Tennessee Coaching Carousel

Submitted by wolvorback on December 6th, 2017 at 3:04 PM
The credit goes to an Arkansas Razorback messageboard poster
Tennessee fans in late October: We Gruden?
Tennessee AD: Maybe!

Tennessee fans in early November: You think Frost might?
Tennessee AD: Frost might!

Tennessee fans in mid November: Mullen?
Tennessee AD: Mullen?
Mullen: Florida?
Florida AD: Kelly?
Kelly: Maybe!
UCLA: Kelly?

Tennessee AD in later November: Mullen?
Mullen: Florida?
Florida: Frost?
Nebraska: Frost?

Tennessee AD: Mullen?
Mullen: ....
Florida: Mullen?
Mullen: gosh yes

Tennessee AD in late November: Schiano?
Tennessee fans: Schiano?!
Schiano: Schiano?
Tennessee AD: Schiano!
Schiano: Schiano!
Tennessee fans:

Tennessee AD: SchiaNO
Schiano: $chiano.

Tennessee AD in late-late November: Matt Campbell?
Tennessee fansYES!
Campbell: Ew no
Tennessee AD: Mike Gundy?
Tennessee fans: Yes!
Gundy: no
Tennessee AD: Cutcliffe?
Tennessee fansYes

Tennessee AD: Chad Morris?
Tennessee fans: yes
Chad Morris: nah
Tennessee AD: Jeff Brohm?
Tennessee fans: Yes!
Jeff Brohm:

Tennessee AD: Dave Doeren?
Tennesse fans: who?
Tennessee AD: Dave Doeren!
Tennessee fans: ...who?
Dave Doeren: forget it

meanwhile: Mike Leach


meanwhile: Brady Hoke


The rest of college football is all

And that's about where we stand.



December 6th, 2017 at 4:56 PM ^

Honest question: why?

It’s a famous picture. The self-immolation was done with the intention to shock and draw attention and make a point, so it’s not like it is an invasion of privacy or anything. And it was self-sacrifice in the furtherance of a perceived collective good, so I think it’s message is satirically applicable to the UT thing (burning yourself for a banal collective goal). It’s not particularly gory.

I don’t understand the sentiment of thinking it’s a terrible picture to use.


December 6th, 2017 at 3:12 PM ^

I don't think Brohm said no originally, I think the deal was done on his end but Tennessee Chancellor nixed it. I think.


Tennessee can hire almost anyone and it will be a more respectable hire than Herm Edwards though. Literally hire anyone who has either A) coached in college football at all in the last three decades, and preferably had some success, or B) had a successful NFL career. You can still not finish as the worst team in this coaching carousel, Tennessee!


December 6th, 2017 at 3:31 PM ^

I thought Brohm just used it to get more money. It also looks bad to jump to a new school so fast. Look at the grief people pile on Harbaugh for changing jobs and he stayed at USD and Stanford for 4 years, building foundations that have lasted before moving on. On the other hand, he may think that it will be hard to be a winner at Purdue so he should get while the getting is good.


December 6th, 2017 at 3:40 PM ^

Hoke could probably do okay as the HC of a G5 team again, like another Ball State or SDSU gig.  But he'll never get another shot at a job like Tennessee.  Right now he's got decent odds of remaining the HC there for 2018 by default, either permanently or at least as a Luke Fickell year.  He may as well stick around and see what happens.  You never know--he could have another gold poop year like 2011 and parley that into a multi-year tenure.  Even if he flops, he'd still have one more season of coaching major college football.  


December 6th, 2017 at 3:47 PM ^

I don’t think he could turn Tennessee around, but he could recruit well enough to help the next guy. Tee Martin, maybe?

Maybe he’s the coach to keep the seat warm for the ex-QB who isn’t ready to return yet. Maybe that’s his thing.


December 6th, 2017 at 4:45 PM ^

This was kind of my thought when Hoke was at M.  But having gone through that, I am now very skeptical of the CEO head coach model because I don't think a head coach can consistently make good choices about assistants without a high degree of technical mastery himself.  

That being said, Tennessee is pretty desparate--and one nice thing about Hoke is that he'll work cheap so you can spend more on high profile coordinators.  Might be worth a shot.


December 6th, 2017 at 5:16 PM ^

Me too. I thought Hoke could do fine as a CEO, and I played and won a bunch for a CEO coach. I’m just not sure that’s still a viable model nowadays.

Then again, Harbaugh is an offensive coach whose teams have been defensive standouts, so who knows what works nowadays?


December 6th, 2017 at 3:30 PM ^

Has enough money to keep MOST PEOPLE'S buffalo wing freezer well stocked for the rest of THEIR lives, BUT NOT HIS OWN. AS SUCH, EVEN THOUGH he should get the fuck away from Tennessee as fast as possible, HE PROBABLY WOULD TAKE THE JOB IN A HEARTBEAT.