for a long term stable relationship, we will pay you more as performance improves, and if you screw up again, you will lose more than your job."

exlineman writes:

I know some of you fans don't like him, as well as kns. We have the best coach in the country in our back door, just go after him, as I think we could meet his salary option and this is his home. Get Steve Spurrier the man that could get the job done and put us back on the elite teams of the nation list.

Some of you will curse and pi-- and moan that he is a sorry traitor etc. Steve would love to step in to this program and prove to alot of people that he can still out coach any one in the nation to include Saban. Not only can he can coach, but he can recruit, especially quarterbacks and what we have returning, he easily could coach them up. Steve was not only a heisman trophy winner, but was a 3 sport all american in high school. He could recruit heavy in Fl. the place we are missing out on with a lot of athletes. He would love to prove to his relatives and one ex coach at Tn. he is still the greatest.

His salary is reachable and he is good for at least 5 yrs. and could be brought in with the understanding that Peyton is the man to replace him in 5 or 6 yrs. We are doing way to much nationwide searching when we have the coach here in S.C. to groom Peyton to take this program over in 5 or 6 yrs. When Steve started winning, the trolls would come on board and root for him in a big way.

Don't ever think the sandy golf courses would overrule what he has wanted for several yrs. You don't turn your back on a coach like this, as Tn. has been in his eye for several yrs.

underthehill writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

I remember the first thing Franklin said in his post-game news conference after the loss in 2010 at Knoxville. He praised the fan support at Tennessee, which gave me the idea that he would be open to moving to a school (Tennessee, for instance) that gets more than 20,000 to come see a winning team. However, raiding the in-state rival is probably not a good idea.

It would be a great idea if it would work..but if he turned UT down it would sure make them look bad..and his current recruiting and team roster makes it appear he may have a better situation at Vandy than he would at UT..

wagee12 writes:

Woodpecker, you are once again clueless. It's entertaining to see some of you pencil necked little geeks twist in the wind. BTW, what score was it you predicted for the UT-Ky. Game?

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to underthehill:

I am not clammering for Petrino but he may the best available coach to do what needs to be done at UT..maintain attendance until the overall situation improves..a bit of intellect..which is sorely missing at UT..could dictate a contract to address the issues you mention..the current roster, schedule, and recruiting situation is about as bad as it could be and the next 2 years do not look any more promising than this..if Franklin stays at Vandy it looks like they are going to continue to get better..if Ky did hire Petrino in 2 years very few Ky fans would remember or care about the issues you mention..I can see where the financial situation would make it unreasonable to pursue Gruden..but Petrino may be the best bargain on the market and it would reduce the threat it would create if Petrino goes to KY..sometimes what is reasonable may seem delusional to some unless they are capable of looking at the overall situation and considering future ramifications..I would much prefer Petrino over another bama crony of Hart..but if UT did get another bama crony they could save money by keeping Sunseri..or would they lose money at the gate...

so we supposed to have our programs direction dictated by what another team could do?????????---I think not and would rather go about it the right way with one of demonstated character even if it might mean us being on a par with a Kentucky short term------------No to Petrino under any circumstances IMO but as you said yes under his circumstances he should be available now to someone for a relative bargain and with not much buyout given his history but thats even more reason to not take him as he will run in a heartbeat when a better contract came his way as it undoubtedly would after a hiring by another gave him some credibility he has none of now----any hiring now at a fair price would only be a uncommitted hire waiting for a better deal to appear---------this guy has proven he cant be trusted and the I'm sorrys/remorse ( they all do that after they are caught) changes nothing--his history pre-arky is just as damning as the arky experience--------say what you want about Dooleys coaching but he had integrity and set a good example and that should be as important as dreams of overnite success

JohnnyD writes:

in response to gwavescVOL:

Agreed, I think he would win and recruit sooner than anyone. As for the other stuff, I'd give him the benefit of the doubt that he has learned from his mistakes. This benefits us because we could get him at a good price without a big buyout, if necessary.

Agree 100%! its not like he killed somebody! I dont see KY fans up in arms about Callipari who has left every school he has coached at on some kind of probation...

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to Volunteer-Varmint:

1. Jon Gruden: NO College Exp?
2. Sean Payton: NO MOB Leader
3. Chip Kelly: HECK YES!! A proven winner
4. Jim Mora Jr.: YES, Maybe
5. Todd Graham: Who?
6. Jimbo Fisher: NO. Tied to Hart
7. Mike Gundy: YES. Will take big $$$
8. James Franklin: NO
9. Gary Patterson: YES
10. Butch Jones: Maybe
11. Bob Stoops: NO
12. Jim Tressel: (would face NCAA sanctions for a couple of years) ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!
13. Bobby Petrino: Again ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!!!
14. Kirby Smart: NO MORE BAMA!!!!
15. Al Golden: YES!
16. Charlie Strong: NO
17. Dan Mullen: MAYBE
18. Sonny Dykes: WHO?
19. Tommy Tuberville: MAYBE
20. Steve Sarkisian: NO
21. David Shaw: WHO?
22. Gus Malzahn: WHO?
23. Art Briles: MAYBE
24. Brian Billick: WHO?
25. Mark Dantonio: WHO?

Get rid of the unknowns (WHO?)

#25 Mark Dantonio - Michigan State - 49-28, .636. How did the last Mich.St. coach do when he moved to the SEC? Hint: 1 NC at LSU, 2 NC's & counting at Bama. Should give him a look, UT could probably afford him. Question is, would he be stupid enough to take the job?

usafvol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

It's strange how some of you latch onto something and become obsessed. Gruden would be a big name, but he's far from the best choice for this job. But y'all go on and keep obsessing on Gruden. After year 3 when he's 15-21, you'll be lamenting what a mistake it was to hire a NFL guy with no college experience.

You mean obsessed like you are with another team's website? Just curious, is being a troll a side effect of obsession?

VOL1972 writes:

What I have a difficult time understanding is why some are critizing Petrino for not being loyal to Louisville, but we would be just fine with recruiting Charlie Strong from the same program. Wouldn't that make Charlie Strong just as disloyal (with a much better contract)?

I don't know what happened at Atlanta. Maybe he wasn't told about the Michael Vick situation when he signed on. Maybe the team owner was difficult to work with. Maybe he found out, like Saban, that he was better suited for college coaching than in the Pros.

All I know is the man is a proven SEC coach who has got to be a lot more humble than he was a year ago and, for some reason, apparently wants to coach in the SEC.

Whoever our coach is next year, he will have to coach his rear end off to win 7 games with AL, GA, FL, SC and OR on our schedule (which probably won't be good enough for most of our fan base). If he wants the job, I don't see anyone else (with a proven track record) who is knocking our door down to get it.

Surely he would rather coach at UT than KY and for that he would probably be willing to agree to almost anything in his contract to get the job. All things considered, I just hope we don't blow the opportunity to sign him when Gruden turns us down.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to VOL1972:

What I have a difficult time understanding is why some are critizing Petrino for not being loyal to Louisville, but we would be just fine with recruiting Charlie Strong from the same program. Wouldn't that make Charlie Strong just as disloyal (with a much better contract)?

I don't know what happened at Atlanta. Maybe he wasn't told about the Michael Vick situation when he signed on. Maybe the team owner was difficult to work with. Maybe he found out, like Saban, that he was better suited for college coaching than in the Pros.

All I know is the man is a proven SEC coach who has got to be a lot more humble than he was a year ago and, for some reason, apparently wants to coach in the SEC.

Whoever our coach is next year, he will have to coach his rear end off to win 7 games with AL, GA, FL, SC and OR on our schedule (which probably won't be good enough for most of our fan base). If he wants the job, I don't see anyone else (with a proven track record) who is knocking our door down to get it.

Surely he would rather coach at UT than KY and for that he would probably be willing to agree to almost anything in his contract to get the job. All things considered, I just hope we don't blow the opportunity to sign him when Gruden turns us down.

his secret meeting with Auburn during the season is really less troubling than the Atlanta thing---hes not the only one who will entertain more money but he should have waited till his season was over---------he quit on Atlanta with no notice after losing and facing some adversity on a Sunday and was virtually moved out of town the same week-------you cant change a tigers stripes, he has shown no integrity 3 times----you really think this guy who would "likely agree to anything in his contract to get a job" would show any committment to that job and not bolt immediately whenever another waived a much better deal at him?????-------glad you trusting folks guided only by Ws & Ls and who dismiss repeated character flaws arent making hiring decisions-------Kiffens bolting set us back and you guys want to make us vulnerable to it happening again

pcorange writes:

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

They did this with the radio show down in Chattanooga, and I thought it would be interesting to do with the fans here. I will list some of the names that have been thrown out there as serious possibilities, and you say yes or no on whether you would feel like they were a good hire.

1. Jon Gruden
2. Sean Payton
3. Chip Kelly
4. Jim Mora Jr.
5. Todd Graham
6. Jimbo Fisher
7. Mike Gundy
8. James Franklin
9. Gary Patterson
10. Butch Jones
11. Bob Stoops
12. Jim Tressel (would face NCAA sanctions for a couple of years)
13. Bobby Petrino
14. Kirby Smart
15. Al Golden
16. Charlie Strong
17. Dan Mullen
18. Sonny Dykes
19. Tommy Tuberville
20. Steve Sarkisian
21. David Shaw
22. Gus Malzahn
23. Art Briles
24. Brian Billick
25. Mark Dantonio

1. Jon Gruden - Yes, need him for recruiting.
2. Sean Payton - No. Dirtbag.
3. Chip Kelly - Yes, but he may be in hot water with NCAA. I'd want to know more about that first.
4. Jim Mora Jr. - Maybe.
5. Todd Graham - Who? Arizona State? Nah.
6. Jimbo Fisher - Absolutely.
7. Mike Gundy - Yes, but can we outbid Boone?
8. James Franklin - Yes.
9. Gary Patterson - Home run.
10. Butch Jones - Maybe.
11. Bob Stoops - Yes, but he ain't leaving OU.
12. Jim Tressel (would face NCAA sanctions for a couple of years) - No, looks queer in the sweater vest.
13. Bobby Petrino - HELL no!!!
14. Kirby Smart - Yes, but not as a high choice.
15. Al Golden - No. Leave him at Miami.
16. Charlie Strong - 23-19 at Louisville? Iffy.
17. Dan Mullen - Yes.
18. Sonny Dykes - Maybe.
19. Tommy Tuberville - Yes.
20. Steve Sarkisian - Maybe.
21. David Shaw - Yes.
22. Gus Malzahn - Maybe.
23. Art Briles - Yes.
24. Brian Billick - Yes.
25. Mark Dantonio - Yes, down the list.
...

BigToe18 writes:

I,d go after 3 guys hard gruden,B. jones and petrino....all 3 guys are hard coaches and will recuit well and know football...tenn. needs to get down to bus. and quit hoping go out spend the money and lets start winning games. TENN. FANS HAVE EARNED THIS....GETT,ER DONE!!!!

dendeb18#1413083 writes:

People please! The comments being posted are are getting downright STUPID!"If GRUDEN DOESN'T GET THE JOB ANYONE ELSE WILL BE A DISAPPOINTMENT". Really folks? I got news for you Gruden or no one people, he AIN'T comming to UT. not now, not ever. Get that through your heads. Gruden wants to coach in the NFL and no where else.

pcorange writes:

in response to Vol_in_Mich:

#25 Mark Dantonio - Michigan State - 49-28, .636. How did the last Mich.St. coach do when he moved to the SEC? Hint: 1 NC at LSU, 2 NC's & counting at Bama. Should give him a look, UT could probably afford him. Question is, would he be stupid enough to take the job?

And how is his health? Seems like he left in the middle of a game last year having a heart attack.

SummerfieldVol writes:

My 1st choice if he would come would be Gary Patterson, have no ideal how much it would take,but I think some where around the 4.5 to 5 million area. My second choice and maybe even a 1 st choice would be Butch Jones. I have written before I think Tennessee show jump all over this man before we lose him, just like we did with Brian Kelly, instead of we hired Kiffin. Everybody knows how that worked out. Just look what Kelly has done at Notre Dame. Everybody has got their choice and I respect that,but we can't dilly dally around here, because there is alot of schools looking for quality coaches and Coach Jones is going to be goggled up by someone I just hope it is TENNESSEE.

volfaninutah writes:

i think Tressel would be a good candidate. He has won numerous Big 10s, and a national championship. I think he would really be looking for a second chance.

OrangePsyched writes:

Tressel rumor mill is really heating up on Volnation. I prefer Gruden but there's a lot of smoke suddenly on Tressel.

GerryOP writes:

in response to Wauconda_Vol:

Yep...I'll get smacked upside the head for this, but why not Petrino?
1: We should be able to get him for a reasonable price.
2: He has college head coaching experience (.743 winning percentage to appease the Fulmerists).
3: Morally bankrupt? Possibly.
4: NCAA sanction generator? Not likely.
5: Last time I checked, he appears to be able to mangage the recruitment process.
6: How many more bridges can the man burn? He's 51 years old and (I assume) looking for a legacy beyond "failed NFL coach" and "adulterer."
7: And honestly, who can we get that is more likely to provide results on a timetable that can perk up the big donors?

No, I don't agree with some of his choices. But the guy can coach. Hart should craft a contract with a ton of potential upside, as well as a rather extreme punitive downside. It's probably our best chance at getting back on the road to football prosperity.

On the field he's a winner! Great choice!

SEC2012 writes:

I think everyone will be surprised when it turns out to be Nick Sabin

GerryOP writes:

in response to SEC2012:

I think everyone will be surprised when it turns out to be Nick Sabin

Why do I think that is not as outlandish as some might think?

Vol43 writes:

Mark Stoops to Ky.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

The questions I would have about a Petrino hire are, is he damaged goods considering everything that has happen to him? It's not like this happen 5+ years ago. Can he realistically go into a recruits home face their parents and get that commitment from them?

spvol writes:

You Gruden people want a "name" coach? How about John Madden? There's a name everybody knows.

VolsFanInAfghanistan writes:

UK strikes first with the hire of Mark Stoops, FSU's defensive coordinator. ESPN is reporting it will be official Tuesday.

kaman writes:

in response to sly_stone99#434111:

The questions I would have about a Petrino hire are, is he damaged goods considering everything that has happen to him? It's not like this happen 5+ years ago. Can he realistically go into a recruits home face their parents and get that commitment from them?

Those are fair questions. Dave Hart would have to be comfortable with Petrino's contrition and commitment. But we're talking about humans here, no reward comes without some risk.

"bones nevah lie"

fredricks writes:

Petrino or Butch Davis... both are realistic.

arkansasvol1975 writes:

Whoever UT hires has to have the "wow" factor. We can not afford to hire another no name unproven coach who leaves everyone shaking their head wondering who the hell is this guy. I remember when Dooley was hired, no one knew, other than we knew Vince Dooley, exactly who the hell Derek Dooley was. I remember shaking my head. I live in Arkansas and even Hog fans were laughing at us over the hire, saying we hired a no name Sun Belt coach. Well, 3 years later we all know why everyone was laughing. There is only a handfull of "wow" factor coaches out there. This is all about money. Tennessee will have to knuckle down and spend some cash if they want to be in the top 10 programs again. Look at Alabama, they went thru 4 or 5 coaches before they spent the cash for Saben. I also say, you either spend the money know, or you will be paying for it later. Look at the money UT has spent on both Kifin and Dooley. Attendence is at a all time low, fans are disgruntled, merchindise and TV spots are disappearing. Jon Gruden, Jim Tressel, Shaun Peyton, Urban Meyer, and maybe Bobby Petrino. Petrino has baggage but is an excellent recruiter and a brilliant QB/offensive coach. Look what he did at Arkansas. I know he has baggage but everyone has baggage that you don't know or hear about. I am sorry, but probably half the big time coaches out there has a little blonde on the side. Truth hurts but oh well. We need someone that can quickly turn this shipwreck around, not a 5-10 turnaround.

OKVOL24 writes:

in response to Volunteer-Varmint:

1. Jon Gruden: NO College Exp?
2. Sean Payton: NO MOB Leader
3. Chip Kelly: HECK YES!! A proven winner
4. Jim Mora Jr.: YES, Maybe
5. Todd Graham: Who?
6. Jimbo Fisher: NO. Tied to Hart
7. Mike Gundy: YES. Will take big $$$
8. James Franklin: NO
9. Gary Patterson: YES
10. Butch Jones: Maybe
11. Bob Stoops: NO
12. Jim Tressel: (would face NCAA sanctions for a couple of years) ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!
13. Bobby Petrino: Again ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!!!!!!
14. Kirby Smart: NO MORE BAMA!!!!
15. Al Golden: YES!
16. Charlie Strong: NO
17. Dan Mullen: MAYBE
18. Sonny Dykes: WHO?
19. Tommy Tuberville: MAYBE
20. Steve Sarkisian: NO
21. David Shaw: WHO?
22. Gus Malzahn: WHO?
23. Art Briles: MAYBE
24. Brian Billick: WHO?
25. Mark Dantonio: WHO?

Get rid of the unknowns (WHO?)

Why no to Stoops? He owns Gundy almost every year, he has won a national championship. But you said yes to Al Golden, and Mike Gundy.

6972 writes:

in response to SEC2012:

I think everyone will be surprised when it turns out to be Nick Sabin

Suprised! Try cardiac arrest.

HighlandVol writes:

I simply don't understand the "Gruden is a done-deal" thing. He's not contractually obligated to anyone except the four-letter network, so if it is truly a "done-deal" UT is only harming its recruiting by not announcing it. Also, what does Gruden have to gain by waiting? I suppose it is to make a splash over the weekend on the heels of the SEC championship game, but that doesn't seem to offset the negatives.
Also, if not Gruden but still a done-deal, it only makes sense to not announce it. So in my thinking, Gruden is not a likely hire, IF it is already done, and if so, there is a currently active head coach who is quietly downplaying interest or is under the radar.
My opinion is that Hart hasn't formally interviewed a soul, but has had informal feelers put out to several candidates. That's just one man's opinion mind. Hart hasn't called me as a consult and I am certainly not a high -powered donor or booster.

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