Tennessee Football: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

The more I think about it, we are in the golden age of Georgia football.

Not only is being a top five program not a goal, but the expectation, but some of our biggest rivals and so inept that it to a point becomes entertaining.

It’s kind of like Clark Griswold’s Christmas Bonus

“That it is Edward, that is is indeed…”

Auburn was beyond bad this year, and the NATS is the laughingstock of college football by having a losing record but still playing in a bowl game.

Those two, however, are well surpassed by the folks at Good Ole Rocky Slop.

Seriously, Tennessee AD Dave Hart ran a clinic the past two weeks on how NOT to conduct a coaching search,

It all started with the ridiculous Jon Gruden talk. Yea, Jon Gruden is going to leave a job where all he does is watch film and work one day a week. If you think a guy like Gruden, or as he would say, ‘this guy,’ would give that up to deal with coaching in the toughest conference in the land, then I have some oceanfront property in Colquitt County for you. The only people who believed Gruden would come to UT I think were inside the state of Tennessee itself.

Then there was the pursuit of Mike Gundy, who probably could have kept his same wardrobe color. Tennessee, though looked like a darn fool. Like Gruden, Gundy was never serious about coming to Knoxville. Gundy’s a man. He’s probably getting a contract extension.

Enter Charlie Strong. Honestly, this is the coach I feared Tennessee hiring the most. He’s done quite well as a coordinator against Georgia and probably should have gotten a ‘big boy’ SEC job a long time ago. What does it say about how far Tennessee has fallen that a coach chooses to stay at a basketball school instead of coaching in Knoxville.

So finally, Tennessee winds up with Butch Jones. He’s an average coach, maybe a tad above. Hey, you can’t spell Buttchugging without Butch. He’s an upgrade over Derek Dooley, although that does not say a lot. Jones, however, may be condemning his own fate before it begins. 

His defensive hires have Mike Bobo salivating. Not only is Teflon Willie Martinez joining the staff, but John Jancek, Jones’ defensive coordinator at Cincy is coming with him. Seriously, how dad gum many incriminating photos can one assistant coach have?! Here’s a guy who should have been at least demoted from defensive coordinator after the 2006 season and somehow stuck around through 2009. Then he inexplicably winds up at Oklahoma and Auburn, two major, big-time programs.

Can’t touch this…

All I know is that if you are facing Tennessee and its third and 19, the odds are pretty good in your favor.

But back to Jancek…

Yes, the same John Jancek who was the worst coaching hire by Georgia since Kevin Ramsey. One only needs to look at how bad the linebacker play at Georgia was once Jancek arrived.

Indeed, God is a Bulldog. 

Lugnut Dawg

 

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1 Response to “Tennessee Football: The Gift That Keeps On Giving”


  1. 1 ron January 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    My parents own land in TN and I’m there half the year, but I spent most of my childhood in Marietta, GA. So I have trouble watching the two teams play one another. Great article!


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