When they ask to change their vote in the final 1997 coaches poll. Till then - CURSE!
OT: Tennessee rejected by Charlie Strong, Big east passes sec as football conference
On the local sports radio here in Oklahoma, they were quoting figures like a 5 or even 5.5 mill offer to Mike Gundy. I kind of wonder if it's not coaches' agents floating some of these figures to sweeten the pot for new contracts. But if these figures are accurate, I might not feel as inclined to jump at that kind of pay raise if it's so much lower than they offered the previous candidate for the same job. Granted, just because it's the same job, doesn't mean every candidate is equally qualified. Still, it would be hard to take being essentially told another candidate is worth 50% more than you are.
it's a shame Cal beat them to the punch for Sonny Dykes...
Should've had a TWIS concerning fans' reactions to coaching changes.
How great would it be if Tennessee offered Urban and he took the job?
Wasn't there a rumor that they had Tressel on their list? I bet that's who they hire.
Doesn't he still have a show-cause penalty?
...and that is why I think they go all Arkansas and poach another B1G coach...Mark Dantonio, to be specific.
That just seems like a perfect match...the guy who recruits some of the biggest thugs north of the Mason-Dixon line coaching the school for whose former coach the Fulmer Cup is named.
What could go wrong?
I am denying rumors that I have accepted the Tennessee head coaching job.
When Mike Gundy said that he turned down the UT job, Strong probably decided that he didn't want to be their second choice. They also could have been lying to him and telling him that he was their first choice.
This is a great move on Strong's part. The UT job looks more and more like a dumpster fire, and it's not like coaches of African-American descent are treated with much patience there at Tennessee if they don't win big and win now, without having even one bad year.
Also, I find it sorta funny that the same people who bitched the most loudly about Fulmer are probably the ones who are now calling the most loudly for his return.
Another name that seems to appear in every other article about the Vols' search is Larry Fedora, although I don't know if he's leave North Carolina after having just arrived essentially and having led them to an 8-4 season. Supposedly, he is supposed to reaffirm his commitment to the Tar Heels this afternoon according to the papers in North Carolina, although he did interview for the open position on Tuesday supposedly.
Some of the Tennessee blogs have started suggesting out-of-the-box solutions (probably our of desperation), such as former Kansas State coach Ron Prince (currently the OL coach in Jacksonville, I think).
that good of a job while everyone else in the SEC isn't on probation. Look that up.
I'm sure his name could start to pop up...
At this point, that would be a big step down. Ten years ago TN would have been a dream destination job, but now it's a tire fire. Strong was smart to turn it down—not every "move up" is really moving up in the long term.
And coaches aren't jumping to take the job. Sound familiar?
I think people have to come to the reality that big time jobs aren't THAT much better than 2nd tier jobs anymore. There's a reason I listed so many coordinators as now head coaches at the top programs right now. People will leave bad programs they've built up for big time jobs, but aren't all anxious to leave middle of the pack or 2nd tier teams that they've built up. Arkansas-Wisconsin is the anomaly, not the norm. And even there he wasn't their first choice.
He loves Louisville and the city loves him. They have the budget to pay him and Louisville's AD is more than happy to open the check book for him. If they were rejected by the ACC, I have a feeling the headline would be totally different
Keep the name John Chavis in your memory bank. He has history with the school and the fans love Jim. the only hurdle is luring Jim away fro crazy ass Les Miles.
Not gonna happen, according to all the radio guys here. Chavis is really good friends with Fulmer and left really pissed at the admininistrtion for the way he was dismissed. The same goes for David Cutcliffe at Duke. They both made critical statements about the administration on the way out. I suppose ridiculous amounts of money could possibly change their minds but it looks very doubtful on either of those two.
Tress has a five year show cause, he's been away for two already. Tennessee doesn't want anything to do with that after the Bruce Pearl issues. There would be scholarship reductions and recruiting sanctions for anybody that hires Tressel and UT said they want a coach without that kind of baggage. It will be interesting to see if they stick to those ideals as they get desperate to fill the job. If they get somebody the fans don't feel is a big enough name they will go crazy. They're talking about how the school should just throw money at Saban until he comes. It's starting to be fun to watch now, like a train wreck. OOps this was an answer to a question about Tressel, not sure where that one went.
I'm so confused
Is UT still high on Green's list and how much does the next coach affect his decision?
Now there's a rumor afloat that Bo Pelini is interested in the job. I've not seen any credible source run with this yet, so take it for what it's worth, but it is out there: