Air Force coach Calhoun mentioned among names for Tennessee position

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun celebrates in the final seconds of the second half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game against Houston, on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in Fort Worth, Texas. Air Force defeated Houston 47-20.

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Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun celebrates in the final seconds of the second half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game against Houston, on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in Fort Worth, Texas. Air Force defeated Houston 47-20.

A 1989 graduate of the academy, Calhoun has led the Falcons to a 25-14 mark in three seasons. His tenure has been marked by three winning records, three bowl appearances and three top-four finishes in the Mountain West Conference.

As multiple media outlets continue to mention Air Force coach Troy Calhoun as a possible candidate for the vacant head coaching job at Tennessee, Calhoun did his best to avoid the subject Wednesday night.

"I'm the coach at the Air Force Academy, and that's it," he said.

Calhoun looked like it, wearing a white shirt with a blue Air Force logo while taking in the men's basketball game against BYU at Clune Arena.

Yet Calhoun's name continues to surface in reports about the Volunteers' vacancy.

According to ESPN.com, Texas defensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp is the Volunteers' first choice to replace the departed Lane Kiffin. But the site lists Calhoun as another option.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press and Knoxville News Sentinel also have mentioned Calhoun as a potential candidate.

Asked about the speculation, Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh said, "I really have no comment at all. All I know is what I've read on blogs."

Tennessee is familiar with Calhoun. The school interviewed him last year, and he was the second choice behind Kiffin, who on Tuesday accepted an offer to become the head coach at USC.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said Wednesday at a press conference that he hopes to have a new coach in place by the weekend as a live recruiting period begins Sunday.

"This is an absolutely critical time for our program as it relates to wrapping up recruiting and approaching signing day," Hamilton said referring to Feb. 3, the day when recruits sign letters of intent. "We will work very diligently to bring closure to this process as quickly as possible so that we can bring the right head coach here for our student-athletes, for our university and for our fans."

A 1989 graduate of the academy, Calhoun has led the Falcons to a 25-14 mark in three seasons. His tenure has been marked by three winning records, three bowl appearances and three top-four finishes in the Mountain West Conference.

Should Calhoun leave, the seemingly obvious choice to replace him would be Falcons defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, another academy grad whose defense was one of the nation's better units in 2009.

However, DeRuyter is considered a leading candidate for the defensive coordinator post at Texas A&M and reportedly interviewed with the Aggies on Monday. He also has been mentioned for the defensive coordinator post at Georgia and, if Calhoun went to Tennessee, DeRuyter could follow.

Academy officials have admitted they can't come close to matching the financial package a school such as Tennessee likely would offer.

Last January, Calhoun agreed to a five-year deal that made him the highest-paid athletic department employee in academy history. The deal included a base salary of $725,000, annual benefits worth $110,000 and multiple incentive clauses. He reached one of the incentives in 2009 — receiving a bid to a non-BCS bowl game — that earned him 10 percent of his base salary.

The contract represented a hefty raise — especially by academy standards — as Calhoun made a base salary of $560,000 in 2008. Kiffin made $2 million in his first season at Tennessee.

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Ringside writes:

Why isn't Edsall at UCONN mentioned?

drummerman11 writes:

Mountain Conference? We're the SEC, big, big damn difference!!!!

adamsmith5529#630125 writes:

HUGE MISTAKE!!! this guy has know idea about the SEC! this man will get creamed by meyer, saban. get an nfl type coach!! john gruden....every man has his price! if alabama can do it why cant we???

hcjournals#206623 writes:

If Hamilton makes a hasty decision here just because of the recruiting timing, he will be replaced. Not sure who the right candidate is, but it won't be a stop-gap type coach like the Air Force's coach. And, although we love Kippy Brown, the consensus seems to be he is not the head coach of the future.....Hamilton is the man of the hour right now, and anything less than a Pearl- type find will send him back to lesser environs.....The current coaches in the SEC are, although not extremely likeable, very capable. We have to have the stand toe to toe with all of them. No compromised choices here. No learning on the job. Better broaden the list. Muchamp said no. He was a little light anyway. Gruden said no. He's afraid of failing again. We haven't heard the right name yet.....He's out there, though, we just need to find him....

Joevolsxtra writes:

I'm not sure that Mushcamp could get it done. Calhoun is a Mtn West man, not an SEC man.We need a big name who's familiar with the SEC and has had some success coaching. I'm not satisfied with three winning records, three bowl appearances and three top-four finishes in the SEC. We're better than that. Alabama tried the same thing we have been doing and it didn't work. They dumped some cash on a big name and the players came out in droves. Get the players and the championships will come. Gimme a Bear or a Knute! Keep the Kittens!

hueypilot writes:

I will repeat. Last year I looked at coaches final rankings vs. the strength of their recruiting classes. This guy took recruiting classes very lowly rated(can't remember the exact numbers now but seems like they might have been below the middle of the 120+ D1 schools) and produced power ratings at the end of the season at or in the top 25. In other words, he did more with less than any other coach in the country. I think Kelley at Cincy was next and the guy from Tulsa finished pretty high as well.

Muschamp ain't comin and if he did he would be gone to GA or TX as soon as Richt or Brown's job is open, which will be in 3 years tops.

Look at this guy with an open mind. Remember Meyer came in here from one of those Western conferences. There is a reason Calhoun was second only to Kiffin's salesmanship, and mos all of us, not just Hamilton, got baffled by Kiffin's self promoting.

Gruden said not interested. Just look at Calhoun's resume on Wikipedia.

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to hcjournals#206623:

If Hamilton makes a hasty decision here just because of the recruiting timing, he will be replaced. Not sure who the right candidate is, but it won't be a stop-gap type coach like the Air Force's coach. And, although we love Kippy Brown, the consensus seems to be he is not the head coach of the future.....Hamilton is the man of the hour right now, and anything less than a Pearl- type find will send him back to lesser environs.....The current coaches in the SEC are, although not extremely likeable, very capable. We have to have the stand toe to toe with all of them. No compromised choices here. No learning on the job. Better broaden the list. Muchamp said no. He was a little light anyway. Gruden said no. He's afraid of failing again. We haven't heard the right name yet.....He's out there, though, we just need to find him....

Hamilton should be fired. I can not be the only one thinks this. Hire Kippy for this season, hire a new AD and than get a quality football coach. We are slipping fast-may be like Alabama an take twenty years to find the right guy.

BustaRhymes writes:

This would be a horrific hire. No offense intended to Calhoun, but if we want young, inexperienced in the SEC (or any other major conference), etc. - hire Kippy! At least Kippy has SEC expertise and is a proven recruiter.

That said - the *only* way this program keeps on track to return to a national program is if we hire Mike Leach. Leach is the *only* coach that's available that can get us there. The question is - does Rocky Top have the stomach to take another risk? No risk, no reward.

brasnick writes:

BIG DAMN MISTAKE!!!! This guy will crumble under the SEC pressure and schedule. Defenses are too fast in this conf to run the option against

HallowedHill writes:

IF Calhoun is the best name we can come up with on short notice, I vote for Kippy or Lance.

IdahoVol writes:

Kippy or Cutcliffe. Let's get someone that can sell Tennessee and wants to be here. Not sure why Kippy is being overlooked. Everything I read is that he is a very strong coach. And the right assistants can cover any weaknesses he may have.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to volsrock54:

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Look into Calhoun's resume and you will be more impressed than you think. He was O coordinator at Wake Forest and he has NFL experience. This guy prefers the prostyle offense but will run any offense that his players are suited for. I thought the same at first until I did some research on him. He is really an impressive guy and would probably be better than Muschamp at UT. This guy has a really him football IQ.
TXVOLSFAN

lail#204076 (staff) writes:

in response to Ringside:

Why isn't Edsall at UCONN mentioned?

He has been, but just wasn't in this report from Colorado.

-- jack lail
kns

hillsborovol writes:

But what indications to we have that he can recruit?

tntorbett writes:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not Calhoun, or Cutcliffe

Docrok writes:

in response to drummerman11:

Mountain Conference? We're the SEC, big, big damn difference!!!!

YOU GUYS DO KNOW THAT URBAN MEYER COACHED AT UTAH WHICH IS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE RIGHT????? I am not saying Calhoun would be as successful as Meyer but the man can coach. He also is a pro-style guy that was able to adapt to the needs of the Air Force Academy! And remember Nick Saban started his tenure outside the SEC. I am not sure of his first head coaching gig but he went to LSU from Michigan State, so good coaches are good coaches.

suttree writes:

Doesn't Air Force run the option??? Huge mistake . . .

rockytopron writes:

Fire Hammy now, Hire Fulmer as AD and let him get a UT Man for the job! It's that simple. Our 2010 season is a wash anyway, lets get someone in there with guts and love for UT!

Beamer writes:

Kippy IS being overlooked. Let's face it, this sport is dominated by black athletes, doesn't it make sense to hire a wise, older black man with Tennessee in his heart that can really sit down with the parents and win them over?

surfmaster writes:

Chip Kelly is the answer.

Just consider ...

1. He has beaten Southern Cal 2 of the last 3 years. (Once as O.C. , Once as head coach.)

2. He recruits nationally. Has to, its Oregon. Was also recruiting coordinator when he was O.C. before being promoted to head coach.

3. Regarded as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football today.

4. Runs spread offense., as offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards of total offense in seven of his eight seasons and more than 30 points per game in his final four seasons.

5. His first season as O.C. at Oregon, the Ducks led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.15 ppg) and total offense (467.54 ypg), and also became the highest scoring team while amassing the most yards in the history of Oregon football.

6. 2nd season as O.C., Ducks once again led the Pac-10 in scoring (41.9 ppg) and total offense (484.8 ypg)

7. As Head coach, became the first Pac-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first season, sending the Ducks to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Oregon also became the first Pac-10 team to win a conference title by two games since Washington accomplished the feat in 1991. On December 7, 2009 Kelly was named Pac-10 Coach of the year.

8. Only makes about 1.2M a year now, a steal. see link below ...

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindduck...

Who else has the credentials of a national recruiter, head coach experience, incredible offensive mind, tremendous w-l record, only making 1.2 M a year now. What am I missing? What are his flaws? Easily the best candidate out there and no one mentions his name.

Also, he is from the east coast! he would be coming back closer to home. I would love some objective comments on Chip Kelly, and Hamilton, if you read these boards, just give him a look. He has an impecable record, no downside.

Check out his bio ...

http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.db...

Pitch26 writes:

Funny how most people said the same thing about Urban Meyer when he showed up in the SEC. I specifically remember others saying he can't run that "gimmick" offense in the mighty SEC. 2 National Titles in 3 years wasn't so bad for him I guess.....

Hamilton has had a pretty good track record of hiring good coaches and he couldn't help what happened with Lame Kitten. He will pick the right guy.

surfmaster writes:

Muschamp said no.
Gruden said no.
Cutcliff was an overwhelming success at Ole Miss, right?

Calhoun would bring discipline, granted, but who exactly has he ever tried to recruit?

We need the complete package.

We need Chip Kelly.

Link to bio ...

http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.db...

Bobbyd writes:

What about Mike Leach or guy from S. Florida. Cutcliff is the best choice. Kippy Brown is a no in my book, only because he has not been around college football for quite awhile. Mike Leach would bring excitement.

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to Beamer:

Kippy IS being overlooked. Let's face it, this sport is dominated by black athletes, doesn't it make sense to hire a wise, older black man with Tennessee in his heart that can really sit down with the parents and win them over?

beamer, nice thought, but most of these kids parents are either Grandma or a single parent looking for a meal ticket. Thats the bottom line. Kids were flocking to Kiffin and Coach O because they were promising an NFL future..to heck with education and playing for the "T". Half these recruits are borderline Nu'Keese types just chasing dollars. Harsh? yes, but its reality.

doh writes:

lets keep kippy. we dont need a coach to be here 15-20years. we need someone who bleeds orange and will do a good job. kippy has those credentials. hopefully we can keep coach gregg, thompson and chaney.

GreerVol22 writes:

someone said earlier, Where did Meyer come from? Utah. Worked out pretty good for Florida right? Is this Calhoun guy and Urban Meyer?.. not sure but they don't admit dummies to the AF Academy and to be able to play some out of conference teams as competitively as they have says something.

kabulvol writes:

I've got this sick feeling its going to be Calhoun. He may end up being a good coach. But, coaching a service academy is so far removed from coaching in the SEC that it isn't even funny. First of all, recruiting. How much recruiting does he really have to do at the AFA? You are limited to who can go there anyway so, seriously, how much recruiting has he really done? Yeah, I know he was at Wake Forest for a few years...

Secondly, his head coaching experience so far is coaching cadets who do what they are told, never skip practice, don't rob people or smoke pot. How's he going to handle coaching at a "civilian" university where stuff like that happens all the time?

I'd say let Kippy Brown do it if Calhoun is the best we can get.

G8RDON writes:

in response to hueypilot:

I will repeat. Last year I looked at coaches final rankings vs. the strength of their recruiting classes. This guy took recruiting classes very lowly rated(can't remember the exact numbers now but seems like they might have been below the middle of the 120+ D1 schools) and produced power ratings at the end of the season at or in the top 25. In other words, he did more with less than any other coach in the country. I think Kelley at Cincy was next and the guy from Tulsa finished pretty high as well.

Muschamp ain't comin and if he did he would be gone to GA or TX as soon as Richt or Brown's job is open, which will be in 3 years tops.

Look at this guy with an open mind. Remember Meyer came in here from one of those Western conferences. There is a reason Calhoun was second only to Kiffin's salesmanship, and mos all of us, not just Hamilton, got baffled by Kiffin's self promoting.

Gruden said not interested. Just look at Calhoun's resume on Wikipedia.

You looked at their recruiting class and where it was ranked? That's interesting since the Air Force Academy doesn't recruit a single player to play football, nor do they hand out a single scholarship for sports. The entire team is "walk-on" and not subject to the cap placed on the number of players on their roster. Same goes for The Navy and West Point.

He's a darn good coach, but he has never recruited and his entire team is made up of cadets who are at the Academy for an education, not to move on to the next level.

volsftw1535 writes:

i say bring him on. we need the discipline,and look at the success he has had at a service academy. that is no easy task.

kd45music writes:

in response to adamsmith5529#630125:

HUGE MISTAKE!!! this guy has know idea about the SEC! this man will get creamed by meyer, saban. get an nfl type coach!! john gruden....every man has his price! if alabama can do it why cant we???

Look what happened the last time we got a coach who named his price. You can't put a price tag on decency, and that's what we need more than anything.

lahvolman2 writes:

in response to surfmaster:

Chip Kelly is the answer.

Just consider ...

1. He has beaten Southern Cal 2 of the last 3 years. (Once as O.C. , Once as head coach.)

2. He recruits nationally. Has to, its Oregon. Was also recruiting coordinator when he was O.C. before being promoted to head coach.

3. Regarded as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football today.

4. Runs spread offense., as offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards of total offense in seven of his eight seasons and more than 30 points per game in his final four seasons.

5. His first season as O.C. at Oregon, the Ducks led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.15 ppg) and total offense (467.54 ypg), and also became the highest scoring team while amassing the most yards in the history of Oregon football.

6. 2nd season as O.C., Ducks once again led the Pac-10 in scoring (41.9 ppg) and total offense (484.8 ypg)

7. As Head coach, became the first Pac-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first season, sending the Ducks to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Oregon also became the first Pac-10 team to win a conference title by two games since Washington accomplished the feat in 1991. On December 7, 2009 Kelly was named Pac-10 Coach of the year.

8. Only makes about 1.2M a year now, a steal. see link below ...

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindduck...

Who else has the credentials of a national recruiter, head coach experience, incredible offensive mind, tremendous w-l record, only making 1.2 M a year now. What am I missing? What are his flaws? Easily the best candidate out there and no one mentions his name.

Also, he is from the east coast! he would be coming back closer to home. I would love some objective comments on Chip Kelly, and Hamilton, if you read these boards, just give him a look. He has an impecable record, no downside.

Check out his bio ...

http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.db...

YEAH !!!!!!!!! AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO FACE HIM IN SEPTEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!

greyrdr#636541 writes:

Call Cowher or Marty Schottenheimer and make them an offer they can't refuse, meaning more than $7 million per year

Docrok writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

someone said earlier, Where did Meyer come from? Utah. Worked out pretty good for Florida right? Is this Calhoun guy and Urban Meyer?.. not sure but they don't admit dummies to the AF Academy and to be able to play some out of conference teams as competitively as they have says something.

Yea, he played the Vols to the wire, 3 years ago, you know the year we won the SEC East crown. Calhoun is an excellent option and again he ran a prostyle set in the NFL, he just adapted to the situation at AF

MikeInTN writes:

Coach Calhoun....Intelligent, outstanding character, mature, varied coaching background in college and pros, highly respected in the coaching ranks....not the "BIG SPLASH"name...but someone that would put the program on solid ground for years to come. JMO

surfmaster writes:

in response to lahvolman2:

YEAH !!!!!!!!! AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO FACE HIM IN SEPTEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Exactly. If we don't hire this man, he will hand us our azz come Sept 11 2010.

G8RDON writes:

Brian Schottenheimer. He's turned down one NFL job, knows the SEC, is young and his goal in life was to always be a coach. His dad told him that if he wanted to learn how to be a coach, play at Florida for Spurrier. He did and has done very well.

G8RDON writes:

When we got Meyer, very few people outside Utah had ever heard of him.

anythinGOrange writes:

Air Force has a football team? HA!!!

Docrok writes:

in response to kabulvol:

I've got this sick feeling its going to be Calhoun. He may end up being a good coach. But, coaching a service academy is so far removed from coaching in the SEC that it isn't even funny. First of all, recruiting. How much recruiting does he really have to do at the AFA? You are limited to who can go there anyway so, seriously, how much recruiting has he really done? Yeah, I know he was at Wake Forest for a few years...

Secondly, his head coaching experience so far is coaching cadets who do what they are told, never skip practice, don't rob people or smoke pot. How's he going to handle coaching at a "civilian" university where stuff like that happens all the time?

I'd say let Kippy Brown do it if Calhoun is the best we can get.

With the proper assistants Calhoun would not have to be an Ace recruiter, but we dont know if he is or is not a good recruiter but it is proven he is a good head coach.

anythinGOrange writes:

^ Just kidding ^
Gary Patterson from TCU just signed a contract through 2016...in case anyone cares...

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

I cast my vote for former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden. And here are some solid reasons to back up my choice:

1-He is available w/o running out on his team like Kiffin
2-He is not going to stir up NCAA investigations
3-He is a great recruiter
4-He has solid values and keeps the program clean
5-He will win games
6-He will take the VOLS to bowl games.
7-Players like him
8-He is dedicated and loyal to his school
9-He knows the pressure of a "football" school
10-He kept big $$$ boosters happy for about 10 yrs

Only downside to Bowden is that he doesn't seem to be able to make that last step toward greatness (like Richt). Bowden would not lead UT back to the promised land, but in 4-5 years, there would be a winning tradition and a solid program. And this is what this program needs, not an instant cure all that bolts from team to team. Think about it Hammy. Bowden has more to offer than anybody that is currently available.

volatil writes:

This would be a disaster. There are coaches out there, Greg Williams- DC for the Saints has TN ties was DC for the Titans when they went to the SB. Brian Billick wanted the ND job. Hammy better think about this one!

vol88 writes:

in response to Bobbyd:

What about Mike Leach or guy from S. Florida. Cutcliff is the best choice. Kippy Brown is a no in my book, only because he has not been around college football for quite awhile. Mike Leach would bring excitement.

Getting hit by a train brings excitement, too. That, just like Crazy Leach, is not the excitement we need, IMO. I like Kippy, but agree with you there.

gwtvol85 writes:

in response to surfmaster:

Chip Kelly is the answer.

Just consider ...

1. He has beaten Southern Cal 2 of the last 3 years. (Once as O.C. , Once as head coach.)

2. He recruits nationally. Has to, its Oregon. Was also recruiting coordinator when he was O.C. before being promoted to head coach.

3. Regarded as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football today.

4. Runs spread offense., as offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards of total offense in seven of his eight seasons and more than 30 points per game in his final four seasons.

5. His first season as O.C. at Oregon, the Ducks led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.15 ppg) and total offense (467.54 ypg), and also became the highest scoring team while amassing the most yards in the history of Oregon football.

6. 2nd season as O.C., Ducks once again led the Pac-10 in scoring (41.9 ppg) and total offense (484.8 ypg)

7. As Head coach, became the first Pac-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first season, sending the Ducks to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Oregon also became the first Pac-10 team to win a conference title by two games since Washington accomplished the feat in 1991. On December 7, 2009 Kelly was named Pac-10 Coach of the year.

8. Only makes about 1.2M a year now, a steal. see link below ...

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindduck...

Who else has the credentials of a national recruiter, head coach experience, incredible offensive mind, tremendous w-l record, only making 1.2 M a year now. What am I missing? What are his flaws? Easily the best candidate out there and no one mentions his name.

Also, he is from the east coast! he would be coming back closer to home. I would love some objective comments on Chip Kelly, and Hamilton, if you read these boards, just give him a look. He has an impecable record, no downside.

Check out his bio ...

http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.db...

surfmaster, Kelly is as much a Left Coast guy, even more so, than the Kiffen crowd. And as far as meeting his salary goes, yes he may not make much compared to SEC or other power conference coaches, but he does have one monetary ace in the hole that UT would be hard to beat -- Phil Knight, Oregon alum and founder of Nike. Maybe you've heard of them. All I know is that Mike Hamilton, fairly or not, is going to be making the decision that will affect his job for years to come. I don't fault him or even Kiffen for where we are at this point. It's just the state of things. As Mike said, who could have seen 14 months ago that Pete Carroll would be leaving USC? And with his Left Coast roots and history w/USC can you really blame Kiffen for taking his "dream job?" If your dream job presented itself wouldn't you jump on it? My only problem w/the whole thing has been the timing recruiting wise AND the way Orgeron tried to blatantly sabatoge what was already an unraveling recruiting class. I actually think he's a bigger piece of garbage for his last hour antics than Kiffen. Anyway, Mike Hamilton is now in the uneveiable place of having to hit a home run in four days as opposed to the four weeks he had after letting Fulmer go. However, if as reports have said, he's known this was a possibility since this past weekend, then he's probably been feeling people out since then. Not to mention, any good CEO/AD always has a short list ready just in case of such events.

adamsmith5529#630125 writes:

MISTAKE!!!

GO WITH JOHN GRUDEN!!! 6-7mill. a year will get him. We HAVE to do what BAMA did!! EVERY MAN HAS A PRICE!!!!!! GO WITH GRUDEN

MidTennVol writes:

I don't see why this guy excites anybody.

Stark_Vol writes:

in response to Docrok:

YOU GUYS DO KNOW THAT URBAN MEYER COACHED AT UTAH WHICH IS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE RIGHT????? I am not saying Calhoun would be as successful as Meyer but the man can coach. He also is a pro-style guy that was able to adapt to the needs of the Air Force Academy! And remember Nick Saban started his tenure outside the SEC. I am not sure of his first head coaching gig but he went to LSU from Michigan State, so good coaches are good coaches.

haha I was thinking the same thing. I want a great defense. If Calhoun can bring DeRuyter and establish the D, we will begin to come back. The only thing I'm worried about is the offense. Doesn't he run the option a lot? I don't know if Bray's in that mold.

Docrok writes:

in response to Stark_Vol:

haha I was thinking the same thing. I want a great defense. If Calhoun can bring DeRuyter and establish the D, we will begin to come back. The only thing I'm worried about is the offense. Doesn't he run the option a lot? I don't know if Bray's in that mold.

Actually he ran a prostyle in the NFL and at I think Wake Forest. But he adapts to his personnel! And DeRuyter would probably be our Defensive Coordinator.

surfmaster writes:

in response to gwtvol85:

surfmaster, Kelly is as much a Left Coast guy, even more so, than the Kiffen crowd. And as far as meeting his salary goes, yes he may not make much compared to SEC or other power conference coaches, but he does have one monetary ace in the hole that UT would be hard to beat -- Phil Knight, Oregon alum and founder of Nike. Maybe you've heard of them. All I know is that Mike Hamilton, fairly or not, is going to be making the decision that will affect his job for years to come. I don't fault him or even Kiffen for where we are at this point. It's just the state of things. As Mike said, who could have seen 14 months ago that Pete Carroll would be leaving USC? And with his Left Coast roots and history w/USC can you really blame Kiffen for taking his "dream job?" If your dream job presented itself wouldn't you jump on it? My only problem w/the whole thing has been the timing recruiting wise AND the way Orgeron tried to blatantly sabatoge what was already an unraveling recruiting class. I actually think he's a bigger piece of garbage for his last hour antics than Kiffen. Anyway, Mike Hamilton is now in the uneveiable place of having to hit a home run in four days as opposed to the four weeks he had after letting Fulmer go. However, if as reports have said, he's known this was a possibility since this past weekend, then he's probably been feeling people out since then. Not to mention, any good CEO/AD always has a short list ready just in case of such events.

Kelly is actually a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, and went to University of New Hampshire.

And Eugene, Orgeon, really? It's longitude not withstanding, its not exactly what comes to mind when I think of a desirable west coast destination. Get 5 miles outside of city limits and its a barren wilderness. Ever make the drive from Portland to Eugene? Not even grass grows there.

Triple the man's salary and allow him to come back home to the east coast. No harm in asking.

walt23tn writes:

in response to adamsmith5529#630125:

MISTAKE!!!

GO WITH JOHN GRUDEN!!! 6-7mill. a year will get him. We HAVE to do what BAMA did!! EVERY MAN HAS A PRICE!!!!!! GO WITH GRUDEN

6-7 mill a year? That's insane! You footing that bill?

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