Charlie Strong Turns Down Tennessee

By Jason Priestas on December 6, 2012 at 1:16a

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JozyMozy's picture

This is starting to remind me of their last coaching search. About 7 "NOPE"s and one self-led Fulmer campaign before settling on Dooley. So, at this point...Chizik? 

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Time for Tennessee to there brady hoke.

NObuck-I-inTEAM's picture

OSUFORLIFE, is that you?

aboynamedtracy's picture

There's got to be a Bowden available, right? What's Tee Martin up to these days? And of course, there's always Petrino...

Pam's picture

What does that say about the SEC when a Big East coach turns down a job in the toughest, strongest, fastest, most awesomenest conference where they treat CFB like a religion and the rest of the country wishes they could be like????

poop's picture

The dominos are starting to fall! Now we need to get Danny Hope an interview at Tennessee.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Frank Solich

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btalbert25's picture

I'm honestly surpised Tennessee has had such a hard time hiring a good coach.  That's a HUGE program to take over.  Charlie Strong ain't finishing his career in Louisville.  I'm wondering what job he's holding out for. 

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I think we should give head coaches more credit though.  Think about what it would be like to coach at Tenn. vs. Louisville...sometimes money can't buy happiness.  Especially for a young coach like Strong, maybe he wants a few more years of making some decent money and a stable job and reasonable expectations as opposed to Tenn., who has already shown that you better win in a few years or we will fire you.  

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rdubs's picture

He knows Bielema will be gone in about 3 years and by then he'll be ready to go to Arkansas.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Phillip Fulmer.

Don't text while driving.

osunut2's picture

Everyone here in Knoxville wants to jump all over AD Dave Hart for not throwing enough money at Strong, Gundy, Gruden, blah blah blah. This has absolutely nothing to do with money. It has EVERYTHING to do with the dumpster fire that is going on behind the scenes in the UT athletic department, and there are few coaches (both veteran and up-and-coming) who want to deal with it.

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be any god-d*mned civilization." 

cronimi's picture

Amen. A good friend of mine (and OSU alum) recently left there, and I used to hear a bunch of stories about the decline and fall of UT athletics. It is a real $hit show there, and the AD is not the guy to fix it. Plus, I'm sure Charlie saw what Dooley had to work with, and the short honeymoon he was given, and realized he'd be out of a job in a few years there. Short-term money at best.

osunut2's picture

Five or six years ago, this would have been a great job. Florida and LSU were tops in the SEC, but Georgia and Alabama were down, and South Carolina was mediocre. Now, Florida, LSU, Georgia, Bama, SC, and A&M are all competing at the top. Yes, Tennessee has great facilities, tradition, and a lot of fans, but it is a tough recruiting gig and it is going to take a lot of magic to get them competitive again. And as expected, it feels like armageddon in Knoxville today.
I guess the same logic could be used for Arkansas, and somehow they pulled in Bielema.

"Without winners, there wouldn't even be any god-d*mned civilization." 

BoFuquel's picture

This is the deadest  deadend jobs out there.Until Satin angers The Boys in Bristol CN not TN and the turn the hounds loose on him and they will because of his OSU connection.Nobody would want this job.Always remember Disney is more evil than Satin.GO BUCKS! 

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

sb97's picture

So does this mean the ACC beat the SEC?  I mean after all when a Big Ten coach left for the SEC for a mere $600,000 it was seen as yet another victory by the SEC over the Big Ten.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Actually I prefer to think of it like this: The Big East beat the SEC. 
Sure the ACC move was probably a selling point, but UofL isn't competing in the ACC yet. Plus it makes it sounds much worse to get turned down by a Big East coach if you're a traditional power in the "Greatest Conference on the Face of the Planet".