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You ain’t getting rid of Fulmer that easily

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on December 9, 2008

Pic used courtesy of Losers With Socks

Pic used courtesy of Losers With Socks

So you think can force Fulmer into “resigning” and that will be that, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not as easy as you think. The former head coach and once great field general is back at UT as “special assistant to the president.”

He will be serving a three month stint for a penitence of $12,500 a month and he will continue to receive full-time employee benefits.

In all honesty I believe this is a good thing as long he doesn’t look over King Kiffin’s shoulder during this time. He will be a wonderful spokesperson for the university and do a great job. Plus this gives me a chance to use some farks that I never found the time to use before.

“Phillip Fulmer is a UT icon and a wonderful ambassador,” said university president John Petersen in a UT release. “Over his long career with the university he has developed a vast network of contacts, made invaluable relationships with alumni and UT supporters, and done extensive work with development. I look forward to having him assist with further developing and enhancing strategic relationships for the University,”

Can we say help with recruiting? I thought so! Fulmer’s stint in this new position is scheduled to end on February 28, which of course is after national signing day.

“”I am not yet certain what the future holds for my career, but I’ll always support my alma mater, and I appreciate the opportunity to help the University out now,” Fulmer said, in the release.”

The position was outlined in an offer letter accepted by Fulmer and it might include things such as donkey punching the AD Mike Hamilton and ogling King Kiffin’s wife, Layla, the lucky bastard.

I just wonder if this new position has a buy out….

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This to shall pass AKA: Mike Hamilton goes on a vision quest for a new coach

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on November 13, 2008

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Well the rumors are certainly running rampant on an already ravished Rocky Top. All in all yesterday should have been a very good day for Tennessee fans. Marlon Walls said he is sticking with his commitment to Tennessee, Kenny Hall officially signed with the VOLS to play basketball for Bruce Pearl & we learn that Eric Berry is also a Lott Trophy semifinalist.

I believe all those things should be considered great news if you’re a Tennessee fan, however when I scour the message boards all I see is negativity over than fact Butch Davis said he has no interest in Tennessee’s coaching job and will remain in Chapel Hill.

There is this huge debate at who should be the next Tennessee head football coach. For some reason everyone assumes that names like Butch Davis, Mike Leach & Lane Kiffin are all on this list.

The truth of the matter is only Mike Hamilton knows who’s on the list. Neither Tennessee nor Hamilton has said in a official capacity who is on that list. All anyone hears seems to come from “sources.” I’m not saying these sources are incorrect but I am saying that as for as we the average fan (and the real lifeblood of the program) knows these sources could be wrong.

Rumors will always swirl around coaching vacancies. That’s life. Here is UT’s plane log according to this blog and look yesterday it flew to Raleigh-Durham airport, why doesn’t a certain former offensive coordinator coach there? Hey a certain former super bowl winning NFL coach lives there as well.

Did you see how easy that was?

All I’m saying is folks relax and enjoy the men’s basketball team and this to shall pass.

Now in attempt to be humorous I present to you some other coaching candidates that for reason or another aren’t getting as play as those on this mythical list. I call it Mike Hamilton goes on a vision quest. Enjoy.

Severely shaken up over the news the Butch Davis is “adamantly” denying any interest in the Tennessee coaching job, AD Mike Hamilton has an epiphany and realizes that he needs to go on a vision quest to stir up names to add to the ever growing wish list.

Hamilton takes a paper bag and grabs some Big Orange colored spray paint and sprays some in the bag. While taking deep slow breaths Hamilton chants:

“Oh spirit of the Behr please come to me now.”

After 45 minutes and 2 spray cans worth, the ghost of Behr Bryant appears to Hamilton and says:

“What the hell do you want? I was busy getting my drink on” to which Hamilton replied “You’re always getting your drink on Behr but I need your help!”

“You see” Hamilton begins “there are members of the Tennessee wish list saying no this early and I need some candidates to help the rumor fire similar to what Alabama went through before hiring Satan…err Saban.”

“You interrupted my daily dosing of Jim Beam and Jack Daniels for this?” Bryant asks.

Hamilton looks sheepishly down while tears form in his eyes.

“Oh God! Fine you girlie-man I’ll help you come up with candidates but I’m not helping you hire anyone!” Bryant says with disgust, “Come with me to my lair formally known as hell and we shall conjure some names for this list.”

“Hell? I thought I saw you in heaven in a dream I had. I’m not selling my soul to you Behr!” Hamilton replies.

A demon that strikingly looks like Logan Young suddenly appears from behind the Behr.

“We don’t need to buy your soul it’s not like you’re a five star football recruit” it mockingly says to Hamilton and disappears.

“He’s right you know” say the Behr “Besides what you saw in heaven was God wearing a hounds tooth hat, he just thinks he’s me. Now close your eyes we’re going to my lair”

Moments pass and Hamilton hears the Behr say “Ok weasel boy you can open them again.”

Hamilton looks around and says “Where am I? This certainly doesn’t look like hell.”

“It’s a place called Shreveport, La. & get used to it cause it’s possible you’ll be coming here for a few seasons and then you will see why I call this place hell” replied the Behr.

“Ok here are some more names to place on your wish list” say the Behr and hands Hamilton a piece of paper.

On the paper is collection of names that of people are not mentioning such as:

  • Charlie Strong: Current Defensive Coordinator at Florida.
  • Steve Sarkisian: Current Offensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach, and Quarterbacks Coach at Southern Cal.
  • Kevin Wilson: Current Offensive Coordinator at Oklahoma.
  • Kyle Whittingham: current coach at Utah who is undefeated.

Hamilton looked up at the Behr and gave his thanks and asked “How do I get back home?”

“Just click your heels together three times and say ‘There’s nothing like firing Fulmer'” the Behr replied.

Hamilton did just as he said and awoke sweating profusely on the floor of his garage and holding the phone in his hand.

He quickly places the phone to his ear and says “Behr is that you?”

“What the hell are you talking about? I’ve been giving ideas for replacement coaches for the past 30 minutes!” a very frustrated Doug Dickey said, “Have you been huffing spray paint again?”

Quickly Hamilton hangs the phone up. He gets up dusts himself off. He feels a great weight off his mind and plans on enjoying the evening watching reruns of Laverne & Shirley.

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Gee…finding a replacement for Fulmer is going to be harder than what anyone expected

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on November 7, 2008

praisejesushn8As coaches line up to say no to Tennessee, I’m sure some fans are wondering why considering a job has not been offered to them. That’s really a simple question to answer. Whether you like it or not, in 10 years Fulmer will be revered as a legend. He’s already an institution and no body wants to be the guy to follow a legend. Just ask Ron Zook about that.

Steve God Spurrier, Butch Davis & David Cutcliff have all publicly said that they are not interested in the Tennessee coaching position.

It’s even gone so far that Charlie Sexton, the agent for both Fulmer and Butch Davis, has publicly said that Davis was staying put. Of course anything can happen and money talks.

I’m sure most of you know that Lane Kiffin was in Knoxville recently and was spotted playing golf with a prominent Tennessee booster. I hate to remind people of this but it means nothing.

ESPN’s PTI stated that John Gruden is rumored to be in Knoxville this weekend. Again even it that was true it means nothing.

Mike Hamilton the Tennessee AD stated yesterday that:

“I think it’s more important that you hire the right person than you put a timeframe on it,” Hamilton said on Thursday. “I do think that we’ll efficiently and expeditiously tie it up as quickly as possible but I’m more concerned about the who than how long.”

He is right of course but it’s also funny how on Monday he stated a new coach would be hired within a matter of weeks.

The bottom line is honestly the Tennessee job isn’t as appealing as some fans seem to think. It may not even be as appealing as some of the other jobs that are open this year.

How attractive is it to a candidate knowing Tennessee just fired a coach who has been there for 17 years and only had 2 bad seasons? The candidates can’t help but wonder what if they go 6-6 or 7-5; will they be the next one to go?

Whoever takes the Washington job will be held as great coach for going 6-6.

Though Clemson might have a stadium the size of ours they have a great fan base and a softer schedule that should propel them into a BCS bowl. Tennessee, on the other hand, plays in the SEC East which is the gold standard of college football.

Look at the requirements someone would need to have in order to be the new coach:

  • Leadership skills beyond norm: Must be battle tested to be a leader in the toughest conference in the country.
  • Recruiter: Enough of talking about not having the richest recruiting grounds. Must have energy and the ability to sell UT in any environment. UT used to recruit well even in GA & FL. If you have a winning program the recruits will come to UT
  • Character: This is without question the biggest part of replacing Fulmer that will be tough. We do not need the NCAA breathing down our necks, we do not want to continue to read about our players in the crime section more often than we do in the sports section. None of the win at all cost. We want a coach who leads by example and will not accept the tough discipline necessary to win in this conference.
  • Thinks outside the box: I know this is used too much these days but it is true more so today in college football than ever. The teams that are winning have expanded their play calling to become less predictable and keep there opposition guessing.
  • Passion: Must be passionate not only about winning but winning at UT. Needs to understand the tradition and how passionate one of if not the largest fan base is concerning their football team.
  • Thick Skinned: Face it if you coach here and you don’t come out the gate running you will be judged harshly. Beating GA, UF, UA, LSU, & AU is not an option. It is necessary in order to win the SEC and that is the low bar for this job. The high bar is of course a National Championship. A goal we believe we should at least be considered to have a chance at every year.

changesWith other coaching opportunities out there like Syracuse, Washington & whatever else might come open, you can see why finding a coach is a lot harder than you think.

Soon UT fans will forget the last few disappointing seasons and remember Fulmer in the big picture. The guy spent his life at UT and bled Orange. That is rare in these days of coaching carousels and contract buyouts.

As Tennessee fans we expect a lot from the coach and quite possibly we expect too much. Potential coaching candidates understand all this. So stop the talk about bringing in Butch Davis or Bob Stoops.

What are reasonable expectations for the Tennessee program, anyway?

Who knows maybe we will land Kiffin, Muschamp or even Gruden, but realize this, it’s possible they aren’t the right candidate to begin with.

Also realize that history shows us that whenever a coach like Fulmer is replaced it takes years to find the right replacement. Look how long Alabama had to wait before Stallings got there and look how long they waited after Stallings left before they found Saban.

Nebraska, Texas A&M are still searching for that coach. Oklahoma replaced Switzer with Gary Gibbs and Georgia replaced Dooley with Ray Goff.

Whatever the case may be one thing is certain, I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes a Mike Hamilton right now.

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What Tennessee needs is Mike DuBose

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on November 6, 2008

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Tennessee hasn’t had that killer instinct since 2002. It’s time to catch up with the rest of the SEC and start cheating and who better than Mike Dubose or as I like to call him Coach DuB.

Look at all the wonderful things Coach DuB has already accomplished in his coaching career.

It all began in 1997 when the Alabama Crimson Tide’s newest coach, Coach DuB lost to Kentucky. That was the first time Alabama had lost to the mighty KY since 1922. Coach Dub knew that if he won that game Kentucky would likely close down the football program which would in turn allow Louisiana -Lafayette to enter the SEC and he knew even then that could spell trouble for the Tide. There are rumors that he tried to tell Coach Saban that but the current wearer of the Hounds-Tooth crown of thorns wouldn’t listen and we all know how turned don’t we?

In the same year of 97, Coach DuB was betrayed by his assistant coaches during the Iron Bowl that resulted in a 17-15 loss to Auburn. Faced with a third and a long one and the prospect of having to punt the ball to Auburn if they did not convert, leaving Auburn an opportunity to get into field goal range, the Tide ran a screen pass resulting in a fumble and Auburn recovery that led to the game-winning field goal for the Tigers. Much controversy surrounded the apparent fact that Coach DuB did not call the play, nor did he know which play was being run. Coach DuB reacted by firing four assistants including the ones who called the play, Bruce Arians and Woody McCorvey. The Tide finished with the school’s worst record since 1957, the year before the Behr arrived.

In 98 Coach DuB lead the Tide for the first ever Music City Bowl and got drilled by Virginia Tech. Coach DuB is the last coach to defeat Auburn in Legion Field.

In 1999 Coach DuB embarked in an ambitious attempt to bring notoriety to the little known “holiday” known as Secretaries Day. Using the power of the internet Coach DuB with the help of his secretary Deborah Gibson (Not THAT Deborah Gibson either), Coach DuB started rumors that he was banging Gibson on a regular basis. This didn’t go well with the higher ups at Bama.

At first Coach DuB flatly denied this stunt, but three months later reached an out-of-court settlement that paid over $300,000 out of his own pocket, removed the final two years of his contract (leaving him without a job after the upcoming 1999 season unless either an extension was granted or a new contract was reached), and gave the administration the chance to fire him at any time they desired.

On a side note lying about the rumor he started is said to be a defining moment in Nick Saban’s life.

duboseAfter a 2-0 start, Louisiana Tech completed a shocking upset of the Tide. Calls for Coach DuB’s head reached a fevered pitch, and the administration responded by firing Athletic Director Bob Bockrath. Many Alabama fans and graduates were openly upset when the following week had passed and Coach DuB was still the head coach. Rumors persisted that Coach DuB would be fired in the off week of October 9, 1999; right after the Tide was expected to be routed by the Florida Gators

Coach DuB being the savvy one he is beat Florida 40-39 in overtime. Of course Coach DuB went on to lose to Tennessee 21-7 but they still made it to the SEC championship game and beat Florida yet again by the score of 34-7.

When was the last time Tennessee beat Florida two times in a row?

Coach DuB was named the SEC coach of the year in 99, partly because of the wins on the field and partly because he tried to bring Secretaries Day to the forefront in Alabama.

In 2000 the Tide stated #3 in the polls. The Tide opened the season with a loss to UCLA. Does that sound familiar? That year the Tide also lost to Southern Mississippi, Central Florida, Tennessee, Miss. State and a Saban led LSU team thus ending the 31-year winning streak over the Bayou Bengals in their home stadium.

The Tide did manage to beat South Carolina and hammer the hell out of Ole Miss that year.

Of course 2000 was the last year for Coach DuB as the Alabama coach.

Coach DuB has since continued coaching at the high school level and was named the head coach at Millsaps College in 2006, where I’m certain he is still trying to bring Secretaries Day into the forefront in Alabama.

Now we all the sordid details about Bama & the cheating scandal that occurred after Coach DuB left the Tide. People say cheaters never win, tell that to Nick Saban. It is clearly Nick Saban’s fault that Coach DuB was fired from Bama, that and the fact most Alabamians will never appreciate Secretaries Day.

Tennessee needs Coach DuB badly. He has a master plan to enact revenge against the SEC, especially Nick Saban and the Tide.

Mike Hamilton please hire Coach DuB now! It’s not like he’s making any real money where he is currently at. Trust me I know because when I was in Jackson, Miss the other week he was working part-time at carwash to make ends meet. I got to hear his sob story and his plan for revenge. I’m to frightened to go into detail about his plan but it entails making Secretaries Day a paid holiday, Wesson Oil and some compromising videos of Saban and a goat.

Besides when was the last time Tennessee beat Auburn and Florida? Plus he is undefeated against Alabama.

***Note to anyone reading this. This is a parody and honestly it didn’t turn out that way I wanted it to. However I needed to write something remotely funny. I’ll have a “real” article concerning the Tennessee coaching search tomorrow. ***

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Tennessee & Phil Fulmer are clearly in a perfect storm. Will change be the end result?

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 17, 2008

What’s that? Fulmer won’t be fired? Surely you think I’m joking right? Unfortunately I’m not joking.

We all know Fulmer got the dreaded “vote of confidence” from Hamilton this week. For a better perspective you need to read what the Ghost of Neyland of the 3rd Saturday in Blogtober wrote. It’s an excellent piece.

Despite the comments from Hamilton, Fulmer stated that he (Hamilton) has been supportive during this storm of criticism.

“Mike has been very supportive,” Fulmer said Wednesday. “We meet every so often, scheduled, to talk about different things and stuff.

“Obviously we’ve got problems that we’re working through,” Fulmer said, speaking of his team, “but he’s (Hamilton has) shown great confidence and … looking forward to the future.”

Coach Fulmer also stated that he is equally concerned about the status of Rocky Top.

“There’s concern. I’m not going to sit here and say there’s not,” he said. “There’s concern by everybody who loves Tennessee football or Tennessee athletics about where we are and having an opportunity here to still turn the season around and so on. I just couldn’t have been more pleased, and also with some of the friends that I have that are at the trustee level. Those folks have been really good. Contrary to what you might read sometimes.”

OK one day Mike Hamilton is reportedly saying he is not afraid to make a change in coaching and very next day Fulmer is stating he is happy with the support he is getting. (Notice he did not say exactly who was supporting him)

My question is Fulmer is trying to keep from losing control of this team? I truly hope he is able to do that.

Now I’m a distrusting person by nature so something is telling me that though Hamilton’s comments are nice to hear however I don’t exactly believe him. I will believe it when I see it. Talk is cheap.

Fulmer has a six million dollar contract buy-out & the SEC is tougher top to bottom than it has been in years. Those two reasons alone could save his job for at least one more season.

There is also something that I have noticed. Fulmer is resilient like a cockroach. No matter how must Raid and Black Flag you spray, or how many times you wear your pointy shoes, he manages to survive.

Now I know someone will point out that Hamilton said the amount of Fulmer’s buy out is in reserves so money isn’t an issue. Let me remind you of this fact. Mike Hamilton is the sole reason the students are being charged for tickets. That man is more about the “bottom line” then people realize.

This should say it all about Hamilton
This should say it all about Hamilton

Another factor is the recruiting class that he is currently building. Let’s fact it those recruits are watching the games and believing they will start next season. With this team’s performance this season, can you blame them?

Though Fulmer will remain the coach changes will take place. Basically a firing sweep of ALMOST the assistant coaches and/or coordinators.

Here’s a rundown

John Chavis Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach & Associate Head Coach:

  • Chavis is safe so no worries there. The “Mustang” defense shall live on for another season. He was named defensive coordinator at UT in 1995, Chavis has gained recognition as a defensive guru the old-fashioned way — by building hard-nosed teams that have helped Tennessee rank among the stingiest in college football. Whether you like Chavis or not, you have to admit that more often than not the Tennessee defense has been great year in & year out.. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Dave Clawson Offensive Coordinator & Quarterback Coach:

  • He is the candidate to get this year’s Randy Sanders scapegoat award. He sucks & I don’t want to hear about not having the athletes to run the spread option either. One rule in coaching is when you don’t have the players to run a certain game plan you change the game plan. That is something I do not see him doing. I do not see the plays that cater to the offense’s strengths being called.

Latrell Scott Wide Receivers Coach:

  • Bye-Bye Latrell. The receivers have a load of talent but aren’t getting the proper and much needed separation that is required to help out the quarterback. Granted like Clawson this is his first year but life sometimes just isn’t fair.

Greg Adkins Offensive Line Coach:

  • The O-Line could be the major factor of our problems this season. The schemes don’t work and with Adkins being there for four years that means the starters have been coached under him the whole time.

Dan Brooks Defensive Line Coach:

  • Brooks is safe. He has been there 13 years and is a big reason that Chavis looks good. (But obviously not the only reason) If Brooks were to leave it would either be because a new coach as hired or he has taken a job as the defensive coordinator somewhere else.

Steve Caldwell Defensive Ends Coach:

  • Like Brooks he is safe and has been there for 13 years as well. If he were to leave to would be for the same reasons I have stated for Brooks.

Jason Michael Tight Ends/Offensive Line Coach:

  • I hope Jason doesn’t have a problem carrying Adkins’ bags for him.

Stan Drayton Running Backs Coach:

  • He was the Florida Running Backs before coming here….but I say big flipping deal. Outside of the offensive line, the running backs have been the most unmotivated part of the offense this season. If you don’t believe me just look at the production numbers.

Larry Slade Defensive Backs Coach:

  • Again another keeper. It’s rather hard to argue with the firing of any coach on defense when they are truly the reason the VOLS are worth watching on TV.

If a coaching change is to be occurring it needs to be done with class or it will take a long time to rebuild. Tennessee needs a smooth transition so that they do not lose what has been built to this point.

I don’t want to see anything like what is happening at Clemson, with the players’ bad mouthing coach Bowden & top rated recruits de-committing.

If we, as the VOL Nation, can remain a class act, everyone, including new recruits and coaches will take notice.

Also we all need to remember Coach Fulmer’s hard work and dedication to the University is the reason expectations are so high.

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