… and hilarity ensues.
I’m not sure what pain Vol fans deserve more, Gruden, the pipe dream or actually hiring a man who hasn’t coached in college in decades and would likely abandon ship as soon as things weren’t fun anymore.
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I don’t understand what the Vols see in Gruden, I really don’t. I think Chip Kelly at Florida is a similar delusion.
I don’t get what anyone sees in him. Obviously he isn’t nearly as much into the game is he claims or he’d have returned a long time ago. Maybe he just loves the flattery.
But PAAAAAWWWWWLLLLLL, Seattle ain’t got no barbecue!
Vols are a total laughing stock. I found this post very satisfying to read: https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2017/11/19/16675086/jon-gruden-rumors-tennessee-lsu
New word just read (that many of you may already have read) that’s suitable for the Lexicon: “Grumors”.
Make it Bobblehead Night and the Vanderbilt game will be an instant sellout.
Yeah, they’ve got it bad.
On top of everything else, Calhoun’s kinda sucks. The environment is awesome, but the food? Eh?
Knoxville kinda sucks. The Smokies are awesome, but the city?
It’s gotten better with some of the improvements downtown. I’d say the campus/UT blows more than Knoxville.
Market Square is OK. Old Town is meh. Cumberland Avenue has all the appeal of an interstate exit. I agree, campus is a mixed bag.
Beautiful area with a lot of unrealized potential.
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Agreed. Cumberland Avenue is trash
Cumberland Avenue is basically Myrtle Beach without the beach…which is to say, utterly useless.
Right on target
It ain’t happening, but I’m holding out hope that Gruden becomes their coach, as it would almost certainly mean adding another 5-6 years of mediocrity to their current state.
Gruden really isn’t all that much. His one Super Bowl winning season with TB was because he fell into a good situation and won with outstanding defensive players already there. The longer he was there the worse the team got and he ended up getting fired after 7 years, several of which were decidedly sub-par (4-12). His final record there was only 2 games over .500 and that includes the Super Bowl winning season that included (I think) 15 wins. Plus Gruden hasn’t recruited in ages. A disaster waiting to happen if UT hired him. I hope they offer him and I hope he takes the job.
I asked a Vol buddy of mine to explain this to me last night. I asked him why they are so obsessed with Gruden and why they are so certain that a guy who hasn’t coached at all since 2008 and hasn’t coached in college in thirty years is such a good bet just because he won a Super Bowl one time. His answer is mind blowing. He said because Gruden is clearly better than all other available candidates and would automatically be the best coach in the SEC and that recruits would come running to play for him. I was speechless. Those people have gone completely nuts.
I lived in Tampa during the Gruden years, and let’s just say that, by year 4-5, most were ready to run him out of town. After the SB run in year 1, Gruden was a .500 coach from years 2-7 and failed to win a single playoff game. The players even turned on him and tuned him out, including all-around good guys like Barber, Brooks, and Lynch. Yet, somehow he has been reincarnated as a top shelf coach since joining the broadcast booth, which makes no sense.
Haha, he’s really good at coach speak and telling America what teams should have done to win.
This is also a fan base who wants Peyton Manning, someone whose never coached at any level, to be the head man. So…..
There is really only one person that should be the coach at ut. That man is Peyton Manning. I like him and despise that POS school. Don’t know why they are not after him.
Peyton was not as good as he was by being stupid.
Kind of like Bama hiring Mike Shula. Just sayin.’
One of my UT buddies sat in the “crap” last night (his words) till the middle of the fourth quarter. If he finds out who actually fired Phil, that person might want to buy himself a flack jacket and hire secruity.
And as icing on the cake, their big money donor’s company is under indictment for cheating folks on their fuel discounts.
And their new AD blinks and looks away when he talks.
And they really think Tennessee is a better job than the State of Mississippi.
IMHO UT is in real danger of becoming the UK of the 21st century. If you look at the record books you will find plenty of national championship caliber teams that went south and never recovered, becoming permanent doormats. Duke was once a national power. So was Vandy. Minnesota won 2 natties in the 1940s. Illinois won 2 in the 1920s. The state of Tennessee really doesn’t have very good HS football and isn’t a highly populated state. UT has had to rely on out-of-state recruiting for years. If Kirby gets the best players from Georgia and the next tier go to Saban and teams like FSU and FU, and USCe and Kentucky start getting better players from their states and other states where UT traditionally recruits (NC and SC) I can see that UT will have a very hard time recruiting. This year UT will end up at the bottom of the SEC East if Vandy does its job (c’mon Vandy!). Unless the ship is righted in Knoxvegas quickly the bottom could be UT’s home for a very long time. We can all hope. 🙂
“... Shoot, why does anybody who’s ever won something do it again? Because it’s cool. So, let’s go do it again. Let’s see if we’ve got what it takes.” -- Stetson Bennett, The Athletic, 3/22/22
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