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eaglentn2002#343016 writes:

I think Gruden is wishful thinking so I vote for Gary Patterson!

sdpuckett21 writes:

Has anybody considered Coach Bill Cowher?

ric1958 writes:

I still don`t get the Gruden fascination. There are many others that would be better than him.

stout40GOBIGORANGE writes:

Jon Gruden all the way baby!

pcorange writes:

I agree that Gruden is a long shot, but you never can tell. I just hope he put a clause in his ESPN contract that allows him to return to coaching without having to pay back ESPN. We couldn't afford that right now. I think Jimbo Fisher has done a decent job at FSU. Dabo Swinney looks pretty good at Clemson. Bob Stoops is probably a longer long shot than Gruden. He is at a top-notch program already, so why would he make a lateral move with the challenges a new coach is going to face here? If we don't get a big name coach to bite, I don't see anything wrong with taking Fulmer back with no buyout clause. Look how well Bill Snyder has done this year at K State at 73 years old (even though last night didn't work out so well, lol). All I know is this is a happy day. I wish Coach Dooley and his family well in their future endeavors. I truly believe he is a good man that was just in over his head at this level.

springcreekvol writes:

Bobby Petrino deserves a second shot. He wins everywhere he goes.

bseaman7117 writes:

in response to springcreekvol:

Bobby Petrino deserves a second shot. He wins everywhere he goes.

~~ said no one in Louisville and Atlanta as they watched him drive outta town...

VFL_Troll_Patrol writes:

Rehire Derek Dooley.... Duuuuuh its that simple. haha! Who ever the coach is, I hope he can understand the basics and the strategy and so on.... Dooley is and was a joke. I gave him 3 chances and 3 years, then I started disliking him after some of the wasted time outs, bad decisions, and just plain common sense mistakes. WHY TAKE OUT BRAY???? what a joke..... I wish him the best of luck. Besides, he will be sitting comfortable with that check every week. ha! The mistake Dooley made was letting Sal bring in the 3-4 D in the first year!!! Why? Wait and do that next year because this year we had guys who already knew the 4-3 and was full of talent.

*Im always watching*

BigOrangeRock writes:

Bring Fulmer back.

The rock has spoken.

SummittsCourt writes:

This is what's wrong with this fan base. Very delusional = Gruden? Cowher? Hello! they are not interested so stop it already.

1. You have to want to coach UT - Gruden does not.

2. You have to have the money to pay him - UT does not.

So stop it already.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to bseaman7117:

~~ said no one in Louisville and Atlanta as they watched him drive outta town...

I'm sure Arkansas appreciates him now too.

Hiring Petrino means UT has sunken to new lows

FWBVol writes:

I would love to get Jimbo Fisher from Florida State. The guy has everything we are looking for in a head coach.

BigOrangeSlim writes:

in response to springcreekvol:

Bobby Petrino deserves a second shot. He wins everywhere he goes.

God, Please NO!!!! Wins and losses are not EVERYTHING!!!!!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Gruden is a no-brainer because he would immediately restore excitement in the program and fan base.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Gruden is a no-brainer because he would immediately restore excitement in the program and fan base.

VolzsFan writes:

Regardless of who is available throughout football, James Franklin will continue to win big by Vanderbilt standards and when given an opportunity with real resources will win bigger than anyone. I would hire him tomorrow if he would say yes and not look back.

Since I have told, predict and educated 100% correctly over the years, I have spoken. The rest of you need to become readers and not writers.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Being realistic, UT is not a very attractive job right now. To lure a big name head coach would require a guarantee of tens of millions of dollars, which UT is not prepared to do. I think we will either have to give OJT to a position coach (which has worked out OK for Florida) or elevate a PROVEN (not a novice WAC coach with a losing record) head coach from a lesser conference. To me, Charlie Strong and Gus Malzahn are the best realistic candidates.

grandtad#1402265 writes:

I think Jimbo Fisher is a good fit for the Vols! I agree that Gruden is a far fetch.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to BigOrangeSlim:

God, Please NO!!!! Wins and losses are not EVERYTHING!!!!!!

While I agree that wins and losses are not everything, I'm not sure why so many people are so quick to black-ball Petrino. As for the relationship he had with the young woman at Arkansas, the main problem that Arkansas had was him putting her on the payroll over more qualified applicants. Hopefully, he is smart enough to have learned from his mistakes, like the rest of us have to do. With a tough athletic director laying down the law and keeping him on a short leash, I think Petrino should and will be given a second chance by some fortunate school. I don't know if there are very many available, proven SEC-level coaches who have not made mistakes.

Rockytopfan96 writes:

FULMER

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Being realistic, UT is not a very attractive job right now. To lure a big name head coach would require a guarantee of tens of millions of dollars, which UT is not prepared to do. I think we will either have to give OJT to a position coach (which has worked out OK for Florida) or elevate a PROVEN (not a novice WAC coach with a losing record) head coach from a lesser conference. To me, Charlie Strong and Gus Malzahn are the best realistic candidates.

What job is attractive when they are coming off of a losing season?? That's about as obvious as saying I know stocks are down, but you should buy them while they're cheap..The Dallas Cowboys were sold for 80 million dollars and now they are worth well over 1 billion. UT has serious growth potential as well, don't underestimate the value of a University with endowments over a billion dollars.

Razzle writes:

in response to grandtad#1402265:

I think Jimbo Fisher is a good fit for the Vols! I agree that Gruden is a far fetch.

"Dittos"

tennrich1 writes:

in response to springcreekvol:

Bobby Petrino deserves a second shot. He wins everywhere he goes.

Yeah thats not all he does EVERYWHERE HE'S BEEN!!!!!!!!!!!

hewwheel writes:

and the spiral continues...
Mr. Hart should not have made this move until he had someone ready to be put in place. That worked out so well the last couple times. It had Bama circling down the bowl for years. I'd say Tennessee is about 1/3 of the way down the bowl. It will take a smart move and planning in advance to pull them out. By the way, when I say 1/3 of the way, I mean in years of bad performance, not in actual performance.

rickytopvol writes:

Let's hire a coach that's actually won SEC championships and a national championship. How bout Fulmer! I know that's wishful thinking on my part. THere are still way to many haters out there. But I can see a time in the not so distant future that 6 SEC east championships 2 conference championships and 1 national championship over a 16 stretch wont look so bad to the haters. Of course it looked pretty good to me all along. Hire Fulmer!!!

olecountryboy writes:

Gruden, Stoops, Patterson, Petrino as the last choice. JUST SAY NO to HART, GOLDEN. PLEASE

redskinvol1 writes:

GET CHUCKY NO MATTER THE COST!!

LibertyVolance writes:

in response to BigOrangeSlim:

God, Please NO!!!! Wins and losses are not EVERYTHING!!!!!!

Not everything, but the majority of everything. You'd have to have a inappropriate conduct clause in any contract with him, of course. That's true with any college coach. Gruden is the majority vote. Hands down. Fans want Gruden first.

JBruce writes:

I believe that Dave Hart will bring us the right guy. The most encouraging thing I heard him say in the press conference was that it was "absolutely vital that the next head coach at Tennessee have extensive head coaching experience and that he has a proven track record of success." We can rest easy knowing he has already ruled out Kirby Smart and any other unproven.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Gruden is a no-brainer because he would immediately restore excitement in the program and fan base.

And we need that as much as winning. And, we would instantly be relevant. The marketing from this would be awesome, especially if he was announced with a game left on MNF. It would be all over ESPN and every asst hired would mean more news. We would literally be in the news every 2 or 3 days. He would be at every bowl game with an SEC team scouting.

There are other options out there and we need to make peace with that. But, no one else would inject electricity into the program overnight. Gruden would. Crossing my fingers.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

This is not a good list. Not that no one is good, but it just isn't very thorough. How about a poll on the Type of Coach needed first: Big Name, Very Experienced/Safe, Motivator, etc.?

We also need a poll on everyone's 2nd Choice if JG isn't the one.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to springcreekvol:

Bobby Petrino deserves a second shot. He wins everywhere he goes.

I believe Bear Bryant is given credit for the quote: "Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything that comes in second."

Biggie writes:

How comes no mention of James Franklin?

VolsVolsVols writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

This is what's wrong with this fan base. Very delusional = Gruden? Cowher? Hello! they are not interested so stop it already.

1. You have to want to coach UT - Gruden does not.

2. You have to have the money to pay him - UT does not.

So stop it already.

I'm by no means on the "Hire Gruden" bandwagon, but where has he said he's not interested or are you simply making assumptions on his behalf? If you have a documentable source, please share. Regarding the money, UT will have the funds to hire him should both sides agree...to think otherwise is naive.

gwh_1947 writes:

The Chicago Tribune is report that Northern Illinois University coach Dave Doeren is a prime candidate to take over a head coaching position. He is mentioned as a possible candidate for Purdue, Kentucky, Tennessee and others. Those who don't know him, he is a Kansas native who came to NIU after completing his fifth season at Wisconsin, where he served as defensive coordinator along with linebackers coach, with a trip to the 2011 Rose Bowl. In all, he helped take teams to eight bowl games and two national championship contests as an assistant. During Doeren's time at Wisconsin, the Badgers posted a 49-15 overall record and played in the Champs Sports Bowl (twice), Outback Bowl and Capital One Bowl.

In January of 2008, Doeren added defensive coordinator duties to his assignment as linebackers coach after spending his first two seasons in Madison as the Badgers' co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.

I like the fact that he is strong on defense and recruiting, something UT needs.

John_10065 writes:

in response to bseaman7117:

~~ said no one in Louisville and Atlanta as they watched him drive outta town...

As a Vol Fan in Louisville, I double that sentiment.

Petrino is a first class douchbag. He is what Kiffin might look like in 20 years.

dls715 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Gruden is a no-brainer because he would immediately restore excitement in the program and fan base.

I think we'll be looking for someone who has a sign that says, "Will coach for food." Doesn't the Athletic Dept. have a clue on negotiating contracts???

mcdouglewr writes:

Charley Strong from Louisville

mcdouglewr writes:

I am from Tampa and there is a reason he is no longer with the Bucs. He won with Dungy's players and then folded. He will fold quickly with these players.

mcdouglewr writes:

I am talking about GRUDEN

Rusty356 writes:

The UT Vols football program could do (and if history is any indication, probably will do) much worse than hiring Mark McHale as the new Head Coach. McHale has the experience AND the temperament to be one of the most successful Head Coaches UT has ever had. He's truly a "Coaches Coach" and has been instrumental in recruiting some VERY HIGH profile college players in the past. Just ask Brett Farve where he would be today if Mark McHale hadn't gone to bat for him BEFORE he was a college freshman. I would be very surprised if McHale didn't get Farve to come with him to UT if NcHale was asked to be Head Coach.

69vol08 writes:

in response to Rockytopfan96:

FULMER

I believe Hart said we were NOT looking back, but going forward! Phil started this mess that we are in!

jww0221#617908 writes:

Why would you list Bob Stoops when he has a much better job now? Maybe you should also list the head coach at Notre Dame, Alabama and Oregon.

jcalhoun4 writes:

I wanted Brian Kelley in 2008 and Mike Hamilton didn't listen and hired Lane Kiffin. He is now undefeated at Notre Dame and has them back. I wanted Kevin Sumlin in 2010 after Kiffin left and Mike Hamilton hired Dooley. Sumlin now has a mediocre Texas A&M in his first year and their first year in the toughest conference in football at 9-2 and possibly going to a BCS bowl game after upsetting the best team in the country. I tend to be right on what we should do, and I say we go for Jon Gruden. If that doesn't work out, Gary Patterson, and if that doesn't work out, Charlie Strong. There's nobody else I want.

terrytennessee writes:

in response to Rusty356:

The UT Vols football program could do (and if history is any indication, probably will do) much worse than hiring Mark McHale as the new Head Coach. McHale has the experience AND the temperament to be one of the most successful Head Coaches UT has ever had. He's truly a "Coaches Coach" and has been instrumental in recruiting some VERY HIGH profile college players in the past. Just ask Brett Farve where he would be today if Mark McHale hadn't gone to bat for him BEFORE he was a college freshman. I would be very surprised if McHale didn't get Farve to come with him to UT if NcHale was asked to be Head Coach.

Does not Mr. Favre have a bit of history regarding some extramarital indiscretions of his own, similar to the same things for which others here are damning Mr. Petrino?

crutch1966 writes:

in response to eaglentn2002#343016:

I think Gruden is wishful thinking so I vote for Gary Patterson!

i agree. i wish tony dungee was looking for a job.

Ironcity writes:

Loaded question, I would like any of those guys. Is Stoops even in the picture?

tquillen#249140 writes:

in response to bseaman7117:

~~ said no one in Louisville and Atlanta as they watched him drive outta town...

Not to mention Fayetteville.

TNPilgrim writes:

Bob Stoops is far and away the best candidate - IF he's in the market. Should he want to come back to the SEC to compete in the best conference in the country, and if it's true that he's tired of putting up with the cr*p from the Okies for not winning national championships every year - he'd be the perfect match. But UT must be willing to get out the checkbook for money that would be well spent.

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