Excellant column by Weeds, as always. Good points, Butchy has to win this game against a very bad Gators team. A loss by UTK would show that slogans and recruiting rankings are not coaching.
i went to bed with the A's leading 7-3, how in the world did they lose that game ? I think they will let Pete Rose in after his death. Steroid guys i just dont know when, if ever.. . . .are the Vol players really going to say " Hey that checkerboard in the stands really makes me want to play harder". . .i doubt it
another question Jay - The UTK Vols saturday will be playing a meaningful SEC game that will be the first time Butchy is NOT the underdog. Is this a must win as far as perception ? This will be the first time actual coaching ( not just slogans and recruiting rankings ) will be judged ? if UTK losses this game they are out of it for SEC east and just playing out the string for a meaningless who-cares bowl.
NCAA playoff question--
Let's just say that it turns out that Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida, which are Florida State's bigger-name opponents, all have bad seasons. Do you penalize Florida State, or put them in the four-team playoff with no quality wins?
They just struggled to beat a team that barely beat Ga Southern, I think it was. By same token, it was conference road game. (I would add that NC State's QB, like Boston College's, is a transfer from Florida). So was that a quality win or not?
Jesse Palmer has been reminding us that "common opponent" results are supposed to matter. Not sure if that is a written criteria, but he sure acts like it is. He was saying that Auburn needed to beat La Tech in a score somewhat comparable to Oklahoma's game against La Tech, and they did. But should that matter that much?
Should we reward teams, or penalize teams, based on the strength of the conference schedule in a particular year? There is so little interleague play that it is difficult to prove how strong your schedule is. For example, when talking about Auburn's tough schedule, I quote the rankings, which largely are based on the assumption of the writers or coaches who vote in the polls at the beginning of the year.
Now you have exceptions to this, when they do play out-of-conference games against other Big 5 teams, but it is rare. Mizzou lost to Indiana, for goodness gracious.
Other media dicussing Butch Jones to Michigan http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/outkick-the-coverage/starting-11-the-calm-before-the-college-football-storm-092914
I would be more pleased with Mocs hosting a first round playoff game. . . . .I do think that Butch Jones will be in play at Michigan. It along with Bama, Notre Dame, Ohio State the most storied programs. You also cant discount Butchy being a Michigan native and growing up a Michigan fan. It very well may be his dream job. Michigan has more money than almost any school and the largest number of living alumni of any school in the country. He may or may not go there , i dont care either way, but if Michigan calls he will definitely listen, no doubt
Speaking of the Ryder Cup, i am sure that was quite a celebration on Europe's team plane on their ride home to Florida. . .
Winners- the 300-plus who came to the "Mother of All Tailgates" the Moc Luau Tailgate. . . .The UTK we-are-happy-with-moral-victories Vols, fans were giddy over a 3 point loss . . . .Remember when Butch Jones was at U. of Cincinnati and the Michigan native said that Michigan was his dream job ? It could happen. And make no mistake, if Michigan calls, Butchy will most definitely listen. And Michigan could be desparate when, as expected, the Harbaughs turn them down to stay in the NFL. Already talk on Michigan message boards about Butch Jones. And Michigan is home to Butchy. Easier to win national championship there in weak Big 10 than at UTK . . .
I think Georgia will have the UTK game way in hand by halftime. People in Vagas are not stupid. Georgia by 3 or more touchdowns
Great article on Lane Kiffin by Paschall. Kiffin really is one of the best play callers in all of college football. He also is one of the very best recruiters in college football. Just think where the UTK Vols would be if Kiffin had stayed ? much better than they are now. and please dont say "on probation", Bama is not going on probation because of Kiffin and USC did not go on probation because of Kiffin. I know this upsets Vol fans but had Kiffin stayed they would be significantly better than they are now. And, if Vol fans think they are excited they can boo and harrass Kiffin when Bama comes to K-town, they better be careful about tugging on Kiffin's cape, he might just put 50 on the Vols.. . .