So, it turns out that new quarterback usually isn’t a good look for Tennessee.
“Only two times did the Vols win more games with a new quarterback than they did the year before, (and) three times they won the same amount, and five times the win total slipped,” Pennington said. “They only went up in total offense two of those times.”
Dobbs was 9-4 in his first full season as a starter in 2015, but Dobbs had started games the previous year and didn’t qualify as a “new starter.”
Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Mike Strange said research he did suggests that if a freshman is running the show, 9 wins could be out of reach in 2017.
“If you go through a season where a freshman starts all or most of your games,” Strange said on Sunday’s Sports Source show, “8 wins was about the ceiling.”
I think I’ve heard that somewhere.
The article goes on to note a couple of years where there were exceptions to the rule, the last being in 2004. If you’ve got to reach back to the Randy Sanders era to find your happy times on offense, I’d say you’re trying too hard.
Grasshoppers, Booch offers some wisdom from which you may partake, if your minds are open to it.
I guess he’s comfortable this spring.
UPDATE: Ah, hell, I can’t resist posting one more pearl.
And you thought Athens had the exclusive patent on preseason happy talk.
I foresee big things in store for Jarrett Guarantano, who’s in the battle to succeed Josh Dobbs as Booch’s next starting quarterback.
Guarantano spent Tennessee’s spring break this past week in California training with other college players with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield and hanging out with former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
Nothing like learning from the best.
The numbers on Tennessee’s new AD’s deal are kind of eye popping.
Currie’s deal with Tennessee is for five years through June 30, 2022, and is worth $900,000 per year. His base pay will increase by $25,000 on July 1 of every year. He’s also due a “signing incentive” of $75,000 within 30 days.
If Currie remains Tennessee’s athletics director by the end of his original contract date, he will receive a $1.5 million retention bonus.
Tennessee is responsible for Currie’s $175,000 buyout with Kansas State…
Currie’s deal also includes incentives ranging from $90,000 to $150,000 for high graduation rates and top-40 finishes in the Directors’ Cup standings, making $300,000 the max bonus he can receive in a single year.
All this to resuscitate an athletics department that was tied for 113th in the fall Directors’ Cup standings.
Does somebody want to make a “Greg McGarity is underpaid” argument?
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?