OT: Tennessee rejected by Charlie Strong, Big east passes sec as football conference

Submitted by ak47 on December 5th, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Tennessee just got turned down by charlie strong, does this mean the big east has surpassed the sec as a conference?  From what the media has told me coaching moves can dictate who the best conferences are. 

Pete Thamel ‏@SIPeteThamel 
BREAKING: Charlie Strong turns down Tennessee, new Louisville contract is being finalized.

p.s. in case you missed it this was a parody post about the wisconsin-arkansas situation



December 5th, 2012 at 9:50 PM ^

Not a bad call. TN has the resources to be good, but he's got something good going on in Louisville and can hold out for a top-10 type job in the near future if he keeps up his success.


December 5th, 2012 at 10:16 PM ^

Thanks.  I just went and glanced at one of the Tenn. blogs.  It is getting entertaining.  Brian could probably do one of his best TWIS stories he's ever done by looking at fans freaking out about their coach searches / coaches leaving. 

Here's my favorite post from a Tenn fan so far.  He's responding to someone saying Bobby Petrino's no worse than Bret Bielema because there are photos on the internet of Bielema shirtless and drunk:


There is a big difference between

drunk and shirtless, and cheating on your wife.

Drunk and shirtless is practically a demographic in the South.







December 5th, 2012 at 10:01 PM ^

If Tennessee ends up with Bobby Petrino, I'm going to laugh til the Cows come home. I don't own cows, so I'm also going to have to get cows and put them out to pasture. There are no pastures close to where I live. Basically, I am going to be laughing or a long time.

R Kelly

December 5th, 2012 at 10:43 PM ^

People definitely did not forget about the Tiger Woods incident.  I don't think anyone, even his biggest fans, views him the same as they did pre-2009.  

As for Petrino, everyone in the media seemed to forget about what he did to the Falcons, so perhaps what you say may ring true again for him.

French West Indian

December 6th, 2012 at 8:40 AM ^

...every time I hear the name Tiger Woods now, I can't help but laugh at the absurd image of him getting beaten with a golf club by his Swedish wife as he jumps into his luxury SUV and then promptly crashes into a telephone pole.  I'm almost surprised the car didn't explode too in an over-the-top display of pyrotechnics like some kind of ridiculous Hollywood movie scene.

Tiger will forever be a joke to me.

Actually, yeah, come to think of it, the Petrino-crashing-a-motorbike-with-his-girlfriend-on-back is pretty similar.  Petrino is a joke too.


December 6th, 2012 at 10:46 AM ^

Petrino is a damn good coach, who has had success in the SEC. The problem is all the baggage, and that's why he doesn't have a job already. Petrino, to me, would be a last resort to take this job because everyone has avoided hiring him. Petrino may have made sense to be the hire at any number of schools. Because of the baggage, he was a no go. Tennnessee (a school I don't exactly like) struggling to find pretty much anyone else and having to go with Petrino...that would be entertaining to say the least.


December 6th, 2012 at 11:04 AM ^

At Petrino's previous job at Arkansas, he didn't just cheat on his wife, get in motorcycle accident with his mistress (an Arkansas staffer), and then initally lie to the media (and I believe his AD) about the fact he was alone when he crashed.

More importantly, he recommended his mistress be hired for her Arkansas job (the Arkansas folks didn't know they had a relationship) giving her preferential treatment for a state job. That's a huge no-no.

In short, he's not just a scum bag in his private life (which you can argue, is his own private business between him, his wife, and his girlfriend), but in his public life & with his employers as well. If I was regent of the University of Tennessee, I would think long & hard about putting such a guy in charge of one of the most important visible parts of my public institution.

Generic MGoBlogger

December 5th, 2012 at 10:07 PM ^

The state of Tennessee football in my mind can only be saved by two people: Chip Kelly (I know you are probably shocked by this one but I'll explain later) and Bobby Petrino who they obviously will not go after.  Petrino has proven he can win in the SEC, and Tennessee needs somebody who can for sure win in the conference, not a gamble like Dooley.  Chip Kelly is also a high profile name who can bring recruits to Tennessee and quickly with that.  If Tennessee were to offer him 4-4.5 million a year and throws in the Jimmy Haslam card like they reportedly did to Gruden, they may be able to snag him with rumors that he is hopping to the NFL.  If Tennessee doesn't get either of those two guys, and I doubt they will, I believe that they will endure more instability at the coaching position for some years to come. 


December 5th, 2012 at 10:26 PM ^

Very true.  Hopefully A&M can keep up the "momentum" and continue to put out a good product  in SEC land (I'm not aware of Kevin Sumlin's history, has he been a spread guy before or is he adapting to his QB,Johnny Manziel?).  But another team down there doing what Oregon and Arizona are doing would be fun to see.  One does have admit, Urban Meyer won down there using his "spread-type" game and Florida in the 90's was a spread-type passing team. 

Historically though, most teams in the SEC have been what they are now and to mix it up a bit would be nice, I agree.


December 5th, 2012 at 10:10 PM ^

TN is a toxic job right now. Dooley brought them down farther than they were before, who knows what kind of players are left, and there's clearly a lot of pressure to succeed early. Hopefully they hire someone who doesn't wear ridiculous orange pants.


December 5th, 2012 at 10:15 PM ^

I was with you all the way until "ridiculous orange pants." Come on man. Those pants rock.

I think UT is ready to stick with the next coach for a while and there is a lot of pressure on the new AD to make a good hire (he didn't hire Dooley). I wouldn't be surprised to see the next coach get 5 years to turn the program around. 

Generic MGoBlogger

December 5th, 2012 at 10:16 PM ^

Living in the Knoxville area and hearing about Tennessee football just about every second of the day, I can tell you that their recruiting class is less than stellar for an SEC school (mediocre for a BCS school) and rumors are that Bray is going to depart for the NFL.  They have a pathetic defense with no depth and lack a kicker.  With seniors at the skill positions and no depth there either, Tennessee is in a state of disaster if this hire isn't stellar.


December 5th, 2012 at 10:19 PM ^

Worley and Peterman are still there, so is almost all of the O-line, and there is plenty of depth at receiver. The issue isn't with the offense as much as it is with the defense. Sunseri wants to throw out his 3-4 defense even though the strength of UT's defense is its defensive line. Maggitt and Johnson are awesome linebackers, but they have to do too much in Sunseri's system.

As for the next class, you're right--it's garbage. However, Tennessee is far from being "in a state of disaster." 


December 5th, 2012 at 10:27 PM ^

Yeah, I live in the area as well, and people are down on the team, but UT is still a good job considering the whole region worships the football team. They have the resources to be good. All they need is the right coach. All of the criticisms you said of UT could (and were) said of UM after 2010, but the right coaching staff fixed a lot of it.

Generic MGoBlogger

December 5th, 2012 at 10:35 PM ^

but other than the money motivation, I don't really know where Tennessee can find a coach with ties to the school (not Dave Clawson or Cutcliffe) that will have the passion to turn them around like Hoke did with us.  And it really is amazing to compare that it took Tennessee about 6-7 years (dating back to 2005) to get to the point where we were in 2010 where, on the other hand, it only took three seasons.

Generic MGoBlogger

December 5th, 2012 at 10:41 PM ^

And I recognized the similarities instantly when I typed it, but I think they are only different in the fact that it is such a difficult job to take on in the SEC and look for immediate results. I don't really see a coach out there that can do the sort of job that Brady did with Michigan, and in this case, the SEC.  I never had a doubt with Brady because he had prior success with turning around programs rather quickly, for example, Ball State and SDSU.   


December 5th, 2012 at 10:13 PM ^

With Strong not headed to UT, and Malzhan cleaning house at Auburn getting rid of Trooper Taylor and the RB's coach, it seems everything is falling right into place for D. Green.


December 5th, 2012 at 10:43 PM ^

Tennessee is a good school with lot of tradition..Going through situation we went through..

Also, was listening to Fox sports radio tallking about how Kiffin brought down the Tenn. program...But the worst part about it all to the fans was that Kiffin was a Yankee..LOL.. I believe it was Petro Papadakis. 


December 5th, 2012 at 11:06 PM ^

Dude must like Louisville- accroding to ESPN turned down 3.5 mill for a 2.3 mill deal.  That's a crap-ton of money to say no to- especially to a high profile SEC school...