With Zach Azzanni’s departure to the NFL, Booch is now looking to fill his fifth position on the Tennessee staff this offseason.
If that isn’t telling enough,
After interviewing with the Bears within the past week, Azzanni, who passed up multiple chances to leave the Vols during his four seasons at Tennessee, accepted their offer late Tuesday night and informed his players on Wednesday morning. [Emphasis added.]
Maybe Chicago has always been his dream job.
One of the two remaining original staffers Booch brought to UT is leaving for the same job in the NFL. Gettin’ out while the gettin’ is good?
Tennessee sports writer hears “rumors” about one of the candidates for the open UT AD gig and decides to disseminate them in an column.
Anytime I asked someone, “What’s wrong with Blackburn?” I got rave reviews on what a great hire he would be. But I also heard rumors.
“I heard he has a drinking problem,” someone who doesn’t know Blackburn told me.
“I think he has health issues,” someone else who didn’t know Blackburn told me.
Then, someone who does know Blackburn said, “I think he has diabetes.”
“Some people think he’s too nice a guy to make tough decisions,” said someone else.
Gosh, I wonder who would try to start a whisper campaign like that. It’s not like Phil Fulmer would stoop to that kind of thing to win a job, is it?
ESPN writer tells Booch one key to getting off the hot seat is “…to lighten up or let go of some of the clichés he’s thrown around in recent months like ‘champions of life’ or ‘five-star hearts.'”
What would be the fun in that? Besides, you know a man by the clichés he keeps.
Either this article is a snark masterpiece, or… well, good grief.
Old name back in the news…
It’s the coaching equivalent of the circle of life.
Phil Fulmer makes his case to be UT’s next AD. Hey, he can’t be any worse than Mike Hamilton. (Not that we need him to be.)