Adams: Terminator destroys job security

If you think Alabama is Tennessee's biggest remaining threat, you obviously aren't a football coach on the hot seat.

Maybe Alabama will come into Neyland Stadium unbeaten. And perhaps super coach Nick Saban will be at his intimidating best.

But they won't be nearly as scary as Mississippi State and coach Sylvester Croom.

The Vols are 2-4. Coach Phillip Fulmer is under fire. And Croom is about as welcome as the Grim Reaper.

Croom wouldn't look any more terrifying to Fulmer if he carried a large scythe and wore a black robe and hood into Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

Croom doesn't need a costume. He's got a reputation.

You think Steve Spurrier was tough on opposing coaches when he dominated the league in the 1990s at Florida? All he did was beat, embarrass and needle them.

Croom gets them fired.

You want references?

How about Ed Orgeron, who lasted only three years at Ole Miss? His last game was a 17-14 loss to Mississippi State.

Before Orgeron, there was Alabama coach Mike Shula who was rewarded with a raise and contract extension after leading the Tide to a 10-2 season in 2005. What happened next?

Croom happened.

The Tide was 7-3 before it lost to Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2006. Shula didn't win another game and was fired after four consecutive losses.

Ron Zook ended his career at Florida on a three-game winning streak. Unfortunately, he had lost to Mississippi State a couple of weeks earlier. The trip home from Starkville to Gainesville was long enough for Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley to figure out that he needed a new head coach.

If you lose to Croom, you better have the mother of all buyouts or a basketball school for an employer. Either that or coach at Vanderbilt.

How do you know Kentucky is a basketball school?

One answer: Because it sells out Rupp Arena every game.

A better answer: Because football coach Rich Brooks lost to Croom in 2004 and 2007 but kept his job.

It's a wonder Croom didn't faint when he saw Brooks at the following SEC spring meetings.

Since Croom has become the SEC's version of the Terminator, his name is apt to become as much a part of coaching contracts as buyouts and bowl bonuses.

As shrewd as Auburn's Tommy Tuberville and Saban are, they probably have lines in their contracts that read, "I can't be fired following a season in which I lose to Sylvester Croom."

Maybe Fulmer has that line in his contract, too. If not, I suggest his agent, Jimmy Sexton, and UT athletic director Mike Hamilton have an emergency business lunch and Croom-proof the contract.

If Hamilton says he can't make it, the coach at least will know where he stands.

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

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TNVolsFan writes:

1st

CoverOrange writes:

Oh well, JA, couldn't make three good articles in a row, could you. Start a new streak tomorrow.

CoverOrange writes:

Is there anybody left out there that hasn't had their turn at 1st? Come on, lets get it over with and be done with it.

Mullet writes:

he went from 3-9 to 8-5. That's a pretty good turnaround.

CrankE writes:

I've wondered the same thing. So which would be worse for Fulmer, losing 3-2 to the same team that lost to Auburn 3-2, or losing by a couple of TDs?

First?

Waldorf writes:

Considering what Croom started with is looking eerily similar to what Fulmer is putting together on The Hill (hopefully without the probation), I'd say he's done a good job.

I personally hope Fulmer gets Croomed.

Boo Colquitt.

Bench Foster.

Fire Fulmer.

Fire Hamilton.

ncvol writes:

No Comment on this article.
Go Vols !

cdonsbach writes:

GO VOLS

fltapout writes:

Fulmer will not be fired. He will resign. If UT has a pair, they give him the "great" Alabama team to beat.
I would give a year's salary to see UT beat BAMA. I could careless what happens with MISS ST. Beat Bama. If you are a VOL, you want to beat BAMA. BEAT BAMA! If not, Beat the he!! out of em. Stop the spew. Beat Bama!

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Interesting perspective, John. You did your homework on this one.

MANVOL writes:

Pass offense State 8th Vols 9th SEC
Pass defense state 2nd Vols 7th SEC
Rushing offense State 10th Vols 9th SEC
Rushing defense State 11th Vols 4th SEC
Scoring Offense State 12th Vols 11th SEC
Scoring Defense State 9th Vols 7th SEC
Total offense State 9th Vols 10th SEC
Total defense State 8th Vols 7th SEC

The defense that scores will win this game!

TommyJack writes:

Now that there's a funny article.

TommyJack writes:

Both punters will need oxygen during this game.
Croom can start cutting another notch in his whistle.

tenuscvol writes:

UT 23
MS 13

cjraney writes:

"Maybe Fulmer has that line in his contract, too. If not, I suggest his agent, Jimmy Sexton, and UT athletic director Mike Hamilton have an emergency business lunch and Croom-proof the contract.

If Hamilton says he can't make it, the coach at least will know where he stands."

That's the funniest stuff I can remember from Adams.

ellisonfamily writes:

I have some friends who both graduated from MSU. He graduated from vet school, and she was a cheerleader. They were at the Vanderbilt game, and he called me as they tailgated afterwards. He says that the term, among MSU fans, is "Croomed." As in..."Will Phil Fulmer get Croomed after this weekend?"

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

BABY IN BLACK, YOU PAINT A PRETTY PICTURE, TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE, JOHN. THAT'S MAKES YOU JUST ANOTHER GRIM REAPER. GOSH DID I HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD OF WHAT? yes a very very funny article, what do you think will happen.? I think we win. Georgia, Florida, didn't think we'd win. Auburn, UCLA? just didn't know. SIllinois, i hoped we'd win. Alabama, time for the Tide to lose. Vandy, Kentucky, we win. South CArolina, we win.

thetruth writes:

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Volalumnus writes:

Which game can Fulmer afford to loose?

I don't know if any.

Maybe..?? an explosive but close lose to Bama, but... I doubt that too.

VOLKING writes:

in response to WeLoveTennesseeVols:

BABY IN BLACK, YOU PAINT A PRETTY PICTURE, TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE, JOHN. THAT'S MAKES YOU JUST ANOTHER GRIM REAPER. GOSH DID I HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD OF WHAT? yes a very very funny article, what do you think will happen.? I think we win. Georgia, Florida, didn't think we'd win. Auburn, UCLA? just didn't know. SIllinois, i hoped we'd win. Alabama, time for the Tide to lose. Vandy, Kentucky, we win. South CArolina, we win.

Dear WELOVETN,

HUH?

Someone please get a shovel and cover this up.

OldNumber7 writes:

in response to VOLKING:

Dear WELOVETN,

HUH?

Someone please get a shovel and cover this up.

I second that.

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to VOLKING:

Dear WELOVETN,

HUH?

Someone please get a shovel and cover this up.

Actually , the grim reaper, John Adams has his shovel ready to bury Mr. Philip Fulmer. Adams is of course related to the Adams' family of TV fame, resting here in East Tennessee incognito, impersonating the Mr. Grim Reaper! With every UT lose, he moves closer to his "hit"! That is why the Reaper, posing as "mild-mannered" John Adams News Sentinel writer, has written 3 back to back non offensive articles. He just couldn't help himself when he wrote the fire Fulmer article. If Phil wins this one this Saturday, "John" will become unglued. We will see it as he bites his tongue and cheek. Got to be a win win for us UT loving fans.

FedUpVolFan writes:

in response to OldNumber7:

I second that.

Is it OK if I third it!
MS-27 TN-17

BSweet writes:

in response to WeLoveTennesseeVols:

Actually , the grim reaper, John Adams has his shovel ready to bury Mr. Philip Fulmer. Adams is of course related to the Adams' family of TV fame, resting here in East Tennessee incognito, impersonating the Mr. Grim Reaper! With every UT lose, he moves closer to his "hit"! That is why the Reaper, posing as "mild-mannered" John Adams News Sentinel writer, has written 3 back to back non offensive articles. He just couldn't help himself when he wrote the fire Fulmer article. If Phil wins this one this Saturday, "John" will become unglued. We will see it as he bites his tongue and cheek. Got to be a win win for us UT loving fans.

If you really see this season as acceptable, then you aren't a UT loving fan. You're a Fulmer loving fan. There's a difference. A Fulmer loving fan believes Phil can do no wrong and should be allowed to ride this program until it's beyond being saved. A UT loving fan wants to see our program saved now before Fulmer can do that. We are dangerously close to flatlining. All things come to an end. NOW is the time for CPF's tenure as HC to come to an end.

GreerVol22 writes:

TommyJack, I hadn't thought of the punter rotation. We can only hope that Colquitt and Cunningham have the green jerseys off for practice this week too. Better yet, what if we drop back 2 punters ...now that's shakin' it up.

BigVolOnBoard writes:

should be a good game

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

VolInDothan, regardless of who wins any football game, you will still be a loser. What a sick post. It must be sad being you.

TommyJack writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

TommyJack, I hadn't thought of the punter rotation. We can only hope that Colquitt and Cunningham have the green jerseys off for practice this week too. Better yet, what if we drop back 2 punters ...now that's shakin' it up.

Greer: What if both punters received snaps at the same time during the game. A block would only be good if BOTH were blocked. If neither blocked, we would count the longest punt as the real one. Just a thought.

GreerVol22 writes:

TJ, now you just making sense, stop it. I mean next thing you know, Hamilton implodes Neyland, and Pearl take over the first NCAA Arena Football team and expands TBA to 100k.

TommyJack writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

TJ, now you just making sense, stop it. I mean next thing you know, Hamilton implodes Neyland, and Pearl take over the first NCAA Arena Football team and expands TBA to 100k.

I like it. Andy Kelly has a few more throws in his old arm. Bring it.

wkjq#213863 writes:

FIRST! WOO HOO

fltapout writes:

MISS ST 9
TENN 6
Concession sales will be through the roof. Tree dedication
in Loudon could influence attendance.

boonevol#221363 writes:

WeLuv- is your name Smith and do you know the theory on death by styrofoam?

BTW- it was NORTHERN Illinois, not (S)outhern Illinois. SIU is 1-AA but Fulmer would struggle against them too.

Typical sheep, has no clue who we even play. Just there for the food and the backslapping.

agentorange writes:

TO KNS: I love being able to find such positive news on this site when our economy is allegedly circling the toilet (that is sarcasm). seriously kns, this is freakin sports, which i love, but quit being so damn negative. it takes all the enjoyment out of being a volunteer sports fan. it's pathetic. what's more pathetic is that every writer for the kns fits the same profile: white, male, hick, never played any sport on D-1 level and semi-literate. you simply have no credibility. we all watch the volunteers just like you guys and can make the same observations and form the same who-gives-a-damn opinons. tell me something i don't know. until then, quit whining every day and calling out college students (who go to school...KIDS WHO ARE IN SCHOOL and play football) for not playing up to your standards. I hope your children have the opportunity to travel across the country away from your family then have a complete stranger publicly tell them that they're no good and not living up to everyone's expectations.

Go4Two writes:

Let the season play out

Tenn 31
Miss st 13

jasonn1970 writes:

Croom may just be the savior of the Vol football program if he terminates Fulmer. I can't root against Tennessee. But I look at every game from here on out as win-win.

Hire Muschamp

littleorange writes:

John continues with his "agenda".......a sad , sad man.

westennvol writes:

If only this were 100% certain. I would really actually cheer for Miss St. just this one time. Realistically, i cannot do this, but my hope is that we win out the rest of the season, and we still make a complete coaching staff overall anyway after the Independence Bowl. Phil's not gonna quit fellas, we got to buy him out. Mr. Haslam, get your check book ready. Oil is high enough, he can recoup his money really easily.

shoalcreekvol writes:

in response to MANVOL:

Pass offense State 8th Vols 9th SEC
Pass defense state 2nd Vols 7th SEC
Rushing offense State 10th Vols 9th SEC
Rushing defense State 11th Vols 4th SEC
Scoring Offense State 12th Vols 11th SEC
Scoring Defense State 9th Vols 7th SEC
Total offense State 9th Vols 10th SEC
Total defense State 8th Vols 7th SEC

The defense that scores will win this game!

After reading another article on this site, your comment makes me wonder:

How does UT have the 4th best rush defense in the SEC, but still give up 93% of 3rd-and-short conversions?

What the heck? Somebody please explain what's going on. Have opponents learned to throw it 15 yards on 3rd-and-2?

I realize it's not all about our defense, since our opponents are gosh darn good football players who stay the course, get back to practice and work like heck to fix things. But come on, Chavis needs to account for this one.

ect1983 writes:

in response to agentorange:

TO KNS: I love being able to find such positive news on this site when our economy is allegedly circling the toilet (that is sarcasm). seriously kns, this is freakin sports, which i love, but quit being so damn negative. it takes all the enjoyment out of being a volunteer sports fan. it's pathetic. what's more pathetic is that every writer for the kns fits the same profile: white, male, hick, never played any sport on D-1 level and semi-literate. you simply have no credibility. we all watch the volunteers just like you guys and can make the same observations and form the same who-gives-a-damn opinons. tell me something i don't know. until then, quit whining every day and calling out college students (who go to school...KIDS WHO ARE IN SCHOOL and play football) for not playing up to your standards. I hope your children have the opportunity to travel across the country away from your family then have a complete stranger publicly tell them that they're no good and not living up to everyone's expectations.

Translated.....never tell the truth, tell me what I want to read.....Kumbaya...all is well....What drivel

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to VOLKING:

Dear WELOVETN,

HUH?

Someone please get a shovel and cover this up.

I am not sure if that dude is drunk or an idiot. He sure does love Phat Phil though.

TommyJack writes:

in response to agentorange:

TO KNS: I love being able to find such positive news on this site when our economy is allegedly circling the toilet (that is sarcasm). seriously kns, this is freakin sports, which i love, but quit being so damn negative. it takes all the enjoyment out of being a volunteer sports fan. it's pathetic. what's more pathetic is that every writer for the kns fits the same profile: white, male, hick, never played any sport on D-1 level and semi-literate. you simply have no credibility. we all watch the volunteers just like you guys and can make the same observations and form the same who-gives-a-damn opinons. tell me something i don't know. until then, quit whining every day and calling out college students (who go to school...KIDS WHO ARE IN SCHOOL and play football) for not playing up to your standards. I hope your children have the opportunity to travel across the country away from your family then have a complete stranger publicly tell them that they're no good and not living up to everyone's expectations.

Agent: Just curious. You think sports writers need to have played D-1 ball in order to be credible?

goeltzd#649642 writes:

John Adams is an Aardvark

givehim6 writes:

At this point im scared of any SEC coach, and shoot im a bit nerves about UW.

Bulldog64 writes:

As an alumni of Mississippi State, many of you may not agree with John Adams article - but it is 100% accurate. Mississippi State does not get much respect - especially in Knoxville - but you have to play the game every Saturday. True fans are loyal to their teams no matter what! Go DOGS!!!!

MillisaAnn writes:

Great Article Mr. Adams!!!

Fire Fulmer!!!

fltapout writes:

in response to Bulldog64:

As an alumni of Mississippi State, many of you may not agree with John Adams article - but it is 100% accurate. Mississippi State does not get much respect - especially in Knoxville - but you have to play the game every Saturday. True fans are loyal to their teams no matter what! Go DOGS!!!!

Has Miss ST changed coaches over the last ten years?
What happened to your loyalty.
Cannot believe you would change your head coach.
And you're right. You will not find much respect here for MST.
You are playing the most inept UT offense in recent history and watch, your team will still lose to them. Just hope your Dogs' bus doesn't break down.

Bulldog64 writes:

in response to fltapout:

Has Miss ST changed coaches over the last ten years?
What happened to your loyalty.
Cannot believe you would change your head coach.
And you're right. You will not find much respect here for MST.
You are playing the most inept UT offense in recent history and watch, your team will still lose to them. Just hope your Dogs' bus doesn't break down.

The negativity of UT continues.........

fltapout writes:

in response to Bulldog64:

The negativity of UT continues.........

???
Not being negative. Being Loyal. Can't have it both ways.
Go Vols! Beat the MISS pups.
How is that negative? You counter your own arguement.
???

fltapout writes:

in response to Bulldog64:

The negativity of UT continues.........

And you really should try a Miss St web site sometime instead of another team's.
Have a nice weekend.

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