If the Vols leadership let coach Martin slip away, they should be ashamed of themselves.
On the other hand, coach Martin couldn't be blamed for wanting to leave, if he does want to leave. He has been treated shabbily by the fan Vols fans and the AD.
What a "eureka" moment it was for me to read that the SEC's players are bigger and faster than those of other conferences.
And to read that Florida's players are superior to those on teams that the Vols have already played this season? What a revelation!
And if all of this amazingly profound information wasn't enough ... to then read that when playing the Gators "at a place like Florida, there's little room for error"? Stupendous!!
This piece is the kind of investigative sports journalism that will garner some kind of recognition from the FWAA. Perhaps the writer could use his investigative acumen to unearth some more of sports great mysteries such as whether polycarbonate football helmets are more protective than leather ones. Or whether the forward pass will ever make a difference in American football.
Patrick is a classy guy. I had the privilege of working with him for a short time just before and just after September 2001. The two companies for which we then worked shared a product and we both sold it.
He carried himself very well during a time that was enormously stressful for those of us who merely watched from the sidelines, not to mention those who actually felt the sting of losing a loved one in that cowardly act. It always lingered in my mind how he didn't give up hope during the time that we associated.
It sounds as if he is finally being able to bring together the loose ends of this frayed experience as we look back over the decade that has passed since that murderous day. I pray for many blessing to be poured down upon Patrick, his family, and the hundreds of families who were thrust into an unbearable situation by the conceit and cowardice of OBL and his cabal of terrorists.