Well, we hear a certain rotund coach still needs a job.
OK, so, moving on from the turncoat. We here at Fulmer’s Belly have spoken at length about who we would like as our shiny new coach.
Interestingly, if anything has happened, this has completely galvanized the Tennessee community against a common enemy. The former Fulmer lovers and the former Kiffin lovers are now all united against Kiffin.
But you know what? Fuck that guy. Here’s our list. In reverse order.
5. Former NFL Coach – Now, this isn’t a specific candidate, but you know, we need someone that knows what college is about. We’re not against a coach who might have originally been a successful college guy and dipped his feet in the NFL pool, but as an overall, the pure NFL coach usually doesn’t make it in college, and with the way recruiting is nowadays, if a coach doesn’t know how to do that, it won’t work, especially at Tennessee.
4. David Cutcliffe – Now, hear us out. Everyone knows that Fulmer can’t come back. If for no other reason than Hamilton won’t let him back, but honestly, it’d be a step in the wrong direction, and we here love Fulmer as much as anyone (although we wholly supported Kiffin at the time). Cutcliffe is in fact an offensive mastermind, and has strong Tennessee ties, is sort of wasting away at Duke, and likely would come back to Tennessee in a heartbeat. He’d likely have to bring back John Chavis as a defensive coordinator, and he would have to learn how to recruit, which traditionally hasn’t really been his strongest suit. That being said, he seems to try to do things the right way, teaching his players at Duke responsibility
3. Tommy Tuberville – Now, this hire obviously has a few caveats. Tuberville just accepted a job a week ago as the Texas Tech head coach and honestly, is probably kicking himself in the ass because of it. Honestly, if you’re Tommy Tuberville right now, and have just taken whatever job is available, and a week later, a job in the SEC turns up where you can stick it to Auburn every once in awhile, you’re probably pretty pissed.
Obviously that’s the biggest obstacle, having him turncoat on his new school immediately after being hired. I suppose that might look bad to most fans, but with the possibility of having Tuberville as your coach, would you not sort of look the other way at the appalling irony of the situation?
Of course Tuberville could always say something like “Oh, TTU, I thought the T stood for Tennessee? It doesn’t? Oh man… this is awkward… Um, I gotta run.”
2. Will Muschamp – The current Texas Defensive Coordinator, former Auburn DC under Tuberville, named Texas Coach In Waiting. Now, Muschamp sort of has everything going for him at this point, but honestly, he’s been an coordinator forever, and probably is chomping at the bit to be a head coach. He has previous SEC experience (and success), and with Mack Brown’s new contract extension, Muschamp probably won’t be looking at the big chair for at least 5-8 more years.
Prior to his stint at Auburn, Muschamp served as Defensive Coordinator for the LSU Tigers under Nick Saban where they won a BCS National Title, and then a short stint at Miami. Muschamp is known as a strong worker, and a great motivator of teams, and if a team hired him as a head coach, other teams and coaches in the SEC would likely be at the least intimidated, and at the most, shitting themselves.
1. Jim Harbaugh – Now, some people might be thinking that this is a bad #1 choice, but we have some backup to our argument here. Here are our reasons for supporting Harbaugh (reposted from online forums in which we participate):
Now, some people have mentioned that the talk around Michigan is that they want to hire Harbaugh once RichRod is fired after the end of next season since he’s “a Michigan Man,” but that’s why if you’re Hammy right now, the next coach, is going to have a buyout clause that is almost the same as his salary. Something so high as to very much discourage any turncoat behavior.
Of course, after all of this, the humble owners of this blog are still available. We’ll go for it on every 4th down (under 10 yards), and we’ll run up the score whenever we feel like it’s funny, and we’ll do it on the cheap. And we’d never leave Tennessee unless we got fired. Or the SC job comes open.
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