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Tennessee coaching news

Posted on: November 18, 2008 1:01 pm

A source told me that Tennessee is ready to make "a major spash" with its next hire.

That seems to eliminate assistant coaches like Texas' Will Muschamp. That also could eliminate a Brian Kelly at Cincinnati. I love Kelly and think he's a short-timer at Cincy but he doesn't qualify as a major splash.

Unless there is an NFL candidate along the lines of Pete Carroll or Nick Saban, one of the few big timers I can think of is Mike Leach. That is, unless you believe Tommy Tuberville might pull a Houston Nutt -- leave Auburn and eight hours later show up in Knoxville. That isn't likely.

 Syracuse has Florida offensive line Steve Addazio and Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello high on its list.




Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 11:58 pm

Tennessee coaching news

Check again, that vols team was 13-0 and was loaded with studs. Seems you don't no much about UT.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 11:30 pm

Tennessee coaching news

If I'm not mistaken, that Vols championship team with Tee Martin had two losses, and they played a mediocre FSU team to win that title.  Trust me, no one has to worry about them being mentioned with the all-time great teams!

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 6:27 pm

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Lovie Smith is the big splash....

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 5:35 pm

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UT one of the top 10 caoahing gigs in the country?

It might only be 5th in its division and at absolute best only 7th in the SEC. Throw in SoCal, tOSU, TX and OK and Tennessee is out of the top 10. Plus, you never want to be the guy that follows a legend. You want to be the guy that follows the guy that follows the legend. (See Meyer, Urban)


Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 5:34 pm

What about the black man........

This is just my opinion....and I have no proof or insider info, but I was thinking the other night, (and before I read this article) and a name just popped into my head......Trooper Taylor. Former Tennessee RB and WR coach who left because he wasnt seriously considered for the OC job when Cutcliffe left. I think it is apparent to all the powers that be it was a mistake to let both Cut and Trooper go, and I also believe that Trooper should have probably been the OC this year.  Not to mention the fact he was beloved by the players for his enthusiasm (sp?) and for his knowledge of the game. Every squad he coached got better instantly, both RB's and WR's. And now he is a co-OC at OK State where they have enjoyed a resurgence of offense this year. Coincidence? Oh yeah, the fact he would be only the second black head coach in SEC history, and obviously the first at UT, it would make a hell of a "spash."

What I do not know was the manner in which he left UT for OK State......If it was a with a middle finger in the air as he walked out the door, then he prolly wont be interested....but I believe Trooper to be a class guy, and doesnt seem the kind to burn bridges in his wake.

Just my thoughts.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2008 3:03 pm

Tennessee coaching news

Bill Cowher

Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 3:01 pm

Tennessee coaching news

Jon Gruden....SPLASH!!!

Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 2:59 pm

Tennessee coaching news

Jon Gruden....SPLASH!

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 2:33 pm

Tennessee coaching news

I know it can't happen but Spurrier would be the best - then all these delusional UT fans that said he was the worst would instantly think he was the greatest - UT is dumb!!!

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2008 1:17 pm

Tennessee coaching news

I'm with you.  I would love to see Leach at Tennessee but definitely wouldn't call him a major splash.  If Leach ends up being the man though, I am praying that Chavis stays as DC.  Leach doesn't exactly seem like a defensive guru and Chavis could really help.

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