David Climer: After first SEC win, Vols must find coach

A bundled up Tennessee fan looks on in the fourth quarter as the Vols close out a win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Temperatures hovered in the low 40s during the game. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

A bundled up Tennessee fan looks on in the fourth quarter as the Vols close out a win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Temperatures hovered in the low 40s during the game. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — What now?

In the aftermath of Tennessee’s 37-17 victory over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon, the focus switches to a process that will bring a fourth head coach in six years to UT.

The possibility of hiring Jon Gruden, which had gained traction early last week, now has faded. A proven commodity such as Bob Stoops of Oklahoma is an intriguing possibility, albeit a long shot. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher may or may not be in play, depending on your sources and the time of day you ask.

Beyond that, the list includes the usual suspects — Gary Patterson of TCU, Charlie Strong of Louisville, Al Golden of Miami and on and on. Who’s the No. 1 target? Only UT athletics director Dave Hart knows. And he’s not saying.

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Volunatic writes:

How many instances are there where a program hired an established coach and started winning big quickly afterward?
I can think of bama/saban, bama/Bryant, TX/Brown and Arkansas/Petrino. um was a gamble for uf even though he was successful in the mid-majors. I'm sure there are other examples, but how many are in situations like Tennessee's, in which the in-state recruiting isn't great?

snafu14u#241639 writes:

Reality slowly sinking in about real coaching candidates who have a real chance of wearing the Orange. Sobering. Just read a article on this site about how bad Dooley and his staff's communication and follow up were with the tri-state area prep coaches. Unbelievable the amount of arrogance and disrespect that came out of Dooley and his staff on what were normally strong relationships with Fulmer and even Kiffin's staff. It was an eye opener. The article is on this site in the "other stuff"...out of the Free Press. Lots of bridge repairing to do. Bonzaivol

copia69296 writes:

How unique! An article stating that UT needs to find a new coach. And even more of a shock, a listing of the same coaches in the previous 1000 articles. I bet we have the same responses to this article that were given on the other articles.

PUL4VOLS writes:

What? Tennessee's getting a new head football coach, will wonders never cease?

cltvol writes:

this is a great job, I'm tired of all the talk about how no one wants it and its a big risk to go to the 8th most winning CF program in the land

the notion that the best we could get was Dooley back in 2010 is hawgwash,,we just made a bad hire, and I'm sure passed over some good hires. I thought CDD would have done ok but was wrong

i think Hart has got the sense and urgency to get a very good coach,,,,plus he broke enough glass in the re-org that he got a suit or two filed. That's a person of action and resolve.

tdvol1989 writes:

What's with all these reflective crossroads articles? There has been awful reporting on a new coach. Take a stand! Who? What style? Who is likely? We know how important this is! We know how bad the last 5 or 10 yrs have been no matter what happened prior to WWI!

tomoleigho#364236 writes:

How about Jeff Tedford from Cal?

thevoice writes:

in response to Volunatic:

How many instances are there where a program hired an established coach and started winning big quickly afterward?
I can think of bama/saban, bama/Bryant, TX/Brown and Arkansas/Petrino. um was a gamble for uf even though he was successful in the mid-majors. I'm sure there are other examples, but how many are in situations like Tennessee's, in which the in-state recruiting isn't great?

In-state talent is really bad, especially when you let your competitors gobble (no pun intended this weekend) up the tops recruits...
http://www.tfponline.com/news/2012/no...

reg_mza#219136 writes:

"Vols must find coach." That's the biggest 'No Duh' comment made thus far. Everyone reading this article or even not reading it knows that. Tell us something we don't know.

hikerdude writes:

I didn't know who I wanted to be the new coach until I saw those shades Jimbo Fisher had on yesterday. He is clearly the man.

Volunatic writes:

in response to notfunanymore:

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Dave Shula?

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Wait a minute! Climer said Dooley was given the option of coaching the Kentucky game, but chose not to. Is that accurate? He could have been there with his players on Senior Day, but elected not to be there? He could have shown a little class and run onto the field with his players, the way Coach Fulmer did, but chose not to? Am I the only one that thinks this makes him look like a classless jerk? I've always defended him as being a bad coach, but a classy guy, but, if this is true I will have to change my opinion about the classy part.

drwut70 writes:

in response to reg_mza#219136:

"Vols must find coach." That's the biggest 'No Duh' comment made thus far. Everyone reading this article or even not reading it knows that. Tell us something we don't know.

Duh is Climer's middle name. Has been for over 25 years. Why does KNS even put him on here. And if they continue, why not put the sports writer from the Birmingham paper or the one from the Athens, GA paper, or how about the Baton Rouge paper?

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