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What should next Vol coach bring to the table?

Posted Thursday, November 6, 2008, at 4:13 PM

I suppose everyone has an opinion on what the next head football coach at the University of Tennessee should bring to the table.

In my opinion, the Vols must hire someone who can jazz up an offense that has been stagnant in recent years,

Was the hiring of Clawson as offensive coordinator prior to this season a bad idea? Sure he was he was head coach at Richmond. Other that that his background seems to have been at Villanova and Lehigh. I saw nothing there at the time to keep defensive cordinators at other Southeastern Conference schools awake at night.

Should Tennessee put Vol Ball on the shelf and get a totally new offensive outlook?

He must be a top recruiter who puts athletic ability and character on an equal basis.

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The new man has to be a top recruiter, he has no choice. It's just the way things are in Tennessee. You have to be able to recruit nationally. He also has to be like Bruce Pearl. No, i don't mean exciting or a little loopy; He has to be a proven winner. Someone who wins everywhere he goes and at all levels. Bruce took a small team a long way in the NCAA tourn. A proven winner is the first sign of a good X and O man.

-- Posted by BEDFORDBRAINS on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 10:02 AM

the next head coach needs to bring an application to the ACC.

the SEC of the 21st century is no place to win as many titles as UT fans misremember winning in the past, and expect to win in the future.

-- Posted by lazarus on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 10:38 AM

my thought would be the ACC would be a step down. i would think a lot of good oaches want a job at a SEC school, even with the disappointments of the last few years. i am glad the Duke coach is apparently out of the running - how on earth being the head coach of a terrible ACC football progam qualifies one for a competitive SEC job is beyond me.

-- Posted by itaintright on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 11:07 AM

Especially if I were a parent with a child who could play at UT, first and foremost I would want a coach with a reasonable amount of control over the players. Fulmer let those boys run wild and this is where he ended up.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 12:02 PM

Uncle Bo,

I am sad to see Philip Fulmer leaving as it is truly special to have a native Tennessean and school alum coaching the team. Having said that, I believe the game has passed him to some degree. From a recruiting aspect, he is fantastic and I wish he could stay on in some other capacity.

I truly hope for an offensive minded, highly motivated, experienced coach. Someone with ties to the school (Jon Gruden?) would be nice too.

On a final note, bringing in Clawson was a big mistake. The offensive scheme did not work for the inexperienced Jonathon Crompton and Nick Stephens.

Just my thoughts.

-- Posted by MarcmissesTN on Fri, Nov 7, 2008, at 1:48 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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