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That simply isn’t true. The right hire changes things almost instantly for any program so long as the program has money and infrastructure built up to support them. UT has hired exactly one coach with a winning record since Fulmer. They’ve hired on the cheap and gotten the results of doing so but leadership and the right hire flips that quickly.
Fulmer does not have the power you think he does. He can’t make a move without one of our power brokers not named Haslam stepping up and right now none have. UTs AD is not ruled by the AD but by warring factions. Our teams are stuck with a gaggle of useless donors more interested in playing their version of game of thrones than helping them succeed.
If Urban was interested and could be tempted to your school if you threw enough cash his way then you throw that cash his way. He'd bring in the revenue to make up for it almost instantly.
There was nothing fluky about the UGA win. People forget that UGA made a late comeback and thought that was going to seal it but Tennessee had been ahead most of the game.
The extensions isn't a problem. It's an excuse not to act. UT has the money to fire Pruitt and hire a good coach. The question is whether or not they have the willpower. So far the boosters have proven to be pretty inept at everything but infighting and Fulmer can't/won't make a move without getting at least most of them on board.
Look at that play again. There are 3 Auburn defenders and only one Tenn receiver in the area. JG probably checked out of a running play to throw that pick 6.
He hadn't yet realized that he was never meant to be a HC. Pruitt wants to be fired and he's doing everything he can to make it happen. He's a man over his head looking for a way out.
You can tell that Pruitt needs to go by the sheer number of rival fans telling UT to give him more time or explaining how it's too soon when their own programs have made decisions to fire even faster.
Fulmer didn't start with a full slate of options but walked into a search that had already burnt bridges. Once a choice was made regarding the leftovers, he preceded to re-up his NCAA credentials and salvage a recruiting class for Pruitt who was busy coaching in the championship game. Fulmer's got nothing to do with the problem right now. How he acts in the future and what he does or doesn't do will decide that.
Florida paid a ridiculous amount to get the shark humper and then paid a ridiculous amount to make him go away. Programs do this all the time. It's not special.
Beating Missouri doesn't count towards anything. It's a solid win but much like beating Indiana in the bowl game that's about all it is. There's no rivalry there and Mizz wasn't a ranked team. In contrast, Pruitt has already has more blowout losses on his resume than any other UT coach in history and most of those were to actual rivals. Pruitt is a great DC and is a solid X's and O's guy but at present he is not HC material.
Fulmer wasn't in the AD when Schiano was blackballed by the Admin. Currie was the AD and he'd gone rogue. He wasn't in contact with the university the way he was supposed to be and ultimately that caused much of the mess and cost him his job. Fulmer came in afterwards to stabilize the situation but he had nothing whatsoever to do with Schiano getting hired or nixed.
Ugh autocorrect changed Fulmer to Fuller.
Fuller had limited choices in that search. Currie had already burnt tons of bridges before Fuller was called in to help stabilize things. He made the best of what was left and has give. Pruitt the money and staff support to succeed unlike prior ADs who didn’t setup coaches for success. The failure is 100 percent on Pruitt. Fulmer otoh needs to go against his natural inclination to be overly loyal and fire Pruitt now.
UT has had Chaney as OC under Kiffin, Dooley, and now Pruitt. This isn’t Chaney. It’s Pruitt. He reverted to the offense he forced Helton to run in year one. Kirby is guilty of similar sins on O but UGA has the talent to pull off running this antique defensive coordinator’s dream offense. Tennessee does not and Pruitt has failed in too many other areas. Chaney was his do over after he trotted this same offense out upon arrival.
Time for Pruitt to go. Don’t string it out another year unless something drastic changes over the remaining games.
It’s not Chaney or Weinke. This is all Pruitt. It’s the same 1980s offense Pruitt had in year 1 with Helton. Make no mistake, Pruitt is the problem on offense. He needs to go.
The Vols won't get over the hump until they find a QB.
FPI is putting waaaaaay too much emphasis on home field advantage in a year where that's going to matter very little.
Honestly, I wanted him to stay but felt like he should go and make some money. I'm thrilled that he decided to return. He's not just a great OL, he is an enormous motivator/personality on the team and will probably be our heart and soul next season.
I don't think it's that unusual given that the Mays family has been around football and they know how it works. Of course, they are going to bring an attorney on board.
Considering that Dooley was left about the same amount of time by Kiffin, I don't feel one bit bad for him.
If anything, Finebaum is harder on Tennessee than other teams. He's an alum but he's also the king of the negaVols. Every fanbase has one like him and we all wonder whose side they're really on.
Kirby can't seem to keep staff members. That's a good portion of his problem and something he needs to figure out quickly because teams benefit greatly from continuity. I also think he's the one in love with a more old school offense instead of a more high scoring one and that he's a good part of what's holding back UGA's offense.
The MCB isn't a better bowl. That's especially true if you live in Tennessee and can visit Nashville any time. The Belk Bowl also isn't a better bowl than the Gator. If it were Kentucky Sports Radio wouldn't be running so many conspiracy theories about how we supposedly forced UK out and ruined your bowl dreams.
Tennessee has been 'less talented' than the top tier SEC teams for a couple of years now and has still beaten most of them. I think this team has a lot of rough edges but they've also shown they can play with the big boys when they're on. As a fan, I'm looking forward to what Barnes can do with the incoming class but I think a lot of fans are underestimating the current team. The roster really misses Plavsic (still can't believe his waiver was denied) and will struggle against teams with more height but I think they're shaping up to be dangerous despite this being a rebuilding year. I don't think they'll make a deep run but I also don't think they'll be a bubble team.
Not sure why Florida is ahead of Tennessee other than maybe pre-season expectations. They both lost to Florida St. (Tennessee lost by 3 on the road** and Florida lost by 12 at home). Tennessee also has some quality wins. I just don't see the daylight between them and certainly don't see Florida as a clear spot better. **The tourney matchup might as well have been a home game for FSU given where it was held.
If LSU wins it will be because of Burrow but if UGA wins it will be because of their defense and Swift. Fromm is a good QB but he has under performed all year and will be without his best WRs.