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Posted on: November 5, 2008 10:32 am

What is the immediate future of Tennessee football?

I'm talking two, three years down the road. I have a nagging feeling that Tennessee could become the new Nebraska. A fallen power. Nebraska will never win three national championships in five years. Those days are over.
I'm wondering when the Huskers will challenge for the Big 12 North again. As recently as early this decade, Nebraska was still dominating the division.

Tennessee has won three SEC East titles in the past seven years. That's not bad, folks. Will the next coach do that? The school has the facilities and interest and budget to win big. How does it get that back in one of the most competitive atmospheres in the country?

 Good to see that Steve Spurrier has officially declined interest in tap-dancing on Phil Fulmer's grave, er, in the vacancy. After all, you can't spell Steve Spurrier without UT.

 Before that the Old Ball Coach took a few final jabs at his favorite target. After South Carolina beat the Vols 27-6, Steve Spurrier said: "I'm used to hearing 'Rocky Top' about 10 times. Did they play it at all? I can't remember any of it. Usually you hear that song -- maybe they only play it after they score." Ouch.


 USC has become a victim of its own excellence. The Trojans dropped from fifth to seventh this week in the BCS standings despite shutting out Washington 56-0. Apparently the pollsters and computers aren't impressed with the Pac-10 conference.


Since the BCS standings debuted, USC is 3-0 having outscored Washington State, Arizona and Washington by a combined 142-10. In that time USC has lost 7.5 percent of its BCS average (.8165 to .7551).

Three of the six BCS computers have the Pac-10 ranked no higher than fourth (Billingsley, fourth; Sagarin, sixth; Colley, seventh behind the Mountain West).

"The more we win, the worse we get," Pete Carroll said.

 BYU needs Utah to beat TCU on Thursday to have any chance of winning its third consecutive Mountain West title.


Where is BYU quarterback Max Hall going to be?

"Can't miss 'The Office,' Hall said before changing his story. "I don't know. I will probably pay attention to it. I will probably watch it."
 Greg Robinson has won three Big East games in four seasons at Syracuse. Two of those are over Louisville's Steve Kragthorpe. Might want to add another name to the hot list.

 This week's SEC ill feeling of the week descends upon Baton Rouge where Nick Saban makes his return as a college coach to LSU.


"This isn't about me," Bama's coach said.

Uh, yeah it is, Nick. It's all about you walking out on LSU for the NFL. That in and of itself isn't bad. Who among us wouldn't jump at the chance for a huge promotion?

The mistake is coming back into the belly of the beast (Death Valley!) and trying to deflect the attention. Check this comment from the SEC meetings earlier this year. The guy doesn't exactly expect a welcoming committee.

"All I know is when we had a staff meeting about who goes on what bus, who rides where and all that kind of stuff, it was pretty unanimous in our staff that when we go to LSU, nobody's riding on the bus I'm on," Saban said.

 The pandering went down to the last day for Mr. Hope and Change. Barack Obama continued to tell us what we wanted to hear without offering any substance.


"I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football," Obama said during a Monday interview. "I'm fed up with these computer rankings and this and that and the other. Get eight teams -- the top eight teams right at the end. You got a playoff. Decide a national champion."

That will resonate with Joe Six Pack, which is the point of Obama's entire campaign. Hope and change are empty terms. I'm betting Mr. H and C knows as much about college football as the average cricket player.

How are you going to select the eight teams? What about the ninth team? What about the bowls? Where are the games going to be? You might want to check with the Rose Bowl, Pac-10 and Big Ten.

A lifetime of Washington experience counts more than charisma and empty promises. To paraphrase Dennis Miller, John McCain gave us 5 1/2 years in a Vietnamese prison, I believe we owed him at least four in the White House.

 Mystery team of the week. Unbeaten, No. 1 in total defense in a major conference, tied for 54th nationally in total defense. Answer below.


 Tyrell Fenroy of Louisiana-Lafayette became the seventh player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of four seasons. He joins a list that includes Tony Dorsett, Cedric Benson and Ron Dayne.


 More Tennessee:


One of the more striking aspects of Phil Fulmer's firing is the support showed by his players.

“I just feel like I just lost one of my ribs and my kidney or something,” safety Eric Berry said. “I feel like I just lost a family member. Nobody has died, but that’s what it feels like to me right now.”

"That right there wasn't very stand up of Tennessee ... He should go out on his own terms," offensive lineman Ramon Foster said.  "If you're on the other side of the fence we hope you're happy."

 Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton's letter to alumni:


Dear friends,

This afternoon, Coach Fulmer announced he will step aside at the conclusion of the football season. I want to express my sincere gratitude for everything he has done for the University and our program.

Coach Fulmer has been, and will continue to be, a great representative of the University and the athletic department. He has dedicated a majority of his life to our program and brought home two SEC championships and a national championship. He has secured his place as the second winningest coach in Tennessee history behind General Neyland. I personally appreciate everything he has done for Tennessee and look forward to him continuing to be a part of our family.

I hope that you will come and show your appreciation for Coach Fulmer at the Wyoming and Vanderbilt games as well as the Kentucky game on Nov. 29 when we celebrate “Phillip Fulmer Day” in Neyland Stadium.

We will begin a national coaching search immediately. We have a great University, world-class student-athletes, a tremendous fans base and first-class facilities. As a result, we will attract some of the nation’s best candidates. We will introduce a new coach to you over the next several weeks.

Thank you for your continued support of Tennessee football.


Mike Hamilton


 Kentucky wishes Randall Cobbs could clone himself. In his first career start, he threw for 56 yards and a touchdown in a 14-13 win over Mississippi State. Cobbs also rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown.


He also caught a team-high three passes as a receiver and returned a few punts.

"If I were our field goal kickers, I'd be worried," offensive coordinator Joker Phillips said.

 Texas Tech is your mystery team of the week.



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 11:25 pm

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Hey Dennis, do you need a tissue? A word of advice: stick to football...oh, and don't rely on Dennis Miller for your political one-liners. Aww, hell, one more thing: You should know you've got a problem when the best presidential credential you can come up with for a guy is the fact that he was a POW. I respect that, but it sure as hell doesn't mean he should've been elected.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 6:02 pm

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No doubt in my mind who number one and 2 are in the country.  Alabama and Tech.  They both come away with huge wins this week.  LSU is not the team of the last few years and Ok. St. is still a little over rated to me so watch out for two blow outs in these games.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 3:05 pm

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To be perfectly honest, I think it would be awesome to have a Alabama/Penn State NCG.  Just a shame the BEAR isnt alive to possibly see it.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2008 1:26 pm

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I totally hear that, I just wish the actors, musicians, and all celebrities would follow what you are saying or are you OK with them saying it if it serves your purpose?  I am so sick of everyone commenting on what is right for the country.  People should listen to the issues and policies being proposed and everyone should have to pass a test before they are allowed to vote in an election.  Too many people just vote for who they think is popular and not who the right candidate is. 

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 11:51 am

Nice theory on POW's

maybe we could have found a guy that was a POW for 7 years. would he then be more deserving of the presidency over McCain. what an idiot. stick to football. i thought maybe there was a topic that you knew better than football. obviously not.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2008 11:13 am

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While I am not big on the sportswritter/politcal analyst articles, I must say you did a good job working that in. That being said, I'm still waiting on my Alabama is the greatest team to ever play football. My article about the new flavor of the week Alabama being the feel good story of the year. The Alabama runs the table because of this that or the other.....

C'MON! Every time the new #1 comes out you gush like a McCain consecion speech about how great the new team is and now you clam up like some one sewed your spincter shut! It's been 5 days Dodd, give me something......

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2008 10:54 am

Why are all bald guys staunch republicans?

I'm just saying, it's weird.

How are you going to select the eight teams?  Doesn't the BCS already have a system in place for selecting eight teams, Dodd?  I think you've made it clear to all of us that you oppose a playoff.  Thank god we may now have HOPE for a CHANGE as it seems the President of the United States may be the only man powerful enough to deliver us from the cursed BCS.

I bet Barack Obama knows as much about College Football as ... well, as Dennis Dodd knows about politics, or cricket for that matter.  I have a hunch Obama's childhood in Indonesia means he could crush Dodd in a cricket trivia match.  Obama also went to Punahou with Mark Tuinei, I wonder if he played ball there as well.  I wonder if they hung around smoking pot and blowing lines, since they are both proven druggies.

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 10:49 am

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Please refrain from the political stuff....obviously not your forte...I am a huge fan of your writing but to suggest that being a POW entitles you to the white house is pretty insane...that means that at least 600+ guys out there have equivalent credentials to be in the white house as mccain...The White House is not some present we hand out to someone for sentimental reasons....If you actually look at Obama's website...or LISTEN to a speech and not just watch fox news there is a fair amount of substance to what he worst he has the same level of substance as McCain....STICK TO FOOTBALL ON A SPORTS WEBSITE

Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 9:49 am

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Hopefully you're more successful at picking your sports than your presidents.

We read sports to escape politics.  Don't  disappoint us.

Even the computers don't want us to discuss politics in a sports forum.

Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 9:47 am

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Hopefully you're more successful at picking your sports than your presidents. 

We read sports to escape politics.  Don't <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View>
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