Nevermind the fact that we heard that Gregg Marshall's wife was a former cheerleader at UT...
Wait — that may have been Gruden.
Either way, the truth is, trucks of cash make it hard to say no. Our quick internet research has Marshall making 1.6 million.
And while we can see the benefits of coaching at a basketball-only school, the pressure is greater there on the men's hoops coach than being at an SEC school not named UK in most cases.
So it goes, and remember when he was at Bama, Dave Hart landed Anthony Grant, who was the IT name on the hoops trail that offseason, and convinced him to go to a football school.
Hey 9er —
We resemble that blowhard remark.
Good stuff gang.
Great discourse today. Well-played all around.
We concur that this could be a win-win for UT and for Martin, because in truth the Vols were going to struggle regardless who was on the bench next year, and the heat on Martin would have been high.
Think of it this way — if Martin had stayed and the Vols had floundered next year, the rallying cry — rightly or wrongly — would have been he had a good month in four years and he's still the coach.
That said, Dave Hart's rep takes a hit here because of the silence in my mind. There may not have been much support in the room for the Conz, but address the petition and get in front of the issue.
Say, "We have a basketball coach and we'd hope that true UT fans would support who we are rather than who we are not." Happens all the time, and it's amazing folks let the story overcome them.
One thing that Dave Hart did get blessed by in all this is that Auburn has already scooped up Pearl. Hart had ZERO intention of hiring Pearl, but if Pearl was still out there and this situation played out — sweet buckets of melted internets.
It is a +$1.3 million (Martin's buyout) chance at a do-over. Sure there is some national egg on the face, but whomever said the national guys pick at the low-hanging fruit is spot on. Save the moral indignation for something else.
Thanks for swinging by, and yes, the FFRF folks can take a long walk off a short Bible.
No doubt. Just like those bozos that boo their college teams at home games. Do they not realize that it hurts the program in matters of recruiting and in perception, and in this case perception is reality.
There's a difference in picking Twitter battles and chat room wars with every dissenter compared to 30K-plus signatures on a petition.
Billingsley is actually very successful as a producer/director. He's done a lot of Jason Bateman's recent stuff and he and Vince Vaughn are tight and have worked together a bunch.
As for the one-and-done, we are talking about the forever identifiable role. Yes, he may have done a few others, but he will always be Ralphie, you know?
And we did not know that about Schwartz, who was also the Master Bates in The Toy with Richard Pryor.
BWill & BiB —
Concur. The only real downside here is the perception of the fan base, which does hurt, and the pain in the rear for UT beat writers like Downtown PBrown.
This is a chance to reset, and the next coach will get the chance to fill a strained void rather than the hurdle The Conz had in filling the void of a coach that was loved by the fan base.
So it goes.
Fair point about Hart. There will be few leaks about this search, but we expect him to move heaven and Earth to try to land a big name here. That would help a lot.
Not unlike what Jay Jacobs has done in Auburn, you can rebuild an image pretty quickly with a home run hire.
You can have both of those in the mailbag because each is excellent.
McKillop could not succeed against the Caliparis, Donovans, et al. of big-time college hoops because he would not get in the muck needed to go get the talent. Jimmys and Joes way more important than Xs and Os. Ask Mark Fox, Or Jeff Lebo. Or Tubby Smith. Or any of the other elite strategery guys that have struggled because they could not get enough blue chippers.
And, if McKillop's not getting an extra five calls a game, who knows how many more he losses.
So, what did we miss?
Here's our short list of potential names that will be floated.
Concur with MT that Gruden will 'kick the tires' and then say he's not interested. Fulmer will offer no comment.
Jomo's usual suspects will be floated, but he's right. It will cost BIG money for Marshall, and even they he may say no. Smart turned down UCLA couple of years ago, so we don't think he'd be interested.
We'd add Howland, MT, and love the idea of Richard Pitino in the league.
FE to the C —
That's a fair and measured assessment. Well played indeed sir.
Jordan is on both lists.
His first comeback was awesome. His second, well, not so much.
Yes, a strange day indeed. We'll even spend Press Row complimenting Danny Boy. It will be tough — and we'll need a shower afterward — but so it goes.
Do not think the course is too hard per se, but a sneaky thing we talked about was the fact that the trees were so much thinner so the wind was whipping all over the place.
That said, we think the players did not embrace the moment. In truth all it would have taken was one player putting some birdies on the board and that would have pushed Bubba into who knows what state.
No Uggla = 10 runs.
Hey, conversely, if every other Div. I basketball team outside of Lee County, Ala., decided to suspend basketball operations, the Auburn Tigers would be preseason No. 1 in the country
Is that nice?
Good times, and if a Georgia Pine falls at Augusta National and Phil and Tiger are not around to get the credit, did it actually happen.
If it were not for UConn and Robert Morris, UK would have won the last four tournaments it entered.
Thanks for the feedback and for reading along.
The questions get asked, we try to give answers. Of course having PF in the mix does give one the urge to grab a quick shower.
Great list FE to the C.
We'll go Tiger in 2005 with the Nike commercial chip. Jack's "Yes Sir!" putt on 17 in '86. Mize's chip on 11. Phil's putt and jump (at least attempted jump) on the 72 hole in 2004.
And for the modern, saw them in person, we'll go Bubba from the woods and Louis Oosthuizen from Ooltewah's double eagle on 2 two years ago, Mickelson almost making three eagles in a row. Rory playing from the cabins.