I took some heat when I advised Tennessee not to get too caught up in junior college or transfer quarterbacks.
While I can easily withstand such criticism, let's just say that I am a proponent of more stringent filters on e-mails and message boards.
Nevertheless, I expect my message to be better accepted by fans that are defensive of their mighty Tennessee Volunteers.
Those fans who were so hungry to land former Miami quarterback Robert Marve probably no longer deem him worthy of being a Vol since he declared Thursday on national television he'd transfer to Purdu.
Remember, the term "fans" is a derivative of "fanatics".
I, however, am sticking to my guns. Marve may have won UT a game or two more in 2010 or 2011 but if the Vols don't recruit better than the quarterback I saw last season, there are bigger problems afoot.
The tendency to panic is understandable. UT has one quarterback, junior Nick Stephens, slated to be on the roster in 2010.
Had Marve enrolled at UT, I'm not so sure that Stephens would still be around. Perhaps he would have jumped ship, thinking that an early exit this summer with two years of eligibility would have been better than leaving next year with only one season left to play.
There are some within UT's football office that believe Marve is only slightly better than B.J. Coleman, who transferred to Chattanooga last month and never made a serious move on the starting job during his three seasons at UT.
I tend to agree. Marve would have been little more than a stopgap had he come to UT. Surely a highly touted, pro-style high school prospect handpicked by coach Lane Kiffin would have unseated Marve at some point. After all, Marve is a spread quarterback and UT is running a pro-style offense.
During the News Sentinel's radio show, The Sports Page, co-worker Dan Fleser questioned just how much of a leader Marve would be considering he was so wishy-washy with his transfer.
I understand high school prospects wanting the publicity they so rightfully deserve when they select a school.
But a transfer? They should just want the whole thing over with. Yet Marve seemed to draw it out in a way that would make notorious sports agent Scott Boras blush.
I feel quite certain that Marve knew where he was headed when I spoke to him on Monday night. And I have no idea why he thought it best to announce his decision on ESPN, which then asked him about his two suspensions during the 2008 season.
Marve may turn out to win a citizenship award, be a Rhodes Scholar and hoist the Heisman Trophy one day. Until then, I say UT is better off going the high school route.
Classic Ed: I can vividly recall a former UT coach complaining about Ed Orgeron when he was the coach at Ole Miss. Orgeron had drawn the ire of countless coaches who despised his early recruiting tactics.
Before the spring evaluation period had even begun, Ole Miss had offered dozens of prospects. By the end of the spring period, the number of prospects offered by Orgeron was surely more than 100 - despite being in talent-rich Mississippi.
Orgeron, as he told me last month, wants to be first - in visits, in offers and, subsequently, in recruiting rankings.
Orgeron was first again this week when he offered junior college linebacker Bruce Irvin a scholarship. Irvin said he was waiting for that first offer and quickly committed.
Don't think for a second that other schools weren't going to offer as well. Irvin is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds and recently posted a 4.35-second time in the 40-yard dash.
Orgeron, who also values size/speed ratio, saw those numbers and didn't hesitate. Orgeron offered; Irvin committed.
Expect more of the same from Orgeron. He'll offer faster than any coach in the nation.
The next challenge is keeping those early commitments infatuated with UT until National Signing Day in February.
Hey, It's Harris: Patrick Harris committed to UT again - sort of.
Actually, the defensive lineman from Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., always was committed to UT since he made his first commitment announcement in April.
Harris and UT hoped to avoid some of the attention both parties knew he would receive if he committed early so Harris publicly backed off his commitment. Nevertheless, he's "officially" a Vol once again.
Commitment Count: UT has seven commitments for the 2010 class. Five could play on the defensive line. Did I mention that Orgeron coaches the defensive line?
Dave Hooker covers recruiting. He may be reached at email@example.com.