Maybe I’m reading way too much into this situation, but the first thing that came to mind when I read this silly comment from SOD…
“I think if you talk to Justin and you talk to Peter and you talk to Eric and you talk to DeAnthony, I think they’ll all feel the same way, that we’re doing the right things, that we’re heading in the right direction and the success is going to come and the worst is behind us.”
… was that he’s either delusional or that there was some sort of quid pro quo in play. And damned if this quote from Arnett doesn’t sound just like that happened.
“I want to ensure that all recruits, current players and fans know that the University of Tennessee is headed in the right direction. All good things take time and work. UT has always surpassed the rest and I believe in due time they will be back to the number one program in the SEC.”
Seriously, who ever talks like that when they’re leaving a football program?