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Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After last Saturday's overtime win over Vanderbilt, Tennessee has defeated the Commodores 28 times in their last 29 tries. It's not the sort of long-term competitive balance that typically leads to a spicy, engaging, bitter rivalry.

But it appears that as long as Derek Dooley and James Franklin are in charge of their two teams, the Vols and 'Dores are going to be a rivalry worth watching all the same. A YouTube video of the Vols' locker room celebration leaked over the weekend, one in which Dooley says "the one thing Tennessee always does is kick the (expletive) out of Vandy" and the Vols sing they "don't give a damn for the whole school of Vanderbilt." Here's the video (language warning): 



Monday, Dooley said that he was "disappointed" the video had surfaced.

"That’s kind of the world we live in. It’s like there’s no sacred place," he said. "I think probably all 120 (FBS) coaches out there in football have a side to them where they loosen up with the team that they don’t do in public ... It’s a post-game, emotional, have a little fun ... and then you close the door on them when you leave.”

In Dooley's defense, there's no doubt he had no desire to see that celebration become public, and equally little doubt that he and his team ought to be able to celebrate however they like inside their own locker room without it becoming a scandal. (If every postgame locker room scene became public, we'd wind up writing a post like this every week.) But you'll also note Dooley in no way apologizes for, retracts, or condemns the celebration  

But to hear Franklin tell it Monday, it won't be as simple as closing the door this time:

“That’s a wound that I’m going to leave open that’s not going to heal. We’ll leave it open for a year and we’ll discuss it next year ... We’ll watch it as many times as we’ve got to watch it next year.

“I look at it as respect. Some people act like they won the Super Bowl, and they beat a team that the two previous years had won four games total. Obviously, we are closing the gap and threatening some people and making some people uncomfortable. We’ll see. We’ll leave it at that. We’ll move on. But we’ll have a lot of discussion about this next year when the time is right.”

Franklin has a point here: emotional as the game was, it's likely been a looooooong time since Tennessee felt as good about itself for beating the 'Dores as it appeared to in the video. It's safe to say that between the Vols' decline from their Phillip Fulmer-lead glory years and the feistiness shown both on- and off-the-field this year from Franklin's team, the Commodores have their in-state "rival's" full attention these days.

That doesn't say particularly good things for the state of Tennessee football. But it does say good things about the state of the rivalry between the two teams--and at this stage, the lackluster SEC East needs all the storylines it can get.

Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Tennessee hasn't interviewed anybody for AD job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ever since Mike Hamilton stepped down as Tennessee's athletic director, there hasn't been a shortage of rumors about who would be replacing him. Phillip Fulmer's name has come up, even if Fulmer doesn't think he has a chance to land the job, and even former Vols quarterback Heath Shuler has been mentioned as a possibliity.

Well, according to the school's chairman of the University Athletics Board, Daniel Murphy, those rumors are just that: rumors. Murphy said the school hasn't interviewed a single person.

"People want to say, 'This person's out, this person's in.' None of that's happened," Murphy told the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

"We've hired a search firm, and we're in the exploration phase. No decisions have been made on anybody. Nobody has been interviewed. You have to go through a very diligent process."

Bryan is a member of the five-person seach committee that Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek put together along with interim athletic director Joan Cronan. The school has also hired Parker Executive Search to help find a replacement for Hamilton.

While Jimmy Cheek said he'd like to find a replacement for Hamilton within six to eight weeks after Hamilton stepped down in June, the school doesn't seem to be in any rush to stick with that timeframe. While Tennessee would like to have somebody in place before the football season, it's not going to rush the process. 

Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Heath Shuler won't address Tennessee AD job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler is currently a North Carolina congressman, but earlier this week a radio host in Knoxville, Tony Basilio, reported that Shuler was interested in the open athletic director's spot at his alma mater.

Shuler addressed the report Thursday during a visit to a local Boys and Girls Club for breakfast in Union City, Tenn.

“Right now I’m focused on the job at hand and the issues that our nation is facing,” Shuler told The (Union City) Messenger. “It’s very flattering that my name has been mentioned, but today I’m focused on talking to these kids.

“My blood runs orange. There is a family atmosphere at the university that is special. It’s something that you don’t see at a lot of other places. I’ll always be a part of the UT family, and that’s something the good Lord has blessed me with.”

This is the part where Tennessee fans and alumni in favor of Shuler taking the job will point out that "he didn't say he doesn't want the job!" Still, what will matter more than whether Shuler has legitimate interest in the gig is whether Tennessee is interested in Shuler.

While Shuler may have attended Tennessee and played football there, that doesn't change the fact he has no experience as an athletic director. Given the current situation in Knoxville with the NCAA snooping around both the football and basketball programs, the school will likely be more inclined to hire somebody who has a lot of experience running an athletic department.

Something that Shuler's former coach Phil Fulmer seemed to understand when he expressed his interest in the job but also acknowledged that he wasn't likely to get it

Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Hot Seat Ratings show SEC stability

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When it comes to the SEC and coaching turnover, there's reputation, and there's reality.

The reputation is that with a heaping help of pressure from the nation's most rabid fanbases, the nation's most cutthroat conference hires and fires head coaches on the slightest of whims, for the most gentle of disappointments. And certainly, there have been some head-scratchers over the years, like David Cutcliffe's sudden dismissal from Ole Miss or Houston Nutt's tumultuous departure from Arkansas despite years of success.

But as illustrated by Dennis Dodd's CBS Hot Seat Ratings, since the 2008 season -- and the surprising exits of long-tenured Auburn and Tennessee head coaches Tommy Tuberville and Phillip Fulmer, as well as Mississippi State's Sylvester Croom -- the league that supposedly sees its head coaches change with the wind has in fact become a model of relative stability. Collectively, the SEC has fired just a single coach the past two seasons--Vanderbilt's Robbie Caldwell, himself only hired as a last-minute replacement following Bobby Johnson's retirement.

Four other coaches have left the league in that span, but all of them -- Urban Meyer at Florida, Lane Kiffin at Tennessee, Rich Brooks at Kentucky and Johnson -- did so voluntarily, and in Brooks's case the seamless transition to coach-in-waiting Joker Phillips barely even qualifies as a "coaching change."

That newfound reticence to put coaches on the firing line is reflected in Dodd's ratings, which show just one current SEC coach rated above the median "on the bubble" 3. You get one guess who:

Alabama Nick Saban 0.0
Arkansas Bobby Petrino 1.0
Auburn Gene Chizik 0.0
Florida Will Muschamp 0.5
Georgia Mark Richt 3.5
LSU Les Miles 2.5
Mississippi Houston Nutt 3.0
Mississippi State Dan Mullen 0.0
South Carolina Steve Spurrier 0.0
Kentucky Joker Phillips 1.5
Tennessee Derek Dooley 3.0
Vanderbilt James Franklin 2.0

Assuming we don't have some unforeseen three-win meltdown with Nutt in Oxford, there's a very real possibility the SEC enters 2012 with the same 11 head coaches listed above. Richt is -- without question -- the SEC coach in the most trouble, but he's also a coach with an extremely favorable 2011 schedule, a wealth of talent on hand, and perhaps the most patient administration in the conference.

And if Richt's still here, who won't be? The Spurrier retirement rumors have been securely put to bed with the arrival of recruits like Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney. A big 2010 has Miles back on (mostly) firm footing; it'll take multiple down years (or a grass overdose) for him to earn a pink slip. Dooley has at least another couple of seasons with the benefit of the doubt (if we may quibble with Dodd's "3"). And while the aforementioned meltdown might do the trick for Nutt with the Rebels, between his track record and the back-to-back Cotton Bowls -- not something that happens on the regular in Oxford -- he almost certainly has another season of rope.

The most likely coach to keep the SEC from going 12-for-12 in the retention department isn't likely to be fired at all, in fact; it's Dan Mullen, who could be one more sterling season in Starkville away from getting the kind of megabucks, keystone program offer the Bulldogs just can't quite match.

But the guess here is that Dodd, overall, is entirely correct--if Mullen stays put and Richt can salvage eight or nine wins, there's not enough heat under the SEC seats to expect a coaching change anywhere in the league's 12 head coaching positions.


Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Tennessee announced that athletic director Mike Hamilton would be resigning, many Volunteer fans were happy to see him depart. After all, Hamilton's reign will forever be remembered for the Bruce Pearl violations and the disastrous Lane Kiffin project. Kiffin, of course was brought in after Hamilton fired beloved head coach Phillip Fulmer. After Hamilton's resignation, Fulmer's name has repeatedly come up as a possibility for his replacement. On Wednesday Fulmer spoke to Chris Low, of ESPN.com, and weighed in on the job opening.
"What I want is what's best for my university," Fulmer said. "I'll spend my time over these next few days trying to figure out what that is and whether this is something that's real for me to be able to do, both from a professional and a personal standpoint.

"We'll see what the feelings are of the people there at the university and the decision-makers, and that's simply where we are right now. I'm not politicking for the job, and I don't need a job. But if I can help my university, I'm interested in doing that any way I can."
One of Fulmer's most recent posts was a college football analyst here at CBS Sports. He clearly still has a passion for the school, and could be the perfect figurehead to lead the Volunteers out of this "dark age." Fulmer went on to compliment the work of head coach Derek Dooley, as well as speak highly of the new university administration. The idea of Fulmer as an AD is far from novel, and I expect this possibility to build momentum in the coming weeks.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:12 am
 

Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton resigning

Posted by Chip Patterson

After a tumultuous couple of years that saw issues in both the football and the basketball programs, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton will resign today, according to a local report.

WBIR-10 in Knoxville first reported that Hamilton, who had been the athletic director in Knoxville since 2003, will hold a news conference at 11:00 a.m. to announce his official resignation. Since taking over as athletic director, Hamilton has taken heat for the firing of beloved football coach Phillip Fulmer, and the mess that was left after the departure of his replacement - Lane Kiffin. The basketball program is currently trying to repair itself as well after former head coach Bruce Pearl was punished for lying to the NCAA in an investigation of recruiting violations.

The announcement of the resignation comes just days before Tennessee's meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions Friday in Indianapolis. University spokesperson Jimmy Stanton confirmed the news conference, and said that Hamilton will still be traveling to Indianapolis for the NCAA hearings at the end of the week.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:50 am
 

Urban Meyer denies any role in Newton saga

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ever since the news broke about Cam Newton and the NCAA's investigation into his recruitment, rumors have surfaced that Newton's former head coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, was the whistleblower on the case.  While there hasn't been any proof, rumors don't need facts, they just need people to start them and watch them spread.  Plus, when you consider that former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer is guilty of doing the same thing in the past, in a lot of minds, that only adds credence to the rumor.

Well, Urban Meyer wants you to know that the rumors aren't true.  Meyer told The Gainesville Sun that the rumors of his involvement in the Newton investigation are "ridiculous."

"Obviously, it's a joke," Meyer told the paper on Tuesday. "I don't know anything about anything. I heard they've got me meeting with the agent and all that. I never met with anybody. It's ridiculous.

"... we had a great relationship right up until the time he left.  Cam and I and his family always had a great relationship. I don't know where this is all coming from. But it didn't come from me. I know nothing about nothing."

For some reason reading that last quote, I envision Meyer as Edward G. Robinson in some old gangster movie talking to the cops.  "I don't know nothing about nothing, see.  You'll never catch me, copper."

Meyer can deny the rumors all he wants, and whether he's telling the truth or not, most minds have already been made up on the situation.  Personally, I'm not entirely sure what's truth and what's fiction.  I had severe doubts that Meyer was involved until I heard The New York Times' Pete Thamel on Paul Finebaum's radio show on Monday afternoon.

Finebaum asked Thamel straight up about whether or not Meyer was one of his sources for the story, and the way Thamel dodged the question was somewhat suspicious in my opinion.  To me, if Meyer wasn't involved, all Thamel would have had to say was that Urban had nothing to do with it.  The fact he didn't do that, well, it makes me somewhat suspicious.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:26 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Fulmer not interested in Minnesota job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Since firing Tim Brewster , just about every college football coach who has experienced any kind of success in the last 20 years running a program has had his name pop up as a possible candidate to take the head coaching job at Minnesota .  Names like Mike Leach , Tony Dungy , Chris Petersen , Gary Patterson and even Lou Holtz have been tossed out as candidates.  All coaches who probably wouldn't leave their current gigs for the Gophers without a gun pointed to their heads.

Another coach who had been named, and is actually out of work and looking to get back in the game, is former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer .  Fulmer would be a much more viable candidate than somebody like Petersen or Patterson, but there's one small problem for Minnesota.  According to a radio report, he doesn't want the job.

Jimmy Hyams , a radio host at Knoxville's WNML-AM/FM, said on his show Thursday that he contacted Fulmer about his interest in the Minnesota job and that Fulmer said it "was not a good fit" for him.  Which isn't all that surprising.  Odds are that at the age of 60, if Fulmer wants to get back in to coaching he's going to want to do so at a program that won't provide such a sizable challenge as Minnesota does.

The Gophers aren't built to compete in the Big Ten right now, and it would take years before any coach was able to get the program on par with schools like Ohio State , Wisconsin , Iowa , Nebraska and even Michigan .
 
 
 
 
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