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We have black jerseys? Those would look great. (Thick, caramel rich sarcasm!)
National Director of Scouting & Recruiting Analyst
AMEN! How about we just shut up and support the group we have now? All this bull crap does is undermine the team we have now!
QB coach: Peyton Manning.
I wonder if Tennessee brass (and boosters) would really take this sort of risk at 5-6 million per year? Guy has never coached in college and never recruited. He would be at one of the more difficult schools to recruit too. Would he have the desire to do that work?
I doubt it. just think there is too much risk for failure at that price
I think when you put out Jon Grudens resume it speaks for itself. There is absolutely no question in my mind we would get a top 5 recruiting class every year. Biggggg difference between Derek Dooley and Jon Gruden walking into a kids living room.
Gruden was taking the Georgia Job last year after the Boise State loss.
MAKE IT STOP. THIS IS SO REPETITIVE!!!!!!! IN THE WORDS OF KEYSHAN JOHNSON C'MON MAN
If I am not mistaken Wes posted at one point that sources have said when the job WAS open (not now, because it isn't) Gruden was approached, and his people cited a figure that was astronomical. UT moved on in its coaching search.
I don't know if Wes will confirm my failing memory or just (privately) at the entire thread.
This post was edited by RockytopATL 18 months ago
5.5 million was the starting point. Which means you would have 8-9 million dollars in the coaching staff.
No, you're correct. They said the number was so crazy large that UT didn't even have to think about it before turning their attention elsewhere. BUT that was before Dave Hart was here. I think Hart might sell his soul to get some wins. I'm just saying.....not supporting the rumor.
Which UT cannot afford, despite the prevailing belief that the UT balance sheet includes all revenues of Pilot Oil.
I think that would be in play this time around, or at least talked about...
Increase in season tickets right off the bat
Incredible hype around the program
Now one thing worth mentioning. At the time when Saban got 4 million that was considered a huge number. Well I bet you if Saban wanted 8 million they'd give it to him. The amount of $ he has made Alabama is what Hart see's, not the 4 mill he is getting paid.
I see your Lovie Smith and raise you a Tony Dungy!
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
If he only had land somewhere near Knoxville......what's that? Sevier County? Wow I never knew.....
He has Dollywood Season tickets? Visits the Ripley's Aquarium in the Smokies at least 2 times a month? Takes trips to the mountains at least three times a week, including Cade's Cove? Wow....then it's only a matter of time then..........
Don't forget he was recently at the Walmart in Newport (actually have a pic to prove it). He must love him some Cocke Co. 'shine!
This post was edited by volviking 18 months ago
he does have to walk into those living rooms though.. will he? that is the unknown you deal with on that hire. IMO
I'm with you man. I should have known better than to finally open this thread. This whole Gruden to UT stuff is tiresome and not even worth speculating about. If and when Dooley is gone maybe...but I doubt it.
Everyone posting in this thread does realize that the team currently destroying the rest of college football in Tuscaloosa is only doing so because their fans and major boosters had exactly the opposite mindset that you have, right? Why did Alabama get Saban? Because they did what was necessary.
Now I'm not going to sit here and tell you we're getting Gruden. I doubt very seriously we will. But the man has said he is open to coaching the college, he has shown a previous affinity for the University, and if he becomes a realistic option at any point I highly doubt finding the money to pay him his $5M is going to be that difficult.
So go ahead and continue decrying the ability of this University to hire a top of the line coach. But you get what you pay for, and in the long run it does this program a disservice to pretend like we aren't here to play with the big boys.
I hope Dooley turns the ship around and becomes the coach everyone wants him to be. I like the man personally. But if he doesn't it's our responsibility as alums, ticket-holders, and vested members of the UT community to hold Dave Hart accountable and make it clear to him that we expect him to spend what is necessary to bring in a coach that will allow us to compete at the level Tennessee should compete at.
This post was edited by JPSke 18 months ago
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