You have to understand Memphis for this to make sense. The city of memphis in general is a strong pipeline to Mississippi schools (Ole Miss, Miss St.). The kids have stronger ties to those schools than Univ. of Tennessee because of where Memphis is located in the state. It kind of reminds me of Cincinnati in regards to Ohio. People in Nashville and Knoxville dismiss Memphis as a large Tennessee city. It was the same feel I felt in Columbus in regards to Cincy (my home city). Much like the disconnect between Cincy and Ohio, people in Tennessee feel the same about Memphis.
Maurice Wells drove around in a brand new Hummer. Doug Worthington had a suped up Charger. Every big school does this. Does it make it right? Maybe/maybe not. All I know is that Henry is going to make that school a ton of $$, so I don't care if he gets a new car.
A recruiting haul of Kirk and Van Jefferson would probably be the best WR class in the nation (they'll probably take 1 more WR as well). I know people are on edge with only 2 commits, but give it time. This 15' class will be very good.
This is a joke. The easy excuse is to blame coaches. Dre Kirkpatrick could easily been coached better in college considering he has been awful for the Bengals. Do you know who takes control of the secondary for Alabama? Nick Saban. Kerry Coombs is probably the best recruiter on staff and was coaching a scheme he wasn't comfortable with. He has always coached an aggressive style dating back to his days at Colerain and UC. I think CB will be one of the strongest positions on the team this year. We all need to quit blaming every coach known to man, and just accept that Roby didn't play well bc he wasn't there mentally most of the year.
This is the defense team throwing up a hail mary to get the case dismissed. Franklin was completely cleared by the Nashville PD and DA. Before people start saying that doesn't mean much, Nashville is not like FSU in that Vanderbilt really isn't even the #1 school in its own city. Nashville is very much comparable to Columbus in that the PD would not look the other way to protect a football team. I'm not saying this is a non issue, but it's the defense team trying to deflect their client's story onto someone else.
You have no idea how hard it is to win at Vanderbilt. He is an amazing coach, and has an even better staff. He will translate PSU into a top 10 team when it's all said it done. I live here in Nashville, and Vanderbilt is not even the biggest fan base in its own city. The fact that he beat Tenn (road), Georgia, and Florida (road) this past year says everything about him as a coach and motivator. It doesn't matter that those teams were not as strong, because schools like Vanderbilt shouldn't beat those programs. The B1G should be really excited to have Urban and Franklin go against one another year in and year out.
I was in my US History 150 class (might have been 151), and Maurice Wells and Doug Worthington were in my class. The TA asked what our first thought was when she said "the old west." People were saying cowboys, or some stuff like that. When it came time for Maurice Wells he said, "Tupac vs. Biggie." The class lost it.
We won't run the ball less than last year, we'll just run a different style of run plays. We've been known the past two years to run power (with a pulling guard), and inside zone. We didn't run a lot of outside zone because we had a bruising RB. This year we'll be seeing a lot more outside zone, and inverted veer (bash) run plays. I also think Dontre will be utilized in a triple option type look as well. Urban liked to use that while at Florida.
As far as the previous comment about either Herman or Urban hating the power run game, that couldn't be more false. Herman strictly ran that offense while at Iowa State, and power is what Urban is known for. His offenses at Florida were extremely simple. It's the same concept as Gus Malzhan's offense at Auburn. Gus has probably the simpliest offense in America, but they run it at a tempo that's hard to stop.
Jennings is a good athlete, but def not a QB at the next level. I've heard down here that Vanderbilt is the school in play for him. Jefferson on the other hand seems to be all OSU. It's got to be tough for UT that a lot of the top talent in their state is going to go elsewhere this year. Richmond and Jefferson to OSU hopefully, Jennings to Vandy, and Jackson Harris the TE doesn't seem to be heading to Knoxville either. The states top porspect, Rico McGraw doesn't have UT in his top 3. He's committed to UGA, but that won't last from what I've heard.
It's been a while? They won the conference regular season 2 years ago. How many times has he won the B1G tourney? A lot. If you look on the national stage you have Coach K, Bill Self, Roy Williams, Pitino and Tom Izzo as the main core of really great coaches. Outside of that, Thad certainly belongs to be with the likes of Calipari, Donovan. To the point of the NBA, isn't that a good thing to have kids make the jump? Deshaun had a child to take care of, and so does Ross. All the other players were 1st round draft picks. Would you be able to turn down millions of $$ to play for free for another year? No.
We're about to sign a top 5 recruiting class and people act like the sky is falling. Thad is a top 5 coach, so I don't expect us to be down very long. This was one of the worst teams I've seen in a long time, and yet we were still a 6 seed with a chance at the end to beat a very good Dayton team. All will be good in Buckeye land.
The Coop/Tress argument is actually pretty fascinating. This may sound weird, but it's the truth. Cooper was ahead of his time, and built his OSU teams to be like how SEC teams are now. His teams were always super athletic, but wern't always built to win consistently in the Big 10. That's why he would be exposed every once in a while against teams that could pound them up front. If you watch bowl games today between the Big 10 and SEC, you'll notice that the Big 10 teams can hang with far superior SEC teams because they can slow the game down and run the football (i.e. Iowa this year against LSU). Tress recognized that right away and built his teams to be tougher up front, but not always the fastest up front. Tress has produced many NFL d-linemen, but his biggest success , Will Smith, was Cooper's recruit. Cooper and Tress always produced great skill guys, but the big guys up front is where the two differed.