Comments by mbible1utk#324980

Written on Poll: After defensive tackle, which position is UT's biggest area of need in recruiting?:

I think a 5 star anything would be a good get. We're doing great in recruiting, but aside from Jalen Hurd (in a few rating services) we don't yet have a 5 star guy.

Written on Florida QB Driskel signs with Red Sox:

here's to distractions

Written on Poll: Which position on Tennessee's offense are you most concerned about next season?:

all of the above.... We haven't looked good at running back in a while, and haven't recruited any good ones for this upcoming season. We are starting anew at QB and WR also, but I think we have workable talent there. If nothing else, that Dobbs kid may be coming in ready to go.

Written on Josh Dobb's calls now will be with Tennessee Vols:

i like having a guy with a quarterback arm and an engineering brain coming in to run the team. A quarterback that makes good decisions and plays smart will take us a lot farther than one with a cannon arm that becomes scatterbrained once the ball is snapped.

Written on Trae Golden leaving Vols: 'We wish him well':

Kinda wish we had situated this BEFORE turning Travon Landry free....

Written on After draft, some former Vols know their destination, others still searching for homes:

Lathers and Sentimore should both be able to find a fit, but the other three are probably done unless they want to become grad assistants

Written on Cuonzo Martin baffled by Vols' NCAA tournament snub:

I can answer the question. We are headed to the NIT because we lost to a fellow bubble team in the conference tournament. If we beat Alabama, regardless of what happened against Florida, we'd be not only in, we'd probably be an 11 seed without a play-in game

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

We sank our own ship. If we beat Alabama we would be in right now and la salle would be out.

Written on Vols lose to Alabama, will play the waiting game for NCAA tournament:

we knew what we needed to do and didn't do it. maybe we can host some NIT games

Written on How far does UT need to go in the SEC tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament?:

can't imagine us getting in without beating a fellow bubble team. If Alabama beats us, how would the committee put us in over Alabama? If we do beat Alabama, I hope Florida is on the other side of that game, because another loss to Georgia would crush our tournament hopes

Written on Vols celebrate 64-62 victory against Missouri on Senior Day:

Florida is a lock, Kentucky is probably in safely, so the Tennessee Alabama game and ole miss Missouri game are play-in games for the big dance.

Written on Vols celebrate 64-62 victory against Missouri on Senior Day:

I still think we gotta win two to get in because that second game is against a fellow bubble team. I say the winner of a Tennessee vs Alabama game dances and a loser goes to the nit

Written on Jarnell Stokes burns midnight oil to shoot straight at free-throw line :

The way I see it, there are 60 claimed spots in the tournament, as many as 8 that are up for grabs (leaning on "in" teams winning their conferences), and 18 teams vying for one of those spots. The bubble is in it's biggest danger in the MVC (where we need either Creighton or Wichita State to win that tourney) and the Conference USA (which we need Memphis to win, or at WORST fellow bubble team Southern Miss). There's always potential hijinx in other conferences that can phase us, but those are the two that I would sweat the most. We're competing against the likes of Virginia, Maryland, Cincinnati, Providence, Iowa, Iowa State, Baylor, Arizona State, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Boise State, La Salle, Temple, and Xavier. There are a few more that could sneak in if there are conference tournament upsets, but they are most likely teams that will not get in without winning their tournament (weak conferences). Of those teams, 6 have a higher RPI than us, 2 have higher SOS than us, and only one team has both number better than ours (Cincinnati, whose biggest weaknesses is they have lost 6 of their last 8). I'd go ahead and barring a meltdown put Cincinnati in and cut the bubble to seven teams. I think the most crucial thing for us to do is beat Missouri (who is a "should be in" team and would represent a RPI friendly win) and then knock off at least one bubble team in conference.

Written on Vols get needed win at Auburn, 82-75:

If we win the SEC tournament, there is no need to speculate on what it takes to get in. Otherwise I would think we have to be at a minimum 20-12 to get in, and that would need some help from bubble teams having bad showings in their conference tournaments and no "out" teams winning their automatic bids. There's a world of difference though between 20-12 and 21-12. There's no way we can make it with 13 losses. We're looking at a first round bye in the SEC tournament, but I would honestly have to say that I wouldn't want the second round bye because that would mean we would have to make the conference tourney finals. It'd bode best for us if we could play an Auburn or Mississippi State in the first round and maybe get another shot at Ole Miss or Alabama in the second round as a bubble team killer game.

Written on Vols land a big one, 64-58, against Florida :

we still have some work to do... one slip up could erase every good thing we just accomplished. I think we need to win out still, and not be a one and out in the SEC tournament.

We are NIT bound if: We lose any of the regular season remaining games and fail to win the SEC tournament OR if we win the rest of our regular season games but lose our first SEC tournament game.

We are on the tip of the bubble if:
We win the rest of our regular season games and one SEC tournament game.

We are definitely in if:
We win out and win at least two SEC tournament games OR we win the SEC tournament.

I think if we win out and win the SEC tournament, we can be as high as a ten seed. I would really almost rather be an 11 or 12 seed because there's 11 teams that have a case to be a one seed. If we can avoid them in the second round, I think we could be a surprise drop-in for the sweet sixteen.

Written on John Adams: Losing Jay Graham is more than just losing a running backs coach:

in fairness... I didn't think our running backs were all that great last year. Our best running back was Cordarelle Patterson (not a running back), and Jay didn't seem to be too effective at getting us a big name back into the program. Our only signee this past recruiting year was Jabo Lee, a low 3 star who we "stole" from East Carolina. I hate to lose one with Tennessee ties but as far as being a good coach and good recruiter, I don't think we've lost anything.

Written on Vols flip Brown from Syracuse:

had a feeling towards the end that Bell was going Ohio State. He kept insisting that he was going surprise everyone, and Urban Meyer has a way of sneaking extra benefits to his player. Anyone ever been to Rossville, GA? It's not a rich place for sure

Written on Florida OL Dunker released from jail:

it has been 1 day(s) since a Florida football player was arrested while riding a scooter.

Written on USC shows up an hour late for bowl dinner; Trojans player cusses El Paso:

This just in, Lane Kiffin is a classless jerk. #NewsWeKnewAboutLongBeforeNationalMediaDid

Written on USC gave Lane Kiffin loan for house, but there's a catch:

Wish I was the lien holder.... first time a payment was more than 5 minutes late, repo time!

Written on What do you want most in your Vols stocking this Christmas?:

other- I'd like to get a couple of recruits that sign with us despite offers from Bama, LSU, USC, and Florida.

Written on Some UT football season tickets available for $300, no donation:

Maybe we're going to steal away Terry Bowden from Akron, and they are making preparations in advance to try to keep the stadium from looking empty

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

This just in from my top secret and extremely credible source, Nick Saban has no interest in the Alabama job. He will be staying with the Miami Dolphins.

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

Everyone that wants to throw out these nobody names for our next head coach.... that massive chunk of empty seats you saw in Neyland? That's straight profit going out the door. If Tennessee plays 7 home games with 25,000 empty seats at $50 a ticket, that's almost $9,000,000 in straight profit from ticket sales, not to mention the loss of profit from gameday sales of concessions and souvenirs, plus when they are sucking, no one is buying Tennessee stuff. All that in one year's time. Don't tell me it's not worth the money to get a man who can fill the rest of the stadium. If you put up a dud of a coach, season ticket sales bottom out (which hits harder than regular ticket sales), and the football program will operate at a loss. You can't go "budget" on this pick... a pick that fills the stadium will pay for itself. You just have to make that first move

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

I've got a feeling Gruden is about to get a big raise from ESPN.

because the only reason people watch monday night football is Jon Gruden.....er....maybe it's just the football.... why would ESPN get in a bidding war with someone who is replaceable to them? He's not bringing in additional money for his role as a color commentator. If we lost the bidding war, it certainly wouldn't be because ESPN outbid us

Written on Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks:

first....and hope Dave Hart watches some Goodfellas... _______ you, pay Gruden!

Written on Sporting News: Duke, North Carolina to SEC a real possibility:

adding Duke would improve the conference's academic standing....good add.

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

Jon Gruden- the one name that could make a recruit say "Nick Saban who?"

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

Hey guys, no matter what, Nick Saban is NOT leaving the Miami Dolphins to take the Alabama job. you can write that in stone.

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

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

Get rid of the silly ones.

Remove the ones that have been suspended from the NFL for bounty gate.

Take off the ones coaching at top 10 programs with National history and 4 plus million pay checks.

Get rid of James Franklin who has never beaten a winning team, go check it. I've already listed this too many times to count.

Take off the ones with scandals and terminations to their resumes.

I did get rid of a lot of the "silly ones" that would be completely obvious "no" (people saying Terry Bowden, etc). There's some in here that I think are obvious no candidates, but if I put only yes people, there wouldn't be a way to gauge where someone's cutoff point would be

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

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

They did this with the radio show down in Chattanooga, and I thought it would be interesting to do with the fans here. I will list some of the names that have been thrown out there as serious possibilities, and you say yes or no on whether you would feel like they were a good hire.

1. Jon Gruden
2. Sean Payton
3. Chip Kelly
4. Jim Mora Jr.
5. Todd Graham
6. Jimbo Fisher
7. Mike Gundy
8. James Franklin
9. Gary Patterson
10. Butch Jones
11. Bob Stoops
12. Jim Tressel (would face NCAA sanctions for a couple of years)
13. Bobby Petrino
14. Kirby Smart
15. Al Golden
16. Charlie Strong
17. Dan Mullen
18. Sonny Dykes
19. Tommy Tuberville
20. Steve Sarkisian
21. David Shaw
22. Gus Malzahn
23. Art Briles
24. Brian Billick
25. Mark Dantonio

1. Absolutely yes
2. Cannot see him staying, but definitely yes
3. Yes, but I'd want some ethical clauses
4. Would be a great coach, but has been abrasive to some people
5. No- not good enough
6. No- Florida State isn't "back"
7. No- can't win the big ones
8. No- would take too long to rebuild, plus i don't like him
9. No- would probably be okay eventually though
10. No- hasn't done enough to prove himself to me
11. Yes
12. Yes, but not a first option
13. On the fence- good coach, would require ethics clause
14. Absolutely no
15. No
16. No, but could eventually warm up to him
17. No
18. No
19. No
20. No
21. No, but could warm up to him
22. On the fence- not enough experience as HC
23. On the fence- not enough results, but does well with talent
24. Certainly yes, but would be a bigger stretch than Gruden
25. No

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

They did this with the radio show down in Chattanooga, and I thought it would be interesting to do with the fans here. I will list some of the names that have been thrown out there as serious possibilities, and you say yes or no on whether you would feel like they were a good hire.

1. Jon Gruden
2. Sean Payton
3. Chip Kelly
4. Jim Mora Jr.
5. Todd Graham
6. Jimbo Fisher
7. Mike Gundy
8. James Franklin
9. Gary Patterson
10. Butch Jones
11. Bob Stoops
12. Jim Tressel (would face NCAA sanctions for a couple of years)
13. Bobby Petrino
14. Kirby Smart
15. Al Golden
16. Charlie Strong
17. Dan Mullen
18. Sonny Dykes
19. Tommy Tuberville
20. Steve Sarkisian
21. David Shaw
22. Gus Malzahn
23. Art Briles
24. Brian Billick
25. Mark Dantonio

Written on John Adams: Eliminating UT candidates easier than hiring one :

I have a dream scenario that might not be cheap, but tell me it wouldn't be awesome.....

Head Coach- Jon Gruden
Offensive Coordinator- Jeff Tedford
Defensive Coordinator- Gene Chizik

We'd have Tedford who could use inroads to recruiting some west coast talent, chizik could spring us a few deep south gems.... not to mention both were excellent coordinators and at one point were good head coaches too...maybe a step back in responsibility would benefit them greatly!

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

we need to up the offer for the man. he's the real deal, if we don't get him, someone will.

Written on Jim Chaney takes over as interim coach, focused on Kentucky:

Here's the criteria for our coaching search. A top recruit sits on one side of a table. On the other side of the table sit Nick Saban, Les Miles, Will Muschamp, Chip Kelly, Bob Stoops, Brian Kelly, and Lane Kiffin. There's an empty seat with an Orange "T" on the side of the table with other coaches. Who do we get to fill that seat that could compete against those names? Nick Saban has all these NCAA titles, as does Les Miles. Will Muschamp can boast about what he's done in only two years at Florida. Chip Kelly and Bob Stoops have kept consistently good teams that are always near the top of the rankings. Brian Kelly and Lane Kiffin will present their prestiguous programs... so what can Tennessee put out there so that when we get a recruit, we're beating out Alabama, USC, LSU, and Florida for them instead of Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Duke? We need to think about that. Everyone saying Jon Gruden will cost too much... if we're going to get out of this hole, we need to stop competing with Vandy for recruits and start stealing them from Alabama. Who can we put in that seat who can outshine those guys? How about a guy with a Super Bowl ring whose input is valued by ESPN so much so that they would have him color-commentating them? Nick Saban was an NFL bust. Who would have a better idea of what it takes to be NFL talent? A guy who has won a Super Bowl, or one that took off running from the Dolphins?

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

Petrino will end up in Kentucky. They can take the character hit because it will pale in comparison to their basketball coach.

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

Here's how I could see the coaching shake-down going....

There are 5 schools who are clearly going to be on a coaching search (maybe more, but 5 that I would say are going to be the contenders of the biggest names out there). Those five schools are Texas, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The real wildcard in the bunch is Texas, because they have resources to go shopping for whoever they want... but here's what I foresee.

Auburn hires James Franklin from Vanderbilt.
Kentucky hires Bobby Petrino
Arkansas hires Gus Malzahn from Arkansas State
Tennessee hires Jon Gruden
Texas hires Will Muschamp from Florida
Florida hires Charlie Strong from Louisville to replace Will Muschamp
Louisville hires Kirby Smart from Alabama
Vanderbilt has to hire a nobody.

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

6.) Charlie Strong-
He's turned Louisville around, but it's hard to gauge his success because he plays in the Big East. He would at least know what it takes to win in the SEC.

7.) Gus Malzahn- The man has won in the SEC. He gave Oregon their best game outside of Stanford and USC. He's perhaps still a little unproven as a head coach, but there is no denying he knows how to coach offense. Arkansas may snatch him before we can get him.

8.) Gary Patterson- Many will probably think he should go higher on this list. He's kept consistent teams, he plays the way that the SEC plays. He just really lacks the wow factor. Where other coaches could turn things around in 3 years, he'd be more of a 5 year plan type of guy. Effective, but it'd be hard to get as excited for him.

9. Mack Brown- Outlandish thought to hire a coach who is about to be ousted at Texas, but the Longhorn Network and their intense broadcast of his practices and scrimmages could feasibly be part of what's hurting his program. My other struggle in this picture is that the man was sitting on the best talent pool in America, and I kind of feel like he underachieved. He's still got the splash about his name, but not many years left.

10.) David Cutcliffe- He's a little hard to get excited about. He had a run in the SEC and did better with Ole Miss than any coach I can remember, but he's a bit or a throwback to another day. It's kind of either or with him. Fulmer had his best years when Cutcliffe was there, but there's no certainty as to what would happen with Cutcliffe atop Rocky Top. What really gets him on my top 10 is the thought that maybe Chavis has learned how to stop people on third down while at LSU, and would be an asset if he returned.

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

My top ten list without repeating any names and adding stipulations used to get that person to arrive...

1.) Jon Gruden- I know detractors say he's a long shot, but Nick Saban told media flat out that he was not leaving the Miami Dolphins. Jon Gruden has not made any statement whatsoever regarding interest in the position. Pay the man, he's the one person who could sit down at a table with Nick Saban's recruits and make them say "wow." I think he'd be the Robert Neyland to Saban being Bear Bryant. If he doesn't come, it needs to have nothing to do with us not offering enough money. Get the man!

2.) Chip Kelly- a longshot of sorts, and it would create a bidding war between the Haslam's and Phil Knight. He's finally learned to play defense, sans the USC game, and he would provide some of that WOW factor.

3.) Mike Gundy-
Probably another bidding war between the Haslam's and T. Boone Pickens, but the last coach to bolt OSU for the SEC hasn't exactly been a bust.

4.) Jim Tressel-
Harder call to make because we'd have to defeat his show-cause, which I am not sure we can do... plus the SEC was always the thorn in his side, but there are intangibles there you cannot deny.

5. Dabo Sweeney-
The downside with the guy is that he's found a way to choke in big moments. The upside is that he's an excellent recruiter, and a young coach who would have a lot of future.

Written on John Adams: Would UT do to others what Lane Kiffin did to it? :

maybe we can go out and find some fledgling coach at a nobody school that has a .500 record in his nobody conference.... he'd have better qualifications than Dooley did. Here's a better coaching search list...

#1 Jon Gruden
#2 Write a bigger check, then Jon Gruden
#3 Make an offer he can't refuse, then Jon Gruden
#4 Kidnap Jon Gruden and hold him hostage until he builds an unhealthy emotional attachment to us
#5 Kidnap Jon Gruden's brain and re-connect it into a Jon Gruden look alike, then go to the social security office and change our new creation's name to Jon Gruden.
#6 Bruce Pearl...hey, the show cause is in basketball only.

Written on Derek Dooley: Dave Hart 'told me he had not made a decision' :

This is kind of like the arrested person being drug to the police car screaming "I'm going to get you!" Though I've heard the reason no decision has been made is that our chancellor, who happens to be from Florida, "likes Derek Dooley." I bet he does, because the Gators have nothing to worry about so long as we keep Dooley on our sidelines.

Written on John Adams: If not Jon Gruden, how about Bobby Petrino or Tommy Tuberville? :

I have yet to call John Adams an idiot...until reading this. We don't need Petrino... his recruiting ability is in the garbage can. What parent wants to send their son to a school and then wonder if the pervert head coach might secretly be recruiting their daughter? And Tommy Tuberville is a twice run in the SEC. He's not bad, but he's not going to get us to the promised land. The answer to the coaching search is go get Jon Gruden, period. If he says no, pony up more cash and ask again. We need a bit of Godfather in us... make him an offer he can't refuse. It's how Alabama got Saban, it's how we will get the coach who be to Nick Saban what General Neyland was to Bear Bryant.

Written on Poll: What's wrong with Tennessee's defense?:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Football insiders consistently say it takes 2 seasons to successfully change to a 3-4 defense.

The fire Dooley mob insists 2 months is plenty.

Football writers believe ignorance should be mined for profit rather than excavated.

I'm not against keeping the 3-4 for another year... What I'm hitting at with firing Dooley is that we have the most un-clutch team I see in football. When we need that one big play, that one down where we step up, we flop. If I was an opposing Offensive Coordinator, I'd kneel down twice, then run a draw play through the center of the defense. We are better at stopping 3rd and 1 than we are at stopping 3rd and 15.

Written on Poll: What's wrong with Tennessee's defense?:

60% communication, 30% poor tackling, 10% lack of players that fit scheme

Written on Kentucky fires football coach Joker Phillips:

Kentucky is getting Petrino. They can take the character hit with him...I mean, as long as they have Calipari, he'll be second fiddle in the slime ball ratings every year at Kentucky. Arkansas is up for either Fulmer, Charlie Strong, or Gus Malzahn. Auburn is kind of iffy on firing Chizik since he did win a national title. I think he'll change some staff up and keep his position, but if they do drop him, don't be surprised if Mack Brown doesn't land there. Texas will probably try to lock their claws on Gary Patterson.

Written on UT expects 85,000 tickets sold for Troy :

a little piece of advice, that estimate is WAY high when Dave Hart is saying he wants to give Dooley another year. 7-5 is never a good year at Tennessee. For this team, 9-3 or better would be a "good year"

Does anyone know how bad season ticket sales will be if we don't ditch dooley? There is no "we'll hope we pull off a win" in these final five games....it's more like "there's no excuse to lose these next 4 games"

Written on Tennessee trying fresh faces to solve defensive woes :

I don't think there is any guarantee we lose Pittman and Graham if Dooley goes. After all, anyone coming in would likely want some of the staff to stay to help in recruiting.

Written on Tennessee trying fresh faces to solve defensive woes :

If our defense learns to play in the first half like they do in the second, I think we'll be okay. I get that it takes more than one year to learn to play that defense, but we need to communicate better as a unit.

Written on UT coach Derek Dooley says there is hope for 'second season' :

I'm just tired of being an un-clutch team....we don't get the play we need when we most need it. I understand you can't win them all, but to have three shots to score, and one big chance to beat south carolina.... and then we could have kept the tide from turning against Florida after we stuffed that fake punt. The only team that really just flat out beat us was Alabama. It's hard to 100% blame our offense because except for the Alabama game, they have scored enough points to where they should have won an SEC game... but they don't capitalize on the opportunities they get late in the game.

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

There are on-staff coaches I think are worthy of staying. I think Sam Pittman and Jay Graham should definitely stay. I'm a little bit 50-50 on the defensive coaches. Georgia had a rough first year transferring to a 3-4 defense, but they've gotten it down better each year. If it's ran correctly, it's a much more effective defense than the 4-3.

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