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"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Colin Cowherd, who usually has nothing good to say about Tennessee said a few months ago that it was about 9 or 10 in the country.
With all the post about the academic challenges at UT, I'm surprised people think 15-20 is too far off.
"Count it down with me. Five, four, three, two, one.
The national champion is clad in Big Orange!"
Unfortunately that seems about right to me. I would think we would be nearer 15 but with the recent history it's hard to argue with. Winning will move the program back where it belongs.
"Never take for granted what it means to be a Volunteer." Peyton Manning
Probably seems about right, but UT will trend up over the next couple of years with some decent wins. This program just needs to build some confidence in the eyes of the national public. We, as Vols fans see the potential in the near future, but the outside world only compares teams and programs based mostly on recent past.
Trample the Weak-Hurdle the Dead
That ranking seems a little inconsistent to me. It seems like they are willing to only look at the actual advantages of some jobs (i.e. Texas) and then only the recent success of others (i.e. Oregon). For example, Oregon could be really bad this year and the new coach might now work out. If that's the case then they SHOULD fall down the list a ways. Nike is huge but Nike has been pumping money into Oregon football for a long time and it didn't become a "hot" job until the last 3 years or so. They have a terrible in state recruiting base, doesn't have the cali weather, etc.
I think for a list like this you have to take boosters/fan support, facilities, tradition, and recruiting proximity into account first and foremost. Recent history (last 5 years) doesn't matter as much as the others IMO. I would be willing to bet that if a coach is approached about a job he would definitely care about the 4 things I listed much more than the teams record the last 5 years.
That being said, there is almost no way that Nebraska, UCLA, and AU are better jobs than Tennessee.
"Give him six" "We don't give a damn about the whole state of Alabama"
Top 15 job. Fifth best in SEC right now behind Fla, LSU, Bama, and Georgia. Better job than Auburn for sure since AU will always be second fiddle in its home state.
UCLA really isn't that great of a job. They don't pay assistants what they should and the location is horrible. It's really close to Beverly Hills, so many assistants can't afford to live in nice houses on what the school pays them. Mora is doing a good job, but the job has limits. At least this was the case a couple of years ago. I dont know if Mora has changed assistant pay, but its usually better to live on 300k in Knoxville than 450 k in LA. I know this poll is in regard to HC jobs, but a good HC job needs to be able to retain assistants
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