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Hall FG, 1998
I agree with everything you said..
"Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat." Sir Robin's Minstrels.
I've said forever that hot seat talk does nothing but weaken the program. Recruits read these boards and when they see the team's most rabid fans speculating DAILY on whether the head coach has a future, it doesn't inspire them to want to play for Tennessee.
We need great players and great players want to play for a stable program and a coach who is going to be around long into the future. All this idle speculation serves our rivals more than it serves Tennessee.
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Personally, I'm preoccupied with it simply because I have a tendency to over-analyze things, sometimes to the point of worrying about it. Not a healthy habit, I know, but it is what it is and it's something I'm learning to get better at.
The Dooley situation is something that I'm concerned about because I think it would be a mistake to let him go unless we finish 6-6 or worse, so I'm a little uneasy about the game this weekend and the impact it could have on the program. Its crazy to think about how close we are to competing for championships but also how close Dooley is to losing the fanbase, but that's just the nature of coaching in the SEC.
This is what Dooley had to overcome. Some are top talent and some are not.
Players lost from 2009-2012:
Aaron Douglas R.I.P. (transfer)
Brandon Warren (kicked off)
Brice Brown (transfer & college drop-out)
Cameron Clear (kicked off)
Da'Rick Rogers (kicked off)
Darren Myles, Jr. (kicked off)
Dave Clark (didn't qualify)
David Oku (transfer)
DaVante Borque (quit)
DeAnthony Arnett (transfer)
Demetrice Morley (kicked off)
Eddrick Loften (didn't qualify)
James Green (didn't qualify)
Janzen Jackson (kicked off)
Jerod Askew (kicked off)
John Brown (didn't qualify)
Marques Dixon (didn't qualify)
Matt Milton (transfer)
Mike Edwards (kicked off)
Montori Hughes (kicked off)
Nu'Keese Richardson (kicked off)
Ted Meline (???)
They players that stand out on that list....
That's a lot of talent gone. +1
We beat UGA with Janzen
Makes a difference when you are trying to win the East and then the SEC. You need depth and lots of it in the SEC or anywhere. Just think Dooley needs one or two more years. Johnny Majors started out with bad records then got his flow. Dooley had coaching change overs and player change over as well as new AD. No one is holding anybody up for a cheeseburger, thats gotta be good.
As crazy as that list is, the one thing I don't see? Any linebacking talent at all. Lots of DBs, at least one DT that hurt (Hughes) and lots of skill positions.
Oh...and the big thing? I see that list and see a LOT of team speed that is now missing.
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