Taylor: Letters from UT fans motivated Auburn

Auburn had plenty of motivation to beat Tennessee last Saturday, thanks to some Volunteer fans who went trash-talking via the postal service.

"There were several notes that were sent to us from Tennessee fans, especially to me," Auburn receivers coach Trooper Taylor said on the News Sentinel's radio show, The Sports Page, on Monday. "Coach (Gene) Chizik's and my mailbox were full.

"I've got one letter here. It's on my desk right now. Somebody tried to make it like it was Lane Kiffin sending it to me. It said 'You should have joined the most elite staff in the country while you had the chance. We will beat your - you know what - this weekend.'"

Taylor, who coached at UT from 2004 to 2007, said the card was signed by someone evidently impersonating Kiffin and UT junior safety Eric Berry.

Taylor said the point spread also motivated his team. UT was a two-point favorite despite a 2-2 record coming into the game. Auburn was 4-0.

"Obviously it was (motivation)," Taylor said. "We put that up (on the bulletin board)."

Taylor, however, maintained that winning on Saturday wasn't significantly special just because he coached at UT.

"It's better to win, period," he said. "I don't want to lose at all."

Taylor said the game was emotional because of all the relationships he still has among the Vols.

"It was tough because of the relationships but it was good because I got to see those guys," Taylor said.

Taylor said several Vols came over and talked to him before the game.

"They were giving me the blues," Taylor said with a chuckle. "But it was all in good fun."

The win against UT vaulted Auburn into the Top 25 for the first time this season. The Tigers are ranked 17th in the Associated Press Poll and 19th in the USA Today coaches' poll.

"It's huge because everybody wants respect and everybody wants to reap the benefits of their hard work," Taylor said. "This team, I think, deserves to be there. It's exciting for our program."

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GahLee writes:

Still got love for Troop, wish him nothing but success.

ctexorange writes:

Good luck to you Trooper! You are a class act.

Madkels writes:

Nice work sending letters dumb azzez. I would expect that of gator fans, not our own.

knoxvol865 writes:

Trooper Taylor will alway be what he is...a position coach. He wasnt good enough to cut it under Fulmer, he wasnt good enough to cut it at Ok St.

GahLee writes:

in response to knoxvol865:

Trooper Taylor will alway be what he is...a position coach. He wasnt good enough to cut it under Fulmer, he wasnt good enough to cut it at Ok St.

If he ever gets the chance ( and I think he will ) to become an O.C., he will shine, it will probably be some time though cause he doesn't want to keep moving for his kids sake.

Pullingguard writes:

in response to knoxvol865:

Trooper Taylor will alway be what he is...a position coach. He wasnt good enough to cut it under Fulmer, he wasnt good enough to cut it at Ok St.

Evidently we now know where one of those crazy motivational letters came from... His leaving Fulmer is just another notch as to why Fulmer is no longer at UT... He did a great job at UT..

JV67 writes:

Miss you Troop! Every position he coached got better under him. Whoever sent those letters???? You are STUPID!!!! WHY would you go and do something like that? You are hereby expelled from the VOL nation.

JV67 writes:

in response to JV67:

Miss you Troop! Every position he coached got better under him. Whoever sent those letters???? You are STUPID!!!! WHY would you go and do something like that? You are hereby expelled from the VOL nation.

and BTW....idiots like you are why people around the country (ESPN) hate us.

Phylco writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Right...and I have some land in the swamp I will sell you...these letters are fabricated all the time sometimes within the coaching staff themselves... you guys.....live in la la land.It's called motivational tools... Read in your spare time....it may be worth your while.

VOLKING writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Your mom swears it was from you.

US_Army_Vol writes:

I recollect some particularly unsavory letters to the editor directed at me and some of my fellow soldiers in the Afghan Terrorist Daily by the Taliban last summer. I cut it out, taped it to the butt stock of my M16A2 and went out on patrol the next day more motivated than ever to fight the dreaded war on terror. Yeah right...give me a break. This isn't news. Get a life Trooper.

volspaws writes:

Taylor wasn't UT material...the backward hat chest bumping routine, the playing for the television cameras "all about me" image that he represented will never win championships-it never won one when he was here...it just won him the love of a group of underachieving players that didn't represent our championship history..he's better off at Auburn with the weird sideline play signaling system, the stupid and gimmicky reverse passes, etc....in two years,we'll be playing for championships, Auburn will be 4-8, Gus Malzahn will be in a mental hospital and "Troop" will be signing on as receivers coach at Troy.

Cldvols1 writes:

Good luck Troop!
Keeping it real
Go Vols!

Halls3 writes:

in response to volspaws:

Taylor wasn't UT material...the backward hat chest bumping routine, the playing for the television cameras "all about me" image that he represented will never win championships-it never won one when he was here...it just won him the love of a group of underachieving players that didn't represent our championship history..he's better off at Auburn with the weird sideline play signaling system, the stupid and gimmicky reverse passes, etc....in two years,we'll be playing for championships, Auburn will be 4-8, Gus Malzahn will be in a mental hospital and "Troop" will be signing on as receivers coach at Troy.

I will bet you any amount of money you want to that UT will not be playing for any form of championship in football in 2011.

the10sevol writes:

in response to Phylco:

Right...and I have some land in the swamp I will sell you...these letters are fabricated all the time sometimes within the coaching staff themselves... you guys.....live in la la land.It's called motivational tools... Read in your spare time....it may be worth your while.

while i applaud your intent to "coach up" the masses, you'll find yourself in the same quandry as clk: you can only work with the talent you have.

GBO

dowhatsright writes:

in response to volspaws:

Taylor wasn't UT material...the backward hat chest bumping routine, the playing for the television cameras "all about me" image that he represented will never win championships-it never won one when he was here...it just won him the love of a group of underachieving players that didn't represent our championship history..he's better off at Auburn with the weird sideline play signaling system, the stupid and gimmicky reverse passes, etc....in two years,we'll be playing for championships, Auburn will be 4-8, Gus Malzahn will be in a mental hospital and "Troop" will be signing on as receivers coach at Troy.

Writing like hateful posts doesn't help. It's just more bulletin board material and ungracious. Why do you want to talk that way? It makes UT fans sound like some other schools I won't name.

Txvol57 writes:

I LOVE OUR DUMB A** FANS!!! WHO DOES THAT? PRETENDING TO BE KIFFIN AND BERRY?.....REALLY?

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to TennesseeBigMan:

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I suggest you learn to spell , use capitol letters, and puncuation marks before you write letters to anyone.

10volunteers98 writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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And,my guess is you`re a MORON!

TommyJack writes:

The whole scenario seems bogus to me. I doubt any such letters existed.

LiveFaith writes:

Well, at least Fulmer's gone.

BigLebowskiPhan writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

I suggest you learn to spell , use capitol letters, and puncuation marks before you write letters to anyone.

lol. keddle meat pot. hehe

69grad writes:

Fulmerites are battling for a position behind the Big Pumpkin and that position is a nose up his azz. Still.

kabulvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Witch doctor right. Letters have postal stamp of Opelika not from Tennessee. Trooper good. Why I talk like witch doctor? :)

CoachFulmer writes:

Nice fellow Vol fans. Class act.

Joevolsxtra writes:

No wonder other SEC teams hate our guts! What a bunch of LOSERS! We don't need trash like you in the vol nation. Go pull for the Gators, that's about their speed.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

So, if only some "UT fans" had not sent a letter to an immature asst. coach, Auborn would not have been motivated and we would have easily won the game. Was this really meant to be a serious story? Hard to believe that some of the posters are buying into this. I sure hope these mysterious "UT fans" don't send a letter to a Georgia coach. If they do, I'm afraid our quarterback won't be able to throw an accurate pass, our receivers will drop the passes that hit them in the hands and our special teams won't be able to cover a kickoff.

CoverOrange writes:

Any body hear about the text messaging UF's Brantley has been receiving from LSU fans? Idiot fans exist everywhere.

Being motivated by a letter from a fan who in no way, shape or form partakes or contributes on the field is just as low as letter itself.

corrinebrown writes:

in response to volspaws:

Taylor wasn't UT material...the backward hat chest bumping routine, the playing for the television cameras "all about me" image that he represented will never win championships-it never won one when he was here...it just won him the love of a group of underachieving players that didn't represent our championship history..he's better off at Auburn with the weird sideline play signaling system, the stupid and gimmicky reverse passes, etc....in two years,we'll be playing for championships, Auburn will be 4-8, Gus Malzahn will be in a mental hospital and "Troop" will be signing on as receivers coach at Troy.

If he only knew how to rip his shirt off,then he would be UT material?

arkyvol writes:

almost as stupid as taylor's comments (assuming he didn't bother to check the postmarks, or if he did, posted the letters and trashed the envelopes) are the comments here by those who buy this story.

jcvol#215939 writes:

There were at least a couple of times during the game during timeouts when UT players were near the Auburn sideline talking to Taylor ... totally inappropriate behavior by our players during the game

CrankE writes:

Yes, more cute timing and class from opponents. UF had the FLU, AU got letters-probably written in crayon and sent from AU fans to Taylor as a false flag against UT fans.

And in a couple of years when Taylor leaves AU, they'll be in the same state as other schools he left behind.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

This is probably the biggest pile of shizcoff ever put on GVX.

tnbanker_govols writes:

I hardly think that Trooper needs any type of motivation. The man could get fired up at the carwash while washing his car. Sure do miss him....he was a class act.

smyrnavol writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

I suggest you learn to spell , use capitol letters, and puncuation marks before you write letters to anyone.

I thought it was some sort of redneck ebonics. Who knows? GO VOLS!!!

Pompey writes:

in response to Madkels:

Nice work sending letters dumb azzez. I would expect that of gator fans, not our own.

The fact is that UT fans are not looking very good right now. Some are whining about rebuilding and others are pulling dumb stunts like this. I thought UT football fans had a little more savvy than this...guess I was wrong!

midtnfan writes:

in response to volspaws:

Taylor wasn't UT material...the backward hat chest bumping routine, the playing for the television cameras "all about me" image that he represented will never win championships-it never won one when he was here...it just won him the love of a group of underachieving players that didn't represent our championship history..he's better off at Auburn with the weird sideline play signaling system, the stupid and gimmicky reverse passes, etc....in two years,we'll be playing for championships, Auburn will be 4-8, Gus Malzahn will be in a mental hospital and "Troop" will be signing on as receivers coach at Troy.

this shows you know nothing about football. take your meds and go back to the soccer thread.

tennezz writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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More than likely this letter was from a gator fan still suffering from the whine flu! They would love to fire up the auburn team! Or from a bammer fan still suffering from the Fulmer blues!

BreatheUT writes:

The Chest Bumper doesn't sound too bright regarding this issue. How could letters falsely signed from Lane Kiffin and Eric Berry provide motivation? One, you know they didn't send any letters and two, these letters could have come from anyone not just UT fans. It doesn't take a genius to realize that.

Go Vols!

yeavols#228407 writes:

in response to Madkels:

Nice work sending letters dumb azzez. I would expect that of gator fans, not our own.

This news about UT fans sending articles impersonating Kiffin needs to be read with caution. People will do anything on both sides to get attention or a news story. Quite possibly Auburn fans or even someone in the media wants to perpetuate the Kiffin saga of angering coaches in the SEC. Who would want to waste their time writing letters to the new coaching staff of Auburn and to Taylor about a game that wasn't even played yet given our team's performance and overall record. I wouldn't even rule out Florida or Bama fans just to keep the pot stirred. If it was our fans, well just more stupid ones who really don't know anything about football. Trashing another team before the game makes good poster board material and motivates. Like we need to motivate another team to play ours. I am not buying it.

Vol86 writes:

I guess some people have enough time to write these letters hey troop.

CUSA_NEWS writes:

Just when I thought UT fans couldnt stoop any lower, they send trash talkin letters to their opponents!?! Simply classless to say the least.

No wonder your coaches run their mouthes so much (a la the fans) without bein able to back it up, it must be something in the H20 up in the darn hills causing such bafoonery.

Vol86 writes:

in response to CUSA_NEWS:

Just when I thought UT fans couldnt stoop any lower, they send trash talkin letters to their opponents!?! Simply classless to say the least.

No wonder your coaches run their mouthes so much (a la the fans) without bein able to back it up, it must be something in the H20 up in the darn hills causing such bafoonery.

Who are you a fan of? Where do you get your info?

CUSA_NEWS writes:

Learn some class, you guys are making this state look bad (as always).

GOONS send harrassing letters, gentleman simply play the game to win. Seems little rocky top country lack gentlemen.

Vol86 writes:

in response to CUSA_NEWS:

Learn some class, you guys are making this state look bad (as always).

GOONS send harrassing letters, gentleman simply play the game to win. Seems little rocky top country lack gentlemen.

You make this comment based on two possible letters. Go away and don't be a chump.

Volunatic writes:

That letter wasn't real-- it was "Taylor-made" bulletin-board material.

Volunatic writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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What W_D said...

REVOL writes:

Right. Some Vol fan asked himself, "How can I help my team win? OH, I know, I'll write letters to the Auburn coaches and tell them how bad they are going to lose! That'll scare 'em!" Yeah, I'm sure that happened. On to more important matters, Go Vols! Beat Georgia!

londonvol writes:

in response to kabulvol:

Witch doctor right. Letters have postal stamp of Opelika not from Tennessee. Trooper good. Why I talk like witch doctor? :)

If a letter of very questionable origin makes you play better at the SEC level, I am honestly amazed. Purely a mood changer, trick motivational gimmick etc etc It's talented players playing as a team against talented players. Dpn't forget all of our players were recruited by other colleges, alot of players never get better in college ( no matter who the coach is). If they did the NFL would be real be unreal.

joeaubie writes:

in response to volspaws:

Taylor wasn't UT material...the backward hat chest bumping routine, the playing for the television cameras "all about me" image that he represented will never win championships-it never won one when he was here...it just won him the love of a group of underachieving players that didn't represent our championship history..he's better off at Auburn with the weird sideline play signaling system, the stupid and gimmicky reverse passes, etc....in two years,we'll be playing for championships, Auburn will be 4-8, Gus Malzahn will be in a mental hospital and "Troop" will be signing on as receivers coach at Troy.

Wow, just wow.

I live here in Knoxville and have wonderful friends who are UT fans, alumni, profesors, athletic staff, etc. In fact, I watched the game Saturday night as a guest of a UT trustee in his skybox and everyone treated each other with graciousness and respect.

THOSE are real, mature fans!

People like you have no concept of reality. There is another world out there and it doesn't revolve around Neyland Stadium...

Oh and those stupid, gimmicky reverse passes and weird sideline signaling systems, don't look now but it ran your vaunted D into the ground. Have you ever seen a defense have to take not one, but two, timeouts to catch their breath IN ONE HALF? Yeah, those gimmicks never work.

Good luck to you rational fans out there. Hope it turns around for you this year and you end up with a good season

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