Is Troy Calhoun the new head football coach at the University of Tennessee?

Head Football Coach of the Tennessee Volunteers?

Rumors are flying that Air Force Coach Troy Calhoun has scheduled a meeting with his players to let them know he has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee.  Is it true?  Wikipedia thinks it is thought it was.  For a very brief time, Wikipedia had Calhoun listed as the head coach of the Vols.

What a soap opera!

UPDATE: Coach Calhoun will not take the Tennessee job:

Calhoun’s statement: “We are more than grateful and proud to be closely involved with the character building of our cadets and the mission of the United States Air Force Academy. We are diligently recruiting and working with our team to prepare for the upcoming season. We look forward to coaching and being a part of the Air Force Academy team both on and off the field in 2010.”

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Good-bye, Lane Kiffin! You never looked that good in orange anyway.

The man I want as the next Tennessee Volunteers Head Football Coach, Chris Petersen!

Wow!  Lane Kiffin gave his all for 14 whole months at the University of Tennessee.  Can someone give him a medal?  Call the Nobel Prize committee?  Wait… is it too late to make him man of the decade in the entire universe?  I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but maybe Al Davis was right about this guy when he basically called him a con artist.  At the very least, he’s what the cool kids might call an opportunist (Okay, so I don’t know what cool kids say these days).   

Rather than take a look at the plethora of minor NCAA violations he committed last year as a coach, let’s just look at how he coached.  Against Florida (A team he boldly predicted Tennessee would beat), he displayed some of the worst clock management skills I’ve seen in a long time.  Down by 10 late in the fourth quarter, he played as if he was trying to run out the clock instead of trying to score quickly.  He needed two scores, (unless he had a top secret method of getting 10 points for a touchdown and extra point) and he played like he had a lead.  Urban Meyer even commented that Kiffin didn’t seem to want to win the game. 

Against Alabama with a chance to win, he elects to run down the clock and try for a long field goal to win the game.  A great strategy if your kicker hadn’t missed two field goals earlier from shorter distances. The kick was easily blocked.  The worst part was they had 30 or so seconds left on the clock before Kiffin decided to let the clock run. 

Against a team (UCLA) from the conference he supposedly knows so well (PAC 10), he couldn’t manage to score from the 2 yard line in Neyland Stadium.

Kiffin is not a very good coach.  Not yet anyway.  Maybe he will be one day, but right now he is not deserving of a head coaching position in the top division in college football.  I know he’s supposed to be a recruiting wunderkind, but a stable of great players without a guy that can get them to play at their highest level is useless. Add the fact that he isn’t able to make good coaching decisions during a game when it counts and you’re stuck with a guy who is an unproven assistant coach at best.     

All that being said, is there any way Monte Kiffin can stay at Tennessee?  Now that guy can coach!  As far as who really should be Tennessee’s next football coach, I know the popular choice right now is the defensive coordinator for Texas, Mushcamp, but he’s a Georgia guy, and as soon as that position opens up, he’ll be gone in a heartbeat.  I say the Vols go after Chris Peteresen at Boise State.  He gets good players, and he can coach the hell out of some football.

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I am busy celebrating the greatest day of the year!

Opening Weekend of College Football - The greatest day of the year!

Opening Weekend of College Football - The greatest day of the year!

It is the first college football Saturday.  This is my most cherished holiday.  Early observations:

  • Early results suggest the Greg Paulis experiment at Syracuse is working very nicely.  He looks very smooth for a guy who hasn’t played football in 4 years.
  • Things looked shaky for the Vols in the first quarter, but Coach Kiffin got things settled down and this is a different Tennessee football team.  They actually look motivated, and I liked the offensive calls.  It’s possible the Vols will have the top running back tandem in the SEC with Hardesty and Brown.  And where did this Crompton come from.  This is not the same guy from last year.  I know it’s only Western Kentucky, but at least they are beating them like they should.  They have looked like this in a long, long time.
  • Hey, Florida!  Charleston Southern?  Seriously?  There are high School teams that get bigger crowds in the lowcountry.  I’m okay with scheduling weak opponents for the opening game, but there’s weak and then there’s teams the weak teams won’t even schedule. Florida’s players should be arrested for what there about to do to Charleston Southern. 

Gotta go.  The beers getting warm and the recliners getting cold.

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Spurrier Accuses Kiffin of Violating NCAA Rule

Okay, wait.... how do you score a touchdown?  I cant remember.

"Okay, wait.... how do you score a touchdown? I can't remember."

The paint isn’t even dry on the Volunteers new football coach, and Gamecock head coach, Steve Spurrier is all ready trying to put a dent in him.  The old ball coach is accusing the new ball coach of violating a NCAA recruiting rule.  Apparently Kiffin contacted a Florida recruit on behalf of the University of Tennessee a day before he was officially named the head coach.  According to Spurrier, Kiffin hasn’t taken the prerequisite NCAA test that you must take before contacting recruits. Kiffin claims he took the test last week and passed it.

Spurrier has long been the SEC watchdog (Fulmer did his share of whistle blowing, too.), but this wasn’t really about protecting the integrity of the conference or NCAA.  This was about publicly questioning the integrity of Tennessee’s new football coach.  Spurrier is all about exploiting his opponent’s weaknesses, and he sees ethical questions swirling around Kiffin.  The questions spring from the senile mind of Al Davis, but that doesn’t matter to Spurrier.  He’s afraid of this kid’s recruiting skills, and he’s doing everything he can to diminish his reputation before Kiffin has even had the opportunity to pick out drapes for the office.   My guess is that Spurrier has a DVD of Davis’ “I hate Lane Kiffin” press conference and is sending it to every recruit in the country. 

 

 

Spurrier’s act was a lot cuter when he was winning ball games.  Now it’s just kind of sad.  Hey, Coach maybe you should spend more time preparing for Clemson next time instead of tracking the moves of a candidate for a head coaching job in your conference. 

 

Is Lane Kiffin the answer for the University of Tennessee?

I look better in orange.

"I look better in orange."

The University of Tennessee is set to officially introduce Lane Kiffin as its new head coach of their football program. As a Volunteer fan it’s hard to express my feelings for such a move. Why? Because Kiffin is still a major unknown. Sure he has a pedigree college football background. Sure he spent some time in the Sunday league. Sure he has some head coaching experience. But he’s 33-years-old. Phillip Fulmer has more years at the University of Tennessee than Lane Kiffin has on this planet. He has some major pluses.

1. He put together some killer recruiting classes at USC under Pete Carroll, including a couple of recruits that went on to win the Heisman Trophy.

2. He helped orchestrate some high-powered offenses at USC.

3. He was the lone voice in the Raiders organization that was against drafting DeMarcus Russell.

4. He showed incredible class while Al Davis attempted to assassinate his character in some weird press conference that showed the world why Al Davis should have been forced out of the NFL a long, long time ago.

5. His father, Monte Kiffin, is reportedly going to join him at Tennessee which will help bring blue chip players into the Tennessee family with their sites set on the NFL.

He has minuses, too.

1. His record as a head coach was less than stellar.

2. He built his college resume in the lowly PAC-10.

3. He’s young.

4. He’s never dealt with the kind of pressure and competition that exists in the SEC. Yes, he coached in the NFL, but he coached in the AFC West where most of the fans now have accepted losing. An eight win season at Tennessee will be considered a mediocre season. The Raiders would kill for an eight win season.

The jury is still out for me on Lane Kiffin. I want him to succeed, but I’m not willing to roll out the orange carpet for him yet.