Blog Entry

Breaking down the Tennessee search

Posted on: January 15, 2010 6:53 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Tennessee fancies itself a top 10 program in the best of times. In the worst of times, it just landed the coach of the team that tied for fifth in the WAC.

That’s one way to look at the hiring of Derek Dooley on Friday at Tennessee.

Rocky Flop? 

Here’s another, a formal list of names that I’m told were on the Tennessee list:

Will Muschamp, Texas defensive coordinator – Apparently turned down a $3 million-a-year offer.

Jon Gruden, Monday Night Football – What job doesn’t he apply for?

Troy Calhoun, Air Force – Happy at Air Force. Can do better if he aspires to return to the NFL.

Randy Edsall, UConn – A great coach who would be out of his element in Knoxville.

Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears – May be fired by the Bears. Apparently was a Tennessee assistant way back.

Kyle Whittingham, Utah – Turned down an offer Thursday night.

Doug Marrone, Syracuse – One year for the still-rebuilding Orange.

Gary Patterson, TCU – No way.

Kippy Brown, Tennessee assistant -- Interviewed on Friday. Apparently didn't do well.

Al Temple, Temple – A late well-respected addition.

Phil Fulmer, former Tennessee coach – Might have been AD and coach by Monday if the search dragged on.


A list of names that should have been considered

Mike Stoops, Arizona – Tennessee is into famous surnames lately. There is no more respected name in the sport right now than Stoops. Arizona is beginning to turn around.

Bobby Petrino, Arkansas – Hey, he lasted as many games with the Falcons as Kiffin did with the Vols, 13.

Tommy Bowden, former Clemson coach – Duh. Why wouldn’t you call this guy?

Rich Rodriguez, Michigan – Please tell me he wouldn’t take Mike Hamilton’s call. Then please tell me he wouldn’t take the job, if offered.

Chip Kelly, Oregon  – If you’re a top 10 program don’t you have to at least see if he’s interested?

Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Breaking down the Tennessee search

What search?? more like a desperate run at coaches who despite the name recognition of their programs, are still in better programs than the vols - tennessee hasn't been relevant for some time and hired Kiffin, who wouldn't have made them relevant - in fact, can't wait to see him finish off USC for us but with his luck, he will probably be hired as coach of the Cowboys next

but back to tennessee, i feel bad for vols fans - college football is a better place when traditional powers are flexing their muscles



Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Breaking down the Tennessee search

"Tennessee fancies itself a top 10 program in the best of times. In the worst of times, it just landed the coach of the team that tied for fifth in the WAC.

That’s one way to look at the hiring of Derek Dooley on Friday at Tennessee."


That might be one way to look at it. However, if you are going to use that method, you might want to mention that Nick Saban coached Michigan State University too.....before he coached LSU and later, Alabama...

So, you are right...it is certainly one way to look at it...

And not the only way...





playmaker21
Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2010 3:40 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Breaking down the Tennessee search

Why would you even say some ignorant s*** like that?

I am a real minority, not white, black, hispanic or asian. I know what an actual minority is treated like. This whole race card that idiots like yourself play shouldn't even be played because you aren;t treated like an actual minority. So you don't even know what it is like. You are ignorance in it's human form.

I grew up in the South, and I can tell you from my experience that most people down here are not racist. White people are still stereotyped into the whole KKK thing down here. Yes there are still some racist people that I have met, but there are also some racist black people as well as asians that I have met. They are just as extreme as the KKK people are.

You are probably one of those people that thought The Blind Side was a racist movie showing "The Great White Hope" saving "us po' black folk". That is ignorant. You are ignorant. And you ain't even from the South so how would you know.


playmaker21
Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2010 11:36 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2010 8:49 am
 

Breaking down the Tennessee search

You are a flat out dumb a@@.  Flat out!!!  For the record Mike Hamilton has three, count them THREE, adopted Ethiopian children.  Does that sound like a f*cking racist to you, you dumb f*ck?  Of course to dumb f*cks like you and other ignorant a@@holes who have no other agenda except to bash others just because of some partisan sports affinities you'll throw out any insults out and hope they stick, like calling people racist.  How many children do you have that are of a different ethnicity, how many people in your family are of a different racial background?  My guess is they are all the same... grow the f&ck up. 

Doyel, as always, I think you are an idiot loud mouth.  Keep rooting for the Gaytors, please, please, please, never say anything kind about my team or university.  I fear the day you do hell will have frozen over and the appocolypse will have occured. 




Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2010 8:30 am
 

Breaking down the Tennessee search

OSB:
you *must* be new here. In contrast to what people normally post, that was a rational, well-thought-out, and insightful post.
And, I agree with you whole-heartedly! Give the may a chance. Let's see what he can do with talent, facilities, staff and an actual budget instead of a deficit.....








Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2010 1:15 am
 

Breaking down the Tennessee search

Hamilton used an agency to help him look for a new coach.  So there is a lot of "my people calling your people kind of stuff".  In a lot of cases there is no call made because the agency has already found out that the answer is going to be 'no' anyway.  And as for people calling/hoping for Hamilton to be fired.  It's not likely since UT doesn't currently have a President, so their is no one to fire him (unless the board of trustees made a power move and pushed him out).  Also, as a side note, calling for another person to loose their job, as many UT fans were doing regarding Hamilton, especially for something as trivial as sports, is pretty sad.  Please post your current employer on here so we can all come down and cheer for your boss to fire you when times are tough. 

Go Vols!!!




Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2010 12:06 am
 

Breaking down the Tennessee search

i had never heard of him but if he is anything like his dad this will be excellent ,and we have our oc back to run the same offense and most of the assistants so you recruits who have decommited try and remember was you coming to tennessee for an ego centric liar and a coach who left a great job to coach at usc were infraction committee is coming down hardon them and the lane train will go there for a little while,but defensive players want play for lane when montey retires or dies,and as far as orgeron the ncaa should out right ban him from coaching for a few years,for calling eeat ut and telling them not to go to class while telling them they can come to usc ,why would any young kid want to go somewhere  that will be on probation the intiretine they are there with no chanch of conference tital or bowl bids for awhile



Since: Jan 15, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 11:12 pm
 

Breaking down the Tennessee search

C'mon Volnation. For those of you on Hamilton remember that he brought us Bruce Pearl. I don't need to remind you of the Wade Houston era do I? Not to mention, many of us loved the young aggressiveness that Lane brought to the HC role. Admit that you respected that recruiting class we had going there, and still could salvage at the end of this thing.That's exactly what Hamilton went and got for us. You got a guy that has done a little NFL, a little head recruiting coordinator. Not to mention full blown AD down at La Tech. Throw in a little attorney action, and you get my drift. The guy is motivated and he knows the SEC and how to go get talent. You know Saban wouldn't have no two-bit chump recruiting guru and bother to bring him from South Florida just cause he liked him, do ya? Go check out that LSU Team from Circa Saban era. We should weclome our new ball coach with open arms and give this guy the benefit of a doubt. He's a Dooley and that name should get some respect. Go Vols and Go Coach Dooley!



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com