John Adams: Auburn's quick fixes aren't the rule in SEC

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John Adams: Auburn's quick fixes aren't the rule in SEC

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Auburn’s dramatic rise from 3-9 in 2012 to 12-1 and a berth in this season’s national championship game has been stunning.

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atnvol#283282 writes:

Good read....alot of truth to the "too long" statement. Vols should have turned loose of Fulmer earlier than it did along with UT's "in over his head" athletic director.

Dickattrade writes:

in response to atnvol#283282:

Good read....alot of truth to the "too long" statement. Vols should have turned loose of Fulmer earlier than it did along with UT's "in over his head" athletic director.

I agree. I have a lot of respect for the job coach Fulmer did overall but he should have been replaced prior to the 08 season.
We will be back with the elite within the next four years and I hope I am alive to witness.

murrayvol writes:

in response to atnvol#283282:

Good read....alot of truth to the "too long" statement. Vols should have turned loose of Fulmer earlier than it did along with UT's "in over his head" athletic director.

Remember who orchestrated the hiring of that "in over his head" athletic director? Phil!

murrayvol writes:

In Auburn's case this was not a "quick fix". Malzahn recruited most of the considerable talent that was evident on the field this year. All he had to do was return to the Plains and take up where he left off. He also benefitted from the arrival of yet another qb who "sinned" at another SEC school. He's still got work to do on defense but truth is they don't need much defense.

Tennessee on the other hand is nearing the end of a full on crash and burn. Very few players on this team qualify as top tier SEC talent and they all start. I challenge anyone to find a backup player that would make the 2 deep at any other top tier SEC school.

bUTch__please writes:

in response to murrayvol:

In Auburn's case this was not a "quick fix". Malzahn recruited most of the considerable talent that was evident on the field this year. All he had to do was return to the Plains and take up where he left off. He also benefitted from the arrival of yet another qb who "sinned" at another SEC school. He's still got work to do on defense but truth is they don't need much defense.

Tennessee on the other hand is nearing the end of a full on crash and burn. Very few players on this team qualify as top tier SEC talent and they all start. I challenge anyone to find a backup player that would make the 2 deep at any other top tier SEC school.

True this. Malzahn had over half of this team who knew his plays, the language and offensive concepts. Plug in a "Cam, Jr" and off to the races.

No comparison to our team who in 6 years had 3 different OC's, 5 different DC's, 4 different strength programs and the roster/recruiting depletion from 4 Head Coach changes.

B.R.U.T.A.L.

murrayvol writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

True this. Malzahn had over half of this team who knew his plays, the language and offensive concepts. Plug in a "Cam, Jr" and off to the races.

No comparison to our team who in 6 years had 3 different OC's, 5 different DC's, 4 different strength programs and the roster/recruiting depletion from 4 Head Coach changes.

B.R.U.T.A.L.

And we didn't even get around to Kiffin running off both Boyd and Petty. Neither could have completely righted the ship but either would've given us a few more Ws.

Yeah, B.R.U.T.A.L. pretty well sums it up.

fannotsheep writes:

Malzahn is obviously the brains at Auburn. Cutcliffe kept Fulmer in business and the Vols faded badly the first time he left. Had he stayed on instead of going to Duke, the Vols might be doing fine right now.

I give Fulmer credit for recruiting extremely well and for making several good hiring decisions. But you have to admit we benefited from several of those down periods at some other SEC schools Adams refers to in this article.

The direction is back up now and maybe little Nicky Satan has had about enough of the Tide crazies. Texas has 100 million reasons he just might leave the SEC any day now.

dfite#440781 writes:

A big mistake was keeping Fulmer too long. He refused to play freshmen and they quit coming. His last few years of recruiting were pitiful. A bigger mistake was trying to save a few bucks by hiring Dooley for $1.6M. Not laying out the $4M cash when Kiffin left cost us three years of agony.

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