Tennessee really, really sucks at hiring coaches.
If they can somehow overcome their massive hiring ineptitude, they would be smart to hire Jon Chavis. The guy bleeds orange. He played there and spent nearly 20 years there as an assistant. He doesn't have any head coaching experience, but that's not a luxury Tennessee can afford to be picky about right now. It's not like they have top shelf candidates lining up at their door. Chavis is probably the only person who would really, really, want the job right about now.
With Patterno gone, anyone could jump in and make that program relevant. They just have to beat us and Urban Meyer at recruits. Not sure who I will cheer for next week when we play Pitt.
Wait, yes I do. Go Blue
Out of all the ridiculous coaching rumors, reading the Arkansas ones are the best. Somehow each and every Razorback fan thinks Vince Lombardi, Nick Saban, and Bill Belichick are all dying to get to Fayetteville and the AD has set aside $4.5 Billion to do so.
I guess that's what happens when you spend too much time in Northwest Arkansas.
I think it's a joke sometimes when I hear another fanbase go "I heard Jon Gruden has already signed the contract to coach ______ football!!". You hear it in literally every big coaching search.
When Gene Chizik is fired, 1,000,000 mgopoints says Gruden will be linked there too
No need to wait for the axe, Aubie is already itching for Gruden. I didn't get a pic but one of the RVs at the Aub-UGA pre-game had a Chuckie doll in Auburn attire last Saturday. Crazy land.
Gruden is an NFL guy with an NFL ego. He's not gonna leave his A-list perch to take over a broken college team somewhere in Tennessee.
I work at UT and they are not getting Jon Gruden. He mentioned Eric Berry on air during a recent game and some of the local media took a run with it.
"For football unofficial visits during the fall of 2013, no complimentary tickets may be provided to visiting prospective student-athletes for the first two conference games of the season."
Those two conference games in Knoxville would be Georgia and South Carolina, so if I read this correctly, this is the humane portion of the punishment.
Although the report seems to indicate that the time intervals during which these violations took place overlap two coaching regimes, I wonder if this is at least one of the final nails in the Derek Dooley coffin at Tennessee regardless. To be fair, however, the Fulmer-Kiffin-Dooley Period Of Constant Transition a few years ago did not do this program any favors, but I don't know how patient Tennessee fans would be. They don't seem to be all that patient.
This just adds to their problems even more. Its already bad enough. They really dont have anything going for them right now. And I dont think Gruden will help either.
NCAA sanctions! Reroute!
I'll believe it when I see it!
How many time can I hear "so and so college did this or, so and so college did that, " and nothing ever happens!
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Derek.
As for Gruden.......no. Don't see it.
Of course the NCAA is kicking UT while they're down. That is their MO. They never kick a program that isn't down. That is why programs like USC and Alabama come back from "punishments" to win National Championships as soon as they are eligible again, and why Ohio State may do exactly the same thing next year, while programs that don't have the resources to fight back, temporarily or otherwise, get nuked.