All Tennessee, all the time.
- Dennis Dodd: “Yes, the Tennessee job remains attractive, but is it good? Florida, Georgia (in the SEC East) and Alabama are better. Those programs certainly have more dignity.”
- Lest we forget: “… Fulmer himself signed a two-year extension through 2023, which included a six-figure retention bonus. Of all the people in sports administration in America, Phillip Fulmer wasn’t going anywhere. Nobody else would hire him to be an AD. And here was Tennessee giving him retention bonuses for a job he was never suited to have to begin with.”
- Pete Thamel: “Instead of reestablishing glory, Tennessee ended up microwaving rotting salmon. Fulmer was the fish at the SEC poker table from the moment he sat down. And Tennessee officials were the only ones in the league who failed to realize he was under-qualified, overmatched and destined to transition the corpse of Tennessee’s football program from a shallow grave to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s a new batch of administrators now who would dream of the issues the program had under Butch Jones.”
- Wes Rucker: “This is one hell of a mess — even by Tennessee standards.”
- Ralph Russo: “3 years later, Tennessee is worse off than it was and looking for exactly what it had.“
- Bruce Feldman: “Once again, the Vols have a coaching search on their hands. Peyton Manning will have a big role in this decision, sources tell me.”
- John Talty: “Jeremy Pruitt has told those around him this year if he gets fired, he’ll just go back to Alabama and work for Saban again.“
- After the 2017 college football season, six SEC schools hired head coaches. Four of them have already been fired.
- Auburn and Tennessee have fired coaches in the same season in 2008, 2012, and now 2020.
If I’m honest, I have to admit with as much pleasure as I took from correctly predicting that Junior would bail on UT at the first opportunity, this is giving me more.