If you put Johnny Football in the Oakland environment, his career will be short, one of the worse possible locations for him.
UTK has gone to the crossroads in Mississippi and apparently made the same deal that Robert Johnson did.
First off, yesterday's Boston Marathon. UTC's own, and current Chattanooga resident, Lannie Marchant ran a 2:30 and change marathon to finish 14th overall woman. There were only four women runners ahead of her other than the dominant Ethiopean and Kenyan runners.
Wow, just wow, with Dave Hart hiring such a dirty hired gun as Tyndall. If this guy had done what he did at a high profile school he probably would have been sitting with Pearl in the "show cause" doghouse for years. I guess the NCAA didn't like being lied to their face, ie Pearl, vs having a coach who just flaunted the rules of recruiting. Does UTK even consider ethics anymore or is it in a win at all costs mode now?
You UTK fans take the time to read the link JG posted, you have gone to the crossroads in Mississippi for real it seems and have signed the same pact that Robert Johnson allegedly did....
Wonder what ol Brucie in Auburn is thinking.
Living here in 'bama I can tell you that Grant is officially on the hot seat going into next season, win or he is gone.
Pelton is friends with Russ from covering the Seattle basketball scene he told me earlier today. Other than that, don't know why.
A little factoid I came across today, the ESPN NBA computer projection model is named after former UTC Moc basketballer Russ Schoene. Thought yall might find that interesting.
Only bring back Wade Houston if he has another son who can shoot.
The talent pool is shallow if you are going to go with a coach with a "proven track record", has a "big name", and who is willing to switch to UTK. Probably back looking at proven mid major coaches, not "big name" coaches that all UTK fans want. Honestly, if you are Gregg Marshall why would you want to leave Wichita St for UTK? He makes more money now than Martin did, he is the big dog on campus, which he never would be in Knoxville, and he would be leaving a program where he has shown he can compete with anybody to a program that may have to be blown up and rebuilt in the next year or two. Those 36.000 signatures on that petition will bring pause to many a coach who considers the job.
Now, the 2 million or so that goes with the job would obviously be enough to woo a mid major coach who is probably in the $200,000 to $500,000 salary range to take the job. Dave Hart has apparently eliminated all assitant coaches from consideration. I find that to be a mistake. I am not saying that they should hire an assistant or not, but I would not limit my applicant pool, take a look at all of them. Afterall, a Calapari, a Donovan, a Pitino, all had to get a first job.
Do fans not realize that having a petition with over 36,000 signees urging that a coach be fired ( and not a coach involved in some criminal case) does no good for a school? If fans really believe a coach should be let go, write sensible well thought out letters or email without rants or racial slurs. All an online peition does is undermine the program and possibly impede future hires who would look at a school like that and be very wary.
Who decides what is hate speech? Do you? Or do I? Does our ministers? Does our rabbis? Does the politial party leaders? You go down a dangerous path when you start labeling and punishing speech.
That being said, best option would have been put a total news embargo on the story, they want attention and press, don't give it to them.