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dlravol2 writes:

in response to vols48:

So many rumors and no real evidence of anything.If you truly want to turn the Football program around,Bring out the big checkbook.Not looking forward to another 5 win season.

My sentiments to a T......time for the big boosters to get out their checkbooks!

varnellvol writes:

Preach it brother! Couldn't have been stated any better.

BackAShoneysnFleas writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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You must be helping pcshowtime on that jug of home brew! Get a grip!

atnvol#283282 writes:

This is a blessing....another freakin nightmare avoided.

hubbardcove writes:

I am really surprised that Strong stayed at Louisville. He is just not ready for the SEC.

I wonder if Al Golden is on the list?

BigOrangeRock writes:

FULMER!

chrisvol4ut writes:

NOTICE TO DAVE HART-Thanks to your mismanagement of this hiring process, and your boss's mismanagement of the hiring process that brought you to our door, we are now left with 5 choices. Quit now (my preferred choice), hire a 3rd tier coach for the 2nd time in 3 years (your preferred choice), cover your eyes with your hands and exclaim that "you see dead people" which might make the problem go away, OR...bring back Fulmer as coach as a stop gap since we have no viable options left on the table that can help us in recruiting and restore any order in this program in the next 3 years or execute a coup and throw millions at a coach like Urban Meyer or Bob Stoops or Pete Carroll to become the highest paid coach in the NCAA to come here and fix this mess that you and Hammy and Cheek created. I'm pretty confident you will choose option 2. Just so you know, this is an EPIC FAIL. As angry as I am about Dooley's mismanagement of this program, he upgraded our talent level from F to C-. You have almost been turned down by as many people as Hammy got turned down by when we had high school talent. This is really pathetic.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

This is becoming not only embarassing but down right ridiculous.

SmokyMtnMan writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

It is idiots like this guy that seriously makes UT a national laughingstock. A legend, a Hall of Fame unanimous first ballot coach, the greatest run in school history, top 5 all time in the SEC, respected by his peers and voted as CFA President....and you treat him like trash.

He needed to go.....
and take his 10 wins on average with him.
All the future NFL Hall of Famers will not be coming here.
All those SEC Title games with him.
The only legit National Title in school history with him.

Dude, coaches look at what a school does. Several have said to Jimmy (that is agent Sexton to you knuckleheads) that if Phil could not make UT happy than no one can. No one wants to go to a mediocre program with fantasyland expectations that treated one of their own they way they treated Phil.

Pay attention. This is and will always be going forward a place for those that need a job (KIffin) or need a break (Dooley). That simple. The best hire in America would have been James Franklin. Instead it will be a guy that needs a job (Davis) or a break (Fadora).

That is so funny and pathetically ignorant to say it was time for him to go. I guess all that winning and all LOL!!!!!!!

Hey, are you enjoying your change yet??? LOL!!!!!

Fulmer is a fool and he needed to go. End of story.

TNTH writes:

offer Barry Alverez . . .

TNPilgrim writes:

Pretty d*** bad when it's apparent that Arkansas and Auburn are considered better football jobs than UT.

therightstuff writes:

Butch Davis
Bobby Petrino
Larry Fedora........
Just do it and let's get rolling.......

TKO writes:

On espnu they called Tennessee the apparent "coaching carousel losers.

TKO writes:

On espnu they called Tennessee the apparent "coaching carousel losers.

TKO writes:

On espnu they called Tennessee the apparent "coaching carousel losers.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

I have a question. If Strong has, in fact, turned down UT's offer, then why hasn't he just come out and said so publicly? Why would you have a meeting with your players, and all that, and keep it a secret? I can understand slow-releasing it if you're going to accept the offer and leave your school, but it makes no sense the other way around. Just seems fishy to me.

There's a sports news agency reporting that Strong has turned down the offer, but where is the quote from Strong?

Just like everything else during these searches, it's all rumors and speculation until you hear it from the horse's mouth.

Prostar writes:

If it truly is money and control over the football program, then bring out the checkbook and write whatever amount is needed to get Gruden and whatever staff he wanted. You were willing to pay $3.5 mil to Strong.If you were willing to go that high for him then what's another $1.5 mil to get Gruden. If Gruden truly doesn't want to get into college coaching then go get Butch Davis or Petrino. Enough with this comedy of errors coming from the UTAD. You're making this thing look like the Marx Brothers and Three Stooges all rolled into one.

trek writes:

in response to proudveteran:

To all the commenters, DO NOT BLAME AD HART on the rejection by Strong of UT. Sports Illustrated reported late this afternoon in an article by Pete Tramel, third paragraph, that the only contact with UT was made Sunday morning in Louisville by UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek!!!!!! Why is Cheek involved in the first place as that is the job of AD Hart!!!!! Cheek is an absolute loser. Come on commenters, junk on this and demand to know why Cheek was involved period.

If that report is true, it makes you wonder if Cheek somehow has Hart's hands tied. It does seem odd that Cheek would be the one contacting a coach, especially the first contact, doesn't it?

LibertyVolance writes:

in response to david_light_38230#225602:

Ok, Strong has turned down the UT offer . . . now it's time to get a GREAT coach . . . who that is I don't know, only Hart knows the "list". I know that this hire is probably the most important one in Hart's career; in fact it may decide the end of Hart's career.

Let's look at who is left:

Fedora - UNC HC
Smart - UofA DC
Gundy - Oak State HC - (I hope NOT)
Mullen - MSU HC

Add to the list . . . sound off on who I've placed on the list . . . might as well have fun with it, waiting on a "official announcement" from UTAD isn't coming any time soon!!

GO VOLS!!!

Do you realize that Mullen may be fired from MSU if he loses the bowl game? Not only that but Gundy isn't leaving OSU and Smart has just signed a new contract at Alabama. Think of something else.

proudveteran writes:

Do not blame AD Hart. Sports Illustrated in an article by Pete Tramel this afternoon, third paragraph,reported that the only contact Strong had with UT was on Sunday morning in Louisville by UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek. I though it was the duty and responsibility of AD Hart to make contacts not the Chancellor. No wonder Stong spurned the consideration of UT. Cheek is the last person you would want involved period. Jump on this and demand to know why it was not Hart but Cheek doing the contacts!!!

Razzle writes:

Is Fedora next?

tennrich1 writes:

in response to VolBallCharlie:

Does Hart not realize the importance & urgency of this hire, or is he purposely sabotaging these deals? All I know is there is DEFINITELY SOMETHING WRONG ON MY BELOVED ROCKY TOP!!! Whats next... Randy Sanders turns UT down for more time ANYWHERE ELSE!!!

Ya know that MUST BE IT....yeah...Hart just doesnt realize the importance and urgency of this hire....and he's probably sabotaging it as well....OMG...just hang on girls...just hang on...

GreerVol22 writes:

Looks like its time to call la tech again

SandySpringsVol writes:

in response to proudveteran:

To all the commenters, DO NOT BLAME AD HART on the rejection by Strong of UT. Sports Illustrated reported late this afternoon in an article by Pete Tramel, third paragraph, that the only contact with UT was made Sunday morning in Louisville by UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek!!!!!! Why is Cheek involved in the first place as that is the job of AD Hart!!!!! Cheek is an absolute loser. Come on commenters, junk on this and demand to know why Cheek was involved period.

If you believe everything that's been reported in the media regarding this search, then Jon Gruden would be our coach, and Mike Gundy would be our coach, and Charlie Strong would be our coach. The bottom line is they're all speculating as to what's happening, never naming any sources, and most of what they've said so far has been proven wrong. This should be put in the same category unless verified by a named source.

rb4346 writes:

To bad we can't hire Chavis and keep the offensive coaches, I think they would be a good staff. Hart, for petes sake stay away from Kirby Smart and the Dooley type coaches. Maybe you should resign and move to Alabama or Louisiana if they are your type. Can't believe this is happening again.

TheStupidPolice writes:

in response to guitarch882000#661629:

Hart....please don't take any advice from the "expert fans" here....Our "fan base" of couch coaches.....along with an over critical ,over analyzing local sports media...is 99.9%...of the problem here.....and has made this place an unattractive coaching destination for anyone.......Win championships every other year or your fired.....yeah....every coach wants that hanging over their head.....Outside coaches have to see Fulmer's record and say to themselves...."Wow...if they can fire a guy with that kind of record....do I really want to go there?".

STUPID! The fans and media are not the problem. There are expectations at every school, but unlike most schools, Tennessee has all the resources to match those expectations. As far as firing a coach like Fulmer, just about every coach ends up being fired. Very few go out like Tom Osborne.
You have the right to remain silent...

TaylorJH writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

Apparently UT fans are the only ones that think University of Tennessee is still a Top 25 job.

You are wrong. UT fans think this is the top job. UT has been down for a few years, but the return to the top 10 is coming soon. Vanderbilt better get prepared for another 20 + year loosing streak, pal. But don't worry, you can still brag about academics.

AZ_Vol writes:

in response to Prostar:

If it truly is money and control over the football program, then bring out the checkbook and write whatever amount is needed to get Gruden and whatever staff he wanted. You were willing to pay $3.5 mil to Strong.If you were willing to go that high for him then what's another $1.5 mil to get Gruden. If Gruden truly doesn't want to get into college coaching then go get Butch Davis or Petrino. Enough with this comedy of errors coming from the UTAD. You're making this thing look like the Marx Brothers and Three Stooges all rolled into one.

You can't write a check for what you ain't got unless you're the federal government; or, football coaches, after their collective lobotomy, decided to start taking checks backed by Monopoly money.

Neither situation above, is the reality.

VolBy3 writes:

For crying out loud people, all this is over a football coach! I only wish you would have shown half this much interest in voting for the right presidential candidate to lead us. The sun will come up on Rockytop tomorrow and the next day and then after that. We will have a coach in due time and then those that don't like the pick can start pissing and moaning like they always do. The rest of us will support him, cheer for the Big Orange, and move onward. Good things come to those who wait. I can wait. Kick back and relax. Good night!

All4Vols!!

bigvol980#528379 writes:

in response to BigOrangeRock:

FULMER!

Fulmer is gone. Elvis is dead. Move on.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Look to see UNC sweeten Fedora's package. When the smoke clears from this wreck Petrino may be the only one left to take the job.

MDiv writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

If this florida SOB does not want to be here then F him. Pardon my language fellow vols fans F this guy.
Demand better vol nation they want to tell us to except this cr#p. This is part of the problem I complacency. If they the University does not give us better make them tear down the top deck of that stadium and seat 40'000 and become vandy.
I did not like the hire anyway go after Larry Fedora more head coaching Exp. anyway. screw charlie strong we deserve better. I have had some home brew sorry again for the lauguage.

P.S. and conzo ball sucks too

Perhaps you've had enough home brew for one night?

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

It is idiots like this guy that seriously makes UT a national laughingstock. A legend, a Hall of Fame unanimous first ballot coach, the greatest run in school history, top 5 all time in the SEC, respected by his peers and voted as CFA President....and you treat him like trash.

He needed to go.....
and take his 10 wins on average with him.
All the future NFL Hall of Famers will not be coming here.
All those SEC Title games with him.
The only legit National Title in school history with him.

Dude, coaches look at what a school does. Several have said to Jimmy (that is agent Sexton to you knuckleheads) that if Phil could not make UT happy than no one can. No one wants to go to a mediocre program with fantasyland expectations that treated one of their own they way they treated Phil.

Pay attention. This is and will always be going forward a place for those that need a job (KIffin) or need a break (Dooley). That simple. The best hire in America would have been James Franklin. Instead it will be a guy that needs a job (Davis) or a break (Fadora).

That is so funny and pathetically ignorant to say it was time for him to go. I guess all that winning and all LOL!!!!!!!

Hey, are you enjoying your change yet??? LOL!!!!!

Vicky, enough already.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

I believe Mr. (don't worry I've done this many times) Hart has run this coaching search in the ditch. We've got plenty of time?

laraccoon writes:

Butch Jones

golfman1975 writes:

in response to AZ_Vol:

Look, we get it. You love Fulmer.

I thought his record in bowl games sucked. I got tired of losing to those one or two teams a year that defined our season as a failure because Fulmer's teams couldn't get it done, and then flopping in a bowl game that ruined my holiday season. What I hated, was watching the man you love wink as news of Tennessee was more about crime than sports.

Fulmer had all the talent in the world, AND the best damned quarterback of a generation and couldn't beat Florida.

But what irked me the most? "You can't spell "citrus" without U T." Last I looked, the man that said that comment was still coaching. Your guy isn't. There's a damn good reason for that.

You can call other people idiots all you like. But there's something to be said for people who keep missing the logic of why Fulmer was done.

AZ...Oh great one...we worship you knowledge! I just happened to notice that you can spell "I"! You used it several times. Last time I checked between the letters A and Z you can spell...shut up dumb arse! I bet you would argue over who should be hired for the trainer for the horse shoe team! Just understand there are FANS and then there are people like you.

VOL_IN_BAMA writes:

All Strong did was use TN as a threat to get more money from Louisville. He more than likely got a raise making the same amount UT offered without the worry of losing his job if he has a few bad seasons. Very embarrassing to get turned down constantly by your top picks. So who do they go to next???

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Now what would really be embarrassing is if Petrino said no. Dayum!

guitarch882000#661629 writes:

Fans wanted Fulmer fired because they "demanded excellence".......lol....kinda funny now.....so "excellence" was Kiffin?...lol.......Dooley?...lol.....now possibly Fedora???....LOL....are you kidding....Fedora competing with Spurrier,Saban,Miles,Muschamp,Richt,Malzahn?????...lol..yeah somehow I see Fedora losing all of those games......so this is the state of excellence we fired Fulmer for?.....funny....

SandySpringsVol writes:

Why is everyone so twitched out about this? The university is going through its process. They will not be dictated to by a bunch of apoplectic fans acting like spoiled children who aren't getting their way, nor will they allow the Ringling Brothers of the modern day -- the media -- to set the tone for what they're doing.

Hiring someone in a hurry just to say you've hired someone doesn't produce the best result -- see Derek Dooley as Exhibit 1.

Tennessee will end up with a decent coach -- just let the process work.

chattabluetick writes:

in response to MikeNPS:

Too bad Strong does not think he is good enough to compete in a REAL conference.

Charlie Weak I mean Strong is really Charlie Chicken. He thinks he's going over to ACC to mop up like Miami and FSU did when they turned down entrance into the SEC. He's scared of tough competition so we don't need him.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to AZ_Vol:

Look, we get it. You love Fulmer.

I thought his record in bowl games sucked. I got tired of losing to those one or two teams a year that defined our season as a failure because Fulmer's teams couldn't get it done, and then flopping in a bowl game that ruined my holiday season. What I hated, was watching the man you love wink as news of Tennessee was more about crime than sports.

Fulmer had all the talent in the world, AND the best damned quarterback of a generation and couldn't beat Florida.

But what irked me the most? "You can't spell "citrus" without U T." Last I looked, the man that said that comment was still coaching. Your guy isn't. There's a damn good reason for that.

You can call other people idiots all you like. But there's something to be said for people who keep missing the logic of why Fulmer was done.

The dumbest people in the world are the ones that will take whatever they can get rather than admit a mistake. With Fulmer here we expected to win. Now we can't get anyone to take the job and you still make excuses for our mistake. Our impatience made us blow up the program rather than allow a few years to rebuild. It is moronic to continue to criticize the most successful UT coach in 50 years or more. The majority of fans are mature enough to admit the Biggest Coaching Mistake ever made in the SEC.

david_light_38230#225602 writes:

in response to LibertyVolance:

Do you realize that Mullen may be fired from MSU if he loses the bowl game? Not only that but Gundy isn't leaving OSU and Smart has just signed a new contract at Alabama. Think of something else.

Well, Mullen gets MSU to a bowl in how many years and they want to fire him?? You're nuts, I have many friends and family that are MSU alumni . . . they LOVE Mullen!!!

Also, look at my comment on Gundy - (I hope NOT)!!

The list is just that a list . . . have fun with it . . . have fun with it!!!

Relax, don't take yourself too seriously . . .

GO VOLS!!!

govolsdid writes:

in response to bigvol980#528379:

I have no problem with Fulmer until 3 or 4 yrs before he left. You apparently have no problem with mediocrity.

DUDE dont say anything negative about Phil or you are -negative,ugly,or all of the explexitives as they say I am! Even though I agree with you ,we NEED A CHOACH! But some still wont to go BACKWARDS ,HELL bring back JOHNNY MAJORS! FANS GET OVER FULMER, LETS GO FORWARD AND GO BIG ORANGE!!!!

tntim writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

This hire is so much like when saban was hired at bama. Rich rodriguez said yes and then says no to the bama AD Mal More. Then the boosters step in and give Saban the keys to the kingdom complete control 32 guaranteed for over 8 years. He had told alabama no so many times.
look at the video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCWGGx...
Maybe go back and offer gruden the keys to the kingdom and let it rip 5 mil a year 5 mil for the staff and complete control. What do we have to lose.

And all this money is going to come from where? Oh that’s right, the donors, but remember the well will run dry at some point.

lknvol writes:

Should have kept Fulmer. If you remember all the Bama fans wanted to fire Bryant when he was 6-6, but Bryant didn't have a weasal AD and won several national championships after that. Now Tennessee is in such a shape that no credable coach will take the job until leadership issues are resolved, and I'm talking about Cheek and above. I'm afraid we're in for a long hard climb unless Hart is lucky and can pick a winner from a mid-major. No one else will take it.

StoneJackBaller writes:

We're like the hot girl flirting with the married men. We need to find someone not taken.

chrisvol95 writes:

Who knows if he was officially offered? Any statement from the university? Has anyone seen the MOU? These coaches lie - show me the proof - and all Commodore fans can kiss my orange you know what

lstbodeanvol writes:

in response to titletownz:

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hey Gaylen Hall JR. your man crush is staying at Kinkos

orangepowerT writes:

Jim Mora/UCLA would be a great choice for Tennessee.

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