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He is one of the hardest working and detail-orientated coaches in all of football. The players love him and will create a winning atmosphere again in your program. Also despite what some of you think, Butch recruits the south very well. A lot of UC's top players are from Georgia and Florida. I also remember 3 years ago notre dame fans complaining about hiring Brian Kelly and how they wanted a big name coach, now look where they are at. He will be missed at UC by all those within the program because of his hard work and dedication. I must warn you that the first year might be rough, but only because he will be changing the entire culture and atmosphere of losing that has taken place over the past few years. Good luck, you guys will be ok.
Classy post. Thanks
I noticed that about a quarter of the roster was from TN/GA/FL, so I have no doubts that he can recruit in those states. What nobody knows (and what scares some people) is whether his success at CMU and UC will translate to Tennessee. Given the track record of his predecessors at Cincinnati, I see no reason why he won't be successful at Tennessee. The program is in better shape now than it was three years ago, and there is a solid foundation and some depth to work with, which always helps get things moving in the right direction. And let's be honest - you'd almost have to intentionally try to have a worse conference record than Dooley had during his tenure.
I do think that his first year in Knoxville will be harder than his first year at Cincinnati because this is a program that has essentially forgotten what it's like to win consistently. There might be a player or two using a medical redshirt who was here during Fulmer's last season, but outside of that nobody on the 2013 team will have any experiences at Tennessee outside the Kiffin and Dooley eras. This first year is going to be about establishing a new team identity, and that is going to help determine where the program goes in 2014 and beyond.
thanks for the msg. I for one hope he accepts the job. I like his track record and think he is just as good a candidate, if not better, than Strong and just as good as Fedora.
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