Grandpa needs to get off his soapbox. Everyone thought scholarship limits would ruin college football, it didn't. Everyone thought the transfer portal would ruin college athletics, it didn't. People think athletes receiving fair compensation will ruin college sports, it won't. We can argue about how every school has powerful alumni or talk about earnings caps but I won't waste my time since kody has already made up their mind
The answer to this is simple. Do not allow school's to pay players, allow advertisers to sponsor players. They make money for their likeness and endorsements, but the school doesn't get caught in the bog of title 9 or having to pay lesser athletes
LOL Alabama looked like hot garbage in the 1st half. Jeremy Pruitt exposed Alabama and LSU had the talent to replicate the game plan and finish the job. Expect the same from Auburn and Georgia (if they somehow play Georgia) Bama absolutely got punched in the mouth. They were down by 20 at halftime and played their most undisciplined ball in 3 or 4 years. Bama's defense is the weakest it has been in years and if Guarantano doesn't call his own number and fumble then they start the 4th quarter 28-20 against woeful Tennessee. Who knows what happens then.
A Tennessee team with 2 out of conferences losses to BYU and Georgia State has a very good shot at 7-5. College football sure is something
There's a joke among Tennessee fans that they don't want Peyton back for games because when ever he comes home we always lose
1st rule of betting, never bet on your own team
I said since BYU i was ready to ride with Pruitt to another year. Unlike in previously years with previous coaches, it is evident that Tennessee has improved over the course of the season. Pruitt has a great staff and can make adjustments in game. That being said, I would not give him a raise just yet. We are still paying Jones's buyout, and if things do go south we can not afford a bigger buyout. Pruitt still needs to prove he can prepare a team to be ready AT THE START of the season and he has yet to beat a big rival (Kentucky last year does not count, we own them.) Still a lot to be happy with over the past few weeks and going forward
I generally think the refs were to involved on both sides in the first half, but several calls against Tennessee were huge difference makers. The free bama timeout on what would have been a trick play and the personal foul on what should have been a 3 and out come to mind. Not to mention multiple weird reviews that started as spot of ball and turned into something else (targeting on bituli). I thought a lot of the PI's on both sides were soft, to your point.
Yeah the fumble by JG is what will be remembered but lets not forget the officiating was awful as well. Phantom holds, bad no calls, questionable reviews, and giving Bama a free time out when they weren't ready for a trick play were all reprehensible.
Alabama hasn't played anybody. Auburn has played 1 top 10 team and Oregon while LSU has played 2 top 15 teams. Play Their out of conference or cross division schedule and Bama's defense will look less comparable
I just graduated from UT in August. I lived through a 4-8 season where there was a torrential downpour against LSU and the crowd still stood firm. We put 85,000 in the seats against an FCS team after starting 0-2. Georgia won't be able to fill the stadium. Its 102,455 seats of die hard fans living through the worst 10 years in the history of the program. Those people are crazy and there is no quit in crazy But even if Georgia has the numbers they won't be smart enough to organize checkering it. Night games in Neyland are special even if the team stinks. I am driving 6 hours and finishing up my law school work half a week in advance just to be in the stadium for it. There is no shot that Georgia pulls it off. But they will still win the game 60-3
Art Briles Lane Kiffen Mike Norvell Gary Patterson Chris Peterson Now will any of them be interested? doubtful I am not ready to get rid of Pruitt. This looks a lot like a personnel issue in my opinion. Pruitt has, on paper, a great staff and I would hate to see it broken up less than a year in. Who knows, maybe Peyton Manning is ready to have a hobby, but I doubt it and would rather keep Pruitt than hire another non proven coach. Waste of time and money
As a Tennessee fan, if Tennessee goes 1-11 but that win is Florida I will consider it a successful season. If Pruitt beats Florida I will absolutely forget about Georgia State and BYU. That being said I am not holding my breath. Florida backups have a history of playing like Tom Brady in the Superbowl against the Vols.
Jinxing it before the game ever starts. Tennessee will continue its rich tradition of Florida backups paying like super bowl MVP's against them
This is the most accurate comment. BYU was a result of players under the previous culture not executing. Pruitt has a good staff on paper and this rebuild will take time. I am not ready to jump ship yet, but lose to Chatt and it will be time.
1.) Attendance is not waning, announcers noted the excellent turnout against BYU. Tennessee fans have always been really good about showing out 2.) The donors are not waning. Tennessee brought in more than every other program except Texas A&M last year 3.) The largest UT donors are the Haslam family which hate Fulmer(they were behind his removal in 08). The board answers to them and ultimately the athletic department answers to the board. Fulmer has everything to lose by coming back and Tennessee needs to move forward. Fulmer did a poor job recruiting and hiring in his last few years and thats what ulrimatley lead to the beginning of the decline. I do not see that getting magically better if a 69 year old coach takes over an 0-2 team. He is not a long term option and at best would only last till the end of this season. If thats the case Tennessee needs him on the coaching search instead of the sidelines.
Yall sure love to say that all of us in Knoxville thought we were getting Gruden. I am a student. The Grumors are fun and entertaining, but when we talk about them the follow up question is "Who do you think we will actually get?". Very few people legitimately thought Gruden was an option. Schiano was a bad hire from both a character and a football standpoint. We have swallowed bad hires before and we will again, but for a department where Neyland, Summits, Majors, and Fulmer have all left their marks by having high integrity hiring someone with Schiano's track record of dirty defensive calls in the NFL to "being worse than Cuba" to play for. His ties to Penn State were the tipping point and court documents are very real.