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My wife and I met a really nice elderly State fan Saturday. He has been following SEC football since the 50's. He brought up this interesting point about coaches and rebuilding:
He compared UT with SCar. Said Spurrier has been there for 7-8 years and they're just now playing championship level football. Said the SCar fans are patient because they didn't have high expectations before that. They were used to being average or worse.
UT fans however, have higher expectations and are more impatient with our coaches, and won't tolerate non-competitive football teams for long enough to rebuild.
I'm not saying if he's right or wrong. I just thought that was an interesting perspective from someone outside of the program.
Hopefully we don't have to wait 8 years, but I do think CDD should have at least one more year to see if his teams can turn the corner. JMHO.
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Competitive does not mean winning. Competitive means reasonably able to win. The Vols have not been competitive until this year. Winning comes next.
And faster, please.
I guess what I don't get in the "Spurrier building South Carolina" argument is that in my opinion it is different because he was a proven coach. He had already built a program(Florida) and was very successful. There was no doubt that he was a good coach. It seems to me that this would make it easier to be patient. If I'm a South Carolina fan I am thinking that either eventually he is going to get it done because he has done it before or maybe we are just going to be mediocre forever. Of course, this is me looking in from the outside so there is probably a lot more to this situation than I am digging into.
None of the above is true for Dooley. This is why I think it is hard to have patience with the current staff.
For the record, I am still on the fence swaying back and forth each day. At this moment I am just trying to enjoy football and let whatever happens happen. Football season is too brief to spend bitter.
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