Jimbo Fisher, Bob Stoops deny UT coaching interest

KNOXVILLE - Another Monday brought two more college football coaches issuing public denials of interest in any openings, including Tennessee's.

At their weekly Monday news conferences, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, who both have been linked to the Volunteers' coaching vacancy by the Times Free Press and other media outlets, said they were happy with their current positions and focusing on games their teams have this Saturday.

"How many guys get a job that's out there on those rumor mills?" Fisher said when asked about his name being mentioned with the SEC openings. "It's always the guys you never hear about, that are never mentioned, that take jobs.

"I'm very happy right here. I'm content to be here. It's where I want to be. We're building something special. We've got great players. We've got great players to come to be here. It's a great place to live. My family's set in this community.

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smokysbark writes:

I know the beat writers here have to put a story out every day but this is pretty obvious. Does anyone think that either one of these coaches, with a conference championship game and possible BCS bowl looming, would come out and say, "heck yeah, I would love that UT job! Call me!"

No.

voloffaith writes:

in response to smokysbark:

I know the beat writers here have to put a story out every day but this is pretty obvious. Does anyone think that either one of these coaches, with a conference championship game and possible BCS bowl looming, would come out and say, "heck yeah, I would love that UT job! Call me!"

No.

Woof! Woof! transaltion = DUH! Also spot on.........No coach is going to affirm yeah I'm looking...

BeRealistic writes:

Free Press has to get their 02. in somewhere.

BeRealistic writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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A little love is what you need from your boyfriend.

bkgunter writes:

Saw a piece on Time-Free Press about how the high school coaches in three states disliked Dooley and Crew. Their poor relationship building and communication were cited repeatedly. Dooley's poor record on evaluating talent/potential was also highlighted (see punting game). He drove away real talent in favor of lesser performers. Now we find that he systematically ignored the maintenance of the talent pipeline. Just one more thing that will have to be rebuilt before any return to prominence. Given the mediocre recruiting class this guy was putting together, can we finally purge the myth that he improved the program in any measureable way? We are at the bottom of the Dooley crater, and it might be a long climb up and over its edge.

burpee_von_rotweiler_IV writes:

UT's next coach is coming from the clearance aisle--where the merchandise is cheap and nobody else wants them.

smokysbark writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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That may or may not be true but you wouldn't be able to guage any interest at this point in their season. They would have to be high to come out and publicly say they have interest in ANY job other than their current one.

PennVol writes:

Starting to lean toward Petrino as the best coaches seem to be falling out of contention. The fallen who end up winning seem to always be forgiven. Nobody cares that Saban said he wasn't leaving Miami. Michael Vick, Tiger Woods. As long as they're winning, no one seems to care what they've done. Urban Meyer hem-hawed around at Florida but now he's the best thing to ever happen to Ohio St. Petrino, Pearl and Tressel will end up winning somewhere and I predict all will be forgotten. In the end, it really is all about winning, not how you do it. Just ask Dooley.

oscar285 writes:

in response to smokysbark:

That may or may not be true but you wouldn't be able to guage any interest at this point in their season. They would have to be high to come out and publicly say they have interest in ANY job other than their current one.

Very true. No coach with games left to play, especially at high profile programs like FSU and OU, would do ANYTHING but deny whatever rumors that were floating around. How many times did Saban publicly state, and adamamtly I might add, that he would NOT be the next coach at Alabama??? Granted, he was in the pros at the time but the analogy holds true nonetheless. And we all know how that turned out.

voloffaith writes:

in response to burpee_von_rotweiler_IV:

UT's next coach is coming from the clearance aisle--where the merchandise is cheap and nobody else wants them.

Just curious...is the last half of your blurb an accurate statement on your life..hope not ...but as momma used to say," If the shoe fits wear it." Easy to call it if it is close to home....

SharpDressedMan writes:

in response to bkgunter:

Saw a piece on Time-Free Press about how the high school coaches in three states disliked Dooley and Crew. Their poor relationship building and communication were cited repeatedly. Dooley's poor record on evaluating talent/potential was also highlighted (see punting game). He drove away real talent in favor of lesser performers. Now we find that he systematically ignored the maintenance of the talent pipeline. Just one more thing that will have to be rebuilt before any return to prominence. Given the mediocre recruiting class this guy was putting together, can we finally purge the myth that he improved the program in any measureable way? We are at the bottom of the Dooley crater, and it might be a long climb up and over its edge.

Darr was rated the number 1 punter in the nation out of high school. For all of Dooley's shortcomings, Darr's failures are not related to Dooley's evaluation of his talent. Move on to something else.

VOLSnTITANS writes:

Petrino is the only good coach UT has a realistic shot at getting. I can't imagine anyone else leaving their current job to inherit such a mess. If I were Mr. Hart I would focus all my attention and resources on locking him up before another SEC school does. No matter his background, the guy is a winner. And at the end of the day, winning is all that matters in sports.

HighlandVol writes:

Well of course they're not interested--They all still have games to play. There's no reason to create a tempest in a teapot as it were.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to bkgunter:

Saw a piece on Time-Free Press about how the high school coaches in three states disliked Dooley and Crew. Their poor relationship building and communication were cited repeatedly. Dooley's poor record on evaluating talent/potential was also highlighted (see punting game). He drove away real talent in favor of lesser performers. Now we find that he systematically ignored the maintenance of the talent pipeline. Just one more thing that will have to be rebuilt before any return to prominence. Given the mediocre recruiting class this guy was putting together, can we finally purge the myth that he improved the program in any measureable way? We are at the bottom of the Dooley crater, and it might be a long climb up and over its edge.

Vols,

Note another person dwelling in the past. We aren't talking about Derek anymore. Get with the current times or join Jeff Flowers as that's his favorite whiny subject.

armedndangerous writes:

in response to VOLSnTITANS:

Petrino is the only good coach UT has a realistic shot at getting. I can't imagine anyone else leaving their current job to inherit such a mess. If I were Mr. Hart I would focus all my attention and resources on locking him up before another SEC school does. No matter his background, the guy is a winner. And at the end of the day, winning is all that matters in sports.

Petrino is a good coach, but not what the Vols need to be the face of their program. He can coach, and he can also look you in the eyes and tell you a lie! I would not want my son to play for a guy that openly lied to the head of the department.

theghostoftriumph writes:

When UF was talking Stoops two years ago it came out that Stoops was building a 4 million
dollar house on a man made lake. If that is true I really do not see him moving.
IMHO, Fisher has underachieved in a weak conference that he should dominate.

Cousin_Eddie writes:

If Gruden, Stoops, Fisher are out, where does that leave us? Strong, Golden, or Fedora? Man, I'd rather have Petrino. I can't blame a 50-yr old troll for hooking up with a hottie in her 20s. More power to him.

123forVOLS writes:

All you Petrino-Pushers, how many championships has he won? How has his defenses fared? In fact, how many big games against highly ranked teams have his teams won? I just don't see all the excitement of his possible singing on Rocky Top.
As for the disinterest of coaches whose teams are still playing, DUH...why would they be so stupid as to distract from preparation of their teams? I do think a head coach needs to be in place in the first ten days of Dec. whomever that is. But even that is mere speculation of wanting potential recruits to see who they would possibly play for.
Finally, all the bringing up nega-Dooley stuff looks like a political campaign blaming the former elected official even after he is gone. Does that sound familiar? In any event, it's childish and accomplishes nothing. Come on Dave Hart, get us a quality Head Coach, this week if at all possible!

BeRealistic writes:

Things will start making more sense after week-ends games.

jaydubuc writes:

This hopefully eliminates two of the prospects I didn't want at TN.

JWilly writes:

Petrino was thinking with his lower brain and pulled off something really stupid. No matter how much a mess he has made of his personal life (and allowing it to spill over into his professional life), I do not think that scenario is likely to happen again. I am sure he thinks once was enough on that dumb stunt. The bottom line is that he has done nothing to raise any red flags at the NCAA home office. No matter how big a jerk he is, he has not been accused of cheating. I say, put him on a short lease and hire him. He will probably cost less than other big name coaches right now.

SEC2012 writes:

The latest rumor is that Dave Hart is waiting until after the SEC championship game to announce that the the new HC will be Sabin

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

in response to jaydubuc:

This hopefully eliminates two of the prospects I didn't want at TN.

You didn't want Stoops? Uhhhh, why?

movinonup writes:

If Hart does not already know who the next coach is going to be, we are in worse trouble than I thought. Hoping that this is already settled and just waiting until appropriate time to announce. This weekend would be sweet with the entire nation tuning in to the SEC Championship game.

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

We don't need Petrino. Yes he is a good coach, but he is not to be trusted. He was part of "jet-gate" while at Louisville, he suddenely left the Falcons when things were not going his way, and then how he left the Arky program due to his short comings. The man cannot make nor keep a committment.

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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Where you one of the fans yelling for B. Stewart to start his freshman year instead of Manning? There are some intangibles that do not show up until the kid is on campus. And the coaching staff can only work with what they were given. Our special teams were an improvement over the recent years, even if Parlady ended up being the punter.

proudveteran writes:

in response to PennVol:

Starting to lean toward Petrino as the best coaches seem to be falling out of contention. The fallen who end up winning seem to always be forgiven. Nobody cares that Saban said he wasn't leaving Miami. Michael Vick, Tiger Woods. As long as they're winning, no one seems to care what they've done. Urban Meyer hem-hawed around at Florida but now he's the best thing to ever happen to Ohio St. Petrino, Pearl and Tressel will end up winning somewhere and I predict all will be forgotten. In the end, it really is all about winning, not how you do it. Just ask Dooley.

Every body is always watching airplanes to see which coaches are in the area or whatever. There is a report that Petrino's motorcycle was spotted at "Hooters" and he was "hooting" with the "hooters"!!!!! Hire Petrino and with our probation situation and Neyland Stadium will be empty for several years when Petrino gets UT the death penalty, collects his money and moves on to greener pastures.

lafollette37766 writes:

Word out of Lexington is that Mark Stoops is the next UK coach.

BeRealistic writes:

in response to bfowler1161#262198:

We don't need Petrino. Yes he is a good coach, but he is not to be trusted. He was part of "jet-gate" while at Louisville, he suddenely left the Falcons when things were not going his way, and then how he left the Arky program due to his short comings. The man cannot make nor keep a committment.

Petrino, another Kiffin??

BigOrangeFanBeagleMom writes:

Rumor has it that all SEC schools looking for coaches made a pact that none of them would hire Petrino. We need a program with not only the ability to win, but integrity. If he wants back in the SEC, let Arkansas hire him back. That makes as much sense as UT making him an offer. Heard that Kentucky is going to announce Mark Stoops as HC this afternoon.

DukeDeLuca2 writes:

No group wants Jon Gruden to be UT's next coach more than Florida Gator fans.

Exhibit A: Gruden's lifetime winning percentage is 54% as a head coach.

Exhibit B: In Gruden's last 3 seasons at Tampa Bay, his teams went 4-12, 9-7 and 9-7.

Exhibit C: Buccaneers' fans danced in the street when Tampa Bay finally fired him. You can look it up.

Will Vol fans get excited about Gruden? Of course. Heck, Vol fans got excited about Lane Kiffin. They'll get excited about anything.

But about midway through the 2014 season, they'll be calling Sportstalk and asking how much his buyout will cost us.

It will cost us a lot more than Derek Dooley.

Here are the cold, hard facts of life. There are only a dozen or so elite head coaches who can win at the SEC level on a consistent basis.

Gruden isn't one of them.

The elite coaches all have jobs making obscene amounts of money. They don't need another Hummer in the garage.

It may take until 2020 or later, but sooner or later everyone needs to wise up and understand that we have to hire a coach and give him five years to build the program.

Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither are great football programs.

BeRealistic writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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Take your 45, stick it toward head & pull trigger. Just kidding but we all know what Dooley's shortcomings were. He's history.

LCPanthers (Inactive) writes:

in response to Cousin_Eddie:

If Gruden, Stoops, Fisher are out, where does that leave us? Strong, Golden, or Fedora? Man, I'd rather have Petrino. I can't blame a 50-yr old troll for hooking up with a hottie in her 20s. More power to him.

I totally agree.Lets just win for a change

Rock85 writes:

Tennessee Players, Alum and Fans are about to find out Just how The Big Wheels feel about Tennessee Football. And how they precieve us.. Are we stupid enough to go Blindly SUPPORT Tennessee with our Money and Time. HIRE GRUDEN!!!

jacobsvolfan writes:

Once Louisville has its final game of the year, Strong can offically accept the head coaching position at UT. Nothing is going to "offically " happen until then though.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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Let's try this again herlded "VolAlumnus".

As others have agreed, people like you want to hang on to what is behind us, just like your 'partner' Glenn Ford/KarlKremser/Flowers, you love to cling to the past negativity.........Derek Dooley in particular.

The rest of us know what happened and how it happened. We choose to move ahead, but clowns like you don't want to do that. Your choice is to be the one with the name calling........further example of how childish and immature you and Flowers really are. You know, your "Dooleft' and Flowers'
Dooleave etc.

Grow up and rejoin us later after you have done so.

By the way, your revolver is still firing blanks.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to bkgunter:

Saw a piece on Time-Free Press about how the high school coaches in three states disliked Dooley and Crew. Their poor relationship building and communication were cited repeatedly. Dooley's poor record on evaluating talent/potential was also highlighted (see punting game). He drove away real talent in favor of lesser performers. Now we find that he systematically ignored the maintenance of the talent pipeline. Just one more thing that will have to be rebuilt before any return to prominence. Given the mediocre recruiting class this guy was putting together, can we finally purge the myth that he improved the program in any measureable way? We are at the bottom of the Dooley crater, and it might be a long climb up and over its edge.

The topic isnt about Dooley. Give it a rest and stay on topic!

RoyaltyVol writes:

And if Stoops and Fisher were interested they would say, "Sure I'm currently speaking with Dave Hart about coaching at UT and I will let him know soon". Right! They always deny it.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to Rock85:

Tennessee Players, Alum and Fans are about to find out Just how The Big Wheels feel about Tennessee Football. And how they precieve us.. Are we stupid enough to go Blindly SUPPORT Tennessee with our Money and Time. HIRE GRUDEN!!!

Gruden's record sonks(SP)!

gillblog writes:

in response to PennVol:

Starting to lean toward Petrino as the best coaches seem to be falling out of contention. The fallen who end up winning seem to always be forgiven. Nobody cares that Saban said he wasn't leaving Miami. Michael Vick, Tiger Woods. As long as they're winning, no one seems to care what they've done. Urban Meyer hem-hawed around at Florida but now he's the best thing to ever happen to Ohio St. Petrino, Pearl and Tressel will end up winning somewhere and I predict all will be forgotten. In the end, it really is all about winning, not how you do it. Just ask Dooley.

My only reservation about Petrino is his tendancy to flatly abandon programs if he thinks something better is on the horizon. If he could be contracted out of such behavior or even shamed out of it, I would be happy for him to be UT's HC. And, who knows, given his damaged-goods status he might be available at a reduced salary level.

Hindsight is always 20/20, but it's taken less than 3 weeks to realize just how bad a fit Dooley was for this program. Depressing.

RoyaltyVol writes:

I still believe we get Gruden!

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to smokysbark:

I know the beat writers here have to put a story out every day but this is pretty obvious. Does anyone think that either one of these coaches, with a conference championship game and possible BCS bowl looming, would come out and say, "heck yeah, I would love that UT job! Call me!"

No.

Exactly! Right on the money! Hit the nail on the head! Could not have said it any better!

brod writes:

may the force be with you dave hart.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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Feel better now? Not worth jabbing with you.
As kids are wont to do, you can 'have the last word.'

VolsFanInAfghanistan writes:

ESPN is reporting UK strikes first with new head coach. Mark Stoops' from FSU. Will take over officially on Tuesday.

burpee_von_rotweiler_IV writes:

Somebody ought to give Dale Jones a call.
http://www.goasu.com/ViewArticle.dbml...

OwensboroVol writes:

My concern is that Dave Hart seems to believe that he can sit around and wait 2-3 months before making a decision. I was in business and College Football is a business and I know that to get the best talent you have to be prepared to move and move quickly. If Hart is any kind of a AD, He knows what Coaching Talent is and how to find it. These delays are destroying any kind of a recruiting season the new coach could have. He will almost certainly be behind the other coaches, including the new ones, in this important area and there is no one to blame except for Dave Hart. It is like Hart is intentionally trying to Sabotage the new coach. If Hart is unable to pull the trigger on hiring someone because he is afraid of making a mistake, then he needs to be terminated and should have never been hired. He has got to get going on this or We are going to be screwed again.

gobigorange5090 writes:

What is the big attraction with Gruden? His coaching record is far from stellar and wasnt he fired by Tampa?

BeRealistic writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Don't be talking about my friend (orangecountyvols) wife. Alum (BS) you comment like a high school drop out. Get a life & be something.

OwensboroVol writes:

in response to proudveteran:

Every body is always watching airplanes to see which coaches are in the area or whatever. There is a report that Petrino's motorcycle was spotted at "Hooters" and he was "hooting" with the "hooters"!!!!! Hire Petrino and with our probation situation and Neyland Stadium will be empty for several years when Petrino gets UT the death penalty, collects his money and moves on to greener pastures.

How do you figure all of that phooey? Petrino has never had the NCAA look at a program he was running. I don't agree with his choices in his personal life, but that is exactly what that is HIS PERSONAL LIFE. There seems to be a bunch of self righteous people on here and statistics tell me for every 10 of you pointing your fingers at Petrino, 5 of you did the exact same thing. As a man once said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".

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