When you compare your coaching search to a sexually transmitted disease

It’s a real shame if you don’t have a subscription to The Athletic, because today, you’re missing a classic.  David Ubben went through the emails sent to John Currie during last year’s abortion of a head coaching search ($$), and what turns up is pure comedy gold, as you might expect.

Again, paywall being paywall, I’m not going to quote from it extensively, but two tidbits ought to give you enough flavor of what a certain portion of the Vol fan base is going through.

First, he went through about 2200 pages (!) of emails, tallied the votes from fans who urged a specific candidate be hired and found the winner was… Lane Kiffin.  Say no more.

Second, this is beyond priceless:

“I’d have rather had Butch Jones than Greg Schiano,” Denney said.

“Hiring him would have been like hiring gonorrhea or syphilis. Nobody wanted that. Except maybe two or three people,” West said. “So the fans, obviously, voiced their opinion.”

Wait a minute… two or three people want to catch the clap?

I already know I’m gonna have to save Coach Gonorrhea for the right moment, but its time will surely come.

Oh, by the way, they’re all behind Pruitt.  Until they aren’t, of course.

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42 responses to “When you compare your coaching search to a sexually transmitted disease

  1. “Sleeping Around Was My ‘Personal Vietnam”

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  2. Bright Idea

    I read Nagi’s book and I predict UT will either now go bust or boom. There’s no room for middle ground on Rocky Top. They’re either fur ya or aginst ya.

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  3. gastr1

    Someone enlighten me as to the reason Schiano was so poor per the Vol fanbase. I mean, I have my reasons, but I have a suspicion they are not the same as Vol Nation’s.

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    • Bright Idea

      They saw Schiano as another Yankee like Jones and linking him to the Sandusky scandal was all it took to sabotage his hire.

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      • gastr1

        I was wondering if it was mostly about the former… and also wondering if they cared all that much about the latter.

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    • Anonymous

      IMHO, the Grumors got to their heads. They hyped themselves up into believing they were getting Jon Gruden. When they found out Currie’s selection was another Yankee that had been successful at a smaller program, they lost their minds. They expected someone like Gruden, Saban, Meyer, the resurrected corpse of Robert Neyland, etc.

      The fundamental problem here is that Tennessee fans think that Tennessee is a Top 5 destination program. They are also the only group of people that think that the Moon-landing was fake but that Professional Wrestling is real. They do not understand that in the modern College Football landscape their near-peers are South Carolina, Arkansas, etc.

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  4. mwo

    Bullhead is nothing to clap about!

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  5. Sanford222view

    For those of you on the fence or who feel subscribing to a pay site is crazy I would highly recommend The Athletic. I was always against paying for content thinking it would always eventually be available for free somewhere just maybe a bit later.

    The Athletic is totally worth it offering unique articles from quality writers and you can tailor it to the sports and teams that interest you most. They deliver the quality in depth articles of the past when the sports section of the paper was worth reading. If you haven’t checked it out I would recommend doing the free trial. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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  6. This comes to mind for TN.

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  7. The better Tennessee metaphor would be that their coaching search was a meth lab explosion.

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  8. Brandon

    It has been a long hard fall for that fanbase, and as someone who was UGA in the late 90’s when their chutzpah was at historic highs, I have enjoyed every minute of it.

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  9. Bright Idea

    Do you think UT fans don’t have in the back of their minds that Pruitt led a mutiny against a very popular man when he was a subordinate to that man? Yes, Richt was on borrowed time as UGA’s coach even without Pruitt but doesn’t that make his attitude while in Athens even more questionable.

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    • Got Cowdog

      If UT fans don’t [have it in the back of their minds] UGA fans do. In fact, i’ll be a bit disheartened if we don’t see some fireworks on the northern horizon this season.

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    • I guarantee Fulmer has some dirt on Pruitt that he’ll be more than happy to use to get him out for cause if Pruitt dares to take him on in Knoxville.

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      • Got Cowdog

        “Rope a dope” is what my coach called it. Maybe Phil is playing a long game?

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      • gastr1

        Everyone’s got dirt on Pruitt, don’t they? The guy’s a walking dirt factory. But we know Fat Phil can just make some stuff up any ol’ time, it’s his forte.

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  10. The 984

    To answer your last question, there are some people out there who willingly try to catch HIV. I’m sure there are a few people out there who want the clap.

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  11. Russ

    In a few years, the Vols will hire Kiffin. Monte Kiffin.

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  12. Maybe a Cheech and Chong routine is in order.

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  13. Thatguy

    I can’t believe that I’m the first person here to call it Schianorrhea?

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