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Won't be announced b/c of something they're doing w/ Fulmer tomorrow.
Solid hire for them, he was their #1 after Gruden passed a few weeks ago.
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How do yall see this affecting frank herron?
Probably wont affect him. Memphis is about as far away from Knoxville as BR. That is a long state and UT has always had issues recruiting in Memphis.
I think Gundy would of been a better hire.
Good point on geography! Dumb northerner here didn't realize that. Think the bigger concern with Charlie Strong is that he is a great defensive coach and excellent recruiter. He got a highly recruited QB from Florida to go to L-ville in the Big East.
Look for their guy to make a hard run at Herron. I was told the new coach would make him a priority.
I will touch base with his coach and see what is new on that front.
This post was edited by Sonny Shipp 19 months ago
ESPN reporting that Strong is staying at Louisville.
Strong met w/ the team and told them. Haslam en route.
I've felt all along that other than obviously Kentucky, Tennessee was the least attractive job of the 3 major openings. Auburn may be second fiddle in-state to Alabama, but there are still more "leftovers" in Alabama than there are top guys in Tennessee. Plus you have Georgia and Florida nearby. And, most importantly, you have an administration that willingly and always turns a blind eye to recruiting and has a system in place (obviously based on Cam Newton) to fully take advantage of the limited power of the NCAA. Similarly, Arkansas doesn't have alot of top prospects, about the same as the state of Tennessee, but you have North Louisiana and Texas and even Oklahoma to draw from.
In Tennessee, you MUST recruit Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas, etc. and all of those states have multiple teams that aren't going to just let top 100, much less top 10 players get away. And, while Haslam has a huge bank account, I really question whether the administration at Tennessee is willing to turn the blind eye like at Auburn. Fulmer had such carte blanche and it burned the Vols. I don't think the administration is as committed to allowing the football coaches to pay players as they are at Auburn (and, of course, Alabama).
Tennessee has historically recruited Memphis quite well considering OM, State, Bama, Arky, and LSU are closer thank Knoxville. Lately, that hasn't been the case, but Fulmer made it a priority to recruit Memphis well. Bruce Pearl did a tremendous job taking kids out of Memphis going up against Cal. There are a lot of wealthy, prominent alumni in West Tennessee that do not like that part of the state being ignored.
I am hearing all kinds of crazy stuff
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