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Obviously, this name (if at all) would be further down the list, but intriguing - Doug Marrone at Syracuse. I think he is a former Vol assistant. Cuse beat Louisville and Mizzou the last two games and has wins over South Florida and Pitt as well. If UT does not get the big names, is Marrone viable?
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From the sounds of it, Strong is one of the better candidates that we should feel comfortable with in the "Realistic" tier of coaches.
Not a "homerun" hire in terms of fan reaction, but I think he'd do well in the long term. Also, FWIW, Swain seemed to think highly of him and explained that the difference between playing a non-Strong defense at Florida and playing a Strong led defense at Florida was night and day.
This post was edited by silver fox on 11/21/2012 at 9:42 AM
Twenty years in the SEC jumped off the page for me. His contacts in the talent rich areas of Florida would benefit recruiting tremendously, starting with that hot CB that was once committed and is now (last I heard) waiting to see who Tennessee brings on board. I am holding out hope for Gruden, but could easily get behind Strong.
One question w/ follow-up: Is Stoops really in play and can we expect a similar story about him?
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
Do you think that a potential candidate like Strong would be more likely to retain current Vol staffers Graham, Pittman, Hinshaw and recruit former Vol Tee Martin back to Knoxville?
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Just wondering ... why wouldn't Hart contact Spurrier, Saban, and Miles and gauge their interest in coming to Knoxville and taking UT to another level in the same fashion as they've done at SC, AL, and LA? I know it's a long-shot but why not swing for the fences in the same fashion as Gruden ...
I'd be happy with Strong.
Strong is definitely in my top 5
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