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Tag:Coaches
Posted on: February 13, 2009 9:39 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2009 9:47 pm
 

Tennessee Scuttlebutt

Tennessee Sports Observations

Climrev and "Talk Back Sports"

It was several years ago when I did the sports talk show "Talk Back Sports" from a new talk radio station that never quite made it in Millington, Memphis.  We had the Cardinals, we had the New Orleans Saints, USA Baseball (Jim Abott was pitching then), and I was able to land for the first time ever Commodore football to be broadcast on a station in Memphis.  I would like to think I was not the cause for the demise however it did bring about an end to any real other radio opportunities.  Well, I would like to get back into it again with a blog to "Talk Back Sports" with anyone interested.  Of course if you happen to be an insider somewhere and would like to fill me with some information on your team, etc, I would be happy to oblige in being the forum for getting that information out to the public.

Tonight I want to talk back a little on University of Tennessee football.  I will be the first to say, "I did not want to see Fulmer run out of town in Knoxville."  I would have liked to seen him end his career on his own terms.  Nevertheless his career with Tennessee is over and now we are into the Lane Kiffin era.  If the truth be known I am not one of Kiffen's supporters either.  You will have to admit he has done some things already that probably have you wondering if Hamilton and the Vols made the right choice.  In fact I almost began this entry with the title, "I told you so" but by better judgement I refrained from that for now.  Still I can't help but wonder what might have happend if you has hired my choice, coach Kelly from Cincinnati.

If publicity is what you wanted the Tennessee fans got it.  First Kiffin accused Urban Myer of recruiting violations which he did not do and then went out and committed a couple of recruiting violations of his own.  Coach Kiffin said he was just kidding around. Well, here is a tip, Lane, you are not funny. The SEC and Tennessee media are listening to everything you say so since you have a knack for saying the wrong things, it is time you kept your mouth closed and your notebook open.  Concentrate on Spring Footaball and X's and O's.  Yes, coach Kiffin is drawing attention to Tennessee football but I believe he has gone about it the wrong way.  Don't think for one minute that Florida will not be chomping at the bit for the opportunity to beat Tennessee as badly as they can next season.

So let me open up the forum and ask you what kind of grade would you give Coach Kiffin today?

 

 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: December 1, 2008 9:58 pm
 

Tennessee Volunteer Coaching Selection

MEMORY LANE CLIMREV ON TENNESSEE’s COACH SELECTION

Kiffin introduced as Tennessee's coach with six-year deal

Kiffin also has retained -- at least temporarily -- wide receivers coach Latrell Scott, running backs coach Stan Drayton, offensive line coach Greg Adkins and tight ends coach Jason Michael to help with recruitment. He said he will decide later whether they will be asked to stay.

28 Nov 08

Lane Kiffin and Tennessee

This caught me by surprise until I heard that Mike Hamilton was lobbying to keep some of Fulmer's staff and wanted a coach that would be willing to do so. Ah, Kelly would have no part of that. He always brings his staff. There is loyalty for you. Well, that was not acceptable to Hamilton so go get Lane Kiffin. He is so anxious to get back into the game that already he is making concessions to the front office. This will not be good for Tennessee in the long run.

Tennessee coachng search takes a turn..

November 27, 2008 12:23 pm

"I'm with you. I don't know how to feel. However, being a Vol fan for thirty years, I don't think it can get much worse. I like the thought of fresh, young blood at TN. Thank goodness it's not Mike Leach. A gimmick offense doesn't offer a chance to get back to a National Title. At least not in the "punch you in the face" SEC.’

Certainly a new coach will bring some fresh young blood but if my sources are correct you will be keeping some of that old blood as well. It seems Hamilton wanted some of Fulmer's other coaches to stay and that the new coach had to be willing. Seems he did not want Fulmer to be able to put together his old staff somewhere else. Kelly is loyal to his staff and would have no part of it. Kiffin was acceptable. I hope my source is wrong but if it is true then you missed a good coach in Kelly and Kiffin is starting out as a pacifier.

 

November 28, 2008 12:20 am

That is very interesting voulunteer_01. So the trip to Cincy was to offer a defensive coordinator position? Do you really think that was the case. That leads me to believe my hunch was correct that Kelly said he would take the job only if he has control over who is on his staff. Hamilton wanted one of Fulmer's staff to stay on. I don't know who I couldn't find out but after that Hamilton went to Kiffin.

 

Phil's Replacement

November 27, 2008 12:02 pm

Give me a unbiased opinion on Brian Kelly

November 22, 2008 10:58 am

Bill4Vols - Besides being a Vandy fan I actually went to Cincy to play football, as did my sister and Dad so we are big fans of them as well. Coach Kelly is real motivator to the players and football smart. Coaches here won't out coach him. It will take him 3 years to get the players he wants but if Tennessee gives him three I think he will be there a long time. I wish he would stay in Cincy but... you could not do better.

November 22, 2008 11:13 am

Durfish good stuff and absolutely correct. Tennessee will in all likelihood look back on this season with few regrets if they get Kelly

November 22, 2008 11:39 am

JSW126 I know that recruiting seems to be a big question mark but let me just make two comments. Cincy recruits against the likse of Ohio State, Norte Dame and Michigan, yet have done exceedingly well. He comes into a home and knows what to say to not only put the recruit at ease but the parents too. The second thing is that recruiting while not mentioned much is also about that group of high rollers and alumni that have influence on their communites and HS coaches and talent. They will be doing some heavy lobbying to ensure that coach is not only directed but also sent some great talent. Kelly will do well.

"Hamilton doesn't know who he's going to hire. Let's enjoy Thanksgiving."

I would say if anybody knows it is Hamilton. Enjoy your game with Kentucky and the announcement for better or worse of Lane Kiffin. I don't know who on the staff he is going to keep but it is my belief that Kelly wouldn't keep any of the existing staff so Hamilton chose Kiffin. I believe it will prove to be a huge mistake.

9:10 p.m. Tennessee needed a Head Football coach that had head football coaching credentials and success at doing it. You know how you can tell if a recruiter is lying? You will see his lips move.

As a Cincy fan I should be happy that Tennessee did not choose Kelly but then again as a Tennessean I would rather lose Kelly to Tennessee than to Norte Dame. ND recruits the same players.

Fulmer should coach again.

Anybody heard what coaches are staying on with Kiffin?

29 Nov 08 4:02 p.m.

"know I have posted about Brian Kelly and Mike leach this week but, I couldnt have been more wrong......The local radio's show's have reported that Lane Kiffin has been offered the Job.......And the expect it to be offical either Monday or tuesday of next week.....I am hearing that he is bringing Ed Orgeron to coach the Defense.........You can read this stuff at Govolsxtra.com or Secjunkie.com and I am sure they are other places reporting this.....I honestly dont know how to feel about this turn of event's…..".

This was news on the 26th. I even had the response:

Certainly a new coach will bring some fresh young blood but if my sources are correct you will be keeping some of that old blood as well. It seems Hamilton wanted some of Fulmer's other coaches to stay and that the new coach had to be willing. Seems he did not want Fulmer to be able to put together his old staff somewhere else. Kelly is loyal to his staff and would have no part of it. Kiffin was acceptable. I hope my source is wrong but if it is true then you missed a good coach in Kelly and Kiffin is starting out as a pacifier.

November 28, 2008 4:20 p.m.

I believe equally as well that this was the wrong move. Players today are all about the bling and what are your credentials and because of all the hype they receive they come in with an attitude that is difficult to coach. Recruiters are by the nature of the beast who are not known for their being able to lay down the law. Kelly was the right choice. Big mistake but Tennessee will keep a loser for more than 3 years.

Posted on: November 27, 2008 5:12 pm

 
 
 
 
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