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No Gundy for them
I think that's a pretty good hire considering he was like their 5th choice. You have to wonder if he was sitting back waiting on Tennessee because he sure slow played Cincy and Colorado. I'd say he did quite well going from almost taking the CU job to getting the Tenn job.
No joke, what an upgrade from almost taking the dumpster fire at CU to the dumpster fire at UT.
As bad as Tennessee currently is - and it is bad indeed - it's not even in the same league with the absolute disaster that is Colorado football. There is nothing positive that can be said about the Buffaloes. Tennessee has plenty of money, unbelievable fan support and they still bring in over 100,000 people for every home game. I don't know if this new guy is any good, but with a solid coach Tennessee will be back - and soon.
Tennessee isn't that bad. They have a ton of talent and played even the good teams close. It won't take a lot to turn that program around. A good coach will have them winning in 2 years if not next year. Colorado on the other hand, well more like 4 years to turn that program around. They are in Kevin Steele Land.
This post was edited by dstaylor 16 months ago
That was the point I was making. Tennessee is like a tissue on fire in the wastebasket. CU is like the complex is burning down. Im not sure I love this hire for Tennessee but what an upgrade for him by not taking the CU job.
Im not really sure if CU gets turned around that quickly
Colorado would have to care first of all before they could turn things around. That culture out there just isn't that into football. They're into the party scene that comes with football, but they can take it or leave it. They got into the conference they wanted and they're happy and just coasting along. Reminds me of us when we entered the Big 12. Our leadership felt satisfied to just be in a major conference. Took more than a decade to wake us up from that mindset.
Pro Ecclesia, Pro Mundus
Agreed but the difference is that we had some money (we didnt spend it but we had it) and we had the entire state of Texas to recruit. CU has neither of those. Someone suggested they go throw the mint at Tedford and I think that might be a really good plan if he is dumb enough to accept. If they cant recruit Cali they are just plain going to suck.
It's been quoted that the problem Jones had with Colorado was he didn't view it as a destination job. He's right on that score.
If CU is serious about football, they need to start by replacing the AD. He's hired Hawkins and Embree and was unable to close the deal with Jones.
CU is always going to have a tough time attracting top tier assistants due to the goofy state rule of not allowing multi-year contracts. They changed it not too long ago so the HC is one of maybe 5 or 6 state employees that can have a multi-year contract, but not assistants. Combine this with no practice facility specifically for football and a lack of big money guys that care about football and you are facing a tough road.
Good. Hopefully Tennessee will improve to the point where every SEC team has 3 or 4 losses instead of 5 teams with 10 wins or more. So sick of seeing half the top 10 being secsecsec.
Agree. Colorado is "Kevin Steele Bad" right now. That is saying A LOT!
i'd give Tennessee a B+ on this hire. he's finished in the top 25 at Central Michigan, in 2009 (which is no small feat), and he won the MAC that year.
Granted Brian Kelly had Cincinnati humming when Jones took over for him, but Jones has lead Cincy to a share of the Big East title each of the last two years (following a terrible 1st season on the job).
Considering the fact that Jones seemed to be pretty far down Tennessee's list, i think they did pretty well with this hire. As for Jones, he hit the mother load on this, especially if he truly was close to accepting the CU job.
Yeah, the two jobs (CU and Tenn) aren't even comparable in my book and he was very close to getting CU before Tenn came calling. it took him 2 seconds to accept the Tenn job. He's won a conference championship in 4 of his 6 seasons as a HC which is pretty solid.
Yep, and if you can get 4 or 5 candidates down your list, and still land a coach as quality a Butch Jones, then I think you're doing pretty good, as far as Tennessee us concerned.
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