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It's a moot point now, but the guy UT should have looked at but never gave any serious consideration to: Brian Kelly, when he was at Cincy. He won everywhere he coached and had taken the Bearcats to about as high as they'd ever get. He wanted a major job, and those around him knew it.
I don't care what the reports were - allegedly that he was waiting to see if Notre Dame would come calling. Had UT made a move, he would have done the same thing in Knoxville that he's now doing in South Bend.
My point - The Vols blew it. Big time. Kiffin, and then Dooley... Is there anyone within UT's walls that isn't a part of the Good Ole Boy's Network of Hiring Coaches? Cutcliffe - you're kidding, right? I'm not surprised John wrote this - he's stirring the pot. And so many of you are buying in. David Cutcliffe will not be coming to Tennessee unless he's visiting Fulmer. Dave Hart couldn't care less about who was here before.
I haven't a clue who he'll contact. But it's reasonable to assume he understands it needs to be a winner, a proven name, and someone who can come in and reinvigorate the fan base much less the entire program.
Jon Gruden? Amazing that so many fans think he'll just drop everything he's doing to come to Knoxville. Pete Carroll was a largely failed pro coach. When SC came calling, he leaped at it because he wasn't going anywhere fast. Gruden has a cushy, high-paying job on national television and has given no indication - zero - that he's interested in coaching again.
Want to make a splash? Go after Chip Kelly at Oregon? The guy is a fantastic coach but will never get the recognition he deserves - or the money - in Eugene, OR. He'd run an offense like Spurrier did at Florida but without the endless antoginizing of opponents.
Sure, it's unlikely he'd come... but Hart needs to shoot higher than LA Tech or UT relics.
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