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You're exactly right. I'm not arguing that point though. He said we haven't been behind a coach in 20 years and I said a VERY large group loved Kiffin. It's all about recruiting. We don't have enough 4 and 5 stars, really as simple as that IMO. Bring in a Charlie Strong recruiting automatically gets better.
Here's the $64,000 question: How many of those in the pro-Kiffin crowd quickly changed their tune after he bolted for USC and people started mentioning just how much of UTs history and legacy he basically covered up? People liked him at the time because he was boisterous, obnoxious, and loved to tweak other coaches and programs, and it looked like he was putting a better team on the field. But once he left and stuff started coming to the surface, the opinions changed.
I didn't say we haven't been behind a coach in 20 years. I said our fan base has basically been split for 20 years. I know A Lot of people were behind Kiffin, and like Tntoak said, a lot of them turned on him quickly, especially when he left for SC. But there was a large contingent of fans that were still pissed that we fired Fulmer and were unwilling to support Kiffin. It began when Fulner took over from Majors. The people who were "loyal" to Johnny always said Fulmer stabbed him in the back. Said he was only successful when because Johnny left him a stocked program. Many of them were like that until the day he was fired, although they were quieter during our glory years. When Phil was fired, the same thing happened with those that were "loyal" to him, so many of them did not support Kiffin or Dooley. Honestly, I really don't care who our coach is. Like you, all I want is for us to win.
Yes. We are not closing on Bama. The gap is getting more wide each year. Coach Dooley inherited a dumpster fire. He put the fire out. His efforts to rebuild are effective against non conference foes. We are still in the doormat conversation and we should not be. GBO!
This post was edited by MIDTENNVOL 18 months ago
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