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VirginnyVol writes:

I'm glad. We need a worker bee not a beauty queen!

alavol writes:

You deserve what you get- I have been raving about Petrino ever since Dooley got fired- he should have been fired after the Kentucky game last year-now I read in the Huntsville Times front page today "A family dilemma: Considering his transgressions, is Petrino the right man for the job?" Auburn will probably announce during half time of the SEC game that Petrino will be their coach and he will beat the SEC like a drum! Meanwhile everybody has been moaning about Gruden who sounds just like Kiffin! Go after a winner now before Auburn snags him. all he needs is a Harley. All transgressions can be put in a contract. Especially if he leaves early, make him pay for it, not like Kiffin- use your law department, they ought to know "coaches" laws.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to alavol:

You deserve what you get- I have been raving about Petrino ever since Dooley got fired- he should have been fired after the Kentucky game last year-now I read in the Huntsville Times front page today "A family dilemma: Considering his transgressions, is Petrino the right man for the job?" Auburn will probably announce during half time of the SEC game that Petrino will be their coach and he will beat the SEC like a drum! Meanwhile everybody has been moaning about Gruden who sounds just like Kiffin! Go after a winner now before Auburn snags him. all he needs is a Harley. All transgressions can be put in a contract. Especially if he leaves early, make him pay for it, not like Kiffin- use your law department, they ought to know "coaches" laws.

I don't agree with you about Gruden, but I absolutely agree with you about Petrino. He is a proven winner and the best available coach out there. Of course, the sanctimonious fans who have never made a mistake will not like the hire. Too bad.

pcorange writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

I don't agree with you about Gruden, but I absolutely agree with you about Petrino. He is a proven winner and the best available coach out there. Of course, the sanctimonious fans who have never made a mistake will not like the hire. Too bad.

Petrino's infidelity is not the reason I wouldn't want him, it is his loyalty. I don't see him settling in anywhere to see anything through. He never has.

SoddyVol writes:

Maybe the AD will come up with a great hire but with all the problems that arose with the Womens BB program upon Pat leaving, His hesitation in firing Dooley, and a few other problems, I have very little confidence in Hart.

pcorange writes:

Anybody else see Gruden as a self absorbed head case? He could have ended this weeks ago. He knew he didn't want the job, he is just addicted to the attention and being chased. I hope this is the last time he is ever considered for a UT coaching position.

thevoice writes:

I'll admit I was first very excited about Jon possibly coming. As the days and weeks passed, I realized Jon was the equivalent of a 5-star recruit, complete with super talent but always followed by drama.

Moesart writes:

We need a great college coach with experience. Not some guy that flunked out of his NFL job and has been sitting in a TV booth getting fat for years.

Rockytopfan96 writes:

I'm kinda glad too. Besides transitioning from NFL to SEC would be a tough job. I don't think that he could fulfill that. Honestly,I really want to see Tyler Bray back too. Even though I LOVE him, I don't quite think that is is NFL ripe. If Gruden was the coach, he could have given Tyler a lot of pointers. Now, we will have to see what the future will bring us!

johnshanks writes:

If you are not sickened that Dave Hart bungled this opportunity to get Gruden to Tennessee, you are either very old, have unrealistic expectations as to where the Tennessee football program is nationally, or are just plain dumb. It is not about x's and o's..... Gruden would have brought an instant brand to Tennessee, igniting recruiting. He would have revitalized the program the way Dickey did in the 60's. Keep in mind, Dickey was only here 6 years yet completely resurrected a dead program. If you don't think we need firepower to do the same here, you are nuts. This isn't a job where we just need an honest coach who can work hard and coach them up. We are going against multi-millionaire superstar coaches and staffs. And we could have one-upped the whole freaking league. And Dave Hart didn't want to because he clearly has a side deal with Fisher that has been in place for a long time. Listen, you don't want rogue boosters running your program. Problem here is, Peyton Manning is not a rogue booster, and his opinion was shot down by a Bama's former AD. Pathetic

CRFVols writes:

Where's the choice for "not surprised"?

Vols_fan_27 writes:

All the hype surrounding this whole Gruden situation was all brought on by media speculation begining well before the season. While it was a fun idea to kick around, anyone that really thought Gruden was coming to UT was kidding themselves. Grudens name always gets thrown around toward the end of every season and he loves that. That's why he rarely ever acknowledges it. He likes the attention. While yes, I think he would have immediately made us relavent again, it was nothing more than a far fetched idea. Personally I am glad all the drama surrounding this whole "Gruden to UT" mess is over and hopefully they make the right hire in the coming days/weeks... All of this is JMO... but GBO!

copia69296 writes:

I think Gruden was tired of hearing that he was coming to UT. I like Jon, think he knows the game, but this whole process became about him and not UT.

Gruden inherited a Tony Dungy Tampa Bay team and won the Super Bowl his first year (2002) , beating the Oakland Raiders, who he just left. So... he took someone elses team and beat his old team. After 2002 he went 7-9, 5-11, 11-5, 4-12, 9-7, and then 9-7 in his final season in 2008. Only twice did he make it to the playoffs and was beaten both times in the first round.

Is this a record UT fans would tolerate?

VolBy3 writes:

I'm very glad its over and hope it does not come back. We do not need a NAME. We need a COACH that can create a TEAM from the coaching staff on down and knows his X's and O's. Players are very important but the best team usually wins games. Wins will bring in the players during recruiting and we build from there. I believe that Dave Hart knows his job rests on this next hire and will act accordingly. Relax and let him work. We're still playing football and some candidates can not be approached yet or must be very secretly because of the way people like to blab. I have none of this "insider knowledge" that seems to be everywhere but I think our next coach is still coaching and will be till next year. I can wait.

All4Vols!!

FWBVol writes:

in response to alavol:

You deserve what you get- I have been raving about Petrino ever since Dooley got fired- he should have been fired after the Kentucky game last year-now I read in the Huntsville Times front page today "A family dilemma: Considering his transgressions, is Petrino the right man for the job?" Auburn will probably announce during half time of the SEC game that Petrino will be their coach and he will beat the SEC like a drum! Meanwhile everybody has been moaning about Gruden who sounds just like Kiffin! Go after a winner now before Auburn snags him. all he needs is a Harley. All transgressions can be put in a contract. Especially if he leaves early, make him pay for it, not like Kiffin- use your law department, they ought to know "coaches" laws.

Petrino is poison and you don't want poison sitting on you front porch. You can put all the legal implications you want in his contract, but that doesn't mean he won't go back to his established behavior pattern.

You can put a morals clause in the contract and a $10 million buyout if he left for another job, but those things wouldn't cover the damage to the program if he left or decided to take another motorcycle ride in the next two or three years.

I know boys will be boys, but Petrino is way past the boys point in his life. Yes, the rewards with hiring Petrino could be extreme, but the risks could be even greater.

Everyone talks about what a great coach Petrino is, but he has yet to win even a division title. Yes, he wins games, but I want someone that wins championships and I don't know if Petrino is able to do that.

SummittsCourt writes:

Where are the Hire Gruden or else criers? Where are those who said it was Gruden or bust?

Jenna1009 writes:

in response to alavol:

You deserve what you get- I have been raving about Petrino ever since Dooley got fired- he should have been fired after the Kentucky game last year-now I read in the Huntsville Times front page today "A family dilemma: Considering his transgressions, is Petrino the right man for the job?" Auburn will probably announce during half time of the SEC game that Petrino will be their coach and he will beat the SEC like a drum! Meanwhile everybody has been moaning about Gruden who sounds just like Kiffin! Go after a winner now before Auburn snags him. all he needs is a Harley. All transgressions can be put in a contract. Especially if he leaves early, make him pay for it, not like Kiffin- use your law department, they ought to know "coaches" laws.

They where rumors about petrino when he was in Louisville, he left the falcons in mid season and he got himself fired at arkansas. He may win games but at what cost. If Tn hadn't been through so many coaching changes maybe they could afford to take a chance on Petrino. but Tn needs someone who can not only win games but bring an end to the coaching staff rotation. If Tenn is going to take on such a risk I would prefer it be on a individual who hasn't had head coaching experience like a Greg Roman.

Wilhelm16 writes:

in response to pcorange:

Petrino's infidelity is not the reason I wouldn't want him, it is his loyalty. I don't see him settling in anywhere to see anything through. He never has.

His infidelity is just further evidence of his lack of loyalty.

TKO writes:

Golden from Miami is most likely to stay longer than other candidates. I believe he will get the nod by Dec. 5th. Mora looks favorable. UT needs stability as much as experience at HC.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to TKO:

Golden from Miami is most likely to stay longer than other candidates. I believe he will get the nod by Dec. 5th. Mora looks favorable. UT needs stability as much as experience at HC.

golden is 40-45 he is Dooley 2.0

Vols_fan_27 writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

golden is 40-45 he is Dooley 2.0

While I don't know that Golden is the answer, almost half of those 45 losses came within his first 2 years at Temple. Remember they were 1-11 in his first year. His last two seasons they were 17-8. Signs of progress...GBO!

jimr07 writes:

Dear Dave Hart:
I told you what you needed to do.. You should check on here every day to get the best football advice available. And, when you do hire a coach, please fill him in on checking this out every day to see who he should recruit, who should be on his staff, who should be starting etc.. Well, Dave, you get the idea.. This site is so full of good football advice.. You should consider yourself lucky. These guys have ALL the answers.

Southland writes:

I honestly should not be suprised that after embarrassing ourselves for five years talking up Gruden that we now have fans that have stooped to wanting to hire Petrino. I am amazed at how low UT fans will go

RockVegas writes:

I wanted him at first like everyone else,but he didn't want the job so move to the next person.I know I will get alot of heat for saying this but I think C.Strong should get the nod.If we were looking for a football coach before we got coach Zo,I believe he would be our man,plus he got Florida ties and that's what we need some real football playes.Those young guns from Ga/Bama last night were big time studs.They played like like they been around 2 or 3 years,my goodness they are good.Find me a coach....GBO.

Chope writes:

in response to copia69296:

I think Gruden was tired of hearing that he was coming to UT. I like Jon, think he knows the game, but this whole process became about him and not UT.

Gruden inherited a Tony Dungy Tampa Bay team and won the Super Bowl his first year (2002) , beating the Oakland Raiders, who he just left. So... he took someone elses team and beat his old team. After 2002 he went 7-9, 5-11, 11-5, 4-12, 9-7, and then 9-7 in his final season in 2008. Only twice did he make it to the playoffs and was beaten both times in the first round.

Is this a record UT fans would tolerate?

We live in a rock star world, kids would have flocked here, if you have better players you win more than not. I am old and wish ethics, hard work, disclipine appealed to 18 year olds, but they loved Kiffin and oregon. They all have seen Gruden on mnf, noone else will be as attractive as him.

alumni98 writes:

We need a huge proven winner or we have 3-4 more years of 7-5 (IF WE ARE LUCKY!!). Don't believe me?? Lets look at the coaches in the SEC that will continue to beat us without a HOMERUN hire...Sabah, spurrier, Richt, miles, sumlin, Franklin, muschamp, freeze, Peterson (arky), petrino (auburn)....spend the money get a proven WINNER or disappear into the bottom of the SEC for another 3 years!!!!!!!!

david_light_38230#225602 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

I don't agree with you about Gruden, but I absolutely agree with you about Petrino. He is a proven winner and the best available coach out there. Of course, the sanctimonious fans who have never made a mistake will not like the hire. Too bad.

Petrino hasn't made one mistake . . . he has made numerous, in fact at every coaching stop hes made!!

Petrino is NOT the answer for our VOLS!!

DonK37920 writes:

Nick Saban said he would not be Alabama's next coach just before accepting.

VolBy3 writes:

I've said it in other posts. The wanting for Gruden is ridiculous. If we have Gruden money we have Saban money. In 4 years Gruden might have us in the NC game, Saban will. The recruits and monies would flow in and UT is back in the black. If we don't want to spend the money, then hire who we can and hope for the best. We will get what we pay for.

All4Vols!!

OwensboroVol writes:

As long as the Tennessee Supporters try to control what their Coach does in his own bedroom we'll never have a decent coach. Petrino was, by far, the best coach available and I can't believe we are turning our backs on this guy because he had a girlfriend. First, It is NONE of our business. 2ND half the people running him down has done the same thing. When whatever school that gets him is whipping our butts every year remember our holier than thou attitudes. As far as Gruden goes, all of you guys who actually thought he was coming to Tennessee, I have a couple of bridges in New York City I want to sell you! You have no sense at all!

BradleyJKinkaid writes:

in response to pcorange:

Petrino's infidelity is not the reason I wouldn't want him, it is his loyalty. I don't see him settling in anywhere to see anything through. He never has.

BINGO! Put aside whatever you think about marital infidelity (I think it's very wrong), and look at the big picture trends with Petrino.

I lived in Louisville when he was there and he owned that city. They worshipped him. If he had stayed there another 2-3 yrs at least who knows what he could have done, they were ranking in the top five!

But he has an issue with being content. He left Louisville in a shady manner, left Atlanta in a shady manner, and cheated on his wife in a shady manner.

For a program that has recently struggled with NCAA issues, Petrino & B. Davis are not the solution. There other good coaches out there who don't have the black marks they do. I know everybody makes mistakes and can be forgiven, but that doesn't mean you don't have to sometimes struggle through the leftover consequences. Petrino shouldn't be in the SEC again, yet.

I think Strong would be a solid hire, along with the other big names of Gundy, Mora, and Fisher. I've read some things about Jones that seem impressive, but I like Strong the best.

He has spent years under winning coaches (Spurrier & Meyer), years in Fla. with recruiting ties, and he has UofL back on track. He's the guy.

arkyvol writes:

in response to BradleyJKinkaid:

BINGO! Put aside whatever you think about marital infidelity (I think it's very wrong), and look at the big picture trends with Petrino.

I lived in Louisville when he was there and he owned that city. They worshipped him. If he had stayed there another 2-3 yrs at least who knows what he could have done, they were ranking in the top five!

But he has an issue with being content. He left Louisville in a shady manner, left Atlanta in a shady manner, and cheated on his wife in a shady manner.

For a program that has recently struggled with NCAA issues, Petrino & B. Davis are not the solution. There other good coaches out there who don't have the black marks they do. I know everybody makes mistakes and can be forgiven, but that doesn't mean you don't have to sometimes struggle through the leftover consequences. Petrino shouldn't be in the SEC again, yet.

I think Strong would be a solid hire, along with the other big names of Gundy, Mora, and Fisher. I've read some things about Jones that seem impressive, but I like Strong the best.

He has spent years under winning coaches (Spurrier & Meyer), years in Fla. with recruiting ties, and he has UofL back on track. He's the guy.

if our goal is sanctimonious purity, why did we fire dooley?

you guys crack me up, kinda like my deacon who said i should switch my car mechanic because he had it on good authority he (vietnamese) was a buddhist. as i recall, my response was what the hell did that have to do with anything. i'm no long a member of that denomination.

oldster writes:

He probably could have recruited well for a while, at least. However, he was not suited for the college game. He has little patience and demands more time than the college rules allow. Further, he was way too expensive. The people who wanted UT to pay whatever it took to hire him display the same symptom that has caused the liberals to seize control of our political system. It is the old, "I do not care how much of your money it takes to give me what I want." Thank goodness, UT is NOT a democracy. I would like to not have to pay $100 for a ticket to a game.

pridebone writes:

What a stupid poll, with nonsensical options for responses. Waste of space.

Millisa writes:

Coach Gruden If your reading this by chance PLEASE come here to Tennessee We NEED You. And Hart Cough Up The Money and Get Him here

tovolny writes:

Well, FRANKLY SCARLET, I don't give a WHAM.
And, after all, tomorrow is another day. I am going to leave those sour grapes hanging up on the wall in the Caveat Emptor.

AncientVolFan writes:

Gruden would have been the second coming of Lane Kiffen with a different style but same results.

rbwtn writes:

Our school has dropped in notoriety so much over the years I think we better be glad we got what we can get and That's Strong unless we want to pull an Arkansas and really go after (or Steal) a top quality Coach at a quality school. Tennessee is a Quality School and deserves a Quality Coach!

BluezVol writes:

Gruden is like the prettiest girl in a small town. He likes to be chased by everyone while all the time knowing that he interested. Just all the other libs on TV - HUGE EGO.

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