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Rocky times at Rocky Top

Posted Wednesday, December 26, 2007, at 8:55 AM

Give UT football coach Phillip Fulmer an 'A' for recruiting effort and 'D-' for keeping his program under control.

It's tough riding herd on a bunch of college kids, especially when they're aggressive football players. And UT, admittedly, has had fewer problems than some other schools. Just ask Florida State's Bobby Bowden, bowl-bound with many players out.

From starters with failing grades to suspended players before the season to coaches moving on, times are a little rocky these days on Rocky Top -- especially when fans wonder why a national title-producing coach can't do it again.

The Vols seem stuck at a level that's more than mediocre yet not atop the heap. National championship games without Tennessee participating don't seem quite the same. Neither do lesser bowls in which UT often loses.

Hopefully Fulmer can find some players that wreak havoc on the field but stay out of trouble off of it.

And maybe Fulmer can replace offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe and offensive assistant Trooper Taylor with assistants who can take UT to the next level -- because Vol fans are getting a little title-hungry.

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Do you think the vacancies are part of Fulmer's plan, coaches jumping off a sinking ship or it was just good opportunities for Cutcliffe and Taylor?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 12:52 PM

Good opportunities. Cutcliffe, remember, was formerly head coach at Ole Miss. Taylor's a good offensive mind who relates well to players and is a good recruiter.

-- Posted by David Melson on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 2:57 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.