Separate names with a comma.
Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by dump, Nov 26, 2017.
Welp not a good start for UTC but hopefully this gets the Vols pumped for the rest of the season.
What a glorious performance!
Please fire him Fulmer. Plz
Waiting for Saban to fire Golding so Pruitt can come home and complete his mission
Idk how the vols are this bad with that coaching staff
People don’t like to talk about this because anything spiritual is taboo now a days, but the obvious answer is that God is punishing vols fans for being the way that they are.
They have a bunch of recruiters but can any of them coach?
And they haven’t even cracked a top 10 class so are they even good at that?
I mean they don’t have one single good football player
Maybe the poly LB but that entire team is awful
Jennings is legit
Excuse me, their kicker is legit.
Vs #3 UGA
Vs Miss State
@ #2 Alabama
Come on, Jeremy
I will not
You said they don’t have one single player.
*They have 1 single player that is good
Throughout his career, Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer has earned the reputation as a relentless backstabber. That began when he took the Tennessee head coaching job from Johnny Majors in the early 1990s, angling while Majors was recovering from heart surgery.
Later, Fulmer consistently attempted to undercut a procession of Tennessee coaches — Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley and Butch Jones — and also played grand maestro in the coup to unseat athletic director John Currie last year. For decades, Phillip Fulmer’s reputation has revolved around consistently and persistently operating to maximize the full glory, attention and financial benefit of Phillip Fulmer.
Someone get embattled Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt a Kevlar vest and tell him to watch his back. It only makes sense that Fulmer is going to cover up his own administrative failings to pull off one final machete through the spine and take over an utter disaster of his own creation.
If history is any guide, expect Fulmer to begin lining up to take over as the head coach in Tennessee in the next few weeks. Pruitt’s Vols dropped to 1-3 after getting hammered by Florida on Saturday, 34-3, and are almost assured to start 1-6 and won’t be favored until, likely, Nov. 2 against UAB.
Tennessee has no identity, no clue and no cohesion under Pruitt, who has looked overmatched from his opening press conference. There’s little empirical evidence in year two that will change, as many fans have flipped to that bizarre vortex where they are rooting for losses to expedite Pruitt’s departure. Tennessee has had recruiting success, but all those star rankings don’t guarantee guys play hard. And Tennessee is a program with no oxygen, relevant only by its weekly self-created disasters and Pruitt’s unfortunate misuse of historical references.
Tennessee’s last coaching change ended with the ouster of Currie and administrative upheaval that made many veteran SEC athletic officials debate as to whether Tennessee had ousted Auburn as the league’s most dysfunctional program.
There are still divisive factions running amok at Tennessee. Booster Charlie Anderson badly wanted Pruitt as the coach and didn’t think that Dan Mullen had won enough for the job, as the records dump of Tennessee’s athletic department from that time reads like a diary of dysfunction. Booster John “Thunder” Thornton wanted Fulmer back desperately as athletic director, as he like many at Tennessee are so wed to the past that it’s ruining the athletic department’s future.
New Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt, right, receives a personalized jersey from athletic director Phillip Fulmer during his introductory news conference Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Megargee)
When big-money boosters are puppeteering athletic departments, it usually ends up working out much like, well, the Haslam family running an NFL team.
Tennessee’s last coaching change may appear seamless compared to what the university faces in the wake of Fulmer hiring Pruitt. Mind you, Currie had gone out and courted Mike Leach, who was likely to leave Washington State for the job. (This was after a public coup essentially ended Greg Schiano’s candidacy.) Fulmer also interviewed Mel Tucker, who is off to a strong start at Colorado.
Instead, they hired a coach that Mississippi State passed on, much because Fulmer’s world view remains trapped in 1990s football. Pruitt’s hire is an attempt to jam a VHS of his own glory days back on the school.
This current overmatched Tennessee staff is a curdling cesspool of Fulmer’s own creation. The final salvo of administrative malfeasance was letting Pruitt hire Jim Chaney from Georgia as offensive coordinator. Tennessee is years behind catching up to rivals like Georgia and Alabama, and attempting to play the same style on offense and eventually surpassing them is about as savvy a strategy as hiring Antonio Brown’s life coach. Pruitt made the classic mistake of so many Saban disciples, attempting to copy and paste The Process and expecting similar results.
To fire Pruitt and his staff would cost Tennessee north of $15 million, as Fulmer green-lighted three-year contracts for Chaney and defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley. We shouldn’t underestimate how broke the Vols are in the wake of cash deficits from season ticket issues and empty stadium seats, which are compounded by significant debts on facilities projects and pressures on annual revenues. To get a true start on a reboot, Tennessee would also have to fire Fulmer and hire a real athletic director – not one who wears coaching gear to work and gets NCAA wrist slaps for jumping into offensive line drills in practice.
Managing a hundred-million dollar budget takes savvy and experience, and Fulmer’s presence is a giddy delight to the rest of the SEC athletic directors. With Fulmer around, they know it’s highly unlikely that Tennessee will remove itself from the underachieving, sputtering punchline that it’s turned into. A non-threatening Tennessee is good news for the Floridas, Georgias and Alabamas, who all have one less game to worry about each season.
Self-awareness has never been Fulmer’s specialty, so he may have no idea that he’s the athletic director the others are hoping will stick around to suffocate an underachieving brand.
And he also likely has no idea that coaches and administrators around the league are taking bets on when he coronates himself hero to return to the sideline. (Who can forget Fulmer’s wondrously tactless press conference at the announcement of Currie’s firing, treating a dark moment for the university like a bowl hype press conference. Watch it and try not to wince as he introduces his family, it’s more awkward than someone shot-gunning a beer at a wake.)
Just so Fulmer knows, the running joke around the league is that they expect him to wait until Tennessee clears the difficult portion of its schedule before he coronates himself.
Fulmer, forever attempting to augment the legend of Fulmer, will of course wait until Tennessee gets pummeled by the likes of Georgia, Mississippi State and Alabama before naming himself coach.
That sets up best for him to succeed relative to the depths that he’s pushed Tennessee football down to. Around the SEC, they’re already giddy to see him at the press conference.
"This current overmatched Tennessee staff is a curdling cesspool of Fulmer’s own creation. The final salvo of administrative malfeasance was letting Pruitt hire Jim Chaney from Georgia as offensive coordinator. Tennessee is years behind catching up to rivals like Georgia and Alabama, and attempting to play the same style on offense and eventually surpassing them is about as savvy a strategy as hiring Antonio Brown’s life coach. "
Illinois uses that strategy to hire coaches and it's working out great
Fulmer isn't going to fire Pruitt. Nor his Fulmer going to take over.
I'd go into UGA with a rotation of QB's planned, lose badly. After Alabama puts us in the mud, I'd only play Pruitt's guys.
Though I think we only have 6 seniors. Couple of JR that stand out, amid bad players.
I'm for Pruitt turning over the roster. I don't think the coach is up to par, but fuck me if Jarrett can't complete a swing pass.
We beat you last year.
Tennessee is currently bad at football. I've made terms with that.
Only thing you can say to hurt me, is that liquor stores are closing early.
Anyway, Bruce Pearl will get you in trouble with the NCAA, and employing his son Steven is costing you games. Steven is the dumbest person I've ever held a conversation with.
As long as Bruce or Steven for that matter doesn't have a BBQ for recruits then I am fine with what they are doing.
As far as I'm concerned I think the NCAA are a bunch of slave catchers.
I'm glad Auburn fans discovered basketball. Pearl is a great coach, so I don't know why he has to bend the rules.
Anyway, good luck in the wars to come.
Pearl is a scumbag and the NCAA is already investigating him
As an Alabama fan whose formative years were the mid 1990s when Fulmer absolutely owned us, the last 12 years have made me so, so happy. May it continue for 12 more.
“I can’t wait for our idiot coach to run off a bunch of unpaid kids who could have gone elsewhere but chose to give blood sweat and tears for my school. I will totally disregard that most of the suck comes from how bad the PE teachers we hired as coaches are”
“The NCAA are slave catchers”
Please let that fat fuck come back on the sidelines.
You know he wants to, and I’m sure these old bag boosters want it too
I like to think the downward spiral for Fat Phil began when a Tommy Bowden coached team whipped his Vols in the Peach Bowl.
It's amazing how frequently former (or very old current) coaches hold schools they had success at hostage.
Maybe. 2005 they were preseason #3. Lost to VU at home and missed a bowl game for the first time since 1988
Mark Richt is what killed Fulmer and UT football. He no longer got to handpick players from the state of Georgia.
You’re all very welcome.
Phil used to raid north Alabama fairly regularly too, and Saban's arrival in 2007 ended that.
SOS at So Car didn't help
Man I love that guy
That’s amazing. Holy shit.
Fulmer asking someone else to do his job for him after clearly fucking the University of Tennessee with his current hire. Beautiful.
What a spectacular gift to all of us
I am shocked!