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"Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat." Sir Robin's Minstrels.
If this article lists the reasons why Golden is a legitimate option, it is entirely uncompelling. Let's walk through each of the article's BEST reasons why Golden is a strong candidate:
1. Golden Has Familiarity with UT - Wow, so do I, but noone is considering me for the head coaching job.
2. Golden pulled a "Houdini" by going 9-4 and 8-4 at Temple - Great credentials if you are vying for a job at Vandy.
3. Golden would have made it to the ACC championship without the bowl ban if UNC was still on probation -- if you have to qualify a coach's accomplishments with hypotheticals to get around the football juggernaut that is UNC, your coach does not have quality accomplishments.
4. Golden finished with a #9 and #10 recruiting class in the past two years -- Miami, for those of you that don't know, is in Southern Florida. It would be embarrassing not to finish with a top 20 recruiting class every year.
5. Golden has coached a lot of places -- So has Charlie Weiss. That doesn't make either of them a good college head coach.
6. Golden's players like him -- Great! Do they all get together and make him cards to console him after having a .500 season? They have had plenty of opportunities.
UT can try to slap lipstick on this pig, but we don't have to buy it. Golden is a second rate candidate. If he is the best we can get, we may have to consider (as much as it hurts to say this) whether UT has become a second rate program.
Honestly, I wouldn't mind us hiring Golden one bit; that is, if other big names turn us down first. (ahem...Gruden) He seems like a quality recruiter and a quality coach. He would definitely be an upgrade from Derek Dooley.
Thanks for the info Kevin!
"What did he do? All he did was score!" - John Ward
ANYONE but Golden or Strong. Why bother firing Dooley to hire Dooley 2
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