Andrew Gribble: Coaches who stayed can now catch their breath

Tennessee defensive backs coach Terry Joseph gives instructions during the Kentucky game on Nov. 25 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011

Tennessee defensive backs coach Terry Joseph gives instructions during the Kentucky game on Nov. 25 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.

At one point during an absolutely wild final two months on the recruiting trail, Terry Joseph's mom and brother were a few missed calls away from pasting his photo onto a milk carton.

Throughout the Tennessee safeties coach/recruiting coordinator's career, that time of year, ironically, had been when he talked to his two closest family members the most. There might not have been enough time to sleep or eat a proper meal, but there was always some time to kill while driving to and from visits.

For six glaringly apparent reasons, the final stretch toward 2012's National Signing Day was different in every possible way for Joseph, wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.

They were the coaches who stayed and tried to clean up the perceived mess left by the departure of six coaches. It wasn't easy — recruiting never is — but it was all the more rewarding to them when it was over.

"It was an amazing run," Joseph said Wednesday during an interview session with UT's assistant coaches, a group in which new coaches outnumber the old ones 2:1.

"At the end, when you look back at it, there was a lot of energy."

That's apparent simply by looking at Joseph, who was constantly joking and speaking with high enthusiasm during 30 minutes of questions from Knoxville's ever-expanding media contingent. Built like the defensive backs he coaches and no taller than 5-foot-10, Joseph didn't have 10 pounds to lose, but he did anyway.

"To go through the whole contact period going through everything, I think it's unprecedented," Joseph said. "After a while, we just got used to it. We lost a coach, 'all right this guy is on the road, that guy is on the road.' "

The problems, of course, arose when there were no more coaches to put on the road.

When defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon left for positions at Washington, the Vols were left with six assistant coaches, one fewer than the full complement of seven that teams are allowed to have on the road during a contact period. Though it wasn't made official until UT named Sam Pittman to be his replacement, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand was as good as gone to Notre Dame shortly before UT brought in new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri.

Joseph joked that his job as recruiting coordinator was made easier because "there was no schedule."

"Everybody could go recruiting," he said. "We didn't have anybody in the office."

Coach Derek Dooley apparently had a few jokes, too. Perhaps that helped ease the pain.

"There was a couple times when we came in the staff room and Coach Dooley, he says 'where is everybody?' " Hinshaw said. "And we're like, 'Coach, this is it.' "

At one point, UT strength and conditioning coach Ron McKeefery was put on the road. He made in-home visits with linebacker Dalton Santos, who switched his commitment from UT to Texas just days before Signing Day, and defensive tackle Danny O'Brien, one of the "pillars" of UT's class, Joseph said.

At one of the Vols' lower moments of the offseason, Joseph said he considered sending top football administrator David Blackburn on a similar excursion.

"You've just got to keep on dodging bullets," Joseph said. "When all that happened, Jim, Darin, myself and Coach Dooley, we just had to keep the plan together."

The toughest moments came when Joseph, Hinshaw or Chaney would join Dooley on a visit in which neither coach had a previous relationship with the player. The point man/wing man give-and-take was replaced by a more freestyle approach that certainly involved its fair share of awkwardness.

"That's kind of an uncomfortable feeling," Joseph said.

How crazy did it get? Joseph was short on specifics, but he said it wasn't uncommon to leave the home of one prospect with a completely different destination arranged for his next visit than when he entered the house. He and his fellow coaches sometimes left their footprints in four different cities in a single day.

That's why Joseph, unprompted, used Wednesday's platform to thank new athletic director Dave Hart, who told the staff "we've got to do what we got to do as far as planes and travel and getting guys where we need to be."

"That came from the top to make us have to adjust, to make things happen," Joseph said. "That can't happen commercially."

UT's final rankings in the three major scouting services weren't spectacular — 19th on 247Sports, 18th on Rivals and 26th on Scout — but they weren't the disaster many might have anticipated moments after the Vols' season-ending loss at Kentucky.

Joseph and Dooley, though, picked a good place to start regathering some momentum. Their first visit post-Kentucky, while "the Internet was going crazy," was to see Darrington Sentimore, a junior-college defensive lineman who signed with the Vols one month later.

It wasn't for another month or so before Joseph finally confirmed to his family that he was, in fact, alive. He was quick to let them know he would be off the grid again for a few days after Signing Day.

Joseph turned his phone off.

"I've had more texts, more calls from recruits, from parents, guys trying to get jobs, guys who left trying to check back in and making sure there were no hard feelings," Joseph said. "We burned the lines up."

Andrew Gribble may be reached at 865-342-6327. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Andrew_Gribble and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/gribble

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FWBVol writes:

At least Andrew Gribble waited until the fifth to the last paragraph to mention the game everyone wants to forget.

richvol writes:

Coach Dooley recruited a superb class that filled immediate needs. Every one of the signees will play for UT and contribute in the furure.

movol53 writes:

Now that we have coaches who truly want to be at UT we've no where to go but up. GO VOLS -- VFL !!!

jschariter#367312 writes:

I just love being at the 50 yard line in recruiting in the SEC. 6th in the conference last year, 7th this year. Sounds like good chance of mediocrity for years to come against our biggest rivals. Maybe we will do better than 1-7 in the league this year especially if Kentucky actually plays a quarterback. I guess if you are at the midpoint year after year in recruiting talent, we can really excited about a 4-4 record in the league.... Unlikely we will beat Fl at home, SC on the road, Alabama anywhere, or Ga at Athens next year. Mizzou has a senior laden team and a new 5 star receiver who was Rivals top recruit but we got them at home. 4 and 4 most likely and consistent with our recruiting classes last 2 years.

BluezVol writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

I just love being at the 50 yard line in recruiting in the SEC. 6th in the conference last year, 7th this year. Sounds like good chance of mediocrity for years to come against our biggest rivals. Maybe we will do better than 1-7 in the league this year especially if Kentucky actually plays a quarterback. I guess if you are at the midpoint year after year in recruiting talent, we can really excited about a 4-4 record in the league.... Unlikely we will beat Fl at home, SC on the road, Alabama anywhere, or Ga at Athens next year. Mizzou has a senior laden team and a new 5 star receiver who was Rivals top recruit but we got them at home. 4 and 4 most likely and consistent with our recruiting classes last 2 years.

Wow - drinks are on you.

bigfatvolfan79 writes:

Lol article talks about hard work and people already bashing it. I love being a Vols fan.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

Dang it Gribble, I swear my commment was going to be "woo hoo, he didn't mention KY".
I really wanted to say that and you are my fav (or at least, less hated) at KNS. Please stop. Maybe a 12 step program?

formerflgranny writes:

Perhaps Mr. Hart can start including a clause in the coaches contract that they owe the university a large sum of money should they leave the staff during December thru February.

rebvavolfan1 writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

I just love being at the 50 yard line in recruiting in the SEC. 6th in the conference last year, 7th this year. Sounds like good chance of mediocrity for years to come against our biggest rivals. Maybe we will do better than 1-7 in the league this year especially if Kentucky actually plays a quarterback. I guess if you are at the midpoint year after year in recruiting talent, we can really excited about a 4-4 record in the league.... Unlikely we will beat Fl at home, SC on the road, Alabama anywhere, or Ga at Athens next year. Mizzou has a senior laden team and a new 5 star receiver who was Rivals top recruit but we got them at home. 4 and 4 most likely and consistent with our recruiting classes last 2 years.

ok take a chill pill, lie down on your couch close your eyes and say real slowly, go vols go vols gols, over and over. Then you will realize that the vols have a good shot of being a very good football team in 2012.

jschariter#367312 writes:

in response to rebvavolfan1:

ok take a chill pill, lie down on your couch close your eyes and say real slowly, go vols go vols gols, over and over. Then you will realize that the vols have a good shot of being a very good football team in 2012.

I am chilled. Sat quietly for 8 games last year at Neyland stadium and 7 games the year before. (and more games than I can count before that). I will be there for 7 next year. Low expectations for the upcoming year. We put the worse product on the field I ever saw last year. Can not ignore what is happening just because I am a fan and season ticket holder.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Yep!

Exiled writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

I just love being at the 50 yard line in recruiting in the SEC. 6th in the conference last year, 7th this year. Sounds like good chance of mediocrity for years to come against our biggest rivals. Maybe we will do better than 1-7 in the league this year especially if Kentucky actually plays a quarterback. I guess if you are at the midpoint year after year in recruiting talent, we can really excited about a 4-4 record in the league.... Unlikely we will beat Fl at home, SC on the road, Alabama anywhere, or Ga at Athens next year. Mizzou has a senior laden team and a new 5 star receiver who was Rivals top recruit but we got them at home. 4 and 4 most likely and consistent with our recruiting classes last 2 years.

I agree! We should just forfeit the games and get rid of the football program and finally focus on Ice Hockey!

lomas98 writes:

And yet some on here were demanding Dooley talk about the ky game again and answer more questions when the season was over. Fact is they were working their tails off.

botetourtvol2 writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

I am chilled. Sat quietly for 8 games last year at Neyland stadium and 7 games the year before. (and more games than I can count before that). I will be there for 7 next year. Low expectations for the upcoming year. We put the worse product on the field I ever saw last year. Can not ignore what is happening just because I am a fan and season ticket holder.

Thanks for your physical and financial support - much more than I can claim or advertise (being a fan in Va) - how about showing some realistic patience and really seeing this thing through? You obviously have some emotional and financial equity up to this point.

wigmeister writes:

Excited about the new coaches. Worried about Chaney. Can't seem to make the right changes at halftimes to combat what the defense is doing against them. Hope that changes.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

I just love being at the 50 yard line in recruiting in the SEC. 6th in the conference last year, 7th this year. Sounds like good chance of mediocrity for years to come against our biggest rivals. Maybe we will do better than 1-7 in the league this year especially if Kentucky actually plays a quarterback. I guess if you are at the midpoint year after year in recruiting talent, we can really excited about a 4-4 record in the league.... Unlikely we will beat Fl at home, SC on the road, Alabama anywhere, or Ga at Athens next year. Mizzou has a senior laden team and a new 5 star receiver who was Rivals top recruit but we got them at home. 4 and 4 most likely and consistent with our recruiting classes last 2 years.

Never really liked saying cr..p about posters But js also stands for Jack S... We are not a mid level team and never was one. No team or coach could have done any better than we did last year under the same circumstances.I get so d..n tired of first class A... holes making statements like you make.I know you just want to pi off vols but that isn't what rivalry was in the beginning. I beat up on Al, Ga.Tech, Ky and Ga fans my whole life and they banged me. But that was fun and just trash talk, not intentional BS harassment as Tur.s like you Post.
Just get.
9-3 + a bowl. GBO

VolinCalif writes:

in response to RashaadSalabeb:

Yep!

You have got it right Ras. We could have been a pretty good team last year if the bug hadn't hit as bad as it did. With no depth to speak of we did ok for most of the games. We are ready this year. 9-3 + a bowl Go Vols

OwensboroVol writes:

These assistants did an outstanding job considering the situation they were in. No player wants to sign with a school where he doesn't know who his position coach is going to be. Somehow there guys managed to keep a fairly decent class together. I will say that they must do much better next year. We will never compete in the SEC with a 8, 9, or 10th rated recruiting class.

VolGrad writes:

Near-sighted primadonnas with chronic heartburn....

Belly-aching. Nag, nag, nag.

VolGrad writes:

I salute the assistants for the job they did. I am disappointed about losing both LB recruits, but considering the circumstances..., the remaining assistant coaches really kicked butt down the stretch to keep the bulk of our recruiting class toghether.

GBO!

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to BluezVol:

Wow - drinks are on you.

Yeah, all over him, it seems. Let him post again when he's sober.

VatoMobile writes:

You are what your record says you are.

frblalack writes:

Finally a positive article from A.Gribble...thought I might never see the day.

Go Vols - All the Time - Vols for Life - Believe!

flatrock writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

I am chilled. Sat quietly for 8 games last year at Neyland stadium and 7 games the year before. (and more games than I can count before that). I will be there for 7 next year. Low expectations for the upcoming year. We put the worse product on the field I ever saw last year. Can not ignore what is happening just because I am a fan and season ticket holder.

Would like to hear how you would have improved the product last year. Remember, you must eliminate your 4 best players from the thinnest roster in recent SEC history right before you play the toughest schedule in school history...Please, give me your details!

hickoryvol writes:

in response to flatrock:

Would like to hear how you would have improved the product last year. Remember, you must eliminate your 4 best players from the thinnest roster in recent SEC history right before you play the toughest schedule in school history...Please, give me your details!

Amen! some of the posters on this site are fans that we could do without. i hope our players don't read this junk

jschariter#367312 writes:

Disappointed that rather than discuss the virtues of our current circumstances people want to make personal attacks. The players don't need to read posts to know things are not going well, our head coach has said plenty about how they are not a very good football team, and they have seen almost the entire coaching staff leave mostly for lateral moves. We have not been over 500 in the SEC for 5 years. I get all the turnover, but there are plenty of examples where schools made all the right moves to right the ship. The most recent examples are Michigan after the Rich Rodriguez mis fire, and Ohio State with the Tressel scandal. Michigan's roster was thin and could not defend anyone, and with the right coaching made a remarkable turnaround... a BCS bowl bid in the first year. It is not reasonable to expect TN to do that in the SEC no matter who is coach. But it is reasonable to see effort and a well prepared team each week. Losing to LSU, Al, or even FL on the road last year is no disgrace given where the program is. But the lack of Effort at AK, KY where appalling. The inability to run the football against MTSU in particular was pretty pitiful and we seem to have problems getting the right no of players on the field in some of the most important times of the game. All of this culminated with the loss at KY a really bad football team. I hope that all the coaching changes results in greater effort. As much as I dislike Lane Kiffin then team played hard, and many of the players got better. Think of improvement of Johnathon Crompton.

GoSmokeyGo writes:

These guys have had adversity stacked against them from the start as coaches. Majority of posters bash them. They played one of the toughest if not the toughest schedule in the nation last year. Adversity is a strengthening obstacle. These coaches will be better in the long run for what they have dealt with. I couldn't imagine the nor the pressure they have. It's easy to sit behind a keyboard and bash. I think they have done a good job considering ALL. Let's enjoy and see how next season goes and thank God we have it.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to GoSmokeyGo:

These guys have had adversity stacked against them from the start as coaches. Majority of posters bash them. They played one of the toughest if not the toughest schedule in the nation last year. Adversity is a strengthening obstacle. These coaches will be better in the long run for what they have dealt with. I couldn't imagine the nor the pressure they have. It's easy to sit behind a keyboard and bash. I think they have done a good job considering ALL. Let's enjoy and see how next season goes and thank God we have it.

Hopefully the new coaches will be able to deal with adversity and not run off to other jobs or quit like the last 6 coaches. I think this team has tons of potential. We'll find out this year if these new coaches and Dooley can put it all together. Me personally, I'm going to remain positive and excited about this upcoming season, and let these new coaches prove what they can do on the field.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

I honestly don't believe any of the coaches quit.

Most all had 2 year contract they weren't getting the job done especially DC Wilcox and everyone knew when they were hired that he and Sirmon were gone as soon as they could move back home to the Pacific Northwest.

1st coaching staff CDD had to throw together with almost anyone that would come to Tennessee.

CDD has been talking to better coaches that have the knowledge to do what he wanted to do ever since he took the HC job at UT and now he finally had the chance to make alot of coaching/recruiting upgrades at the same time.

Excellent recruiting work by CDD and the 3 coaches that were still here to get a good class in and fill alot of needs at the same time.

I love that our S & C coach even jumped in to help out even though recruiting isn't really his job.

Things ARE getting better so just IGNORE the posers/phoney fans and trolls because they've NEVER been a Tennessee fan.

VFL...GBO!!!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

Disappointed that rather than discuss the virtues of our current circumstances people want to make personal attacks. The players don't need to read posts to know things are not going well, our head coach has said plenty about how they are not a very good football team, and they have seen almost the entire coaching staff leave mostly for lateral moves. We have not been over 500 in the SEC for 5 years. I get all the turnover, but there are plenty of examples where schools made all the right moves to right the ship. The most recent examples are Michigan after the Rich Rodriguez mis fire, and Ohio State with the Tressel scandal. Michigan's roster was thin and could not defend anyone, and with the right coaching made a remarkable turnaround... a BCS bowl bid in the first year. It is not reasonable to expect TN to do that in the SEC no matter who is coach. But it is reasonable to see effort and a well prepared team each week. Losing to LSU, Al, or even FL on the road last year is no disgrace given where the program is. But the lack of Effort at AK, KY where appalling. The inability to run the football against MTSU in particular was pretty pitiful and we seem to have problems getting the right no of players on the field in some of the most important times of the game. All of this culminated with the loss at KY a really bad football team. I hope that all the coaching changes results in greater effort. As much as I dislike Lane Kiffin then team played hard, and many of the players got better. Think of improvement of Johnathon Crompton.

Well js you finally sound like a disappointed Vol fan instead of an a-hole troll. I think we are all disappointed with last year and shocked by not knowing how to count to eleven in the LSU game. As for Kiffin I will always think he had a very good staff and that he was a very good coach. The problem was his morels, I think we would have had a good team in his second year because he had the pieces in place that he wanted. That sure didn't mean anyone else could work wonders with his group and most of those guys left for one reason or another, Drugs or other personal reasons. Last year our Offence was designed to be a passing team, just score and score, we had the potential to do that at the beginning of the year just didn't have depth to back it up. There just wasn't time to develop a good OL for both type of blocking because all players were new. I think Poo got a bad deal because of the game plans. For sure I believe the players were just burned out by years end and just wanted to get it over with. We will see this year because Chaney has had a couple of years to get players into his system and none of them are freshmen. So no excuses this year and I for one don't think they will need any. 9-3 + a bowl Go Vols

tennezz writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

I am chilled. Sat quietly for 8 games last year at Neyland stadium and 7 games the year before. (and more games than I can count before that). I will be there for 7 next year. Low expectations for the upcoming year. We put the worse product on the field I ever saw last year. Can not ignore what is happening just because I am a fan and season ticket holder.

Maybe you need to move and cheer a little...might help you and the team!

oskie_score writes:

All things considered this staff (CDD, CJC, CDH, & CTJ) did a remarkable job during an incredibly challenging period.

BigOrange_supporter writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

I am chilled. Sat quietly for 8 games last year at Neyland stadium and 7 games the year before. (and more games than I can count before that). I will be there for 7 next year. Low expectations for the upcoming year. We put the worse product on the field I ever saw last year. Can not ignore what is happening just because I am a fan and season ticket holder.

I bet you are a really fun co-worker, jolly all the time.........

Dalton writes:

I know the back and forth about the Vols under Dooley...gloom and doom..or inevitable success...I'll wait with optimism and I'll be more right because of it...GOVOLS!!!!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Patience negavols. It seems to me that Dooley is doing exactly what Billy Beane did with the Oakland A's. It takes a little time for a complete makeover. Give him one more year to show remarkable progress, don't be like the moron Merlot.

Vols4life77 writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

Disappointed that rather than discuss the virtues of our current circumstances people want to make personal attacks. The players don't need to read posts to know things are not going well, our head coach has said plenty about how they are not a very good football team, and they have seen almost the entire coaching staff leave mostly for lateral moves. We have not been over 500 in the SEC for 5 years. I get all the turnover, but there are plenty of examples where schools made all the right moves to right the ship. The most recent examples are Michigan after the Rich Rodriguez mis fire, and Ohio State with the Tressel scandal. Michigan's roster was thin and could not defend anyone, and with the right coaching made a remarkable turnaround... a BCS bowl bid in the first year. It is not reasonable to expect TN to do that in the SEC no matter who is coach. But it is reasonable to see effort and a well prepared team each week. Losing to LSU, Al, or even FL on the road last year is no disgrace given where the program is. But the lack of Effort at AK, KY where appalling. The inability to run the football against MTSU in particular was pretty pitiful and we seem to have problems getting the right no of players on the field in some of the most important times of the game. All of this culminated with the loss at KY a really bad football team. I hope that all the coaching changes results in greater effort. As much as I dislike Lane Kiffin then team played hard, and many of the players got better. Think of improvement of Johnathon Crompton.

Normally I would tend to retaliate against your negativity but the truth is in the pudding and you make good on quite a few facts. In your post nowhere do you bash Dooley and disrespect him and the program by calling names (merlot and grantland) so I can say you sound like a REAL (unlike merlot and grantland) VOL fan that is concerned. While I wouldn't put my house on Dooley being the answer I also wouldnt count him out either. I know the kentucky debockle and the inherited mess has been well documented but if you look at the roster from kiffens class till now you will see mass improvement. Unlike some fans that make themselves feel better by saying the star system means nothing these are probably the same fans that when we were recruiting in the top 5 were saying they mean everything. Truth is is has to get better BUT with all the turmoil surrounding the program and 6 coaching changes to finish in the top 20 was fairly remarkable. Also tenn got quality players and added depth to much needed positions. Signing only 20 instead of the allotment of 25 with leave them with a little more flexibility next year.(Tino Thomas and Bullard will count towards this class) there is reason for dissapointment but I think there is much more reason to be optmistic about the coming year. With a cast of mostly juniors and sophomores coming back there will be more of a veteran presence on this football team and hopefully some new leaders will emerge. This is a crucial year for derrick Dooley and as a VOL fan I can only hope he IS the answer so we can see a product that is back to the image we see on the field. Unlike other negative posters who bash Dooley and wish the program to fail just so they celebrate Dooleys failure are just dumb enough to not realize that the program goes even farther backwards with his failure. Truly believe with a softer schedule and more experience this season will be the start to great things. Dooley has a plan and the puzzle isn't complete but if you look you can sure see it coming together. Patience is the virtue even though we live in a show me now world.

Vols4life77 writes:

in response to Vols4life77:

Normally I would tend to retaliate against your negativity but the truth is in the pudding and you make good on quite a few facts. In your post nowhere do you bash Dooley and disrespect him and the program by calling names (merlot and grantland) so I can say you sound like a REAL (unlike merlot and grantland) VOL fan that is concerned. While I wouldn't put my house on Dooley being the answer I also wouldnt count him out either. I know the kentucky debockle and the inherited mess has been well documented but if you look at the roster from kiffens class till now you will see mass improvement. Unlike some fans that make themselves feel better by saying the star system means nothing these are probably the same fans that when we were recruiting in the top 5 were saying they mean everything. Truth is is has to get better BUT with all the turmoil surrounding the program and 6 coaching changes to finish in the top 20 was fairly remarkable. Also tenn got quality players and added depth to much needed positions. Signing only 20 instead of the allotment of 25 with leave them with a little more flexibility next year.(Tino Thomas and Bullard will count towards this class) there is reason for dissapointment but I think there is much more reason to be optmistic about the coming year. With a cast of mostly juniors and sophomores coming back there will be more of a veteran presence on this football team and hopefully some new leaders will emerge. This is a crucial year for derrick Dooley and as a VOL fan I can only hope he IS the answer so we can see a product that is back to the image we see on the field. Unlike other negative posters who bash Dooley and wish the program to fail just so they celebrate Dooleys failure are just dumb enough to not realize that the program goes even farther backwards with his failure. Truly believe with a softer schedule and more experience this season will be the start to great things. Dooley has a plan and the puzzle isn't complete but if you look you can sure see it coming together. Patience is the virtue even though we live in a show me now world.

We want to see on the field

jschariter#367312 writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

From Rivals. Hope we improve on not only recruiting, but player development as well. UNDERWHELMED
Here's a list of college football programs who have underachieved the past five seasons based on their recruiting classes from 2006-2010.

Florida State 4 Top 10 classes 17th in '10; twice unranked.
Notre Dame 4 top 20; 3 top 10s 32-31, unranked in final polls
UCLA 4 top 20s 27-37; unranked in final polls
Miami 5 top 20s; 1 top 5 Best finish 19th in '09
Tennessee 3 top 10s Unranked since 12th in '07
Ole Miss 3 top 20s 27-35; unranked twice
Georgia 4 top 10s Unranked twice; 19th in '11
California 3 top 25s, 11th in '10 Highest finish 25th in '08
Texas A&M 3 top 25s; 2 top 20s Ranked once (19th in '10).
Michigan 5 top 20s, 4 top 15s 3 times unranked

BuckFama1973 writes:

in response to lomas98:

And yet some on here were demanding Dooley talk about the ky game again and answer more questions when the season was over. Fact is they were working their tails off.

Working his tail off???
You can't pollish a turd.

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