Adams: UT should say who it's not hunting

As we go through Week 3 of "Tennessee Without A Football Coach," you probably have concluded that UT isn't any closer to naming a new coach than it was in Week 1.

That's why I would recommend that UT athletic director Mike Hamilton release the names of coaches who aren't being considered as Phillip Fulmer's successor.

UT could call it the "No Shot List." It would serve a two-fold purpose.

First, it would send a message to fans that progress is being made. It also would make them feel better about their program.

Unfortunately, a coaching search often lowers the self-esteem of your fan base, which gets tired of hearing coaches indicate they aren't interested in the job. Never mind if the coaches really are interested. Their "not interested" comments create a negative aura about your program.

So why not pull a reverse?

By listing coaches you have eliminated or are not considering, you send the message: "They're not good enough for us."

I realize Hamilton is a busy man, but this wouldn't take long. In fact, it easily could be delegated to any one of UT's 300 associate or assistant athletic directors. They could make it a daily news event. Actually, they could make it a twice-daily news event.

A UT administrator could mass e-mail media late morning and early evening of each day.

For example, a late-morning release might read something like this:

"The University of Tennessee has eliminated from its coaching search anyone name 'Mike' who has ever coached at Alabama."

The more newsworthy release would be held until late evening:

"The University of Tennessee is no longer considering New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick as a head-coaching candidate.

"Mr. Belichick had been considered for a couple of reasons. Obviously, his longtime success in the NFL success was a factor. So were his Tennessee roots.

"But being born in Tennessee doesn't mean you're qualified to run UT's football program. And being successful in the NFL doesn't mean you will be successful in college football.

"Although UT athletic director Mike Hamilton considers Mr. Belichick an excellent coach, he was concerned that all of his experience is at the pro level. He also wonders how a recruit's parents might react to Mr. Belichick showing up at their door wearing a sweatshirt and hood.

"In adding Mr. Belichick's name to our 'No Shot List,' we certainly don't want to take away from his accomplishments, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. He's just not for us."

The largest headline in the next News Sentinel would read: "Belichick out as candidate."

Subhead: "Hood no good for UT."

Sports editor John Adams may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com.

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cainclifton23 writes:

1st

cpahiker#231287 writes:

should the knoxville news sentiel make its short list open as to possible replacement to John Adams? or for that matter other menbers of the of the Knoxville media who foster the negative aura around the Tennessee football program?

tnbigg writes:

Agree...

Volsfan75 writes:

what an idiotic article!

VolFaninTriCities writes:

Hamilton said we will have a coach by mid december. Does that count Mike Leach out since his season won't be over by then? My guess is we can start to narrow it down to people who aren't heading into a BCS bowl or anything big post season. As everyone says on Vol Calls, "I will hang up and listen to your response."

SportoVol writes:

Adams, please, you got your way. Fulmer is out. Now, why don't you calm down and stop taking shots at UT?

blitzshoot writes:

Good article Mr. Adams. I concur. It would really help after tonight. Mike Riley, Oregon St.?????????????????
These names are like bleeding fish in a pool of sharks.
Works up everything into a frenzy with no gain.

BIGEJ writes:

Don't tell to give all of the media "more" to talk about...don't worry...they will give you someone to criticize soon enough......GO VOLUNTEERS

mlbrown5454 writes:

Thought it was a pretty entertaining article in the doldrums of the 2008 season.

leedsvol2007 writes:

After looking on the Cincinatti website and looking at Brian Kelly's record and the quality of his staff I wonder if he would not be the best fit for us.

He emphasizes defense and plays excellent offense and appears to have a staff that is loyal to him and talented.

Like Bruce Pearl in basketball he had tremendous success at a smaller program before advancing to big time NCAA football.

The fact that there is a wealth of talent in Ohio and he has contacts in the Northeast would help him recruit those areas.

Overall he looks like a good fit.

fredricks writes:

LMAO! Great article! Funny stuff!

MANVOL writes:

All we need to be patient. If Leach makes it to the Big 12 Championship he won't be coming here. If Kelly wins out he will win the Big East and be in a BCS bowl game and have to decide to leave and come here or coach in a BCS bowl. So we we have to wait and see just Hamilton is.

rusty_shackleford writes:

It really chaps your gizzard that the UTAD isn't talking to you, doesn't tuscaloosa john?

Chris Low will know before anyone at the KNS; which means the one guy that covers the entire SEC will scoop the entire group of writers who cover only one school. Just another example of newspapers dying a slow and painful death.

stayingorange writes:

Adams you just want more media fodder. You folks are the ones who keep the enthusiasm down and keep writing junk about who's already out and the new person in although you know NOTHING! Ask Griff starts with the close sources he's talked to, then buried deep in the senseless column it praises Hamilton for how well the admin is keeping the process secret. You must fill space and you have no regard for what you use to fill it.

govols87 writes:

dumb article...just be patient everybody...very soon we shall have our new coach and good or bad we can make our way out of this nightmare

bloodrunsorange writes:

in response to SportoVol:

Adams, please, you got your way. Fulmer is out. Now, why don't you calm down and stop taking shots at UT?

That’s a real good suggestion! He won’t listen! He wanted Coach Fulmer out so why doesn’t he just live with his victory for a couple more weeks instead of a classless Spurrier ploy of rubbing it in? The all coming should happen in 2 – 3 weeks. Analyze Sabin and Carroll and see what they had to offer. Anything less than that will be unacceptable as a Head Football coach at UT. So you know the only 3 coaches than can be considered. All this other bogus material is just to sell newspapers and cause strive. The others are not really being considered because it would be a real mistake. One good thing, when one of the 3 isn’t hired, Hamilton will be gone. Also we need reporters of the sport’s news not UT bashers but he won’t listen to any good suggestions like yours!

andy112382#209793 writes:

I have just about given up reading all of the 'rumors' and so-called 'updates from sources' - read enough of them and they basically all contradict each other, I have read Leach was sick of Lubbock and that he couldn't be swayed to leave Lubbock. Kiffin has been anywhere from not considered to the top of the list! I am just going to kick back, enjoy Thanksgiving, and wait for the big announcement.

I guess the biggest question about Brian Kelly is, are the stories about Tennessee wanting to 'hit the homerun' or 'make a big splash' true? If so, Kelly wouldn't fit that, but like Mike Hamilton said, whoever it is, win the southeastern conference, not the press conference, and if you do both you get a pat on the back to go with you good work.

GO VOLS!!!

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

This season has been one big joke, therefore the article is quite appropriate. Nice one JA.

gslaton#227127 writes:

Hamilton will not name a coach until at least after Phil Fulmer day at the Kentucky game. This article is really, really, stupid. Just because Adams (and others) can't figure out who it's going to be, he's acting like a kid before Christmas!

zbbb10#212690 writes:

in response to TaintBuster69:

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you sir are an idiot

zqvol writes:

Adams is clueless, another fine example of the stellar journalism exhibited by the KNS.

gaVOLman writes:

in response to Volsfan75:

what an idiotic article!

2nd that

spvol writes:

Adams, you're a GENIUS! Now, move on back to Baton Rouge.

CoverOrange writes:

Adams: "Dang! It's 8:30 already and I have got to write something for tomorrow's edition. Wonder what pithy little funny thing I can write without doing any research or much thinking."

blitzshoot writes:

The HC at Ball St, Hoke, deserves a look.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to cainclifton23:

1st

yep, you are at the very top of the childish moron list for sure

pdowned writes:

Or, Mr. Adams, here's another idea. You keep writing simple-minded newspaper articles and let the athletic director do the job he was selected for. I mean, since the University owes you absolutely no information whatsoever, I would say that sounds like a fair deal.

volengr#233707 writes:

I love this article. It's humorous nonsense, and sorry paranoids, not meant as nothing else.

FWBVol writes:

in response to VolFaninTriCities:

Hamilton said we will have a coach by mid december. Does that count Mike Leach out since his season won't be over by then? My guess is we can start to narrow it down to people who aren't heading into a BCS bowl or anything big post season. As everyone says on Vol Calls, "I will hang up and listen to your response."

Leach is the coach most likely to have his team playing in a BCS bowl. That doesn't mean Leach or some other coach in a BCS game couldn't accept the UT job early next month and still coach his current team in the game if all parties agreed.

Volumni writes:

I love it when Mr Adams lets us know what we Vol Fans think, and how we react, and how simple-minded we are. He really thinks he brought down the Great White Shrek, doesn't he? He isn't qualified to write the Gumbo column in Baton Rouge!

byobbio writes:

You can put my name on that list.
BYOBBIO

BigOrangeinCharge writes:

Guess Adams is as bored with the season and coaching search as anyone else, but the guy's got to write about something. You can only do so many articles on inept QBs and "working like heck."

ect1983 writes:

in response to cpahiker#231287:

should the knoxville news sentiel make its short list open as to possible replacement to John Adams? or for that matter other menbers of the of the Knoxville media who foster the negative aura around the Tennessee football program?

Although I thought the article sucked, I totally disagree with the above post----translated: JA, and all Knoxville media , you must not tell the truth, you MUST foster an aura of positivity at all times in re UT football; for instance, "the Vols are better than UAB,Miss State,and N Illinois; Vandy isn't favored by too much, we didn't lose to Florida as bad as Kentucky and UGA did, constantly downplay Phil's record since 2001 , and that we are setting an all-time record never achieved before this year (leave out the fact that it is going to be a record for all time losses in a season)
Sort like of like giving all kids participation trophies and never failing anyone in school.
Please JA....it just ruins so many people's day when you write the truth.

VolMoment writes:

etc1983 doesn't get it. John Adams doesn't report news, he has become a self negative god, who thinks everybody ought to do like he wants things done. And when they don't, he wets in his pajamas and crys out where is my mommy. Because he has never had a real job in a business or corporation!

filmjr#558361 writes:

the tired hallmarks of research and investigation being too difficult, we're left with...the above.

debaser11 writes:

Adams needs to grow a pair.

gtown_vol writes:

Hope you people that read the drivel from Adams, get out once in a while.

"Tennessee officials believe that North Carolina coach Butch Davis will be lured to Knoxville because they can increase his salary, and because UT is a football school (unlike Chapel Hill). Man, are they breathing their own exhaust. First, Tennessee is a hard job (small recruiting base; Georgia, Florida and Alabama every year). Second, they just ran off Phillip Fulmer, who is batting .743 over 16 seasons. That's not exactly a "Welcome" mat for the next guy."

Go Vols!
Fire Adam's

BillVol writes:

Well, you were due a bad column, Mr. Adams.

DroopyDrawers writes:

Adams, just go! No, I did not read your article. Just leave!

TommyJack writes:

I usually defend Adams' articles. Not this one.

volunteer_cowboy writes:

Lets just say that it's terry bowden. Who will be on the staff? Does he keep Drayton, Scott and Chavis?

cjraney writes:

in response to TaintBuster69:

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Sounds good to me.

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to Volsfan75:

what an idiotic article!

Really, why don't we put Mr. John Adams in charge of the hunt? What's your hurry , John, you got rid of Fulmer, wasn't that your goal? You getting nervous now? The fans starting to turn on you now? This is rich, you've just got to love it. See what happens when low life lives at the top don't you. This is great, squirm in your own juices, Coach John, you stewed it up, Mr. Know it All!!

bullvol writes:

I understand that Hamilton has some hires already made. Word is that Phil will be maintained in the Athletic Department serving as an usher at the Basketball games. They felt like it would give him an opportunity to see how a great coach makes adjustments during a game while at the same time help him trim down his physique by not being provided the regular coke and hot dog voucher.

TheVolMan writes:

Volsfan75, what an idiotic poster. Same for SportoVol. Just can't stand that JA was right? So why are you reading his articles? Just masochism I guess... LOL

john#208876 writes:

Adams may be onto something here. Maybe KNS could just have a couple of copy boys write under the Adams byline; it would be an upgrade! Hopefully there is still time to edit this weak 'effort' before you go to press.
When it comes time to find out who the new coach is the link below will be your best bet to learn about it first. If you're in no hurry KNS will have it by the next day.
http://www.tennessean.com/section/SPO...

VolFish writes:

in response to cpahiker#231287:

should the knoxville news sentiel make its short list open as to possible replacement to John Adams? or for that matter other menbers of the of the Knoxville media who foster the negative aura around the Tennessee football program?

Hey give Adams a break, he's trying like heck!

fulmersbelly writes:

I'll be honest, I have an unhealthy amount of disdain for John Adams, but overall, this article was good. Satire fits you better than "serious journalism" much like it does for myself.

Or perhaps all of your articles thus far have been in the realm of satire and no one has picked up on it. That's definitely possible, and if so, boy do I owe the man a huge apology. In fact, if he has been pulling off a humor column this whole time, I will name my new website (thanks to the coaching change will have to change), John Adams' Awesome Wit... dot com.

Couchdummy writes:

Great article! However, John Adams mistakenly thinks that an AD who would save a few bucks by taking a "hot dog and coke" voucher away from longtime loyal UT ushers would have the where-with-all savy to put UT in a better light. Information is power to Mr Hamilton, so a secret search is ego-fulfilling for him.

BigVolOnBoard writes:

The only thing for certain about the next UT coach:

He will be making a lot more money than he did at his previous job. So all you pundits can start looking at salaries and figure out who is making 1.5M per year or less. That is the pool from which to choose.

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