Rushmore = George Jefferson ("Weazy!"), Daisy Duke (inspired a generation of cutoff jean shorts & no one knows her real name), Archie Bunker (someone beat me to that), and Al Bundy (at least until Modern Family years later).
Glad to know that you think the Vols job is better than the other vacancies. Curious where you think the Vols job ranks in the SEC? Obviously, no better than 5th (behind Bama, LSU, UGA, Florida). Is it better than South Carolina, Arkansas, and Texas A&M?
1 word to describe the Dooley era? "inoverhisheadedness" - ok I made up that word, but TennFlyer beat me to discombobulated. Look, the University of Tennessee hired a coach from LOUISIANA TECH who had a LOSING RECORD. When he left Louisiana Tech, they actually IMPROVED! They were ranked before losing to Utah State Saturday.
TN can absolutely be better than 6-6 in 2013. When you lose close games in the 4th Quarter (UGA, SC, Miss St, Mizzou), it often comes down to COACHING decisions. The RIGHT coach wins 1 or 2 of these.
My lasting image of this era is unfulfilled hope. DD often won the press conference ... saying all the right things (and sometimes humorous - "Rommel") and the orange pants were boss! I wanted him to succeed, but he couldn't get it done.
Next coach prediction = Jim Tressel. Fear the sweater vest! I have no idea; but thought I'd throw a different name in the hat.
On another note, please ... the next time you run a pic of Coach Chucky, can you photoshop out the creepy "Abe Simpson" Monte Kiffin lerching over his shoulder. Holy, bad karma Batman!
Mailbag question: In the fallout from Collin Klein losing the Heisman and K-State losing the #1 ranking, what is your Mt. Rushmore of previous incidents of the SI Cover Jinx?
Mailbag #2: I completely agree with you regarding college football having the best regular season by far. I'd love a playoff as much as everyone else, but the college football regular season is like a "handicapped playoff" (teams ranked high early get a mulligan and teams ranked low early do not). In the BCS era, what is your Rushmore of November meltdowns/fallouts/upsets/chokes/etc involving teams ranked #1 or #2 in the BCS rankings?
June Jones (aka BackupQB)
Jay, thanks for the warm welcome to the fraternity. Can you ask the boys in the Delta house not to haze excessively a boy named June?
As they say on talk radio, long time listener (reader) - 1st time caller (comment-poster) ... as a Johnny Vols Fan, my wish-list is unrealistic; but I offer a prediction: Pete Carroll. Friend of mine who follows the Seahawks says the only reason he is in Seattle was to "stay one step ahead of the NCAA Posse" and their invasion of Heritage Hall. Supposedly, Pete prefers the college game and would be interested if the Big Orange called. Thoughts?
As for trios, with Duke's big win last night, I'll go early 90's Devils with Laettner, Hurley, and Hill (Grant, not Thomas). I know it's just college hoops ... but, how many back-to-back Champs since Wooden (I know Gator fans, you did it too).
Got a mailbag question ... but I'm a week late. Hopefully, this is still relevant. I think numerous Johnny Vols Fans were excited with the hiring of Nick Saban/Kirby Smart disciple, Sal Sunseri (is it SALLLL or SUNSEERRRII?) ... we know how that worked out. I'm wondering about who do you think is the most overrated Defensive Coordinator? Watching the Bama vs. LSU game(yes, I'm a week late), I had flashbacks to "3rd & Chavis," where Johnny Chavis (granted, ALL TN fans would take Chavis right now today) goes into his "Mustang" package (side note - If Chavis runs the Mustang, is Sunseri's version called the 'Matador'?). McCarron had done NOTHING in the 2nd Half and carved the 'Mustang' like he was throwing routes on air. On the same night (granted a week late), the great Monte Kiffin's Defense gave up a school record(SC football dates of 1888) 730 yards (321 and 5 TD's to RB Barner) and 62 points! Yes, I know that Chavis has directed some of the best defenses in the game during his years in Baton Rouge and Kiffin invented the famed 'Tampa 2,' but can you think of anyone more over-rated?