I agree, Butch Jones would be a solid hire for them. I'm not sure how interested Michigan would be (or if Jones wants to leave UT for another heavyweight turned dumpster fire), but he's done an impressive job already in Knoxville. If Michigan happened to lure Jones away from Tennessee, it would be absolutely pandemonium down here in Knoxville.
Vandy is lucky that UMass is UMass. The Minutemen blew a 31-20 lead in the 4th quarter (Vandy blocked a punt and returned it for a TD to get back in it), and then missed a game-tying 22-yard field goal on the final play of regulation.
No disagreement there. After this season, the QB job is obviously wide open here. Shouldn't be difficult to convince a top-notch QB prospect to come to Columbus.
With Worley graduating, Peterman playing bench-warmer, and Ferguson transferring, Dobbs is the big question mark for Tennessee going forward, especially with no other QBs on the roster. Dobbs is a brilliant kid (engineering student) with decent mobility and a good arm, but obviously very young. I had heard that Jennings was promised a shot at QB next year, but all of the prep chatter I've heard here in Knoxville points to him ending up at another position.
Tennessee's QB situation is terrible, for the record. Three different guys started at QB last year, and there is no clear cut starter going forward. Justin Worley started the most games last year and is a senior. Josh Dobbs is a sophomore and got a chance to start a few games at the end of last season. Nathan Peterman is a sophomore and started against Florida last year (looked terrible against the Gators and was pulled in the first half). The "expected" starter for 2014 was redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson (redshirted last year due to injury), but it was announced yesterday that he is leaving the team for good. The QB situation in Knoxville is an absolute train wreck, and they are dying to pull in a bluechip QB recruit who can lead the team in 2015. Jajuan Jennings is likely to play a different position at Tennessee, based on what I've read, so they haven't filled their huge need for a QB in this class.
Admission was free at the Tennessee and Penn State spring games.
As much as I hate Michigan, I live in Knoxville too, and the rah-rah SEC bullshit is tough to take 365 days out of the year. I certainly wouldn't mind seeing that meteor...
As far as the Bruce Pearl/Cuonzo Martin fiasco goes, I agree 110% Moosie. I've never seen a fanbase turn completely around in such a short period of time - less than 2 weeks, to be exact. Just look at all of the so-called "fans" that are suddenly wearing their orange and signing "Rocky Top." Where were they 2 weeks ago? Oh yeah, that's right - they were signing that Bruce Pearl petition and hoping that the Vols flamed out against Iowa, just so the university would fire Cuonzo Martin.
Look at the bizarre novel that could be written about this whole bizarre situation, just illustrating the last 2 weeks - Tennessee underachieves all season in a 3-bid league, Bruce Pearl petition surfaces, team sneaks into the NCAA Tournament, fans continue to bitch about Cuonzo Martin while openly cheering against the Vols (and continuing to pine for Bruce Pearl), Pearl goes to another SEC program the day before their play-in game against Iowa, fans collectively attempt to jump off of a bridge, team rallies to beat Iowa, thumps two more teams, fans suddenly forget about Pearl and the petition, and suddenly even more fans have crawled out of the woodwork to support the team. And now here we are.
Sports radio in Knoxville is absolutely priceless right now. The fans down here collectively sound like they are ready to jump off of a bridge.
Boy, Tennessee seriously overpaid to get Butch Jones. Did they learn anything from the Derek Dooley/Lane Kiffin years?
Gotta be JT3. Ton of regular season success, but not much to show for it in March. Sure, he took Georgetown to the Final Four during his first season (lost to the Buckeyes), but since then, the Hoyas have been knocked out of the tournament by a double digit seed in every single appearance.
I've got all three 11-seeds winning today - Belmont (over Arizona), St. Mary's (over Memphis), and Bucknell (over Butler).
After struggling to score 17 in the first half, Wisky has already scored 20 points in the 2nd half, with 12 minutes to play.
I certainly don't feel like a winner, after witnessing the first half.
Wisky shoots 17% from the floor and is only down 3 at the half? What a terrible half of basketball.
"I mean, I'm definitely getting the tickets regardless..."
That is exactly why the university is taking this risk. Demand for tickets will continue to outweigh higher ticker prices, as long as the product on the field is producing plenty of W's. I hate the idea of higher ticket prices. I completely understand why the university is making this move, but I really hate their arrogance about it.
Bottom line - The only way this can backfire is if fans collectively decide not to buy tickets, and there are empty seats at every game. And I don't think that enough fans are willing to do that, especially if the team is winning.
I was a senior at OSU when Sylvester hit that shot, and it was absolute pandemonium. I don't know if I've seen/heard it like that at the Schott since then.
I just remember having breakfast at Bob Evans (the one between 5th and King on Olentangy River Rd) the next morning, and Matt was eating with Brandon Fuss-Cheatham. I think it's safe to say that he definitely got his 15 minutes of fame, as a result of that game/shot. Everyone in the joint wanted to shake his hand.
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.
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.
And by somber I actually mean armageddon. I can't even listen to sports radio down here right now without hearing caller after caller flipping out. It's just one conflicting report after another, and no one has any idea what to believe.
It is pretty somber here in Knoxville. And yet, there are plenty of fans still holding out hope that a Gruden deal isn't dead.
Totally agree. Have we not learned anything about Oregon by now?? It's the same old broken record. Every year, people end up saying that "this Oregon offense is even better than last year's" but one thing remains the same - their defense is awful. I think Alabama would humiliate them in the title, if they get there.
Plus there are plenty of recent non-conference examples proving that Oregon will struggle to play a team with a good defense - 2011 LSU, 2010 Auburn, 2009 Ohio State, and even 2009 Boise State.
I'm definitely not an ND guy, but they certainly remind me of the 2002 Ohio State title team, and if they get to the BCS title game, they will be facing their own goliath just like we did.
I completely agree, and I'm really torn on this. There is a part of me that thinks the repeated black eyes and gut punches that the university continues to receive are punishment enough, but the more I think about it, the NCAA has to at least consider levying some kind of punishment.
Should've said the announcement would come at 5pm.
"Funny thing is, usually they put more effort into dodging hard work than what they need to put in to succeed."
I don't think it will matter either, although you couldn't ask for a more deflating way to lose. If that game goes to overtime and MSU still wins it, I think UW comes out stronger than ever in Columbus, but the way that game actually ended, that has to take something out of the Badgers.
The defense completely lost their discipline after Taylor Martinez's first TD, and combined with Braxton's injury, the defense just seemed to quit, even with a 2 TD lead. That has to fall on the shoulders of the head coach, to some degree. Granted, they were gassed for the last quarter and a half, but I haven't seen an Ohio State team quit like that since 1999 in the 2nd half at Wisconsin.