Coaching Carousel: After wild day of Jon Gruden rumors, Tennessee's pursuit uncertain

Jon Gruden has become a hot item on the coaching wish list this season. 

(Associated Press)

Jon Gruden has become a hot item on the coaching wish list this season. (Associated Press)

Jon Gruden has broken his silence, but he hasn't sat down with Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart.

That was the biggest news to emerge from a wild day of rumors, reports and speculation about Gruden, an ESPN Monday Night Football commentator who appears to have his pick of plum jobs in college or the NFL.

Several outlets, including News Sentinel partner 247 Sports, reported Wednesday that Gruden had canceled a scheduled interview with Tennessee. No one has ruled Gruden out entirely, but Hart's focus is expected to turn to other coaches this week.

Gruden's agent, Bob LaMonte, has not returned calls or texts for comments. UT has declined to comment during the coaching search.

Here's a quick recap of the reports — Grumors, if you will — that circulated through early Wednesday morning:

Memphis television station WREG posted a report late Tuesday saying that Gruden had an offer from Tennessee that would include a partial stake in the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise recently purchased by longtime UT supporter Jimmy Haslam III.

As you might expect, Twitter exploded. But the report seemed implausible, partly because it mentioned the wrong member of the Haslam family as owning the Browns (that was later corrected), and also because it was unclear whether that scheme would even be legal under NCAA rules.

Gruden and the Browns denied any such offer existed although UT declined to formally comment.

Gruden's denial Wednesday morning — his first real comment on this saga — seemed to be aimed more at the NFL ownership possibility than the idea of him taking another coaching job. Certainly, ESPN would love for him to say, "I plan to be in the broadcasting booth in 2013 and won't entertain any other offers." But he hasn't said that — or even come close.

Most national observers believe Gruden will end up in the NFL, which is raising concerns about his role as an impartial media member for the remainder of this season. Pro Football Talk reporter Mike Florio said other coaches might be concerned about allowing Gruden unbridled access to their practices knowing he will soon be a competitor.LSU head coach Les Miles said his defensive coordinator John Chavis would be a "very good head coach" and that Tennessee should pursue him. Chavis was a longtime coordinator under former coach Phillip Fulmer.

So far, neither Chavis nor Fulmer have cropped up much in the Hart's search. Former UT offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe signed a new extension at Duke, essentially taking his name off the job market.Hip hop mogul Luther Campbell, a longtime supporter of Miami (Fla.) football, tweeted the following message without elaboration on Wednesday: "Golden to UT."

Miami coach Al Golden, in his second year with the NCAA probation-saddled Hurricanes, is thought to be a candidate Hart might like to talk to.

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hokievol writes:

Miles said Chavis "would be a very good head coach" and that Tn. should pursue him. wtf? Smells fishy. I think Miles knows how to play the media.

Runman280 writes:

in response to hokievol:

Miles said Chavis "would be a very good head coach" and that Tn. should pursue him. wtf? Smells fishy. I think Miles knows how to play the media.

Grass eater must want Chavis to get a raise as well.

TheVols54 writes:

Everyone needs to just sit back and relax, and let Hart do his job. All of us as fans can sit here and talk all day and night about who we want, or even who we think might be coming, but in all reality, it doesn't matter one bit what we say. Dave Hart and the big money guys will do what they think is the best fit for the university. Also, no matter who Tennessee ends up hiring to replace Dooley, come August 31 we will be in the stands, wearing our beloved orange and white, and cheer on our Vols! We can sit here all day and say things like "Gruden or bust" or "I'm not renewing my tickets or buying tickets unless we make a home-run type hire", but the truth is that we will still stand behind our coach until it is apparent that a change needs to be made. With that said....

GO VOLS!!!! 275 days until we beat the brakes off of Austin Peay!!!!!

hokievol writes:

in response to Runman280:

Grass eater must want Chavis to get a raise as well.

Prob. right. Or maybe its the better to know your enemy philosophy.

Ayres_Hall writes:

I wonder if Gruden will get the same drunk bimbo greeting as Saban did at Bama? That was awesome.

MathMan1973 writes:

"Arkansas went from a preseason top-10 ranking to a 4-8 record. There was the embarrassing loss to Louisiana-Monroe and the beatdown by Alabama. The Hogs' once-great offense, with talented quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis, finished last in the SEC in scoring and rushing.

You can blame it on former coach Bobby Petrino, interim replacement John L. Smith or the players. During 4-8 seasons, there is plenty of blame to go around. But regardless, the fact of the matter is that only the USC Trojans were a bigger bust in college football this season. The Razorbacks are now left looking at a situation with no BCS game, no winning record and no coach.

Ah, yes, no coach. Arkansas will have a difficult time attracting A-list coaches to take over the program, and I still believe that to be the case. Yes, there were those reports that Arkansas made a five-year, $27.5 million offer to LSU Tigers coach Les Miles, but as expected, LSU spent the money it needed to in order to keep him.

If luring an elite coach from a division rival isn't the Razorbacks' quick fix, how can Arkansas pick up the pieces and put its program back on track?"

This quote was taken from ESPN...Do you see any similarities to the VOLS and their search for a coach?

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Hart probably needs to go ahead and introduce Petrino as the new coach so he can start recruiting. Can't imagine him waiting more than another week to do this.

GloryDays writes:

This is a first in my life time, I agree with a hip hop mogul? I believe Al Golden will be the new coach of the Vols. It makes the most sense.

totoiv writes:

I don't envy Hart's job. There is no way he is going to make every fan happy. And, with other vacancies in the SEC some of the other coaches on UT's list will end up there. If any of those teams do better than UT next year the fans will point to them and say Hart made a mistake. He has to hit a home run with this hire. He is amost in a no win situation.

gwh_1947 writes:

I am still leaning to Doeren of NIU. He's been associated with a winner at Wisconsin, is a former defensive coordinator (five years) under Barry Alvarez as well as recruiting coordinator, head coach of a top 25 team with an offense that features a multi-purpose quarterback who can run or pass. Team should be undefeated, but lost by one point to Iowa in the last two minutes of the game (field goal). For sure, he will make NIU the next Boise State.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

"Golden to UT."

If this is true, then I'm done giving money to UT athletics. Al Golden is a more experienced version of Derek Dooley. You can pretty much disregard anything that he has done at Miami and just look at his time with Temple. He made Temple mediocre instead of horrible...whoopty poop. We might as well have kept Dooley if all we're going to get is Dooley 2.0.

I mean, Bobby Petrino will come in and he will win. That's all he's done at other programs. He's a better Xs and Os coach than any other SEC head coach. He will win with our guys. Maybe he's gone in 3 or 4 years, but that will be a good 3 or 4 years. Al Golden will spend the next 8 years turning UT into a rich man's Miss State. I thought we wanted more for this program.

Waking up to find Golden is our coach would be the equivalent of getting a new Blackberry for Christmas.

alavol writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Hart probably needs to go ahead and introduce Petrino as the new coach so he can start recruiting. Can't imagine him waiting more than another week to do this.

agree! why wait for Auburn to grab him?

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to GloryDays:

This is a first in my life time, I agree with a hip hop mogul? I believe Al Golden will be the new coach of the Vols. It makes the most sense.

I tend to agree and have felt for quite some time that he was the most logical choice. He's won in two very difficult situations: at Temple, who was kicked out of the Big East for being "non-competitive" (Ouch!), and at Miami, a team just off of NCAA troubles and with more NCAA problems on the horizon and who, apparently, conveniently forgot to let him know this was coming. He can recruit South Florida, he's a defense-minded coach, (former LB at Penn State), we can afford him, UT is an upgrade (in facilities, tradition, and conference affiliation), and he's reportedly disgruntled at the Canes' self-imposed bowl ban. And realistically, if a school self-imposes a bowl ban in anticipation of an NCAA investigation, that can't be a good sign. Miami's season is over so he can start immediately both to assemble his staff and hit the recruiting trail. He's young enough to be energetic but old enough that were he to succeed it would be unlikely he would leave until he retired. He's not as flashy as some would like but he has all the things we need and he's about as risk-free as you'll find short of a guy with a NC in his pocket. Go Vols!!!

GloryDays writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

"Golden to UT."

If this is true, then I'm done giving money to UT athletics. Al Golden is a more experienced version of Derek Dooley. You can pretty much disregard anything that he has done at Miami and just look at his time with Temple. He made Temple mediocre instead of horrible...whoopty poop. We might as well have kept Dooley if all we're going to get is Dooley 2.0.

I mean, Bobby Petrino will come in and he will win. That's all he's done at other programs. He's a better Xs and Os coach than any other SEC head coach. He will win with our guys. Maybe he's gone in 3 or 4 years, but that will be a good 3 or 4 years. Al Golden will spend the next 8 years turning UT into a rich man's Miss State. I thought we wanted more for this program.

Waking up to find Golden is our coach would be the equivalent of getting a new Blackberry for Christmas.

Several differences between Dooley and Golden. Dooley has never won anywhere, everything he has was given to him by his daddy. Golden took a terrible Temple team and won 8-9 games. Miami is on probation and a mess, no fan base, poor administration. Golden is a good recruiter, good coach, can slap donors on the back and kiss babies. He looks young and distinguished, competitive, and wants to make more money and win. This is a destination stop for him. He needs good assistants and a break or two and he will get the Vols back on track. Winning 10 games may not happen next year but there will be some signature wins and something we hadn't seen in 3 years, "improvement". Give him a chance and Get on the band wagon.

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

"Golden to UT."

If this is true, then I'm done giving money to UT athletics. Al Golden is a more experienced version of Derek Dooley. You can pretty much disregard anything that he has done at Miami and just look at his time with Temple. He made Temple mediocre instead of horrible...whoopty poop. We might as well have kept Dooley if all we're going to get is Dooley 2.0.

I mean, Bobby Petrino will come in and he will win. That's all he's done at other programs. He's a better Xs and Os coach than any other SEC head coach. He will win with our guys. Maybe he's gone in 3 or 4 years, but that will be a good 3 or 4 years. Al Golden will spend the next 8 years turning UT into a rich man's Miss State. I thought we wanted more for this program.

Waking up to find Golden is our coach would be the equivalent of getting a new Blackberry for Christmas.

Why don't we ask Arkansas or Louisville if the winning for a few years was worth it? I'd say not. And making Temple "mediocre" is quite an accomplishment I might add. Dooley never won anywhere, including UT, and likely never will. Al Golden has won everywhere he's been and in much tougher situations that ours, Temple and probation-loving Miami. He is absolutely an upgrade over Dooley and strictly speaking, he's proven more in the college game than Gruden, everybody's anointed savior. Some want an unproven NFL guy (Gruden), some want a guy with a NC trophy (Stoops), nobody wants a coordinator, and most think a winner from a mid-major is "settling" for less than we deserve. The first two aren't happening so who's left? Only guys that are sitting pretty where they are, ie... Patterson, Fisher, Peterson, etc... So, we're back to Golden, Fedora, Jones, or a mid-major guy. It's just the way it is. To assume that only the few "dream" hires on our lists could win big at UT is not only ignorant, it's arrogant as well. There are fifty coaches out there that could win here, including Golden, and we'll just have to trust Hart to find the right one. Go Vols!!!

whiskeyman writes:

Miles is trying to get Chavis a big raise too!

kman29 writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

I tend to agree and have felt for quite some time that he was the most logical choice. He's won in two very difficult situations: at Temple, who was kicked out of the Big East for being "non-competitive" (Ouch!), and at Miami, a team just off of NCAA troubles and with more NCAA problems on the horizon and who, apparently, conveniently forgot to let him know this was coming. He can recruit South Florida, he's a defense-minded coach, (former LB at Penn State), we can afford him, UT is an upgrade (in facilities, tradition, and conference affiliation), and he's reportedly disgruntled at the Canes' self-imposed bowl ban. And realistically, if a school self-imposes a bowl ban in anticipation of an NCAA investigation, that can't be a good sign. Miami's season is over so he can start immediately both to assemble his staff and hit the recruiting trail. He's young enough to be energetic but old enough that were he to succeed it would be unlikely he would leave until he retired. He's not as flashy as some would like but he has all the things we need and he's about as risk-free as you'll find short of a guy with a NC in his pocket. Go Vols!!!

currently Miami is struggling to win recruiting battles in south florida. So what makes you think Golden can recruit there?

tnvol34 writes:

GRUDEN! STRONG! PETRINO!

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

I want mark hudspeth, he's the opposite of dooley

volfaninutah writes:

Petrino, can coach and could recruit. But, how are parents gonna accept him in their home on visits when he starts talking about integrity etc... it could be a stumbling block.

lafollette37766 writes:

I have never thought Gruden wanted to come to UT. If he was that interested he probably would have already signed on. With NFL jobs probably opening at Philly and Dallas he can write his own ticket.

trubleoj#657755 writes:

Integrity? We are gonna beat Bama, Florida and you are going in the first round to the NFL. That is ALL you have to convince them of. These are 17 and 18 yr olds whacked out on ADHD drugs, video games, twitter and sexting. Integrity is not in their dictionary. All Saban tells recruits is " you will win the SEC and play for the NC at least 2 of the years you play and I promise you'll never see the inside of a cop car regardless what you do". #epicwin

zackster writes:

in response to trubleoj#657755:

Integrity? We are gonna beat Bama, Florida and you are going in the first round to the NFL. That is ALL you have to convince them of. These are 17 and 18 yr olds whacked out on ADHD drugs, video games, twitter and sexting. Integrity is not in their dictionary. All Saban tells recruits is " you will win the SEC and play for the NC at least 2 of the years you play and I promise you'll never see the inside of a cop car regardless what you do". #epicwin

What about the head coach being a role model for youth of E. Tennessee and the state? And, as a role model for the area in general? A school's head coach is better known nationwide than its AD, Chancellor, or President and ,therefore, helps define its reputation. If you really love the University of Tennessee, you will not want a person with Petrino's reputation setting its reputation. You will not want win-at-all-cost. That price is too high.

Scoon writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

"Golden to UT."

If this is true, then I'm done giving money to UT athletics. Al Golden is a more experienced version of Derek Dooley. You can pretty much disregard anything that he has done at Miami and just look at his time with Temple. He made Temple mediocre instead of horrible...whoopty poop. We might as well have kept Dooley if all we're going to get is Dooley 2.0.

I mean, Bobby Petrino will come in and he will win. That's all he's done at other programs. He's a better Xs and Os coach than any other SEC head coach. He will win with our guys. Maybe he's gone in 3 or 4 years, but that will be a good 3 or 4 years. Al Golden will spend the next 8 years turning UT into a rich man's Miss State. I thought we wanted more for this program.

Waking up to find Golden is our coach would be the equivalent of getting a new Blackberry for Christmas.

Hey you with the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious name, some of us LOVE getting Blackberry and at any time of the year!

Caio.

69grad writes:

in response to hokievol:

Miles said Chavis "would be a very good head coach" and that Tn. should pursue him. wtf? Smells fishy. I think Miles knows how to play the media.

The last time an SEC coach (Saban) recommended a head coach for us, it didn't turn out too well.

123forVOLS writes:

DwayneEMDHC...Keep your money. It is highly likely you will dislike whomever the next UT head coach is. So keep the money. Petrino will go and win 8-9 games and almost beat the top SEC teams. Keep your money. In 3-4 years with Petrino, we see a motorcycle/train wreck and are still looking for a head coach. Keep your money. I don't know who the next coach will be but I do know this, I don't have to make the call and you Money-keeper don't get to make it. We all live with it. It would be nice to have the new coach named soon but again, that is not our call.

SummittsCourt writes:

Gruden canceled a scheduled meeting? I wonder why?

Not interested afterall?

Time to move on from the Gruden madness!

AlpharettaVol writes:

in response to zackster:

What about the head coach being a role model for youth of E. Tennessee and the state? And, as a role model for the area in general? A school's head coach is better known nationwide than its AD, Chancellor, or President and ,therefore, helps define its reputation. If you really love the University of Tennessee, you will not want a person with Petrino's reputation setting its reputation. You will not want win-at-all-cost. That price is too high.

Everything you say is spot on. I have been following the Vols since Hank Lauricella/Andy Kozar/Doug Atkins days and have more Orange apparel than I can ever wear. Having said that I recognize that life is more than just wins and losses on the football field. A football coach is the most important person in many of these kids' lives. I think the university has an obligation to understand this responsibility and hire a coach who can wins games AND turn out Vols for Life who are Prepared for Life. In other words, run as fast as you can away from Petrino!

rocky_topper writes:

This athletic department has sat for 12 days welcoming all of the attention and PR that it has received for every time the Tennessee name was thrown out. They have let these "Grumors" spiral out of control without once addressing them. Watch and see if the joke won't be on them in the end and it doesn't cost them even more and bite them square in the A&&!

rocky_topper writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Gruden canceled a scheduled meeting? I wonder why?

Not interested afterall?

Time to move on from the Gruden madness!

He got tired of fooling with them! Can't say that I blame him!

TKO writes:

I mentioned a few weeks ago I thought Golden would get the nod. Easy hire and one of just a few that has the potential to remain at Tennessee for a long time, which I believe weighs heavy in the search. UT is tired of the carousel and instability.
I think it is Golden s to turn down.

Sir_Spanky writes:

in response to lafollette37766:

I have never thought Gruden wanted to come to UT. If he was that interested he probably would have already signed on. With NFL jobs probably opening at Philly and Dallas he can write his own ticket.

The only thing wrong with Dallas is Jerry Jones. Big problem. Gruden's got too many options to have to deal with that.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

I wonder if Gruden will get the same drunk bimbo greeting as Saban did at Bama? That was awesome.

No, bammer's have graduated to sexual assault as a show of affection.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

The only thing wrong with Dallas is Jerry Jones. Big problem. Gruden's got too many options to have to deal with that.

Mike Holmgren will be the Cowboy's next coach..

stevefrommemphis writes:

Saban will be available by December 8 if Georgia beats Bama Saturday. The Bammers will spend the entire week complaining and questioning all his decisions (like they did after the A&M loss). There will be much discord in the Heart of Dixie, because there will be no way Bama can claim a 53rd national championship. Saban will say: "I'm sick of the expectations here. OK, if you Gumps don't love me, I'll leave and go coach your biggest out of state rival."

GreeneVol writes:

I wonder which way the coaching search wind will blow tomorrow...

Media Masters, 'cancelled' interviews, smoke-screen statements, denials...nobody really knows anything in this guessing game at this time. Especially the hip hop dude.

volvann writes:

in response to TheVols54:

Everyone needs to just sit back and relax, and let Hart do his job. All of us as fans can sit here and talk all day and night about who we want, or even who we think might be coming, but in all reality, it doesn't matter one bit what we say. Dave Hart and the big money guys will do what they think is the best fit for the university. Also, no matter who Tennessee ends up hiring to replace Dooley, come August 31 we will be in the stands, wearing our beloved orange and white, and cheer on our Vols! We can sit here all day and say things like "Gruden or bust" or "I'm not renewing my tickets or buying tickets unless we make a home-run type hire", but the truth is that we will still stand behind our coach until it is apparent that a change needs to be made. With that said....

GO VOLS!!!! 275 days until we beat the brakes off of Austin Peay!!!!!

Finally sanity... My wife and I were there till the last play against Kentucky. We support team through the good times and now the not so good times. But it is like I tell my friends in SC, just because we have lost some does not mean I am going to become a Clemson or Notre Dame fan over night. Only Ut orange here. Let the UT staff do their jobs, then get butts in seats and cheer for the orange and white.

docwater#225789 writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

Why don't we ask Arkansas or Louisville if the winning for a few years was worth it? I'd say not. And making Temple "mediocre" is quite an accomplishment I might add. Dooley never won anywhere, including UT, and likely never will. Al Golden has won everywhere he's been and in much tougher situations that ours, Temple and probation-loving Miami. He is absolutely an upgrade over Dooley and strictly speaking, he's proven more in the college game than Gruden, everybody's anointed savior. Some want an unproven NFL guy (Gruden), some want a guy with a NC trophy (Stoops), nobody wants a coordinator, and most think a winner from a mid-major is "settling" for less than we deserve. The first two aren't happening so who's left? Only guys that are sitting pretty where they are, ie... Patterson, Fisher, Peterson, etc... So, we're back to Golden, Fedora, Jones, or a mid-major guy. It's just the way it is. To assume that only the few "dream" hires on our lists could win big at UT is not only ignorant, it's arrogant as well. There are fifty coaches out there that could win here, including Golden, and we'll just have to trust Hart to find the right one. Go Vols!!!

A sure sign of the apocalyse....an intelligent comment on this site!

vol98champ writes:

in response to volfaninutah:

Petrino, can coach and could recruit. But, how are parents gonna accept him in their home on visits when he starts talking about integrity etc... it could be a stumbling block.

Most kids, sadly, do not have parents. A single mom wants her athlete to be successful. Integrity? Looking for it in FBS is like trying to escape a maze.

CMKSIDESHOW writes:

Al Golden, well it could have been worse. As for Gruden that is nothing but a pipe dream and always will be. If Gruden comes to the college game and fails at UT that would stain him for the rest of his coaching career. He will be going pro if anything. Golden walked into not just a dumpster fire at miami but a towering inferno. I like Al Golden and whichever coach UT gets I will support. Miami would be playing in the ACC title game if it wasn't for their next 10 yrs of abyss they will be in. Golden I would take over Strong, Fedora, or Petrino. Petrino just plain quit on the falcons so I would never hire that guy he has more red flags stuck to him than all of the Florida beaches combined when a Hurricane is coming through. If Jim Tressel didn't have a show clause I would try him but with the gray cloud looming over him and having to report everytime he takes a peepee to the NCAA that would be a headache. GO VOLS!!! I welcome Al Golden and will support him. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN HIRING A COACH WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY PROVED NOTHING IN THE COACHING RANKS AKA (DOOLEY)

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

For those who seem disappointed about the football HC discussions, this is a UT sports site correct? And isn't that what it is designed for - to chat about issues affecting UT sports? What else is there to talk about that is more important for the future of the entire UT AD program?

So if you don't want to read about folks opining on the possibilities of the most important and intriguing issue in all of UT sports right now, or read about what others are thinking about that topic, why do you even read these comments at all?

Surely you are not looking for recruiting news given we have no HC and we sure as heck aint goin to a bowl game.

There are so many other options. Consider hanging out on the baseball, basketball or other UT sports threads. Cuz if you are frustrated with folks chiming in on the football HC issue, it will only increase until one is named, and then be prepared for further discussions by the supporters and nonsupporters of the decision.

And if the above does not piss you off, here's my take on the HC selection:

To AD Fart, please "no signature wins and cupcake schedules" C. Strong, or "neck brace bruised faced I promise I'll be good THIS TIME" Petrino.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

Nobody ever mentions Sean Payton who was released from his contract with the Saints by the NFL. His credentials are as good as Grudens. Next you have June Jones who took Hawaii to the top Bowls and turned SMU's death penealty days into 4 straight Bowl games. Great offensive mind with NFL experience and rcruits the state of Texas. Chris Ault is the best choice and the pistol offense is awesome but nobody seems to be able to buy him away from Reno. There are many good choices beside Gruden or Golden with much more experience..

holen1 writes:

in response to CMKSIDESHOW:

Al Golden, well it could have been worse. As for Gruden that is nothing but a pipe dream and always will be. If Gruden comes to the college game and fails at UT that would stain him for the rest of his coaching career. He will be going pro if anything. Golden walked into not just a dumpster fire at miami but a towering inferno. I like Al Golden and whichever coach UT gets I will support. Miami would be playing in the ACC title game if it wasn't for their next 10 yrs of abyss they will be in. Golden I would take over Strong, Fedora, or Petrino. Petrino just plain quit on the falcons so I would never hire that guy he has more red flags stuck to him than all of the Florida beaches combined when a Hurricane is coming through. If Jim Tressel didn't have a show clause I would try him but with the gray cloud looming over him and having to report everytime he takes a peepee to the NCAA that would be a headache. GO VOLS!!! I welcome Al Golden and will support him. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN HIRING A COACH WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY PROVED NOTHING IN THE COACHING RANKS AKA (DOOLEY)

NO GOLDEN ! NO GOLDEN ! NO GOLDEN ! If you say it 3 times it will not happen !

AllforTenn writes:

in response to AlpharettaVol:

Everything you say is spot on. I have been following the Vols since Hank Lauricella/Andy Kozar/Doug Atkins days and have more Orange apparel than I can ever wear. Having said that I recognize that life is more than just wins and losses on the football field. A football coach is the most important person in many of these kids' lives. I think the university has an obligation to understand this responsibility and hire a coach who can wins games AND turn out Vols for Life who are Prepared for Life. In other words, run as fast as you can away from Petrino!

Glad to see another poster who remembers the Lauricella, Kozar, Atkins days. Those were my earliest days as a Vol fan. Your post, as well as zackster's, is right on.

westknoxrepub writes:

Golden. . .Losing record.

Strong. . .Two 7-6 years at Louisville, can't win the Big east, underachieves.

Petrino. . .character issues, and will he be able to recruit after the scandal.

Gruden. . .probably the coach with the best immediate impact.

Patterson. . .going to Arkansas

Fischer. . .if he leaves he'll probably go to Auburn.

Why has nobody mentioned Randy Shannon?

VolVox writes:

People are not giving proper credit to Strong & Golden for the work each did under adverse conditions. Ask any U of L or Miami fan what the state of each of those programs was prior to the arrival of each of these coaches. Mention Steve Kragthorpe to any U of L fan, and he/she will immediately begin to retch involuntarily. U of L has now lost a couple of games, but that is a relatively young team with a lot of talent, which should tell you several things. At U of M, can you imagine what recruiting has been like for Golden when opposing coaches are able to tell high school kids that nobody even knows yet what the NCAA will do to the 'Canes? It is amazing Golden has convinced any good recruit to sign.

CommodoreCapital writes:

Maybe UT fans should temper their expectations and shoot for Jay Gruden instead of brother Jon.

LCPanthers (Inactive) writes:

Please not Golden---what has he proven??
I still say-GRUDEN-PETRINO-TUBERVILLE-LETS JUST
WIN.

LCPanthers (Inactive) writes:

in response to GloryDays:

This is a first in my life time, I agree with a hip hop mogul? I believe Al Golden will be the new coach of the Vols. It makes the most sense.

What kind of sense does it make???Just another so-so coach who has not proved anything.There has got to be a better choice than that.

123forVOLS writes:

Oh I get it now. I know why all the media keep the Grumors, the Goldenoppts.; the Stroninclinations going. They are upset that they are being kept out of the loop by Hart and the ones really involved in this search. Why did it take me so long to see this? It could be the sinus meds. or the continued sadness that the Vols didn't do better this year and we could avoid all this mess.
Carry on, all you projecting prognosticators. It will be fun to watch but sadly meaningless until we hear from the Hart of the Matter. Meanwhile, old Adams and all the rest, will be on edge and continually stir up stuff. The band plays on.

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