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Zen and the Art of Coachspeak

Grasshoppers, Booch offers some wisdom from which you may partake, if your minds are open to it.

I guess he’s comfortable this spring.

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UPDATE:  Ah, hell, I can’t resist posting one more pearl.

And you thought Athens had the exclusive patent on preseason happy talk.

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Destined for greatness

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.

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Today, in buddy movies you never really wanted to watch

Booch and Brady, together at last.

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Paid like a boss

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?

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Signs you might be on a hot seat.

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.

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A Champion of Life departs.

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?

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He’s not saying that’s the case. He’s just saying.

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?

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