GVX Audio: Are Tennessee coaches known for negative recruiting?

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk  before the Georgia game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 outside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk before the Georgia game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 outside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

When Michael Carvell, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's recruiting reporter, tweeted on Monday that Tennessee had become known for "negative recruiting" under coach Butch Jones, it caused a stir online.

"Coaches/recruits tell me that no college is as good with 'negative recruiting' as Tennessee," Carvell wrote.

Carvell then added, "For the record, I'm 100 percent with (former Vanderbilt coach) James Franklin who said, 'It's not negative recruiting if you're pointing out facts.' All colleges do it."

Woody Wommack, the Southeast recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, told the News Sentinel Sports Page on Tuesday that he has heard similar rumblings about Tennessee, but takes the criticism with a grain of salt.

"I guess it depends on who you listen to," Wommack said. "I know there are a few Tennessee coaches who have that reputation. I know that Clemson coaches were very unhappy when everything was going down with (receiver prospect) Josh Malone in December. But negative recruiting basically is pointing out, in the Clemson example, 'Hey, (offensive coordinator) Chad Morris might not be there next year. Do you want to go to a school where you don't know who you're going to be playing for?'"

Wommack agreed with Carvell that so-called negative recruiting is present throughout college football.

"People negative recruit against Tennessee, saying, 'Look, they haven't been good in five or six years. Do you ever want to win?'" Wommack said. "That was the Vanderbilt pitch: 'We're better than Tennessee and we're going to continue to be better than Tennessee.' Obviously, they're now gone. But that's an example. Everybody does it.

"Every coach is trying to get their message out, and I don't think it's a surprise that they're mad because Tennessee's doing well. They've been able to land a lot of guys and steal a lot of players. That's why you hear other coaches targeting them and using us in the media as a talking point."

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Comments » 7

murrayvol writes:

I guess it's working.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

"Every coach is trying to get their message out, and I don't think it's a surprise that they're mad because Tennessee's doing well.
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Good. I can't wait until Nick Saban's head pops from sheer frustration.

OrangePride writes:

When Tennessee was having its lunch eaten every day of every year by the likes of Meyer, Sabin, and Kiffin Junior, aka Franklin, then all was fair and just "providing facts and information." Now CBJ is eating other peoples'lunch and it's not fair? This comes under the heading of, "too bad, too sad.". We're trying to rebuild and we are selling UT...not Clemson or any other school. And just BTW, CBJ is doing a dang good job of just that. THAT is what people really object to. Let's see what happens Wednesday. As of today, we're lookin' good.

bUTch__please writes:

Negative recruiting overheard -

"How you going to get in the NC at Georgia when half the team doesn't play the first three games...every year?"

"You think Spurrier waits until after the game to get hammered? Did you see October 19th???"

"You're a 5-star when Saban's recruiting you...but once there, all Freshmen must take his bi-polar daughter out on dates."

"Seriously, Muschamp? You do remember you're an offensive player right? Besides, Meyer took all the Prozac with him to Ohio, so that might give you a clue as to why 8 players have split from down there since December."

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

I question the author of this article, News Sentinel Staff.... Just who is this staff member? Is it the normal negative reporter trying to hide his cover? It's kind of a stupid question so I suspect the author is Arf Adams, John's dog. He is probably on the News Sentinel's payroll.

johndavid writes:

They all do it, you have no choice. N Dame was doing it with Wharton.

OrangePride writes:

Oh yes. One more thing. Here is a quiz. Choose the most correct answer. Who has the higher integrity quotient among the following pairs?

1. Jones or Muschamp
2. Jones or Franklin
3. Jones or Sabin
4. Jones or Urban Meyer

Need we go on?

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