The University of Tennessee is certainly making a lot of news lately, some of it positive and some of it not so good. The recent decision by Tennessee to give a scholarship to Daniel Hood has raised more than a few eyebrows. On the afternoon talk show 104.5 The Zone some of the callers where seeing this as a step backward for Coach Kiffin and the VOLS. Recent problems associated with Coach Fulmer had everyone believing that Tennessee was going to be taking the high road when it came to talent and recruiting. The collective team put together by Coach Kiffin was supposed to be a breadth of fresh air. However, the decision to bring in a young man that has past criminal history, had callers believeing nothings changed.
Of course then there has been the mass exodus of players since the Orange and White game Spring Game. According to the CBS Sports wire eleven players have made their departure. On the surface it could raise the question did a late frost damage some of the oranges? After the recruiting is over and all the locker room talk, is the field general a litte less effective? Let me just say, don't believe everything you read. Those that are leaving are one's that thought themselves all me or knew that the writing was on the wall that their song was not on the same sheet of music my man Kiffin was directing.
My instincts are that decision by one that left, QB BJ Coleman was one of self-preservation. Likely the others were just not Big Orange Grade A. The decision to leave, and have to drop down a division in order to continue to play just tells me that that is not the tyoe of rivalry you want in fighting it out for a position. And that leads me to one more comment before closing on the Tennessee. Kiffin is building his team and looking for loyalty. He came in with the players being told right off the bat that every position was uncertain, and that everyone that would be a starter would have to earn it.