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Kelly to Tennessee?

Posted on: November 19, 2008 9:34 pm

It's getting quiet at Cincinnati. Too quiet.

This is what usually happens when something major is about to pop. Everyone is told to keep their mouths shut. Assistants are making discreet calls trying to find new jobs. Such is the case around the Cincinnati where Tennessee seemingly has settled on coach Brian Kelly as its top candidate to replace to Phil Fulmer.

This is not to say Kelly is definitely the guy but I got a couple of calls today saying his name had risen to the top at Rocky Top.

Kelly would be a great hire. He's got the attitude and ability to walk into the cauldron that is SEC recruiting. He's a quarterback specialist. Cincinnati has had to use something like four quarterbacks this season.

A couple of issues here: Cincinnati's season doesn't end until Dec. 6, so if word is out this early it could get really uncomfortable at Cincinnati which is chasing a Big East title. Can you say interim coach for the bowl game?

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 10:28 pm

Kelly to Tennessee?

Mike Hamilton better hope he can find someone comparable to Saban

Well its not like there is a whole lotta options out there.

or Bill Cowher

Dude are you serious? What qualifies him for the job? Hes a pro guy!

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2008 10:24 pm

Kelly to Tennessee?

With all due respect to Fulmer, he doesn't hold a light to Kelly.

Not only does Kelly know how to build winning teams, they keep winning long after he is gone.

Grand Valley State University (my Alma mater).  The 2 seasons before he left he won 2 national championships at the Div. II level with these guys.  Guess what, we are still winning.  2 Championships in the last 4 seasons including a 40-game win streak.  Before he came we had not won even a conference title in over a decade.  We just won are 4th in a row a month ago. 

Central Michigan.  That team was nothing before Kelly showed up.  Nothing.  Eastern Michigan was even competing with them.  Before he left he helped them to a MAC West division win.  Afterwards, the won again.  This year (unless the lose to Ball State tonight) it is possible that they could go undefeated in the MAC.  Once again years after he is gone they are still winning.  I would bet my life savings that they will still be winning 5 years from now.

Cincinnati.  I will give Dantonio some credit.  He did not leave Kelly with as big of a mess as the previous two jobs did.  However, with the exception of the UConn blowout, Cincy has competed with everybody.

Mark my words.  With Kelly as coach, Tennessee will win a national championship in the next 4 years.

This coming from a Michigan State fan.

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 10:17 pm

Kelly to Tennessee?

Where do you get your info, from ESPNews? Its sounds like you have no idea what your talking about, so this is the Big Splash your talking about with Tennessee...  How about you do some actual reporting instead of this crap, come on seriously Dodd

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 10:17 pm

Kelly to Tennessee?

I know Kelly's wife from college & have met him before. I also know of Kelly via Grand Valley St. from where he built that into a DII power, CMU & now Cinci.  His career has been on the rise & you could see he'd eventually want to be hired by a big time school. He is intense & a great coach--one of the top up & comers in college coaching. This seems to be a good hire (If accurate) for UT.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 10:09 pm

Kelly to Tennessee?

over/under Dodd lasting 2 more yrs at cbs?

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2008 10:04 pm

Kelly to Tennessee?

Tennessee would be better off waiting for Payton Manning to retire and hope he would take the job. This is supposed to be an SEC powerhouse, they need a guy who is going to steal recruits from Florida, Alabama, and LSU.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 9:53 pm

Kelly to Tennessee?

It is a big splash considering Kelly isn't a big name which most people would expect from Tennessee to replace Fulmer.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 9:52 pm

Kelly to Tennessee?

With all due repect to Coach Kelly. He has a done a wonderful job with Cincinnati. I and plenty of other VOLS fans would rather have Fulmer. I could see this a serious step backwards. Mike Hamilton better hope he can find someone comparable to Saban. Mike Leach or Bill Cowher or Mike Hamilton maybe the next out the door.

Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 9:46 pm

Kelly to Tennessee?

Dodd are you kidding me? This is the big splash you were talking about yesterday?

C'mon, This barely makes waves.

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