Jimmy Cheek: 'I think it’s been a tough period'

Chancellor still backing Mike Hamilton

University of Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl, left, Knoxville Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Cheek, center, and Director of Athletics Mike Hamilton during a press conference Friday, Sep. 10, 2010 to discuss the 'Letter of Inquiry' from the NCAA concerning basketball recruiting.

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University of Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl, left, Knoxville Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Cheek, center, and Director of Athletics Mike Hamilton during a press conference Friday, Sep. 10, 2010 to discuss the "Letter of Inquiry" from the NCAA concerning basketball recruiting.

I think it’s been a tough period, but Mike has, I think, hired two outstanding coaches in Derek Dooley and Cuonzo Martin. I think both of them, the longer we get to know each of them, the better we’re going to get to like them. We’ve just got to be patient as that unfolds.

University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek

With the dust settling on Tennessee’s third major coaching turnover in two and a half years, leaders at the university urged fans to be patient with the athletic department and director Mike Hamilton.

“I think it’s been a tough period, but Mike has, I think, hired two outstanding coaches in Derek Dooley and Cuonzo Martin,” UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek told The Associated Press. “I think both of them, the longer we get to know each of them, the better we’re going to get to like them. We’ve just got to be patient as that unfolds.”

Hamilton continues to hold support from Cheek, his boss, and others despite drawing the ire of many fans in the days leading up to basketball coach Bruce Pearl’s March 21 firing. Droves of fans called for Hamilton to be fired in comments made on radio shows, Websites and in e-mails to university leadership.

Whether they feel better about the athletic department and Hamilton’s leadership a month after Cuonzo Martin was hired to replace Pearl “depends on who you are talking to,” said Jim Murphy, vice chairman of the University of Tennessee board of trustees and member of Tennessee’s athletics board.

But while Murphy acknowledges the fans’ opinions are important, he says they can’t be the basis for personnel decisions.

“It’s very difficult to operate a very complicated business — which the athletic department is — based on trying to read the tea leaves of public opinion,” Murphy said. “My practice has been not to do that.”

E-mails from major donors to Hamilton in the week leading up to Pearl’s firing obtained by The Knoxville News Sentinel showed donors called the athletics director “self-serving” and “inept.”

Cheek noted that of 14 e-mails released to the newspaper, only four of them were negative and said he hadn’t received any e-mails from fans lately about athletics.

“I think the fans are very important to our program, but we’re here to manage the (athletics) programs,” Cheek said. “These are complex decisions we have to make. There’s certainly information that I’m privy to that the rest of the public is not privy to. We have to look at everything.

Hamilton has said several times since revealing in September that the NCAA was investigating Tennessee’s basketball and football programs that the violations the Vols were facing were the result of a few coaches acting on their own accord.

Tennessee has since been charged with 12 major violations, and Hamilton and other athletics officials will meet with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions June 10-11. The NCAA won’t punish Tennessee until it’s final report on the matter, expected sometime in the fall.

“It’s not an easy analysis to go through. Obviously the athletic director has made some difficult decisions,” Murphy said. “Some of those decisions have not been popular with some people, but hindsight is always a whole lot clearer.”

Cheek and others continue to be happy with how the athletics department under Hamilton’s leadership is doing academically and financially. The department’s revenue has continued to increase, and the department — which doesn’t receive money from the university — operates in the black while giving money to the university for non-athletics programs.

Graduation rates for athletes have increased to 67 percent, which is six percentage points higher than the graduation rate for non-athletes at Tennessee.

“I think as a team we’re doing well,” said Dan Murphy, chairman of the athletics board.

Cheek also said he is pleased with the way Dooley, who is entering his second season at Tennessee, has lead the Vols football team. Cheek said he anticipated the 2011 season would be another tough one for the football team but thinks Dooley has the Vols on the path to becoming a good program again.

He also thinks Martin will continue to win over fans as he continues to prepare the basketball team for the 2011-12 season.

“Everyone who’s come into contact with him is impressed with him as an individual,” Cheek said. “I think there’s optimism with where the program is headed.”

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say sports board "world" and real "world" too different things. Witch Doctor say these two are here as long as they want to be here.
Bones never lie.

espender#273698 writes:

So what Jimmy Cheek...the guy that hired them is the problem. Surely he's gone after the meeting in June with the NCAA. He screwed up the handling of both Fulmer and Pearl, plus hired Raleigh and Kiffin. Fired Delmonico, the best baseball coach we've had in years. Oh, but he can raise money! Yeah, well so can the Salvation Army! Maybe that's where Hamilton needs to go.

jack_2222#231746 writes:

Oh, I thought, given the headline, Cheeks was talking about Florida.

dvhill100 writes:

"I think it’s been a tough period...." Really, Mr. Cheeks? Master of the obvious. Can't sneak anything past you and Mr. Hamilton.

VolzsFan writes:

Is Cheek lying or does he just not get it? Hamilton fired the best coach in school history in football and baseball and its not close. He hired a fool and national laughingstock in Kiffin. He hired a joke in Raleigh. Hamilton's decision was to keep Buzz and Haslem bailed him out by firing Buzz and getting Ernie to hire Pearl...the best basketball coach in school history who was also fired.

No name coach would follow a legend in that sport nor work for someone like Hamilton. This leaves you with 3 coaches that would make more sense at Middle Tenn and not Tenn. As for Hammy and his 50 associate AD's, their job is to monitor and manage all coaches. No one could monitor phone calls? No one could pro-actively tell Bruce how to handle his situation? Hammy made it worse by having a press conference to draw attention to it. Impose sanctions that mean nothing to the NCAA. UCONN did far worse and they did not have a press conference, did not impose sanctions and are about to get off scott free.

Mis-management, incompatency are the best way to describe this rein.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

Season Ticket renewals are down.

drwut70 writes:

Jimmy -- Jimmy -- Jimmy, you THINK it has been a tough period. Duh. Obviously by your comments you don't give a damn about the fans. You and Hamilton are in that "good old boys club" that is so prevalent in the corporate world. Protect each others butt and screw the employees and the customers (fans). Those employees and customers will ultimately be your downfall. Go on back to Florida and spare us the agony of the wait.

crmcm44#321757 writes:

The bottom line is they don't care what the fans think, as Johnny Majors used to say, “I talk to the important people”, and as long as they keep getting their perks it really doesn't matter if they priced the average fan out of the stadium and arena. They have and continue to raise prices as the quality and image of the programs have declined. We did not renew our season tickets.

VOLliven2it writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Is Cheek lying or does he just not get it? Hamilton fired the best coach in school history in football and baseball and its not close. He hired a fool and national laughingstock in Kiffin. He hired a joke in Raleigh. Hamilton's decision was to keep Buzz and Haslem bailed him out by firing Buzz and getting Ernie to hire Pearl...the best basketball coach in school history who was also fired.

No name coach would follow a legend in that sport nor work for someone like Hamilton. This leaves you with 3 coaches that would make more sense at Middle Tenn and not Tenn. As for Hammy and his 50 associate AD's, their job is to monitor and manage all coaches. No one could monitor phone calls? No one could pro-actively tell Bruce how to handle his situation? Hammy made it worse by having a press conference to draw attention to it. Impose sanctions that mean nothing to the NCAA. UCONN did far worse and they did not have a press conference, did not impose sanctions and are about to get off scott free.

Mis-management, incompatency are the best way to describe this rein.

We will take note of your Middle Tenn. jab which was uncalled for. Everyone knows the debaclers Hamilton and Cheek both are but as Witchy put it earlier, we stuck with them, it seems.
It is not the coaches' faults they are here. Hamilton hired them and with Fan in your name, you might want to consider if it really fits. A true fan might not be totally comfortable with some coaches but stick with the team.
Now if these Middle Tenn. candidates become successes, I suppose you will jump on the bandwagon and pretend you are a true fan. We will see how that plays out.

TLepage writes:

who cares about how much money Hamilton raises if we don't win..... Anyone can raise money at UT.... Great fan base and lots of tradition..... I wish the UT Administration would look at the big picture, under Hammy's leadership our football program and men's bball program have gotten negative publicity almost on a weekly basis, not to mention the fact that over the past 5 years the football program has been the worse it has ever been in my lifetime..... I like Dooley and the direction of the football program, but that does not out-weigh my displeasure with the overall job Hamilton... We need to get someone with leadership ability, Mike is lacking in that area.....

VOLliven2it writes:

Oh Jimmy, and why has it been a tough period? Who is to blame? Why the hires by your boy Hammy. Who let the coaches get out of control beginning with the Coach Twinky Soft Cakes who left for USC? Why your boy Hammy did that. Who caused egg to be on the face of the University of Tennessee with the mishandling of the Pearl Prob.? Why it was your boy Hammy. What will be done about that? Why, it seems nothing will be done. So do not be surprised that a lot of the fanbase are ticked and many will walk out on supporting the Vols. Personally, I do not agree with that perspective but respect and understand why people choose it. So, ft we are "blessed" with the continued leadership we have had lately, expect more tough periods. That's all folks!

madrigal writes:

Well, yes, erm, ah, yeah, Jimmy, it's been tough. You and your boy Hamilton made it that way. Now can you both please get out of the way and let someone in who knows what they're doing? Yes, Jimmy, you too.

PHAT_VOL writes:

Jimmy "The Cheeks" Cheek (and they are large cheeks) and Mike the "Reverend" Hamilton are they serious when they speak or have they accepted some sort of fate to be announced in June?
The most galling part of this article is when Jimmy "The Cheeks" is quoted as saying quote, "I think the fans are very important to our program". Its not that the fans are important to the program, THE FANS are the program. Because with out them you don't have a program.
Am I misssing something here?
I would like to hear some other opinions. TKS

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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Its sad but your proably right.

volnsc writes:

"Fans are important, but....." What a stupid comment. The difference in 100,000 and 50,000 in the stadium or 10,000 for BB and all the comments ESPN would make should remove the "but" from the fan importance. Cheek and Hammy would be far better served by just not commenting on anything. I hope DD and CM succeed far beyond any expectations, and I like them both, "but"...

orangepeel writes:

UT will get no more money from me at all until Hamilton and Cheek are gone, period.

RJP11 writes:

Hey Dr.Cheek, who cares if you have confidence in Hamilton. Nobody I know has any confidence in you! Why would anyone have any belief in you or those whom you may happen to believe in ... we have no idea who you are or why you were hired!

I had actually heard of Derek Dooley & Cuonzo Martin before they were hired, I sure as **** hadn't heard of you when UT inexplicably hired you from the Univ. of Jortsville down there.

The bottom line is that the athletic department has been a dumpster fire since not too long after Dickey retired. That's called mismanagement ... those directly responsible for that -- Hamilton, YOU, the Board of (Idiot Rich) Trustees & the revolving-President of the University -- should all be fired for thoroughly cooking the goose that lays the golden eggs.

Here's a thought ... DO ANYTHING RIGHT! It would be a refreshing change.

NashvillePreds writes:

Instead of saying a, "tough period," he should have stated, "embarrassing period."

Hamilton has got to go.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Perhaps one day our Chancellor will explain to us why he and his AD made it a point to publicly back a basketball coach who admitted he purposely broke recruiting rules and then knowingly lied to ncaa investigators. Such an admission should have resulted in his immediate suspension/removal until further investigation, and an interim coach named. That they didn't do that brought the ire of the ncaa on us, not to mention the humiliation and embarrassment of national sports commentary on the continued presence of Coach Pearl on our sidelines. It was a pathetically bad error in judgement to support the coach at the risk of our program. Their first instinct should always be to protect the program.

ChrisUTvol writes:

Two KNUCKLEHEADS!!!!!!!!!!!

allvols4life writes:

Cheek says "I think its been a tough period". Not that he "knows" it has been. What is wrong with this man? This is the worst era in UT sports that I can remember in 30 years and unless Martin and Dooley work out, it will only get worse. I hope they do work out for the sake of the programs, but would love to see Hamilton in the unemployment line soon.

gglardon50#417841 writes:

Tennessee needs more GATORS. they need them running the programs,coaching the programs-they need them as players ,everything. In fact the soft drink vendors at Florida are even better the Tennessees.
"GET MORE GATORS" your see it will help.

kcbigorngX writes:

How many of those that are crying and whining about the UT power structure voted for Haslam for governor?

As long as the money is rolling in, there will be no change.

Tenn_Traveler writes:

I graduated from UT in 1967 and have been a VOL fan my entire life. I will support our teams and my University as long as I breathe.

Leaders, managers and Athletic Directors have authority and responsibility. It is their responsibility to be sure, to the best of their ability, the correct individuals are chosen for jobs. If this means taking people out of jobs it is their responsibility to take the necessary actions. Hamilton and company deserve credit for not being afraid of making change even when change is most difficult. However, those same leaders are responsible for their actions! How many "hires gone badly" should our great University be expected to tolerate. If revenue has continued to rise, just consider what revenue growth could be realized with competent hiring’s. Thanks goodness Kiffin quit and Pearl (in my opinion) should have been fired for his actions. Someone is accountable for these hiring’s. Are we just lucky that maybe we now have good coaches? Is it acceptable that our fine University must have its magnificent reputation scared and not take the additional steps to bring the best leadership possible to our athletic department?

Mr. Cheeks and University Leadership,

Please take the necessary steps to bring the best AD leadership possible to our great University. Surely you do not believe the current leadership is the best for the VOL nation?

Best Regards

Flyfisherman writes:

I like the word "inept". That pretty much sums it up for me....

Twelvethirtyone writes:

Jimmy Cheek: 'I think it’s been a tough period'

Don't worry, Jimmy... It should only last a week, and you won't have to experience it again for 28 days or so... ;)

claiborneh writes:

Pearl's firing ultimately came down to the threat of sanctions by he NCAA; there was obvious dissent by NCAA leaders at the prospect of the Tennessee administration retaining Pearl. Should not the threat of decreased endowment and general fanbase dissent regarding Cheeks and Hamilton be just as substantial reasoning for their firing? Or at least a pay decrease since this was part of Pearl's initial penalty.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to TNORANGEDOGDAD:

Season Ticket renewals are down.

Renewed mine today.How about you?

cc623 writes:

I love my Vols and will till the day I die but,the fact that they are being run by a "gator crew" and some idiot that looks like a weasel that is concerned with nothing more than selling water and adopting kids this fine institution will continue to be "run into the ground" concerning athletics.

When Ole Sweatervest is still coaching at OSwho during this upcoming season and has done FAR worse than CBP ever dreamed of doing Cheek/Hamilton will see exactly why they are drawing the hate from the fanbase and will continue to do so until they are fired.The NCAA tells them if they fire CBP they will "lessen the penalties" but,instead of making them do something and keeping CBP they ran with their tails tucked and fired him.Now,the stage is set for the NCAA to give OSwho nothing but a "smack on the wrist" and he coaches until he decides he wants to step down...

SummittsCourt writes:

It's obvious cheeky isn't reading the posts placed here on a daily basis, which isn't surprising mind you, but the fact that he ignores numerous emails tells me he doesn't care as long as he keeps his high paying job.

Hammy seems to be his yes man so he will not take the chance of firing him and getting someone who will stand up to him instead.

If Dooley and Martin win it will be inspite of those two clowns.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Renewed mine today.How about you?

Nope, just let 2 pairs go after over 30 years. You can now get them with an additional $1,000.00 donation. Jump on it! Sick and tired of how our Athletic Dept. is being run.

BleedsOrangeinMO writes:

Yes, we are going to see just how good Dooley and Martin are as they will not only have to overcome the mess left by the previous coaches but they will also have to work with around or through HamCheecks.
Yes revenue is going up in the department. That happens when prices are raised to the point that working people can't afford a ticket. And I could "Sell UT" and collect money from the graduates and supporters. What's to sell UT has an OVERALL GREAT TRADITION!!!!

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

Get a new AD, keep Hamster as a fund raiser, and fire Jimmy, if for nothing else not understanding the situation.

SummittsCourt writes:

Cheeky says it's been a tough period, does he not realize he is the cause of it all? Make better decision knucklehead! First one: Fire hammy!

murrayvol writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Perhaps one day our Chancellor will explain to us why he and his AD made it a point to publicly back a basketball coach who admitted he purposely broke recruiting rules and then knowingly lied to ncaa investigators. Such an admission should have resulted in his immediate suspension/removal until further investigation, and an interim coach named. That they didn't do that brought the ire of the ncaa on us, not to mention the humiliation and embarrassment of national sports commentary on the continued presence of Coach Pearl on our sidelines. It was a pathetically bad error in judgement to support the coach at the risk of our program. Their first instinct should always be to protect the program.

For the same reasons OSU is reluctant to give the needle to Tressel. He wins....and Michigan can't lay a glove on him.

Overall record @ OSU - 106-22
Big Ten record - 66-14

Tnjim writes:

Until Hammy & Cheek are gone, we will never have a first program!

eVOLved writes:

I was calling for Hamilton's replacement until I read his release about why they fired Pearl: it just seemed justified. The Fulmer situation, however, was horrible, and the program would likely be great if now if Coach Fulmer finished the contract he signed after going to the SEC championship game! I would have liked to see Fulmer and Chavis coach Eric Berry his last year.

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to TNORANGEDOGDAD:

Nope, just let 2 pairs go after over 30 years. You can now get them with an additional $1,000.00 donation. Jump on it! Sick and tired of how our Athletic Dept. is being run.

I let mine go in 2009 after Hammy let Kiffin run wild all spring. I could not abide by the way the AD was run after CPF was gone. It was like ADMH had no backbone, and he let the merry band of NCAA fugitive destroy our football culture. It was really hard to do, and honestly, it hurt. I feel your pain, brother, but nothing will get done until UT takes it in the pocketbook.

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to utclassof1992:

I let mine go in 2009 after Hammy let Kiffin run wild all spring. I could not abide by the way the AD was run after CPF was gone. It was like ADMH had no backbone, and he let the merry band of NCAA fugitive destroy our football culture. It was really hard to do, and honestly, it hurt. I feel your pain, brother, but nothing will get done until UT takes it in the pocketbook.

I truly hate to see good Vol fans giving up on the team just because of who's sitting in the front office.

Thanks to the TV gold mine that ESPN, CBS, and others are sitting on, coupled with the dominance of the SEC in nearly every sport, guarantees the revenue sharing coming in to The Hill will continue to be a flood that easily offsets any type of boycott bandwagon.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

He's just as big a moron as Hamilton.

BOTH need to be fired NOW !!!

VFL...GO BIG ORANGE!!!

markfrigsby#665672 writes:

in response to volnsc:

"Fans are important, but....." What a stupid comment. The difference in 100,000 and 50,000 in the stadium or 10,000 for BB and all the comments ESPN would make should remove the "but" from the fan importance. Cheek and Hammy would be far better served by just not commenting on anything. I hope DD and CM succeed far beyond any expectations, and I like them both, "but"...

Exactly. Television, Doners, Fans. Those are the three main revenue streams. Mr. Cheeks surely understands that if anyone of these streams is not healthy, the program fails. The program cannot be elite with only two streams generating strong revenues. Going forward, the only one that appears stable and well-managed is television.

SLM85VOL writes:

Dr.Cheek is an appropriate name for him--such as, "Turn the other Cheek!"; "You can spank my Cheek!"; "I haven't seen a Cheek I didn't like!" I could go on. Dr.Cheek who is a Gator is Florida's biggest fan. Why? Because he is getting paid by UT to destroy every incoming producing sport at UT and Florida doesn't have to do anything. Maybe he's a Gator mole. Go back to Florida where you came from you elitist pompous little minnion.

vols2#227315 writes:

Cheek will not fire his neighbor, Fire both. Hamilton had a chance to hire a first class basketball coachjjust did not want to turn loose of the money, Hope nobody shows up for basketball games.

utvolman45 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Is Cheek lying or does he just not get it? Hamilton fired the best coach in school history in football and baseball and its not close. He hired a fool and national laughingstock in Kiffin. He hired a joke in Raleigh. Hamilton's decision was to keep Buzz and Haslem bailed him out by firing Buzz and getting Ernie to hire Pearl...the best basketball coach in school history who was also fired.

No name coach would follow a legend in that sport nor work for someone like Hamilton. This leaves you with 3 coaches that would make more sense at Middle Tenn and not Tenn. As for Hammy and his 50 associate AD's, their job is to monitor and manage all coaches. No one could monitor phone calls? No one could pro-actively tell Bruce how to handle his situation? Hammy made it worse by having a press conference to draw attention to it. Impose sanctions that mean nothing to the NCAA. UCONN did far worse and they did not have a press conference, did not impose sanctions and are about to get off scott free.

Mis-management, incompatency are the best way to describe this rein.

LOVE IT!!!!! Betting we see lots of empty seats this fall!!!! That will get someones attention. Do they really expect me to go see UT play Buffalo?????? Only if it were the Bills!!!!! Disgusted!

flyrod33#1397307 writes:

I've read an article by Beth Rucker, AP, about Chancellor Cheek (who said), "I think it's been a tough period". As a UT Grad I'm intersted in maintaining high standards of peronal conduct by all UT Officials and Coaches. I remain confused why Coach Pearl would be misleading about a secondary violation. However, I believe he paid a heavy price for this violation, even before his dismaissal. I, like i'm sure many others, admired both AD Hamilton and Chancellor Cheek for standing by Coach Pearl at the outset. When two additional minor violations occurred (which I believe were accidental), both Hamilton and Cheek used this as a major reason for firing Pearl. While it was their decision, I believe the truth was that these minor violations gave them the platform to fire Coach Pearl. I read that Jim Murphy, Vice Chairman of the UT Board of Trustees (and a member of the UT Athletics Board), gave AD Hamilton a pass because of some positive improvements credited to AD Hamilton. He further stated that 20/20 hindsight would lead one to have made different decisions. I find that evading AD Hamilton's poor decisions about how he handled the issue with Coach Pearl, sends a signal that some people like AD Hamilton and Chancellor Cheek are insulated from the responsibilites each has for setting the standard of the rules they expect of their coaches. In neither case, neither Hamilton nor Cheek succeeded in adequately monitoring the recruiting violations of Coach Pearl and other Coaches at UT. I'm not condoning Coach Pearl's vioaltions, but I believe closer scrutiny of him could have perhaps avoided Coach Pearl's misjudgments. It would have served both AD Hamilton and Chancellor Cheek if they had reserved judgment about Coach Pearl until the season was completed. Many fans believed that the rug was pulled from Coach Pearl when he was fired after each one strongly supporeted Coach Pearl at the beginning of the season. While I'm not in a position of responsibility to decide punishment for the University of Tennessee, I do believe both AD Hamilton and Chancellor Cheek should be punished (if not by firing) by cuts in their pay as they decided was fair punishment for Coach Pearl misjudgments. They too used poor judgment by misleading both Coach Pearl and UT Basketball fans by firng Coach Pearl, after supporting him so strongly in the beginning. As an alumnus, I'm extremely disappointed with all parties involved, and the less than professional manner by AD Hamilton and Chancelor Cheek. Chancellor Cheek has the resposibility to act wisely and patiently as he makes decisions that effect those who work for him. I don't believe he did that with Coach Pearl. I hope Coach Pearl's dismissal wasn't intended to plea leniency for punishment by the NCAA. If so, that would send a negative message to others believing that the University of Tennessee acts fairly and professionally in all decisions involving University violations.

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to kcbigorngX:

I truly hate to see good Vol fans giving up on the team just because of who's sitting in the front office.

Thanks to the TV gold mine that ESPN, CBS, and others are sitting on, coupled with the dominance of the SEC in nearly every sport, guarantees the revenue sharing coming in to The Hill will continue to be a flood that easily offsets any type of boycott bandwagon.

It is not so much who is in the front office as much as it is the lack of action and the selling out of who we are that has led a lot of fans to distance themselves. Mike Hamilton has made a lot of knee jerk decisions since 2008, and many of them have blown up in his face. The abuse heaped on the older fanbase when we were speaking about Kiffin antics by Lane Trainers did some damage as well. It was not just here, but at the stadium as well. Also, the failure of the AD to stop Kiffin from playing USC videos in the football facilities, running his mouth, commiting NCAA violations, etc., also led a lot of us to move away. Also, we feel that Hammy will do ANYTHING to make money. I am waiting for "Tyler Bray's jockstrap, sponsored by the Pilot Stores of Tennessee" to come over the airwaves one day. Then, there was the whole Lying Bruce fiasco. The whole thing on the hill just feels rotten right now, and many do not care to contribute to it.

kcbigorngX writes:

If the fans don't back up the players, you won't see any recruits.

Go to the games, scream your guts out, have fun.

Put pressure on the office pogeys through some other public/political venue.

Don't waste your life sitting at home with a pout.

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