The best coaching another school’s money could buy.

You may recall seeing from the other day that Tennessee’s athletic department managed to lose well over six million dollars during the 2018 fiscal year.  It’s nice to know a $755,471 chunk of that went to fund Bob Shoop’s stellar season at Mississippi State.

With NFL first-round picks Jeffery Simmons, Montez Sweat and Johnathan Abram leading the charge, the Bulldogs led the nation in total defense (263.1 yards per game allowed) and ranked second behind national champ Clemson in scoring defense (13.2 points per game allowed). Those results helped Shoop become a Broyles Award finalist in his first season in Starkville despite Mississippi State paying him a salary, $400,000, that qualified as a pittance compared to those of other Power Five coordinators.

If there’s another college football program over the past decade that’s been as consistently (and spectacularly) mismanaged as Tennessee’s, I’d cringe to see the evidence.



Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

7 responses to “The best coaching another school’s money could buy.

  1. Milledge Hall

    You can’t hide stupid behind a rocky top!!

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  2. Got Cowdog

    Don’t forget they are paying Booch through ’21. UT football, the gift that keeps on giving…..


  3. Bulldog Joe

    The Haslams’ deep pockets encouraged an annual shuffle of the Tennessee administration and coaching staff.

    Fulmer wants to reduce the impact of the Haslam family and the freewheeling in the Athletic Department. I am not convinced he can pull it off without the support and protection he used to receive from the conference office.


    • Macallanlover

      Wonder if Birmingham is still bound to Foolmer’s agreement with the SEC office? That was some obvious Tom Foolery and artificially fueled some of TN’s success in the 90s and early aughts. Isn’t Shaw a native of Tennessee? Hmmm….


      • Bulldog Joe

        Former Commissioner Roy Kramer is from Maryville, Tennessee.

        After turning Alabama in for violations, Fulmer is not well-liked in Birmingham.