The NCAA issues that Russ was able to navigate were real and added to the impressiveness of the turnaround.
That said, he did have a four-star, SEC QB come home and land in his lap to help the timeframe of the turnaround.
Yes, Rodney left UTC in a pickle but let's not act like Butch inherited a well-oiled machine. UT was 1-7 in the SEC in each of the two years before Butch came to Knoxville, and Sal Sunseri — SAAALLLLL!!! — was every bit the SEC version of Gwaine Mathews.
As for the Mocs this week, Jomo you're right that a loss would not eliminate them from the postseason. But we would not count on the SoCon getting two bid this year since the Mocs are the only league team ranked and the chance at a significant non-conference win like Central Michigan or Jacksonville State went by the boards.
From friend of the show ETSUBuc13
This is good news for all UT fans who recognize Butch Jones is doing a great job and has no intentions of leaving the university:
My favorite part: "Butch Jones to Michigan was only lent credence because of the fact that Jones is from Michigan. Other than that, there was no basis for the rumors."
A top five recruiting class last year and another top five brewing this year! Make fun of UT now because these last few weeks may be some of your last chances.
Oh and JOMO by the way here's some food for thought: Russ Huesmans first four years at UTC went 5-6, 5-6, 6-5, and 5-6. Were at year six and still no playoffs. Lose next week at Western and that streak continues. So before you make fun of UTK everyday realize that your beloved Mocs weren't rebuild overnight.
Oh and common excuses for the Mocs: the previous coach left no talent, you can't rebuild a broken fan base overnight, depth takes time to build, and we play in a really tough conference. Sound familiar
And you're right, what he said was relatively harmless and stupid (and as far as smack talk goes, pretty lame to tell the truth), but if you are in a position of power and leadership, well you have to recognize the power of that leadership and be able to lead with power.
P.S. — It's good to see you back around GG.
Nope, Colt McCoy's karma — and let's face it, the cosmic powers were never going to let Jerry Jones get to 7-1 — carried the day.
(In truth, we're not that much of a believer in widespread karma, although the power delivered for Mrs. Bret Bielema last year and for Mr. Will Muschamp after his statements after the UT game.)
Great stuff on the high school stuff.
And who has a True or False suggestion for True or False Tuesday later this afternoon on Press Row?
We normally have an SEC-centric tone, especially when the topics are as juicy as Gurley, UT-Bama, the Mississippi schools being 1-3 nationally, et al.
The Mocs have been what we thought — they have struggled in close games and thumped weaker foes.
But Saturday figures to be a Chamber of Commerce type day.
So what say you: Mocs are leading the conference. It will be 68-72 and sunny and a noon kickoff with UGA off and UT playing at 7:30.
What's the over/under at Finley on Saturday?
Mercer has improved and as UTC football ace Stephen Hargis pointed out, the local duo that headed to Macon from Calhoun has some skills.
We'll get some expert input on your question and answer it accordingly.
Nice Luther list.
FE to the C —
Yes, OJ would have been squeezed down under.
Can see your point, but there's a broken system in place. Duncan should not feel pressured to take way less than market value. Yes it's his decision, and there's no way we feel sorry for a system where these dudes are making a lifetime of wages for pitching sneakers.
Well played. And what did Marilyn Manson ever do to you?
I did not see that video. We'll look into it.
And speaking of what goes around comes around, image all those Florida fans Muschamp hated sending home disappointed.
Pistol was amazing, but never made the tournament, which is funny since this discussion started with Peyton, and we all know his postseason ups and downs.
Plus, like Ruth's amazing 1929 season, Jabbar leading the UCLA freshmen over the varsity — and it being the varsity's only loss — is one of those Paul Bunyon-type legendary tales.
Thanks for the kind words, and man, how great a job has Mark Richt done? It could have been really, Really, REALLY easy to lose this bunch considering all the distractions, but UGA is one of six teams in the country that completely controls its own destiny if it wins out.
Yeah, meant to comment on this earlier.
She was 21 in 1985 — which was was 29 years ago.
Spy, we're not a big hockey guy, but everything about Lord Stanley's Cup is awesome. If we had a hand on the Cup, we would so take it to Doc's.
I was holding that question for the mailbag and we are going to have to work hard to top that answer.
In every way.
And in two years, which would be more jaw-dropping — UK in a New Year's Day bowl or Auburn in the Elite Eight?
Great calls on the GF 2 quotes.
The whole "Fredo you broke my heart" scene is gold.
We think Kramer was the greedy engine more than Slive, and the SEC did not hire him to be Robin Hood.
In truth, he laid ground work for the college football playoff, and the proper way to do a TV Network.
The SEC was the most successful but that doesn't mean he was defined by greed.
Take the gun; leave the canoli. Today I handle all family business.
Too many to count.
BiB and MT —
These playoffs have been fun. Would be even more fun if we could make it to the end of four-plus hour games.