Comments by JDX47

Written on 21 new Vols in Tennessee's 2013 signing classs:

in response to ncvol11:

Well this is just what I feared. We do not have NFL experienced position coaches. There is not a four or five star recruit that does not feel they have a shot at the NFL. They want, expect and will gravitate to where they will be trained and coached by NFL coaches. To say that we have all of these players in that are and have played in the NFL is nice. Nicer is who have you coached up to the NFL and who did you coach in the NFL. Being ranked 11th in the SEC sucks. If this current staff thinks they out recruited the old regime sorry Old bones don't lie. Can anyone tell me what was wrong with Sam Pittman?
There was some quality that we had here but lets do it the Jones way. He was here longer than Dooley for his first class yet Dooley's was not like droopey drawers bringing up the rear. Dooley couldn't do the job with top 15 classes so Jones is doing the job now. NICE!!!!

I disagree with your premise...Hugh Freeze got a boat load of 4 and 5 stars and what is their success rate/experience in NFL.

Jones has quite a lot of talent in the NFL today from his former schools.

For being here 2 months, I think finishing 21st (Rivals) is pretty dang good...ahead of Texas, Oregon, VA Tech, West Virginia....

If you look at the average stars of who we got, we are ahead of Vandy, Oklahoma, and Nebraska as well.

If he can coach, he can win with these players.

Written on How do you feel about the 2013 football recruiting class so far?:

While I don't like the rankings we have in the various tracking services, when you look at the weighted avg. of the stars, we are in the top 20. While this must improve, this year isn't going to be the easiest considering the circumstances. I believe Butch is a good representative of the school and can sell, so I am hoping we salvage a decent class this year and know that next we will be positioned to do much better.

Written on Kentucky pulls away from Vols, 75-65 :

This is a very hard team to watch. There is absolutely no offensive set that looks fluid. It looks like no one really knows what to do. When your only offense is get it to one guy and see if he can get fouled or throw up a shot, you are in trouble. It is a pitiful sight.

Written on Vols football records 2.49 GPA in fall semester :

Well, you won't have Tennessee to push around anymore.

Written on Butch Jones says Cordarrelle Patterson 'definitely going to the NFL' :

in response to BigOrangeFreak:

People may call me crazy, but I'll miss Zach Rogers more than I'll miss Justin Hunter. Don't get me wrong, I like Hunter, but I just dig seeing a kid with less talent do more.

Patterson is another story entirely. I really wish we had him back for one more year, but with next year being such a rebuilding year, he would have probably made as little difference coming back as Eric Berry did.

Good luck to all of them! GBO!

The sad part of your post...next year will be a rebuilding year. After several of those, it is discouraging to face that reality. I guess we need to get ready for some more moral victories. I am hopeful that CBJ surprises the masses and pulls out some "signature wins" in year 1.

Written on Butch Jones says Zach Azzanni 'will pay dividends for us' :

I am excited to see what these guys can do, but somebody better get out and get some players. UT is down to like #42 on the recruiting class rankings; behind every SEC team except KY. Scary...very scary.

Written on Trae Golden named SEC player of the week:

Not to be negative, because I am glad he got this. However, the lack of penetration in all the previous games (where even a little would have resulted in a win) is of great concern. I have watched several games both this year and last where we had people dribble penetrate and we looked good...but it was always fleeting. It seems we have seen this movie before and they revert back to passing it around the horn 10 time and pumping up a bad shot. Let's hope that this success gets into their heads and the light bulb STAYS on.

Written on Mike Strange: Tennessee needed a fresh start and Butch Jones gives them one :

I'm just glad he hasn't said, "you won't have Tennessee to push around anymore."

Written on Improbable 'dream job' for Butch Jones:

in response to TheStupidPolice:

Saban's record at Michigan State is deceiving because they were under NCAA sanctions. Oh, and the program hadn't been to a bowl in 5 years before he got there. He took a team that was a loser and had scholarship reductions and built them into a winner in a premier conference.

I am not in any way saying Saban isn't a coaching great. I am merely saying that based on the record (regardless of the circumstances) when LSU hired him he was no more "proven" that Coach Jones is...he had done nothing in the SEC at that time nor did his record indicate he would have the great success he has achieved. I'm not a Les Miles lover either, but his record is 85 - 20 since he took over in 2005, so yes, the program was in good shape and he has kept it that way. BUT his OK St. record wasn't an indicator that he would be able to accomplish so much in the SEC. He had proven nothing in the SEC when he came in.

Coach Jones hasn't coached in the SEC, but his record indicates that he can coach. Let's see if we have the next great, successful SEC coach.

Written on Improbable 'dream job' for Butch Jones:

I am going to post this everywhere in support of our new coach. If you look at the 2 biggest names in SEC coaching, it is Saban and Miles.

Nick Saban: Came to SEC to LSU from a mediocre Mich. St. Where he was 6-5-1, 6-6, 7-5, 6-6, 9-2. Hired to LSU and went 8-4, 10-3, 8-5, 13-1, 9-3.

Les Miles: Came to SEC from a very mediocre Ok St. His record there? 4-7, 8-5, 9-4, 7-5.

I am going on the record to say that Butch Jones entering the SEC has every bit as good a background or even better as either of Saban or Miles when they entered this conference.
I think people get caught up in the moment and don't really look at the real stats. Let's see what he can do.

Written on Butch Jones promises 'best staff in the country' :

Let's take a look at a couple of the "great" coaches in our league and see how they stacked up coming into SEC.

Nick Saban: Came to SEC to LSU from Mich. St. Where he was 6-5-1, 6-6, 7-5, 6-6, 9-2. Hired to LSU and went 8-4, 10-3, 8-5, 13-1, 9-3.

Les Miles: Came to SEC from Ok St. His record there? 4-7, 8-5, 9-4, 7-5.

I am going on the record to say that Butch Jones entering the SEC has every bit as good a background as either of Saban or Miles. Let's see what he can do.

Written on Players, recruits respond to hiring :

in response to thecafeongreenwood:

Alabama hires a head coach with a national championship while working in the NFL. South Carolina hires 2 different guy's with a national championship. Arkansas steals an NFL coach then gets a guy with multiple conference titles in a respected conference. Those hires were when their programs were down mind you. UT gives us a WAC coach with a losing record, and now, a Big East guy with no SEC experience that nobody besides Purdue and Colorado wanted. Not to mention, he was at the business end of Dooley's "signature" win. How much does Hart make? We could certainly free up some money there. Jones would have driven down from Cincy and paid his own gas money and hotel to take this job if we had just ran an ad in the paper. UT doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the elite programs anymore. Heads should roll starting at the very top. Sadly, the fans will have to quit supporting in order to get an administration that values their commitment.

Yes...but let's back up further to when some of these came into the SEC, Saban first came to SEC from a mediocre Mich.St. team:

Nick Saban: Came to SEC to LSU from Mich. St. Where he was 6-5-1, 6-6, 7-5, 6-6, 9-2. Hired to LSU and went 8-4, 10-3, 8-5, 13-1, 9-3.

Les Miles: Came to SEC from Ok St. His record there? 4-7, 8-5, 9-4, 7-5.

I am going on the record to say that Butch Jones entering the SEC has every bit as good a background as either of Saban or Miles. Let's see what he can do.

Written on New UT coach Butch Jones in Knoxville:

I think this is a great hire...if he can do for TN what his former boss has done for Notre Dame, I think we will be OK...Welcome aboard Coach Jones.

Written on Names to watch: Tennessee coaching search Day 18 (updated Dec. 6):

You won't have Tennessee to kick around anymore.

Written on Names to watch: Tennessee coaching search Day 18 (updated Dec. 6):

in response to CCLC:

Prediction: Rick Nueheisel to TN.

The man got fired from his alma mater. That would be new low if that happens. Let's hire Mike Shula, or maybe Gerry Dinardo, or maybe some other reject.

Written on Names to watch: Tennessee coaching search Day 18 (updated Dec. 6):

in response to exlineman:

Some of these possible hires make sense and others I don't know. Rather than continue to get all of these coaches raises, get Dale Jones as defensive coordinator and move Chaney to head coach and hire Watson Brown as offensive coordinator

Dale Jones knows defense and Watson Brown knows quarterbacks and offense. This would make as much sense as running all over the country trying to get coaches to come here, who are only interested in upping their salaries where they are currently at. Fill in some of the assistants on defense with Al Wilson, Bill Bates and some others that would love to coach for the team they once player for and loved.

WOW...we are struggling. Watson Freakin' Brown. What? Dale Jones...great player but spent his whole career at App State...really, Chaney? How many times do we have to watch him pass a sideline go route on 3rd and 1 to see that his play calling is horendous? How many 4 pass downs in a row from the 3 yard line do we have to endure? We can't do better than this?

Written on Names to watch: Tennessee coaching search Day 18 (updated Dec. 6):

in response to wallingdad:

wait....whew..what happened? .. where am I?......I blacked out there for a while......what day did you say this is?

Think about it. Remember in college when you play intramurals. There was always a team that looked unstoppable, dominant. We could look dominant on defense again if we focused on our Orange and White (almost like intramurals) game, hire Randy Sanders as HC and OC. Even Sunseri's defense would look brilliant and we could all feel better about our defense. That's all I'm saying. If you set the bar low enough, the mediocre look brilliant.

Written on Names to watch: Tennessee coaching search Day 18 (updated Dec. 6):

I was joking on the board a few days ago, but now, I am thinking we might need to go back and rethink it...Randy Sanders for Coach. Predictable, TN guy, Keep Sunseri and really focus on Orange and White game only as our pinacle of the year. Our defense would look strong.

Written on Charlie Strong spurns UT offer for new deal at Louisville:

I thought KY had reached the bottom of the barrel settling for the less successful Stoops boy....maybe we should go get him before he starts as our prospects are dwindling. Have we seen any good results from the Craigslist post?

Written on Should Tennessee consider re-hiring Phillip Fulmer?:

Why was Butch Jones never considered and ended up at COLORADO...that has to be a crappier situation than UT.

Written on David Climer: Tennessee Vols coaching job lacks its previous glamour:

in response to titletownz:

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That is almost as bad as my Randy Sanders/Sal Sunseri comment. OUCH...that would be sad if we have to dig to Florida reject with a terrible record in current job. Skip Holtz would be like Dooley (good name, not so good coach).

Written on David Climer: Tennessee Vols coaching job lacks its previous glamour:

Randy Sanders, Sal Sunseri...Randy HC and OC with Sunseri as the DC. Guarantee you a low scoring Orange and White game...our D would look like pros in scrimmages.

Written on Tennessee's coach search turns to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy :

in response to VolBall18:

Listen, we don't have a sure-fire candidate. We need some experience and we need it now. Time is ticking and if they keep hitting here and there, they're going to run out of it. It seems every Vol fan wants to win, but they don't want to win with a coach they don't like. You have to pick your poison sometimes. I don't like Petrino more than anyone else for what he did, but he knows football and he knows how to recruit. And that's what we want isn't it. Regardless of who we get, if he wins we'll love him, if we lose he'll be the worst hire in UT history.

I am with you on this one VolBall. We are 6 years removed from any credibility as relevant and if we make the wrong hire, we will be a decade removed from relevancy or DEAD.

I would take a Butch Jones too.

Written on Tennessee's coach search turns to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy :

in response to VolBall18:

Either get Patterson or Fisher as HC and put Petrino as OC. Put a clause in the contract for Petrino that if he does something ignorant, he's gone without a buyout.

That is actually a great idea that I could get behind...of course if my Randy Sanders/Sal Sunseri option doesn't pan out.

Written on Tennessee's coach search turns to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy :

in response to RememberWhen:

LMAO! now THAT is funny! good one!!

It was hard to keep it that straight while typing it. I figure we can all use a mental break from the reality of the search...How bad would that scenario suck...

Written on Tennessee's coach search turns to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy :

I still say the man for the job is Randy Sanders. He has plenty of SEC experience, is a true Vol, and we can afford him. I think he has learned his lessons from the days he was OC at UT and UK. He could run the offense, give Sunseri another chance at the D to see if he can solidify that 3 - 4 that he started this year.

Written on Tennessee falls to Georgetown, 37-36:

That was painful to watch. Seriously, I believe I could have shot granny shots from half court and scored more points. Also, granny shots from the free throw line and shot better than the pathetic 30% they shot.

A zone isn't nearly as hard to attack as they made it look like. Pitiful.

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

in response to laraccoon:

WOW ,the dumbest post ive ever read on here , and thats saying a bunch .

I know...I was just amusing myself and hoping to add a bit of levity to the situation...it will resolve itself soon enough. Just to be clear, I DON'T want Randy Sanders to be our coach...still haven't forgiven him for the 6-3 loss to Alabama in 2005 when all we could do was run up the middle.

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

Randy Sanders, Randy Sanders, Randy Sanders...guaranteed he would come, be a lifer!!! I am sure he is looking for a job as we speak and he would be inexpensive.

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

Yes, Randy Sanders, a uk disciple, learning at the very best football mecca in the SEC

And while we're at it, bring back Dave Clausen. Together with Buddy Hacket, recruiting some no stars and 1 stars (yes, stars don't matter), we actually could be worse next year, and that would truly be an accomplishment since this year seemed to be the bottom.

Ah yes...Randy...good memories. I knew when Fulmer gave his half time interview in the 2005 Alabama game that good ole Randy and Phil were going to make sure we lost that game. We had run the ball up the middle every play it seemed and the interviewer ask Phil what he was going to change to get the offense going and he said, "this is Tennessee/Alabama and it is always a grind it out game so we are going to keep doing what we're doing." Sure enough, keep running up the middle and lose 6-3. That is a one of my most lasting memories of the Randy Sanders era.

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

in response to Colts_VolFan:

That's funny right there. A little sickening but funny

Thanks...I was definitely going for humor and to lighten the load while we wait and wait and wait.

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

I say we bring back Randy Sanders as the head coach. I believe he has learned much in his time at Kentucky and he could bring a real innovative offensive style to the program.

Written on Gruden, Haslam, Browns shoot down Memphis report over UT deal:

Interesting article. Hope it is true and that we get lots of attention so we can recruit the best of the best. Surely we would move from 23rd ranking in recruiting to the top 10.

Written on Vols try avenging streak-snapping loss to Kentucky :

Well, for the sake of the players who have lived this nightmare in ways us fans can't even imagine, I wish the team the very best as they try to close out the misery of this latest regime.

Written on Sal Sunseri: 'We wanted to do better for the Vol nation':

Already slackin up...he said in the article that he will still be in at 6:30. Last week, he said he's in the office everyday from 5 am to 11...

That was a joke...clearly, no one intends to do a bad job, it just didn't work out here.

Written on An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach:

in response to Stooley_Dinks:

What has happened to this site in the past few days?!? Posters are trashing great coaches and promoting unknowns and those that are unethical. We need to get back control. I know we are not going to agree on everything, but come on!

Some don't want Gruden because he didn't win enough. What! Oh I see, he only won a Super Bowl with the team Dungy built. Ok, but he won it. And his competition was the team he did build in Oakland. How have Oakland and Tampa fared after Gruden. Oh yeah, how does his NFL winning percentage look vs Nick Saban's, Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Pete Carroll, or Petrino? Don't be a hack! Everyone knows him. He would make UT Football relevant in 10 seconds.

No wait, you want Jim Chaney? The ODU coach? Petrino? Tressel? Tressel? Tressel???

We need a legitimate coach, not a trainee.

Oh, but 1/2 of men do what Petrino did! Really? So they hire their mistress at an inflated salary, try to bribe a cop, and lie to their boss about it? So everyone recognizes you and you take your mistress for a motorcycle ride. Show me the stat that 1/2 of men do that.

We are on probation and Tressel isn't supposed to coach for 2 more years. Are we really going to ask the NCAA for an exception to hire a guy who vacated a season of wins due to overlooking major violations...while on probation?!?

Come on guys! Bring it back to reality. If you want to debate if Gruden is viable long term or if he would recruit, ok. Don't debate his ability to coach and motivate. If you don't think Louisville will let go of Strong, fine. But he is a good coach! If you don't want Golden, I understand. But let's get back to sanity.

Well said sir...well said.

Written on Vols take coaching change in stride:

What struck me about the article is how cavalier the players seem about the firing. It seems like they are saying..."ehhh, no big deal that coach was let go, just moving on." UT VOL Warrior, what are you reading that makes you feel the players give two craps? Richardson even said no big deal, just ended with he liked him personally.

Written on New coach has opportunity to revive Vols:

in response to voodoo101:

You are right there. He'd be the one who couldn't beat AL or maybe FL. We've heard that line for years.

So just so I am clear, are you saying that the complaints about Dooley and before for his firing was mis-guided and merely just complaining fans?

Written on New coach has opportunity to revive Vols:

Just to throw out big concern, PLEASE take the Louisiana Tech coach (Dykes) OFF the list. Do we really want to go down that LTech path again?

I am confident Gruden isn't coming, so here is the order of preference as I see it:

Gary Patterson
Chris Peterson
Charlie Strong
Dan Mullen
Art Briles (Baylor)
Kyle Whittingham (Utah)

Written on Tennessee fires Derek Dooley:

in response to derekpanda415:

I would like to say even though he was a terrible coach he still came to work every Saturday with the exception of yesterday but here's my coaching candidates

1. AL Golden
2. Mike Gundy
3. Jon Gruden

Gruden is such a long shot and truth be told you dont really know what your gonna get and at this point thats the last thing we need

What is your rationale for thinking that Gundy would leave the school he played for, that he has made very successful and come to UT?

Written on David Climer: Loss to Vanderbilt will seal Derek Dooley's fate:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

what an idiotic statement questioning this after their 30 years of losses-----------you dont think our guys will be celebrating so if they were to luck into a win against Kentucky?

Nice zinger at the end. As much as I love the Vols, I am so frustrated that your witty comment made me chuckle. Thanks for the laugh this morning yabadaba...this has been a year with very few of those to be had for us bottom-feeding SEC teams.

Guess Dooley was wrong....they do have UT to kick around after all.

Written on Vanderblowout: Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt in Nashville for first time since 1982 :

Well, I don't think there will be anybody saying "let's give Doole one more year" after that clunker. I guess this is officially "bottom."

Written on Vols' offense goes on vacation against Oklahoma State, 62-45 :

in response to TheEffect:

Looks like another NIT year for Tennessee. Hang another NIT Appearance banner from the rafters!!

You know the NIT is the oldest of the tournaments out there...it is the original tournament for NCAA Bball. What's wrong with being a part of that outstanding tradition.

Written on Vols' offense goes on vacation against Oklahoma State, 62-45 :

Fire Coach Martin...Hire Gruden.

Written on Vols' offense goes on vacation against Oklahoma State, 62-45 :

in response to oldster:

Martin does not recruit shooters, he recruits athletes. He emphasizes defense. Given this why should anyone be surprised that the Vols lack offense. With Martin's style the team had better win a lot, because it sure is not fun to watch. I hate grind it out basketball. Of course, I was never a fan of the WWF, either. BTW: Our 5 star recruit has all the moves necessary to get his shot off. He just cannot hit many of them. He does resemble Shaq, though - at least at the free throw line. All that being said, this group will probably make the NCAA tournament and lose in the first round to Shaminade or some such.

Dude, don't dis Chaminade (spelled with a C)...this group could lose to them. I remember them taking out Ralph Sampson and the Number 1 ranked Cavaliers in the 80's. We better go with a "some such."

Written on Vols' offense goes on vacation against Oklahoma State, 62-45 :

I heard that Dooley and Sunseri were going to give Coach Martin a hand to prep the team to get rid of those "explosives" and play some serious defense.

Written on Vols' offense goes on vacation against Oklahoma State, 62-45 :

It shouldn't be news to any of us that our team struggles with shooting. While some games go OK, most of the time it's alway just short of a brick-fest. I was laughing reading the article about UNC Ashville game where we played the inside out game...that will be a tough way to win with our bricklayers.

When Maymon gets back, we may be able to out muscle some of the teams, enough to get us to 19 or 20 wins (if he gets back soon)

Written on No. 4 Alabama's defense coming off 2 rough games:

in response to JDX47:

Did I miss something or is this like some kind of bizaaro bate and switch article. Headline doesn't match the story.

I will correct myself before someone with really good intentions does so for me..."bait and switch"

Written on No. 4 Alabama's defense coming off 2 rough games:

Did I miss something or is this like some kind of bizaaro bate and switch article. Headline doesn't match the story.

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