Comments by VolBall18

Written on 3 Vols named preseason All-Americans:

It's great to keep hearing good news as Vols fans! CBJ is on a tear right now in the recruiting trail. But let's not get too excited just yet. Only time will tell how are new system will pan out. It sure is looking better though! Also, CBJ announced that Marlin Lane has been reinstated to the team which is great news! GBO!

Written on Mike Strange: Jordan McRae was the man:

Games like the last two are perfect examples of how a team can play like a top team. Settle the mistakes down and pass the ball. McRae is good enough to average 20 pts a game. Once he flips the switch it's hard to stop him. If he and Golden could keep doing as they've done against KenSucky and LSU, while having Stokes doing what he does, UT could be a very scary team. But consistency is not a word I would label with those two just yet. Time will tell.

Written on Terry Fair 'nervous, but extremely excited' to join Butch Jones' support staff:

Very good hire. Jones knows he has to keep ties with former players and this is the right way. I wish xtra would've used a different photo of TF though.

Written on Oklahoma loses Cotton Bowl 41-13 to Texas A&M:

Man, I thought we were through with Tebows for a while. He'll never make it in the pros. He might be better than Cam Newton. Can't believe how fast people can jump on a bandwagon.

Written on Quarterback Tyler Bray selects agent Don Yee :

He's got tremendous talent but he'll have to get his mentality on another level. Very accurate/strong arm vs. Jay Cutler mindset. If he can overcome his attitude on and off the field, he can have success. We'll see.

Written on Tennessee football team ninth-most 'valuable' in the country, according to Forbes :

in response to rtrchatt:

bubba has a record of 60 wins and 7 loses the last 5 yrs. What say you Skippy? Half that many wins lol..... show some respect to the most storied program is SEC History, ALABAMA

BTW, when is the UT bowl game this yr? Oh thats right you are in the same bowl as last yr, the NO BOWL for 5/7 LOSERS

It's gonna be really funny when Saban bolts and tries another swipe in the NFL. Of course he will, again, be unsuccessful where the big boys play but when he's gone, Bama fans will be back to the days where they're on the back burner again.

Written on UT confirms football staff hirings :

I think Coach Jones is doing exactly what needs to be done. He brought the staff with him because they all have the exact same mind set. They are familiar with each others tendencies and schemes. That's a really good thing. Just because everyone once the greatest offensive/defensive coaches, doesn't always mean they will translate their success to another coaching staff. *cough Dooley/Sunseri *cough

Written on Butch Jones introduced as new head coach:

I think this was a really good hire. For one, he's confident. Confidence is contagious especially with young talent. I really want to see who the DC is. That will tell us a lot. I really hope he has great success and can bring us back to prominence. Let's back him 100%. Most people bashed Strong because he stayed at Louisville where they don't have the greatest fan base, well what does it say about us if we don't accept who we get as coach? Let's Go Vols!!

Written on New UT coach Butch Jones in Knoxville:

I'm really eager to see who we get as DC and if the big 3 will stay(Bray, Patterson, Hunter). That will tell us a lot.

Written on New UT coach Butch Jones in Knoxville:

All I know is that I'm glad that it's over. Now we can focus on the most important thing: WINNING!! Let's go UT!!

Written on New UT coach Butch Jones in Knoxville:

I know this coaching hire is not the most popular of choices, but it's definitely not the worst. As Vols fans we have to accept it and support him. Some people say they're gonna boo him and everything, that's ridiculous. It's gonna be hard enough for him to get us out of this mess. He doesn't need any extra negative attention from us. What would a recruit think if he saw fans bashing the HC cause he wasn't the hire we wanted? Give him a chance. Regardless of who we would have hired, the job was gonna be one of the hardest in the nation. Coach Jones has his work cut out for him and I wish him all the success that UT is longing for. Let's GO VOLS!

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

in response to Scottallen6691#1412403:

Kirby Smith or Berry from ULM we need to think about Tressle, thinking its time to go up north and get some players, more so Linemen Def. and Offen. Smith, Berry, and Tressle was my first choice from the start and the TCU coach, It was silly to think Gruden or Gundy, and to me Strong is over rated. Need somebody to build and who can turn a 3 star player into a 5 star,

I think you mean Smart not Smith.

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

I still think hiring Chavis as HC and someone like Petrino as OC would be amazing. You can't tell me that recruits wouldn't love to play for a team with both of them on it.

Written on Charlie Strong: "Toughest decision I've had to make" to turn down UT:

*Correction. I meant ISN'T the final destination.

Written on Charlie Strong: "Toughest decision I've had to make" to turn down UT:

For one thing, if Tennessee is the final destination job for any of these coaches, then I don't want them. Some people say that Tennessee is a second tier school; that we're washed up. YOU'RE INSANE! Tennessee should be on the top of the list for any available coach and if it's not then those coaches don't deserve to be here. That's whats amazed me through all of this process. The coaches should be contacting us not going down a list and being denied. If you're an AD and you have to "Sell" a coach why he should come here, then you're not much of an AD. We need someone with a mindset that this is where they want to be for the rest of their career. Not waiting for another school to open up. EX: KIFFIN! This school has too much pride and tradition to settle for any coach. Let's Go UT!!

Written on Charlie Strong: "Toughest decision I've had to make" to turn down UT:

in response to 1UTVFL:

Yea Ok I got ya now..name threw me off..do we know if he is interested? I havent heard his name being mentioned anywhere..

He has been wanting to be HC in college for a while if the the right school came along. Most coaches don't want to keep being second fiddle, they want to be the big honcho. He's paid his dues in coaching and he would, in my opinion, take the job if offered. But what do I know, I thought any coach offered would have taken it.

Written on Charlie Strong: "Toughest decision I've had to make" to turn down UT:

in response to 1UTVFL:

Roman? Who is that? Not sure I am tracking that name..

Greg Roman. He's the OC for the 49ers and coached at Stanford with Harbaugh also. Before that, he also coached in the NFL with the Panthers, Texans, and Ravens. He's a really good coach but it still doesn't fill the void for defense. To his credit, he's made Alex Smith a winner and he has ties in college and the pros to plenty of coaches.

Written on Charlie Strong: "Toughest decision I've had to make" to turn down UT:

Apparently, UT is interviewing Roman today. I've never seen a coaching search like this.

Written on Charlie Strong: "Toughest decision I've had to make" to turn down UT:

The best options out there right now are some that really haven't even been mentioned. Again, I like Chavis. But we could use a coach like Shaw or Patterson. Both know how to recruit and they're both really good coaches. I would want them over any of the coaches that are being mentioned right now. Looks like were gonna get Dooley 2.0. I really hope I'm wrong cause it's like a twilight zone watching this happen to UT football.

Written on Charlie Strong: "Toughest decision I've had to make" to turn down UT:

Go get CHAVIS as HC and PETRINO as OC! Instead of looking for an iffy Head Coach, why not invest in two pure SEC coaches to take the helm. Look at the defensive players who would come just for Chavis and the Offense that Petrino could mold.

Written on UT out? Gundy, Strong negotiating to stay at their schools:

Hire Chavis as HC and Petrino as OC. Could you imagine a team with those to coaches on the same team. It could be done and I would love it.

Written on Is Tennessee's coaching search nearing the finish line, or does Dave Hart still plan more talks? :

in response to LCPanthers:

If available:
1.Gary Patterson
2.Bobby Patrino
3.Tom Tuberville
4.Jim Mora

I've said this before. Get Patterson as the HC and Petrino as the OC. Put a clause in Petrino's contract that if he does something idiotic, he's gone without a buyout. We need more than just a head coach. If we were willing to pay Gruden as much money that was reported, then we can afford both of them on staff. It would give Petrino some credibility before going to another school to be HC.

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

in response to JDX47:

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

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.

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

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.

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

I would like Gary Patterson. He's a great defensive-minded coach and he recruits each position perfectly for his system. Get him and maybe, even though I hate to say it, Petrino as OC. That would be a fun team to watch.

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

Ok. Now, since we know he's not coming, let's put our focus on the main goal; Finding the right man for the job. If he doesn't want to come, then he doesn't want to come. I thought he would come until a week ago. If he really wanted to coach college, Hart would have signed him a few days after Dooley left. I think he's gonna be the Philadelphia Eagles new coach. Hopefully, this will be a blessing in disguise and we'll get a true gem. I really hope we can overcome this in just a year or two. It's gonna be hard whoever we get. Let's see if Hart can earn the money he's making. GO BIG ORANGE!

Written on UT coaching roundup: Kentucky's hiring of Mark Stoops could be relevant :

in response to arkyvol:

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

in response to UTKin1992:

I "get" the rock star quality Gruden would bring to the program. Although, it certainly seems like WE are prostituting ourselves to HIM an awful lot. Shouldn't he want to come here to a certain degree? Shouldnt it be mutual? Besides what experience has he had at recruiting or coaching in the college ranks!? Huge gamble. Huge.

Anyone UT hires will be a huge gamble. There is not a coach on any list that you can say is a no brainer that will bring UT back to dominance. Every coach that has been linked to UT is a coin toss. Gruden's not the only choice, but he would be a great choice. Not only would tons of players want to play for and learn from him, he would also bring a great coaching staff with him. He's not gonna come alone and just pick here and there. He's a coach who knows what he needs and wants, and knows how to get it. Who would the other coaches bring? If you combined a whole staff of some of the other coaches mentioned, that would be great. But no one knows how well any of the coaches will do.

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

I heard the conversation on Mike and Mike, and all Gruden denied was that he didn't have deal with the Browns. He didn't deny the coaching job. A few days ago I didn't think he would come, but I'm started to get the feeling he's already signed. There's also a copy from the Director of Admissions of Webb stating that his child has been accepted for the spring 2013 semester surfacing. I actually have the copy in my hand right now. Now, of course, there's no factual evidence that this is real but it look's pretty legit. It has the Director's signature and phone # and everything.

Written on Evan Woodbery: Nine possible candidates for UT's coaching search :

I listened Dr. Jerry Punch on the radio, and his opinion is that Hart has already hired someone. He said he's had assistant coaches burning his phone up since Thanksgiving. The way he insinuated, was that Hart got Gruden. Not a fact, just what I got from it. I would personally love to have Gruden. I also really like Gary Patterson. He's a defense-first coach. Gruden would tear up the recruiting world. It's a tough decision. Most likely one that will either set Hart here for a long, long time or it will cost him his job in a few years. But, I think it should be between Gruden and Patterson. Stoops is pretty much staying in OU and Petrino, well COME ON! Why on earth anyone would want him is beyond comprehension. He's the human version of Hurricane Katrina. He destroys everything he touches and leaves it in a abominable mess.

Written on John Adams: With new coach, it may be time for UT to spread its wings on offense :

Great news. Cutcliffe signed an extension with Duke. Thankfully, we can scratch him off the list. I never thought we would get him in the first place, but it helps to know he definitely won't be coming here.

Written on Reports: Arkansas has made an offer to Jon Gruden:

Gruden has some really deep connections with high schools in Florida. They love him down there. We desperately need some ties down there. He also has a slew of connections with assistants that would follow him. Just would be a really great hire for UT. We need that fire back. Also, some of you "fans" are posting that we need Franklin?! Are you out of your mind?!

Written on Reports: Arkansas has made an offer to Jon Gruden:

As a huge Vol fan, I would love to see Gruden running through the T. But that said, I really don't see him coming. Most true NFL coaches want an NFL job. The only ones that come to college most of the time are the ones that can't cut it in the pros. Gruden has a SB ring. I'm sure he'd love another. And, I'm hearing that the Philadelphia Eagles really want him. I think he would take that job in a heartbeat. Stoops would be great. I know a lot of people don't think so but he would. He's PROVEN. Just don't see him coming either.

Written on Restoring Rocky Top coaching search crucial for Vols:

in response to Orange_Juiced:

Good college QBs don't always make it in the NFL so that premise you made is nothing more than apples and oranges. There have been a host of really good college guys that suffered in the NFL. Heath Shuler comes to mind. Heck...Tee Martin and yes...Tim Tebow both won NCs and didn't or won't make in the Pros. There are a bunch of guys who were just good solid QBs in college that didn't translate into the NFL, so your logic that "tells you enough" doesn't quite hold water. Below tells me enough that he was a good solid QB for the Vols...

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-foot...

Again, the reason those QB's you mentioned won was because they had great TEAMS. If you relied on Shuler, Tee Martin?, and Teblow to actually win the game for you with mediocre players, they couldn't have done it. Clausen should have been a lot better than what he was with the talent he had. You just said he was a good solid quarterback for TN. You didn't say that he was a game changer. If you actually go back and watch Clausen play, he completed most of his passes on hooks. That means basically the WRs/TEs he had done most of the work for him. So, again no he wasn't that good. He had a great team. Along with Shuler, Martin, and Teblow. Actually, Teblow isn't really a QB. If you put A.J. Johnson behind the center, would you consider him one? And to all of you that say he beat Florida twice, yeah he did. But he also was winless against Georgia.

Written on Restoring Rocky Top coaching search crucial for Vols:

in response to Rock85:

Ask Florida, Ga or Bama how good Casey was ICE MAN was a ROAD WARRIOR.

I don't have to ask. He played one year for the Amsterdam Admirals. That tells me enough.

Written on Restoring Rocky Top coaching search crucial for Vols:

in response to Ironcity:

Suggs couldn't even start for Tech. Are you confusing Casey with Rick? Casey was one tough SOB. A lot of fans didn't like him because he didn't smile and had that look but when the game was on the line he was unbelievable.

No, I meant Casey. He wasn't good. He actually had great targets Stallworth, Washington, Witten, Swain, Banks, Hannon, etc. and also a great running game and defense. Kinda like McCarron. Only I think McCarron is way better. So no, he was average.

Written on Restoring Rocky Top coaching search crucial for Vols:

Ironcity, there's one thing that is wrong. Casey Clausen was one of the worst quarterbacks UT has ever had. I always said that Fulmer should have stuck with Suggs, who eventually transferred to Ga Tech. But, yeah Clausen was pretty awful.

Written on Restoring Rocky Top coaching search crucial for Vols:

Well, I don't see how Bob Stoops is a valid candidate for UT. How unbelievable would it be to get Gruden as HC and Stoops as DC!! WHEWWW!! Let's get it done UT!!!!!!!!

Written on Restoring Rocky Top coaching search crucial for Vols:

in response to gemin555#214016:

On one hand, I'm sorry to see the departure of Mr. Dooley. I think he did as good as he could with the situation. From watching the games on tv this season, I think the problem not only lies with the coaches but may come down to the attitude of the players. The ones that are the 'big names' seemed to have had a bad attitude this season. I was disappointed to see how they acted the other night at Vanderbilt especially the way Tyler Bray acted. Instead of acting and performing as a junior, he was acting more like that of a young child. It just reminded me of what was described from his incidents with the law several months ago. Hes acted like this all season.

While the defense has gotten complaints online, I think they have been quite well considering what the offense has given them. Alot of the times, the offense would come out and only play 3 plays and off they go. Then, the defense would come out while the other team would be able to march down the field. The offense seemed to give up alot when if they kept fighting, they may have won more games. You don't see Alabama players give up when they have a bad play or even lose. They keep fighting to win. Who knows if a pass here and there would have been thrown to the right player who would have caught it, there may have been more wins for UT.

I don't mean to harp on Bray but does he really think he could be drafted the way he has been acting on the field this season? I think Mr. Dooley was more than patient with him and others on the offense. I bet if they were on any other team, they would have been on the sidelines even moreso watching others playing on offense.

Luckily, the players will wise up and play better next week like they want to win, especially those that are the 'big names' and are highlighted on tv. If they don't want to play, I'm sure there are others on the team that would relish the opportunity and give it their all for the TEAM and university.

If Gruden becomes coach, Bray will either straighten up quick or he won't see the field at all. Gruden would demand respect and throw away the foolishness.

Written on Restoring Rocky Top coaching search crucial for Vols:

in response to Govols1995:

We need GRUDEN plain and simple!!!!!

YES! YES! AND YES!

Written on David Climer: Tennessee Vols' dream of Jon Gruden is just that:

in response to TKO:

Tennessee getting Gruden is less likely than hiring Santa Claus. Could be Mullen out of MSU. Cutlciffe will probably get first option. Petrino fourth.

If UT even brought Cutcliffe or Petrino in for an interview, I would stop watching them. That's all we need is to go back to Casey Clausen days or have a "real class act" in Petrino. Anyway, stud muffin is going to Kensucky. Yes, I meant to spell it that way.

Written on David Climer: Tennessee Vols' dream of Jon Gruden is just that:

One word that keeps coming to me about Gruden, is PRESENCE. He's got that intimidating factor like Saban. Man, I would love to see Gruden run through the T and then have him and Saban across the field staring at each other! I just hope we can get it done quickly and not wait until he's not available and get another Dooley.

Written on David Climer: Tennessee Vols' dream of Jon Gruden is just that:

For the people that don't think Gruden would be a tremendous catch for UT, you're CRAZY!! Gruden is exactly the kind of coach/character the Vol Nation has been missing. Not only is he a great coach and fireball (which UT desperately needs), he has some of the deepest recruiting connections in talent-rich Florida. He even helped coach a high school team last year down there! If that isn't enough, the hardware he has on his finger should be. Yeah, did it with a team that was basically formed from Dungy, but Dungy didn't take them there. Gruden did. You don't think that a recruit would love to learn from a coach what it takes to get to the ultimate level,the NFL? He knows how and I truly HOPE that he becomes our next coach.

Written on Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years :

in response to TylerBray4Heisman:

WHY WHY WHY does the name Gruden keep coming up? You guys do realize that after he won a Super Bowl with Dungy's players he never had another winning season, right?

If there is going to be a coaching change made, the right man for the job is the man who should have been hired 4 years ago: Cutcliff.

All it takes is one phone call to Duke.

"David??? It's Dave Hart. It's time to come home."

Please tell me your joking. Cutcliffe. That ship has sailed a long time ago buddy. We'd be better off getting Fulmer back. Please.

Written on Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years :

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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I agree that it starts with the coaches. But like I said, if you were a team preparing to play UT what's the first thing you wanna do on defense. You want to go after Bray. UT's O-line is getting better, but that's what happens when you get experience together which is why Dooley should get one more year. If it's the same thing next year, get rid of him asap. But like I said before, he was brought into a terrible situation. It's hard enough being in the SEC, but being in the SEC with tons of talent walking out the door as you walk in it is ridiculously hard to overcome.

Written on Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years :

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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Which is what I was emphasizing. If we had a running game at least somewhat similar to Bama, Oregon, FL, you can imagine how the offense would flourish. By the way Navy Vol, every time UT's running backs get barely touched, they hit the ground. They don't fight for extra yardage. When someone plays Bama they know that they have to stop the run to win. Lately, when a team plays UT, they know that they CAN stop the run. Big difference when you don't have to worry about the running game and can put all your focus on Bray.

Written on Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years :

in response to snuffysmiff:

It was Fla 62, UT 37 in 1995, Manning's soph season.

Thank You

Written on Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years :

Jimbo you're right. Bray, Hunter, Patterson have so much talent. Bray is talented enough to be the best quarterback in the country, but his cocky attitude and pouting get in the way of that. Hunter and Patterson could be the best WR duo in the country. But, you have to have a running game with any offense. There's no team in the country that can win without having some sort of established running game. Actually, most teams now start with the running game then transition to the passing game i.e. Bama, Florida, Oregon, LSU, S Carolina, etc. But no matter what, if you score 30 points a game it doesn't mean a thing if your defense gives up 35 a game. There's a reason Peyton never beat Florida, he would put 40 pts on the board and Florida would score 60! And I know that those stats aren't correct just examples.

Written on Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years :

For his credit, Dooley did have one of the toughest jobs in the country after the shape Kiffin left us in. That being said, UT has always been such a strong football school. They asked Peyton when Kiffin left about his thoughts. He said that it was so shocking to him because he considered UT a final destination as a coaching job. Which it should be. Dooley needs at least one more year to see what can happen. If you look across the board, there's not many coaches that would be great to have. Sure, there's Gruden, but who knows if he would even consider the job. He's a NFL coach by heart and would go back to and NFL team in a heartbeat. Who else is there? Petrino?! Come On. There's not a clear cut choice that I can find anyway.

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