John Adams: Comparative shopping: Petrino, Tuberville, Jones

John Adams
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2012, file photo, new Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino, left, shakes hands with student Jared Willis at an NCAA college football news conference in Bowling Green, Ky. The end of December was already significant for Western Kentucky because the Hilltoppers will play in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Now that game has become almost an afterthought in the wake of Petrino's hiring. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Joe Imel, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2012, file photo, new Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino, left, shakes hands with student Jared Willis at an NCAA college football news conference in Bowling Green, Ky. The end of December was already significant for Western Kentucky because the Hilltoppers will play in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Now that game has become almost an afterthought in the wake of Petrino's hiring. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Joe Imel, File)

Tommy Tuberville pumps his fist as he is introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Cincinnati, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock, left, watches. Tuberville had been head coach at Texas Tech, and previously at Auburn and Mississippi. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Tommy Tuberville pumps his fist as he is introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Cincinnati, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock, left, watches. Tuberville had been head coach at Texas Tech, and previously at Auburn and Mississippi. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Tennessee fans will have plenty of chances to evaluate the hiring of new football coach Butch Jones this fall. And those evaluations won't depend solely on the Vols.

Comparative hires also will be a factor.

Since UT hired Jones away from Cincinnati last week, two other hires have become relevant to Tennessee football.

Once Jones was out at Cincinnati, Tommy Tuberville was in. In fact, he abandoned Texas Tech so fast, you would have thought Cincinnati was his dream job.

Two days later, Bobby Petrino — the coach with the great record and the not-so-great image — was hired by Western Kentucky athletic director Todd Stewart.

UT could have hired either Petrino or Tuberville if it had been so inclined. Instead, it hired a younger coach with a lesser resume and agreed to pay him about what Petrino and Tuberville will make combined.

Tuberville is 58, so you could make the case that his best days are behind him after he went 20-17 in three seasons at Texas Tech. But he has won everywhere he has been, including Ole Miss when its recruiting was restricted by NCAA sanctions. He went 13-0 at Auburn in 2004, won consistently in the SEC, and has excelled in big games.

Petrino is younger than Tuberville but carries considerably more baggage. As one college job after another was filled the first week of December, you might have wondered if college administrators had made a no-Petrino pact.

Either that or no one was willing to accept the initial wave of criticism that was sure to come from hiring a coach who had an extramarital affair while coaching Arkansas, put his mistress on the athletic department payroll as well as the back of his motorcycle, and lied to his athletic director about the whole sordid affair.

Western Kentucky balanced all those negatives with the positives. He's an offensive whiz. He improves programs — fast. He knows what it takes to win in the SEC. He's in good standing with the NCAA. And you wouldn't have to pay him $3 million a year.

Both Petrino and Tuberville will have challenging jobs. UT fans can see that firsthand in Petrino's case. The Vols will play Western Kentucky in their second game, Sept. 7 at Neyland Stadium. My guess: His Hilltoppers will be better than the ones UT beat 63-7 in their 2009 season opener.

But maybe Jones' Vols also will be better than Lane Kiffin's 2009 UT team, which lost to UCLA the week after it routed Western Kentucky and finished the season 7-6.

It will be interesting to see what Tuberville does with the talent Jones left behind at Cincinnati, which will lose half of its starters. If Tuberville falters, UT fans will gain a greater appreciation for what Jones did at Cincinnati, where he went 4-8 in his first season but won 19 of 25 game the past two seasons.

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones talks with the media as his family, seated back right, look on during a news conference in the Peyton Manning Locker Room Complex at Neyland Stadium Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones talks with the media as his family, seated back right, look on during a news conference in the Peyton Manning Locker Room Complex at Neyland Stadium Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

But suppose Tuberville and Petrino succeed and Jones struggles at UT. Imagine the hindsight view of his hiring.

If Jones succeeds, there won't be any second-guessing. Athletic director Dave Hart will be applauded for looking beyond more proven coaches and choosing a rising star.

And what happens with Petrino and Tuberville won't be worthy of a tweet in Tennessee.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

No doubt Petrino is using WKU to bolster his resume' and clean up his name. I give him two years tops before he leaves for greener pastures. Who's to say he wouldn't have used UT in a similar capacity. I think UT's decision to hire Jones was much better than hiring Tuberville or Petrino, and in time may prove to be the best hire since Majors or Fulmer.

orangehippi writes:

It's Butch Jones goofy

huntined#565710 writes:

Bruce must be a twin to Butch!!

snuffysmiff writes:

Petrino looks older than 58 in that photo. His life must have been hard for the past several months.

snuffysmiff writes:

Tuberville is the one who is 58, but anyway Petrino does look older than 58.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt Petrino is using WKU to bolster his resume' and clean up his name. I give him two years tops before he leaves for greener pastures. Who's to say he wouldn't have used UT in a similar capacity. I think UT's decision to hire Jones was much better than hiring Tuberville or Petrino, and in time may prove to be the best hire since Majors or Fulmer.

While I agree with you that Petrino is only using WKU as a stepping stone don't you think WKU will be a much more attractive spot for their next coaching search if Petrino has them winning 10, 11 or 12 games each year? Same thing at Tennessee. Do you think Strong or any number of other coaches would have turned Hart down if UT was coming off a 10-2 season?

ashvol7 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt Petrino is using WKU to bolster his resume' and clean up his name. I give him two years tops before he leaves for greener pastures. Who's to say he wouldn't have used UT in a similar capacity. I think UT's decision to hire Jones was much better than hiring Tuberville or Petrino, and in time may prove to be the best hire since Majors or Fulmer.

I agree with you fully, I think we got the best part of this whole thing. I didn't want either Patrino or Tuberville.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

While I agree with you that Petrino is only using WKU as a stepping stone don't you think WKU will be a much more attractive spot for their next coaching search if Petrino has them winning 10, 11 or 12 games each year? Same thing at Tennessee. Do you think Strong or any number of other coaches would have turned Hart down if UT was coming off a 10-2 season?

CO, you're starting to sound like those ESPN people. No great jobs are vacant when they are winning 10&11 games a year. Remember when Kelly took over at ND??..ESPN was saying he's making a huge mistake, the program is in shambles, they can't recruit locally blah blah blah. Now, ND's back in the conversation. Charlie Strong was not the right coach to turn UT around, he is looking for a ready made team to take over without a lot of elbow grease. A job like UT's needs a coach willing to roll his sleeves up recruit his arse off. In other words we needed a workaholic and Hart didn't go after any coach's that were really wanting to bust their arse (until he contacted Jones).

SevenT writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt Petrino is using WKU to bolster his resume' and clean up his name. I give him two years tops before he leaves for greener pastures. Who's to say he wouldn't have used UT in a similar capacity. I think UT's decision to hire Jones was much better than hiring Tuberville or Petrino, and in time may prove to be the best hire since Majors or Fulmer.

You will certainly find out soon enough big talker. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see Petrino's team upset Tennessee early next season.

You Betcha

Enki_Amenra writes:

Like many Vols, when I first realized that Butch Jones would be announced as the new head coach - not just a rumor- I was kinda let down. Not because Jones is a terrible coach (I knew little about him when his name surfaced), but that's because I thought we would be hiring a legendary, household name for our next coach.

As the hours passed on the day he was announced UT's HHead Coach, I began to learn more about him and I was liking what I was learning. By the next day, I had gone from the frustration felt because I thought we made another Dooley hire + the public embarrassment of being turned down by other coaches, to feeling excitement. Excitement that accompanied the realization that we may have just made an off-the-radar hire of a much better coach than any other college this post-season.

It's also great to see other Vol fans becoming more supportive, as they learn more about our new coach by watching some of his previous teams play, seeing how his players respect him, and by the way he presents himself to the players, fans and media.

I'm sure you've heard, "Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't... you're right!" There have been people bashing his assertion that he would assemble America's best coaching staff. Most everyone does not believe he has hired the Nation's #1 staff, but as long as the staff, the players, and Coach Jones believe it... they might just turn out to be among the upper echelon of today's top programs.

If Coach Jones, his staff, and his players can continue to gain momentum heading into next season, we might have a level of pre-season anticipation and excitement like we have been missing for a long time!

Go Vols!!!

wazzya69vol writes:

I don't like Petrino or Tuberville. Petrino is a piece of garbage and Tuberville left those recruits at the restaurant dinner table and never came back--what a man!! I'm going with CBJ and his intensity, and no baggage. His success will be measured by W&L's on field where it should be, not in the unclaimed "baggage" area.

creekroad writes:

"Tuberville is 58, so you could make the case that his best days are behind him".........John, that must mean you are 88, you haven't had a good day in over 30 years.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Adams, I disagree with your premise. I know I won't be comparing Jones performance to either Petrino's or Tuberville's, mainly because they are in two lesser conferences. Obviously, Petrino's new program has severe limitations, so if he is wildly successful, then maybe you could be right. But anything else will just bring yawns. Same with Tubs, he is obviously either past his prime or there is something else very wrong for him to go from a major conference to a lesser conference without getting fired. So, unless he is wildly successful, same thing.

Another silly column, Adams.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to SevenT:

You will certainly find out soon enough big talker. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see Petrino's team upset Tennessee early next season.

You Betcha

Oh, I forgot WKU kicked tucky's arse..I'm sorry.

eVOLved writes:

I am a big Adams column hater, and I will concede to liking this article. Interesting to use "tweet" in such as way as to minimize. I think JA is threatened by new media.

Nighthawk writes:

We hired the best combination of head coach and staff of any school in the country, not just the SEC. They will win on the field faster than many believe.

Petrino and Tubs have to build their coaching staff from scratch. When the coaches know each other and work as a team, the players will progress and learn faster.

Look at our defensive staff last year as an example of how poorly those new coaches communicated with each other and the players.

murrayvol writes:

in response to snuffysmiff:

Petrino looks older than 58 in that photo. His life must have been hard for the past several months.

Ya think!

murrayvol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Oh, I forgot WKU kicked tucky's arse..I'm sorry.

Nice work BB. You beat me to it.:{)

murrayvol writes:

Tubs had to land somewhere. He was personna non grata after cuffing up a GA on the sidelines. He's almost as happy to be in Cincy as Petrino is to simply have a job.

manniesghost1903 writes:

The Butch Jones hire is a definite upgrade in my opinion. His pluses are:
1. He has an overall winning record
2. He has to be a fairly good recruiter, and
3. Most importantly, he brought a good portion of his Cincinnati staf with him.

If you recall, when Derek Dooley took over the UT program had to form a staff from ssistants of which he had little personal knowledge. Perhaps that had something to do with the inconsistency in his game plans, lack of ability to make signifcant halftime adjustments, and the exit of so many assistants after Coach Dooley's (Derek not Vince) second year.

Butch Jones loses some points for not being able to bring Tee Martin on as a key Asasistant/Recruiter. He also has to deal with a host of commitments of high school athletes who may not be able to perform at the level necessary for SEC competition. According to Scout 4 of those commitments have become "soft." Of these, Ben Badley, Jason Carr and Dan Skipper appear to me to be the "soft commitments" of consequenses.

Riley Ferguson, Paul Harris, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and Austin Sanders seem to be best suited for SEC performance. Consquently, with less than 8 weeks from National Signing day this recruiting class may end up as a "wash." This will not be the fault of Butch Jones. The finger needs to be pointed at Coach Dooley(Derek not Vince)Dave Hart and a cast of thousands of UT Administrators and Board Members. Coach Butch Jones also is looking at the prospect of losing his top three playmakers (Bray, Hunter and Patterson) to the NFL whether they are physically/ mentally able or not. Therefore, I believe UT could be looking at a third 5-7 season but Butch Jones is the type of coach who deserves at least 4 years due to the first three points I listed. He may not ultimately be the Coach who can take UT to the BCS championship but I believe he will get UT on the road to that goal.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Nice work BB. You beat me to it.:{)

Thx, tucky's having unethical coach's envy.

snafu14u#241639 writes:

If you took 12 identical FootBots and had 3 teams of them (each one is programed to play both sides of the ball) and give a team to Petrino,Tuberville and Butch Jones. Took out the boosters/coaching staffs/politics/personal flaws and used identical opponents or they played a round robin tournament....who wins? Interested to see what the results would be. Maybe a more practical idea is to make them play Madden 13 against one another. Just for the sake of conversation I think it's a Petrino/Jones/Tuberville finish. That being said I do understand why Petrino wasn't hired. Bonzaivol

jt45 writes:

in response to wazzya69vol:

I don't like Petrino or Tuberville. Petrino is a piece of garbage and Tuberville left those recruits at the restaurant dinner table and never came back--what a man!! I'm going with CBJ and his intensity, and no baggage. His success will be measured by W&L's on field where it should be, not in the unclaimed "baggage" area.

I agree, the stunt that Tuberville pulled on those recruits says alot about his character. I find it hard to believe any he will win many new recruits over that see that article.

UT got the best Coach of the bunch by far and Im glad coach Strong turned down the offer.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

CO, you're starting to sound like those ESPN people. No great jobs are vacant when they are winning 10&11 games a year. Remember when Kelly took over at ND??..ESPN was saying he's making a huge mistake, the program is in shambles, they can't recruit locally blah blah blah. Now, ND's back in the conversation. Charlie Strong was not the right coach to turn UT around, he is looking for a ready made team to take over without a lot of elbow grease. A job like UT's needs a coach willing to roll his sleeves up recruit his arse off. In other words we needed a workaholic and Hart didn't go after any coach's that were really wanting to bust their arse (until he contacted Jones).

Tom Osborne left Nebraska in good shape. Jim Tressel left a decent team for Meyer to eventually pick up. Spurrier left Florida near the top. Johnny Majors left Pitt after a NC. It does happen for a variety of reasons.

minnehan writes:

Who cares? What's done is done. Go CBJ and go VOLS!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Nighthawk:

We hired the best combination of head coach and staff of any school in the country, not just the SEC. They will win on the field faster than many believe.

Petrino and Tubs have to build their coaching staff from scratch. When the coaches know each other and work as a team, the players will progress and learn faster.

Look at our defensive staff last year as an example of how poorly those new coaches communicated with each other and the players.

hawk you are making way too much sense for this board. As for those bashing Adams, I don't know how you feel, but I like John. Some of the boys on this blog just don't know how to read an input. John isn't a reporter, he is a columnist.

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to SevenT:

You will certainly find out soon enough big talker. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see Petrino's team upset Tennessee early next season.

You Betcha

Unfortunately, if the defense is not improved considerably over this year and if the three amigos on offense go to the NFL, that game could be up for grabs. That would really be embarrassing.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Tom Osborne left Nebraska in good shape. Jim Tressel left a decent team for Meyer to eventually pick up. Spurrier left Florida near the top. Johnny Majors left Pitt after a NC. It does happen for a variety of reasons.

Yeah, Osborne retired and Tressel & Majors were forced out..How was USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, UF, OSU, Michigan, and Miami after they fired coach's? Most of the time the program is down talent wise and that's why the wins go down. That doesn't mean a program is bad just because they haven't recruited well recently. Remember what Bruce Pearl said when asked about filling a huge arena like TBA; He stated: I see it as a positive thing, because when they see our brand of BB they'll fill this arena up.

PUL4VOLS writes:

And next year JA will have an article wondering how it might have been IF Jon Gruden had come to Tennessee; or if Lane Kiffin had returned. But we keep reading em and responding. Go John Adams.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

hawk you are making way too much sense for this board. As for those bashing Adams, I don't know how you feel, but I like John. Some of the boys on this blog just don't know how to read an input. John isn't a reporter, he is a columnist.

As to the assertion we hired the best coach available, just like most everything, the evaluation is relative. It is definitely a better situation that when Lame left and Butch Jones is a proven winner, but time will tell.

Correct that JA is a columnist and not a reporter. But that doesn't ensure is he good. Obviously you never read Tom Siler here or any other literary and knowledgeable sports journalist. JA belongs with David Climer as a hack whose motive is to inflame the fan base with tangentially negative observations. Read his diatribes against CPF by having the luxury to evaluate in a historical context and you might be able to conceptualize his method is analogous to Chicken Little.

cloudodust writes:

Looking at the photo above, Bobby 'The Accident Waiting to Happen' Petrino's face has healed quite nicely. Good for him. I'm sure his bike has been repaired and he's holding a private charter jet service on retainer for a late night departure. In case one is wondering, I'll take a man called Jones over a Petrino any day. Tubbs, well, ahem, Go Jones. Make us proud so we don't have to dismiss you to bing in a 30 day wonder...

volfan537240 writes:

bruce jones?

gwh_1947 writes:

Terrible article!!! Adams is trying to prove he is not an idiot following his articles about UT needing a named coach. Tuberville was so sought after that he ended up at Cincinnati. Petrino was so much in demand that he is at Western Kentucky. At least, Meyer started at WKU. Still think UT missed not getting Doeren.

doctorvol#211700 writes:

in response to manniesghost1903:

The Butch Jones hire is a definite upgrade in my opinion. His pluses are:
1. He has an overall winning record
2. He has to be a fairly good recruiter, and
3. Most importantly, he brought a good portion of his Cincinnati staf with him.

If you recall, when Derek Dooley took over the UT program had to form a staff from ssistants of which he had little personal knowledge. Perhaps that had something to do with the inconsistency in his game plans, lack of ability to make signifcant halftime adjustments, and the exit of so many assistants after Coach Dooley's (Derek not Vince) second year.

Butch Jones loses some points for not being able to bring Tee Martin on as a key Asasistant/Recruiter. He also has to deal with a host of commitments of high school athletes who may not be able to perform at the level necessary for SEC competition. According to Scout 4 of those commitments have become "soft." Of these, Ben Badley, Jason Carr and Dan Skipper appear to me to be the "soft commitments" of consequenses.

Riley Ferguson, Paul Harris, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and Austin Sanders seem to be best suited for SEC performance. Consquently, with less than 8 weeks from National Signing day this recruiting class may end up as a "wash." This will not be the fault of Butch Jones. The finger needs to be pointed at Coach Dooley(Derek not Vince)Dave Hart and a cast of thousands of UT Administrators and Board Members. Coach Butch Jones also is looking at the prospect of losing his top three playmakers (Bray, Hunter and Patterson) to the NFL whether they are physically/ mentally able or not. Therefore, I believe UT could be looking at a third 5-7 season but Butch Jones is the type of coach who deserves at least 4 years due to the first three points I listed. He may not ultimately be the Coach who can take UT to the BCS championship but I believe he will get UT on the road to that goal.

On the right track. Tubs not right for us at this time, and Petrino can go 12-0 at wku and I'll still be happy we passed.

Spoke with a father of one of Jones' Cincy players; he said we would be very pleased.

MyAuntWasButch writes:

Can anyone name a great/good NFL player that has come out of UT since Fulmer was fired? Arian Foster doesn't count because obviously he wasn't used properly. Think about that one.

golfman1975 writes:

JA...how many fingers am I holding up?

Do you sit on your keyboard to type...you talk out of it...

golfman1975 writes:

My dad told me many times to play the cards you are dealt...a very wise man. Unless you lay your cards on the table no one knows what ya got. I think we did well...we will see our cards in about a year.

TheStupidPolice writes:

in response to MyAuntWasButch:

Can anyone name a great/good NFL player that has come out of UT since Fulmer was fired? Arian Foster doesn't count because obviously he wasn't used properly. Think about that one.

Bryce Brown*, Malik Jackson, Eric Berry, Denarius Moore, Luke Stocker, Morgan Cox, Montario Hardesty and Dan Williams

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to MyAuntWasButch:

Can anyone name a great/good NFL player that has come out of UT since Fulmer was fired? Arian Foster doesn't count because obviously he wasn't used properly. Think about that one.

Skeezer. Obviously a Pike wannabe.

traderjoe writes:

I hope Butch Jones works out. However, he's never been anywhere longer than 3 years. If he gets the boot, he can retire a rich man. Who wouldn't like his deal. Short stick? I'll take that short stick deal in a heart beat. I'm sure Doole is crying about his short stick...$5 million dollars for not being such a hot coach? LOL...Come on...98% of Americans don't make $5 mill in their lifetimes. Hart is a loser of a negotiator. This unproven coach got the deal of a lifetime. There's no risk of "financial failure" at all for him or his family. But he may be worth it because we got the bestest staff in the country. We'll see. 1st clue will be the recruiting class. Lane landed Bryce Brown who is now playing for the Eagles. Have any of you guys caught his play? Speed and power and if he learns to hold onto the ball, he could be a star. Let's see if Coach Jones lands at least one whale.

vol49 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Tubs had to land somewhere. He was personna non grata after cuffing up a GA on the sidelines. He's almost as happy to be in Cincy as Petrino is to simply have a job.

True that. I saw it. That GA should have Butch slapped Tubs right in the mouth.

1vavolfan writes:

They must not have had Ethics class when Mr. Adams went to school, some decisions you don't make out of principle. Tuberville attacked an assistant coach and then literally left recruits at dinner at Texas Tech to go to Cinncinnati, as far as character he's not far behind Petrino.

OLROCKYTOP writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

While I agree with you that Petrino is only using WKU as a stepping stone don't you think WKU will be a much more attractive spot for their next coaching search if Petrino has them winning 10, 11 or 12 games each year? Same thing at Tennessee. Do you think Strong or any number of other coaches would have turned Hart down if UT was coming off a 10-2 season?

If Tennessee was 10-2, Dooley would still be in Knoxville. He would probably been named coach of the year and got an extension.

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

John, go back and look at the records of each program Petrino left. They were not in better shape after he was gone. They had good records while he was there.

vol98champ writes:

in response to Vols4Ever:

As to the assertion we hired the best coach available, just like most everything, the evaluation is relative. It is definitely a better situation that when Lame left and Butch Jones is a proven winner, but time will tell.

Correct that JA is a columnist and not a reporter. But that doesn't ensure is he good. Obviously you never read Tom Siler here or any other literary and knowledgeable sports journalist. JA belongs with David Climer as a hack whose motive is to inflame the fan base with tangentially negative observations. Read his diatribes against CPF by having the luxury to evaluate in a historical context and you might be able to conceptualize his method is analogous to Chicken Little.

Right on V4E. Jones is a gamble, but hopefully a good one. Climer and Adams are Keystone cops compared to the great sports writers in Nashville and Knoxville in the 20th century.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Why an article about a couple of D-bags? How about some info on the coaches we do have, I haven't read much about them. Also, how about some recruiting news/rumors.

Give em heII butch!

chattbud writes:

JA, writes, “But supposes Tuberville and Petrino succeed and Jones struggles at UT. Imagine the hindsight view of his hiring.” Ad-dumb’s, My Gosh, your already second guessing the UT Jones hire. Let’s second guess You JA? You Adam’s wrote, Gruden was coming to UT over & over again. Where’s Gruden JA?,.."You live in a fantasy world," said Gruden’s agent. I must agree!

jdogg44 writes:

10-2 ..... those were the days....

LCPanthers (Inactive) writes:

Come on,you have to admit that both Petrino and Tuberville were both more qualified than Jones.And let us forget age and off field question.For me both would have been better hires.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to Nighthawk:

We hired the best combination of head coach and staff of any school in the country, not just the SEC. They will win on the field faster than many believe.

Petrino and Tubs have to build their coaching staff from scratch. When the coaches know each other and work as a team, the players will progress and learn faster.

Look at our defensive staff last year as an example of how poorly those new coaches communicated with each other and the players.

You mean the same coaching staff that was whipped badly in Knoxville by Dooley's coaching staff while playing with recruits from Brian Kelly. Now the Kelly's kids are gone so is Jones. He has never stayed at any job over 3 years. Now the receivers coach has had 5 jobs in 5 years. Jones signed one 4 Star recruit in his coaching career. The best staff in the SEC? What is wrong with the average fan? UT had the best staff that compared with SEC best when they had Chavis and Fulmer who have three National Championship rings along with Cutcliff. Such blind drivel.. Go back and watch the Cinn game vs a SEC team when UT had receivers running wide open all day in Knoxville vs this best coaching staff in the world. Laughable...

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