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There is something systemically bad in Knoxville. When year-in/year-out you put on the field a consistent level of mediocrity, uninspired and losing, it goes beyond the head coach. Either the wrong people are running the program and hiring the wrong coaches or the people running the program are beholden to the wrong people who have a little too much say in how it's run. Either way, there is something wrong at the very top of the program. Either get good, competent people to run the program or diminish the role boosters/alums are playing in the decision making process.

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2 hours ago, NashvilleNinja said:

There is something systemically bad in Knoxville. When year-in/year-out you put on the field a consistent level of mediocrity, uninspired and losing, it goes beyond the head coach. Either the wrong people are running the program and hiring the wrong coaches or the people running the program are beholden to the wrong people who have a little too much say in how it's run. Either way, there is something wrong at the very top of the program. Either get good, competent people to run the program or diminish the role boosters/alums are playing in the decision making process.

It has to be the admin.  This is like the 3rd or 4th coach who looks clueless.  Didn't they hire Greg Schiano but backed out at the last minute?  They've hired 4 HC in the last ten years.  Yikes.

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9 hours ago, Rolltide said:

Because you are a fan of a rival team? 

Well I enjoy laughing at UT at times such as these.  Except the past few years I have been laughing so much that my stomach hurts.

 

Go Dores!  Anchor Down!

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I thought they should have given Butch Jones another year. He had back to back 9-4 seasons followed by that terrible last season. He had proved he could recruit well. He did win 3 straight bowl games. 

 

I don't think they lose to Georgia State with Butch Jones as coach. 

 

Butch always seemed under stress of losing his job. Part of that was because he started poorly with a losing season. He is still a young guy only 51 and perhaps they should have supported him more and not made him feel like every game could be his last. 

 

Butch was certainly a better coach then the guy before him and the guy who succeeded him. 

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Guarantano should never play another snap in the SEC again. The dude is in way over his head. 

 

So is Pruitt at this point. I don't see how he survives the season. I bet they don't even win a single conference game. At this rate, they may not win a single game period. 

 

Fulmer's seat should also be getting warm considering this was his hire. 

 

What a total cluster fuck. 

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Maybe they should have tried to figure it out with Butch.  Tennessee isn't as big as the rest of the SEC states and Knoxville isn't as appealing as the top SEC school cities. By the time LSU, AL, GA, MS and the FL schools pick through the players, not a lot of greats left.  They had been doing good getting players out of Florida that the big three down there didn't want, but they were cutting up too bad.  Now there are a few more FL schools in the game too.

 

If Vanderbilt can be as successful as they have been, no reason TN is this bad.  First, Pruitt was a lifetime assistant coach.  Anybody under Saban looks like a genius, but how much of it is Saban.  It's like the Bill Belichick assistants, Bill is calling all the shots.  I bet it's the same with Saban.  I can see it now, but they should have been smart enough to figure that out before they hired him.

 

Today, the little bit I saw Pruitt was screwing up again.  Using all his TO's because his players are out of position is on him.  He might get fired before the end of the season.

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16 hours ago, Number9 said:

If Vanderbilt can be as successful as they have been, no reason TN is this bad.  First, Pruitt was a lifetime assistant coach.  Anybody under Saban looks like a genius, but how much of it is Saban.  It's like the Bill Belichick assistants, Bill is calling all the shots.  I bet it's the same with Saban.  I can see it now, but they should have been smart enough to figure that out before they hired him.

 

Counterpoint:  Kirby Smart seems to be doing well at UGA.

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That final touchdown by BYU is an insult to SEC football. An insult to the proud tradition of UT football. Guys standing upright with 50% effort seemingly expecting somebody else to make a play. No heart at all. 

 

Pruitt needs to be fired now! 

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On 9/8/2019 at 12:54 AM, Number9 said:

Maybe they should have tried to figure it out with Butch.  Tennessee isn't as big as the rest of the SEC states and Knoxville isn't as appealing as the top SEC school cities. By the time LSU, AL, GA, MS and the FL schools pick through the players, not a lot of greats left.  They had been doing good getting players out of Florida that the big three down there didn't want, but they were cutting up too bad.  Now there are a few more FL schools in the game too.

 

If Vanderbilt can be as successful as they have been, no reason TN is this bad.  First, Pruitt was a lifetime assistant coach.  Anybody under Saban looks like a genius, but how much of it is Saban.  It's like the Bill Belichick assistants, Bill is calling all the shots.  I bet it's the same with Saban.  I can see it now, but they should have been smart enough to figure that out before they hired him.

 

Today, the little bit I saw Pruitt was screwing up again.  Using all his TO's because his players are out of position is on him.  He might get fired before the end of the season.

 

Pruitt also worked for Jimbo Fisher and Mark Richt. I guess they assumed the coaching tree he came from would rub off. 

 

 

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Case study Dabo Sweeney...

 

Dabo's situation was highly unusual. After 15 years as an assistant coach he was named interim Clemson coach in 08 when Tommy Bowden resigned with the team 3-3. He hardly lit the place on fire he was 4-3 in those games and was fortunate to get the permanent job. Then in his 2nd full season they only went 6-6 and lost their bowl game to South Florida. 

 

A case could have been made for firing him then. It was only after a much improved 2011 season that he could have felt secure in his job and Clemson has had incredible success since.

 

The point being I suppose it is possible that Pruitt could turn things around in this season. Barely hold on to his job for one more year and build the program but who can honestly think that is going to happen? UT plays with such poor effort and little heart. 

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1 hour ago, Rolltide said:

That final touchdown by BYU is an insult to SEC football. An insult to the proud tradition of UT football. Guys standing upright with 50% effort seemingly expecting somebody else to make a play. No heart at all. 

 

Pruitt needs to be fired now! 

 

Give him a chance.  Let's see what he can do the rest of the season.

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