The premise of this article is wrong. What a shameless rag this paper is. Chattanooga, you may consider yourself Atlanta junior, but you are more like Stevenson senior.
By the way, here is the link for the OSU violation numbers mentioned above, in case anyone is interested in facts, which, obviously, this idiot writer and newspaper are not:
A more patient player would have persevered through fall camp. Just because BJ has lived in the South longer, lived in Tennessee longer, and been a Volunteer longer than Kiffin does not give him the right to name himself starter or to schedule the head coach's time. BJ may have done great things for UT- he may have even won the job in the fall- but the fact remains that he is not the type of QB that Kiffin wants for his system. Truth hurts, BJ. Good luck at UTC.
You made one valid point. The problem is it was in the title; Coleman leaving may very well haunt the Vols all season. Tthe rest of the article, however, is crap.
Coleman 'taking the high road.' Really? A 10 minute rant to a newspaper journalist about why bring named co - #1 in an ongoing battle for the starting job? How is this the high road?
Who to believe... there is no controversy here. Period. He didn't get the job and couldn't accept it. It is the coach's prerogative to pick his players, period. Even if BJ- or others- thought he was the best man for the job the head coach did not and that is all that matters in this case.
'Lane train in a grocery cart'- I call BS. Were you there at the OWG, how about at the open practices? how about at the 5am workouts? Maybe you weren't there, but a heck of a lot of people were there. There is a renewed energy about the program that is palpable. The fans will give CLK a pass this year- and he will win more than Fulmer did last year.
9 wins as the bench mark... Where does this number come from? A seven-win season would widely be regarded as a successful season for the vols this year according to most of the national and knowledgeable k-town media. Most are actually predicting eight. Your determination of 9 as the magic number do nothing but perpetuate the controversy you are trying to instigate.
"Coleman showed the patience of Job and the grace of Reagan" are you freaking kidding me?? He quit while the competition was ongoing. Listen to that rant on your own website- those are not the words of a patient man!
Kiffin is over his head. Come again? He promised great recruiting. Top ten class, #1 recruit in the nation, 3 of 4 the top post NSD signees. He promised a great staff. Ummm... check. He said that there would be changes and turnover an the team- check x 7 (8?).He is doing what he was hired to do, whether MR. and Mrs. Coleman - or BJ like it.
'stiffing' BJ for a meeting. Kiffin is an important man with a busy schedule and a father in the hospital. A whining BJ Coleman, or any other player, does not automatically become his #1 priority, even if BJ thinks it should be so.
BJ Coleman is a good quarterback, but he is anything but humble.