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I am not one of Doom and Gloom, but the Tennessee football program is in shambles. I for one am going to be along for the long ride no matter what, but I realize the trip back to the top could be a long one. Although I am not very excited to think about what could be a long trip back to be relevant on the college football landscape, I am still very excited about who could be our next head football coach. It became very obvious, through reading the board after the Gruden crazy, that one of the most popular guys on the board for the job would be Charlie Strong. Charlie unfortunately decided to stay in Louisville with his Big East championship winning Cardinals and try to knock off the mighty Gators in the Sugar Bowl. This decision by Strong was immediately met here on the board with venom. Most people including myself were at least somewhat disappointed that Charlie Strong, a so called "SEC" guy, could ever turn down the Tennessee job and stay at Louisville instead. I think it was fair to feel that way at first because we all hold this job in such high regard. Might I add as we should. We are of course Tennessee fans, Fans of any institution would do the same. Most of the administrative speculation is piling up towards Dave Hart. That is probably fair considering he, in public, took full command of this search during the opening press conference, but I do wonder why the SI report about Strong said that the only contact with them was done through Jimmy Cheek. At this moment we have no answer to that question, but it seems to me that Cheek being involved with strong could be the answer we are looking for. Maybe Hart just does not have the power we thought he had, or maybe Cheek is just a guy meddling in stuff he should not be in. None of it can be proven, but it is some food for thought.
With all of this said, and now that I have had my meltdown over Charlie Strong. We do actually still have some pretty good candidates left for the Opening at Tennessee. My favorite right now after some research is Butch Jones at Cincinnati. He is 50-27 overall and seems to be thought of highly by other coaches around the country. Topping Tennessee's list seems to be first year UNC coach Larry Fedora. Fedora has never had a losing season as a Head Coach. Is an offensive guru, and lead Southern Miss to a 12-2 season last year. Again Fedora is thought of as a Star is most coaching circles, and certainly would be a good option. Finally I would be remiss in not at least mentioning Butch Davis in this list. Butch has been the head coach in many different places including the NFL. He has been fairly successful in all of those stops. His best success was while he was the HC with the U down in Miami. One of the most successful periods in Hurricane football history. Some think that Butch Davis may be in trouble with the NCAA, but most reports I have read claim that Davis is telling everybody that the NCAA is going to clear him of any more charges from his stint at UNC. If this is true then Davis would be as close to a home run as you could get right now with the situation we are in. All of these options would be good in my eyes.
Guys please try to keep it together for a few more days, or for how ever much longer this search goes on. All of the perennial powers in NCAA history at one point or another have been though a tough time. We are in the middle of a large storm. I promise it will pass. Patience is a virtue. GO
This post was edited by Alexdykes22 on 12/6/2012 at 12:55 AM
I guess I do see the true feelings of this board at the moment.
This post was edited by Alexdykes22 on 12/6/2012 at 1:27 AM
Saw your tweet so I came to help you out haha +1 and good post. This is just a rough time for us Vol fans right now but hopefully we get headed in the right direction
I know it is tough. I am trying to stay bright. Trying to bring some kind of brightness to this gloom. We still have a lot to offer to somebody who wants to do the job. It is a hard job, but a good one. And thank you DTvols I appreciate it.
This post was edited by Alexdykes22 on 12/6/2012 at 1:45 AM
I'll jump in with some bright side for you -- if this keeps up, jackholes like me will be able to get seats out of the double letters! Hire another Dooley and by the time they're done, I'll be a single letter season ticket holder on the 50 with elbow room.
Well coachrick at least your trying to be positive. That is all that I ask. Some optimism. I know some people might not agree with my ideas, but I figured we could at least try and agree to be optimistic.
It looks like out guy is Butch Jones. I for one if true would be very happy with this hire. The more that you dig into this guys career the more it looks like he will be a great Tennessee Volunteer. I am ready to put this coaching search to bed. I hope in the morning Coach Jones is the head coach at Tennessee. Go Vols.
The facts such as record, championships, awards say Butch Jones is going to be great. So glad we didn't hire Strong.
We're still not Out of the water on smart, but I for one will be really happy to see Butch Jones take this job.
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