Comments by volunteerintexas

Written on Focus for Tennessee quarterbacks is leadership, avoiding interceptions:

Has anyone heard anything regarding Gunner Kiel transferring to Tennessee?

Seems to me this is a no brainer. Kid may be looking for a home, and CBJ's style may settle him down a bit. This is a kid who last year was the top ranked, 5-star QB in the country... it's worth the risk to bring him on board, insulate him, and spend his "bench year" developing him.

I know there will be nay-sayers. However, in my mind, the upside is worth the risk.

Written on With spring break looming, UT coaches say much work still to be done:

Has anyone heard anything regarding Gunner Kiel transferring to Tennessee?

Seems to me this is a no brainer. Kid may be looking for a home, and CBJ's style may settle him down a bit. This is a kid who last year was the top ranked, 5-star QB in the country... it's worth the risk to bring him on board, insulate him, and spend his "bench year" to develop him.

I know there will be nay-sayers. However, in my mind, the upside is worth the risk.

Written on Evan's Eleven: 5-star RB Jalen Hurd's commitment to Tennessee is biggest catch of Butch Jones' tenure:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I have a Berry good feeling this momentum will lead to additional commitments in the Berry near future!

Well done, MetroplexMojo.

Nice job CBJ attracting skilled players. Kudos.

We need to get some 5-star big uglies signed up... Can't win the SEC without a dominate D-Line.

My job's in Texas... My heart's in K-Ville! Go Vols!

Written on Jay Graham leaving Vols for Florida State:

Groundhog Day. Here we go again:

Dooley 2.0.

Written on Saugatuck to Sunsphere: Butch Jones' meteoric rise :

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Written on John Adams: An SEC coaching leap isn't for everybody :

Well no kidding.

So much press has been made out of Butch stating that this was his "dream job"... and "Butch is willing to rise to the challenge of coaching in the SEC"

So did Dooley. So would I. So would you. If a moron was offered a job to coach Tennessee with a GUARANTEED compensation of multi-millions... REGARDLESS OF PERFORMANCE, who wouldn't dream of that job? Butch just doubled his compensation from $1.5M/year to $3.0 million/year ... and Tennessee fans are hailing him as a hero? as if he's falling on his sword for us? I wish I could find a job that would pay me $3M/year for guaranteed 6 years REGARDLESS of performance!!!!!! I feel like I'm living in a parallel universe to the movie "Groundhog Day"... Three years ago Dooley was touted with as much fanfare as our saviour as is this fine gentleman, only to our ultimate dismay. Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me. Butch Jones = Dooley 2.0.

Talk you you suckers in another 3 years when we're on to the next mediocre poser... who is getting a "dream job" at $3M/year guaranteed at the Tennessee Taxpayer's expense. You're sheep. Demand more. Demand Gruden.

Written on Do you believe Butch Jones is the right choice to be UT's coach?:

I feel like I'm watching a different version of Bill Murray's GROUNDHOG DAY...

Dooley 2.0

Written on New UT coach Butch Jones in Knoxville:

This hire will prove a disaster.

The trajectory of mediocrity continues. I'm done.

Written on Kentucky fires football coach Joker Phillips:

While painful to lose to KY last year, I tip my hat to Coach Phillips and Coach Randy Sanders. Both leaders and developers of character in young, and often troubled, men. I was sickened when Randy Sanders was prompted to leave Knoxville when his kids were harassed in school. Sickening beyond belief, and quite frankly, made me embarrassed to be a Vol. Let's keep this in perspective...

Written on David Climer: Colleges start hiring process in midseason:

in response to Lizardgrad89:

Here's an idea:

Tommy Tuberville. I mean, he's doing well at Texas Tech, has an SEC background, good recruiter. He's good at organizing programs.

If you REALLY want a home run, and this is "thinking outside the box", consider Mike Holmgren. He just got the boot in Cleveland. Mostly a pro background, but a brilliant coach. Surround him with experienced college assistants, he could be great. He knows how to run an offense, he's great at developing QB's, and he can show recruits his super bowl ring. Think about him sitting in hotshot QB recruit's house, SB ring on his finger, telling the kid how he made Brett Favre into a Hall of fame QB.

I mean, if you want big, can't get much bigger than that.

I like the way you think... Holmgren...

Personally I'm a huge proponent of pursuing Gruden.

The question is whether or not these guys are still hungry. This job is tough... is a marathon, and requires immense endurance. Do these multi-millionaire Super Bowl winners still possess the hunger and drive to do what it takes to rebuilt the Vols? I don't know.

Written on Sal Sunseri: Vols get back to fundamentals:

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

Written on UT coach Derek Dooley says results will come if team sticks together:

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

Written on Poll: What's your feeling about the Vols after the Georgia game?:

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

Written on What's your feeling about the Vols after the Georgia game?:

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

Written on Final: Georgia 51, Tennessee 44 :

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

Written on Derek Dooley gets another shot against ranked opponent :

I agree with most of you that Dooley should get a lot of credit for righting the ship. However, I believe Dooley is not the man to take the program to the next level. I believe THAT man is Jon Gruden. Losing Derrick Henry to Alabama presents a view into the future.

Unlike a couple of years ago, now Gruden is looking at a very different situation… he's got reasonable pipeline of talent and new facilities with which to help him recruit. He's got a professional as an AD. He's got something to sell to 18 year-olds.

My logic with Tennessee has always been this… Tennessee is like Notre Dame. Neither school has a solid base of in-state talent from which to recruit. In fact, the contiguous states have so much competition that it forces them to have to recruit nationally. In Notre Dame's case, they have an exclusive contract with NBC to highlight all their games… they get HUGE brand exposure and brand lift because of this national exposure. MSNBC.com has a "Notre Dame Central" microsite.

So Tennessee has to recruit nationally, but doesn't have the brand exposure or brand cache that a Notre Dame has… that's two strikes.

The reason I've been a big proponent of bringing in Gruden at whatever cost is that his personal brand, to some extent, levels the playing field. Like none other, he has done a great job the last few years becoming a bit of an icon… his QB Camp TV show, always on MNF, always commenting on something. If he came to Tennessee, every kid in America has seen him on TV personally coaching up every QB in the draft running one on one drills, watching film, critiquing, etc. He's telling 1st round draft picks on national TV what THEY need to do to make it in the NFL. He can tell kids on the recruiting trail that "Hey, I've won a Super Bowl"… not even Saban can make that statement. .. "Jimmy Recruit, would you like to try on my Super Bowl ring?".

If they had to pay Gruden a few million more than Dooley who cares? It'll pay for itself in increased ticket sales, merchandise, Bowl appearances, donor excitement, and Big Booster contributions. The payback is all but certain.

I think he would give a HUGE boost to recruiting. HUGE. Gruden would have provided a much greater probability of landing Derrick Henry.

I like Dooley personally. He just doesn't have the brand cache to draw in a stable of 5-star recruits on a consistent basis…. and as we saw in the Florida game, raw talent trumps play calling or gimmicks.

I'm just sayin'

Written on Tennessee safety Brent Brewer can show he's starting material :

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on Geoff Calkins: No point in looking back for Tennessee:

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on Tennessee's secondary shake-up will open doors for young players Saturday:

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on Derrick Brodus more concerned about scoring points than breaking barriers :

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on UT receivers coach addresses Justin Hunter's drops :

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on Jay Greeson: Georgia game will be defining moment for Derek Dooley:

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on Tennessee's Tyler Bray tried to plead his case on key intentional grounding call :

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on David Climer: Tennessee should come with 'fragile' label:

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on Sal Sunseri doesn't believe in sugarcoating things:

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on Justin Coleman replaces Marsalis Teague at cornerback for Vols:

"Coach Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... Shall I patch him through, sir?...?

Written on Tennessee looks to youngsters to help struggling secondary after Brian Randolph's season ends :

Mr. Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... shall I patch him through, sir?

Written on Derek Dooley says he needs to ease burden on skill players like Justin Hunter, Rajion Neal :

in response to SummittsCourt:

Gruden is not a choice for anyone so stop that dumb dreaming. If he does go back to coaching it will be in the NFL, not college.

If you can't see that Dooley was dealt a really crappy hand and he is doing a good job of dealing with it, then you are the one who is delusional. Dooley is building from a scrap heap left by the firing of Fulmer and the hiring of weasel boy.

Tennessee will be good again soon, very soon.

With respect to my good friend and fellow Vol "Summitts Court", it's obvious you just don't understand the life cycle of college football. Program building is all about momentum... either perceived or real. Whether it's perceived or real does not matter, as for 99% of people in this world, people's perception is people's reality.

And the absolute reality is this: winning begets winning, and losing begets losing.

Let me dumb this down for you.

Saban wins multiple championships. He puts many players in the first couple of draft rounds in the NFL. High school kids notice. Most coveted recruits sign with 'Bama. Because 'Bama signs top recruits, they continue to have the best players and teams, and continue to win National Championships. Hence they get the best recruits the next year... AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES...

Now for the flip side of the coin... Dooley can't provide compelling reason for 5 star kids to sign with Tennessee, so he has to settle for 2 stars from Johnson City. Tennessee doesn't win games, hence he continues to not have a compelling reason to recruit the following season... he offers no hope. (What message was spoken to all the recruits on the sideline of the Florida game?)... All those kids witnessed was mediocrity. And the cycle of mediocrity will continue until a coach is engaged who can break it. Gruden is that coach.

Written on Derek Dooley says he needs to ease burden on skill players like Justin Hunter, Rajion Neal :

in response to orangecountyvols:

Grow up.

Sounds like you are perfectly content living in the Land of Mediocrity. 'Twill take a leader of Gruden's caliber, success, record, and swagger to return the Vols to Top 5 contention. Sounds like you are happy with Opie... and 5-7. Grow up.

Written on Derek Dooley says he needs to ease burden on skill players like Justin Hunter, Rajion Neal :

Mr. Gruden, a Mr. Hart from Tennessee on line one... shall I patch him through, sir?

Written on Tennessee faces difficult road after disappointing loss to Florida :

"Coach Gruden, Dave Hart at Tennessee is on line one... would you like me to put him through?"

Written on Tennessee receiver Jason Croom likely to make debut Saturday :

in response to volunteerintexas:

Vols looked much improved against NCS last Saturday.

It's difficult not to reflect on how much better they'd be if all the talent that has revolved through the program over the past couple of years was still wearing Orange. Ah, but to reminisce on the beauty of "what could have been"...

When I imagine what TN's offense would be like with a 255 lb Bryce Brown (Sr.), a developed David Oku (Sr.) as a utility player, Cameron Clear at TE, Da'Rick as a 3rd receiver split wide... even old NuKeese Richardson would be a senior (that kid had such potential). And how many high-potential kids am I forgetting that are no longer with the team? Have all this wasted talent still on the sideline and you are talking a top-5 team. It drives me crazy....

Then you get to the defense... Another offseason of a focused and maturing getting bigger, stronger, faster, smarter... lethal.

I've got to quit doing this to myself... these knuckleheads who throw it all away for a couple of puffs on the bong just drive me bananas.

Sorry guys.

Vols looked much improved against NCS last Saturday.

It's difficult not to reflect on how much better they'd be if all the talent that has revolved through the program over the past couple of years was still wearing Orange. Ah, but to reminisce on the beauty of "what could have been"...

When I imagine what TN's offense would be like with a 255 lb Bryce Brown (Sr.), a developed David Oku (Sr.) as a utility player, Cameron Clear at TE, Da'Rick as a 3rd receiver split wide... even old NuKeese Richardson would be a senior (that kid had such potential). And how many high-potential kids am I forgetting that are no longer with the team? Have all this wasted talent still on the sideline and you are talking a top-5 team. It drives me crazy....

Then you get to the defense... Another offseason of a focused and maturing Janzen Jackson getting bigger, stronger, faster, smarter... lethal.

I've got to quit doing this to myself... these knuckleheads who throw it all away for a couple of puffs on the bong just drive me bananas.

Sorry guys.

Written on Tennessee receiver Jason Croom likely to make debut Saturday :

Vols looked much improved against NCS last Saturday.

It's difficult not to reflect on how much better they'd be if all the talent that has revolved through the program over the past couple of years was still wearing Orange. Ah, but to reminisce on the beauty of "what could have been"...

When I imagine what TN's offense would be like with a 255 lb Bryce Brown (Sr.), a developed David Oku (Sr.) as a utility player, Cameron Clear at TE, Da'Rick as a 3rd receiver split wide... even old NuKeese Richardson would be a senior (that kid had such potential). And how many high-potential kids am I forgetting that are no longer with the team? Have all this wasted talent still on the sideline and you are talking a top-5 team. It drives me crazy....

Then you get to the defense... Another offseason of a focused and maturing getting bigger, stronger, faster, smarter... lethal.

I've got to quit doing this to myself... these knuckleheads who throw it all away for a couple of puffs on the bong just drive me bananas.

Sorry guys.

Written on Derek Dooley calls Bray incident 'silly behavior':

Knucklehead.

This incident will cost him a LOT of money in the pros. This goes to the heart of the maturity and character questions that pro teams are focusing on these days.

Hope it was worth it, kid.

Written on Derek Dooley releases post-spring depth chart:

What's the most concerning to me is the continued lack of "BIG UGLIES" to plug the D-Line... Ever since Henderson and Haynesworth departed, seems to be an annually recurring deficit in our roster...

Written on Tennessee Vols face painful offseason:

in response to Voloyalty:

I hope Dooley can turn this thing around next year but if not, Charlie Strong out of Louisville could be a great hire. He knows the SEC landscape and took a Louisville squad with a very similar situation as the TN roster (Freshman/Sophomores) to a bowl game. I know he did not face the same competition but it is all relative to the conference. I would like to see him or Kirby Smart first considered. This notion of Gruden is comical.

Why do you believe "this notion of Gruden is comical"? Please elaborate.

Written on Change coming to UT's staff with Charlie Baggett departing:

I laugh at the postings. I bleed orange... but the truth isn't pretty.

I still commend the Kiffin hire. Kiffin was EXACTLY what we needed: arguably the best recruiter in the country who came with a Tier I coaching staff.

Who can blame the guy for leaving UT for his dream job in SC? I don't. He has a monopoly on the most populous state in the country for recruiting... he can take day-trips to visit 5-stars. At Tennessee, he had no in-state talent. He had to compete against Va Tech in the north, SC in the east, all 3 Fla schools in the south (plus GA) and 'Bama and LSU in the west for recruits. Talk about an uphill battle.

So there is the reality that Vols understandably don't want to admit: UTK is not a desirable coaching job for the market's best coaches.

So, we are left with two choices: CHOICE 1) UTK has to pay significantly more than market value to compel Tier I coaches to take what is a second tier job or, CHOICE 2) resort to hiring a Tier II coach.

With Kiffin, Hamilton paid more money and got a Tier I coach and recruiter. Kiffin could recruit nationally.

With Dooley, Hamilton paid less and got what he paid for... Gomer. And the record proves as much. A losing season, no bowl, bad press, and abysmal recruiting pipeline. It's a self fulfilling prophesy and will prove self-perpetuating unless we break the cycle by firing Dooley, and paying for a Top Shelf coach. This coach will have national brand recognition and be able to recruit nationally. Face it, folks, UT is like Notre Dame without the NBC contract. We MUST be able to recruit nationally as we have no local talent... without that capability, our program has no hope of returning to the top of the SEC heap.

Written on Change coming to UT's staff with Charlie Baggett departing:

I laugh at the postings. I bleed orange... but the truth isn't pretty.

I still commend the Kiffin hire. Kiffin was EXACTLY what we needed: arguably the best recruiter in the country who came with a Tier I coaching staff.

Who can blame the guy for leaving UT for his dream job in SC? I don't. He has a monopoly on the most populous state in the country for recruiting... he can take day-trips to visit 5-stars. At Tennessee, he had no in-state talent. He had to compete against Va Tech in the north, SC in the east, all 3 Fla schools in the south (plus GA) and 'Bama and LSU in the west for recruits. Talk about an uphill battle.

So there is the reality that Vols understandably don't want to admit: UTK is not a desirable coaching job for the market's best coaches.

So, we are left with two choices: CHOICE 1) UTK has to pay significantly more than market value to compel Tier I coaches to take what is a second tier job or, CHOICE 2) resort to hiring a Tier II coach.

With Kiffin, Hamilton paid more money and got a Tier I coach and recruiter. Kiffin could recruit nationally.

With Dooley, Hamilton paid less and got what he paid for... Gomer. And the record proves as much. A losing season, no bowl, bad press, and abysmal recruiting pipeline. It's a self fulfilling prophesy and will prove self-perpetuating unless we break the cycle by firing Dooley, and paying for a Top Shelf coach. This coach will have national brand recognition and be able to recruit nationally. Face it, folks, UT is like Notre Dame without the NBC contract. We MUST be able to recruit nationally as we have no local talent... without that capability, our program has no hope of returning to the top of the SEC heap.

Written on Questions abound as Vols offseason begins:

Hire Gruden. Name the stadium after him if that's what it takes. (Gruden Stadium, Chucky's Stadium) Who cares... just get him.

Gomer Dooley needs to go.

Written on Justin Hunter out for season :

in response to mdvol:

I just read the NCAA medical redshirt rules which is similar to reading the IRS Tax Code or the Obama No-Jobs act.....

It appears Justin is ineligible for a medical redshirt by a total of 4 plays. He exceeded the two game participation rule and by 4 plays exceeded the 20% of the season rule.

Thanks, mdvol for addressing the "million dollar question"... will the NCAA give him a do-over on the season....

Perhaps this is where having an attorney for a head coach will finally come in handy...

Written on Vols report card: Sept. 17:

Mike Shula = Derek Dooley.

Nice guy with good hair and a successful father... but not the guy to build a perennial contender. Not a Stoops. Not a Saban. Not a Spurrier. X's and O's aren't his problem... the problem is recruiting. How does Dooley walk into the living room of some inner-city kid in Central Miami or South Dallas and possibly expect to relate? I mean, he's Opie... the guy couldn't be more "Wonder Bread". What inner city kid is going to want to play for him (as a first choice)?

Prediction: Tennessee is a .500 program with DD at the helm.

Written on Vols report card: Sept. 17:

Mike Shula = Derek Dooley.

Nice guy with good hair and a successful father... but not the guy to build a perennial contender. Not a Stoops. Not a Saban. Not a Spurrier. X's and O's aren't his problem... the problem is recruiting. How does Dooley walk into the living room of some inner-city kid in Central Miami or South Dallas and possibly expect to relate? I mean, he's Opie... the guy couldn't be more "Wonder Bread". What inner city kid is going to want to play for him (as a first choice)?

Prediction: Tennessee is a .500 program with DD at the helm.

Written on Florida LB Dee Finley charged with resisting arrest:

The kid was pulled over for going around a barricade on a scooter (next to the stadium)? Really? REALLY?

Categorically speaking, campus cops everywhere are the bottom of the law enforcement gene pool.

Give me a break, Barney Fife. Go eat a doughnut and stop harassing kids.

Written on Would Clemson be a good fit in the SEC?:

Folks,

This equation is driven by two factors: demographic density and fan fervor.... Hence, the University of Texas is the great prize. Texas offers millions of viewers that are passionate about football. Nab Texas, then Texas A&M comes into the fold. Once that happens, the SEC is guaranteed dominance for decades (why would a recruit in Texas want to go anywhere else BUT the SEC?).

U of Texas is the key to the future of the SEC.

Written on Would Clemson be a good fit in the SEC?:

in response to Slystone:

No, Clemson brings nothing to the table from a marketing standpoint. The Gamecocks already take care of this. Although I would love to see Tennessee play Clemson on a regular basis. The team that makes sense is Va Tech. They would be the team the SEC should go after. They would put the SEC entrenched in the Virginia/Washington,DC/Maryland area.

Agree with Slystone.

Ask the question: where are "rooftops" (aka major metro-markets) that are not represented by the SEC?

1) Metro-Northern Virginia (Virginia Tech)
2) Metro Texas Cities [a) University of Texas and b) Texas A&M c) Texas Tech]
3) South Metro Florida (Miami)
4) Metro-North Carolina (UNC)
5) Metro-Oklahoma [1) OU and 2) Oklahoma State]

Clemson brings no rooftops to the market. Why's this relevant? Because then the networks don't make as much advertising revenue (again, based on the number of rooftops in a given market). This is a business, people. Think demographic density... Therein lies the answer.

Written on Georgia tailback Caleb King ineligible for 2011 season:

I'm a Vol through and through. That being said, I hate to see Mark Richt struggling. He's a class act and seems like a straight up guy.

Of course... until a few months ago, I'd have said the same for Tressel...

Written on Poll: Would the SEC expanding and leaving the NCAA be good or bad?:

in response to 10SE:

How about making a kid get into college on his own merits before they are allowed to play college athletics.

Uh, these exist. They're called the five Federal Service Academies, as well the Ivy League institutions.

Written on UT hires firm to find Mike Hamilton's replacement at a cost of at least $90,000:

It's my inclination that UT should think out of the box regarding the criteria they use in their search for the next AD. I think that there are three criteria that I'd use:

1. Ability to raise capital... Tennessee is hindered because of the lack of talent base from which to recruit. Therefore, Tennessee has to differentiate itself with "shock and awe" facilities to attract the caliber talent it takes to compete at the highest level. If we have the best facilities that attracts the best athletes, the best coaches will want to coach here. If we have the best coaches, the best athletes will be easier to recruit... the cycle will perpetuate itself.
2. Managerial ability... Hamilton failed not because of an inability to raise money or choose coaches. His downfall was attributed to his failure to design and implement an effective rules compliance framework and system. Clear and simple. The successful candidate must have a rigorous and comprehensive compliance system.
3. Business Strategist... It's about the money. The more profitable the program becomes, the more capital is generated to further the UT brand. aka look at the U of Texas TV network and the evolution of the Oregon "brand"... they're both run like companies. Oregon is essentially a R&D Lab for Nike, funded by Phil Knight. We need this level of integration with corporate America.

Summary: Yogi Berra once said "the future ain't what it used to be". Like it or not, college football today is big business. We either innovate at the tip of the spear, or we continue a trajectory of mediocrity. We don't need some guy that's risen up the AD ranks with a sports marketing degree. We need a high powered executive from corporate America. Think out of the box. Think bold.

Written on Tom Jurich latest AD not interested in UT vacancy:

It's my inclination that UT should think out of the box regarding the criteria they use in their search for the next AD. I think that there are three criteria that I'd use:

1. Ability to raise capital... Tennessee is hindered because of the lack of talent base from which to recruit. Therefore, Tennessee has to differentiate itself with "shock and awe" facilities to attract the caliber talent it takes to compete at the highest level. If we have the best facilities that attracts the best athletes, the best coaches will want to coach here. If we have the best coaches, the best athletes will be easier to recruit... the cycle will perpetuate itself.
2. Managerial ability... Hamilton failed not because of an inability to raise money or choose coaches. His downfall was attributed to his failure to design and implement an effective rules compliance framework and system. Clear and simple. The successful candidate must have a rigorous and comprehensive compliance system.
3. Business Strategist... It's about the money. The more profitable the program becomes, the more capital is generated to further the UT brand. aka look at the U of Texas TV network and the evolution of the Oregon "brand"... they're both run like companies. Oregon is essentially a R&D Lab for Nike, funded by Phil Knight. We need this level of integration with corporate America.

Summary: Yogi Berra once said "the future ain't what it used to be". Like it or not, college football today is big business. We either innovate at the tip of the spear, or we continue a trajectory of mediocrity. We don't need some guy that's risen up the AD ranks with a sports marketing degree. We need a high powered executive from corporate America. Think out of the box. Think bold.

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