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This is the reason our Vols are in the situation they are in right now. The recruiting has been terrible for a long time. We can talk about recruiting nationally all we want but you must take the best instate players and you must recruit them and make them feel you want them. Over the last few years we have missed on many instate players and signed many out of state players that turned out to be duds (Bryce Brown and J. Jackson) just to name two. We have missed on many instate players and Dooly was burning down the bridges to the high schools instate. It appears Jones is smart enough to realize that he must develop and maintain relationships with high schools and the coaches throughout the state and neighboring states. It will take time to turn around this wrong approach. We currently have a stable of mismatched slow players who will have to begin the process of trying to restore a winning tradition. I for one hope Jones is the man for the job and we begin to see glimmers of hope as we move forward. I hope our fan base will give him the support and time he will need to accomplish this difficult task. I think this will take a long time personally but we will begin to see if his approach is a winning approach. Dooly was a complete failure in winning and turning the program around. His recruiting was abysmal and his management style was horrible the fact that his staff turned over like it did was clear evidence of that. Really he did not have a clue on how to win. Every time he had a chance to win a big game he found a way to lose it. I think we remained stagnant or regressed under his watch, certainly our lean stable of players is evident of his failure. Jones will begin the process of making chicken salad out of chicken *&^%. Good luck coach Jones we support you and look forward to better days.
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